Posts Tagged ‘golden retriever puppy’

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.

Unique Girl Dog Name – Sabrina Renee

Sharon Hill | March 30th, 2010

“How did you name your dog?” is one of the first questions I get.  Sabrina Renee actually got her name before I adopted her. I wanted a girl dog name that started with an “S,” I don’t remember why except maybe because my name starts with an “S.” I had thought of “Sophia” and “Sophie” but didn’t feel they were quite the unique dog name that I was looking for.

I called my friend, animal communicator, Cathy Currea, did not tell her my criteria of beginning with “S,” and she immediately came up with the name “Sabrina.” It was perfect. As a child I had read Archie comic books which had the character, Sabrina the Teen Age Witch, and remember thinking to myself that when I had a daughter, I wanted to name her “Sabrina.”

I wanted a middle name also and told my neighbor as we were walking her three pugs. We went through all the names of female celebrities whom we read about in People and Us Weekly magazines, “Lindsay,” “Jessica” and so on. We came up with “Renee,” for Renee Zellweger.

When I looked up the meanings of the names, they were perfect. “Sabrina,” I read somewhere, meant “princess.” “Renee” meant “reborn.”

I was looking for a puppy because my golden retriever, Abby, had passed, at the age of seven, from cancer. I had often called her a “princess” and she had a tiara that she liked to wear.

So Sabrina Renee was a perfect name. Her registered name is “Princess Abby Reborn.”

Above is Sabrina Renee in the back patio on her first day at home. Little did I know when I took this photograph that within three weeks she will have ripped out all of the flowers that she was looking at when this was taken.

Hello Golden Retriever Lover!

Sharon Hill | March 27th, 2010

My golden retriever has a great life, at least everyone who knows us thinks she does and I think she does too. I spoil her, organic dog food, acupuncture, reiki, fancy collars, themed birthday parties and doggie day care three days a week, among other things. Friends told me to blog about our life together so that is what I’m doing.

First off, an introduction. Sabrina Renee is a light female golden retriever, born July 11, 2006. She is loving, playful, fun, a great companion and a soul mate. But we have had our trials. She showed some aggression after her first distemper shot, she was super hyper-active, seemed to be hot all of the time and had food allergies. On top of that, she was almost three years old before we were able to walk well together, even after many, many training classes.

I’m going to share the good and the not so good for your amusement.

Above is a photo of me holding Sabrina Renee in the car going home for the first time on August 30, 2006, she was 7 weeks old.