Scent Detection Golden Retriever Cooper on AMW Show Tonite 9pm

I have never watched the show but maybe tonight will have to be an exception.

‘America’s Most Wanted’ lauds police dog’s efforts in solving guard’s slaying
Gina Tenorio, Staff Writer

It was a murder case that took two years to solve. The 2004 slaying of Corey Medlock – a Brinks Armored Truck security guard from San Bernardino – will be featured today on “America’s Most Wanted.” The one-hour show airs at 9 p.m. on Fox.

The show will cast its spotlight on Cooper, a golden retriever and a specially trained scent dog with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who is credited with solving the case in 2006.

Officials and the show’s producers say the dog led investigators to Ronald Patrick Hoffman, 37, the man eventually named as Medlock’s killer, said Ed Miller, a correspondent with “America’s Most Wanted.” According to a Riverside police news release issued in 2004, Medlock entered a Food 4 Less store in the 4200 block of Van Buren Boulevard the morning of Jan. 8 to make a cash delivery when a man in disguise approached from behind and shot him in the head.

The gunman then grabbed the money bag, which held $3,000, and ran out to a waiting red Ford Taurus, officials said. Medlock, 28, died the next day at Riverside Community Hospital. A stolen red 2002 Ford Taurus believed to be the getaway car was later found abandoned at a medical office in the 3900 block of Van Buren Boulevard.

Hundreds of leads were generated by news of the killing. A reward was offered, and the case was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” but no one had been arrested for years, officials said. Then, last summer, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies got word that an armed man was threatening customers at a store in Mira Loma. The suspect, later identified as Hoffman, led authorities on a brief chase July 25 that ended with deputies fatally wounding him, officials said.

News clippings of Medlock’s shooting were found among Hoffman’s things, officials said, helping them put the pieces together. That’s when Cooper was brought in to match the scents taken from the suspect’s shoes and the 2002 Taurus, Miller said. “We ran this story several times on `America’s Most Wanted,”‘ Miller said. Referring to Cooper’s abilities, he said, “we felt this was a fascinating tool that hardly gets any attention.”


Tortoise Adopts Baby Hippo — with 1 year update

Tortoise Adopts Baby Hippo


NAIROBI (AFP) – A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise, in an animal facility in the port city of Mombassa, officials said. The hippopotamus, nicknamed “Owen”, and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

“It is incredible! A less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’,” ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park, told AFP.

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One Year Later: Update on the Tortoise and the Baby Hippo


A year after they first met, Owen, the baby hippo that survived last December’s Tsunami, and Mzee, a 130-year-old tortoise are still best pals. They live together at the Haller Park preserve in Mombasa, Kenya.

Last year when Owen first arrived, the tortoise resisted his companionship, but the persistent Owen kept following him around the park, into the pool and trying to sleep next to him. Mzee relented after several days. As the bond grew, the tortoise even returned signs of affection. They are now inseparable.

Conservation workers soon plan to introduce Owen to a 13-year-old female hippo named Cleo, hoping to see the two develop a strong relationship. The female hippo has lived without companionship from her species for more than a decade. The delicate process will begin with getting the two animals to meet and get used to each other’s smell before they move them into a larger enclosure together with the tortoise.

Golden Retriever Golfing Jessie

Golden Jessie giving Dad, Dr. Most, some golfing pointers!

Golden pals, Sheila and Bob Johnson shared this little tidbit.

In Chicago we have a popular radio station WGN 720, which some may have heard of or even listened to as it’s signal reaches 37 states at night. They have regular special guests from time to time one of which is Dr. Kevin Most on health topics. Dr. Most is the Senior Medical Director at Central DuPage Hospital Convenient Care Centers.

He was highlighted in this months news and among questions he was asked was what do you do in your free time? His answer was as follows: “In my spare time: Golf and reading. My girlfriend, Patti, and I take Jessie, our Golden Retriever, to the golf course for long walks. Jessie thinks she owns the place. I have taught her to retrieve my golf shots!”

Heim-Lick Dog Story just goes on and on

Dog’s Life-Saving Heimlich Contradicts Red Cross
Jessica Kartalija Reporting

(WJZ) CALVERT, Md. A Maryland woman and her dog made national headlines this week after the canine saved its owner from choking on a piece of apple.

Now, as the incredible story of the dog performing the Heimlich maneuver on the woman gets around, one national health organization is trying to change the way life-saving mechanisms are administered on choking victims.

As Jessica Kartalija reports, the American Red Cross recently updated the training program for rescuing a choking victim.

“We’ve added–with the abdominal thrust, the five back blows,” said Red Cross official Jane Aksoy. “It’s the combination that we are doing now.”

There’s more . . . .

Meet Pamela Anderson’s new Golden Retriever pupper JoJo

At the Land of PureGold, we have been catalogued celebrities from all walks of life who have discovered the wonder of “Gold”. There are hundreds in this collection and it is one of our 1000+ page site’s most visited area.

Animal lover, Pamela Anderson, has been a Golden lover for some time, having her beloved Star for an amazing 17 years! I hope she has similar luck with her new handsome little guy, JoJo.

You can see the entire collection by clicking here. Below, is Pam’s listing that appears at my site:

PAMELA ANDERSON (actress) has a Golden Retriever named Superstar Bar “Star”. Star came from a shelter, rescued by this fair-haired TV lifeguard. Doesn’t he look happy on the cover of the Summer 2001 Issue of Animal Fair, a lifestyle magazine for animal lovers, these gorgeous Golden photos taken by Christopher Ameruoso.

This is what Pamela had to say about about her Golden boy in the Animal Fair Cover Story article: “Star was the runt of the litter and was born not breathing. Star was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and brought back to life.”

(Summer 2005) Pam had this to say about Star: “Star’s like a person; he’s my partner in crime. He’s been with me longer than anybody… I can see how long I’ve been in LA and Hollywood when I look at Star. “I look at Star and I can see my whole life pass before me. I can remember when he was three months, six months… and whatever I was doing in my career I can kind of judge from the pictures and the memories that I have with Star.“He’s old for a big dog but he’s very healthy, he’s like a puppy. He has a great spirit and he’s in the water every day, he’s on the beach as much as possible. I think that’s what keeps him young.”
Sad Update: March 18, 2007
“I just lost my 17-year-old golden retriever today ‘STAR’… I’m at a turning point in my life – it’s been over a month of carrying him to the grass and holding him up to walk and pee and have some dignity… He has been with me since his birth…as long as I’ve been in LA. Today is one of the hardest days I’ve experienced…it shines a light on the 17 years in LA and the good the bad and the ugly.” Pamela Anderson

Update: March 29, 2007

Pam just added a new little guy to the family. Boy, is he a cutie. Meet JoJo.

Remembering Golden Retriever SAR Dog Dusty

Dusty has been featured at our site since shortly after the 9/11 attacks. So, it is especially sad to learn of her tragic death.

Here are two wonderful articles, each with a video clip showing Dusty on the job.

Sacramento Metro Fire Mourns Loss Of Rescue Dog
CBS13, John Iander Reporting

Click here for video

(CBS13) SACRAMENTO Tomorrow, fire fighters around the nation say “goodbye” to one of their own. One who has four legs. “Dusty”, Sacramento’s famous search and rescue dog was killed two weeks ago.

These are tough days for Metro Fire Captain Randy Gross. wo weeks ago, he lost his partner, Dusty, his twelve year old golden retriever. The same search and rescue dog that worked with him on 9/11 hunting for survivors of the World Trade Center attacks. The best way to describe her is unwavering dedication and commitment. That was what she was all about. I wish we all could live her life like she did,” he says.

As randy showed CBS13 a scrap book of Dusty’s pictures, the phone kept ringing with calls of condolence. Dusty was full of energy and courage. Climbing ladders, no problem. Riding in helicopters, loved it. Searching for survivors in oily, muddy gunk – Dusty never flinched.

No one here at station 62 can understand how dusty got through a fence, ran out onto Bradshaw Road and was stuck by a car.

On Tuesday, dusty will be honored and remembered as a dog that kept making headlines. The first one ever to close a day’s trading at the New York Stock Exchange. The dog that met the president not once, but twice. The lover that became everyone’s friend, of course a cheese puff snack didn’t hurt.

Randy played with Dusty’s play toy for a moment, swallowed hard and told CBS13’s John Iander he will not get another search dog. Dusty was it.

Search Dog Remembered for Dedication
By Elizabeth Bishop, Senior Internet News Producer

A Look at Dusty’s Life Video

Dusty, one of the most photographed rescue dogs during 9/11 will be remembered Tuesday for her search and rescue efforts.

Dusty was struck by a vehicle on March 12 in front of Sacramento Fire Station number 62. She suffered severe trauma and passed away the following day.

Along with her handler and partner, Captain Randy Gross, she looked for survivors during rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and after Hurricane Katrina. She served the nation and the community in a lot of ways,” Gross said. “She has been there in case disaster strikes, and she has been across the nation to help find survivors when disaster strikes. And to have a tool like that ready and to go to work immediately in our community is very important and not many communities have.”

Dusty was the first dog to be trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation for the Urban Search and Rescue program. Gross had recently announced Dusty’s retirement at a search dog event in Seaside, Monterey County, on March 10. She was to become Gross’ family dog.

“She loved to search, and that was her world and that what she loved doing,” Gross said. “As we watched her search at every training once a week for the past 10 years you could see the enjoyment and watched as she got old and a little arthritis in her back. She didn’t slow down. She just pushed her way through the pain. She loved doing it so much. It’s tough to see her go after she done what she had done and wanting her to retire. She lived her life to the fullest.”

Dusty’s memorial service will be held Tuesday at the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael.

Golden Retriever Summit set to compete


Outlook golden for dog show
BY JEFF NACHTIGAL, Californian staff writer

By 8 a.m. on Saturday, Marjorie Blake will be ringside at the Kern County Fairgrounds, ready to show the first of her four golden retrievers. Based on his previous triumphs, Blake’s 2-year-old champion Summit will be one of the final goldens to take his turn around the ring.

Of all the dogs she has raised over the years, Blake says Summit may be her best.

For Blake, it will be her 25th year showing dogs, including annual trips to New York for the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. For 2-year-old Summit, the show will be another step toward a possible No. 1 national rating in the special class reserved for champion dogs.

There’s more plus a great video of Summit in training. . . .

Golden Retriever Heim-Lick dog, hero or not? — Update

The recent story, Golden Retriever Toby saves owner’s life (video of story), sure has created allot of buzz.

UPDATE: And, just in case you were wondering what happened to that piece apple, check out this video for the answer.

Okay, back to all the buzz. There’s been so much discussion about this story that the original reporter in Maryland who wrote up the tale, has penned this follow-up . . .

Heroism — it’s in the eye of the beholder
By Scott Goss, Cecil Whig

Whether it’s my next-door neighbor or the producer of “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” people keep asking me whether I believe Debbie Parkhurst’s story about and her dog Toby giving her the Heimlich maneuver.

The answer is, yes, I believe Parkhurst choked on an apple. And yes, I believe Toby’s jumping up and down on her managed to dislodge the errant bit of fruit. But that’s not really the question most people are looking for me to answer. What I think they’re really asking is whether I believe Toby knew what he doing.

To that question, there is no simple answer. I believe Parkhurst believes her 2-year-old golden retriever knew she was in trouble and leapt to the rescue. I’m certainly no animal psychologist so it’s probably not my place to guess at the animal’s intelligence or motives.

But as this story evolves, I’ve noticed that pet lovers can’t help but insist Toby is capable of human-like thoughts and emotions, while the more cynical types see only coincidence. Therein, perhaps, is the reason this story has blown up beyond all of our expectations.

I’ve fielded literally dozens of phone calls and e-mails this week from nationally televised programs, radio stations and local news programs eager to declare Toby a hero. They’ve offered to fly Parkhurst and Toby around the country, to put them up in expensive hotel rooms and grant them the 15 minutes of fame so many of us seem to desperately crave.

There’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose. Toby is definitely hero to Parkhurst, after all.

But somehow it seems like a shame that no one from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” or “Good Morning America” has ever called to ask about the paramedics, firefighters or police officers who risk their lives to help people every day.

I can say with certainty that those heroes know exactly what they’re doing. But maybe that would take all the fun out of guessing.

Remembering Golden Retriever – Jake the Diamond Dog


Jake the Diamond Dog is a tradition that spans canine generations. The original Jake, right, carried a bat as his successor learned the trade.

The above photo is a bittersweet one, with the mentioning of Jake’s successor learning the trade. That is because Jake suffered a stroke on March 18, 2007 and died the next day. Fourteen years old at the time, he was best known for performing at Louisville Bats games.

“My new dog has taken over,” said owner Jeff Marchal of Harrod, Ohio, “but it’s not Jake.” (The canine will keep the same moniker as his predecessor.) “I thought I was big, I thought I was tough, but I’ll tell you what, it’s been a rough road,” Marchal said.

Come learn more about Jake the Diamond Dog — a special guy who worked the ballfields and the nursing homes & hospitals doing visitations.

Golden Retriever Toby Lifesaver — Update

Yesterday morning I put up a story about Golden Toby, the Heimlich boy lifesaver (Golden Retriever Toby saves owner’s life).

Of course, Gary, my pharmacist husband, laughed at when I tried to tell him about it. The story occurred in my home state of Maryland so I’ve had a chance to see Toby profiled on a few different channels. On one channel it spoke of the national interest in the story and requests for this special duo to appear on numerous talk shows. So, we will all have to stay tuned.

It was interesting to hear about Toby being rescued from a dumpster at 4 weeks of age and now being able to repay the kindness.

Now, since you did not get to see the local coverage of Toby, here is a link to a video broadcast.

WJZ Video of Toby’s story

Golden Retriever Toby saves owner’s life!

Wonder dog is all golden: Woman claims pet pooch gave her the Heimlich
By Scott Goss, Cecil Whig

A Calvert woman claims her 2-year-old golden retriever saved her life Friday by giving her the canine version of the Heimlich maneuver. “The doctor said I probably wouldn’t be here without Toby,” said Debbie Parkhurst, 45, a jewelry artist who lives near Rising Sun High School with her husband, Kevin, and their two dogs. “I keep looking at him and saying ‘You’re amazing.’”

Parkhurst said she was home alone with the dogs Friday afternoon when she decided to snack on an apple. Suddenly, she said, a chunk of the fruit became wedged in her windpipe. “It was lodged pretty tight because I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I tried to do the thing where you lean over a chair and give yourself the Heimlich, but it didn’t work.”

Parkhurst said she then began beating her chest, an action that might have attracted Toby’s attention. “The next think I know, Toby’s up on his hind feet and he’s got his front paws on my shoulders,” she recalled. “He pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest.”

Toby’s jumping apparently managed to dislodge the apple from Parkhurst’s windpipe. “As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” she said. A friend soon arrived and, after witnessing the canine rescue, drove Parkhurst to the doctor’s office.

“I, literally, have pawprint-shaped bruises on my chest,” Parkhurst said. “I’m still a little hoarse, but otherwise, I’m OK.”

There’s more . . . .

Golden Retriever Dylan, Denver’s Flying Dog Remembered

Rob Marshall is Denver, Colorado’s FOX 31 helicopter pilot/reporter, sporting much experience and an unblemished record for safety. Amazingly, he has taken his Golden Dylan, in the air, every morning for the last 10 years, speaking about their spending time together 24-7.

Dylan’s love of snow and mountains belies the fact that he was born in the marshlands of Charleston, SC. Dylan got his first taste of flying in LA and took to it right away. He has also starred in several commercials for Raley’s and his friendly personality, intelligence, good looks and manners won him many admirers. Dylan’s other interests include swimming, boating, hiking, chasing squirrels and collecting plastic water bottles for recycling.

Sadly, the Fox station announced today that Denver’s only Flying Dog has left for The Bridge. Recently, Rob had to make the difficult decision to put his friend to sleep. Dylan had been fighting health problems during the past year, that began with a diagnosis of bone cancer and subsequent amputation. And, while he seemed to be progressing in his rehabilitation, he developed problems in his spine that caused him difficulty in lifting his back end.


Learn more through these two extensive and quite moving TV videos, as well as a gallery of photos of handsome Dylan.

Remembering Dylan, Denver’s Only Flying Dog

Rob Marshall Shares Memories about Dylan

Photos: Dylan, The Flying Dog


The following are a series of videos with Rob and Dylan that show the last year’s trials and tribulations and more.

Denver’s Only Flying Dog Recovering from Surgery

Fox 31’s Dylan Recovering From Surgery

Denver’s Only Flying Dog Recovering at Home

Flying Dog, Polar Bear Share a Moment

Dylan Doing Well, Hoping to Fly Again Soon

Denver’s Famous Flying Dog is Back in the Chopper Again

Dylan Enters Rehabilitation

Dylan Continues on the Road to Recovery

Dylan the Flying Dog is Doing Great!

Dylan and Deckers

Dylan the Flying Dog’s Battle With Cancer

Finnegan the Squirrel


Finnegan the squirrel was found injured and malnourished in the Seattle area in September 2005, when he was only a few days old. He was brought to Debby Cantlon, who had a reputation for taking in sick and injured animals. Ms. Cantlon reported that her pregnant Papillon dog, Mademoiselle Giselle, repeatedly dragged the kennel in which Finnegan was being cared for across the house and deposited it next to her own doggie bed. After Mademoiselle Giselle gave birth to her pups, she continued to care for Finnegan, even allowing him to nurse with her own.

See more great photos and learn more . . .

A Golden Retriever Wonder

Wonder dog

If a 42-year-old Burlington man is to be believed, his dog should be on Letterman.

The Caledonia Police Department gave the man 10 days to license his dog along with a warning for having a dog at large after his golden retriever was found with a collar but no tags in the 30400 block of Douglas Ave.

The man showed the officer his dog had tags but said the dog didn’t like to wear them. “He takes them off all the time,” the man said.

Therapy Golden Retriever Molly — loving her job

Furry bundle of cheer best kind of therapy
BY MEGAN REITER, Times Tribune staff writer

HONESDALE — When Molly walks into the room at the Good Shepherd-Wayne Memorial Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, every patient has a smile waiting for her. But Molly isn’t the patients’ favorite therapist — she’s their favorite therapy dog. Every other Monday, she and her owner, Leslie Dennis, visit with patients, who have the opportunity to pet Molly or throw her toys for a game of fetch. “It’s one of our best-kept secrets,” said Hope Wormuth, an occupational therapist at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Molly has been visiting the unit for about two months, but the 5-year-old golden retriever has been a therapy dog for years. Mrs. Dennis volunteers her time and also takes Molly to a local nursing home and a program for at-risk teens. And Molly, who was wearing a fluffy, green St. Patrick’s Day collar, loves every minute of the attention she receives.

“Basically, I’m just her chauffeur, but I’ve met some fabulous people,” Mrs. Dennis said.

There is more . . .

Golden Retriever Spinnaker fits right in


Door’s always open at this pastor’s place

Judy and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Niblock sit with their dog Spinnaker on a landing. The dog is so used to visitors that he doesn’t even bark at them anymore, Niblock jokes. 10-year-old golden retriever, Spinnaker, nicknamed Spin, does like to mingle with the guests when he’s not snoozing at the top of the grand staircase.

Golden Retriever Mr. Bear – in – training

These pups will be someone’s eyes
Foster families help some waggly tailed ruckuses get ready for jobs as guide dogs.
By CHANDRA BROADWATER, photo by Keri Wiginton

Mr. Bear relaxes beneath the table while Barbara Dupree and Steve Whitaker have lunch at Country Kitchen in Brooksville last week. Dupree brings the golden retriever everywhere to get him acclimated to people and public spaces.

BROOKSVILLE – With his head resting on a paw, Mr. Bear sits quietly by the desk of Hernando Human Resources director Barbara Dupre.

It’s 11 a.m., an hour before Dupre will head out with the fluffy 8-month-old golden retriever for lunch. Taking the dog with her everywhere is part of raising a puppy for Southeastern Guide Dogs of Palmetto, something Dupre is doing for the first time.

Just as he will do at the Country Kitchen, Mr. Bear, the future guide dog, continues to quietly sit and doze as Dupre flutters through papers on her desk.

In her government center office, a blue leash connects him to a chair where it is looped through a plastic arm. But that really isn’t necessary – even without it, Mr. Bear wouldn’t move unless he was told to.

There is more . . .

Golden Retriever Star Frank

Animal talent means bright lights, cameras and drool
Shanna Hogan, Tribune

Drool glistens down the sides of Frank’s cheeks as he poses under the studio lights. Anxiously, his eyes fixate on a dog treat, which the golden retriever’s talent agent holds near the camera lens.

The studio lights flash as photographer Dan Vermillion snaps a few shots of the dog, causing the wet drool to gleam. “He’s getting a little slobbery,” says Vermillion. “Let’s get a tissue.” Frank’s owner, Tricia Herber, 16, of Mesa walks up with a paper towel and gently dabs Frank’s cheeks.

“Maybe it would work better if I put the treat in my pocket,” says Frank’s agent Cris Rankin. “I don’t know, I haven’t had to make a dog talk yet.”

By the end of the photo shoot, they have enough shots of Frank’s mouth to make him appear to talk with digital animation. His speech will be used for a Web advertisement to promote dog vitamins.

Rankin frequently deals with drooling problems. She and her partner, Gerry Kline, own the Valley’s only pet talent agency, A1 Animal Talent, which casts East Valley pets in print ads, television commercials and films.

While the animals get the star treatment, it’s not always glamorous for their owners. It takes training, grooming and the flexibility to drop everything to bring the pet to a photo shoot or casting call. And it’s often for little money.

There’s more . . . .

Golden Retriever Zach and his mom saved

An act of love
By Juli Rothstein, Portsmouth Herald, Photo by Deb Cram

EXETER The owner of a local canine celebrity said, despite a big scare on Wednesday, the golden retriever will continue to be a familiar downtown presence. Susan Henderson, owner of the Inn by the Bandstand, attempted to save her 6-year-old dog, Zachariah, when he fell through the ice on Exeter River.

“Zach has kind of been the mayor of Exeter, if the town had a mayor,” Henderson explained with a laugh on the evening following the incident.

Henderson, who lives at 44 Franklin St., let her two golden retrievers outside for a few minutes around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday while she finished getting ready to take them for a walk. A few minutes later, after calling for Zach to no avail, she looked out back and saw him “clinging for dear life to an ice shelf.”

“I looked out in the river, and there was this big, blond ball of fur in the river,” Henderson said. The dog had gone out onto the semi-frozen Exeter River directly behind his house, and had fallen through the ice.

Click here for a video of Zach and his mom telling the tale.

Golden Retriever Scout swimming to better health

Golden Scout had problems walking due to hip dysplasia. After four months of swimming, he’s now walking better and losing weight.

Have fun watching the following CBS News video. I just love watching my Alfie in a hydrotherapy session.

Pooches Shed Pounds At Doggie Gyms
Some Owners Are Hitting Fitness Centers To Improve The Health Of Their Pets