Golden Retriever Club of America – National Specialty Show

The Golden Retriever Club of America is a wonderful organization – informative and helpful. Why am I touting it? First, I love Golden Retrievers. I love all dogs, but Goldens rank at the top of my list, by far. So naturally, I’ve had mostly Goldens as pets. As a matter of fact, I’ve written a book, Charlie: A Love Story, about one of my Goldens.

A few years back I attended a Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty Show. It was held five minutes from my home in Malibu. I was in heaven – there were Goldens everywhere I looked! The event lasted for most of a week. I went on a few different days and had to wrench myself out of there. Everywhere I looked, there were Goldens of all ages, all sizes, all colors, in obedience trials, in the show rings, or just hanging out. Lots of information about Goldens and where to get them. Many extremely friendly and helpful breeders, with their puppies. And you could meet the parents!

At the Golden Retriever Club of America, you’ll probably learn, among many other things, that Goldens are high-energy, people-loving – including children-loving – and intelligent dogs. They have a great temperament throughout their life, and that only gets better as they get older.

This breed probably has an emotional intelligence that’s higher than any other breed, which makes it so easy to have a close connection with most Goldens. They love their families, and they want to be close. Great family dogs. I can’t say enough about how great this breed is – I’ve never met a Golden I didn’t love. In my book Charlie: A Love Story, there’s information about the breed, particularly as they get older, and about their character (which is perfect); about Charlie’s and my very special and deep relationship; about how I handled Charlie’s diagnosis of melanoma when he was ten years old and how as a family we took care of Charlie through his illness; and about and how Charlie with his indomitable spirit went on to live far beyond the Golden’s life expectancy of ten to twelve years. To find out more about Charlie: A Love Story, you can click on the following link:

If you contact the Golden Retriever Club of America, you can not only learn more about Goldens but you can also find out when and where their next event might be. If you attend it, you can learn much more information to help you decide whether this is the right breed for you and your lifestyle. If you’re interested in Goldens, the Golden Retriever Club of America is a great place to start.