I was born on June 12th, 2006 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Pretty much the cutest puppy EVER, don't you agree?
When people came to visit my siblings and I, I made sure to make extra-sweet faces so they would choose me. Ha ha, they fell for my charms! They named me AUGUSTUS, after the first Roman emperor.
Life was sweeeeeeeeet at my new home! They doted on me, served me fine meals, bought me every toy imaginable, and started my very own website! As a thank you, I refused to sleep all night, took a long time to potty train, and nipped constantly. Pretty much a win-win situation for everyone!
Every house has one. Every dog finds a way to breach it. Gates are powerless against its lure. Yes, it is that place called... The Forbidden Zone.
ripping fringe from the area rug
A pet portrait artist, Barbara Martorana, asked to use one of MY photographs to create an original drawing that was made into limited edition prints. The proceeds from the sales were donated to a golden retriever rescue group. Wow! Fame and fortune at such a young age!
original photo Barbara's drawing framed print
My puppy friend, Rocky, came over for a visit! The play date went pretty well, although Mom said *someone* who shall remain nameless was overly excited and lacking in the finer social graces.
Huh? Chasing your guest around at 70 mph while panting and grunting IS the height of good manners. (Just for the record, so is burping loudly in a guest's face.) After Rocky left, I fell fast asleep and didn't budge for several hours.
Well, win I did! Behold the winner of the November 2006 Frosty Paws Photo Contest, Mr. Augustus!
I found out that my sister, Macey, lives a few minutes away in the next town, so her owner brought her over for a play date. Wow, when did she get so big? The last time I saw her, she was tiny! We had a grand ol' time romping and playing, just like old times. Here are some pictures--Macey is the one with the blue tag.
Speaking of big, I had another play date was Rocky, and he was huge too! Don't any of these pups stay little anymore? Sheesh.
We had a fabulous time running around and wrestling. Our humans even took us for a walk, thinking we'd work off some of that "puppy energy." Silly! Puppy energy is limitless! We can go non-stop and crash later!
Mom started a golden retriever playgroup so I could have other pals to play with! I loved all the doggies, even the ones with the glowing eyes.
(Most of us knew someone had cookies!)
Guess what? I graduated intermediate obedience class and was class valedictorian! (I was also valedictorian of beginner class--just sayin'!) For my test they made me do crazy things like stand with stay, heel (turn right, turn left, about face, hurry, slow), wait at a moderate distance, and go to my place with distance, distraction, and duration. And there wasn't even any cookies involved!
I figured after acing two classes in a row, I could just go out in a blaze of glory, but noooooooo. They put me in Advanced Obedience! Really! I'm not kidding. For my final test I had to walk on water, save the rain forests, and do algebraic geometry. And then for good measure they threw in walking side by side with another dog and not interacting, loose leash walking with transitions to heeling, ignoring distractions, standing for examination, and dropping. I played along because I'm pretty sure Mom promised me prime rib if I passed. (PS I passed, but there was NO prime rib.) Here I am posing with my friend Socko. I bet he didn't get any prime rib either.
Click here to see pictures and a video from my first birthday party.