Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gotcha Day!

Yes, Sam is feeling better. I’ve been hesitant to say so since every time I thought he might be on the mend, he became ill with something else. However, we have now passed the two week mark with good solid poops and no sneezes or sniffles. I think I can now say Sam has made a full recovery!

We had a pretty big day today. One of our local Golden Retriever rescues, the Arizona Golden Retriever Connection celebrated their 10th annual Gotcha Day. AZGRC has helped many Golden Retrievers find forever homes. We are proud to be members of this great rescue! Aaron and I took Sam to participate in the fun.

The event was held at Vista Del Camino Park in Scottsdale. It is a beautiful parks with lots of ramadas and a lake.

One of the first events we watched was musical chairs. The owners had to step on the paw prints.

The music has just stopped, and everyone is diving in! There was a lot of laughter and quite a few colliding Goldens!

The circle is getting smaller… We ended up missing who won.

This guy was at the lake enjoying a day of fishing with his family – I think he might have wanted to play!

We took a break for lunch.

Isn’t this a great way to spend the day?

Sam was really enjoying himself!

This guy took some time out for a quick brushing.

After lunch, we watched the ball toss game. All the teams had to see how many balls their dogs could catch in 30 seconds. These three goldens are waiting to start.

Sam took some time out to pose for pictures.

I don’t think there are ever bad pictures of Golden Retrievers!

There was some serious ear scratching goin’ on! Wait a minute… how far can that leash stretch?

We decided to enter Sam in the “Bobbing for Hotdogs” competition. Here he is getting ready:

All these dogs were waiting for the competition – can you find Sam?

Oh! There he is!

This one wasn’t sure what to do…

…and his friend got tired of waiting!

Can I help?

Sam couldn’t wait to go!

He needed a little help:

Eventually he got the idea. He got his hot dog in 12 seconds. The winning dog made it in 4 seconds!

He did ask for another hot dog before we left.

We were beat! We put his head collar back on:

Then did a little shopping at the boutique!

All in all, it was a wonderful day!

We would also like to thank our dear friend Samantha for this great award. Thank you so much!


  1. Woo are khorrekht about GR's and pikhs!

    We Sibes tend to think the same of us!

    Happy Gotcha Day!

    We are glad to see Sam is doing better!


  2. We are so glad to hear that Sam is feeling better. Looked like a fun event.

    Tucker and Daisy

  3. Yeah Sam!!! I'm so glad you are feeling better!!

  4. Yay! We have been thinking about Sam and we are so glad to hear he is feeling better! We were so worried!!!!! Looks like you had a ton of fun!!!! Hugs Joey and Kealani

  5. I am so happy that Sam is feeling better!
    Looks like you all had a great time! So cool that golden meeting =)

  6. We're glad you're feeling better, Sam :)

    Wow, so many golden retrievers. We could get lost in there! BOL

    Hope you have a great week!

  7. We're so glad you're feeling better, Sam!!! And happy GOTCHA Day!!!!
    Play bows,

  8. What a wonderful day that must have been. Can't think of anything better than being surrounded by all those Goldens.

    Glad Sam is better!

  9. That looked like such a great event, and Bobbing for Hot Dogs is brilliant and hilarious :) We are so glad Sam has been staying well!

  10. Happy Gotcha Day Sam! What a GReat way to celebrate. We're so glad you're finally feeling better!

  11. Woof Hey I know that place ... I've been there but it's been 2 years. Glad that you are feeling better. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  12. Sam! I was worried about you. Glad you are feeling better. Looks like you had a great time. What fun, socializing with all those other Goldens!

  13. It's nice to see Sam smiling and happy again. Looks like a fun day. Shame there were no cats, though...


  14. What a great way to spend the day! I don't think I've ever seen that many goldens all in one place! - Abbey

  15. Sam, so glad that you are doing better.
    That was such a great day to spend with your pawrents and other Goldens!

    Sam & June

  16. Well...I have been scanning the internet looking for a hotdog bobbin' contest near far no luck.

    PS - glad you are back to enjoying life.

  17. Belated Happy Gotcha Day!!! So glad you're feeling better--and looking great, we might add. And all those Goldens! What a way to celebrate!

    Speaking of, we highly recommend deer antlers. They don't break or splinter, they just wear down. And they last forever (which is good because they're not cheap)!

    Have fun, be well!