Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Other Fur Kid, Rosey


Meet Lucy's Big Red Sister, Ambertrail's Cinnamon Rose. Isn't she beautiful? A very sweet dog, but don't let the picture fool you. Rosey is one intense Golden Retriever. Almost 9 years old now, this was taken when Rose was in her prime. She's slowing down but still out there hunting every chance she gets with Paul.

Rosey is from Canada, eh? We wanted a family dog, and he wanted a dog to hunt with. He researched breeders of hunting Golden Retrievers and didn't find many in the U.S. but he found
Ambertrail Reg'd in Maxville, Ontario. We drove twice to the kennel just outside of Ottawa; once to see their operation and be 'interviewed' and the second time to pick up Rosey at 7 weeks old.

Trained to his voice, a whistle and hand signals, they hunt upland game and water fowl. Paul trained her himself beginning at 8 weeks. When she is home, she's pretty much a typical Golden but in the field, she's all business. Don't pet me, don't talk to me, just shoot the damned duck and let me go get it! There's always something in the freezer compliments of Rosey such as the pheasant I use in my
Perfect Pheasant recipe.


Paul is in sales and on the road most of the time and Rosey rides with him daily. They have a bond like nothing I have ever seen. I've often said if the house catches on fire and Rose and I are both trapped, I'm in trouble.


And since Lucy joined the family 4 years ago, we're a two-dog family; something I would never had imagined. Some days when they both get barking and chasing each other around the house (one at 12# and the other at 75#) I just stand there and laugh. Often pains in the butt, they keep us laughing and sure do add a lot to our lives.

9 comments:

Pam said...

Rosey is a great dog. A real love. And for the most part she has the patience of a saint when it comes to Lucy (and Pearl).

Alex the Girl said...

Sandy, this was awesome. You should go to Mamageek and enter it in her photo Friday thing. She puts the Mr. Linky up today. I think your photo story would be an awesome addition.

Alex the Girl said...

p. s. I follow her and Cecily R. They both host Photo Friday, so if you're interested, you can look up her link on the blogs I follow.

Sandy said...
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Sandy said...

Pam, as intense as Rose can be, she can also be very easygoing, I don't always realize that. She's had the patience of a saint with Lucy and Pearl, too, who's smart enough not to get too close.

Alex, thanks for the info. I will definitely look for that link.

Maddy said...

Sandy:

I remember when we first built our house in Acushnet, you came to visit and you had Rosey with you. She was just a puppy!! I can't believe she's 9 yrs old already, but then again, it will be 9 yrs. in Dec. that we've been in our house. She's very lucky to be able to spend the day with Paul, just like Wiley - who goes to work with Chris every day. We should introduce them all sometime....

Anonymous said...

Pam and I went for a walk together yesterday morning, and I got to hold Rosey's leash. She is a beautiful and sweet dog, and (I kid you not) it was the highlight of my day.
-- Amy S.

Sandy said...

Maddy, I remember that visit! I was saying 'be quiet' 'stop jumping' the whole time. She's still pretty rambunctious when she sees someone. Yes, we need to have a doggie playdate.

Amy, I'm glad you enjoyed your walk with Rosey. She's really a good dog. But I can guarantee she enjoyed it more!

mariahsmile said...

I found you through SITS and I love your story of Rosey! I had a red Golden for 12 wonderful years named Sunshine. She was truly the love of my life so I can relate entirely!

 

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