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My Spoiled Golden Retriever – Veterinary Hospital Open House

Sharon Hill | October 22nd, 2010

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One of the veterinary offices my golden retriever is Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek. They just had an Open House for their new facilities last Sunday. They didn’t allow dogs to attend, just people, so I left Sabrina Renee at home, took my camera and did a tour.

The video above is of a dog using their treadmill in the Canine Rehabilitation Center. There were two dogs that did the demonstration, neither needed rehab, they just liked to walk.

I also got to see their surgical facilities and dog runs and talk to some of the vet techs who work there, Tiarra and Shannon.

The next time they take Sabrina Renee to the back to do an exam, I know exactly where she is and who is taking care of her.

Below is a photo taken last week when I took her to get her anal glands emptied.

Happy Father’s Day!

Sharon Hill | June 20th, 2010

Whether you are a father to children, dogs or both, we wish you a fabulous day.

Sharon and Sabrina Renee

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Gets Her Anal Glands Expressed

Sharon Hill | June 12th, 2010

My golden retriever has a problem expressing her anal glands herself. Do your dogs have this problem?

Today I took Sabrina Renee down to Muller Veterinary Hospital to get her anal glands expressed. She hates getting her rear squeezed but her glands fill up easily and she doesn’t seem able to express them herself unless she scoots on the carpet. Eeek! But she loves visiting the people who work there. Above she is at the check-in desk with Megan and Tiarra.

Sabrina Renee first went to Muller when I adopted her at 7 weeks. Here are some photos of her at 7 weeks at the same check-in desk with Tiarra.

She fell asleep waiting to see the vet.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever and Her Cousin Bodhi

Sharon Hill | June 5th, 2010

Sabrina Renee and I needed to go downtown to pick up her food. We get it at Wags and Whiskers in Walnut Creek, they have a wide variety of healthy dog and cat food plus some fashionable collars that I love to buy for Sabrina Renee. When we got there, we saw Camille, who works there, and her dog Bodhi.

When we first met Bodhi, I kept remarking how much he and Sabrina Renee looked alike. However, Sabrina Renee was born here in the San Francisco Bay Area (Casa del Oro Golden Retrievers has been breeding show dogs since the 1960’s) and Bodhi, was born, a year later, in Palm Springs. One day I gave his mom a copy of my dog’s family tree so she could compare it to hers. We discovered their mothers were sisters, meaning Sabrina Renee and Bodhi are cousins!

We love going to the store when Bodhi is there, it’s always good to see family.

My Golden Retriever Hosts a Friend

Sharon Hill | June 2nd, 2010

My golden retriever has lots of friends. One of them is Luke, a pit bull lab mix who has survived cancer. He is a sweetheart who lives with three other dogs and is the low man on the totem pole so he really enjoys special attention when he gets it. I invited him over to spend the day with Sabrina Renee, just to play and enjoy some bones. Sabrina Renee is an only “child” so our house has baskets of bones and dog toys and other dogs love to come and check everything out.

For Luke’s day with us, I bought he and Sabrina Renee each a new bone. Funny thing is, while Sabrina ReneeĀ  started right in on her bone, Luke didn’t touch his. He waited until Sabrina Renee got distracted then took hers. I guess he like someone else to start his bones. Sabrina Renee just took the other bone and was perfectly happy with it.

Luke later went around to all of the baskets, picking different plush toys and bones to chew on. He had a really good time and Sabrina Renee and I enjoyed watching him enjoy himself. I’m glad she is a generous soul and let him play and eat her things.

I can’t imagine having a house with four dogs, I don’t think I have the time or patience to spend time with all of them and give them the love they need.

Sunday Walk with My Spoiled Golden Retriver

Sharon Hill | May 30th, 2010

I like to get Sabrina Renee out on weekends for some fun. Today we went down to Civic Center in Pleasant Hill and watched the turtles and the carp in the pond and saw the big fountain in the Square. Sabrina Renee loves adventure and she is happy and excited to be out and have new experiences.

My Golden Retriever Saw These Turtles

As you can see in these photos, Sabrina Renee wears a Halti or Gentle Leader. She pulls and I tried a chest harness, pinch collar and choke chain. I was not able to use any of those well and was concerned that I was hurting her. I went to a Halti last year when we got some one-on-one training and it has worked out the best for us. Sabrina Renee is also wearing her seat belt harness in the photographs. I kept it on her because I wanted to be able to easily grab her if she decided to jump into the pond – she was good – she didn’t.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Does the Danville Walk

Sharon Hill | May 27th, 2010

I like to take Sabrina Renee to dog events but I am very careful. She doesn’t like dogs she doesn’t know coming up to her face which can easily happen at a public event. I took her tonight to Molly’s Pup-Pur-ee’s Danville walk. It’s an event meant to introduce dog owners to the many fabulous shops in downtown Danville, California.

We went early, about 10 minutes before it started, to avoid the crowd. We picked up a map at Molly’s and went to all of the stores on the list to get our card stamped and pick up dog treats. It was great fun. A couple of dogs got too close to Sabrina Renee which caused her to growl and bark. But she actually did quite well. We visited the stores (below is Sabrina Renee at Presence Gift Shop) in record time then wandered through the various booths in the parking lot and picked up information about local pet vendors.

Golden Retriever Video – This Is Really Cute and Funny

Sharon Hill | May 19th, 2010

A friend sent this hilarious YouTube video with a golden retriever eating breakfast that I just had to share. It shows how much fun you can have with your dog.

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My Spoiled Golden Retriever Gets Acupuncture

Sharon Hill | May 12th, 2010

Sabrina Renee has been a little itchy and hyper lately so I took her to see her holistic medicine veterinarian, Dr. Rettig, after she got groomed.

As soon as Sabrina Renee saw her, she got very excited, jumping on her, biting and pulling at her sweater and running around the room. Dr. Rettig saw right away that her tongue was not the the right color and she was running hot. She asked when the itching started and if she had eaten anything different recently. Actually, Sabrina Renee had gotten some different treats when we visited the local dog store. As it turns out, she might have been allergic to one of them.

Dr. Rettig gave her an acupuncture treatment. You can see one of the needles in Sabrina Renee’s ear in the photo above. She also had some needles along her back and legs. Sabrina Renee has never been afraid of needles and gets pretty calm during a treatment. She also got an herbal shot and some herbs. She should be fine in a few days.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sharon Hill | May 8th, 2010

Whether you are a mother to children, dogs or both, we wish you a fabulous day.

Sharon and Sabrina Renee