The crowd of canines stretched far into the distance, all shiny coats and wagging tails. Without question the scene was a heavenly one for dog lovers, and doubly so for golden retriever fans. But what brought the self-styled Guisachan Gathering to the grounds surrounding a Highlands ruin and the nearby village?
Arguably, there are few dogs that epitomize the concept of man’s best friend more than golden retrievers. They have long assisted humans ever since their domestication; hunters originally employed them as gun dogs. Indeed, bringing back felled prey is how golden retrievers earned their name.
Retrievers are so-called because they’re experts at fetching downed game and bringing it back to hunters undamaged. They’re even capable swimmers, so they can reach waterfowl. But retrieving was just their first role assisting humans. In recent times, the breed’s been helping us in many other ways, too.