My Spoiled Golden Retriever and I Design a Dog Collar

Sharon Hill | November 12th, 2010

Sabrina Renee and I headed up to Santa Rosa again today to spend a weekend with friends, chocolate lab, Dexter, and his mom. Last time she and and Dexter went swimming and we noticed that he didn’t have a collar that he could wear when he was in the water. He has a very nice hand-beaded one and a canvas one.

So, before we went to see him, we went to to our local dog store, Wags and Whiskers, and designed one for him. I chose a red plastic collar, then picked the “charms” to add to it. I know that Dexter’s mom is very interested in politics and is a faithful member of the Republican Party. I also noticed that she flies a flag outside her house. So, I chose an elephant, to represent the Republican Party, two American flags and two dog bones.

We gave Dexter his collar today and he and his mom loved it! He looks really handsome in his red collar.

The collars are made by Hotdogs All Dressed, Inc. The collar I chose to decorate was a Hydro collar.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Gets Her 1st Treats for the Holidays

Sharon Hill | November 11th, 2010

There are a lot of dogs in our neighborhood that we give packages of treats to for the holidays such as, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and, most recently, Halloween. We were surprised this morning to find this package of treats for the Winter holidays on our doorstep. They are from Prince, the sheltie that lives across the court.

Sabrina Renee was very happy to receive them!

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Gets Homeopathic Care

Sharon Hill | November 10th, 2010

My spoiled golden retriever, Sabrina Renee, has been having trouble with her anal glands for quite some time. She has had to get them expressed every other week, which isn’t good. She should be able to express them herself. I’ve tried all sorts of different foods and herbs but have not yet been successful.

When Sabrina Renee was a puppy, I had worked with a veterinarian who used a homeopathic remedy on her. She had had a personality change after a distemper vaccine and my animal communicator had referred me to someone. The remedy worked really well and it was simple. After a few days, she had become her sweet self.

With the success of that treatment being in my mind, I decided to work with homeopathy again. I went to a few presentations that Beth Murray did at Sabrina Renee’s vet’s office and scheduled an appointment.

Beth first sat with Sabrina Renee to observe her and talked to me about Sabrina Renee’s life. It was so interesting that the issues regarding her anal glands are directly related to her need to merge with every person she meets. This is a trait she has had since she was a puppy which probably was the result of having trouble merging with me, since I was still grieving my previous golden.

We got a remedy to try along with some flower essences which will help her relax and release the need to merge with everyone. We’ll see Beth again next month and discuss Sabrina Renee’s progress.

To find out more about homeopathy, visit Beth’s website.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever Visits Her Veterinarian

Sharon Hill | November 2nd, 2010

Sabrina Renee had to see her veterinarian today so I could see why she was biting and licking her tail. (It’s Election Day so she was wearing her patriotic bandanna.) As it turned out, Dr. Rettig thought she might have gotten bitten by a flea. With the weather being so wet lately, she has seen a lot of dogs coming in with flea trouble. I do use flea control on Sabrina Renee, she isn’t due for a few days, but Dr.Rettig suggested I go ahead and use it now to make sure she is protected.

While we were in the office, we noticed that Sabrina Renee’s photos were on display on the walls.

In this first photo below, she is the third photo in the first row:

In the next photo, she is the first photo in the bottom row:

Sabrina Renee is so photogenic!

The photos were taken by Tonya Perme Photography in June.

Happy Halloween, from My Spoiled Golden Retriever!

Sharon Hill | October 31st, 2010

Sabrina Renee doesn’t mind wearing a costume on Halloween, she likes the attention she gets when she dresses up. I had already bought her a Halloween costume when I spotted this pink flower one and decided to try it on her. She smiled and wagged her tail as soon as she put it on and I knew instantly it was the one she wanted to have.

The pink petals framed her face perfectly. The green bodysuit was pretty easy to get on her. I added the bumble bee, it’s actually a squeaky toy from her Hide-a-Bee toy.

I took Sabrina Renee to Dog Bone Alley, where we got the costume, and she showed them how happy she was that she got a cute outfit.

Then we came home and went to see the pumpkins that her friend, Colt, the chocolate lab, has at his house. She ended up playing with him. . .

and getting treats from his mom. She wasn’t much interested in seeing their great pumpkins.

We also went to the neighborhood Halloween parade before coming home and playing in our yard.

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 – 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.

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.