Guess Who’s Here!

My new Golden Retriever puppy, Ginger!

If you didn’t know, I lost my 6 year old Golden Retriever, Bauer, to bloat a little over a month ago… and I’m just not the kind of guy who can go too long without a dog in the house.

Well trained dogs are like perfect versions of the king of people we should all aspire to be, with no better examples of loyalty, friendship or forgiveness on the planet.

When I was writing about the loss of Bauer, one of the comments that another person left was “We should all aspire to become the person our dogs think we are”.

I couldn’t agree more!

But with death, their is also life, and Ginger is the little life that we’ve added to our home and I thought you might enjoy some pictures of her, so here you go:

Playing with her favorite squeaky toy… err.. um…
I mean my daughter, for the first time (yes this was supervised)

Cuddle Time w/My Son

She likes to make a break for the Raspberry Patch
when we aren’t paying attention

Play Time w/Kids

NOTE: One thing I’d like to share with you about this picture is something I talk about a LOT in my Hands Off Dog Training course, and our Puppy Programming course… that you may notice in the picture above.

It’s pretty dark so it’s hard to see, but behind my children there is a sunken living room that has a 15 foot space between walls.

If you’re a client of one of the two programs I’ve mentioned above, you’ll remember my concept of making your dog earn what I call ‘Room Rights’.

Room rights are where you lock your dog into one room only, blocking all access to other areas of your home, until your dog has proven that it can hold its bladder in that room.

I won’t go into all the ins and outs of the strategy here, as it’s one that I share with clients, but what I can tell you is that we had a HARD time finding a gate that would block access to that sunken room behind my children.  And if you’ll notice, if we take both of that rooms couches, and the kids ‘Train Table’ it perfectly blocks off access to that room. (Hey we all have to improvise if we want piss free carpet 😉

I share this with you, one, to give you an example that I really do believe in this strategy, and two, to let you know that I was able to find a gate that could work to fill this space in my home that might work for you.  But I haven’t tested it out yet.  It should be here today, so I’ll let you know how it works.  Because if you have large access ways to rooms in your home, and you have a new puppy you MUST block the space if you want to potty train in the fastest amount of time possible.

Me with My New Golden

A Golden Smile 😉

That’s all for now!

Looking through these I realized that I hadn’t got any cute pictures with my other daughter (just in case you thought I was leaving her out).  I’ll have to dig some up to use them in the many posts soon to come on puppy raising tips.

Nothing like re-doing the puppy thing to remind me of tips that I have yet to share with you about raising puppies.  So look for those in the days and weeks to come.

That’s all for now, hope you enjoyed the pics!

Chet

 

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Comments

  1. Jen says:

    Looks like a wonderful addition to your family, Chet! Enjoy :0)

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    Sienna Reply:

    Well,Bauer is probably looking down now smiling(if dogs could smile)(: Your new puppy is soooo cute!and your children are cute too!You have a beutiful family!

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    Diane Reply:

    Yesh…he’s probably saying “hey Dad, why didn’t you get her when I was there! She’s cute.”

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    Raj Reply:

    Hi Chet,
    She’s very lovable, Beautiful puppy and beautiful children you have! Even I do have a golden retriever puppy.

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  2. karen mcbride says:

    She is beautiful!!!! Great looking group!! Lots of fun to come…

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  3. Lois Barb says:

    What a cutie! She will be fun to watch going through her training.

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  4. Charlotte Waggoner says:

    Super pix – thank you so much. Ginger will be perfect!

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  5. Jill says:

    Congratulations!! Ginger is a cutie!

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  6. Claudia says:

    Hi, Chet,

    Thank you so much for sharing these adorable pictures. As we all know, there is nothing so full of love as children and puppies. Put them together, and WOW!

    So very glad you were able to find Ginger so soon, so that just maybe the loss of Bauer will abate somewhat. God Bless you and yours.

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  7. Peggy says:

    She is gorgeous!!!!!!! I just want to pick her up and cuddle her. I love her “smile”.

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  8. julia says:

    Just beautiful….children and new puppy…..God bless…..

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    Chet Reply:

    awh… thanks Julia 🙂

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  9. April says:

    She’s adorable! Hope she and you and your family have a wonderful growing and learning experience. Sounds like you all are lucky to have each other. I’m sure Bauer will always be in your heart, but with so much love to give, Ginger will now get lots of that, too. Good luck to all of you!

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  10. Stephen says:

    Hey Chet,
    Looks like you got your self a cutie there.
    Just wondering, where do you get one of those clickers
    you use for training?
    Thanks for your time.
    Be well.
    Stephen

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    Chet Reply:

    search ‘dog training clicker’ on google. or ask your local pet store for one… they are just a couple bucks.

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  11. Dolores says:

    Your children are beautiful. Look forward to seeing your other daughter. The training of my dog is slow because I truly haven’t had much time training him. Good luck with your new Golden, Ginger.
    Smiles, Dolores

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  12. Carolyn says:

    OH MY Ginger is so cute. She is VERY fortunate to be raised with discipline and obedience ensuring her life to be the best a dog could ever hope for. Bauer, I am sure would approve paws down. She is a love !!! And, thanks for sharing with us. I look forward to your emails.
    Carol

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  13. Teresa says:

    Congrat’s on the new girl, like you said death brings new life in many another stages of our life. We can not replace Bauer, only learn from all the great things he taught you..Keeping up with all the needs of any dog, and our familys.

    Teresa

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  14. Joy says:

    Congradulations on getting your new puppy Ginger,she couldn’t be any cuter.I know she’s in for a wonderful life. I save ALL your training secrets. Thank you. Joy

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  15. John Nothdurft says:

    I’m not one to write allot on the PC, but seeing your Pup and the kids reminds me of our rescued terrier Molly and the grandkids. Molly just turned one year and is the most lovable terrier there is.

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  16. paula steele says:

    Hi Chet,
    beautiful puppy and beautiful children! i alment that I bought your program when i bought my dog last year and tried to put it into practice but my husband would not, my oldest son did not have the time (senior in highschool) so I seem to be the only one who can handle the dog and this leaves the rest of the crew yelling at him to get him to behave, This make sme sad. Also I just took in a rescue dog from a friend and I just don’t have the time to break all the bad habits. good news is that they are both fairly well behaved and I live on 600 acres so i can just boot them out of the house and let them run around free will while they get their energy out!
    By they way, I have one 13 year old Golden, one 12 year old Whippet, one almost 2 year old mix golden/pit bull, one three year old pug(rescue dog I would never pick a pug!)
    Thanks for all of your help,
    Paula

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  17. Bonnie says:

    Ginger is beautiful. I’ve always loved Goldens but have never been fortunate enough to have one. I have a disability that would prevent me from being able to give any dog the exercise it requires. Congrats on your new addition Chet

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  18. marion veira says:

    Congratulations on the arrival of your gorgeous little puppy,Ginger.She is just SO cute!
    I can understand how empty your house felt after losing your other dog so recently.Whilst Ginger can never replace your dear companion that you lost,she can fill your heart with joy and that of your family too!

    I have only had my first dog for about eleven months but I cannot imagine being without him.He has been hard work,some of which may be down to my inexperience but the love I get from him is second to none.When I come home the welcome I receive makes me feel so very wanted and special.
    Also, since owning my dog,I have met some wonderful and friendly people whilst out walking him.He has truly opened up a whole new world!
    Congratulations once again on your latest addition and thanks for all your tips and advice.There is so much to learn.The only paert that doesn’t require learning is the unconditional love I feel for my little cocker spaniel,Milo.

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  19. Kim says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwe she is precious, enjoy the journey you are about to embark on together 🙂

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  20. Pauline Wilkes says:

    Hi Chet,

    Just like me ,I couldnt be without a dog when we lost our last one.What wonderful pictures and a lucky little puppy. We are going through the 10 month adolescent with our rescue cavalier but we love him to bits. We have 3 others thank goodness we have passed that stage with them. This one is a bit more challenging he shrieks with excitment when we are out.Fingers crossed it will pass. Look forward to seeing more lovely photos.

    Pauline

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  21. Jane says:

    She is just to cute….. Looks like she got a very happy home and she will make you all happy to. God’s Blessings to you all.

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  22. Arlene says:

    What a lucky man you are-an amazing puppy and beautiful children. Looking forward to mare pictures.

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  23. ginger says:

    Is there anything more wonderful than a new, warm puppy and that puppy smell? What a luv!

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  24. Pat Lewis says:

    Congratulations on the addition of Ginger to your family!! She is adorable, as are your children. I’m sure that she will bring happiness, unconditional love, and friendship into your life and that of your family.

    Bauer will be looking down and seeing that you have shared your love with another little one and Bauer will be happy.

    Bauer will always be in your heart, but I’m glad you opened your heart for Ginger. She is so adorable. Love her carrying the leaf and her smile.

    All the best,

    Pat

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  25. jacqui says:

    She is absolutely adorable, and soooo full of fun and mischief.
    So sorry to hear of your loss I know I was devastated when I lost
    my faithful companion. I know she is one very lucky lady to be in your family
    now…enjoy

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  26. Suzette DuCharme says:

    Chet,
    What a great addition, Ginger looks great. And it was smart of you to get a new pup asap. I know after we lost our 11 year-old Norfolk terrier to cancer, we had to wait over a year to get a new one. Oscar is now 10 months old. He was born prematurely and his sibling didn’t make it. We got him at 6 weeks, which seems really young, but his mom was more interested in raising cain with the other moms, so the breeder figured he’d get more simulation from us. That said there is one thing that he does, mouthing and biting–but playfully. Do you think he’ll grow out of this? Is it just a puppy thing?
    Best wishes,
    Suzette

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  27. Sue says:

    She’s very adorable, and so are your 2-legged kids. Enjoy puppyhood.

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  28. Arlene says:

    Chet-What a lucky man you are! An adorable new puppy and beautiful children.Looking forward to more pictures.

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  29. Stacie Ross says:

    Ginger is really cute and seems well adapted to the family.

    As a room divider I use lattice, it comes in 8 foot lengths and can easily be cut to size. It comes in three colors, white, beige, and green or wood of you want to color match. I love it because its so light and flexible and doesn’t ding the walls or furniture. To keep it in place I place it behind furniture and slide it on the floor as needed, or use a potted plant, chair, or dog or cat food still in box or container to keep it upright. I’ve been doing this for
    years and can’t find anything else that is inexpensive, light and easy to use
    and looks great.

    I have an 8 ft opening and a 10 foot opening so I just overlap two and tie them
    two together, top and bottom. I’ve tried everything, but this works for me.
    I have two dogs and 5 cats so use them as needed.

    Blessings and enjoy your new puppy and wonderful family. stace

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    Chet Reply:

    thanks for the suggestion 🙂

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    Andrea Luty Reply:

    Ginger is so cute – almost makes me want to get a 2nd dog, but as others, I am the only one to train, my husband expects her to understand the words he uses.
    Lattice – what a great idea, just ordered a gate that will just fit to block of kitchen area when Joe is cooking, tired of him say on your spot, out etc. Poor Roxie gets to be in that space the rest of the time as it is open plan house.
    Look forward to watching her grow.

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  30. Kay says:

    Congratulations Chet! These pictures of Ginger and your children are a joy to see. It kind of makes me wish I had a new little puppy to train along with you and Ginger.

    Enjoy your time together and keep sharing her progress with us.

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  31. Sorry about the loss of Bauer. Having experienced loss many times in 36 year of owning Labs, I know only too well how difficult this loss is. I am happy to see, though, that you have a new addition to help fill the hole in your heart. I know Bauer will always be remembered. I love the pictures with your children. There is nothing better than puppies, dogs, and children. The dogs so enrich childrens’ lives. I don’t understand people waiting until children are much older to bring a dog into the home. I, my children and my grandchildren have been raised with dogs.

    Being a Breeder of Labrador Retrievers, I am always passing your information along. I look forward to your suggestions and guidelines.

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  32. Celia says:

    Adorable children and of course, Ginger is precious .
    Best to you.

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  33. Juanita says:

    Ginger is a beautiful puppy,I wish we’d gone for Goldens instead of Daschunds ! Your children are adorable 🙂 your program is very good,i like it .i don’t have facebook otherwise i’d put in a good word for it!

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    Chet Reply:

    thank you for your comments about my program. If you have anything specific you’d like to share with me, I’d love you to email me detailing your results, our email address is info@thedogtrainingsecret.com

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  34. Hennie says:

    Dear Chet, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Bauer, glad you have a new puppy to take your mind of your loss. We lost both our 12year old dogs within 6 weeks of each other so I know how much it hurts to loose your friend.
    We replaced them after some time with a Cavoodle and another Yorkie, your program has certainly helped in training them {wish I could put a picture of them here.)They have certainly helped to heal our broken hearts, although just thinking of them still brings tears to my eyes (yes I am a softie)
    Anyway Wal and I wish you success with Ginger she is gorgeous. We used to love big dogs but being in our eighties now small dogs are easier to look after.
    Well thats all for now,
    kind regards,
    Hennie and Wal.

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  35. Ken Olson says:

    Terrific pictures. Thank you. Your puppy looks a great deal like Riley, our Cocker Spaniel.
    Ken Olson

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    Chet Reply:

    Her ears are a bit curly and cocker spanielish aren’t they.

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  36. Sheri says:

    She’s just adorable! I can see why there’s so much cuddle time. I wouldn’t be able to let her go. You are truly blessed with THREE adorable children! Enjoy your new addition!

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  37. Patty says:

    Your pictures are beautiful. I also cannot be without a dog in my house. At the moment I have 3, since a year ago I saved a dog from starving and adopted him into our home. I can tell you about every dog I have owned since I was a child, and I loved them all. Just like children they are all different personalities. I’ve never felt like I replaced a loved dog, but just added a new one to my family. It keeps me with great memories of my past pets as I make new memories with my new dogs. When we love and train our dogs children and dogs go together well. Have a great time with your new puppy. Your children will be blessed by growing up with loving family and dogs.

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  38. Janice Davis says:

    Hi Chet,
    Was glad to see you got another puppy quickly. I think it helps in getting over the loss of the other one. There is nothing more delighful
    than raising a puppy, and it looks like you have a really cute one…Janice

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  39. Eugenia says:

    Ginger is absolutely adorable, pass a hug on from me…. 🙂

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  40. Marge Lewis says:

    Sorry to hear of your lossof Bauer. That is a tough job to handle.
    Our petsecome so much apart of our family. Seems that God hasmade replacement pets for that purpose. My heart aches for you.

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  41. eve joy says:

    What do you know about ‘smiling dogs’ my poodle puppy does that sometimes, shows his lower teeth – think he’s smiling – it happened when he was getting a tummy rub – it’s more common in retrievers, isn’t it?

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  42. Megan says:

    She is so little! I love God for making dogs! My puppy smiles kinda like that to.

    Good luck with her!

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  43. Bonny Peterson says:

    Just darling, such a sweet personality.

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  44. Karla says:

    Hey chet – what a beautiful girl. We go our puppy about 10 months ago. We love her so much. But, I am having a little problem. She likes to dig. I have never had a dog who liked to dig before so I am not really sure what to do about it. Any advice? Her name is Shelby and she is an 11 mo old Border Colle Blue Heeler mix. I do have to admitt that maybe we spoiled her a little too much when she was little. So, some of what’s going on may in fact be our own fault. When I see that she has dug again (usually in the same spot) and I start to walk toward it she immediately retreats to the deck with her head down. Its like she knows its wrong but just can’t help herself.

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  45. Marge Lewis says:

    Very sorrry to hear about theloss of BauerI msurethat your new puppy will in some way fill the void. Andyou still will haeHappy Memoriesofbauer.
    God has made puppies as replacements for the loved pets. But happy memories remain

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  46. Fran says:

    What a beautiful family

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    Chet Reply:

    thanks

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  47. Lynda Secor says:

    She is a beauty. We have an almost 6 month old golden, and he’s been a challange. But has trained very fast. However he hasn’t “earned the right” to go down to our lower level. The 2 times we have let him he has pooped. So the gate is back up I am hoping to figure out when he will be ready, and am shy about letting him down there. And he goes when we are in a different room down there. he never goes in the upper level, so it isn’t making sense to me why he would only go downstairs…

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  48. Jo says:

    Beautiful kids all around. Human & furry.

    Do you always get a new puppy or have you considered an adult rescue?

    Just curious…..

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    Chet Reply:

    I’m a start with a clean slate kind of guy… maybe if I was single or didn’t have children I could take on others, but I like to put my spare time into my family over dogs who need lots of personal work, especially with infants in the house… but that’s just me.

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  49. carol kelly says:

    OMG! My favorite picture has got to be the smiling, that is the cutest ever, God Bless You Chet for all the excellent advice.

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  50. Karla B says:

    What a cutie……actually three cuties……..before long she will be as well trained (or better) than Bauer was (as you have perfected your techniques some since he was a pup. Look forward to seeing more pics and hearing how puppy training is going.

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  51. Pasqualina says:

    Congratulations Ginger is adorable. All the very best to you and your family.
    By the way, I used your potty training techniques on my little german shepherd, Layla, who is now 16 weeks old. I restricted room access and tried to be there for as many potty times as possible; even setting the clock at night to get up every three hours in the beginning. Of course she had a few accidents, but was toilet trained by 14 weeks.
    Thank you I find your instructions incredibly helpful.
    Cheers Pasqualina

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  52. Raquel says:

    She is so cute! I love her smile

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  53. Pat M. says:

    She is beautiful! Nothing more precious than the love and happiness a new puppy brings to your life!

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  54. Claudia says:

    She is beautiful and I am sure will give lots of joy.

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  55. Betty King says:

    Beautiful puppy and beautiful kids….enjoy!! 🙂

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  56. Sandi O says:

    Chet-
    Thank you for sharing the darling pics of your children and new fur child! So glad you did not wait long to fill Bauer’s void in your heart and your home. Ginger looks like she is just perfect for your family.

    Hope you received the Rainbow Bridge print in memory of Bauer that I had my daughter,(Lara Harris of studiolara.com), the pet portrait artist send you. I got one as well, as we had put our black lab Pepper to rest, and our Golden Cassie prior. Each time I look at it I think not only of how happy they are now, but the happiness they brought our family.

    Kind thoughts,
    Sandi Oliverio

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  57. Diane says:

    She is beautiful. Your kids are adorable as well. I have a cute 3 month old Labrador retriever puppy for her! They should play sometime. My puppy is doing great thanks to you. He responds amazingly to the clicker. Best of luck to you all.

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  58. Val says:

    Hi, so cute!! I am so happy to hear you say that you “cannot be in the house for long without a dog.” I feel the exact same way. I lost my sweet Kirby after 8 and a half years to cancer….so unexpected. I was with him with my hand over his heart until the very end. I never cried so much in my life. I understand the pain you went through with your dog. I am hoping to get a new puppy soon!

    Good luck with Ginger. P.S. your kids are beautiful!

    Take care,

    Val

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  59. Sherri says:

    Hey chet…your new adition is soo adorable. I have a friend that just had puppies (well her golden did) I was thinking of purchasing one but then saw a segment on TV about golden adoptions. Was wondering if you adopted your new little one or not. And also if an apartment would be a suitable place for a Golden? I live by a dog park. I also have a one year old Maltese.

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  60. Kate B. says:

    Hello Chet,
    Oh my gosh, isn’t she irresistibly adorable! And your little ones are soooo cute too. You are blessed with a beautiful and happy family. Looking forward to more pictures and videos of all. Best wishes, Kate

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  61. Susan Michael says:

    A gorgeous little pup and no doubt will bring you lots of joy. I’ll be getting a new little girl pup myself at Christmas as a playmate to my 1 year old Cavoodle. Will look forward to your puppy tips! Congratulations. A new pup is a great way to heal a broken heart through the loss of a loved four legged friend!

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  62. Frank Hunt says:

    Ginger is beautiful Chet. Congratulations and many happy years with your beautiful new member of the family.

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  63. Charlotte says:

    So glad to hear that you have a new puppy, thanks for sharing the pictures with us. We lost our Chow in April due to a tumor surrounding her tongue. It was a big loss for us, our son sent a beautiful little black Chow. She certainly can’t replace our Mollie but she sure is filling a big hole in our lives. I hope you find as much joy with this little pup as we do with ours.

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  64. els says:

    Hi Chet, congratulations! Iam not sure who is cuter, Ginger or your kids? We just added an american eskimo puppy to our family consisting of a 3 year old pitbull lab mix, a 3 year young yellow lab and a bunch of teenagers. We did put up dog gates and are very happy with the division of the dog- and the no dog zone in our house! The puppy is doing great except for that annoying habit of peeing when getting excited … any suggestions? She is 5+ months. Thanks for all he good advice! Els

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  65. Sarah M says:

    Chet,
    Ginger is beautiful, and goldens are soooo smart and sweet. Your children are gorgeous. I am sure she will be the greatest addition to your family.
    I couldn’t wait too long when I lost my little guy, either. I only made it about two weeks before I brought home our new addition.

    The best to all of you,
    Sarah

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  66. Pam says:

    Cute pup. Sorry to hear about the loss of Bauer. Did he bloat from feeding too quickly? I lost a lab a number of years ago to bloat and since that time I never put my dogs food in a bowl and just give it to them. I have both large breed and medium breed dogs who are true gluttons. I now scatter their kibble over a grassy area, on the patio, or yes, even the kitchen floor. It slows down the eating enough (from 20 seconds to as long as 20 minutes) so that I hope I never see another case of bloat. I’ve shared this with friends and vets over the years and they all thought it was a great idea.

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  67. Karen Contreras says:

    What a beutiful puppy! Our golden was 15 when he died and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. So glad you have Ginger.
    Karen

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  68. Karen Kunkel says:

    Chet,
    Congratulations on the new puppy! Enjoy and love her much. By the way the kids are adorable.

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  69. CINDY says:

    Puppies are most precious gifts. Alot of work but most definitely worth it.

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  70. CINDY says:

    Puppies are most precious gifts. Almost as precious as our children. Yours is adorable. Alot of work but most definitely worth it.

    Cmilam

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  71. Christy says:

    Congratulations Chet…She is gorgeous!!!
    …and so are your human children
    Enjoy!!!

    Sincerely Yours,
    Christy

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  72. Sandra Goodick says:

    What a cutie! Love the name.

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  73. Diane says:

    Hi Chet ,your Ginger pup is .so sweet loooking.
    Sorry for loss of Bauer. I know how hard that is.
    I now have a Ginger of my own. She was a stray,obviously house and obedience trained. she followed my friend home on a rainy night and after they fed her and dried her up, they let her stay in the garage overnight..called me the next day to come see something special,knowing I had my Lightning (16 yrs. ) put to sleep a few weeks before.Well, she was the sweetest, friendliest pup,.i agreed to take her and try to find an owner…no collar.After checking with all local resources to no avail, I decided to keep her.The vet found no chip and she had not been spayed.Named her Ginger,not for her tri-color,but just liked the name. She is probably a Jack Russel/Beagle/Something else(underbite).I’d like to get a DNA..curiosity !

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  74. Eileen Harvey says:

    There all so cute…The new puppy and the children looking at the puppy LOL! Thanks for the share.

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  75. marilynn wright says:

    She is beautiful. Congrats!

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  76. Brenda says:

    Hi Chet,

    I happened upon a great gate idea!!! I took the railings from a baby crib…zip tied them to the desired length and wa la!!!! Instant puppy gate the size I needed without the huge cost!! And I recycled!!! 🙂

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  77. Absolutely Adorable — the puppy and the children! Cannot wait to see lots more as everyone grows and adjusts. Congratulations!!

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  78. Deborah A says:

    Beautiful children and very cute puppy.

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  79. Ann says:

    What fun to have a new puppy in the house and looks like everyone in your house loves her. I look forward to picture of her growing up. Thanks for sharing. Ann

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  80. Marge Applegate says:

    Ginger and your children are adorable. I don’t believe there is anything more innocent and pure than the love displayed when child and puppy meet.

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  81. Cathy Bunn says:

    Absolutely precious! Couldn’t you just bottle that “Puppy Breath” and keep it? Congratulations on your sweet family.

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  82. Luann Johnson says:

    What a beautiful, cute and loving family and your new puppy fits right in. Bauer is watching over you and is in Gingers spirit. I wish you the best of health, happiness and love. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

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  83. Pam Campbell says:

    Ginger is absolutely adorable. Golden’s are wonderful. Best of luck with her. Your family is beautiful.

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  84. Kay says:

    Beautiful puppy — and family! You guys are going to have so
    much fun with Ginger during the holidays coming up.

    Looking forward to more pictures — keep ’em coming!

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  85. Bobbi England says:

    Congratulations on your new little girl. I know it is a tough decision but she will help fill that void thay you are feeling. We just went away for 4 days leaving Eloise for the first time. It was good for all and we were so happy to see each other. Our puppy sitter said se was so good and just a love ta care for.
    Looking forward to more posts on Ginger and the rest of the brood.

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  86. Bev says:

    Cute little dog. Cute kids as well. Looks like a happy time.

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  87. Yuri says:

    Yeah… so cute ^_^
    So love to have a little girl like Ginger!!
    And so as the kids…
    You are really blessed Chet.
    Thanks!

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  88. Tammi says:

    Hi Chet she is beautiful, can I ask please, I have my now 6 month old GS blocked to one room When I am gone to work, I take her water from her and only allow only so much before I leave. She marked a spot, I started putting paper down so she moved her spot wth. Never had one so hard to potty train. What am I doing wrong 🙁

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    Minette Reply:

    You are not crate training. I would crate train her.

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    tammi Reply:

    Well she does like laying in her crate I just feel Im gone for 8 hours and that would be tuff on her do you think that is to many hours in the crate, thank you so much for your replys. She is a smart girl she knows that she has done wrong. She lets me know when Im home or wakes me up in the night to go out its just when I leave to go to work errrr

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  89. Audre says:

    Does one have to be ‘knock-out gorgeous’ to be in your family, Mr Dimples? I can’t make up my mind as to who is the most beautiful….you, your babies or that precious Ginger! You’re all abolutely mind-blowing to this old puppy-loving, baby-kissin’ Granny!

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  90. Win Campbell says:

    Oh Chet,
    She is a real beauty and as cute as a button!! I know you still miss Bauer, and how wonderful he was – but you will (probably already do) love little Ginger just as much – but in a totally different way. I know when our 17 year old Shepherd passed on we didn’t think we could ever love another dog as much as we did him – but – when we adopted Shaq (our Staffie) – completely different type – we love him every bit as much – just different. Because like people each dog has a unique personality. The only thing the same is the unconditional love they give to us. We rescued a Rotteweiler puppy last February at 9 months old. She had been so badly abused it was terrible. So she had some issues but with love and care and with Shaq as her mentor she has fit so well inro oue homw. Ahw arill has some issues but they are disappearing bit by bit. So love little Ginger with all your heart and soul and don’t compare her to Bauer – I know it’s hard, but they are different personalities and souls. Bless you Chet and your whole family

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  91. Diane says:

    Congrats on the new arrival! She is just adorable. Hope she brings much happiness to you and your family.

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  92. Rosemary says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bauer, and a bit behind the news as my pc broke down. If it’s not too painful to say I was wondering what happenned to him?

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  93. Juanita says:

    beautiful kids and puppy, hope it was a rescue pup!

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  94. Penny says:

    Absolutely precious both Ginger and your children. We only waited a month before getting a new rescue dog after the death of our previous and most loved Rolex (he was our watch dog)!!!!! I have used many of your tips and worked with a positive reinforcement trainer. At 5 months we are doing fantastic with Jazzper! He is a joyous addition to the family. Best of luck….thank you for sharing.

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  95. Jolisa Delaney says:

    EVERTHING “THEY” SAID….AND MORE!!!!

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  96. Judy says:

    Adorable kids & puppy!
    My home has a similar opening. After taking your course, I got some plastic chicken wire & with 2 posts strung it across the opening. It was 24″ high, so easily stepped over, but my puppy never once even tried to put her front feet on it. LOL, not so sure how kids would handle that thought 🙂

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  97. Janice says:

    Hello Chet and Family

    What a beautiful family, human and fur! We have to tell you the pic with the leaf in Ginger’s mouth is our favorite. The comment (from another reader) about adding to your fur family is something that continues to go on….. there is no begining nor an end it simply continues…. I believe children who are raised in a household that contains dogs are children who learn love, respect, compassion, responisibility, friendship and a whole host more. Our home has always had a dog or more our entire married life, with children (thirty five years)I believe they go together naturally! Please keep us posted on your new fur baby. God Bless you, your family and the work you do.

    A faithful reader
    Janice

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  98. Camille says:

    This puppy is adorable! She is soooooo cute! She looks like a wonderful addition! Have fun!!!

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  99. Elena says:

    Ginger’s gorgeous! She couldn’t be a luckier pup than to be part of your family. God bless.

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  100. Karen Stone says:

    Loved that beautiful photo of your son holding Ginger. Just perfect!

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  101. Nid says:

    Hi Chet,

    Congratulations and best wishes to all of you, God bless.

    Nid

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  102. June Pound says:

    Congatulations on your new little girl, she is beautiful and I can say no more than all your other correspondants have said. I wish you and all your beautiful family all the best,
    June

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  103. Elsie says:

    Your puppy is so cute. I just lost my puppy 2 weeks ago. She would have been 2 months old on the 2nd of Oct. It is so amazing to me how quickly a dog an get into your life so completelyly. I had even opened up an internet file for her. Can’t imagin why. Because of personal problems, I will not be able to get another puppy until around Feb but I am really looking forward to that. I live in Puebla, Mexico and will be visiting the states at the end of this month. My first purchase will be a clicker or maybe 2 as I am not able to find one her. I will let you know how things go. Till then, congratulations on Ginger. She is beautiful! Bless you all.
    Your friend,
    Elsie

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  104. Sunny says:

    Your puppy is so adorable! Reminds me of when I got my german shepherd puppy 4 weeks ago, she too liked to pick up leaves and bring them home. 🙂 Now she’s about 14 weeks old, double the size, and likes to bring home sticks! But she’s a good girl and usually drops them before coming inside….usually. 😉

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  105. Denise says:

    Ginger is just gorgeous, she is a beautiful color. We got another golden after our 14 yr old passed away and as you,we couldn’t live without a dog in our household. Our girl is called Ruby and she is white, think she will end up a cream color.

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  106. Dennis says:

    What a little cutie Ginger is. I know how you feel having lost my last dog a few months ago. She was 16.5 years old and couldn’t walk anymore so I had to get her euthanised. I now have another rescue dog 12 months old. Good luck with the training Chet and I hope she lives a long life.

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  107. Andrea says:

    Awwwww, she is sooooo cute. 🙂

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  108. Dianne says:

    So Cute…we are waiting to bring our new golden home soon lttle girl her name will be Molly. Should be around the week of Thanksgiving. Our Golden pup Cooper is getting big, he turned 8 months yesterday and weighs in at 75 lbs already. Totaly awesome puppy,I used your guidance and with him and could not be happier, will use the sme training with Molly.I was so sad to hear about Bauer. We had just brougt Cooper home and it was only 6 days later our little Lucy who was 12 had a stroke and passed away. It was hard we were morning the lose of our beloved pet and trying to be joyous with our new puppy all at the same time. Cooper’s love helped us heal. But now we are looking forward to bringing Molly home, just maybe need some advise on how to work out the night sleeping, Coop was such a great puppy he was cage free at night at 5 months he sleeps with my son they are to pea’s in a pod.But I know Molly will have to be in her cage, hope no issues arise with that, don’t know if Coop will have to go into his cage at night or keep Molly with me at night in her cage? Good ??? any ideas with that would help.

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    Minette Reply:

    Most likely Cooper will be fine still without his crate at night.

    However, only time will tell with Molly. She will have her own strengths and weaknesses, let her be her and take however long it takes to keep her happy and healthy.

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  109. Jackie says:

    The puppy and the kids are just beautiful!

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  110. Susan says:

    I look forward to seeing more great puppy shots. Nice to see your beautiful family happy with the new puppy.

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  111. David says:

    Simply adorable!

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  112. Monica F. says:

    Absolutely beautiful! All of the pics.. You are a proud Dad to all of them..even the pup of course! I believe a Dog is a part of the family just like a person.. And if not, well heck… They think they are and treat you as you are part of theirs. God bless Bauer, he is looking down on you all.:) p.s. i love the hands off training.. And i cheated and gave it to my friend for her new pup.. She loves it!

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  113. Grace Powell says:

    Chet Ginger is a perfect addition to your family. You are blessed to have such a cute puppy (and kids) but I must admit that I think Ginger is mighty lucky, too, to be in such a caring environment. Best wishes and many happy times! Grace

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  114. Ben Jeff says:

    Very cute!!! How old is she?

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  115. Frances J says:

    I’m so happy for you…What an adorable puppy and cute kids! Thanks so much
    for sharing. I will look forward to your future emails. God bless you and your family.

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  116. joan freeman says:

    Lots of luck with your new addition to your beautiful family.

    P.S. I had a 5 year old Irish Setter that died of bloat.(that was 35 years ago) Believe you me, I feel your pain for Bauer.
    Thanks for all the great training tips. just love working with my 8.5 month year old puppy, He is going to go to a Halloween costume party as a Chia Pet.

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  117. Linda says:

    love the pic’s beautiful family I lost My Toy Poddle she lived to be 14 now I have a Malti-Poo mean as a rattle snake. we will be headed
    to obedience school as soon as I can go on vacation. thanks for including me on your list. God Bless you and the family

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  118. Sherry B says:

    I am so happy for you!

    After the sadness of your loss, you deserve the happiness and fun that a puppy will bring! Good luck with your training, you will whip her into shape in no time! She is gorgeous and a beautiful addition to your beautiful family!

    Enjoy!

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  119. IVY says:

    Hi Chet,

    sorry for your loss, but I’m sure your newest BABY will bring you much happiness. Thanx for all the advice, although I’m basically always @ work, it is quite difficult to learn my black labrador – 2 years old. What kind of toys can I give him. He is currently playing with an old motorbike tyre. Keeps him busy. Any other suggestions for toys ?
    Playful future for you

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  120. Sheila Perkins says:

    She is just too cute I am glad you filled your empty nest

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  121. Billy Graham (Kenya) says:

    Waaa! such a cute one.

    Love the colour, just love the puppy – not hyper as mine!.

    Can you give her to me? I regret not taking photos of my lovely Carina.

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  122. Ann says:

    Dear Chet
    I love your news letters……and of corse Ginger! does she know what a lucky dog she is!!!so many unfortunate dogs out there world wide.Shame I can’t take advantage of your dog training tips because my rescue dog Cookie is deaf (she wasn’t born deaf but had to have 4 operations)Sometime ago I did ask you for advice on training deaf dogs but unfortunately had no reply,
    All the very best
    Ann ….Cookie

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    Minette Reply:

    Someone asked and I wrote a special article http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/training-deaf-dog/

    Always keep your eyes out on our blog and search it using the search box if you have questions!

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  123. barbara "elizabeth" says:

    Whata sweetheart. You all look good and the smile, nothing beats that smile.

    God Bless All of you

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  124. Christine N says:

    A very lucky puppy to come to the right house for a brilliant enjoyable fun life, whilst being taught the correct way to act!

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  125. Don Pereira says:

    Adorable and cute, i am truly happy for you my friend.

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  126. GERI CWIK says:

    AWESOME!! TOTALLY AWESOME!!! WHAT BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, AND ADORABLE PUPPY!! CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE ALL OF THE JOY YOU WILL BE EMBRACING??

    WHAT A WONDERFUL “NOW” THAT YOU HAVE…YOU SO DESERVE IT!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND NEW, BEAUTIFUL ADDITION, GINGER..WHAT BLESSINGS!!!

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  127. Bjorn says:

    I am so glad to see your new Ginger! am so sorry too for the loss of Bauer! I have 4year old Golden Retriever Name Poxy and Retrievers are wonderful pets. They are very intelligent!

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  128. sienna says:

    I bet Bauer is looking down smiling(if dogs could smile) (:

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  129. Twiggy says:

    Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing them with us. Hope you and your family make many happy memories with Ginger over the years to come.

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  130. Leona says:

    she is so very adorable, so lucky to have you and your family as her own!! 🙂

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  131. Isobel says:

    What a lovely puppy, I am sure you will both be very happy, (and your gorgeous children too!!)

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  132. freddyG says:

    beautifull pup. best of luck!

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  133. Liz S. says:

    Awesome family and your puppy looks as though it is going to be quite an asset to you.

    Take care and enjoy!!!

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  134. eleonora says:

    Superbly handsome puppy!May she have a happy and long life with your nice family. Funny coincidence, my first dog was a golden retriver named Ginger.
    That was in my college days and she “digested” a lot of my turn papers,true fact. Since nobody believed me I started bringing shreds of papers taped together.By the way, with some magic I managed to graduate!

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  135. Bev says:

    Hi Chet,

    What a beauty! We have a 7 month Golden Retriever/ Standard \poodle X, called Poppy. She was very similar to look at at Ginger’s age, but is now a blonde furball with long legs! She replaced our Border Collie X, but is nothing lke him. She is an adorable bundle of fun. A new puppy helps you get over your old friend’s passing and gives you endless laughs! Have fun all of you.

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  136. Jan says:

    I know how you and your family are grieving for Ginger. I also lost my Lab/Chow to bloat. It’s not easy to watch. I too found a new golden doodle pup to help us along the way. More pics please!

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  137. Mary says:

    She is adorable!! Nothing like having a new puppy as a part of the family. I hope you have many wonderful years ahead. I have a 14 yr. old chow mix and I am really dreading that time to come to have to say good bye.

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  138. Nancy says:

    I heard somewhere, that it helps to prevent bloat by making the dog eat on a counter or other high place, where the front paws are higher than the back ones. Cute puppy!!!!! and kids

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  139. cynthia says:

    Cute puppy! Iam glad you are happy now.

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  140. Lisa says:

    Such a cutie pie, she looks like a ball of fun! Enjoy!:)

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  141. Aimee says:

    Hi Chet

    Congrats on the beautiful new addition to your family! Ginger is a cutie pie! I am so happy for you after the loss of Bauer that you now have the love of a wonderful new puppy to tranform the tears of sadness into tears of joy!
    I recently went through the same thing, losing my two long time dogs (12, and 14 years old) Within 90 days of one another. I then found my new fur baby and Theodore has been a wonderful new addition to my home, and has been (with your training methods) a very social, quiet, very well behaved addition!! he is the perfect puppy, and cute as a button to boot!

    I hope you have as many magical , wonderful with Ginger as I have had with Theo!

    Best of luck to you and your beautiful family!

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  142. Emma says:

    Hi Chet; What more can I add what hasn’t been said already by those wonderful caring dog lovers. The pictures are prizeless, they give me a warm feeling. I’am smiling from ear-to-ear. Thank you for sharing part of your life with us readers.

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  143. Randy says:

    Awesome Post. Congrats On The Puppy!

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  144. Debbie says:

    Congratulations on the new puppy. Ginger looks adorable and I love the pic with her smiling. Good luck with your puppy training.

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  145. CHET, AS YOU KNOW GOLDENS CAN DO IT ALL, SO NOW IS THE TIME TO GET BUSY!

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  146. Anita Korbelik says:

    Congratulations on your latest addition, Chet! Ginger is one lucky pup to be a member of your “pack”! I wish you and your family many, many happy years with her! No doubt Ginger will get the very best of training and unconditional love…

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  147. Betty says:

    Wow,so cute….Your kids, Ginger and you.You have a lovely family!

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  148. Melody says:

    Loved your pictures. I have 2 beautiful goldens & a bichpoo. They are truly my best friends! Always enjoy your updates.

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  149. wayne huber says:

    i have tryed everything you said on your cd but the puppy is still going in crate iam not sure what to do i have to bath him a few times a day

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  150. Karen says:

    So glad to hear you could move forward and get a new puppy. Your children seemed so happy too. What a lucky dog!

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  151. Thank you so much for taking time to share your family pictures , as well as your
    new pooch Ginger. Now your kids will have a new fur wagging pal to play with.
    I’m happy for your guys:-)

    Appreciate your dog training tips. We applaud you for job well done.!

    Woof..Woof..

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  152. brenda says:

    Chet,
    Your new pup is adorable and she looks like a good fit with your children. If you feel as strongly as I do about a good dog, you will always be thinking of Bauer. He would have welcomed Ginger and would have been happy with a new playmate. I know that Lucy is happy to have Nina around. Odds are that Ginger will be fine; uneventful health is a blessing.
    I have learned a lot from you and I know I can always learn more. I want to say that Lucy, Nina and I are finally meshing. I can use hand commands to stop them in their tracks and one word commands, mostly. I am better at reading cues.
    In a good pet supply store, I found this line of squeak toys (expensive but works) that only the dog can hear. The line is called Hear Doggy. All we hear is air but when Nina is in the basement and I squeak it in the kitchen she comes running. No kidding. Have you heard of these? It seems like you have enough noisy toys in your home. Nina loves it so much it is stiff with you know what. And of course it can be washed and dried.

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  153. Patty says:

    Hi Chet, what a beautiful family! I am new to the puppy thing and wanted to tell you that I am so glad that I was able to purchase your training tapes…I am learning so much! Also, I am sorry for your families loss.

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  154. I’m so happy that now have Ginger in you & your familys life. She is so cute. I am waiting for the birth of my next Aussie due @ the end of this month. The breeder I bought my Cassie from (she is what is referred to a lethal white. Cassie is deaf and sight impaired), so the breeder gave me pick of the litter in her next breeding. Mia (blue merle mom) King (red merle) are the proud parents of my new bayb girl. In your future information to everyone, please stress to breeders of 2 gray merles of any breeds, especially Australian Shepards, don’t breed them. Most ‘lethal whites’ are being put down. I bought your program before I got Cassie @ 5 weeks old and has made all of our lifes better. Thank you for all that you give and share. Linda

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  155. Loren says:

    She is so adorable! Reminds me of my little Molly. Molly is only 4 months but she has grown so fast! So glad you have another beautiful Golden. There is no better dog than a Golden in my opinion! 🙂

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  156. Gregg Rosenberg says:

    She is cute. Already looks like a good dog. Glad you found each other.

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  157. Pam says:

    I lost my 7 year old Golden Emma to a freakish accident in our back yard; two days prior to picking up her soon to be best friend (of course another golden). Bitersweet as it was, the pup was a great diversion at the time for me. Sammi potty trained like a champ. She is very smart at finding toys that get hidden around the house and only brings the name of the toy I tell her to ‘find’. She will be 2 on June 2nd and has filled the pain of losing Emma. They would have been great friends, but life always comes with changes.
    Enjoy the puppy kisses from your new pup.

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