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Charlie Care

Friday, September 11, 2009

Charlie (my golden retriever) was pretty muddy this morning. He had been for a long walk with our son yesterday, with a swim, and although completely dried off his long, magnificent coat was tangled and matted a little, especially on his chest and leggings.

I pulled out his brush and called him to me. He does not like being brushed very much, but he wants to be cooperative. I spoke to him conversationally while fluffing up his plumage and gently removing the matts, telling him what a fine dog he is: his tail moved back and forth on the floor. There were a couple of small matts behind his ears, too, and some mud on top of his head which came out with a light brushing. It's easy for goldens to get ear infections so I took out his special ear cleanser which smells minty and fresh, and followed up with the medicated ear lotion.

Charlie looked up at me hopefully; he knows that grooming sessions are followed by freeze dried liver treats! I reached for the bag on top of the fridge and put Charlie through his paces: he loves the tricks as much as the treats!

"On your mat", "come", "sit", "stay", "wait", "about", "leave it", "down" and finally "all gone" (that's the one where he gets to finish up all the crumbs). Charlie beamed up at me, and my husband watched it all with a fond expression on his face.

Taking care of Charlie is such a pleasure. He flopped down beside my kitchen chair while I sipped my coffee and read the paper. What a great start to my day.

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    What a great story, I feel the same way as I care for my dogs. They really are amazing!!! Such unconditional love.

    3103 days ago
    Youmade me tear up remembering all our past dogs and the joy they brought to our lives. Thank you for sharing such a lovely experience.
    3105 days ago
    Warm thoughts, emoticon to you and Charlie.
    3107 days ago
    I was lost in the dreamy bliss of having a sweet puppy too...your charlie sounds wonderful! it crossed my mind that I needed to groom my little girl...when all of a sudden I hear Pffffffft! I look down and my "precious fur baby" is apparently having some tummy issues....now I'm having white carpet issues-LOL....and she DEFINITELY is in need of a bath! So thank you for getting that iniciative going BEFORE it became MANDATORY LOL!
    3107 days ago
    Awww...wonderful story..i don't have a dog anymore..but just reading this wants me to go out and get another one emoticon I can tell you have a lot of Love for your Charlie....you are a very special person...thanks once again for sharing those precious moments with us... emoticon
    3107 days ago
    What a wonderful story. Don't you wish it were as easy with children and spouses?(lol) Dogs are such loving caring creatures. You are lucky to have one. Star emoticon
    3108 days ago
  • WHOLY_FIT_48
    What a great story - there is nothing like a Golden. I love, love, love, love, love them. Thanks so much for sharing Charlie with us!
    3108 days ago
    Dogs you gotta love 'em. Thanks for sharing.
    3108 days ago
    Where would we be without our loyal dog friends...I loved the picture you painted of your morning. Check out Time magazine 9/21/09 The Secrets Inside Your Dog's Mind. Have a great weekend. Kicked mine off with a long walk with Sarah to the lake overlook park...the sky was amazing reds, rusts and yellow bouncing off the western clouds at dusk. Glad to be alive!
    3108 days ago
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