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Retrievers Retrieve Anywhere

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AKC-registered Retrievers, Pointers, and Setters compete as show dogs in the Sporting Group, as well as perform their appointed duties in the field.

Golden Retrievers (pictured above) and Labrador Retrievers are sent out into field and stream to retrieve game already killed, or wounded, by their human hunting partners. The specialty of these hunting dogs is their “soft” mouth, a term used to refer to the ability of these animals to retrieve and carry game without puncturing it, or further damaging it.

Labs and Goldens also are among the most popular of family dogs in the United States. Goldens have various shades of wavy, golden coats, from light to quite dark. Labs, among the very shorthaired dog breeds, can be yellow, chocolate, or black.

Likely origins:
Goldens = Scotland, as early as 1853
Labs = the country of Newfoundland in Canada; records of their breed began in 1830

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If We Could Be Like Dogs

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If we could be like dogs — lovers unconditional — the world would be a better place. A dog uses God’s credo — love all others first.

Although massive in stature, the Newfoundland breed (ABOVE), nicknamed Newfie, is one of the kindest and most gentle of dogs. Their need to bond with humans is astounding. Water dogs by nature, they are taught to help their humans in water-related tasks, as well as to rescue humans in peril in the water, but their instinct to rescue is way ahead of any instructor.

And the unconditional love a dog expresses toward his “owner” is way ahead of many expressions from the human race.

Lord Byron (George Noel Gordon, 1788-1824), the British poet, said of the dog “…he has all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices”. That was part of the tombstone eulogy for his deceased Newfie, Boatswain, whom he also said had “Beauty without Vanity” and was a better friend to him than any man he’d known.

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Photo (Ebony, the author’s female Newfie, 1998-2009) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Show It Dogs

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ABOVE: Yes, Ebony, my Newfoundland female (1998-2009) did have a tail! It’s actually hanging to the side, toward the camera, here; look closely.

My contention is solid that a dog’s love of the human race isn’t prompted by his pure breed, or mutthood. Dogs are champions of love. Love the dog; he loves you! It’s simple and unconditional.

However, did you know there is a definite difference in the canine show rings of America and Britain in regards to a dog having the word Champion (Ch) placed with his name?

Britain and America have slightly different rules when it come to naming a dog a show Champion. In Britain, a dog must win three Challenge Certificates in three different shows from three different judges to earn the Champion moniker that precedes his show name.

An American Champion is determined when the dog has accumulated 15 points, earned on a one- to five-point system scale in each show he enters. Only one female and one male in each American show may earn points.

Most breed dogs have a history that led to their name. For instance, the Newfoundland took the name of its original country, Newfoundland. Terrier is the origin of “terra”, which in Latin translates to “earth”. Therefore, the Terrier dog derived his breed name, since he is one who “goes to earth” to hunt prey such as foxes, rabbits, and badgers.

Most Mutthoods, like my current pal, Cee-Cee, just answer to the call, “Hey, you”, and are happy to do it!

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Dog Lessons

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Lots of things in life are good, like ice cream! Yum!

My Newfie, Ebony (1998-2009) particularly enjoyed the treat after a swim in Lake Erie at Port Clinton, or Marblehead Lighthouse State Park miles across the lake from the amusement park, Cedar Point. Ebony would spend the entire afternoon swimming, fetching, and playing in the water. There was no end to her enthusiasm for water.

The amusing part of that fact is that I had to work to introduce her to water when I adopted her in 1998. Apparently, she never had experienced the joy of swimming when I met her at the local Humane Society. She was barely a year old, had strayed unidentified from some compound.

My love of the water quickly transferred to her as she became my life-long adoptee. Her joy was doubled when I also introduced her to ice cream.

We can learn from a dog the joy of love and loyalty, and to grin when we’re happy (hopefully without drooling!)

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Photo (Ebony, a female Newfoundland) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Gandhi Had A Point

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Mohandras K. Gandhi (1869-1948) had a great thought when he expressed the idea that a society would be judged, ultimately, by the way it treated its animals. That statement can be taken to maximum expression in these world times of turmoil.

In our newspapers we read of acts of cruelty toward animals. How, then, are we treating each other?

Animal cruelty is the forerunner of human cruelty, which is the deeper meaning of Gandhi’s words of warning.

Too many times we ignore the brotherhood we share as humans, and too many times, we don’t appreciate the loyal, unconditional love a dog exemplifies when he is treated well by a human.

We need to look at one another the way our dogs look at us.

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Photo of a family dog, Smokey, from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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