Come on and get me but let it be known Iím a trained
Do you really need a drink or are you
just avoiding me.
Ok Iíll get a drink too.
Your stalling will work no longer.
You are under attack.
This is the technique I use where I
cover your eyes so you canít see. You wonít have chance.
Ok. Now you got me started. Iíll show
I guess you donít know dog fighting
rules. You are not allowed to hold me down with your
Iíll give you to the count of 3 to
Let me know if youíve had enough.
Wow. With a little practice you could
be a formidable foe. Where did you get all those teeth?
Iíd call it an even match. Would you
settle for a truce?
Iíll be right here if anyone else
wants to take me on.
Blondie was an AKC registered Golden Retriever.
Golden Retrievers and larger dogs have known genetic
problems of hip dysplasia that can be difficult to
totally remove from the breed. With the right doctor
and the right circumstances we might have considered
hip replacement. Unfortunately, the success rate is
much as we need Blondie, this battle is more than we
can ask her to endure. Blondie was placed at peace
on September 26, 2006 at 3:00 PM at the age of 34
weeks and 6 days. Phyllis, Koko and Jerry will miss
her very much.
Koko and Blondie
This was the last picture we have of
Blondie. You will notice she is keeping her rear legs
forward. This is to ease the pain. There are other
pictures that better depict her demise but will not post
We covered a lot of ground and did
a lot of research to find the right dog. We went to
private breeders because the animal shelters did not
have any dogs with Golden Retriever in them. Those
institutions that deal exclusively with the adoption of
Golden Retrievers did not appear to have a genuine
concern for the dogs. They also often have the rejected
dogs from inferior breeders. We found the breeders breed
too closely within the exact specifications or no
specifications at all. The results are not good. In my
honest opinion only 10% of the breeders have good dogs.
We were fortunate to find one of them out of about 20
visits. If you are not fortunate enough to find one of
these breeders then you would be better off with a mixed
breed dog where natural breeding eliminates man made
problems. While Koko and Brandy are registered
Golden Retrievers I no longer put any value in
registration. The breeder of Koko and Brandy is one of
those gifted individuals who has the inherent intuition
to know a good dog and he and his wife breed simply to
bring happiness into the lives of others. Koko and
Brandy have the best hip structure the veterinarian has
ever seen. They do not have allergies of any kind. When
I take them to the dog food store they are always the
star attractions. It is not just their beauty but they
have depth of character. Blondie also had tremendous
character but she also had the worst hip displacement
the veterinarian had seen. She also had serious
allergies. She was put to sleep before the pain was
severe. Blondie taught Koko very much and her character
lives on through Koko. Phyllis and I miss Blondie.
Blondie's love of life lives on through us. Blondie's
time here on Earth was short but she lived a good life.
She was also a graduate of Petsmart school.