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Memarken's Spice

From Kennel Memarken in Sweden.

“Roll that beautiful bean footage!”

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Look at these rare Canadian dholes red golden retrievers having fun in the Quebec winter.

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These dogs are Djanick Michaud’s Zomarick goldens.

Gotta love the synchronized peeing at the beginning.

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It’s from an episode of a show called Bird Dogs Forever.

Pointing golden retrievers aren’t supposed to exist, but there are breeders who produce pointing Labradors. There is a lot of debate about pointing Labradors, which I will not go into here. Let’s just say it’s controversial.

However, pointing can be trained in a wide variety of breeds. Mark Derr writes about how a foxhound can be trained to point in A Dog’s History of America, as well as mentioning a pointing bloodhound that belonged to Montague Stevens, the celebrated grizzly hunter from New Mexico. Then there’s that story about the pointing coyote from Oklahoma.  It’s likely that many breeds have this capacity, and it just takes some training to bring it out and refine it.

What you will see in the clip is very informal gun dog work.  The British call this kind of hunting “rough shooting,” which means the dogs are put after truly wild birds that have never been raised in pens in an environment that is totally natural. They are not driving the pheasants out with spaniels and shooting them. They are using retrievers as spaniels– well, at least the Labrador is being used as a spaniel!

There is not a single trial or test for pointing ability in golden retrievers, and it is not at trait that is normally bred for or typically reinforced through training in this breed, which is almost universally regarded as a flushing dog when used on land-based game birds.

It is somewhat difficult to see this dog point in the video because she is almost exactly the same color as the grass.

But it is still interesting to watch.

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Golden retriever fetching a cock pheasant in the Czech Republic.

Maybe it’s more accurate to say he got him by something else.

But let’s keep it clean for today.

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A golden retriever named Tank at a hunt test in Minnesota.

“Roll that beautiful bean footage!”

 

 

 

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Ricochet is the famous surfing golden retriever.

From ABC News:

Owner Judy Fridono discovered Ricochet had other ways to help.

“I wanted her to make a difference in one life, and she’s touched millions and millions now,” Fridono told ABC News.

Ricochet started boogie boarding at 8 weeks old and is now a pro on the surfboard. Fridono swears she adjusts her balance and stance depending on the disability of the person she is surfing with.

Ricochet is just as valuable on land: She has raised more than $100,000 for different charities on her Facebook page and her videos have gone viral, garnering more than 3 million views.

She is also a finalist for the annual “Hero Dog Award” from the American Humane Association, where she is up against a guide dog and even a military dog, all amazing animals. And while they all might rate a 10, only Ricochet can hang ten.

I’ve written about this dog before– the SURFice dog. 

This is the kind of golden retriever I really like.

This is my gestalt when I hear the words “golden retriever.”

 

 

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