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A puppy for Christmas? Not!

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Christmas is a time for giving, and you may be thinking, “What better gift than the gift of love, in the form of an adorable puppy?” And, while you’d be perfectly right, Christmas is NOT the time to introduce a new puppy (or any pet) into a household. A puppy is the ultimate gift that […]

Cryptococcosis – Laika’s Story

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Laika Myriosa Water Off A Ducks Back CD, WC, Am/Can TDX; therapy dog 16 September 2000 – 15 August 2005 Last month, with my “puppy” lying at my feet, I would never have believed I would be writing this note so soon. Laika was such a big part of my life, and I had hoped […]

Retriever Trials

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The ultimate challenge for retriever owners are the Field Trials! These tests are designed to test both the dog and the handler. Differing from the Working Certificate tests, the Retrieving Trials are competitive, meaning the dogs are competing against each other. It works as a series of eliminations until the best dogs are remaining to […]

Golden Retriever Clubs in Canada

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Golden Retriever Club of Canada http://grcc.net Golden Retriever Club of British Columbia http://www.grcbc.org Golden Retriever Club of Alberta http://www.grcab.com Golden Retriever Club of Saskatchewan http://www.grcsk.com Golden Retriever Club of Manitoba http://www.grcm.ca The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Toronto http://www.grcgt.org Ottawa Valley Golden Retriever Club http://www.vivatexte.com/ovgrc/ Club du Golden Retriever du Quebec http://www.grcq.org Maritime Golden Retriever […]

How a WC is Judged

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There you are at your very first Working Certificate test, your number comes up and you run your dog, you are elated, both birds come back to you, eventually to hand, it’s hard to stop smiling! You wait anxiously for the call backs (when the marshal announces which dogs are “called back” to run the […]

Hot Spots

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My first two Golden Retrievers have had more than their fair share of Hot Spots. Hopefully you are luckily enough to have a Golden Retriever who has never had own of these awful things, but if you do have a dog that is prone to them, or if you think your dog might have a […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Matt and Maggie’s Experience

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After reading about Winger’s experience and death due to mast cell cancer, Matt wrote me a similar heart-wrenching story about his special dog Maggie. Here is his email: Lisa, I read your article today about your dog Winger, and I am sad to say that I read it because I had to put my 11 year old […]

Blastomycosis

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Blastomycosis, or “blasto” for short, is a fungal disease found in humans, dogs, and other mammals, occasionally cats. It is commonly misdiagnosed, often as cancer, Valley fever, Lyme disease, and other viral infections. It lives as a mold in warm (room temperature), acid, sandy soils near water. Once in the body, it lives as a […]

Search and Rescue

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Search and Rescue canine teams can be utilized in the search for missing people. They can also be used in crime and disaster situations. Dogs are used because of their strong sniffing ability (A search dog has 44 times more olfactory sensory cells than a human). As well, dogs can cover a large amount of […]

How a WCI is Judged

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Woo Hoo! You’ve passed your very first Working Certificate (WC) test, you are now the proud owner of “Toller WC”, ah what a day that was, watching him retrieve those birds on land and in the water. He has such fun when you are training him and the day at the test was a blast, […]

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