Golden Retriever Hana Girl — What a Life!

I think we all would have loved to have the life of Hana. Schmoozing all day with adoring customers and swimming daily in her family’s pool. In Hawaii, no less. And, for 17 beautiful years. I am indeed jealous.

Kailua auto dealership’s ‘spokesdog’ passes away
Advertiser Staff

Hana, the golden retriever that was the face of Mike McKenna’s Windward car dealerships, died last week. She was 17 years old.

Affectionately known as “Hana Girl,” she was featured in the dealerships’ newspaper ads, television commercials and its Wheels 4 Less sign on Kailua Road. She even had a “speaking” part that made her a hit with children, McKenna said.

Hana was born June 17, 1989, and McKenna said he took an instant liking to her when he saw her chewing on a mango floating in water. It reminded him of his youth when he sold mango to earn money while growing up on Maui, he said.

McKenna named her for the small town near his ranch.

Hana would hang out at his Kailua office. “She’d meet the customers all day and then go home and go swimming every day in the pool,” he said.

She would also attend charity events, including Project Graduation parties where McKenna would give away a car as an incentive for students to attend the drug- and alcohol-free event.


Golden Retriever Katie turns 19!

I have been telling my Goldens for years that I would be satisfied if they could just stay bymyside 19 years. But, sadly, I have not made it past 10. So, you can imagine how jealous I am of this lovely lass.
Katie just finished her cake for birthday number 19 in this photo!

She turned 19 on January 24th, born on that date in 1988.

Her dad says she is still very healthy except for some arthritis in her lower spine. And, Katie has always been able to walk/run fine until about 6 months ago.

Go learn more about this Golden sweetie here.

Detection Golden Retriever KC


Canines on campuses – Demonstration paves way for random contraband checks in local schools
By Kendyce Manguchei, News-Sentinel Staff Writer

The company contracted by Lodi Unified School District to sniff campuses for drugs, alcohol, weapons and gunpowder presented a demonstration and question-and-answer session at Lodi Middle School on Wednesday evening.

Sue Figueria, Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services general manager, and Jerry Matt, the company’s lead dog trainer and executive vice president, introduced a golden retriever named KC.

On the stage of the multipurpose room, Figueria led KC down a row of backpacks and purses. KC sniffed one, then hunted for her toy. She moved to the next one, and sat. She circled a second backpack and sat again.

The dogs don’t actually know what alcohol, drugs or weapons are, Figueria said. Instead, they are continually hunting for their toy, a four-inch length of firehose stuffed with thick cotton batting.

She tossed the piece, or pretended to, and unzipped the bags to show what KC found: a miniature bottle of Jack Daniels, two shotgun shells. The crowd applauded.

K.I.D.S. dog handlers will soon conduct visits at each middle and high school campus until the end of the school year.

The canine program is the first here in at least 10 years. LUSD’s school board adopted a policy allowing drug-sniffing dogs in 1998. K.I.D.S. operates similar programs in school districts throughout California and its trainers have 50 years combined police and canine training and drug enforcement experience. The dogs are all Labrador or golden retrievers and are trained to simply sit down if they detect odors. They are not trained to detect odors from over-the-counter medications or tobacco.

Matt and Figueria stressed the program is not a “gotcha,” and not meant to get kids in trouble. They want to keep schools safe, and deter students from using drugs and alcohol and from bringing illegal items to school.

There’s more . . .

Golden Retriever Cooper Shot in the face

Charges upgraded in shooting of Cooper
By Aaron Sanborn, Democrat Staff Writer

ROCHESTER — The misdemeanor animal cruelty charge previously leveled against the 23-year-old Rochester man accused of shooting Cooperthe dog has been upgraded to a Class B felony. Rochester Police Prosecutor Joseph Fricano amended the complaint during Robert Welch’s arraignment Monday morning at Rochester District Court alleging Welch “purposely” committed the crime. “During the course of the investigation there were facts indicating he purposely shot the dog,” Fricano said. Fricano wouldn’t elaborate on what those facts were.Welch of 36 Farmington Road, Apt. 2D8 is accused of shooting Cooper, the well-known golden retriever from the commercials for Rochester Lincoln Mercury Toyota Dodge, which is located next to Northgate Apartments where Welch lives.

Police say Welch shot Cooper on Jan. 12 with a BB handgun in the woods behind the apartment complex while the dog was roaming near some trash containers. Police claim Welch was about 20 feet from the dog when he fired the single shot.

Cooper sustained a wound in his muzzle just below his right eye, which required three stitches.

Click here to learn more and see how Cooper is doing . . .

Golden Retriever Lazer now on the job

Help from the community brings balance dog to Windsor Locks child
By Megan Collins, Journal Inquirer

Ann and Cora Mitchell’s new dog, Lazer, is a golden retriever that does more than just sit, stay, and lie down. After months of raising money to buy a “balance dog” for her daughter with cerebral palsy, Ann Mitchell of Windsor Locks was finally able to make Lazer an official member of the family last week.

For several years, Cora, 10, had a dog that would help her with her balance when she and her mother lived in Pennsylvania. But when the two came to Connecticut about a year ago, they had to give the dog up, Mitchell said.

With the help of the dog in Pennsylvania, Cora’s seizures were minimal, but since then, her seizures have increased, and her balance has been compromised on many occasions.

In November of 2006, Mitchell began raising money for a new balance dog after Cora’s doctor recommended that she get one through East Coast Assistance Dogs, an organization that raises, trains, and places dogs with people who have lost some of their independence as a result of a disability.

Unable to work because of the amount of school Cora was missing due to her seizures, Mitchell enlisted the help of businesses and members of her community in raising the $6,500 she needed for the dog.

Mitchell said last week that after generous contributions from friends, members of her church, and even strangers, she was finally able to afford the dog, and began “doggie boot camp” with Cora and Lazer on Feb. 1.

From the time they are puppies, dogs at East Coast Assistance Dogs receive over 300 hours of training, during which time they learn more than 80 commands. With this training, Lazer will be able to help Cora if she falls, assist her in getting up and down the stairs, and can even help her get undressed.

For two weeks in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Mitchell and her daughter participated in daily training with their new dog and learned how to interact with Lazer on trips to the mall, grocery store, or any other public place. Mitchell said that Cora also had to take a written test each day to assess what she had learned throughout the training process.

Cora’s final test came last Tuesday when she had to perform specific tasks to prove that she could handle the dog in public, Mitchell said. The training process took place at The Children’s Village, which is a place that offers help to troubled kids between the ages of 8 and 21, Mitchell said.

She described the training as a “win-win situation” for everyone involved since the kids actually help with the training and are therefore exposed to a positive, life-affirming experience. “The people have been awesome. It’s taken a lot of extra time with her,” but the trainers were very patient and helpful, Mitchell said.

There’s more . . .

Golden Retriever Alfie is a Hero too!

Man and his Dog to the Rescue in Icy Waters
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A man and his 2 Golden Retrievers are heroes after rescuing a man from drowning in fridgid waters

When a powerful wave swept Neil Maycock out to sea 37 years ago, only the bravery of a passing stranger and his dog saved the life of the then-3-year-old boy. The stranger, out walking his dog, dove into the sea, and with the help of his Labrador retriever, dragged the drowning boy back to the shores of his native Great Britain.

Yesterday, fate allowed Maycock, now 40, to return the favor.

Maycock dove into the freezing waters of New York’s Centerport Harbor yesterday to rescue a stranger who’d fallen in just after 3 p.m. Maycock’s sidekicks in the rescue? His two golden retrievers.

Before he nearly drowned, 23-year-old Michael Johnson was attempting to walk across the thinly iced-over Centerport Harbor, fire officials said. Nearly across the harbor, about 40 feet from shore, the ice gave way, plunging the Centerport man into the freezing water. A woman standing on shore saw Johnson fall and shouted the alarm.

At that moment, Maycock happened to be strolling on the beach, his two sons beside him and their two dogs trotting up ahead. At the noise, with his 7 and 10-year-old sons frozen in fear, Maycock dashed toward the sinking figure, splashing forward in jeans and hiking boots, shoving aside chunks of ice as he began to swim toward the drowning man. “If I’d thought about it a little bit more, I wouldn’t have done anything,” Maycock said, reached later at home in Centerport. “It was just instinct.”

The two retrievers, Alfie, 5, and Gus, 1, followed Maycock frantically into the water.

For one frightening moment, Johnson slipped beneath the surface, but Maycock took hold of his forearm and began towing him toward land. Maycock kept his flailing charge at arm’s length, to keep both from going under. But Johnson seemed to need more support, and the pair were struggling.

So young Alfie swam alongside Johnson and the man was able to drape his free arm across the dog’s furry back. “It gave him something to hang on to,” Maycock said.

The trio were then able to paddle together to safety. “It was an unbelievable job that this guy did,” said Centerport fire Chief Kevin Kustka.

Maycock, also of Centerport, said his own near-death experience 37 years ago was not unlike the one he encountered on Sunday. He said a wave swept him out to sea and that only the bravery of a passer-by and the man’s Labrador retriever saved him.

Johnson was taken to Huntington Hospital and treated for severe hypothermia. Maycock was treated for cuts on his hands he sustained from battling the sharp bits of ice. “The dogs did not suffer,” Kustka said. “They were able to recover quickly.”

Watching his father’s icy plunge at first, 10-year-old Harry said, “I was a bit nervous and scared.” But later on, “it seems like a big adventure,” he said. “I can’t wait to tell my friends at school about this.”

Another Gas Station Charlie?

Furry friend helps out at Yellow Dog Coffee Co.

Dave Gurny and Susan White offer service with a smile at their new coffee drive-through. Their employee, Murphy O’Brien, offers service with a wag of his tail. Murphy, a nine-month-old golden retriever, has been trained to carry customers’ dollars from their car to the cash register in exchange for a treat. “People love it,” White said. “They bring their animals in to meet him and give him bones.”

Classroom Therapy Golden Harley


Education goes to the dogs at Enchanted Hills Elementary
By Gary Herron, Observer staff reporter

On most days, there’s no running in the halls at Enchanted Hills Elementary. Sometimes that rule gets overlooked, namely on Tuesdays and Thursdays when Harley visits. Harley is a Golden Retriever and on these two days he’s at work. Fully deputized (no kidding), he’s at work even though his regular handler, Dep. Joe Harris, is laid up after surgery.

The Kasey Dogs program is one of many sponsored by the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office; Enchanted Hills Elementary isn’t the only school to benefit by the canines’ presence, and Sheriff John Paul Trujillo has featured a Kasey Dog, with Santa cap added, on a “Be Safe During the Holidays” brochure available from his deputies.

“The kids missed him so much, the sheriff told Officer Harris it was OK — Harley still wanted to be on duty,” explains Cathy Gaarden, assistant principal. Harley lives with Joe and Tonia Harris, who teaches at Enchanted Hills Elementary.

“He’s great with special needs children,” Gaarden says, walking Harley – in truth, Harley’s walking her – to a “full inclusion” classroom that has special needs children plus children without special needs. That’s where second-grader Lance Gibbs is working on a Christmas project. His parents, Steve and Felicia Gibbs, see Harley romping their way and ask Lance if he’d like to take him for a walk.

Lance’s eyes light up. Is there a reason to ask again? Felicia Gibbs explains her son’s situation: He was dealt a strike before he was born, stricken with a stroke while still in the womb. He undergoes occupational and speech therapy, she says, and he has “some impairment on his left side from the stroke.”

As a result, her son has cerebral palsy, although she brightens long enough to note that, “He’s recovering from that and making a lot of progress.”

Soon Lance – a huge smile on his face – and his wheeled apparatus that helps him navigate are on the way down the hall. Lance has his hands full trying to keep rein on Harley, who somehow also seems to be smiling.

There is much more . . . .

Golden Retriever Maggie now Taking Bite out of her Cancer — Updated


Maggie’s story has already been detailed here and here and here.So, if you do not know about this unbelievable story, go and get the background.

Hi Rochelle, I have some awesome news to share with you. Maggie’s tumor in her nose seems to be gone after her exam at Tuft’s the other day. She is truly an ANGEL with four legs. I sent you a few pictures of the girls to enjoy. Maggie has been taking two all natural supplements and a multi vitamin since mid October and I changed her diet to somewhat of a holistic type. Maybe its just being lucky but I have to say having positive energy does help. — Mike

UPDATE: Here is a photo slide show of Maggie!

Since I know we all live for the photos in order to bring these stories alive, I always try to please. The following photos are of Maggie and her puppy sister Sadie, who is currently in training to follow in her big sister’s pawprints.




Old allies against cancer, Jay, Maggie gain ground
By Megan Woolhouse, Globe Staff | February 25, 2007

Maggie, a golden retriever, worked as a therapy dog visiting children at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center until she was diagnosed last fall with cancer. To remove it would have meant removing nearly her entire snout.The news devastated her owner, hospital staff, and the hospitalized children who had come to expect her weekly visits. It particularly affected a 13-year-old boy named Jay Davis.

Jay also had an inoperable tumor, in his chest. He has been living in the Worcester hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit since August.

Both boy and dog have been undergoing chemotherapy and receiving steroids to help fight the growth of cancerous cells. And despite many highs and lows, both now appear to be doing better.

Maggie’s veterinarian, Meredith Gauthier , says the dog’s tumor — nearly the size of a golf ball last fall — “appears pretty much gone.” Gauthier, an oncology resident at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, said she has not biopsied the area because the procedure is pointless. If the tumor did not respond to the chemotherapy, Maggie’s future would have been bleak.

The chemotherapy itself took a toll. Maggie underwent the treatment for three weeks. She had to be carried outside to relieve herself. Veterinarians said additional radiation treatment was not an option because the chemo had already weakened her so much.

Michael Kewley, Maggie’s owner, gave her nutritional supplements and vitamins to help her along. Kewley, who runs a therapy pet service, Shrewsbury Paws for Patients, has adopted a golden retriever puppy named Sadie and hopes to train her to follow in Maggie’s footsteps as a comfort to hospital patients and the elderly.

Her recovery has stunned Kewley, who has returned to the hospital with Maggie for visits.

Meanwhile, Jay has been in the intensive care unit for more than seven months. Intense chemotherapy treatment in December left him unable to muster enough strength to open his eyes.

There’s more . . .

Golden Retriever Tessa is sharing motherhood

Golden retriever proud mom, ‘house dog’ at the Twin Rivers Care Center
By L.A. Jones, Union editor

Call it maternal instinct. Almost five-year-old Tessa is quite naturally more fond of her 10 golden retriever puppies than the much older senior residents at Twin Rivers Care Center in Anoka. But you wouldn’t be able to tell it the way Tessa splits her time between feeding her 10-day-old litter and giving her much-sought attention to the seniors and the strokes they so need.

“It’s just the touch, the feel; they (the residents) put them (the puppies) up to their faces and they love it,” said Felicia Paulzine, nurse in charge at Twin Rivers who brings Tessa and her pups in every day that she works. It’s a routine that has roused the spirits of the residents for about eight months since Tessa first made her presence known at Twin Rivers.

“This is a great thing,” said Suzanne Havemeier registered nursing assistant. “The residents really love it.” “The ones (the residents) who get agitated, we can usually bring them out here (to the lobby area) and it calms them,” Paulzine said.

Tessa has been what owner Paulzine calls a “house dog” or “facility dog” since she was about five months old. She has learned to answer to her name when a resident calls her and more importantly to give that resident the affection they so much desire.

The Twin Rivers residents who had become so attached to Tessa were also very much a part of her pregnancy, following her courtship with Kokey, a golden retriever stud from Oklahoma, at every point along the way. “It was kind of an arranged thing,” said Jacquie Lewis, activities director at Twin Rivers Care Center.

Once Tessa had her little ones, it didn’t take long for the entire staff and all the residents at Twin Rivers to find out about it, either.

There’s more . . . .

Golden Retriever Brutus ‘makes the pain go away’


Furry therapists a hit with seniors
Dog visitation program in Annapolis Valley offers healing effects of companionship

The Chronicle Herald

BERWICK — Brutus is getting impatient. Tail wagging furiously, the golden retriever paces in the family room of Grand View Manor in Berwick, jumping up on owner Tami Maillet to tell her he’s ready to start visiting residents of the seniors home.

Finally it’s time to go, and Brutus heads out into the hallway and down toward Rob MacDonald’s room. He knows the route like the back of his paw, and pads into the room, where his host is waiting for him. “Hello, Brutus!” Mr. MacDonald calls, patting his bed to tell the dog he can get up.

Sitting side by side with his guest, Mr. MacDonald opens a small plastic bag with bacon-flavoured treats inside, and Brutus gently takes one from his hand. For the next few minutes, he leans into Mr. MacDonald, getting patted and enjoying more than one extra treat.

Ms. Maillet and Brutus are part of the St. John Ambulance dog therapy program in the Annapolis Valley.

There’s lots more . . .

An Inspiration: Golden Retriever Goldie

Canine American brings joy to Life Care Center
By Tammie Maddock

Goldie inspires and loves the residents and patients at Life Care Center of Columbia. Goldie understands pain. When this golden retriever was rescued from the animal shelter on Shop Road by Lori Smith, she was tattered and torn, but her spirit was not broken. Smith, the center’s rehab services manager and devout animal lover, knew Goldie would be a perfect addition to the center’s Eden Care program.

Smith took her home and immediately began to work her into the routine at Life Care Center. Within two weeks, Goldie was a well-known face among patients, staff, and visitors. She brought smiles, laughter, and lots of energy. She also fit in with the other animals in the center.

After a while, Goldie’s right hind leg became an obvious source of pain, and Smith and her staff worked with veterinarians to help the canine companion who had won their hearts. Doctors at the N.C. State Veterinary School ran tests and found out Goldie was only four years old, and that the bones in her leg were injured due to repeated beatings incurred during her first few months of life. They could repair the damage with a hip replacement.

The surgery went well, and Goldie was back at Life Care Center serving as an inspiration to patients and residents who had undergone similar hip replacement procedures. She went through physical therapy with them, and with lots of work and love, they healed together. But Goldie has developed an infection around the replaced hip and is once again unable to use her leg. Veterinarians have determined the only way to save her life is to remove her right hind leg. The surgery has been scheduled for April 7.

There’s more . . . .

Golden Retriever Wesley Saved from Watery Grave

Kids save dog from watery grave

WESLEY the golden retriever was rescued from a muddy swamp thanks to three young life-savers.

He wandered off from his owner George Doody when he was out for a walk in Tile Hill Woods in Coventry – and got into deep water.

Hapless Wesley, who suffers from cataracts, managed to find his way into the heart of the woods, where he plunged headlong into marshy ground and became well and truly stuck.

Luckily nightclub manager Tracy McGrath was walking her dogs nearby with her niece Olivia, aged 11, and nephews Fraser, eight, and Jude, three.

The children heard the 12-year-old dog, who is also mostly deaf, yelping and told their aunt to call the fire service who came and pulled him to safety.

Hurricane Katrina Golden Retriever Finally Returned to Owner

Hurricane Katrina dog goes back to original owner

A New Orleans woman has been reunited with her golden retriever that she lost in Hurricane Katrina, after a couple from Normal decided to give the dog back. The Humane Society of Central Illinois flew “Goldie” to Bloomington after the dog had been rescued.

A local family adopted the dog and the original owner, Deborah Marks, sued to get it back. Marks claimed she left her home during Katrina to get insulin for her aunt, but was not allowed back in New Orleans when she returned to get her dog.

The attorney for Marks, Dominic Salvati of Bloomington, says the suit was dismissed after the couple agreed to give the dog back to Marks. She drove from Louisiana to Normal to get Goldie.

Golden Retriever Comet saved by $45,000 Bone Marrow Transplant for Lymphoma

Believe it or not, the cure for Comet’s cancer involved dog lovers in five states and four countries. And, it is a perfect illustration of what comparative oncology is all about.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has performed hundreds of experimental bone-marrow or stem-cell transplants on dogs over the past 40 years. The perfection of these procedures and techniques are now used worldwide to treat cancer in about 40,000 people each year.

“The early research that led to successful bone-marrow transplantation in humans was based on research conducted on dogs with cancer. For this we can thank man’s best friend for contributing to a legacy that has saved … thousands of people around the world,” Dr. Rainer Storb, who participated in the research, said in a statement.

Learn more in the articles below. You can learn more about this procedure and its successes at Suzi Beber’s Smiling Blue Skies.

Dog Saved by Bone: £30K Marrow Transplant Op for Cancer Pet
Exclusive by Lucy Laing and Dennis Ellam

WHEN Comet the golden retriever was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, his vet said there was only one solution – give the dog a bone marrow transplant. And the way his tail wags now, it seems Comet knows he is a medical marvel. His life was saved by a £30,000 stem cell transplant, the first of its kind performed on a canine. And the result has been spectacular. The eight-year-old golden retriever has finally been declared free of the cancer that almost killed him.

Comet was stricken with lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the immune system, and chemotherapy was no longer holding the disease at bay. He was given just a few months to live, as no dog had ever survived for more than a year after being diagnosed with lymphoma. “We watched our Comet become so ill,” said owner Nina Hallett, 68, who moved from London to Seattle 40 years ago. “One night I heard the back door creak open and I found him digging a hole under a bush – he was trying to crawl away to die.”

Comet’s vet Dr Edmund Sullivan decided that a transplant was his one final, albeit slim, hope. Nina and her lawyer husband Darrell, 63, seized it. They abandoned plans for a new kitchen and put the money towards their pet’s surgery instead – a staggering £30,000.

“We knew this kind of transplant had never been done before on a dog with his condition, but we also knew it was his one and only chance,” said Nina. “So we never hesitated. It wasn’t even a close decision. Whatever it took to save him, we would do it.”

But first they had to find a suitable donor. The mammoth search involved dozens of dogs and their owners across five states of America, and abroad.

There’s more . . .

But, first, here is an unbelievable article from a couple years back at the beginning of the ordeal . . .



What price a pet’s life? $45,000 to treat Comet
By Warren King, Seattle Times medical reporter

Comet is like many golden retrievers: gentle, devoted, enthusiastically greeting each day with his wagging, plumed tail. He loves to swim, run in the woods and pack around his large toy hamburger. But Comet is different. He’s one of very few dogs worldwide to receive a stem-cell transplant for cancer treatment, rather than primarily for research. Cost of the therapy: $45,000.

The Bainbridge Island dog got the transplant last summer after developing lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph tissue. Now, after a long, steady recovery, he is showing signs of being cured. The effort to save Comet involved dozens of dog lovers in five states and four countries, a renowned explorer in Honduras and a pioneering cancer center in Seattle.

His owners never flinched at the cost.

There’s MUCH more . . . .

The answer to my Golden Retriever Rotten question

Recently, I had some posts ( here and here) about the 2007 Westminster show. It was so cool for me to actually know the sire of the winning Golden (Rotten), shown here, who took the breed this year at the Garden.

Those 3 puppers above in my masthead are from a litter of this dude’s sire. In other words, they are all half-siblings to Golden Rotten. And, you can see how sweet and lovely they are.

Well, I had wondered how Happy Hour Highmark Toasty wound up with a call name of Rotten. So, I contacted Marsha York (Hubbell’s mom), but she would not tell. She said I had to find out from his owners. I did not have their email but I did have one for the breeder, Maura. So, of course, I wrote to her. And, now I’ve got the scoop to tell all. Here is her reply:

Yes, I know the story and it goes like this: Rotten was one of two pups from the final litter of my foundation bitch, BVISS Ch. Highmark Torn Between Two Loves, OD bred to Hubbell at the national in Florida where Tory had just won Best Veteran in Sweepstakes. I sent the puppy to Pam and Gerry at 8 weeks by plane and had attached to the crate all of his paperwork along with a letter telling all the details and how this was the “See” litter and suggesting they use the name: Happy Hour Highmark See I’m Toasty and call him Dean-o. He had to have all three kennel names and we were concerned about the letter limits from AKC. Of course, Pam and Gerry do not open this packet. They let the puppy out and he immediately begins biting on Pammy’s ankles and she says, “You’re just Rotten!” and he’s been Rotten ever since.

Rotten finished 2006 as the number 3 golden (Purina list) and his nephew, Coach (Ch. Happy Hr Highmark Bad News Bears) finished number 2 and got a JAM at the Garden! I am so proud of both the boys. It is my understanding that Rotten is going home to Florida to keep producing beautiful pups, while Coach is still on the road campaigning for 2007!

Thanks for asking and for your appreciation of the boys! — Maura Phelan, Happy Hour Golden Retrievers

Golden Bodie is Working Miracles

Bodie Jones is the 2006 Service Dog of the Year. He was trained at the Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation in Roanoke, VA., one of many wonderful assistance dog organizations that we have included at our Worldwide Assistance Dog Group Listing.

I tell you, this organization, is so cool. It is hard to stand out when it comes to the selling of wares, and it is always impossible to choose as so many groups are doing great work. But, this group has two items out that you may want to look at.
There are two new “dogs” at Château Morrisette, and both are “dogs for a cause.”

In partnership with Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation, Château Morrisette has created LIBERTY and INDEPENDENCE, two new wines that pay tribute to service dogs and their dedication to enhancing the lives of children and adults with emotional and/or physical disabilities. They are providing a percentage of gross adjusted sales to Saint Francis. You can learn more here.

Okay, now back to Golden Bodie. I have a wonderful article to share below. but first you need to go watch a GReat news feature on this boy and what he has managed to accomplish in the short time he has been paired with his companion.

Click here and at the page for the TV segment ‘Power of One: Bodie’ then click on the tiny square photo under the word “Videos”.

Service Dog Works Miracles
Written By Peggy Fox 9 News

We’ve all heard how having pets can be beneficial for children. But there may be no limit to what a pet’s unconditional love can do. Take, for example, the story of a boy and his dog, a dog that appears to be working miracles. Bode is a talented golden retriever. He’s a service dog trained to help people like 11-year-old Jake Jones of Fauquier County, who was born with cerebral palsy.

After going through training, the Jones’ brought Bode home in November. Since then, he’s been Jake’s constant companion. He picks up things for Jake, brings him his shoes, helps him get dressed, opens and closes the elevator door and even plays tug of war with his new pal.

But the most important thing Bode has done for Jake took zero training. And it was a complete and wonderful surprise.Since Jake was two, he’s had regular seizures, sometimes 30 a month. Since they got Bode, he hasn’t had any. Jake’s mother, Lori Jones, thinks Bode’s love has calmed her son’s brain. With Jake not having seizures anymore the family has been able to go places without the constant worry he might have a seizure. And Jake is starting to get a taste of independence.

Turtle Eaten by Golden Retriever Lives

Turtle Eaten by Golden Retriever Lives
The Associated Press

BRANDON, Fla. A palm-sized pet turtle and the golden retriever that gobbled it up survived the misadventure thanks to the quick actions of a 12-year-old girl, a veterinarian said. The saga of Pepper the red-eared slider turtle and Bella the golden retriever started last week. Shelby Terihay, 12, moved her pet pond turtles indoors to protect them from a cold snap – a plan that worked well until Bella found some of the turtles in a bathtub, The Tampa Tribune reported.

A quick headcount confirmed Bella had swallowed one of the turtles. Shelby insisted on a rescue mission and, on the advice of a vet, her parents made Bella vomit. Out came Pepper, still alive despite a shattered shell and an estimated 10 minutes inside Bella’s belly.

“This was definitely a first for me,” veterinarian David Thomassy said. Thomassy patched up Pepper’s shell and credited Shelby with saving Bella, too. “The turtle would definitely have caused an obstruction,” Thomassy said. “Without cutting it out directly, it eventually would have killed the dog.”

Special dogs at rest at last

Special dogs at rest at last
By Terri Bryce Reeves

PALM HARBOR – They were intelligent, courageous and possessed a strong work ethic. They protected us from the bad guys and searched for our lost loved ones. One once wore makeup and beads to work, and another devoured two cooked chickens that were supposed to be a family’s dinner. They were Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office police dogs that served the citizens of this county between 1986 and 2005.

On Tuesday, the 12 retired dogs were eulogized during a memorial service at the Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Pet Cemetery. Their remains will rest forever under granite grave markers, surrounded by oaks, roses and azaleas. On this afternoon, each handler remembered his dog or dogs, the good times and the good catches.

There’s more . . . .

Watch Me Grow: The Life Of A GDDI Guide Dog Puppy

I just discovered a cool new addition to the Guide Dogs of the Desert website. Now, folks can actually watch a pup grow from birth to graduation as a Guide Dog.


This is Izzy, or formally Isabella. Born on January 31, 2006, she is being raised by Mary and Beverly Hutchinson.

Click here to read about her adventures from her first days to present. And, there are loads of photos which truly bring the stories alive.