Photo of the Day: It's a Dog's Life

Man's best friend catching a post Thanksgiving nap.

Photographer Tom Gillen sends us this photo of his dog Jackson, a 15 month old Golden Retriever, which he took on Thanksgiving Day.

"Lucky for us he was laying down on the one spot on the couch he hasn't chewed up yet," said Gillen.

Linda Henninger November 29, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Hi Tom, Jackson is beautiful!! I have an 18 month Golden who is ALWAYS looking for a new friend to play with!! Linda
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) November 29, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Nice shot of Romeo, Frank. What a cutie.
Frank Mercuri November 30, 2011 at 12:01 AM
I love animals who are expresive. Jackson reminds me of the commercial where the dog has that worry look and cannot sleep tossing and turning worrying where he is to keep his bone safe.
Tom Gillen November 30, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Hey Linda! Yeah he's a great pup - although sometimes he uses his good looks for evil (legs on the kitchen table come to mind) lol. I bet your Golden is always up for new friends....Jackson loves to meet new people and new dogs. Maybe we can arrange a meetup for the weekend???
Tom Gillen November 30, 2011 at 03:00 PM
good call! now that you mention it, that's exactly what he looks like haha! I love the expressive animals too. Jackson has such a personality it amazes me sometimes.
Bern December 13, 2011 at 01:22 AM
GREAT Photos. I have been trying to get some good shots of my dog, but she get's so curious about the camera it hardly ever works out. If you are having trouble with your large dogs chewing, may I suggest you buy some large marrow soup meat bones and boil them up. Much cheaper than the processed store bought one. You may have to look in the freezer dept. My dog Shadow loves them.
Tom Gillen December 13, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Oh he just chews the couch for attention. He will chew on it while looking at you - it's him trying to tell us he wants to play. I just get up and leave the room, and he follows. When he is home by himself during the day he doesn't chew on anything, since there's no one there to get attention from! ha! The marrow bones are great, we get them from our butcher. After the marrow is gone he ends up chewing on the bone for about a month. Best $5 you can spend!
Tom Gillen December 13, 2011 at 04:54 PM
I bought Jackson some deer antlers for Christmas. Supposedly the mouthier breeeds of dogs really love the antlers, as they don't splinter or break. They are like porcelain, they just wear down over time. Hope he likes them! Also hope it distracts him while we open presents!!!
Tom Gillen December 13, 2011 at 04:55 PM
that picture of the pug is awesome! who's dog is that?
Bern December 13, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I know it's getting kind of cold out, but if any of you are interested, I would be happy to meet and try some dog agility with all of you. I have my own equipment but it is not fun for me or Shadow to do alone. Much better with a couple of dogs/people. We can meet at the dog park if you are interested. As you know, I have been trying to do dog agility for years now in KP with no place to go. So before I give up just thought I would put it out there.....
Tom Gillen December 15, 2011 at 01:46 PM
I would love that. And I'm sure Jackson wouuld love it too. What dog park did you have in mind? Our vet suggested we wait until he is 2 years old so as to avoid damaging his hips and joints. I had never heard of that
Linda Henninger December 15, 2011 at 02:01 PM
My vet said the same thing about waiting until 2 years for my golden. She said they are still physically developing until then.
Bern December 15, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Yes, Yes, Yes - No dogs should do jumping or extreme running until at least 2 years, BUT the Tunnel is fine, weave pools at a slow pace and is great for joint development and concentration. Also, the dog walks would be OK but I don't have that equipment. IF you wanted to include some obstacles, I always recomend that the dogs sit, then "Step over" NOT jump. The agility I do is about bonding, not a race. Slow and focused. Kind of the way folks train the dogs to help physically challeged folks. There is a purpose and reward for the activity. Dogs LOVE to work for us, yep! The dog park that I have been to is in Enpt, but I am open to a new location because there is one dog there that is too aggressive for my Shadow. Let me know- Barking Dogs Agility
Caitlin December 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM
My dog ginger Shes a chiweenie does agility she does jumps,teeter totter,Tunnel,and Is learning weave poles she's small but she's so good at it and she loves it and itwouldnt have happened without our neighbors help but it's so suprising what fogs can do
Caitlin December 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM


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