Having two Golden Retrievers I understand the exponential affect of more than one fur kid in and around the house. One plus one does not always equal two but instead some greater number. The key word in the last sentence is greater. There is a greater amount of work and a greater amount of patience required. There is a greater amount of expense and there is a greater amount of… poop.
But mostly there is a greater amount of love.
- “All things in moderation”.
- “Too much of a good thing [is not always good]”.
- “Too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the broth”.
These quotes are all sound, logical and practical. But they
may don’t not apply to Golden Retrievers. You cannot have too many Goldens in one place at the same time because you cannot ever have too much love.
And so it was yesterday at an event hosted by True Love Rescue. This is the rescue group that brought both Kali and Kloe to us. And for that I am forever indebted to them. This group of caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable volunteers do wonderful work that has had a positive affect on hundreds of dogs and families over the years. This annual event is “advertised” as a play day and reunion for many of the Goldens, like Kali, who came from Taiwan. But in a large way this event is also a celebration of the great work of the rescue group.
The Pack at large
And so there we were on Saturday watching dozens of Goldens romp around on a beautiful Spring day in the sun. They barked, wrestled, fetched, jumped in and out of the kiddie pools, rolled in the dirt and then came back around for more. But mostly they loved. Because this is what Goldens (all dogs really) do best: they love.
On this sunny day the exponential impact of having forty plus Golden Retrievers in one place was palpable. The love and positive vibe wafting through the light breeze was evident in the beaming faces of the proud parents as they watched their fur kids run around amongst the pack. I especially like seeing first time attendees smiling like little kids as they
watch experience all these Golden Retrievers, all in the same place, all at the same time. If you’re an aging Baby Boomer like me think Summer of Love without the sex and drugs… I also get a kick out of parents struggling at times to pick their dog out of the pack because many are so similar in looks. “OK, there he is, no wait that’s not him. I should put a scarf on him…”.
Besides all the dogs there’s all the parents. People who may have different political views, who may come from different walks of life, and perhaps with varying socioeconomic backgrounds. But in spite of diversity there is one overriding factor that each has in common: a deep love, bond, and devotion for dogs.
- “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” – Mae West
- “Too much of anything is bad, but too much whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain
- “Too much of a good thing is just about right.” – Jerry Garcia
I like these quotes better than those at the top of the post. Especially if “too much” is a Golden Retriever.
My Girls Kloe (red scarf) and Golden Kali