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Wednesday Friendsday

While the pups love this blog about them, they wanted to share some photos and fun facts about their friends. Our first Wednesday Friendsday post features our friend Cooper! Cooper and his awesome pet-parents, Sarah & Paul Gavigan, live just about a mile north of us. Cooper (AKA “Coop”) is 10 years old and absolutely obsessed with his toys. This lucky pooch has 4 toy baskets (like the one featured below), and every day he likes to pick them out of the basket, transfer them all over the house and yard, and cuddle with them when he sleeps. Coop loves his toys so much that he treats them like his little babies, never chewing them up or destroying them. Coop has never met a human he didn’t love, and as long as you pet him he will never leave your side. This lover is also a registered service dog!! Isn’t Coop such a sweetheart? We love the Gavigans!

 

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Doggy wear

My husband works for PetSmart as a package and graphic designer, so it is really neat walking into our local store and seeing so many items that he designed! Our personal favorite – the new KONG collars. They come in a lot of fun colors, have really cool reflective stitching, and are extremely durable. The pups feel so special that the their daddy designed the collars they wear every day 🙂 They are also available in a leash and harness – check them out next time you’re at PetSmart!

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Separation Anxiety

Every time I leave the house, I get “the look” from the dogs – that puppy dog look where they bat their big brown eyes at me begging me not leave. It breaks my heart! Lately I have had to travel quite a bit for work so I’ve gotten “that look” quite a bit. It’s gotten to a point where Roxy even gets depressed when she sees me get the red suitcase out, she knows I’m going to leave. Tonight I’m in Denver, and I miss my husband and pups so much! Brad always sends me cute photos to make me smile. Here’s a photo he sent tonight.

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to the special Doggy-Daddy in our lives – my husband Brad! The dogs picked him out a special card, and Roxy even delivered it herself!


Such a good dog daddy!

We also want to send a special Happy Father’s Day wish to the pups’ Grandfathers Jeff & Steve.

Jeff giving Roxy kisses

 

Steve with Kasey Mocha
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Look who got new shoes

The AZ summer heat makes the pavement really hot, but it won’t stop Quincey from taking an afternoon walk! Pawtectors are cute little booties that easily go on your pups feet and protect their precious paws from hot, cold and rough surfaces. How cute does Q-man look in them? They come in pink – I think might have to pick up a pair for Roxy.

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Cousins

Baby Roxy meets her cousin Baby Madison

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Training

Roxy learns to swim!

Just like a child, pool safety with a puppy is a must! We have a pool fence, but Roxy was so tiny as a pup she could crawl through the fence spokes. We absolutely needed to make sure she knew how to swim, and where the steps were so she could get out if she ever fell in the pool. Roxy was a natural at swimming, but it took several trials until she fully understood where the pool exit was. Here’s a really cute video of her learning how to swim when she was just a tiny pup – I wish she was still this little!!

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The start of a beautiful friendship

As the two pups started to get used to one another, they really started to love one another. Cuddling together, cleaning each other’s ears, even kissing one another – I have never seen a pair of dogs more cute together! I think in addition to my general obsession with Goldens, what really inspired me to start this blog is the popularity of a facebook photo album I have been adding to over time with photos of the dogs. Here are some of my favorite photos of the two of them when Roxy was just a pup.

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One isn’t enough

Quincey made us fall in love with the Golden Retriever breed. Everything from their demeanor, obedience, and that floppy tongue smile – it’s no wonder why they are such a popular dog! After having Quincey for about 6 months, Brad and I already wanted another one to join the family! We both agreed that it was the perfect time in our lives to get a puppy.

Shopping for puppies is quite possibly the best thing ever. It’s hard though at the same time, you want to take them all home with you!! We searched through azcentral’s website for local breeders that were selling puppies. Our first stop just didn’t feel right. Don’t get me wrong, the puppies were adorable – but we just didn’t have “that feeling”. Our second stop I had called before, and the women I spoke to was really sweet, and asked me several questions to make sure we were the right fit for her puppies as well. She even had one in mind that she thought would be perfect for our personality. We drove at least an hour to far east Queen Creek and arrived to a home with 6 adorable puppies in a baby play pen. A couple were barking, a couple were jumping up trying to get out, but there was one sweet gentle puppy sitting and looking up at me with big brown eyes. It was love at first sight! Coincidentally, it was the same puppy the breeder was going to suggest for us. It was meant to be 🙂

We bought her on the spot, and made the long drive back. I was jealous because I had to drive and Brad got to hold her. Here is her first photo from that car ride, sitting on Brad’s lap.

We named her Roxy – Quincey got a new sister and friend for life!

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The Golden that started it all..

Quincey arrives

On January 9, 2010 – our lives were forever changed by the arrival of a beautiful Golden Retriever named Quincey! Quincey has a very special story on how he came into our lives..

Jake Kloberdanz, a very close friend and CEO of ONEHOPE Wine, attended a charity event in Los Angeles during the fall of 2009 where they were auctioning off several items to fundraise for the cause. One of the top items was a beautiful purebred 2 year old male Golden Retriever, who had also received over $5,000 in service dog training. Jake, having spent most of his childhood with a Golden Retriever, grew immediately attached to this dog. Jake knew from the moment he saw the dog that it just had to be a part of his life, and as a result Jake placed the highest bid! Jake was the proud winner of Quincey, and was excited to give the dog to his parents as an early Christmas parents. Fun Story: what Jake paid the charity for Quincey funded an underprivileged child to attend a summer camp.

Jake drove Quincey from Los Angeles to his parents’ home in Fremont (San Francisco bay area) and surprised them with a beautiful Golden Retriever. His parents immediately fell in love Quincey, but also knew that it was not the right time for them to take on a young dog. Of course Quincey started to grab a lot of attention in Jake’s parents’ neighborhood, and received several adoption requests. Jake called me and was distraught over the situation, not knowing where Quincey would go. He really wanted him to be with his family or a close friend so that he could still be a part of his life. All of a sudden, the solution became so clear: We would adopt Quincey! Brad and I had been talking about wanting a dog, so this couldn’t have been more perfect timing.

So now – how do we get Quincey from Northern California to Phoenix? Luckily, Jake’s parents were driving to San Diego and my cousin Jenny Gautreau was driving from Southern California to Arizona for my bachelorette party the very same weekend. Jenny had just gotten a beautiful brand new white Mercedes, so bless her heart for transporting a 65 lb Golden in it! Quincey arrived at our home and into our lives on January 9th. The picture above was taken just moments after he arrived to his new home in Scottsdale.

We didn’t know it at the time, but Brad and I were on our way to be the biggest Golden Retriever lovers in the world! We are so thankful to Jake and his parents Jane & Frank for bringing Quincey into our lives.