Growing up I did not have the best experiences with dog’s. Many of my interactions were either of me being bit by a dog, or almost being bit by a dog. Which explains why I have been more of a cat person growing up. As time went on I found it is fun and challenging to train other people’s dog’s. I love a good challenge and am definitely a goal digger. Once my mind is made up it is very hard to stop me. Which has been very helpful in life thus far, but like everything there is good and bad that comes with that…. Back to Penny!
First off, I knew I wanted a Golden Retriever because they’re literally the sweetest and cutest dog’s on the planet! Second part of finding a dog was to convince my husband it was a wonderful idea and that our life won’t be complete without them. That was a tough, but my husband is the sweetest ever so he said yes! I am beyond blessed to have him as my partner in crime and the Father of our fur babies:)
After coming into agreement that we were ready to care for a dog and have them join our family, the search began! I started researching local shelters, nothing. I looked into out of state shelters and a lot of them required that you live in the same state as the dog was currently in. I found a couple of dog’s in OR, but you had to get the brother and sister together. Which makes perfect sense and I would’ve been happy to do that if we had the space but, we don’t unfortunately. Then I found another dog who was part golden, part mutt but hated cats… We have 1 cat named, Nova scotia who is a rescue and has his own issues. Which brought on the search for a local breeder. When I say local I mean 5 ish hours away in the butt crack of Oregon. My number one desire in a dog was for them to be really healthy and smart. Golden retrievers are known to have a lot of health issues as it is and so I wanted to be off to a great start with a healthy dog. Granted anything could happen but, I didn’t want a mass produced puppy who was bred to make an extra buck. Which is how I went about finding Sunset Golden’s of Oregon. This breeder loves her dogs a LOT! She raises field golden retrievers for hunting, show, services dogs, and pets. I loved the idea of getting a field golden puppy who was bred to work! I planned on training our new puppy to be the most obedient dog my husband had ever seen! haha okay well, lets just say obedient.
Sunset Goldens did a great job with providing us a smart and cute pupster, but the road to getting her was a roller coaster ride! But that’s a story in itself.
We were last on the waiting list but Penny was my first choice out of all the pups. Which was freakin awesome that even though we didn’t actually get to choose her, God chose her for us!
The time had come and we drove to Oregon to pick up Penny from the breeder. Not even 10 minutes into the car ride home Penny peed all over her stinky blanket. It had begun, we’re puppy parents!!!
Thankfully the first week home with her I had taken the week off of work. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t had those very difficult 7 day’s off with her. They were literally so exhausting!!! I was freaking out about how much work she was and I felt so sad for her because she was just under 7 weeks and in a new scary place without her mom and siblings. It was tough… Our original plan was to pick her up at 8 weeks, but her mom was 1 week late with giving birth. So we just went for it!
First week is definitely the worst, after that your like holy toledo this is crazy that you are a baby and need a LOT of attention and help. Granted everyone will tell you puppies are a lot of work, but it’s just one of those thing’s I had to “experience” before I fully knew what I was getting myself into. I definitely cried, lol totally true!! I also probably would’ve given her away if you would’ve asked me during that first week. Thankfully I stuck with it and drilled our veterinarian with questions at her first check up, she is great! She reassured me that what we were doing and where we were at with Penny’s training was right on track! That was a huge relief!! She was also impressed with her bladder control, yay Penny! Penny is my dog, yes it’s our family dog but if I mess her up its on me! Hence the whole challenge thing, I like to push myself to grow, especially if it’s something I’ve never done before.
Fast forward 8 weeks and Penny is 26lbs and thriving on life! She is about to complete her last puppy preschool class and will be getting her picture taken with Santa Claus this Saturday! She has been a lot of work, but such a joy to come home to and play with.
Some of the trick’s that she has learned so far are sit, stay, come, down, roll over, spin, shake, high five, fetch, and she’s working on catching treats in her mouth. I just want her to be the best and have the most wonderful life a Golden Retriever can have!
Our Furry baby, Penny at 7 week’s old.
Penny poo at 14 week’s. #Brotank