Dutch Golden

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Wolfsoul, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Wolfsoul Member

    Hey everyone,
    I'm Daniƫlle and I decided to try out a new way of keeping my 11 year old Golden Retriever Spike entertained and busy by learning him some new (senior) tricks.

  2. Anneke Honored Member

    Hi and welcome!
    Are you dutch? Just curious, because I am:D
  3. jackienmutts Honored Member

    Hi and welcome to DTA. And Spike is just beautiful!
  4. Wolfsoul Member

    Thanks and yes I'm Dutch (y) Nice to see I'm not the only Dutchy around here!
  5. Wolfsoul Member

    Thanks, I kind of cheated with the photo though, he's only 3 years old there :p He's 11 on the photo below, he has his eyes nearly closed because of the sun though, he's a true sun worshipper... :notworthy:

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  6. bekah1001 Honored Member

    Awe his so cute!.. and Welcome! Wow he is big! My golden retrievers, Brody and Riley are so small and crazy thin (but eat like pigs!). Mahoney is only big guy
  7. Wolfsoul Member

    Thanks! He's not that big, there are some even larger goldens in my neighbourhood. Spike eats like a pig too lol must be a golden thing ;) How old are your goldens?
  8. bekah1001 Honored Member

    They are pretty young. Riley is 3, Brody 2, and Mahoney is almost a year
  9. Wolfsoul Member

    Spike was I think about 4 when he seemed to be getting bigger, I think it may have to do with his fur starting to curl a bit lol.

    Untill his 7th year he was always a bit underweight and when he was 5 we even had to get him to eat more to gain weight even though he already ate quite a lot but we were very active back then lol. After his 7th his arthritis became a problem though and slowly his activity has been decreasing, now he can barely walk for half an hour (that's just walking, no play of any kind). So since then he's also gained a bit of weight that we can't seem to lose even by decreasing his meals.
  10. bekah1001 Honored Member

    Awe poor pup.
    Mahoney is super curly...not like a goldendoodle but I was surprised. My friend always asks me who is his stylist.
    But I can feel his ribs more than the other, but he dosen't seem to gain any weight, but his dad was also very skinny
  11. Wolfsoul Member

    I guess there's some variety in when the coat starts curling (if ever) and how big or small the dogs are. Spike's mother was rather small and skinny but his father was much bigger. Likely the type of food and activity plays a role as well in how your dog grows. As long as they're healthy I don't mind that much how they look :)
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