Double Dog Day: Mulligan the Golden Retriever/Bernese Mountain Dog and Kaya the Weimeraner

I’ve been doing this for well over a year now, and there are still dogs in my very neighborhood that I’ve never seen before. I’d remember either of these two if I’d run into them.

Mulligan is the golden foofball, obviously, and for a Golden/Bernie, he’s an oldster: he’s going to be 13 in March! In Bernese Mountain Dog years, that’s about 130 years old. And he seems astoundingly healthy and happy, too: from looks and demeanor, I would have guessed he was about 3 or 4.

Kaya, whose name means ‘unusual beauty’, would by process of elimination be the one in the back gnawing away. She is only one and a half years old, and really does live up to her name. She has gorgeous eyes. She’s also a bit monomaniacal in the ‘food’ department… she didn’t mind me petting her at all, as long as I didn’t require her to take her attention away from her chewy thing.

Bernese Mountain Dog/Golden Retriever Mix and Weimaraner

Look at those humongous paws. Look at that ruff of fur around his neck. If his ears stood up a bit, I'd be shouting "OH MY GOD! IT'S A LION! GET IN THE CAR!"

Weimaraner and Bernese Mountain Dog/Golden Retriever Mix

He totally looks like a big foofly pillow when he sleeps.

Half Golden Retriever, Half Bernese Mountain Dog

When he's standing he looks a little less 'lion' and a little more 'adorable blond teddy bear'.

Weimaraner Chewing a Rawhide Bone

See? Kaya is monomaniacal. Also: Weimaraners have the softest ears ever. If I had one, I would quickly develop a ear-petting habit. I bet it would drive her nuts.


I thought this was going to be the best shot of Kaya's eyes that we were going to get. Note the tiny eyebrows and thick lashes.


...but apparently not.


Close up of that face. Those eyes haunt my soul.

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3 Responses to Double Dog Day: Mulligan the Golden Retriever/Bernese Mountain Dog and Kaya the Weimeraner

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  2. Cece says:

    Oh my god!!!! That is sooo cute! My Golden Retriever has a boyfriend (well that’s what we call them they are just the best friends) he is a Bernese Mountain Dog and now I know how they would look like if they had puppies. (Its never going to happen though!)

    They are both very lovely dogs I really like Kaya! She is like a little lion!

    • Adam Lang says:

      Actually, it is AMAZING how different the golden retriever/Bernese mixes I’ve met are. Mulligan is this gorgeous golden lion thing, and then there’s this one and this one! All different, all gorgeous.

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