Dogs and ice cream…Golden Brodie gives the scoop

Hey, it’s summer and I need to keep my dog self cool…so there’s nothing like seeing a small scoop of Dog Paws ice cream hit my dog bowl. Talk about disappearing…I can get that gone real quick.
But seriously…some dogs can eat ice cream…just gotta do your homework.  Another cool treat is frozen blueberries…man those little things are heavenly. Stay cool and Dog Paws Up!

 

Photo credit: http://good.barkpost.com/discover/pup-cool-summer/

 

Golden Brodie barks “Give Your Dog a Job”

Ever since I was a pup…I have been working on being a  well-behaved dog…I’ve been at this for three years and it never ends. I’ve also learned to listen and follow my instincts…the retrieving part…so I get things…yes I do understand quite a bit…but I mean I go and “get things”…like my toys.

Golden Retriever Brodie with his white bunny toy
Brodie with bunny

She says “Go get your toy!”… and off I go…retrieve the toy and bring it for a playtime.  I’m also still working on calming down…goal in mind… become a Therapy Dog…so I’ve been practicing outside of my local hospital…learning to take my place…be calm…and just do nothing…that’s right nothing…just sit or lay down and accept the gentle hands that pet me…It’s my job…hey somebody has to do it.

We all need a job…yes even dogs…certain dogs are happiest when they have a purpose…consider teaching your dog how to help you with chores around the house…and of course…don’t forget the tricks!  

 

Golden Brodie Alert: Sometimes ice is not nice

Listen up! My golden retriever self adores crunching ice cubes…I get these treats when we’re outside…when I’m settled…when I’m lounging on the patio. If I’m overheated after a walk or a romp…my people lower my body temperature by pouring cool water on my head…my dog neck and belly…it’s such a relief…they never offer ice cubes at this time...because my body temp could drop too quickly shocking my system.  So, ice is nice at the right time. Cool paws!

Golden retriever with mouth open and tongue out
Golden retriever with mouth open and tongue out…panting but happy

More on ice and dogs…

Golden Brodie warns about hot summer surfaces and paws

Hot summer days are just around the corner..so look out for “man’s best friend” and their paws.

“Pavement, asphalt, wood, metal, sand and car or truck surfaces can become very hot during the summer months. These materials absorb heat from the sun and can stay hot for hours even after the sun has gone down. Temperatures on these surfaces can exceed 145° F!”

Check out these tips for keeping Fido’s paws cool.  Paws up!

 

Brodie shares with National Pride “Flags In”

My golden retriever heart has heaps of pride for the coming Memorial Day.  American flags are already flying in my neighborhood…the red, white and blue will wave in the breeze throughout my community…store fronts, restaurants, gas stations…lining the avenues and streets with the “stars and stripes.”

Arlington National Cemetery has already put “Flags In” honoring America’s fallen heroes.  Since 1948, The Old Guard has placed American flags at gravesites…this year more than 228,000 flags.

This is quite a sight to see…I am told.  Yeah, I can’t go there…but I understand..

German shepherd service dog
German shepherd service dog

only service dogs are permitted and yes…I will respect and honor these rules.  It’s my way of showing my respect to our honored fallen heroes.  Paws up with gratitude for those who gave it all to keep us safe and free.

 

Cock-a-doodle blue? Golden Brodie takes a look up in DC

When walking on the grounds of the National Gallery of Art East Building…you gotta look up!  Yeah and then go up on the terrace for a photo opp with “Big Blue.”

This plastic blue dude started out, ruling the roost over the City of London’s Trafalgar Square.

Plastic Blue Rooster sculpture overseeing Trafalgar Square
Plastic Blue Rooster sculpture overseeing Trafalgar Square

The doodle-blue then crossed over the pond and has found his roost in Washington, DC since last July.  Go see this colossal sculpture and check that off your “Golden To Do List.”  I’m already waiting in the car…let’s go!

Brodie waits in the car...stuck in traffic
Brodie waits patiently to go sight-seeing.

 

 

Brodie barks his head off: The Big Top…gone…what about the animals

I gotta admit that I was not very good at being in a kennel. Just me…my golden self wanted space…so when I heard that the “Greatest Show on Earth” closed…my retriever heart celebrated for all of the many animals that had spent their lives in crates and cages…or tethered on chains…traveling from here to there.

And now my golden heart worries where these beautiful wild animals will find a home…where will they go…who will offer the care needed as they live out their wild lives…I say give these incredible survivors peace and a natural environment…free to roam…a golden please on this one. And a shout out to those who work toward this goal…those who are the protectors of all gods creatures.