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Dogs' day out: 13 golden retrievers make splash in Nanaimo River
More than a dozen golden retrievers were brought together for a day of play at the Nanaimo River Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (YouTube)
There were multiple sightings of gold at the Nanaimo River last week – but not the precious metal.
More than a dozen dogs took part in Pooch Pack Adventures’ fifth annual "Golden Retriever Roundup" at the river Wednesday.
Owner and dog-walker Kim Sirett, whose personal dog is a golden retriever, said she wanted to create an event with the “no barking, happy, tail-wagging” breed because she walks so many of them.
So she piled 13 of the dogs – and one lucky yellow Labrador retriever – into a van and took them to the river for a massive game of fetch.
A video posted to YouTube shows the pack bounding around the river, diving from rocks and fetching sticks – all set to Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose.”
Sirett said she loves all her dogs, but has a soft spot for the breed because she grew up with one.
“They’re just a really good family dog and always happy, and willing to please,” she said.
It made for a great video, but do the dogs notice when they’re all together? Sirett thinks so.
“Dogs do kind of realize, some dogs, when they’re with a like-minded breed. I’m pretty sure my golden knew what was going on that day.”
Watch the full video: