Nicknames: Whit, Whitler, the Whitmyster, Baby Girl
Birthday: March 3rd 2003
Likes: Sailing, ducks, Parties, Children, puppies, Family, Bud, car riding bark games (where's the cow & horse)
Pet-Peeves: aggressive dogs, frogs peeing in her mouth (yuck), any of my allergies:(wheat, corn, chicken, turkey, soy), fireworks, grass with stickers
Favorite Toy: Talking Bubba Bear, squeakers, Big Red Bird, gingerbread man
Favorite Food: carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, beef
Favorite Walk: Beach, East Tx forest, Clear Lake
Best Tricks: Speak, Raise Paw if she wants a carrot, Wave, High five, balancing food on her nose, and shaking paw
Arrival Story: After the death of my other golden, Natasha Baytop, and finding a good home for my husky-mix, i found an announcement in the local paper of a new litter of goldens and breeder had both parents. whitley's litter was an accident. her daddy broke out of his pin to get with whitley's mommy.
Whitley was the darkest in color, the largest, and the most calm female puppy. We spent six hours with her and feel in love.
Bio: Whitley is so smart and gentle. she has canoed with us, played in the gulf of mexico, and traveled across Ms, Ala, Fl, La, Texas, NM, AZ, CO, NC, SC, and TN. She lives to ride. She sits up and watches out the window. As we ride, I can shout out an animal that I see, and barks in her indoor voice. Now Bud and she have her own DVD player and watch puppy movies.
She would be a great assisted living dog. When I drop a pen, she will bring it to me. She will brace me if I need help getting up, and lead me in the direction of where I need to go.
For the Gold Ribbon Rescue, she won in an online auction the month of June for the 2008 Golden Calender. She had her own private photo shoot by a professional photographer, Kurt, as she jumped in the pool and lay in the sun with a stage mom telling her to smile as she held Whitley's favorite toy.
We just celebrated by 11th Birthday this weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I explored the backwoods in the Cruiser, going up and down steep hills and trails, having a break by the pond, and soaking my paws in a Hot Springs pond and mud. I was ready for a full soaking but was yelled at not to lie down, and return to the Cruiser to dry off. We continued around Offroad vehicle track (NE of Hot Springs) and spotted a turkey flying into a tree. It was a beautiful view on the ridge top but the low clouds blocked the view of the hills. I panted with excitement at very turn or hill that we ascended or descended.
I had to get a cold plunge bath on my legs when we returned to the rental house. Was not a fan! As my family soaked in the Hot Springs, we stayed warm and cozy at the rental house.
I shared my birthday with Bud, who I had to lead around the back yard since he could not see more than 3 feet. Lots of new and wonderful smells in the backyard, I loved the gigantic Magnolia tree that was fun to explore.
Bud and I were limited in our exploration of Hot Springs because a old hotel, the Majestic, was on fire just when we got there and was torn down when we left. I got to see the flames shooting from the roof just like the fire in our fireplace. I saw the same men that were into our home a few years ago when I warned the family about smell in the hot water heater. My family always calls me their hero. I say, "don't tell me but show me with carrots and pig ears".
This was my third trip to Hot Springs and we even got to go to Degray Lake. I wish that it was warm enough to go swimming. Hopefully next time but I cannot wait for 6 years again.
My travel life is still very active, but now mostly on a sailboat with Bud and my family. Sailing off to Freeport, Matagorda Island, Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, & nearby Galveston Bay, I have learned that if you hear a loud zoomzoom sound, that a big boat is coming by and need to prepare for a big wake.
I love dolphins. They played with me at the dock in Surfside 2 years ago. I ran up and down the finger pier and the dolphins would follow me and blow at me, and returned to see me the next morning before we left.
Going to the bathroom on the boat is not going to happen no matter how much they ask. If I see land, I point to the coast and look at my family and back at coast. Don't you understand?
I love to chase the birds off the boat and pier, and everyone praises me for keeping their boat free of bird poop. See my family's sailing blog about their canine crew featuring me. http://svexodus.blogspot.com/p/canine-crew.html
My family is so happy that I am 10 today. I am healthy and so happy living on the water with great big Dog Parks and the beach nearby. We may go to Boondoogles to celebrate my birthday but It is a bit cold today. We would have to eat outdoors, which I do not mind the cold. First I hope to make it to my favorite dog parks.
Pig ears from Petco visit is where we plan to go. The ferrets are my favorite animals at petco. It is better than watching tv.
A little more white around my muzzle but I can still jump into the suv without any help. I love my family and my rubdowns. May everyone have a great day on my birthday. Carrots for everyone!