Let me introduce my dogs. I have 3, Nikki and Benny are my therapy dogs, and Dukie is my blind dog. Nikki is a 1 1/2 year golden retriever and Benny is my 5 year old black lab. Dukie is now 10 years and also a black lab.
Today I saw a picture of a ceramic rabbit statue for garden; boy did it bring back loving memories. It also made me think of importance of training your dog. That is why I am writing this article.
When we first took our golden retriever up north to cottage she loved it. Of course she would, she was a golden after all, and goldens love cottage life, outdoors and lakes!!
Now, my golden was running around lose, just having a great time. My husband, Chris and I were sitting outside talking with our friends who had a house beside cottage.
All of a sudden my golden comes running right over to us, all exited and happy. Our golden always ran to us when she had something in her mouth, never away from us. WOW, she had gone hunting, and she was proud of it.
There in her mouth, was a rabbit!!
I started to freak, of course, but then on closer inspection (from my husband) we saw it was a "plastic rabbit" out of our friend's garden. This was one of those golden moments. My Katie Bear is gone now, I still miss her so much, and I will always miss her. I have a new golden, and I love her very much, but she does not replace my Katie Bear....
I shed a few tears of sadness because I still miss my Bear.
Thanks for letting me share my memories. Dog obedience, has always been very important to me. So, please please, train your dog. I can just never say this often enough. Your dog must obey you. Simple commands like: come, sit, stay, STOP! It is so important for safety and enjoyment of your dog, especially during holiday and travel season.