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My Spoiled Golden Retriever – Halloween Treats for Dogs

Sharon Hill | October 28th, 2010

Sabrina Renee likes to bring treats to her friends at doggie day care during the holidays. So I took out her trick-or-treat bag, that I got years ago at an online children’s store, and filled it with bags of dog treats for her friends.

The bags were from Walmart and they were filled with Wet Nose dog treats which are organic and don’t contain wheat, corn or soy. You can actually find them in bulk if you shop at the Costco Warehouse store. The bags are tied with a paw print ribbon and have a tag with Halloween wishes from Sabrina Renee.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Shops for Dog Treats

Sharon Hill | October 24th, 2010

On Sundays I like to take Sabrina Renee out for a ride. We usually end up at a dog store, since it is a place that welcomes dogs.

One place we visit is Dog Bone Alley in Danville. They have some treat there that are organic and are grain-free, which are the kind I like to give to her.

In the photo above she is getting a special treat at the store.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever and My New Camera

Sharon Hill | October 10th, 2010

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My camera broke at the end of our trip to Santa Rosa so I just bought a new one. I wanted to practice taking photos and HD videos so I took Sabrina Renee out to the patio. She usually loves running around so I thought I’d get a cute video of her playing. However, she is unusually calm today and just sniffed the plants then lay down for a rest. It is a little warm today, so that might explain her calmness.

The camera I bought is a Canon SD940IS. My last one was also a Canon and I was quite happy with it so I found this one. It was rated highly in Consumer Reports.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Plays in a Polo Field

Sharon Hill | October 4th, 2010

My golden retriever, Sabrina Renee, and I finished our weekend trip with a run at the polo field in Santa Rosa. The dogs in the neighborhood are luck to have access to the field when the horses aren’t around.

Sabrina Renee and Dexter played Frisbee and catch with a tennis ball. She loves running and had a great time racing Dexter in the open field.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever at the “Blessing of the Animals”

Sharon Hill | October 3rd, 2010

Today Sabrina Renee and I went with friends to the “Blessing of the Animals” at St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa. It was beautiful weather and the dogs were happy to be out meeting other dogs and getting blessed.

Above, Sabrina Renee happily waits to get in line before her blessing.

Her friend, chocolate lab Dexter, dressed in his Halloween bandanna for the event.

Other types of animals were at the event to be blessed also, like this seven-year-old dromedary.

Sheltie, Casey, is blessed.

Maltese, Poochie, is blessed

Sabrina Renee with her head wet from holy water after her blessing.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever – Sabrina Renee and Lab, Dexter

Sharon Hill | October 2nd, 2010

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My golden retriever, Sabrina Renee, and I took our first road trip together to visit with Dexter and his Mom in Santa Rosa. We took a trip to Bodega Bay so the dogs could swim and play on the beach.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Meets a Chocolate Lab

Sharon Hill | July 25th, 2010

Today our former neighbor came into town from with her dog, who we had not met before. He is a chocolate lab named Dexter whom she rfescued from a shelter. He is about two to three years old and is very cute. I was concerned about Sabrina Renee meeting him because sometimes she gets a little rowdy when she first meets a new dog.

Turns out I had no reason to worry. She saw a familiar face and got really excited then Dexter came running out the door and Sabrina Renee took to him right away.

We got to walk with them a few times and play Frisbee.

They invited us to visit their home in the future.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Window Shops

Sharon Hill | July 18th, 2010

On Sundays, my golden retriever, Sabrina Renee, and I often go for a walk at Broadway Plaza, the shopping area here in Walnut Creek. We do it before the stores open so I can window shop and Sabrina Renee can sniff without worrying about getting in the way of busy shoppers.

Above you see her stopping to look at the fountain in the courtyard. As you can see, I keep her harness on her – if she decides to jump in, I know I can grab her quickly. Fortunately, she has never decided to get in.

One Sunday, a woman who worked at the Brighton store saw us and invited us to return when they opened because they keep dog cookies in the store for visiting canines. We happily returned, of course. Now Sabrina Renee heads to Brighton’s every time we go to the mall. She sits at their door until they come to give her a cookie. She even sits there when they aren’t open. (See photo below.) I have to pull her away. We go back when someone is there to give her a treat.

She discovered that other stores allow dogs in and give them treats also so window shopping has become more like going “trick or treating!”

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Enjoys Her First Parade

Sharon Hill | July 4th, 2010

It’s the Fourth of July and Sabrina Renee and I went to the parade in downtown Martinez. It was her first parade. I didn’t know how well she would do but I thought we’d give it a try.

We arrived early. Some of her friends from daycare would be walking in the parade so we stopped by to see them then took our place on a sidewalk. I sat and she laid down on the sidewalk. It became crowded, but she did very well. Everyone around us was very nice and loved her.

The parade started with a police car and sirens. I was concerned about the noise, but she was okay. Then the mayor and others came in old cars. The noise of the cars bothered her and she got up and was a bit upset but I was able to calm her down.

When her friends came by, their moms all called to her and waved, it was a lot of fun.

We only stayed a short time after they came by. I saw a marching band headed towards us and decided it would be too noisy and left. We walked around downtown then came home and worked on some things for her birthday party.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Loves the Water

Sharon Hill | June 27th, 2010

It’s about 102 degrees here in Walnut Creek today. Sabrina Renee keeps wanting to go out to play frisbee. So I have let her out to the back patio but instead to frisbee, we’ve been playing with water.

She has her own kiddie pool but she especially like just getting in front of the hose and being sprayed.

Here she is being sprayed at the pool.

When we are done, the water in the pool is used to to water plants in the common area.