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Anatomy of the Golden Retriever

BACK: The portion of the topline between the loin and the withers. CROUP: The muscular area above and around where the tail connects to the body. DEWCLAW: A fifth claw which is located in the inside of the front feet, and is higher than the other toes. Some dewclaws are removed as a puppy to prevent injuries (dewclaws […]

Senior Golden Retrievers

When is a Golden Retriever considered a senior?  Usually the answer is they become a senior canine citizen between the age of 8 and 10. Their needs are changing and their activity levels are decreasing. This special page will address some concerns and highlights of our Golden Retriever’s senior years. Nutritional Needs I found that […]

Puppy Development

When I adopted my first dog, his breeder gave me a book called “Behavior, Development, and Training of the Dog: A Primer of Canine Psychology” by Frederic J. Sautter and John A. Glover. This book is incredible. The copyright is 1978, but if you are able to find a copy anywhere, I highly recommend picking […]

Positive Rabies Cases by Province

The Government of Canada has put together a website that lists the positive cases of rabies, by year, by province, by species back to 1998. Positive Rabies in Canada In Canada the animals that most often transmit rabies are foxes, skunks, bats, and raccoons.

Cryptococcosis – Laika’s Story

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 […]

Hot Spots

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 […]

Blastomycosis

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 […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Matt and Maggie’s Experience

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 […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Winger’s Diagnosis and Timeline

My 11 year old Golden Retriever, Winger, had emergency surgery to remove a lump on his head that started bleeding uncontrollably. Results came back from the histopathologist indicating the lump removed was a mast cell cancerous tumor. As I research and read about this cancer, I will add information and resources to this page. What […]

Hip Displasia

My Golden Retriever, Winger, had hip displasia. I have read a lot to deal with his condition. Here is some important information worth sharing. What is Hip Displasia? Hip displasia can be a terrible, painful, degenerative disease. A dog can be affected in one hip or both. Basically, hip displasia means a disfigurement of the […]

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