Over the weekend, there was a gathering of 222 (two hundred and twenty-two) golden retrievers in Scotland.
The annual festival, called the Guisachan Gathering, takes place at the Guisachan House in Inverness-shire, Scotland, and is hosted by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland. The first Gathering was held in 2006.
The Guisachan Gathering celebrates the birth of the breed. The first goldens were bred by Dudley Coutts Majoribanks, aka Lord Tweedmouth, at his home, the Guisachan House, in 1868. (Thanks Lord Tweedmouth!)
According to PBS, Lord Tweedmouth mixed a yellow Wavy-Coated retriever named Nous with a Tweed water spaniel named Belle and—voila!—golden retrievers were born. The first golden puppies were named Crocus, Cowslip, Ada and Primrose.
The Guisachan Gathering draws owners from all over, including other European countries such as Spain and Italy, but also as far away as Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States.
During the three-day celebration, owners and dogs compete in a dog show and a tug of war contest. The golden retrievers also look adorable. All the time. All of them. Adorable.
This year broke the record for attendance, with 222 golden retrievers.
SO MANY GOLDEN RETRIEVERS!
Jim Richardsson, a member of the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland, noted, "It was a free-for-all...Of course, everybody knows their own dog, and your eyes are glued to it the whole time." (To assume otherwise is dog racist.)
Now, scroll back to the top of the post and imagine all the golden retrievers talking to each other with Scottish accents.