Brandy & Kona
Brandy & Kona
Once upon a time, there were two golden retrievers, one was called Brock. Due to his beautiful color and his forever family Dad’s love of the beverage, he is now known as Brandy. Brandy is a completely calm laid-back, quintessential, “I want to please you now and forever” 3-year old Golden Retriever. The second was Kona (aka Fuji) a playful pup of 4 years whose primary focus is play, play and play closely followed by rolling in anything wet and mud, mud and mud. We should have named him “Pig- Pen”, but we will keep Kona.
In November 2011 after the tragic loss of our Collie, Prince, our two remaining elderly dogs, 8 yr old Riley (Prince's brother), and Bear, our soon to be 20 year old black Lab/Chow (2 Dec) stopped eating and the atmosphere was very somber around the house. This is when Chris checked the internet and saw Brock starring back at her from the Internet pages of your Golden Retriever Rescue website. She fell in love with him right there when she saw his silly grin, wearing a bandana.
After the home inspection the day drew near for the entire family to meet Brock in a parking lot near his shelter. The dogs got along right away. Brandy was very shy and frightened of everything especially our van; it was apparent that he was not used to riding in a vehicle. Try and stop him from going on a ride today, you will have a tough time holding this solid muscle 104-pound boy back. Wow, 104 pounds you are thinking, he has to lose weight, but you are mistaken, the vet checked him out and said that due to his daily 5-10 mile walks (rain or shine) Brandy is completely solid, with not an ounce of fat on him. He walks great on the leash (it took only a couple of days to train him) and responds to at least 30 verbal commands and a few hand signals without a problem. Brandy will be with us for one year on 19 November 2012. He loves to go on long walks, schmooze, cuddle, chase lizards and play with his new brother Kona. Brandy tries to stay relatively clean; he loves the water, but does not like the beach or salt water. He would like to chase ducks and rabbits more often, but his parents stop him with the wait and sit commands before he gets into trouble. At the very beginning he was able to chase the ducks and jump into the pond when both of his parents were distracted for just a moment – the boy can swim like a fish, but his parents did not enjoy the fishy odor or the green camouflage. Needless to say, we are keeping multiple close eyes on him when he is in our friends’ back yard that borders on a large pond.
Kona just joined us on 6 October 2012, from day one he had no issues to jump into the van or walking into our house as if he owns it. He is bringing energy and life into the house and knows no end when it comes to chasing or retrieving a ball. He loves to go on walks with his brother Brandy and Mom, he has learned how to walk on the leash with occasional lapses of memory especially when he is exited or at the beginning of the walk. He is focused on the ball, play, loving strokes and training treats. He also loves to schmooze, cuddle, and dive into anything with a drop of water in it especially if it is muddy. He tries to chase the ducks on a popular golf course and jump into the pond, but so far he has not been successful.
We absolutely love and enjoy both Brandy and Kona, they are wonderful and thank you, Golden Retriever Rescue of Greater Los Angeles, for finding good homes for needy rescues especially giving us the opportunity to share our home with amazing pups; their unconditional love and joy is our reward!
Tony and Chris