Ice water, is it really a problem?

Interesting article on ice water for dogs!

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Can giving my dog ice water cause bloat?

Simple answer… no.

Longer answer….Gastric dilatation-volvulus(GDV) or bloat is a result of the dog swallowing too much air, fluid or both and the stomach “twists”.  It is not caused by a spasming of the stomach as the article would suggest. The stomach would actually have to twist to cause the bloat and not allow air to escape from the stomach. It is much more likely the dog gulped water down too quickly and with the big gulps, swallowed a lot of air causing the stomach to expand.  This is what can lead to bloat.

What to do when your dog is hot…

When your dog is overheated make sure to give them water, but monitor the intake. Dogs who drink too fast, especially larger dogs, are more likely to drink down large amounts of water with the air and lead to bloat.

Safer yet…

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Update: 10 Golden Retrievers “Mutt Muggin”

Added a few more photos…

The Daily Golden

I first heard about mutt muggin’ from fellow blogger Dr. Jessica Vogelsang and her adorable Brody at Pawcurious. She posted a photo on her facebook page of her golden muggin’ and in the caption said “You all should try this, it’s surprisingly entertaining.”

It’s basically a picture of your dog inside of a mug. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a mutt either! Tucker and I gave it a shot…it was definitely entertaining!
Thanks to Beth for sharing this picture of Romy mutt…

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Golden Video of the Week -Golden Retriever Puppy “Love Fest”

This sweet sleepy golden retriever puppy is loving the tongue bath he is getting from his kitty friend.  This little love fest lasts about 5 minutes!  (can you say hairball!!!???)

US Olympic Medalists who own, or have owned a Golden Retriever

An oldie but goodie…would love to add to this list. Olympic medalists from ANY country who have owned/own a golden retriever. Please email info to thedailygolden@gmail.com photo would be appreciated!

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Tucker and I just watched The Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  I can’t help but have a sense of pride for our Canadian athletes.  I wish them all the best.  Here is a compilation of any known Olympic Medalists who have owned a Golden Retriever at some point  I would like to thank LandofPureGold for your information.  Please let me know of any others, from any country, and I will add them to the collection 🙂

#1.  US Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Dolin  was a gold and silver medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics and a gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics . He is reported to have had a Golden Retriever named “Cool”.   Where is he now?  He currently operates Tom Dolan’s Swim School.

#2.  Sarah Hughes was an Olympic Gold Medalist for figure skating in 2002.  She has been known for owning…

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Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever Puppies in a Wagon

Golden Retriever puppies in a wagon are a part of this Rube Goldberg machine.  I don’t promote this food, and I probably don’t promote the breeder of the puppies used to make this video, but this is what’s hot on the internet right now (and I was pressed for time) so here you go, ….

The Tucker Files: Gourmet Dinner for a Golden Retriever

Say what you will about table scraps, but I feel table scraps are far better than most kibble on the market. Sometimes we spoil Tucker. I guess I should say sometimes we “extra spoil” Tucker. He is perpetually spoiled.

Here’s Tucker waiting for his dinner. He always puts one paw up while begging. I have already explained the menu – perfectly cooked tenderloin (rare-med rare) fresh local asparagus (I.e pure gold) and lobster fettuccine. Rich, I know. I mixed it with his kibble. (Origen Adult Dog)  I always soak his kibble in hot water for about 5 min, so the food expands in the bowl, instead of his tummy.  Heard this from a breeder, it is supposed to help prevent bloat.  It makes a nice gravy.  We make sure his teeth stay clean with the occasional raw bone.

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Here’s dinner.  Since I didn’t get anything for mother’s day, I treated myself.  The expensive stuff was all on sale.  This meal was under $40 and fed three!

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Did I mention we love food?

Time for a poll!

Homemade Cookies for your Golden Retriever

I received my cookie cutters from cheap cookie cutters the other day and finally had time to make Tucker some treats tonight.

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With all the pet food and treat scares I like to make Tucker homemade cookies. I have refined my recipe as follows

2 C flour (rice, whole wheat, all purpose whatever)
1 C oats
1/4 C honey
1 C peanut butter
3/4 C hot water
1 egg
Drizzle olive or flax seed oil
Parsley

Combine ingredients and roll out and cut into shapes.

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Bake at 350 F for about 10 to 15 minutes until golden on edges and cooked through, depending on thickness.

Voila!

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Golden Retrievers – Fattest in the Land?

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Cuteness (Photo credit: ohmil)

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention recently released results of a survey that indicates 55% of US dogs and cats are overweight.

Golden retrievers were at the top of the scale for dogs, at 62.7%, and German shepherds at the bottom, at 2%.

Moral of the story, if your dog is overweight, feed less and exercise more.  Consider your dogs’ diet options.  (The vet isn’t always your best resource for diet information)

Living Large:  Golden retrievers, Labradors Fattest In The Land – The Washington Times

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