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My Golden Retriever Visits Her Holistic Veterinarian’s New Office

Sharon Hill | May 8th, 2010

Sabrina Renee’s holistic veterinarian opened a new office recently and we went by for a visit. I like to take Sabrina Renee to the vet’s office just to visit or pick up herbs so she gets to know the people who work there and she can feel comfortable when she goes for an exam. My strategy seems to have worked so far because she loves the people who work in the offices and, of course, they love her.

In the photo above is Sabrina Renee with Dr. Karen Rettig. Before we met her Sabrina Renee was quite hyperactive and was always hot. Her coat would occasionally get dull and she would get itchy. Dr. Rettig has helped Sabrina Renee say balanced and healthy with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, flower essences and food therapy.

The photo below is Sabrina Renee delivering her gift of an orchid plant, with a photo of her on the pot, to veterinary technician, Hillary.

Dr. Rettig is in Lafayette, California. Her business is Alternatives for Animals. As of this post, her website isn’t up yet but you can reach her at

My Golden Retriever Wins a Raffle Prize

Sharon Hill | May 4th, 2010

I was excited to get a phone call this afternoon telling us that we had won a raffle prize from the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) event that Sabrina Renee and I attended on Sunday.

We usually win a prize of some sort. Local merchants donate items that ARF volunteers put together in themed baskets. We won the golf themed one. I don’t play golf but the basket contained all sorts of items that I could use, sunscreen, lip balm, a flashing light for Sabrina Renee to wear at night, along with golf balls, a club cover that looks like a cat, tees and a gift certificate to a golf store. Golf items will go to a golfing friend later this week.

While I was picking up our prize, I walked around the ARF facility. It is quite a compound. They rescue cats and dogs out of shelters in Central California, bring them here to Walnut Creek, get them healthy and ready for new homes and adopt them out. They also have education programs for children so they learn how to treat animals with respect. Many of my neighbors have ARF dogs. I was once a volunteer for the organization and I donate many items to their resale store. I like to support organizations that care for animals and do animal rescue.

A Wonderful Weekend with My Spoiled Golden Retriever

Sharon Hill | May 2nd, 2010

Sabrina Renee and I had a wonderful weekend together.

Yesterday our friend Cathy Currea, who is an animal communicator, held a teleseminar, Introduction to Animal Communication. I have taken her classes before but never one of her teleseminars. I didn’t know if I would like it but I thought it might be fun for Sabrina Renee to be able to hear the class. I listened on speaker phone and Sabrina Renee stopped what she was doing as soon as she heard Cathy’s voice and was relaxed and attentive the whole two hours of the call. It was remarkable. I totally believe that animals understand us and can be connected to us at a soul level. We need to listen and understand them more than we do. Even Oprah says animals can be soulmates and has said she and her late dog Sophie were definitely soul connected.

Today, Sunday, we went downtown and attended a dog event sponsored by Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Every year they close a couple of blocks in our shopping plaza and have a dog walk and lots of vendor booths. We went down at 9:30am, even though the event starts at 11am, and there were already lots of people and dogs. Booths went up quickly to accommodate the morning rush.

Sabrina Renee doesn’t always like these events. Last year we got to the street and she backed up, she didn’t want to go. She almost did that today but I encouraged her. Then we found a lot of people there who knew us, a few we haven’t seen in awhile, and she got a lot of adoration and was fine.  I was really proud of how calm she was. Her veterinarian had a booth  and commented on how well she behaved she was today, too.

Around 11:30am, Sabrina Renee headed out. It was getting hot and very, very crowded and after two hours she was tired. We got home and she took a long nap. We played frisbee in the patio later, took a few walks then in the evening we went out to the patio again. She played a little then just laid down to relax.

The photo above is of Sabrina Renee relaxing after a happy weekend. Notice my trees have some well-bitten off branches.

My Golden Retriever Gets Her Flea Control Application

Sharon Hill | April 26th, 2010

The mornings that Sabrina Renee goes to doggie day care can be a little hectic. Although she loves going, she likes to run around and hide and be slow to behave.

The first thing we do in the morning is clean the sleep out of her eyes and wipe her face with a clean damp cloth. She likes having a clean face.

Today I also had to put flea control on her. With twenty or so dogs playing at day care, it’s important that she get the protection she needs. I like to space out her flea control and heartworm medication. Her vet suggests they be given at least one week apart so she doesn’t have all of the medications at the same time.

While I was putting the flea control on her, she decided to lie down and rub her face on the ground. As a result, the medicine was not in one spot, as the instructions said, but hopefully it will be fine.

Above is a photo me cleaning her face with her favorite Easter egg washcloth. I call cleaning her face the “sushi face wash” because it reminds me of the washcloths you get to clean your hands at a sushi restaurant.

My Golden Retriever and Her Favorite Dog Toy

Sharon Hill | April 18th, 2010

Golden retrievers like to retrieve, I guess that is why Sabrina Renee’s favorite toy is a pink and green floppy disc. She is really, really good at catching it, I’m truly amazed. I think she likes the running part the best. She isn’t always keen on giving up the disc so I can throw it back to her. She likes to scrape it along the ground or drop it at my feet. I guess I should have taught her to hand it back to me but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. It’s not really something they teach in dog training.

In the photo above, she had just gotten the disc and lay down for a rest. I couldn’t get her to let go of it!

Someone Found a Golden Retriever. . .

Sharon Hill | April 14th, 2010

The oddest thing happened yesterday. Someone found a golden retriever wandering in the court and left her on my doorstep.

This is what I think happened. I have a neighbor who leaves his garage door open all day as he works in his house and garage. His dog often wanders around outside while he works. Apparently she wandered off when he went into his house and he didn’t even notice.

From what I could tell, someone found the dog in the court, thought she was Sabrina Renee, got her into my front patio, rang my doorbell and left.

I opened the door and the dog ran into my house. What a shock! The golden retriever doesn’t even look like Sabrina Renee, she is darker, larger and older, she looks like the dog in the photo above, but a non-dog person wouldn’t probably even notice.

Luckily Sabrina Renee was at day care because she doesn’t really like this dog.

I grabbed a leash and took the dog right back to her dad.

It was nice of someone to return a dog they thought was mine but it is a little scary that they didn’t stick around to find out if she really was. Had I not been home she could have been alone in a strange place for a long time which can be very stressful for an animal.

More importantly, my neighbor needs to stop leaving his doors open, it puts his dog into a very unsafe situation.

Raincoats for Dogs

Sharon Hill | April 11th, 2010

Another day, another dog coat. Today Sabrina Renee wore a raincoat because it rained off and on. People often laugh when they see her in a raincoat because, being a water dog, she actually loves the rain. But it is so hard to dry her off after she gets wet that I have her wear a coat. Sabrina Renee actually has several raincoats, she likes to walk through ivy so in the rain, in addition to to getting soaking wet, the coats also get muddy. They usually only last one wearing before being washed.

It’s not that easy to find raincoats, or any coats, for large breed dogs. Seems most dog clothes manufacturers think that only small dogs need to be protected from the weather. Hopefully things are changing. I would like to see all sorts of clothes for large breed dogs, especially at Halloween.

Above is a photo of Sabrina Renee in her purple raincoat. Behind her you will see the fence I had custom made a year ago to save the plants and the beautiful, mature, night blooming jasmine from Sabrina Renee’s teeth.

Sabrina Renee Goes to the Vet

Sharon Hill | April 10th, 2010

The weather was surprisingly cool today so I put Sabrina Renee’s coat on her before we went out. I know large, furry dogs don’t really need dog clothes but she is so cute in this coat that I had to put her in it. She is pretty tolerant of coats and her Christmas sweater that has a Christmas tree with lights, but she doesn’t like sweaters. I think she finds them constricting. Some dogs like snug sweaters and t-shirts, one owner told me her dog, a wire-fox terrier felt more secure when she was wearing a t-shirt.

Sabrina Renee and I went out today to visit her veterinarian for her Bordetella vaccine. I’m not real big on a lot of vaccines but since she goes to day care, I make sure she gets this one (also, her day care demands it). She was actually due to get the vaccine a couple of months ago but her vet does not vaccinate when an animal’s immune system may be down and Sabrina Renee was licking excessively when she was due and could have, at that time, had some deficiency according to Eastern medicine.

Grooming for My Golden Retriever

Sharon Hill | April 6th, 2010

Sabrina Renee went to the dog groomer today. I confess that until November of last year, I bathed her myself.  I had been hesitant because my previous golden hated the groomer’s. We had had a bad experience, I had taken her to a groomer whom, I later discovered, had kept her all day in a kennel that was too small for her. Then, when I went to pick her up, the groomer had about five golden retrievers walking around and asked me, “Which golden is yours?” I was shocked to see that they had trimmed her way beyond what I had requested and my dog was very stressed. I took her home as soon as I could.

So, I had been bathing Sabrina Renee myself but bath time got too crazy. She loves the water and loves being in the tub with the shower running. However, as soon as I bring out the shampoo and start the suds, she jumps out of the tub. In fact, one time I forgot to close the bathroom door, she got out of the tub, ran past me into the hall and started to run all around the house – all wet and soapy. It was quite wild.

I got a referral to a groomer who lets me pick up my dog as soon as she is done. Sabrina Renee gets a little stressed there but she is getting better each time she goes (every 5 weeks).

If you decide to take your golden retriever to a groomer, ask other golden owners and get some referrals.

Above is a photo of Sabrina Renee right after she returned home from the groomer.

My Golden Retriever Has Easter Dinner with Friends

Sharon Hill | April 4th, 2010

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

Sabrina Renee and I were invited over to a friend’s for Easter dinner. Sabrina Renee got dressed in her Easter egg decorated dog collar and Easter egg dog bandanna for the occasion. She had a chance to play with her old friend, Glory, an all-American mutt who is almost seven years old. They had a great time playing together and with a 14-week old Australian Shepherd, Ollie.

Glory has two human brothers, one is 3 days older than Sabrina Renee and the other is just over a year old. I’m always pleased at how well Sabrina Renee plays with young children. When she was very young, she had a sitter who would stay at our house with her baby when I was out-of-town. She taught Sabrina Renee to be gentle with babies, no pushing, nipping or chasing. So while she does all of those things while playing with dogs, she has been trained to be gentle with children. Everyone commented about how sweet she is.