Love For & From My 4-Legged Son: How an ordinary golden retriever became an extraordinary dog

Silver Sands Books
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This is the story of the amazing Hunter J. Marcus (my “four-legged son”). Hunter lived for 15 years and three months. He was a golden retriever and the typical lifespan for a "golden" is 10-12 years, so he definitely had high mileage. His death was not sudden, violent nor unexpected—but was nonetheless very sad.

I could not be more miserable because of the loss of a human child.
I never thought of Hunter as a pet, and certainly not as a possession. He was a housemate, playmate, child, co-conspirator, fellow traveler and—most of all—my best buddy. He soared like an eagle, swam like a porpoise, ate like a shark and often thought like a human.

Hunter understood dozens of English words and was very obedient—when he chose to be. Golden retrievers are very smart, and very independent. Hunter always knew exactly what he was supposed to do in any situation, and sometimes he was willing to do what he was supposed to do. We rewarded bad behavior because anything a dog does is cute!

This book is a memorial, but it's fun, not morbid.
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About the author

Michael N. Marcus is a journalist, editor, publisher, blogger, critic, maven, bestselling author of more than 40 books, award-winning advertising copywriter, and mostly successful amateur attorney.
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Silver Sands Books
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Published on
Apr 13, 2017
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Pages
138
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ISBN
9780998883502
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / General
Humor / Topic / Animals
Nature / Animals / Mammals
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This content is DRM free.
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 Golden Retrievers - Dog Books for Kids
Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 - Early History
Chapter 2 - Fascinating Features & Care
Chapter 3 - Amazing Golden Retriever facts 
Conclusion - A Family's best friend
Author Bio

Introduction

"A dog is man's best friend, and vice versa."
-Anonymous

Golden Retrievers are considered ‘the perfect family pet.’ They are charming, warm, tolerant, versatile, intelligent, and very friendly. As a large size dog breed, they were originally bred as gun dogs and used during hunting to help “retrieve” game like ducks and waterfowl.

As the name indicates, “retrievers” were used to “retrieve” things, but their athletic skills go beyond hunting. For one thing, Retrievers love the water. It is almost instinctive to them and they will not hesitate to get wet.

They thrive on activities that give them something to do. It can be a nice game of fetch, some fun at the beach, running around the yard, or racing across an open field.

Although bred as a part of working dog, Golden retrievers are one of the top ten most popular dog breeds today. They are also well known for their participation in conformation shows. Their versatile nature extends beyond dog shows and into the home.

For example, Golden Retrievers are used as guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for those who are impaired. Their skills include search and rescue and detection dogs.

They love to play but this does not mean they are not trainable. Retrievers love to learn new things, so training your dog to accept new commands is a breeze!

When it comes to relationships, the Retriever’s gentle and patient demeanor makes them an excellent companion for children, and their affectionate nature will endear them to the entire family.
Although exercise is required for this breed, it can enjoy calm indoor activities as well. And, its tranquil nature makes it a delight no matter where you may be.

For these reasons and many more, Golden Retrievers are highly recommended as a loyal and faithful companion. Their steadfast obedient and loyal nature is not only deserving of the title “man’s best friend” but also… “Best family friend!”
For the past decade, the Golden Retriever has ranked among the five most popular breeds registered with the AKC, with more than 65,000 Goldens registered every year. The Golden Retriever’s personality is as golden as his outer coat. He was bred to please, and please he does. He started out as a hunting partner who delivered birds to hand and has evolved into modern times delivering whatever suits his owner’s fancy. Because Golden Retrievers were originally bred to work in tandem with humans, they are also highly trainable.

Golden Retrievers For Dummies is intended for busy 21st century dog owners who don’t have time to sit down and read through 300 pages at a crack. This is a reference you can jump in and out of as dog questions rear their furry heads. This handy guide is also for you if

You own a Golden Retriever or thinking about getting one. You've just brought home a Golden pup. You want to find the best way to raise and train your Golden. You want to help your Golde n to not just survive but to thrive.

Find out what it takes to own this active, intelligent, and friendly dog. Explore the Golden's personality traits and living requirements. Discover which diseases are hereditary. This reference guide covers all the aspects of dog ownership, including:

Looking at breeders, rescue groups, and animal shelters Adopting and caring for older dogs Selecting a puppy with help from an established testing process Dog-proofing your house and yard Crate training, housetraining, and obedience training Canine communication and growing pains Feeding, exercising, and playing with your Golden Dealing with illness, problem behavior, and treatment Grooming for health and beauty

If you’re serious about this Golden business and not just caving in to the kids or some other wild impulse, follow the advice of responsible dog owners and breeders. Look deep into your dog-loving soul and carefully consider the big picture. Love alone is not enough.

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