Golden Retreat
Golden Retriever

Golden Oldies

SoftMaple is the name of a lake in Northern NY where my family had a camp while I was growing up. Most of the people on the lake have Retrievers. Many of them have Goldens. We dubbed the lake Golden Retreat

The lake is just a few miles from our home. It is a tranquil place where the dogs spend a good deal of the spring, summer and fall in the water and running in the woods. Often times we use the kayak and swim the dogs across the lake to an uninhabited island. All the dogs at camp are very strong swimmers!

Golden Retriever Temperament:

Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy. Quarrelsomeness or hostility towards other dogs or people in normal situations, or an unwarranted show of timidity or nervousness, is not in keeping with Golden Retriever character. Such actions should be penalized according to their significance. Size: Males 23-24 inches in height at withers; females 21½-22½ inches.

· The first registration of a Golden Retriever by the American Kennel Club was in November 1925.

· The most complete records of the development of the Golden Retriever are included in the record books that were kept from 1835 until about 1890 by the gamekeepers at the Guisachan (pronounced Gooeesicun) estate of Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness-Shire, Scotland. These records were released to public notice in Country Life in 1952, when Lord Tweedmouth's great-nephew, the sixth Earl of Ilchester, historian and sportsman, published material that had been left by his ancestor. They provided factual confirmation to the stories that had been handed down through generations.

· Golden Retrievers are used successfully in field trials, hunting, obedience, and as guide dogs for the blind.

· The first three dogs of any breed to achieve the AKC Obedience Champion title, first available in July 1977, were all Golden Retrievers. The first (Ch. Moreland's Golden Tonka) was a bitch, the others were males.

· Golden Retrievers were first shown in England at the Crystal Palace show in 1908, and were listed as Flat Coats (Golden).

Renown for its reliable temperament, the Golden Retriever makes a great hunter, family pet or show dog.

Although they can adapt to living in a small apartment they need to be given plenty of exercise daily.

The Golden Retriever's dense water repellent coat ranges in color from light to dark shades of gold.


Golden Retrievers in Cyberspace


Land of PureGold

Top Golden Retriever Sites

Dog Dreams Golden Retriever Agility

Yankee GRC Agility Page

Golden Retrievers, like most dogs, have several genetic health problems. These problems can be reduced and possibly eliminated through responsible breeding. These include but are not limited to: Hip, Eye, Thyroid, Heart, Blood, Epilepsy, and Elbow problems. The most important and avoidable problems include Hip Dysplasia, and Hereditary Eye Defects.

SAS Subvalvular aortic stenosis

More on Golden Retriever Health Issues

Mya and Abby

This book is great for anyone who is thinking of having a litter or Retriever puppies. It contains a lot of useful information on general dog care, introduction to wings, care of newborn pups. Follow an actual litter from birth till they go home!

About the Book

Follow a litter of puppies from birthday until they go to their new homes. The diary contains lots of pictures, tips on puppy rearing, some breed specific information, and lots of information on the care of any breed of dog.

I started doing an on-line puppy diary since many of the people that would be getting one of my pups would not be able to travel here to see the pups. I did not want to put a bunch of cute puppy pictures online, and encourage anyone to have a litter just because they wanted to see cute puppies! Breeding dogs, if done the right way, is a lot of work. Lost sleep and sometimes heartache. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to raise a litter of puppies. Once I started doing The Puppy Diary, I realized I had a captive audience. These people logged on every day to see the pictures, and read what was happening. I used this opportunity to cram as much education into each day as I could. Health, Coat issues, grooming, feeding, socializing, vet care, puppy evaluations, shipping puppies.... you name it! I tried to put it in The Diary. It was suggested that I make it into a book. Well here it is! There are 560 pictures and over 300 pages of living with and watching one litter grow up.

I am sure may conscientious, caring breeders raise litters similar to the way I do. Its is a good look into the time, money, commitment it takes to bring up a litter of pups. Some of the things that go on behind the scenes, that the eventual puppies owners (family), never realize go into the litter. Enjoy my litter as I see them. Day to day


Chapter One (Week One) ... Page 1

Seger comes into season
Happy Birthday!
Removing the Dewclaws
Start of the Bio Sensor program

Chapter Two (Week Two) ... Page 48
Coat issues.
Tail Gland Hyperplasia
Do Curlies Shed?

Chapter Three (Week Three) ... Page 94
End of Bio Sensor Exercises
Worming The puppies
Eyes are open
First pup escapes from the box

Chapter Four (Week Four) ... Page 130
Weaning. The great food fight!
Introduction to the puppy play room
Shark Cage

Chapter Five (Week Five) ... Page 156
Field dog? Show Dog? CPE?
Happy Mothers Day!
First Stacked pictures

Chapter Six (Week Six) ... Page 195
Toys! Toys! Toys!
What’s In A Name?
Kids and Dogs
Introduction to Wings

Chapter Seven (Week Seven) ... Page 236
About Puppies and Retrieving
Socialize your puppy
First Shots & Vet Visit
Splish Splash, first bath!

Chapter Eight (Week Eight) ... Page 286
Shape up or ship out!
Requirements to ship puppies
See all the pups!

Cold water tail

Limber tail syndrome and "cold water tail" while known to those who work with hunting dogs, may not be familiar to veterinarians. It is most often seen in working breeds like Retrievers and Pointers. Ages of affected dogs range from 0.5-9 years old.

Typically the presentation is a young adult dog with an acutely flaccid tail that hangs down from the tail base or is held horizontally for 3-4 inches and then drops down. The tail remains in this position even when the dog moves.

Pain may be seen on palpation of the tail base and some owners report that the dog seems uncomfortable and painful.

Rest is recommended. Complete recovery is usually seen by 2 weeks and often occurs within a few days although it recurs later during training in ~ 1/3 of the cases. Some owners and trainers feel that anti-inflammatory drugs shorten the recovery time if given when the condition is first seen.

The cause of limber tail is not known although it is thought to be associated with hard workouts (especially in under-conditioned dogs), heavy hunting, and swimming or bathing in water that is too cold or too warm. Some owners reported that they grab the tail as a means of correction. Tail conformation (high set or very active), gender (males more frequently affected), and nutritional factors have also been suggested as possible causes. Ongoing studies suggest that limber tail is associated with muscle damage in the tail with dogs examined early in showing elevated muscle enzymes eg., creatine phosphokinase.

Is your dog fat?

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