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Paw Prints on our Hearts

On November 19, 2014 we had to say goodbye to our sweet boy, Quincey. We lost him to Cancer. He was only 7 years old, and we were lucky enough to be his family for 5 of those years. He may be gone now, but his paw prints will forever be on our hearts.

Quincey was more than just our dog, he was truly a member of our family and my best friend. He was there to welcome my husband and I home after our wedding, and after the births of both of our daughters (that he was so gentle and kind to). He was always there – at the door when I came home, by my feet when I worked, by my bed when I slept, at my chair when I ate – always there with his sweet smile and love to give. It’s been nearly five months since he passed, but I’m still not used to him being gone.

Quincey inspired us to start this blog, and create “Golden Retriever Day” (which falls on February 3rd, his birthday).

We know many of you have gone through this difficult loss – please share your memories with us.

Quincey Shroyer  February 3, 2007 - November 19, 2014

Quincey Shroyer February 3, 2007 – November 19, 2014

Golden Retriever Therapy Dogs Comfort Newtown, CT

The love of a pet is needed most during times of grief – so we loved hearing that Golden Retriever Therapy Dogs visited the town of Newtown, CT to comfort those affected by the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club & the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry are just a few of the many pet support teams that have visited the community, providing a much needed smile and cuddly comfort to the children and families.

For stories, photos and videos on these wonderful pups and the comfort they are providing – please visit the links below:

New York Daily News – “Comfort Dogs Help Ease Pain of Mourning Newtown Community”

The Today Show – Therapy Dogs are “Furry Counselors for Newtown Community”

We also encourage everyone to join Ann Curry’s #20Acts & #26Acts of kindness to honor the Sandy Hook Victims – maybe your Goldens can help? You can also donate to the Golden Therapy teams listed above.

..and we’re back!

We apologize for the long delay in posts – it’s been a busy year for our family as we are expecting our first baby within the next few weeks! We look forward to giving our four-legged children a new little (two-legged) sibling!

Now onto current events.. it’s hard to avoid all of the political drama going on. Regardless of which party you support, I think we can all agree that we’ll be happy when this election is finally over! If this guy ran – he’d get our vote! What about you? 🙂

Stay tuned for updates on how our goldens react to their new sister! Do you have any tips to share?

 

Bring your pup to work

Companies allowing employees to bring their dogs to work is becoming increasingly popular -for a good reason. Studies show that having a dog in your office reduces stress, improves productivity, and can lead to more social, fun meetings with your clients.

Since both Brad and I work from home (when we are not out and about for sales calls or meetings), we are blessed to work on our computers with a pup under our desk. As a matter of fact, Roxy is taking her mid-morning nap on my feet as I’m typing this..

The official “Take Your Dog To Work Day” is TODAY – June 22nd! There is even a fun website where you can share photos and tips – check it out!

Does your company allow you to bring your dog to work? If not, you should share this posting with your boss. Even President Gerald Ford worked with his Goldens in the oval office! 🙂

An American Idol Golden!!

I looooooove American Idol. I look forward to it every Wednesday night! A couple of weeks ago I was so excited to learn that contestant Hollie Cavanagh has a Golden Retriever – and made sure to include him in her videos from home. Hollie has such a cute British accent – it was hard for me to understand what this beautiful pup’s name is (if you know it – please share!!). But nonetheless, he’s adorable!!

On top of Hollie being a Golden Retriever lover – she is also incredibly talented. Such a powerful voice comes out of her petite frame! I remember her from last season being so shy and timid yet having such a beautiful voice (she was eliminated before the final 24 were announced). Awesome that she came back and auditioned this year, and is now in the final 7!!

So, if you’re home tonight tune into American Idol and be sure to vote for Hollie. Although I’m sure her pup misses her dearly and would love to have her home – he’d much rather her continue on the show 🙂 Hollie I’m sure we’d all love to know – does your golden recognize you on television?

Roxy finds her golden quite handsome 🙂 She couldn’t take her eyes off the screen!

 

Super Golden Moments of the Superbowl!

Happy Superbowl everyone! Who are you rooting for today?

I love that even though dogs aren’t the ones scoring the touchdowns – they are still so involved with the big game! Whether it be on the commercials or half time shows of their own, the Superbowl and dogs go together like Bud Lite and chicken wings! 🙂 Here are some of our favorite “Super Golden” Superbowl highlights:

If you didn’t see Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s “Puppy Predictor” – you’ve got to watch this video! A darling little golden retriever puppy sits in the guest seat – do you agree with his prediction?

We love Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” Here’s a sneak peak at Puppy Bowl VIII

It’s no surprise that the best Superbowl commercials involve dogs. Here are some of our favorites!

 

Have a fun day watching the big game everyone! Goodness, all this talk about goldens and football makes me want to watch this movie!

Happy Labor Day!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day! I hope you all took some time to relax and enjoy the day with your pups. Q-man and I had a nice afternoon floatin’ in the pool!

All Dogs Go To Heaven

This morning on my facebook newsfeed I saw that a friend’s dog had recently passed and it broke my heart.

The hardest part of owning a dog is having to say goodbye. Coping with the loss of a pet is extremely difficult, as the bond you share with your furry friend is unlike any relationship you will ever have with a human. Dogs offer unconditional love and companionship. For those who are dealing with the loss of a pet, I encourage you to try to see it as an opportunity to grow emotionally, and to always remember that both of your lives were richer because you had each other in it.

Here’s a photo I love that proves that all dogs really do go to heaven..

Today I’m thinking of Pepper & Dusty, the black and yellow lab I grew up with. I’m a firm believer that growing up with these dogs taught me how to trust, respect, and most importantly – love unconditionally.

 

tech-savvy pups

It’s been forever since my last post! I sincerely apologize, I have been absolutely slammed at work. Tonight I’m blogging from Colorado where I’m working this week. I miss my little family so much! Thank goodness technology lets me video chat with them (via iChat) every night.

The dogs get pretty confused when they see me up on the computer screen. Roxy’s ears perk up and she just stares at the computer – it’s so cute. I wonder what goes through their little puppy dog heads when they see crazy things like this? I wonder what the technology world holds for pets in the future..

Golden Celebrities

What are your favorite on-screen Goldens? Here are my favorite “Golden Celebrities”

Shadow from Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey – That final scene when he comes limping over the hill and running to Peter gets me every time!

Duke – the Bush’s Baked Beans mascot. “Roll that beautiful bean footage!”

AirBud – who can resist a Golden wearing basketball sneakers?

Comet – the Tanner family dog on Full House

Maddie – Bruno Mars’ Golden that likes to be on stage with Bruno during performances

Gerald Ford had a Golden named Liberty during his Presidency, she became quite famous and was frequently photographed.

A lot of celebrities own Golden Retrievers, including:
Jimmy Buffet (named Cheeseburger!)
Pamela Anderson
Jackie Chan
Mary Chapin-Carpenter
Anderson Cooper
Sheryl Crow
Tom Cruise
Kristin Davis
Mary Tyler Moore
Anna Paquin
Denise Richards
Jerry Seinfeld
Martha Stewart
Matt Lauer
America Ferrera
Nick Jonas
Betty White
Oprah Winfrey (she has 3!)
..and my personal favorite – Conan O’Brien!

To view more celebrities with Goldens, check out The Land of Pure Gold Foundation.