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Golden Sands and a Golden in the Sand

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Golden Sands and a Golden in the Sand

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Massive quantities of Alex-and-sand-related pictures ... dial-up beware!

We begin with general Alex-in-the-sand pictures. Alex enjoyed the sand a great deal. He was permitted to dig in it, found the occasional piece of wood or shell to carry around, and was generally free to act like a nut (or, as Bobby calls it, "blow the stink off").

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Here, I can almost hear Alex thinking, "Wow. That is one BIG bathtub ... Don't get any ideas, Mommy!"

(Alex, btw, is more than a week overdue for his bath. He needs it. He's getting one tomorrow.)


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At this point, Alex begins his attempt at digging all the way through to China ...


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Note the sand on the nose in many of these pictures, i.e. "I've been up to no good."


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Here, Alex says, "I'm a happy guy!" Goldens do have adorable smiles. :)


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But now, "Yech, I've eaten a lot of sand ... this might come back to haunt me!" (*ahem* It did.)


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Alex is a Retriever. Here, he shows his retrieving skills by attempting to take himself for a walk.


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The wind has its way with some floppy ears ...


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Alex and his Daddy ...


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Alex and his Mommy ...


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Alex plays tug-of-war with his lead ...


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On the trail of somethin' good ...


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I love this one. It looks, to me, like doggie joy.


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And this one ... my beautiful little boy. :)


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"You are the wind beneath my ... ears?"


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"Sometimes, I have been known to bury my head in the sand."

(And Dawn loves the floppy ears spread out in the sand! :)

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Playing with Mommy (who appears to be performing some form of awkward hip-hop dance) ...

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Alex struts his stuff with a piece of driftwood. What a proud Golden!


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Alex playing with his Daddy ...


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Alex's pawprints ...


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Now we approach "the big bathtub." Here, Alex is thinking, "OMG. What is that thing? Why is it coming for me??"


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"I don't think I like this ..."


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"Shit. It got me."


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"Yikes!!!"


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"Daddy, am I ever pissed at you!"


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"Mommy, let me tell you what they did to me ..."


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Now we come to Alex on the Boardwalk. We've been working with him on a chin lead versus a regular collar and lead (no, it's not a muzzle). It works like a halter on a horse and eliminates pulling. It's been a miracle for us; we had been leash-training Alex on a regular lead with some success, but he was unable to accompany us on long walks or trips because we had to be constantly in training mode. This lets us enjoy each others' company ... and I think that it also dissuades people from approaching us, as most people think that the chin lead is a muzzle. I don't mind people approaching Alex, but most people lack good petiquette and simply start shoving their hands in his face ("Awwww ... puppy!" ... bad idea; Alex doesn't bite but some dogs--even cute dogs--do) or ignore our attempts to control him before allowing them to pet or play with him. ("Oh, I don't mind if he jumps or mouths my hands! I have dogs!" "Yes, but we're trying to train him to ... *sigh* ... never mind.")

Anyway, walking Alex was a pleasant experience. Here he is, showing what a good doggie he is on the Boardwalk.


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Mommy and Alex on the boards ...


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Daddy and Alex on the boards ...


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At the Barefoot Mailman Motel, the front window looked out onto the walkway. One sad little Golden Retriever used to watch at the window and whine plaintively as his Mommy and Daddy went out without him. Only we uncovered it all to be an act ... not five steps down, there was a landing where we could peek up to see the window. Alex was gone from the window every time, probably devouring the steak treat that we left for him and on his way to taking a nap.


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"Hmmm ... I might like this!"


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I took these back at home tonight. When Alex was a little boy, Bobby used to carry him around with a paw over each shoulder and Bobby's hands under his bottom, like one might carry a little kid. Alex is beginning to outgrow it though ...


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  • Oh, gorgemous! I particularly like the photo of him walking himself, and anything with his ears flapping is beyond cute. Nice to see what Mr. Felagund and you look like, too.
    • Yep, that's the Felagund family: Dawn, Bobby, and Alex! :^D I love his (meaning Alex's ;) big floppy ears too.
  • Gah. I am in love with your dog.
  • I think bringing young 'uns to the ocean for the first time is one of the best treats that young mommies have. Mom Pony still likes to tell people about the first time she brought her little Pony to the beach, and you'll be showing people these Alex pictures when he's old and gray.
    • Yep, I remember going to the ocean as a wee one, certainly ...

      There's just something amazing about a little being and the big, big sea. :)
  • Aww, your puppy is not a puppy anymore...
    • He's growing up ... he was at the vet's on Thursday, and he weighs 70 lbs now. Quite a change from the 8 lbs when we first got him! :)
  • Huge range of doggie expressions--great pics.
    • Thank you! :) I certainly got a lot of good pictures from this batch to add to the Alex mood theme that I'm building (which, until this point, was mostly Alex sleeping ... :^P)
      • "the Alex mood theme that I'm building (which, until this point, was mostly Alex sleeping "

        I was cracking up when I saw the pics and thinking: Wow! She hit a vitual motherlode!
        • Lol! I was thinking it even as we were taking the pictures ... I think I might have more than half of them filled now! :^P
  • OMG; he is so huge and so beautiful!

    And the two of you look so wonderfully relaxed and smiling! -hearts-
    • Alex thanks you. :)

      There is nothing better than spending time at the ocean. It's so easy to forget about stress, struggles, and problems there. *loves*
  • EEEE - gorgeous pictures!
    That is one happy doggie. Is there anything better in the world than seeing a content animal? I think not.
    • Thank you! :)

      I agree ... making an animal happy is a wonderful thing. And Alex sure seemed to enjoy the ocean ... takes after his Mommy and Daddy in that!
  • *giggle*

    It's too bad you don't love your doggy or anything, huh.

    He is SOOOOOOOOOO adorable! And so are you & Bobby!
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    • Alex is certainly under-loved and definitely mistreated, as I'm sure these pictures make plain.

      ;)

      And thank you! :) {{{Nienna}}}
  • Lovely pictures. Does this chin lead really work? A neighbor who has a Siberian husky recommended it once as he saw me flying behind my (untrainable) dog but it's not easily available here and I didn't want to go into all the trouble to find that it made no difference.
    I was really surprised at how calm the sea is (Ocean City, I assume it's the Atlantic,isn't it?). The sea here is wild and raging (and very cold) almost all the year round. I'm trying to remember any difference along our coast but I've never seen those small waves.
    • I highly recommend the chin lead for large, unmanageable dogs. It's really quite amazing; Bobby put it on Alex for the first time, took him downstairs, and came back with eyes like saucers saying, "Dawn, this lead is a miracle!" It's impossible for them to pull on the chin lead like they do on a neck collar. Alex wasn't keen on it at first; he fought it a bit, but he got used to it quickly, and now, he wears it for hours on trips with no problem. It makes walking him much easier!

      Ocean City is on the Atlantic, yes, and it's usually not that calm! :^D This was rather unusual, and I have a feeling that some of it had to do with the fact that there appeared to be a great number of sandbars to slow the rush of the water. In the summer, the waves will sometimes come over my head ... very scary! I don't like to swim in the ocean for this reason. Though I am taller than most women, I still get beaten up. Not fun. ;)

      And it is cold too! Though global warming has seen to an "improvement" in that regard. :^/
  • ok these get a big huge AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!

    I love puppy smiles and happy faces!! he really was enjoying himself. :D I particularly love his look out onto the ocean and playing ostrich with his head in the sand. :D I know what you mean about the halter/lead, we have one for Reagan and I had the same comments of people fearful thinking she's a biter with a muzzle on but every once in a while I'll get a smart person who knows what it is. ^_^ I agree too, what is it with people who just go "PUPPY!!!" and proceed to smother the dog without even asking or making sure the dog is ok with people? bejeebus!

    so is that a Boston Red Sox cap on hubby? Gooooooooo Red Sox!!! :D
    • Actually, it's a throw-back Baltimore Orioles cap ... Goooo, Orioles! :^D

      I don't think we'll ever have a big dog again without training on a chin lead. And I'm certainly not complaining that it dissuades people from approaching him. I appreciate how cute and pettable he is ... but people have very little respect for the fact that we are trying to train a well-behaved dog! ;)
  • Aw aw awww. You and Alex have given me warm fuzzies (much needed on such a cold and awful-weather day like today!). He's so fun and happy-looking and curious and aww, puppies. I love them. ♥ Beautiful pictures! :-)
    • Thank you. :) And I appreciate needing warm puppies on a day like this ... it is cold and raining here as well.
  • Wow, Alex is such a big boy! And a beautiful one at that. You know, I carry my white kitty in my arms like Bobby has Alex, too. Only said kitty is not a huge, heavy Golden Retriever. But she probably bites more than Alex does.

    The three of you look like one happy, beautiful young family. And the pictures are all great. Thanks for posting them.

    *hugs and smooches*
    • Thank you, Alina! *hugs*

      We're working very hard to break Alex of any biting/mouthing, so I'm going to hope/agree that he bites less than your kitty. ;) It's funny, though, that you carry her in the same way. I'd never seen anyone carry an animal like that before! :)
  • Awwwwwwwwwww! Alex looks so happy and adorable- wonderful pictures! (And the captions are pretty humourous, hee hee) I remember when I first went to the beach. Little ol' adventurous toddler that I was, I went a bit too far. Next thing I know, there's water as far as I could see (and it wasn't very far at the time). I was found wailing my head off some yards from the shore. >
    • Awww ... poor wee Noliel! That must have been scary (though an adorable recollection. :) I don't remember my first trip to the ocean, though we went all the time when I was very young. I've always loved it, though. Probably explains why I choose to wake up at 7 a.m. on Saturdays to work at the Aquarium and such. ;)
  • *wibbles* Awww. My Golden will always be a baby to me, no matter how old he gets!
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