SoCal Golden Retriever Buddies’ journey began through social media on Instagram. Families first came together for a meet up on September 11th, 2016 in Long Beach at Rosie’s Dog Beach. The families experienced such a fantastic “Golden vibe” that they decided to share and expand this Golden community. There is no membership fee, and everyone is welcome to join our varied activities such as beach fun, weekly walks, weekend hikes, road trips, paddle boarding, and sea kayaking. Some special interest classes the group has participated in have been Pet CPR/First Aid, Rattlesnake Avoidance Training, and Dog Sports.
Our families also enjoy special events throughout the year such as the Golden Valentine’s Party, Golden Mother’s and Father’s Days, Red-White & Gold Fourth of July beach day, and our annual pool “pawty” in Murrieta. In February 2018, our community marched as a unit for the first time in the 119th Annual Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the “Golden” Dog. Whether it is a four-month-old puppy or a twelve-year-old “sugar-faced” senior, there is something for all levels of activity.
The highlight of 2017 was definitely our Goldie Palooza held in Huntington Beach’s Central Park. Hundreds of families, including over 350 golden retrievers, met for the first time in our Golden Village (organized totally by volunteers) to participate in selected photo opportunities, Halloween costume contest, shopping for new products at the vendors' booths, and participating in our giant, “everyone-included” photo. We were truly amazed to witness the friendship among so many dogs and their families. The full proceeds from this event benefited three golden retriever rescues.
The most extraordinary aspect of our community is the friendship developed among people who have come together through the love of their pets. Our members include families from Vancouver, Canada, to South Korea, Sacramento to San Diego, South Bay to Orange County, and San Fernando to San Bernardino. This Golden community is ever-expanding and cherished by us all.
Thank you for being a part of SoCal Golden Retriever Buddies. Golden hearts, golden paws…