For the Love of Golden Retrievers

Carrie Sommer

SoCal Golden Retriever Buddies began in September 2016 with a Golden Retriever meet-up at Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, California. Since then, and prior to COVID-19, the group has met on a regular basis with weekly walks, weekend hikes, beach days, road trips, paddle boarding and kayaking. Special interest classes are widely attended, as are holiday gatherings and a yearly Golden Pool Pawty.

The goal of the group is friendship among the people who have come together through the love of their pets, and the comfort of socialization in a safe and friendly environment. There is no membership fee and everyone is welcome to join whenever they can.

In 2017, the group held its first Goldie Palooza, with more than 500 attendees and 350 Golden Retrievers. The goal of the event was to raise funds for Golden Retriever rescues; all proceeds, after expenses, were donated to local Golden Retriever rescues. In 2017, the group was able to donate $5,403.82.

2018 saw our attendance climb to more than 900 attendees and 681 Golden Retrievers, and we received quite a bit of local and regional attention. That year, we were blessed to be able to donate $19,600 to local and international Golden Retriever rescues!

We wanted to make Goldie Palooza 2020 the biggest and best Goldie Palooza yet, breaking the unofficial World Record for Golden Retriever attendance. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we were forced to postpone our event a month before it was to take place.

As a group, we aren’t finished. We still plan to hold Goldie Palooza 2020, even if it’s in 2022! Our goal is still to raise as much money as we can to help Golden Retriever Rescues, and after the trauma of COVID-19, we can’t wait to celebrate being together again, renewing friendships, and providing an opportunity to raise funds for our Golden Retriever rescues.PHOTO: @SOCALGOLDENRETRIEVERS & @GOLDIEPALOOZAPHOTO: @SOCALGOLDENRETRIEVERS & @GOLDIEPALOOZA»

To keep up with our efforts and news on our event, visit our website at goldiepalooza.com, and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/goldiepalooza and on Instagram at instagram.com/goldiepalooza/.