She was bred to retrieve. But being her own dog – she only likes moving things with an interesting smell and taste!
May she do whatever makes her happy! I just love watching her be herself.
Posted by Francy on August 21, 2013
My puppy is one year today!
A couple of days ago I bought her lots of presents, already imagining what she’ll do with them, once I give them to her. The toy section in the pet store had a wide variety and I know how much Anna loves flabby things with strings and squeaky toys or bouncy balls.
After a careful inspection of the flabby squeaky stuff, Anna shook the chicken hard and proudly carried it around. Nibbled at the feet, the head, rolled over on her back and chew carefully on it.
Unfortunately, soon after, she had a disgusted look on her face and coughed hard. I took the chicken inside and gave it a wash under the sink because I thought maybe the rubbery material (which I thought to be a relatively safe rubber) may have a funny taste. When holding it under the sink, the water turned red. My alarm bells went on and I put it in the washing machine before giving it back to her. She is fine with it now but I still think it will soon find its way to the trash!
And back at home the toys were waiting again! The lighthouse has a string to it which Anna loves! She keeps playing with the string mostly and shaking around the heavy lighthouse – which is actually a water buoy.
Posted by Francy on August 18, 2013
Anna trying to eat an egg.
Posted by Francy on July 19, 2013
Das Rezept für einen noch glücklicheren Retriever……. Füge Wasser hinzu!!!
It’s summer. And summer is hot. So what’s better than cool water? These shots were all taken during weeks (June/July) and as you can see, Anna’s got THE LIFE.
Es ist Sommer. Und Sommer sind ja bekanntlich heiß. Was ist besser, als schönes kühles Wasser? Alle Fotos wurden während der letzten paar Wochen (Juni/Juli 2013) aufgenommen und wie man sehen kann: Anna hat ein Leben!
Enjoying a rub from mum – Einen Knuddler von Mama genießen
Chillaxing on the jetty by the boat – Relaxen auf dem Bootssteg
There’s lots of interesting things to discover: ducks, fish, mosquitos, frogs – Am See gibt es viele Dinge zu entdecken: Enten, Fische, Mücken, Frösche…
Once Anna discovers a duck, she sets off for a hunt. Can you see her? So far the ducks always won but Annchen won’t give up. Good training – That’s how you get your Retriever to burn calories when it’s too hot for long walks! – Wenn Anna erst mal eine Ente entdeckt hat, gibt es kein Halten mehr. Kannst du sie auf dem Bild noch erkennen? Ich lass ihr den Spaß, da die Enten wegfliegen, wenn es ihnen zu heikel wird. Gutes Training – so verbrennt ein Retriever richtig Kalorien, wenn es für lange Spaziergänge zu warm ist.
Splash! – Platsch!
The deer puddle is actually for overheated Golden Retrievers – Auch die Rehtränke macht sich gut zum Abkühlen!
The pool is fantastic too! When it’s too hot, I just walk right in and lie down in it. – Der Pool ist auch grandios! Wenn es zu heiß wird, leg ich mich einfach rein! Noch mehr Spaß macht es aber, wenn der Schlauch dabei noch läuft!
Posted by Francy on July 14, 2013
Posted by Francy on March 14, 2013
I haven’t been active on the blog for almost two months but that doesn’t mean life here has been boring. No, to the contrary, Anna and I have spent every day together. Playing, cuddling, walking, skiing, discovering, and lately even swimming!
With every day the bond grows stronger and this post is a declaration of my love for Anna. She is now 6.5 months old and has become a tall and more confident young lady.
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End of January we went on a holiday to Austria and thoroughly enjoyed the weather there.
Digging in the deep snow became Anna’s full time job and she learnt to be alone in a foreign hotel room for an hour or two per day, which she accepted well from the start. She didn’t cry when we left but the first time I came back to the hotel room and opened the door, she didn’t recognize me and did a backflip, running away from me in panic, her claws screeching on the parquet floor and with her tail tucked under her belly. I couldn’t help but laugh at her hilarious maneuvers. She soon realized it was only me and came to greet me nervously!
Now Spring is slowly approaching Germany and we had a couple of warm days that melted the snow.
Recently Anna learned a new skill. I knew she regularly worked on my laptop during the last couple of weeks but then she really surprised me! She learnt English!
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Sunny greetings from Anna, the Golden Teenager.
Posted by Francy on March 8, 2013
Anna’s first time at the beach, her first real swim, retrieves from water and on land and lots of wild playing in the sand!
Posted by Francy on January 27, 2013