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The Golden Retriever In The “King Midas” Commercial By Midas?

by Anura Guruge






Where did they get that Golden Retriever in the ‘King Midas‘ commercial?

He/she is cute enough, as ALL Goldens are, by definition, BUT … come on!

Is there a particular reason that he/she appears in the commercial as opposed to a more representative Golden?

OK. I admit it and those that know me, know this about me. I am a SNOB when it comes to Goldens.

Yes, I love Goldens, and that goes without caveats. But, I am also very ‘fussy’ about Goldens.

The Midas Golden is “OK” … but, but, but.

I am not going to any much, since I could get into trouble.

But, that Golden could do with a coat of Gold! Nough said …

And, just in case you are wondering, I am FINE with older Goldens. Ulysses, the 4th of the 6 Goldens I have had, lived to be 14.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Braxton’ & ‘Maya’ Enjoying Their Burgers, At Alton, N.H. McDonlad’s, On Braxton’s First Birthday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Braxton’s 1st birthday
>>July 20, 2014.
>> Braxton at play —
>> Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Getting Braxton
>> — Sep. 28, 2013.

>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness

>>Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>>Sep. 21, 2013.

>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’
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Sep. 16, 2013.


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I am a real ‘Guruge’ child. I love McDonald’s burgers.

I like cake too, specially birthday cake when it is made for ME. This cake is making me smack my lips.


I’ve done this before. I know what is coming.

I can be such a good girl. If I do my best pose can I get another burger, please?


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Watch a quick 44 second montage of ‘Braxton’ & ‘Maya’ at McDonald’s … It is set to music. Enjoy.


Today Is ‘Braxton’, Our Rascal Rescue Beagle’s Official 1 Year Birthday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Braxton at play —
>> Nov. 6, 2013.
>> Getting Braxton
>> — Sep. 28, 2013.

>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness

>>Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>>Sep. 21, 2013.

>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’
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Sep. 16, 2013.


We got him, as a rescue, on September 28, 2013. He was 10 or 11 weeks old at the time. They didn’t know when he was born. So Deanna decided to make ‘July 20’ his ‘official’ birthday — that being her now deceased father’s birthday. So, Braxton, a joyfully playful beagle, as mischievous as they come, is one year old today.

Teischan made him a birthday cake and later today, per the family custom, he and Maya will go to McDonald’s for a burger each. That, for the last 7 years, has been a family tradition. The dogs go to McDonald’s for burgers on their birthday. Did it with Ulysses, then Maya and now Braxton. Yes, we take them to McDonald’s when it is not there birthday also because they like their burgers. Maya knows McDonald’s. As soon as we pull in she sits up and waits for me to come back with the burgers. Braxton has yet to figure it out — but he is young.

He is about 3 times as big as when we got him. I, purposefully, feed him slightly more than what he should get. He actually now eats MORE than Maya! But, that is OK. He loves his food and gets MORE exercise than most dogs. He runs at least 2.5 miles with me 5 to 6 times a day, in addition to all his other walks, romps around the yard and playing in the house. He is a very healthy and happy dog. Such a ‘little boy’ — though he is fixed. A bundle of joy.

He is the first beagle I have ever had. I am a ‘Golden’ person. I have had Goldens, with no interruption, since 1988. I really didn’t know anything about beagles until we brought Benny/Braxton home. Then we started hearing and reading about the horror stories. How they take off, how they howl etc. etc. The running away is NOT a problem. He runs, off leash, with me and has been doing so for over 8 months. That Maya runs, off leash, too is, of course, a big factor. But given that I have run with dogs, near daily, for 20 years, I have worked out many things — a key among them being that running as a pack is very IMPRINTING to a dog. It has to be running as opposed to walking. They know the difference. The running is a pack thing.

We are glad we got him. As Deanna loves to tease me he was everything I had always said “I don’t want”. I like my puppies as early as I can get them. Maya was 8 weeks old when we got her and I thought that was old! Braxton was 10 or 11 weeks old. Prior to that anytime somebody mentioned a puppy that was even 9 weeks old, I would say “Nah, too old”. Plus it was a little dog and everybody knows that I like big dogs, the bigger the better. But, Braxton makes my day. Though he will steal food, destroy anything he can get his snout at and generally only does 40% of what we ask him to do, he has this wonderful personality! When we got him, having lived in a crate for much of his life, he was very thin and nervous. Now he is a very confident dog. That makes me happy.

So, happy birthday Braxton, my rascal boy that Deanna spoils like there is no tomorrow and is Teischan’s plaything.


Braxton, July 20, 2014 his official 1 year birthday.

The day we got him, September 28, 2013 — 9 months and 3 weeks ago.

Braxton, July 20, 2014 with his sister who takes care of him like it was her own son.



Beagle & Golden At Play Videos, Braxton & Maya: Very Funny. Very Cute.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Getting Braxton
>> — Sep. 28, 2013.

>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness

>>Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>>Sep. 21, 2013.

>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’ — Sep. 16, 2013.


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We Got Our Rescue Puppy From Kentucky, Braxton, The Beagle, Today. Very Slick & Smooth Operation. Kudos.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness

>>Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>>Sep. 21, 2013.

>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’ — Sep. 16, 2013.


We picked him up in Kittery, Maine, at the ‘Welcome to Maine’ visitor center, off I-95, at noon — as promised and as hoped. No hitches. Very smooth. We were very impressed. Very slick, professional operation. More in a minute.

Sure is a beagle. Paperwork says ‘mixed’ — but they also say they don’t know exact date of birth of breed. I weighed him a few minutes ago (after he had his dinner at 4:30 pm). 5.6 pounds! He is LITTLE. Smallest dog I have ever had. Having had Goldens for 25 years I am not used to such a small dog. But, sure is cute.

Ate his dog food, mixed with warm skim milk. But prefers chicken and cheese. Likes yogurt too. All our dogs get yogurt at night (to match my yogurt eating habit, though I eat Greek, plain, low-fat). He will get chicken and cheese.

So here is the first set of pictures. Suffice to say all are delighted. Deanna will probably be taking 50 pictures a day.

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I found him on ‘Adopt-a-Pet‘ (via Petfinder) online, as I posted here, and spent 36 hours making sure I got him.

The NH contact and ‘Foster Home’ was Janice Berry, in Rochester. She was very good. Yes, I pestered her near daily, including this morning at 10:30, to make sure the puppy would arrive today. We highly recommend her. Phone number: 603-332-2965.

The actual agency appears to be ‘Butler County Animal Shelter’ in Kentucky.

The delivery operation by bus was very smooth. Very impressed.

This was so good that I am already talking about getting another one!

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Some pictures of the dog drop off this noon in Kittery, Maine.


The ladies that drive the delivery bus take pictures of each puppy as it is handed over and then posts it on their Facebook page (quite quickly). Very impressive.

This is the picture they took of us.

Sept 28, 2013 Picking up Braxton our resue - adopted doggie

Pembroke Animal Hospital: Pretty Impressive. In-And-Out. Was Costly, But Probably The Norm.

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The Alton Vets … — Jan. 31, 2013.



Dr. Christina Murdock grew up in Litchfield, NH. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2007. She practices large and small animal medicine with a focus on soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and small ruminants. Her four legged family includes a greyhound named Yellow, an Italian greyhound named Leo, a minx cat named Rocky and a calico cat named Phoebe.

After I stormed out, in high high dudgeon, from the Alton Vets, on January 31, stating ‘never coming back here again‘, we had to find a new vet.

I had heard about Pembroke, I think from the farm/stable, ‘ClearView‘ in Barnstead where Devanee took horse riding lessons for awhile. Deanna checked it out on Facebook. All she heard was glowing praise. Number of folks we knew in Alton appeared to be using them.

Deanna called up and enrolled with them. Then she sent a letter to the vets at Alton asking for the records to be sent to Pembroke. To their credit they did that promptly.

We had our first appointment today. It is on the far side of Concord. Not hard to get to. I think it took us 35 minutes. We got there just before 11:10 am, for a 11:15 appointment.

Here is the AMAZING thing, we were out of there, in the van, both Goldens having got their shots, a total of 7, and both having blood drawn for flea-borne disease testing (at $45 a pop). 30 minutes, in-and-out! At Alton we will still be twiddling our thumbs in the waiting room.

Not sure whether we got preferential, atypical service because it was our first visit and they wanted to create a good impression. They seem slick enough and very friendly.

We saw Dr. Christina Murdock. She is young and obviously loves dogs. She kissed ours on their heads. I was impressed. Good kennel side manners, I guess.

I was kind of shell shocked by the bill, but Deanna assures me that it is par for course — though it sure sounds like an expensive course to me. 7 shots, $90 for tests (that I was not that keen on though I relented). It came to $293 or $294. I know keeping two Goldens is an expensive hobby, but how do people manage to pay vets bills like this?

But, we were happy with the service. If we factor in the minimum one hour we are usually kept waiting at Alton, time wise this was not bad. We had to go to Concord anyway. Nice day. Got a few things done.

The Amazing 20X Optical Zoom On The Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 14.1 MP with 20x Optical Zoom, in black, as is Deanna’s

Deanna’s BIG Christmas present for 2012 (after the FitBit last year) was a black Panasonic Lumix ZS20 digital camera with 20x optical zoom. With our lifestyle, with the kids and the Goldens, we need a decent ‘point-and-shoot’. The one that Deanna was using, also a Panasonic Lumix, viz. the DMC-FP1 in gold, about 3 years old, was beginning to show its age. The kids, and sometimes I, have been known to drop it, sometimes even in shallow water or snow.

I started researching mid-priced ‘point-and-shoots’ in early December. The Panasonic ZS20 invariably popped up, with the 20x optical zoom always highlighted as a big plus. Deanna takes a lot of pictures of Maya, our 18 month Golden. Maya is even more of a water dog than most Goldens. Loves to swim, swims for long periods and swims far. With the old Panasonic Maya would sometimes just be this small orange blob in the middle of the lake. With the 20x Deanna would be able to snap her, in full glory, way out in the lake.

So, I bought a ZS20 from Amazon (with a fast 32GB memory card). I tend to buy most things from Amazon, eBay and TigerDirect my two fall backs, though I do start with TigerDirect for most of my computer-related purchases, unless it is, of course, a Google Nexus Android Pad, in which case I buy it directly from Google.

Deanna loves her new camera. We now have three Panasonic digitals, including an SLR. The only problem with that, and I haven’t looked into whether I can fix it, is that all the images have roughly the same name. Since we use all three cameras, and I like to put all pictures into folders organized by month or major event, it becomes difficult to work out which pictures came from which Panasonic, unless I sort them ‘by name’ rather than ‘by date’. Not a big deal. The camera has more features than she knows what to do with. It even has built in GPS.

Anyway, these two pictures illustrate, stunningly, the awesome power of the 20x ZOOM on the ZS20. Deanna was out in our front yard yesterday when she heard the characteristic tap-tap tapping of a woodpecker. We do have a fair amount of peckers up here. It was coming from trees across the road. The trees were probably 70 yards away from where she was. For a start there is a 25′ road between us and the trees.

Anyway, the first picture shows the trees, across the road, with no zoom.

The second picture shows what a 20x digital zoom can do.

The trees with the woodpecker in them with 0 zoom. Click to ENLARGE.

The trees with the woodpecker in them with 0 zoom. Click to ENLARGE.

The beauty of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 20x digital zoom. Click to ENLARGE.

The beauty of the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 20x digital zoom. Click to ENLARGE.


Maya, our non-stop swimming Golden, in mid-September 2012, as Teischan and I take our last Standup Surfboard ride

Maya, our non-stop swimming Golden, in mid-September 2012, as Teischan and I take our last Standup Surfboard ride

Keene Pumpkin Festival: HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ & Another World Record Attempt


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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1/ Pumpkin Festival In Keene, NH, Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon Till 8:30 PM
Oct. 16, 2012.
2/ Keene (NH): Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon —
PARKING, $15/car — Oct. 19, 2012.
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3/ Back Volunteering As A Granite State Ambassador (GSA)
July 14, 2012.

4/ New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club
—-and the ‘University of Whales’ — Oct. 9, 2012.


Click to watch video on Yahoo (from NH Channel 9, WMUR).


Click image to read more about HGTV program. My kids plan to be on it!

Not much more I can add that is not already in the above ‘clips’. On HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ and an attempt at the Guinness Book World Record.
See you there. Cheers.

Keene (NH): Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon — PARKING, $15/car


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Pumpkin Festival In Keene, NH, Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon Till 8:30 PM
Oct. 16, 2012.
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2/ Back Volunteering As A Granite State Ambassador (GSA)
July 14, 2012.

3/ New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club
—-and the ‘University of Whales’ — Oct. 9, 2012.


Click to access the ‘Parking’ page at the official Website.


Just a heads up, because it caught me by surprise when I saw it late last night. $15 per car for parking.

Admission is free, BUT I now find out (because I will be one of them collecting it), that all will be asked for a $5 donation per adult! So, again, a heads up. It is, however, definitely, categorically, voluntary, no obligation and they will not make you wear a ‘yellow start’ to denote you didn’t make a donation.

The two main attractions are the 40′ Ferris Wheel and a Haunted Alley. Yes, you have to pay for those too. So come prepared, especially if you have kids.

This is my 1st time so I have no data or parameters to work with or off. Just in terms of initial reaction the $15 for parking and $5/adult voluntary DONATION seems a tad high! That can add up to a LOT of loot. Who gets that money? I am sure it is registered as a non-profit … but that doesn’t say anything out outlandish ‘expenses’ (and I will leave it at that).

I will, as is my wont, try and find out.

I have been told, but won’t know if it is true till I get there, that we (i.e., those of us volunteering at this event) have special parking. Maybe it just means we will be asked to pay $25/car.

Stay tuned.

 

Pumpkin Festival In Keene, NH, Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon Till 8:30 PM. We Plan To Attend.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Back Volunteering As A Granite State Ambassador (GSA)
July 14, 2012.

2/ New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club
—-and the ‘University of Whales’ — Oct. 9, 2012.


Click image to access the official festival Website.


We have never been to the Keene Pumpkin Festival, though each time we have seen it on TV we have talked about making the trek.

Keene is about as far as you can get from here, while still staying within NH. That said, we do go to Keene given that our favorite dog breeder, Goldens, of course, is in Surry (just north of Keene). They introduced us to a decent Indian restaurant at the Keene airport.

This year, the New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors (GSA) are helping out at the festival. Since I am very remiss in the hours I put in, I decided to volunteer here and basically smash two pumpkins with one stone. It looks like great fun and I will be putting in some much needed hours.

We are all going. Entrance is FREE.

Their Website is good, and already has a schedule, a map, parking, list of vendors etc. So go check it out. We have to be there by noon. I will be brown, as usual, and wearing a green GSA shirt. Come and say ‘hello‘. So, see you there. Cheers.