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Rogue the Wonder Dog, a beautiful golden retriever who wants to save the world, is competing to win the Cutest Dog Competition. If (when!) he wins, Rogue wants to make lots of donations to several dog-centered organizations on a national and local level (ASPCA, animal shelters and rescues in Austin, TX and Elkhart, IN, to name a few). Rogue would love to help this forum meet its goal donation this year, too!

Could you please help and vote for him? You can vote once a day per household (this week's contest ends Saturday at midnight), and we need all the votes we can get! Thank you in advance!

Please click on Rogue's picture to vote...
 

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hello and welcome, it would be nice if you told us a little about yourself and post more pictures for us to see your cute fur kid
 

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Yes, every golden on this thread is cute and beautiful! Susan touched on my thoughts exactly:

The Cutest Dog Competition has been running for 10 weeks now, and none of the semi-finalists are golden retrievers. It would be sooo wonderful to have a golden be a finalist and even greater for one to be a winner. Rogue would be honored to represent the breed, and there should be a golden contending for the prize.

Thank you for your support and kindness! Please help Rogue represent; we promise to make you proud!
 

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Mist, thank you for the welcome! I did post a few more pictures of Rogue.

He is a four year old golden retriever and he has been changing the world for the better since he came into it. He is self-employed as a Positivity Steward, and is focus is to promote love and spread joy. He makes sure he causes smiles on at least 100 faces a day.

He sings along to sirens. He catches treats off his nose. He loves to play ball. His favorite food is steamed broccoli. He loves everyone and almost everything. He, like all dogs (and people!), is amazing.

Have a wonderful golden day!
 

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I voted for him, too. Ruby says she is only thinking good thoughts for Rogue and wishes her favorite food was steamed broccoli.
 

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Alfred, a Shih Tzu, won the semi-finalist slot for the week. It looks like Rogue was close to making it into top 30, but definitely wasn't anywhere close to number one.

Thank you for asking, though, and thanks for voting, too. Thanks everyone here who voted. It was really appreciated.

Rogue may not have won, but he feels very very loved.

Have a wonderful golden day!
 

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Mist, thank you for the welcome! I did post a few more pictures of Rogue.

He is a four year old golden retriever and he has been changing the world for the better since he came into it. He is self-employed as a Positivity Steward, and is focus is to promote love and spread joy. He makes sure he causes smiles on at least 100 faces a day.

He sings along to sirens. He catches treats off his nose. He loves to play ball. His favorite food is steamed broccoli. He loves everyone and almost everything. He, like all dogs (and people!), is amazing.

Have a wonderful golden day!
just a note broccoli isnt good for dogs, angel loves it too till i found a site that says they are not allowed it with a list of food the same aswell.

http://www.petpeoplesplace.com/resources/advice/dogs/289-dogs-be-fed-carrots.htm

i hope that he does well in the contest though would be great to see a golden retriever winning it.:)
 

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broccoli and dogs

thanks for your post about broccoli. you are right to point out a caution about broccoli... it is good for dogs (helps prevent cancer), but it is extremely important to limit the quantity to less than 10% of the dog's daily diet. more than that can cause gastro upset, and if a dog is fed a large quantity of it for a meal it could prove to be toxic.

rogue's broccoli is a small daily garnish (less than 10%) to his kibble, and we take care not to feed him too much. he would eat it all day if we let him.

thank you for taking such an active role in spreading awareness and concern when it comes to dogs and their health. the world is lucky to have people looking out for other people and animals.

http://www.heathershomemadedogtreats.com/toxic.html

"There has been a bit of confusion where broccoli is concerned. Broccoli is very good for dogs, however, if the daily intake exceeds more than 10% of the animals diet – problems can occur. The toxic substance is isothiocyanate and can cause gastrointestinal irritation.
NOTE: Broccoli toxicity was first noted in dairy cattle raised in California. When there was an over abundant broccoli crop, it was fed to the cattle. Problems may have occurred because cattle have rumens and digest things much more thoroughly, therefore taking in more of the toxic substance."

http://dogblog.8pawsup.com/2008/03/broccoli-toxicity-dogs.html
 

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I have been a lurker for a little while and thought I needed to sign up to make a comment!

I looked at the toxic list at www.heathershomemadedogtreats.com and I think a lot of raw feeders will have some serious problems with it! She specifically says to cook bones and not feed raw bones when in fact that is VERY dangerous. Never ever ever feed your dog cooked bones! Raw bones are MUCH safer.

A lot of people will disagree with all 3 of these things on the list. Do the research yourself though before feeding your dog any of them or ask your vet!...but pleaseeeee do not feed your dogs cooked bones.

BONES: Sterilized bones that are purchased aren’t the problem. Raw meaty bones and chicken bones are prone to splinter and lodge in the throat, or worse, the intestines, in which case they can perforate the lining causing internal bleeding and possibly death. This doesn’t mean “no bones” – ask the butcher for soup bones, bring water to a full boil then cook the bones for approximately 20 minutes (depending on size).
NOTE: The first time I did this I removed much, not all, of the fat and meat from the outside of the bone. My dog’s stomachs weren’t used to such a treat and I didn’t want to cause diarrhea. However, I did save the scraps and fed them on their food at a later date.

RAW EGGS: Cooked eggs are a very healthy treat for dogs, raw egg whites contain a protein called Avidin. This protein depletes your dog of B vitamins, specifically Biotin, which is essential to growth and coat condition. Also, raw eggs may contain bacteria, such as Salmonella.
RAW MEAT/POULTRY: Once again bacteria are the main problem – Salmonella and Clostridium, both can be very serious and costly to treat. Just remember, if you feed meat, cook it first.
NOTE: Best to avoid pork, especially bacon (which contains sodium nitrate).
 

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tnis, thanks for catching all that. i should apologize for posting that link without reading through what else was on there besides the broccoli part! that was careless of me and i do apologize! i'm thankful that there's people like you to provide cautions:

THANK YOU!
 
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