A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, December 20, 2008


A seven month old Golden package of exuberance abandoned at the Dog Pound for the crime of digging up flower beds. A photo taken with the cell phone.

Should I or shouldn't I?

Darla is a domineering matron of a dog. Ilsa needs a friend.



Blogger Carteach0 said...

Oh man..... so hard to resist.
If you have the home, the space, and the nature...... why not? Three dogs are no more trouble than two, and only a few dollars more to feed.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Roger.45 said...


6:43 AM  
Blogger stbaguley said...

I've had 3 Goldens and they are wonderful friends. They actually bring stuff to you. I spent a year frequently returning all the neighbors papers after suggesting to one that I would be pleased if he collected mine from the front walk. They are only as brave as they absolutely have to be, but they do go that far. Oh and they swim if they can, fast and far and bring stuff with them. Go for it. You're Navy right? Ilsa needs a girlfriend.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would tend to say yes. However it really depends if you're ready for a "new" dog since the recent loss of your other dog. I'm sure Ilsa and your kids would love a new friend, but then again you'd know going in that this dog likes to dig. (Any other bad habits?) With your training experience though that may be a moot point. If you can afford the time and effort (and food) I'd be positive it's worth it.
- Big Matt @THR

7:52 AM  
Blogger TrueBlueSam said...

Dogs need familly, too. I say YES!

That is Jack on the left. He is a three year old dog, but adjusted well to our life in the country.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Rabbit said...

I'd do it. That's how I got Daisy, my yellow Lab. My mom's husband's Golden passed away at an advanced age and they found Daisy at the local pound. Unfortunately, they weren't prepared for the activity level and exuberance of a year-and-something old Lab, and were about to return her to the pound when I intervened. That was 5 years ago, and I've never regretted that for a moment.

It's nice to have a dog that greets me at the door and is genuinely glad to see me, unlike the Siberians, who mostly want to know why I haven't fed them yet.


8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do it and don't look back!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Jeffro said...

Oh, you are lost. You already know this dog by name.

Go for it.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

If you can resist those eyes, you're a better man than I! Or at least stronger. My daughter volunteers at the local animal care league. I can't go with her because I'd bring home a critter per visit.

You already know it's a done deal, right?

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Bob@thenest said...

Uh, Xavier, that really is a rhetorical question, right?

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Lokidude said...

Only if you and yours are ready for it, sir.

1:44 PM  
Blogger MauserMedic said...


My Golden was a found dog- he found us out in the front yard after being dumped. I've never regretted keeping him.

He's neither as sharp or motivated as your Ilsa, but they are some the friendliest, loving dogs out there.


1:45 PM  
Blogger Katar Hol said...

The fact that you know this doggie's name means that you have already decided. Besides, you have done such a great job with Ilsa that you can use Darla's energy towards great training.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved a golden once. Beautiful beast, not the world's brightest but faithful and enthusiastic. Toss a snowball into a deep drift and he'd be in there the rest of the afternoon, looking for it ... :D

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dog broke the law. Let it rot in the pound for its crime.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you asked -


4:44 PM  
Blogger Wbdrey said...

I would do it!
I have 4 and a hyper lab puppy being one of them.

6:02 PM  
Blogger tschoppi said...

Well Xav
The recent loss of a dog in a family hurts of course, and it definitely leaves trails all over the house, that still something is missing.
But then, can you spend so much time with a golden retriever to teach'm not to dig in your precious wife's flowerbeds? Because teaching (hyper-)active retriever dogs (we got a labrador) to not do something exciting (like turning your garden into an archeological site) requires a ventile somewhere else for that energy. But biking with 2 dogs won't be such a big step anymore, will it?

And besides of that, you already know the name... So what's there to think about?

Greets from deep in the night already...
- the other side of the globe

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get her.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Mattexian said...

Another vote for "yes!" Ain't no crime in a dog diggin', just a PITA to fill in the holes (my dad's got a rat terrier who's outside all the time, and that's what she does... a lot!)

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely! Give that dog a home. The previous owners should be shamed of themselves!

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've added two rescue dogs to our starting point of a Golden (our second). Adding the third dog has been interesting, but it's worked out. The real question is whether you'll be able to give the new one what she needs ... if you can, go for it!

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

I had a golden retriever named "Misty" about 10 years ago. She was about 12 when she was hit by a car. Old age and the severity of the hit gave our family one course of action...

I miss her so much. Golden retrievers will always have a significant tug on my heart strings.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hell YES!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our Aura went 17 1/2 totally happy years- NEVER did get beyond the 2 yr old stage though- puppy from beginning to end. Just about the funnest animal of my life!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Chris M said...

Do it. You'll be glad you did.

I have a golden and Chloe is 200lbs of love packaged in a 90lb. body. I don't think any breed could be more affectionate and loving than a golden retriever.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Thernlund said...

Absolutely. I bought my daughter a Golden Retriever and they are among the friendliest and sweetest dog there are.

Do it.


10:42 PM  
Blogger Chaz said...

What does Ilsa think of him? If he's like most Goldens he'll love her no matter what, I would only ask her opinion of him to seal the deal. Good lookin' pup!

4:09 AM  
Blogger Aanoosh said...

Have you brought home the dog yet? The pooch needs a home. Nothing else needs to be said.


6:39 AM  

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