The Sweet-Natured Golden Retriever (PLAYING)...

(To those of you using this under the CC license - please understand that this is NOT a photo of fighting dogs. These are my pampered and deeply loved boys PLAYING. If you use this photo to illustrate the violence of golden retrievers, I will ask you to remove it. Thanks)


...caught in mid-play with his brother Sammy. Rest assured - though they look vicious, they are indeed playing. They'll get rough for a few moments, make a few growling noises, then return to their docile, gentle, loving selves. Here's another shot of them in a similar situation but my wife is clearly smiling and their tails are definitely wagging.

  • Rita 6y

    Ahaha! My golden tends to show off her 'fangs' when she plays with the neighbor's german shepherd, yet she never snarls or growls or makes any sort of noise. The worst she could do to anyone is lick them to death. ^.^
  • 霞雨 6y

    wow.. nice action
  • Kaylee Simmons 6y

    Great shot :)

  • Michal Tzvi 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Favorites Group (add 1+ fav 1) {invited only!}>, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • eMinte PRO 6y

    hahahaha, they look so mean when they play
  • Travis & Calleen Hunt PRO 6y

    love the action shot. well captured.
  • RO ACHACO 6y

    Qué buena foto! justo en el momento.
    qué dificil!
  • Muhammad Ramzan 6y

    Very Beautiful shot.
  • KevArchie 6y

    rediculous expressions, great capture
  • Twi!ight_Freak! 5y

    They have very big teeth!!
  • Catherine H 5y

    Scary Kanich by catherine_rene (I've been locked out of my account

    Another scary, heart of gold, golden. Only this time taking his anger out on the nasty stick. :)

    Absolutely love this shot!
  • sundero PRO 5y

    THey do look serious!
  • Yisrael Lieber 5y

    Great Shot but aren't they fighting?!
  • INdiA's Photography & Artwork 5y

    I recognize this playing. Until I recently lost one of my girls, she and her sister used to play this way..
  • ich -liebe-Frauen 4y

  • lawatha PRO 4y

    Oh, my gosh- that is so funny. I have a golden, and I have a cairn- and they wrestle and roughhouse all the time- I've seen that look on Casey- and I know it is play, but when you capture it in a still photo like this, it does look rather menacing, doesn't it? So funny...
  • Lightcatcher66 PRO 3y

  • BigTonyB PRO 3y

    What a fantastic shot!
  • David Beck 2y

    Reminds you who their ancestors are (and that they're really not that far away...)
  • chesbayview PRO 2y

    Wonderful capture! Beautiful creatures.
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Taken on June 23, 2006
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