First--how ANNOYING is it when people tell you that your Golden doesnt look like a golden because of how short he is or because he is too "fluffy" I am sick of it!! At this point i just google the breed standard and show people that he is perfectly normal. Tired of hearing people say he is too small and underweight at 68 lbs.
I'd just give them a dead eye look and fake smile. LOL. Sometimes people don't know what they are talking about and it's their
Second--I am sick of everyone just making fun of the money I spend on his health, food, and care. I have taken Leo multiple times to the vet his first year for various issues like ear infections, loose stools, hot spots, excessive weight gain and people think its over dramatic but they are serious things that need to be taken care of! My in laws had a golden and never took him to the vet for his ears because they said ears were just dirty all the time. It is perfectly normal to spend money on vet bills especially the first year!
If me, I'd just laugh it off and remind them that ages ago with my first golden I strongly recall rushing him in because he had "tumors" on his belly. Because it never occurred to any of us (including my mom who grew up with dogs) that male dogs would have nipples.
Better to take a dog in when there's problems vs be neglectful and have bigger bills long run.
Third--I want to get Leo into showing and field training and people feel bad for him because they say that he will stop being a dog and wont have any fun. WHAT! I am trying to bond with my dog and give him a purpose. These dogs are meant to be working dogs and help and it brings them joy! What better way to give this to him??
I probably wouldn't say this aloud, but so many people out there I feel SO BAD for their goldens. They have no life, and sometimes spend many long days and so on without individual fussing or attention just for them. Even walks are turning into "all about the owner" because it's replacing a workout at the gym or whatever. Playing fetch ditto - because it's an owner trying to avoid taking a dog for a walk.
Dogs who are shown and compete - they spend many long hours with their owners. They travel with their owners. They grow up experienced with long road trips, hotel rooms, and visiting parks near show sites, etc. They should often have a full life like that.
YES - dogs sent out with pro handlers do have it tougher. They spend a lot of time sitting in crates... and some pros are not nice to the clients dogs when the clients aren't around... <= But you are talking about showing your dog yourself and don't need to worry about that.
Bottom line is if anyone brings up any nonsense about the dogs, blow them off and do your thing.