Our Golden Gang

Welcome to my blog. I have been blogging since 2009 on the Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland web site. Now that I’ve left the rescue’s board I realize that I still want to have a place to post and save good information about providing the best care for my pups and yours, so voila! Here we go. 


Emergency Plan

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A few nights after returning home from my trip with my daughter Joe wakes me at 230 am and tells me he thinks he’s having a heart attack.

I give him an aspirin.

Call 911. They ask for my call back number and I can’t remember my phone number!

Turn inside and outside lights on.

Get dressed.

Dogs put away (was hard as they wanted to be with Joe).

While waiting for the ambulance I put kibble down for the dogs since I’m not sure how long I’ll be away.

Ambulance arrives. Load Joe into ambulance.

Follow ambulance that stops. I freak a bit. Call 911 to learn EMT met ambulance and is checking Joe out.

Get to ER which is packed. Joe put in a storage room.

EKG and blood test good. LUNGS are the issue. He went to the doctor a month ago with a cold that didn’t get better.

Whoa! We dodged a bullet.

If Joe had had a heart attack he would have been sent “up the road” to Baltimore or Washington DC. Both are a two hour drive one way, so caring for the pups would be a challenge.

Fortunately I have a pet sitter as April was in Chicago for work.

If you don’t have a regular pet sitter who knows your pups’ routine, do you have a list of feeding and medication instructions readily available for whomever you might call on to care for your pets?

We try to use our pet sitter at least once a month as we have some timid pups who need to have a relationship before they will even come into the house let alone eat.

A good recall would have helped me get the pups into a room away from Joe as requested by the person who answered 911. Thank goodness they did not turn the sirens on as my pups would have been traumatized.

Please be sure to have a plan as you never know when you may need one.

Joe’s List

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I chuckled when I returned from my cruise with my daughter to see Joe’s To Do List on the counter.

He only worked half days while I was away so he could take care of the pups.

It was nice to be able to go away and not worry about my kids – my human kid was with me and Joe took care of the fur kids.

Making a List


Leaving for a Caribbean cruise with my daughter on Saturday. As always I’m excited to travel, but will miss my pups.

Joe, their dad, will be home with them so I’m making a list of dog care reminders.

I have to chuckle as he’s already talking about coming home early or taking afternoons off to be with them and to take care of them.

Our pups are so fortunate. They don’t spend much time alone other than when I go to yoga class or run errands.

I feel bad for those pups who spend 10 or more hours alone every work day. I know people have to work, but pups could be taken to doggy day care or have a pet sitter or neighbor come over to let them out or take to grandmas.

Here’s a good article from Whole Dog Journal on How Long is Too Long.

Too Long

Happy Holidays

Christmas critters

It’s bitter sweet to look back over the Christmases to see which dogs were in our lives. This year we are missing Madeline. She loved opening Christmas presents. So grateful for our fur kids who have shared our holidays, our lives, with us over the years.

Keagan, Menia, Ruby Tuesday, Riley and Al the Cat say “Happy Holidays to you and yours.”