All in the Family


Golden Retriever

Dante - a gift of love and life to me as his adoptive father. It was said that he was named Dante as like his literary counterpart Dante Alighieri from the Divine Comedy, he was always trying to get out of purgatory. Although he has betrayed his namesake as he tries his best to be a good dog. After just two days together we drove across Canada from Vancouver Island to Halifax in the middle of winter, lots of bad weather, sleeping on the road half the time. A fine travelling companion he was. Never complained, never judged, never farted and the moment he stepped out of the truck he was living for the moment. He still has bounds of energy for playing ball with a true retriever's skill and desire to please bringing the ball back each and every time. With the wisdom of his years he still easily finds himself behaving with the enthusiasm and silliness of the puppy still within him. Dante and I look forward to long walks in different parks, woods and coastal rambles everyday. We live blissfully in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, part of the Halifax Regional Municipality and quite probably an urban heaven and haven for many happy well adjusted dogs and their loyal owners. And Dante ...well without any doubt, he is my love and my life. The photo album is my past year and a half with my boy. I was amazed that some pics look so similar days, months or even a year apart. Naturally, we have some favourite places, ones we return to again and again watching winter turn to summer and back again. Each time is magic, testament perhaps to the awesome life we live. & The photo at the start of the archive, his main picture against the black volcanic rock of Gabriola Island BC was just a few hours after he was gifted to me in Jan 2012. And besides he makes me happy!

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Comments (12)
Jun 28, 2012 gryt
What a handsome boy! He looks very happy in his furever home. :)
Jun 28, 2012 Greenieninja
Love to hear these happy stories! Dante is living the life he deserved all along! You are both lucky :)
Jun 28, 2012 Oliver & Henry's Mum
Dante, you are absolutely beautiful! I love seeing a Golden doing what he "oughta'". I'm sure you were an amazing travel companion for your human. I too can finally say I have travelled across Canada, as I just returned from B.C., live in Southern Ontario, and have travelled to Halifax in the past (and points in between). I also know the love of a Golden as my darling Emma (1987-1998) was my "co-pilot" and I still miss her. I see a future "Grown Up Puppy of the Day" in Dante. I enjoyed all of your photographs. Hugs from Oliver & Henry, and their Mum, in London, Ontario.
Jun 28, 2012 leia kelly
Awesome pics! Awesome dog.
Jul 7, 2012 Weezilou
What a magnificent photo! I've passed this along to another friend with a golden. I really enjoyed your album! So nice to meet you at Bill's. My best to you back home in Halifax! Enjoy (Weezilou) Louise (and Ken) Muenstermann (Lunenburg & Orange Cty, CA)
Jul 7, 2012 Weezilou
Dante looks so handsome in this setting! Great color contrast!
Jul 7, 2012 Weezilou
100% happy golden! They sure take to the water!
Jul 7, 2012 Weezilou
Beautiful composition and you got Dante in a great pose! I love to see a photo like this, but I'm happy to enjoy my winters in a warmer climate!
Apr 1, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 7th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Apr 1, 2015 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 9th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Apr 1, 2016 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 10th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Apr 1, 2017 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 11th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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