This past weekend was our annual foster group Golden Retriever picnic. Weather started out iffy with some serious rainstorms, but it cleared out by game time and the weather was picture perfect. 100+ dogs, twice as many people, enough food to feed a battalion, an open park and pond to explore - prime ingredients for all sorts of mayhem and mischief. Was a fantastic turnout for both two and four footed participants. Lots of food, lots of playtime, lots of water sports. Put that many Goldens in one area and you are just asking for trouble.
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Claire started out as a foster but her smile won over the agg79 family and they just couldn't let her go so Grayson got a new playmate to bond with. Claire is a true Velcro Golden and is a real people dog. There is not a person she won't lick, nudge, paw, head butt, or roll over for to get their attention. She really loves belly rubs and knows how to work the crowd. That silver smile on her face that always seems to win everyone over, young & old. She has a tongue that goes for miles and is always quick to lick your elbow, hands, face or any other part she can reach. She loves fig newtons, but will take pretty much any treat that comes her way. Always fashion conscious, Claire is modeling for us today in a stylish auburn colored coat, with silver trim. While she is content to lie around the house, she loves her daily walks with Grayson and Jerry.
While we don't know her exact age (a lady never tells) she does fall into the "senior" category. Claire is a gentle dog who has had a few litters. But don't let that sugar face and old brown eyes fool you. She can spot squirrels at 50 yards and is working on trying to catch one. She loves to wrestle with Grayson and keep him in his place (even when she lets him win). Their shenanigans around the house have earned them the nicknames of Chaos & Pandemonium. While still not much of a water dog, Claire will hang out around the old watering hole at the local dog parks.
I will say that this year's picnic was a total, off the hook success. Not sure how much money we raised, but there was a ton of participants, we got loads of publicity through the local media, and, most importantly, the dogs had a great time. My two mutts were so worn out afterwards that they slept for the rest of the day and did not want to eat or go for a walk that evening. Any time I can wear out Grayson is a good time.