Goldens are Great!

Last night a volunteer from G.R.R.E.A.T. came to visit our house. (G.R.R.E.A.T. stands for Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training) She brought her big cuddly bear of a dog, Ozzie, with her to explain the G.R.R.E.A.T. adoption process. Ozzie investigated our house, including the side-yard and even went down into the basement, while we talked about dogs and shared a few stories about our previous Golden and member of the family, Grace.
The posted photo was taken in 2005, when Grace was about three and a half years old. She was so gorgeous! And my daughter Alex, now a statuesque young lady who’ll be turning 19 on Friday, was in Middle School. My husband Peter looks about the same. And that’s a good thing.
I was given some additional information about dog foods, and learned we need to be more selective in evaluating the food that we purchase. Many dog foods are laced with questionable preservatives and loaded with fillers.
Next step is to receive an approval letter with a list of available dogs– based on suitability for our family, at which point the ball is back in our court. As the start of a New Year approaches, I am thankful I feel hearty enough to welcome a new dog into our home. I’m looking forward to long walks and more adventures.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

2 thoughts on “Goldens are Great!

  1. Yes, we learned one dog food we were feeding our golden probably led to her demise – it’s a commercially available dog food! Needless to say, we switched to Prescription dog food and our third dog lasted 15 years!
    Hope all goes well – and when you become a new parent (for surely it is parenthood), please let me know so I can come pet her/him and welcome her/him please. Thanks! and Congrats.


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