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Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland and England in the late 19th century for the purpose of retrieving wildfowl on land and water. Its physical characteristics and its willing, adaptable, trainable nature have also fitted it for usefulness in many other endeavors such as service dogs, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs and search and rescue.

The Golden Retriever is a stately dog yet comfortable everywhere …

Fun loving and cheerful … ready for any adventure …

Goldens are eminently trainable …

… and friendly to a fault …

But don’t forget that they are foodies …

They start small but gain mass quickly …



We shall wrap up this paeon to Golden Retriever with the still life “Golden Dog Contemplates Golden Sunset” (probably from Golden State!) …



(Crossposted from Views from North Central Blogistan‎)


  1. slksfca

    I just sent the nurse packing for the last time. She was late getting here and all I could think was “Hurry up, I have some dogs waiting for me!”

    I love Goldens. Maybe someday 🙂

  2. jlms qkw

    wherein public high school students (and their parents) foster guide dog candidates – the puppy to 1yo? socialization.  

    i have two friends with kids in that program.  i had a friend in california who did this too, when he was single.  iirc, the foster family gets first dibs if the candidate fails out of guide dog school.  

    they are very beautiful.  

  3. wordsinthewind

    rather controversial as guide dogs for the blind which always struck me as strange because they are perfect for people who are unfamiliar with dogs. True the goldens will never over rule their masters even when their training is telling them to like a german shepherd will but the kind of people who can use goldens aren’t typically that foolhardy. When it was only german shepherds if you couldn’t meet their unique needs you didn’t have a guide dog and that wasn’t good at all. I like the goldens I’ve met as guide dogs, they have a patience with their people the shepherds don’t and tend to be a lot less intimidating to the sighted.

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