Mar 302013

Phoenix header pic

Dogs love to do all sorts of things they enjoy. Nuzzle up to you to be scratched behind their ears. Or they will roll over on their back for a nice belly rub. Another is to paw at you for constant attention. Maybe they want to just put their head in your lap and to feel your hand gently stroke over the top of their head. They may have their favorite toy that they love to play with. And another would be a nice, treat-stuffed Kong toy that keeps them busy for hours. Then, when they are worn out, they love to sleep. That’s the best part of exercising and playing with your dog. Burning off their energy!

My Golden Retriever, Phoenix, loves all those things along with the fact that he is the most sociable soul I’ve ever met. He will play with dogs but he loves people most of all. And little kids he loves 10 fold. He has to sit before you can pet him. If you are walking by him on the sidewalk he has to sit. Oh, he doesn’t want to but he knows that is the deal.

Yet, Phoenix’s, first deepest passion and obsession is a tennis ball. And a thrown tennis ball he can chase after and retrieve. His second is his Chuckit! Flyer toy.

The one really funny thing about Phoenix that I’ve never figured out involves just me. If you were or are to ever play ball with him he will return it to your feet and bark at you to throw it again. Repeatedly. He will wear you out long before he does.

Yet, with me. He enthusiastically retrieves but often does not return. I know, I get constantly punk’d by him. And that is ok by me. He’s happy and having fun. That’s all that matters.

Here’s a little gallery of a very fun time. And his commentary, of course.

Phoenix 1

“Please throw it, please throw it…”

Phoenix 2

“I got this!!”

Phoenix 3

“Woo hoo! It’s airborne! Gonna get it!”

Phoenix 4

“I got the toyyyy….I got the toyyy….neener, neener, neeeennneer….”

Phoenix 5

“Round two!”

Phoenix 6

“Gimmee, gimmee, gimmee….my toy!!”

Phoenix 7

“Now I shall shake you into submission toy!!”

Phoenix 8

“Ok, little time out…”

Phoenix 9

“Just a nice photo shot for you, Dad…”

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  19 Responses to “My Golden Retriever, Phoenix, and His Chuckit! Flyer”

  1. Nice photos Dad, it was fun!

  2. Good Boy Phoenix. Keep Dad on his toes!!

  3. Hey Phoenix, we should get together and I’ll teach you all kinds of neat website stuff – stuff you can use to punk your dad with!

    • Hi Chris Stevens! Absolutely let’s punk him! But nothing bad on his website. He works really hard on it. Plus, he said nice things about you.

  4. Great pic’s!! He’s a good and handsome boy. 🙂

  5. Phoenix is a world class athlete! Look at him go!
    Love the pics, especially the last one.

  6. Maybe it’s time to consider getting Phoenix his own computer, Mike. 🙂

  7. Phoenix, where can I get Gracie one of those chuckit’s ????

  8. Great pictures of a happy dog!

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