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The Retriever For Everyone

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This suits the Retrievers just fine – the breed requires a lot of human interaction. Because Golden Retrievers constantly seek approval from their owners, they are relatively easy to train. An athletic breed, these dogs enjoy ...

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'Comfort Dogs' Help Those Grieving in Newtown

'Comfort Dogs' Help Those Grieving in Newtown | Golden Retriever | Scoop.it
Golden retrievers are helping children and adults deal with the pain of the school tragedy

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"At a high school school today the reaction was overwhelming," says Johnston, who hears the tales from her bevy of handlers. "Dogs have the amazing ability to zero in on the person in front of them that has the greatest need. They can have six or seven people sitting there and they go to the one who has the loss. The dogs know; it's amazing to watch." 

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Love seeing them using this. Not just a nice idea, but an evidence-based therapy. http://themompsych.com/2012/11/13/pets-more-than-mans-best-friend/
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About "The Song I Live By"

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"...Hi, I’m Skye. I’m a middle aged doctor, aspiring writer, and am deeply interested in learning to make the most of my time here on this beautiful blue planet. I don’t want to waste this precious lifetime. This blog is about moving from our comfortable life in the the nirvana of Nelson BC to the unknown north, in Yellowknife. Its about learning to live on a floating house in Yellowknife Bay, near the Arctic circle, off the power grid. (That’s our place on the photo at the top – the center one with silver siding.) With one capable Spanish husband and two golden retrievers. Its about commuting over the water the one kilometer to town and work in all kinds of weather, and even in darkness – until it freezes, when we can drive right up to our house. Its about what we do in the season in between water and ice! Its about learning the ways of the north, and listening to what this land has to teach us. Its about adventure in the far north too – we really hope to get out on the land, and up to the high Arctic as well. Its about finding time for the things that make our hearts sing – good food, great conversation, being in the wilderness, paddling and skiing, poetry, building a community of friends, inspiring books, and that first morning coffee. Its about mastering the art of living!..."
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http://thesongiliveby.wordpress.com/

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Are Dogs Now Just Furry Kids? - Smithsonian (blog)

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Are Dogs Now Just Furry Kids?
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This was inevitable, I suppose, given all the singles whose significant other has paws, and all the aging Baby Boomers whose own kids have moved out, or at least down to the basement.
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Golden retrievers sent to comfort Newtown in wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre

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NEWTOWN, Conn.—The dogs began arriving Saturday, when a charity group dispatched a team of golden retrievers to comfort residents here in the wake of Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Pets Teach Science: 16 golden retrievers explain atoms

A crack team of PhD-trained golden retrievers illustrate the structure of atoms - the particles that make up everything around you. They also show how atoms ...

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Watch this and 16 golden retrievers will finally explain the science of the atom to you!

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Golden Retrievers travel 800 miles to comfort the community of Newtown, Connecticut

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A team of Golden Retrievers traveled 800-miles on Saturday to help comfort those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Why do dogs lick their feet

Dogs lick because this is an instinctive behavior of canines. Apparently the tendency to lick begins from puppyhood. Mother dogs lick the puppies clean but licking is also done to promote urination and defecation. Licking is also done by puppies to ask the mother dog to allow them to nurse. As the puppies are about to be weaned, they would lick the mother's mouth to encourage regurgitation of food. When puppies lick each other, they enhance the bond that exist between the littermates. The tendency to lick will remain even if the dog matures. Dogs are very affectionate pets and this affection will be shown by the dog's inclination to lick the human family. Dogs would lick other dogs and they would also lick themselves. Most dog owners would complain about the dog's habit of licking the paws. Because dogs are active animals it is possible that they can step on disgusting things. A dog owner would certainly be annoyed if the pet that has stepped on feces would lick the paw clean and then deliver sloppy kisses to its owner. A dog will lick the feet for a lot of reasons. Dogs are not fastidious as cats when it comes to grooming but man's best friend would lick a dirty feet. Dogs are very loyal to humans but these animals have the inclination to love things that humans hate. Dogs will lick the dirt, the feces and the rotten things from its paws. Dogs would lick an injured paw to ease the pain. Because these energetic animals have the inclination to wander, it would not be uncommon for the feet to be wounded, to have thorns or splinters. Dogs though have a very effective cure for wounded feet, the dog only has to lick the feet and the pain will be gone. The dog's habit to lick the feet can be associated with anxiety and boredom. The habit of licking the feet is the same as humans tendency to bite the nail when nervous. It seems that anxiety is eased if the feet is licked. For want of anything better to do, a bored dog will just settle to licking the feet. Owners would naturally prefer a dog that licks the feet than one that is being destructive. However, constant worrying of the feet can result to raw and bleeding skin. Licking the feet can be an addicting behavior thus an owner has to take measures to stop the unwanted behavior of the pet before the hard to cure sores known as granulomas would develop. More about why do dogs lick their own feet and dog first aid at Sarah's Dogs.


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Dogs lick because this is an instinctive behavior of canines. Apparently the tendency to lick begins from puppyhood. Mother dogs lick the puppies clean but licking is also done to promote urination and defecation. Licking is also done by puppies to ask the mother dog to allow them to nurse. As the puppies are about to be weaned, they would lick the mother's mouth to encourage regurgitation of food. When puppies lick each other, they enhance the bond that exist between the littermates. The tendency to lick will remain even if the dog matures. Dogs are very affectionate pets and this affection will be shown by the dog's inclination to lick the human family. Dogs would lick other dogs and they would also lick themselves. Most dog owners would complain about the dog's habit of licking the paws. Because dogs are active animals it is possible that they can step on disgusting things. A dog owner would certainly be annoyed if the pet that has stepped on feces would lick the paw clean and then deliver sloppy kisses to its owner. A dog will lick the feet for a lot of reasons. Dogs are not fastidious as cats when it comes to grooming but man's best friend would lick a dirty feet. Dogs are very loyal to humans but these animals have the inclination to love things that humans hate. Dogs will lick the dirt, the feces and the rotten things from its paws. Dogs would lick an injured paw to ease the pain. Because these energetic animals have the inclination to wander, it would not be uncommon for the feet to be wounded, to have thorns or splinters. Dogs though have a very effective cure for wounded feet, the dog only has to lick the feet and the pain will be gone. The dog's habit to lick the feet can be associated with anxiety and boredom. The habit of licking the feet is the same as humans tendency to bite the nail when nervous. It seems that anxiety is eased if the feet is licked. For want of anything better to do, a bored dog will just settle to licking the feet. Owners would naturally prefer a dog that licks the feet than one that is being destructive. However, constant worrying of the feet can result to raw and bleeding skin. Licking the feet can be an addicting behavior thus an owner has to take measures to stop the unwanted behavior of the pet before the hard to cure sores known as granulomas would develop. More about why do dogs lick their own feet and dog first aid at Sarah's Dogs.