Goldens Retrievers are some of the greatest creatures on earth. I realize that’s a bold statement and may go against the grain of other dog lovers who have a preference for different breeds. I love all dogs but Goldens for so many reasons will always have a special place in my heart and in my life.
Fittingly we call our home the Golden K as a tribute to our three Golden Retrievers Kali, Kloe, and Koda. These three girls enhance my romantic perspective of life at 3100 feet in so many ways. Looking off into the distance at a breath taking view, or into the forest filled with pines and oaks is enhanced exponentially when done so with a dog by my side. An early morning walk down a gravel road with one of my girls is highlighted when I see the joy in her face and body language while taking in the smells of the crisp morning air. During warm evenings under the stars I’m convinced that these Golden beauties have an appreciation for their surroundings. While that may be scientifically hard to prove I none the less believe it to be true. Sharing all these moments with my girls is priceless and something I will never take for granted.
Each year at this time I am reminded of another factor that makes the Golden K even more golden and special. Mother Nature is a master artist and each Fall she treats the Sierra Nevada Foothills with great favor. Like our Golden Retrievers the mature Black Oak trees are beautiful living things. Nestled in between the pines and cedars they stand out as royalty. All the leaves from the Black Oaks will soon be off the trees. But before they fall, as a grand finale for the year, they’ll turn beautiful shades of gold. The colors will remind me of the circle of life. The Black Oak’s circle has been completed as we head into the winter months. And then in four or five months small buds will emerge from the branches and begin that circle of life, circle of beauty, and circle of gold once again.