Top Dog Interview: Lilly And Chicko

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Group of Golden Retrievers on road in GermanyOur next Top Dog interview is with Lilly an adorable Golden Retriever and therapy dog living in Germany with his parents and brother, Chicko, a rescue Golden. Learn what it’s like living in Europe, some of Lilly’s favorite pastimes (hint: it involves mud) and more about this sweet pup.

How did you and your parents find one another?

Mom and dad felt so sad about the loss of their previous dog Luna. I never met her, but she was an absolutely amazing and beautiful 10-year old Kangal. After losing Luna, they came across my breeders. I had six sisters and two brothers free to choose from. As mom and dad wanted to leave I was sitting in front of the door, and with my magic puppy eyes I said, “Can I come with you, please?” Mom grabbed me from the floor in her arms and right inside her and daddy’s heart. Last year we rescued Chicko, an 8-month old Golden Retriever from a family who divorced. He was on the way to the shelter. That was love at first sight. Now my beloved new brother, mom, dad, my two human brothers, and I are a really happy big family.

What’s life like to be a dog in Germany?

Actually Chicko and I won the Jackpot! We have the best parents, great human kids, a house and large garden to play, sleep, cuddle and eat in. Mom and Dad never leave us alone at home. We can run and swim unleashed. We get fresh meat for breakfast and dinner and lots of treats. But not every dog in Germany got the jackpot. Our shelters are full. We have a big problem with very sick puppies from East Europe which are sold cheap out of a trunk called “The Dog Mafia.” (Sad face). But most of our friends have nice homes with nice parents and a really good life.

How did you find your way into the spotlight?

Dad started my Instagram account in 2015. On every dog walk, at home, while shopping, or swimming he took pictures. Hard work (just sayin’). And one day the postman brought me my first pupbox for free. Dad told me that I am the most famous Golden Retriever in Germany. Now I have to share everything with my brother.

What are some of your favorite past times?

Lilly before and after in mudDigging and swimming and eating.  I actually love chasing fish in the lake the most. My brother is like Michael Phelps. I sometimes wonder if he is really a dog. In regards to digging: I swear I would never kill a mouse, but it’s so much fun to change your color from golden to mud brown, and that’s always a reason to swim (Dad and Mom call it “washing the dogs”). And we love eating since we both are Golden Retrievers. For us, eating is like breathing. We both love cuddles with the family and sleeping on Daddy’s pillow.

What’s your best trick?

My best trick is to jump into Mom and Dad’s bed and get the best place between Mom and Dad on their pillows. Chicko’s best trick is to dive. He is really good at it. Toys, stones, whatever you want he can get from the ground of lakes!

Any tips for taking great dog photos?

To take dog photos, first of all, be sure you have a reward for your dog. Second, be sure you have your camera on standby every second. And third, have I mentioned treats for every picture? 😉

What do you feel is your best feature and why?

I care about my humans every second of my life. I am a therapy dog, so that’s my job. I feel when someone is sad or had a bad day. When the kids need dog love (even on the dog walks), I give love and am as friendly as a Golden Retriever can be. Chicko, ok his best feature is that I love him. Is that enough? Ha!

Who’s your favorite fellow celebrity dog?

The founder and CEO of Instagram has a Golden Retriever boy. I would love to meet him. (Side note: the very first photo ever posted to Instagram was of the founder’s dog).

What’s next for you?

Maybe Donald Trump needs some help – maybe to spread some love?

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Yes, that every dog needs a home and beloved parents. We wish you all a fantastic year!

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Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and cats Lucy and Tabby. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps. Carrots and sweet potatoes are her picks for healthy treat alternatives.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

She has been covering dog-related topics since 2012 and is proud to share her latest personal experience, resources and information with fellow pet parents.

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Erin P
Awe, adorable story! Thanks for sharing, will start following these cuties on social media now!