Golden Brodie sniffs winters edge

The cold weather just arrived and my golden dog-self celebrates every chilly moment we will experience…reminiscing about the winters I have rolled in… I wax-poetic in this moment.

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” ~Victor Hugo

Vic and I are down with “Old Man Winter.”  Bring it!

Paws Up!

 

Golden Brodie sniffs out hurricane names 2017

Ok… my dog mind thought that each time a hurricane presented itself in the Atlantic…well…a bunch of people just decided on the spot what to name this horrible thing. But no…that’s so incorrect.

The World Meteorological Organization selects the names and the names are in rotation every six years…get it…rotation.  Best part of this name game…any hurricane that is really nasty and destructive…that given hurricane name is retired…so goodbye Harvey.  Prayers going out to all in the aftermath of Harvey and to those in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Read more about the naming of hurricanes.

 

Golden Brodie Barks: Anheuser-Busch cans lifesaving water

I’m watching all of the people and their four-legged animals who have lost their home in Texas…nowhere to go right now as the Harvey rains continue and threat of the dams overflowing looms large. So, while these raging waters are causing catastrophic situations…there came bright lights of giving… golden moments.  That’s right, all of the goodness that’s happening between humans is not being overlooked by this dog.  So many folks have come to help. Example… Anheuser-Busch stepped up giving cans of water…that’s right not cans of beer but crystal clear drinking water.  

Each year, Budweiser halts the beer making process to can water for emergency situations…so the much-needed water was waiting to help…and here comes Harvey and there goes the Bud Trucks to Texans in need.  Now that is a golden plan.  Drink up and be safe.

This retriever doesn’t drink beer…but if I did, I’d be throwing down a Bud to honor “This Buds for You.”

 

 

Golden Brodie barks: Houston is the top dog

That Harvey is hurting so many in Texas…it’s beyond my dog sensibilities.  But…Houston is showing a strength that goes beyond great organization to save lives…rises above human differences…seeks to flat-out help everyone in need…in peril…in danger.  Houston…you even opened up the Houston Convention Center to thousands of folks in need of a safe and dry place…and you let them bring their pets.

See… many people when rescued from the floodwaters would not leave their pets to drown or starve while they fled to safety.  They would not leave their pets behind…they were sticking with their animals.  So…Houston you stepped up in a big way yet again by allowing pets with their owners into the Houston Convention Center.

In closing, there are also animal rescue boats out right now…looking for abandoned pets…stranded pets… Paws Up…Safety first…prayers for all to survive and come another day with golden sunshine.

Photo of flood water by Pixabay

Golden Brodie’s heart is in South Texas

This hurricane thing called Harvey is a very bad person.  It’s beyond me why anyone would place such destruction and sadness…anywhere.

Now, I have never met a hurricane and I sure hope that my family and loved ones…my area…my home…my beloved Virginia…anywhere for that matter…never comes in contact with the likes of a Harvey.

Remember…safety is always at the center of my golden retriever messages.  So, humans have a plan when you know you are going to meet such a beast, as Harvey…and be sure that your plans cover your pets…your livestock…they are counting on your good common sense and caring.

Have a plan.

Inspirational photo by Pexels, Snap Wire

Golden Brodie gulps on canine water

Summertime and the living is…hot…dog days hot.  Sure, it affects me more than I’d like to admit.  I think my golden coat…which I happen to like…it defines me in many ways…but my thick undercoat keeps me boiling hot during the last summer months.  How do I deal with it…shade…lots of water and of course, air-conditioning…as do you.

My humans…I see you walking around with bottled water in hand…bottled water in the car cup-holder…water…water…water.  So, my dog self gets a fresh bowl of water each AM and replenished often… based on my needs.  Gotta stay hydrated!  I even have a “Chill out” collar to wear outside on these super steamy days.

Cool down Chill Out collar for dogs
Cool down Chill Out collar for dogs

When dunked in cold water, this collar cools my dog skin around my neck.  I like it, although blue is not my color.

Paws up for this yellow lab messing with the hose water…a canine cool down.

Brodie looks up for the HDD Drone

Acronyms are part of our world…so go retrieve this one that I created…HDD Drone..Hot Dog Delivery Drone…yeah Oscar Mayer Wiener is working on dropping you a dog…get on with yourself…watch this video and be sure to wait for the Wienerdrone…

Fireworks in blue and green tones

Remember safety first as you celebrate the coming 4th of July!

Dog heroes..it’s about blood…

Here I am…a golden retriever…learning so much…but never enough.  Well, I just found out that I have only a limited number of years…that’s right six or less years to donate my blood…yeah…my dog blood.  Who knew?!

I have also learned that human blood banks go to all time lows during the summer months...yeah the beach…the mountains…the vacation time…ya’ll forget during this time to donate…hey…it happens.  Just consider giving some blood before the running around fun time sets in.  So, lay down and give…Now that’s a golden good thought!

A big thanks to Huffington Post for this informative post and touching video.

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…