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Video Chronicles Golden Retriever’s Endearing Growth Journey



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  • A golden retriever owner shares the growing phases of their pet, Charlie, in a TikTok video.
  • The phases include cute, mischievous escapades to calm, mature behavior, all of which are considered ‘worth it’ by the owner.
  • Charlie’s antics have collected 3.9 million views, with more than 1,200 TikTok users sharing their own experiences with golden retrievers.

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Bringing a golden retriever into your family is a joy-filled journey teeming with laughter and unique antics. One dog owner has captured this experience in a heartwarming TikTok video, which has since gone viral, drawing over 3.9 million viewers.

The dog owner, known as @golden_boy_charlie on TikTok and based in Chicago, shared an intriguing depiction of the evolution of a golden retriever’s personality. The video, shared on May 6, narrates three entertaining stages of their pet Charlie’s development.

The first phase, labeled in the video as the “[Oh my god] he’s such a cute tiny potato” phase, displays the mischievous yet charming antics of puppy Charlie. At this stage, even the naughtiest behavior is shrugged off as adorable.

The video’s text overlay humorously states, “At this point the naughty behavior is still cute and they get away with murder.”


The second phase is a recognizable revelation for first-time dog owners: the “oh no, what have we done” phase. This is a comical nod to the understanding that raising a growing puppy isn’t always as simple as it seems.

“As the text overlay reads, “At this point they still do all the puppy behavior but they are 10 times bigger so they are 10 times a greater wrecking ball.” The video comically captures older Charlie creating waves of gleeful havoc around the home.

The final stage, tagged as the “wish he was still a puppy” phase, presents a more mature, laid-back Charlie. After experiencing the earlier pandemonium, owners might find themselves yearning for the lively puppy days.

The video explains, “He no longer constantly runs around the house and you start to miss the former chaos, you know you would do it all over again because it was all worth it.”

Although the video humorously captures the stages of growth, it’s worth mentioning that Charlie, born in 2023, is currently in the somewhat tumultuous “stage 2.”

Golden retrievers, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), are renowned for their exuberant and spirited nature, which they keep into their adult years. They are particularly keen on outdoor activities and are partial to wet and rugged environments.


The fascinating video has triggered a variety of reactions from fellow TikTok users who have also shared their personal experiences with golden retrievers.


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