Better than Bearable

I am not ashamed to admit that I’m a crazy dog lady. Obsessed is an understatement. My family and I own two dogs; a German Shepherd and a Golden Retriever. While I love my Shepherd, Whiskey, our Golden is definitely my dog, and has so much personality. Bear follows me everywhere, cries when I’m away, and sleeps on my bed. Basically, we’re a package deal.

I’ve learned a few things in owning my first Golden. Bear has been in my life now for four years, and I’d consider myself an expert in all things Retriever.

  1. Retrievers are really good at retrieving (duh). Giving back? Not so much.
  2. Hide your socks. Trust me. Clean or otherwise, they won’t discriminate. They will take them all and act like they have no idea how they got there.IMG_1545 (1).JPG
  3. Don’t expect your Golden to stick to their side of the bed. What’s yours, is his. My poor boyfriend learned this the hard way.2014-05-30 13.59.31.jpg
  4. Retrievers have a lot to say. Often, first thing in the morning is when they’re most vocal, but don’t be surprised if they wake you at 2am for a chat and a belly rub.
  5. Basic Retriever mentality is that there is no such thing as too much food. However, Retrievers come in handy when you’re cutting calories because they’ll take anything you don’t want.
  6. Retrievers make terrible runners. They get distracted by people and dogs and are always on the lookout for things to eat. It’s better to run solo and walk them later.
  7. If you move, he moves with you. Don’t expect to ever have a moment to yourself.
  8. Retrievers make excellent alarm clocks. They know exactly when it’s dinner time, when it’s walk time, and when it’s time for a snuggle. But they’re really bad at waking up and would stay in bed all day if they could, so set a proper alarm for mornings.
  9. Oh, you thought your black jeans were going to stay black? Here, let me fix that.IMG_2761.JPG
  10. Toys are good, tree branches are better.DSC03266.JPG
  11. Watching TV is a must.DSC03157.JPG
  12. Retrievers are prone to epilepsy. Bear was diagnosed this year. But it’s okay, because medication is basically seen as an excuse to eat more.
  13. Drool comes with the territory.
  14. Retrievers make the best, best friends.Bear 2 (4).JPG
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