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From as far back as I can remember, Golden Retrievers have played a pretty big role in my life.  First it was when my dad was breeding and showing them, when he would come to visit and bring two or three of the furry golden puff balls for us to play with. Then it was when I was a little older and he let me come watch while he showed them, as long as I didn’t touch them after they were groomed of course.  Later after my father died, goldens were some kind of connection to him that I could still have, even though he wasn’t around.  I remember the day he died I left with my golden Phillip and hid by the flat rocks from everyone until I was finished crying.  In one way or another one of my goldens has been there for me in good times and in bad.

Having recently been married and at the same time getting our new puppy Bea, I am at a new, exciting and unknown place in life. Now Alex and I have three dogs and Bea seems to have become the alpha dog and reason for all insanity in our home almost overnight. Henry, my most loyal and favorite (although I’d never tell the other two) is getting a little older and slower but always faithful and loving. Albert well, I never know what he is thinking but I swear he’s planning something mischievous constantly, he probably draws on my head at night. He is the only one who cries (howls) when I come home after a few days away, so I know he loves me.  These dogs are the center of our household whether we like it or not and although we don’t have children just yet, it sure feels like it.  Beamakesthree is about combining all things in life that I love into one place.  It also hopefully will give me an opportunity to talk about some things that I am passionate about but, otherwise would keep to myself.

Now, our goldens are not only a connection to my dad but, they are part of who I am and who our family is, they are home to me.  In one way or another, no matter what direction I go in life, I always end up back with Golden Retrievers on my lap, covered in slobber, fur, and lots of unconditional love.


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  1. Marcy Z. #

    We too had a disastrous experience shipping our golden retriever across country this summer on United Airlines — in BOTH directions. He did not die, but his travel experience was horrific. If you would like the details, please email me privately, in case it helps you in any sort of case you have against United. I am so sorry for your loss, I could not imagine losing our dog Charlie. He is our life.

    September 24, 2012
  2. Karin #

    May I suggest you take this up with the travel magazine “Conde Nast Traveler”. CNT publishes Bea’s plight, it will reach a far larger audience, and that in itself is far more likely to effect positive changes on the part of United.

    September 23, 2012
  3. Lisa Aires #

    My heart breaks for you and your precious Bea. I also have a huge love for Goldens and I understand the pure joy they bring to a family. Although nothing can take away your pain of losing Bea, I hope you get the answers you so deserve from the airline. Shame on United Airlines for their lack of responsibility.

    September 22, 2012
  4. Kinsey Schofield #

    My heart aches for Bea. Wish I could give you a hug. You are in my thoughts and I simply ache for you.

    September 22, 2012
  5. i’ve fallen in love with your blog! 🙂

    September 22, 2012
  6. Gwen #

    Simple stated but deeply felt, I am so sorry for your loss… I was reduced to tears when I read your story…please, keep Bea’s memory alive by continuing to be an advocate for the safety of all pets on airlines…Something must be done

    September 22, 2012
  7. Such a beautiful blog about goldens. I feel the same way about golden retrievers. I have always loved the breed since I was a kid and grew up with one. I finally got my very own while studying in Italy and brought her back with me. She has been like my best friend; celebrating in the piazza in Rome when Italy won the world cup, traveling on trains in Europe with me, moving back to the United States after 6 years. She has also been there for the saddest of times too…heartbreaks, crying, always picking up the pieces. She has melted many hearts (even people who hated dogs) I taught her all of the commands in both english and italian even! Now, she was recently diagnosed at 6 with a very aggressive cancer that has spread to her lungs. Vets are not very optimistic. My avatar is a picture of her last week after chemo, numerous meds, etc. She has taught me so much even in her illness; she chases lizards, eats like a hungry hippo, still goes on outings, and goes camping with me. She has had chemo, a plethora of meds, surgery day before yesterday and she is trying to run around like a puppy still. The sparkle in her eyes is what has kept me going through this ordeal and I still won’t give up. Goldens truly are amazing dogs like nothing I have seen before. Love your blog and sad that I stumbled on it now. Prayers for Bea 🙂

    September 22, 2012
  8. As I read your sad story about what happened to your beautiful dog I am incredibly moved by your caring spirit. Please know that your story has saved my dog and probably many other peoples dogs too. I WILL NEVER ALLOW MY LINDSEY (a black lab mix) TO FLY IN THE HOLD, EVER! Thank you for taking the time to share and save the lives of other pets.

    September 21, 2012
  9. David #

    I hate to leave this comment in public but I don’t see a private option or email address. All I can say is please don’t anyone abuse this policy work around! I normally wouldn’t say anything but your story is very touching and have seen too many airlines kill pets. As a K9 Search and Rescue worker we fly all over the country, by we I mean my dog and I. My yellow Lab sits on the floor by my legs and sometimes on my lap. We actually get better treatment than anyone else as the flight attendants typically love dogs and we always have other fliers stop by to pet her. The fact is though we have never once shown our credentials. We have them, but no one ever asks. As long as your dog is wearing the proper harness and you look like you know what your doing you wil be fine. Simply call the airline and explain you have a working dog, american airlines is best, when you buy your ticket. you will get a call back and be charged $80 each way and given the bulkhead seat. That’s it. I’m sorry for your loss but please don’t let them fly in the hold again.

    September 20, 2012
  10. I am very sorry for what happened to Bea. I cant even imagine how terrible that must have been. I worked for a major airline for over 6 years and would be happy to answer any questions you have from an insiders point of view.

    September 20, 2012
  11. Wow Maggie, this is such a cool blog! You’re so eloquent, and yet so earnest and honest with your writing…please continue to share their adventures (and yours) with us…..thanks and Happy Halloween!!!

    October 31, 2011
  12. carol #

    I started to cry while reading about Henry passing recently. I too have lost my big golden Chase just this past Friday very suddenly and at only 8 years old, my heart is broken beyond repair right now. We had gotten Chase a new playmate after we lost our Zack a little over 2 years ago and we somehow found this beautiful little JJ (Rizers Jay-Lo) on a website, which led us to Scott & Seann. We’ve been in constant contact over the last 2 years since bringing JJ into our home and did let them know about our Chase. Scott told me about their upcoming litter and of your website. It’s so wonderful to read your blogs and knowing that others out there love goldens as much as we do. My goldens have always been my 4 legged children and such a huge part of our life..myself and my husband.
    I wish you only the best with your new baby and your furbabies too!

    October 9, 2011
  13. chris bergin #

    hi maggie! lucinda told me about your blog a while back, you are a great writer!
    So sorry about your loss of Henry, we went through it with 2 goldens years ago, Walter and Colin. They were father and son and just the best. Both got cancer at 8 and 9 years old so I know exactly what you went through and are going through, so hard, but their lives were such a blessing that we felt so lucky just to have had them for the time that we did. Henry will always be with you!!!

    September 27, 2011
  14. Brooke #

    oh maggie! I just absolutely love that you have a blog. My first dog was a golden retriever, Charlie. I was there when we had to put him to sleep due to hip displaysia 😦 Saddest day of my life at a young young age. Oh, I feel for you… he was my FIRST DOG, it was hard.
    Congratulations on the baby news! I can’t wait to read more about your lovely life. I live vicariously through you, well, I love my life… but you know… you are MAGGIE!!! I mean come on! haha

    September 25, 2011
  15. Jodi #

    So glad to have found your blog – there just aren’t enough dog lovers in the world (animals in general really). I was raised in a family where dogs were treated like one of the kids (presents at Christmas, etc.) and in my travels I have met so many people that don’t understand why I treat my dogs like my babies. I have been called ridiculous because of the way I treat my dogs and I even resorted to stop discussing them with people because I didn’t want them to think I was a strange dog lady. Our dogs are also the center of our household and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You have reminded me of a very important thing – to always be yourself. Cheers and Bravo to you Maggie! Thanks for re-instating my faith that there are good animal-loving people still in existence! Best of Luck with your pregnancy.

    September 15, 2011
  16. Stan #

    Hey, thanks for the blog. Been reading that are a survivor… You story cheered me up. Thanks.

    May 9, 2011
  17. I’m really glad to have found your blog and look forward to more of your musings about dogs, diet, calories, etc.

    January 9, 2011
  18. Linda #

    I really like your blog. My siblings and I share a bond with Goldens as our family had a few starting when I was a teen. When times were tough emotionally we seemed to communicate through our love of our dogs. Both of my parents passed away within 3 years of one another and the goldens were “orphaned” so my sister took them in.
    Sounds like Bea is definitely the “Queen Bea” of your home and that all of you have a very happy healthy life. Goldens love unconditionally and you are giving them such great love in return.
    I look forward to more stories about the doggies.

    January 7, 2011
  19. absolutely love your golden love! lol. i too, have been around goldens almost my whole life (since i was 5, anyway), and they truly are the best dog on the planet. i look forward to your adventures, posts, and hey, maybe even a response! XoXo, Dreya and Clementine 🙂

    January 6, 2011
    • Hi Dreya and Clementine,

      Thanks for your kind and sweet comment! Goldens are the absolute best, aren’t they? Bea is getting so big I have to remind myself that she was a bit of a terror as a baby to keep myself from getting another! I think the other’s would disown me.

      My best to you and yours,

      May 24, 2011
  20. Your dogs are just gorgeous!

    January 5, 2011
  21. Sue Tinsley #

    Totally enjoyable! Love the Goldens! We have three Shih Tzus and sometimes I feel like a dog tree as they all love to hang on mommy!

    January 2, 2011


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