​361 Golden Retrievers Met Up In Scotland And Had The Most Amazing Day

You know when you just need a bit of good news in your life? No heartbreak, no gore, no imminent outbreak of nuclear war? Well boy, have we got something nice for you - 361 of them, in fact:

SO. MANY. AMAZING. DOGGOS.

You probably didn't know that it was recently the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Golden Retriever. But it was, and the pooches were out in full force celebrating with a big ol' party in Tomich, Inverness-shire.

Ashleigh Baird, who was there with her dog Chewbacca and his best pal Buddy, told LADbible that the event was marking the 150 year anniversary since the birth of Golden Retrievers - something that is thought to have come about in 1868 after a breeding experiment by Lord Tweedmouth.

She explained: "I believe he crossed a wavy haired retriever with a golden spaniel - and hey presto! Golden Retrievers were born."

Chewbacca and Buddy looked like they had the BEST time with their furry pals.

Credit: Ashleigh Baird
Credit: Ashleigh Baird

Look at how happy they are!

Credit: Ashleigh Baird
Credit: Ashleigh Baird

They're all clearly having the greatest day out...

Credit: Ashleigh Baird
Credit: Ashleigh Baird

Ashleigh continued: "It was a fantastic day, lovely to see all the Goldens playing and having fun together.

"We were so surprised that people had travelled from all over the world to be there, but that made it all the more special."

She added: "We tried to pet and cuddle all 361 goldens and it was heaven."

The event took place at Guisachan House, the ancestral home of the Golden Retriever. According to the Friends of Guisachan House website, in 1868, Nous, a Wavy-Coated Retriever, and Belle, a Tweed Water Spaniel were bred together by Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks - later known as Lord Tweedmouth.

"From that breeding he kept two yellow females, Primrose and Cowslip and gave one male, Crocus, to his son, Edward Marjoribanks," the site explains.

"For many decades it was thought that there was a fourth puppy, Ada, but that was subsequently determined to be erroneous. Ada was from a second mating of Nous and Belle and was given to Lord Tweedmouth's nephew, the 5th Lord Ilchester, beginning the famous Ilchester line of retrievers. Thus it was the offspring of Nous and Belle that became the foundation of the breed subsequently known as, and now universally loved as, the Golden Retriever."

Ashleigh also said she can't wait for the next meet-up - fingers crossed it won't be another 150 years before all these new best friends get to meet up again.

What a time to be alive, eh?

Featured Image Credit: Golden_Chewbacca/Instagram

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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