I've borrowed another Golden for the week. Riley is boarding with us and learning how to respond to his name despite distractions, how to come back reliably when called, and how to greet strangers politely. He's also getting schooled in deep water stick wrestling.
He got plenty muddy in today's trip to the salt marsh. Mud shows a lot more on a lighter dog. Just something to consider when you're thinking about what shade of Golden Retriever suits your wardrobe.
Then off to home for a bath, towel dry, brush, and a quiet evening.
I do enjoy our dark gold boys' color, but there are certainly some occasions that merit a lighter shade.