Memorial for Government Police K-9 Golden Retriever Austin

We recently brought you the story of Golden Austin, and now have updated information about a “Celebration of Life” memorial that will be held in Austin, TX on March 6th.

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imageWhen the AKC has announced the winners of the first Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) in 2000, Golden Retriever Austin, owned by Officer Jim Minton, of Austin, Texas, was their Search and Rescue recipient.

A classic Cinderella story: A bedraggled stray is turned in to the Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club’s rescue program and, after a few twists of fate, becomes an honored search-and-rescue dog. Austin’s inspiring story culminates in his work at the site of the Texas A&M bonfire collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27 others.

According to his handler, Officer Jim Minton, Austin was one important working Golden.

Austin has been on overseas assignments three times and one trip involved us being evacuated out of the region by the U. S. Customs and DEA air wing. This was after thugs had placed a $30,000 price tag on Austin to kill or kidnap him. This is nothing unusual. Drug dogs working the border often face the very same threat.

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Austin himself was found and rescued as a puppy from the woods east of Houston, Texas, by hunters. He was then turned over to a Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club’s rescue program , where Texas Hearing and Service Dogs purchased him and provided testing and training before donating him to the Austin Police Department in January 1999. Austin has since been trained to rescue people. On

October 28, 2000 Mayor Kirk Watson proclaimed that date “K-9 Austin Day” for the City of Austin. On November 11, 2000 Austin was inducted into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame.

Austin was certified in Tracking, Cadaver, and Chemical Biological Detection. After Jim retired from the Austin Police Department, where Austin was on the job from 1999 to 2004, he and Austin began working at the Federal Level specializing in Chemical-Biological Detection (2004-2008). Jim Minton, a Senior Law Enforcement K-9 Handler/Instructor and Senior K-9 Chemical-Biological Specialist for U.S. Govt. and U.S. Military Response only.

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A Very Sad Ending
Police K-9 Austin died on February 16, 2008 in his loving handler’s arms. He had been rushed into emergency surgery due to having developed bloat, and managed to survive the procedure. However, shortly after waking up his vitals deteriorated and as Jim so desolately said:

Austin looked at me, wide awake and alert, took a deep breath, exhaled, laid his head down, I kissed him, monitors started sounding, and Austin left this cruel world.

Jim has indicated that there will be a special police K-9 memorial service for this 10-11 year old hero. And, he shared this heartfelt message with me on February 21st:

Rochelle, thank you so much for the kind words. I don’t know how much more of this excruciating pain I can endure. I know other people hurt just like I am when they loose a Golden. So I’m not doing the “poor me” thing. But Dammmmm this is killing me. He and I were together for more than 10 years nearly 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

I’m sure Greg and Carrie haven’t told you, but they have been absolutely totally 100% percent sweethearts. They trusted me enough to allow their Golden “Pippy” to come home with me the night of the day Austin died. Pippy slept in bed with me and was spoiled rotten for nearly 24 hours. The only stipulation was, I had to bring her home the next day. I called the next afternoon and tried to convince Greg that they said just bring her back next year! LOL But he was too slick and caught on! (Actually my friend called for me) My voice would not work from my crying so much.) I must tell you, I had already planned on staying in a hotel room that night because the pain was just too much when I tried to go home. However, Carrie and Greg being considerate and giving as they are, allowed me to sleep in my own bed with a very loving Golden.

This was so sudden and unexpected. Running and playing just 24 hours prior to his death. I must tell you, At one time, 3 veterinarians and 7 vet techs were working on Austin all at one time. They fought to save his life for nearly 18 solid hours. You can only imagine the tremendous invoice! No big deal as I say. It’s only money. They were given unlimited financial authority and CPR was authorized during surgery of needed.

I just found out today that the U. S. Department of Defense is sending a flag that was flying in a war zone in Iraq the day Austin died. A couple of guys I helped with on some special training just prior to their deployment managed to make this happen. They both petted on Austin throughout the entire 2 weeks of training. Another flag is coming from a U. S. Embassy overseas where we were assigned for a short time on a specific assignment. In short, Austin has a following. Hell, I should have run fro President when he was around. But, even though it’s getting exciting, it does NOT bring my baby home.

You can learn more about Austin’s story at his page at our foundation’s site. Just click here.

An update on our favorite Golden boy, Rookie

This special update comes from Carolyn Scott and Rookie, Houston, TX

I have received so many emails of support and prayers I feel blessed. Thank you all for taking the time to write and keeping us in your thoughts.

Rookie is doing GREAT! He greets me with a smile every morning as he leads me to kitchen for his breakfast. : )

As many of you know Rookie was diagnosed with a spindle cell tumor on his right leg near his elbow a few months ago. Since Rookie was about to turn 15 I decided to have my vet remove the tumor but I didn’t want to put him through any further treatment. My vet removed the tumor and I happy to report there is no sign of it returning.

At this time I decided to cancel my seminars and not schedule any others for awhile. I just couldn’t be away from home at this time.

Then about a month afterwards, when I woke up, I found Rookie completely paralyzed in both rear legs. I was devastated and thought this was the end BUT Rookie had other ideas. I took him to the vet where she x-rayed and explained to me he had arthritis and some other problems that were probably causing the paralysis. Our floors are tile with very little carpet and he could not walk without falling. I decide to follow the vets recommendation and put Rookie on bed rest for awhile with meds to see if he improved. Well, by golly he perked up and was a happy camper every day during this. After a couple of weeks he was able to master the tile and even throw in a few spins.

I have to admit I have been depressed a time or two but I have realized that Rookie is happy every day. So I decided to live in the moment as he does and do the same. I feel I have been so blessed to have this extra time with my sweet boy. His attitude is amazing everyday. The other day I let him out to roll in the grass by the pool and the next thing I knew he got this wild look in his eye and headed straight for the pool. Rookie loves to swim but even in Houston thewater in a pool can be very cold at this time of year. I almost wasn’t able to stop him from jumping in. : )

Like I said, Rookie loves life and doesn’t realize he is 15 years old now. I am hoping it will warm up soon here and he can take a swim and once again enjoy one of his favorite activities.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. I cannot begin to express how much they have meant to me.

Rookie will always be a eternal puppy with thoughts of freestyle, rolling in the grass, eating and swimming in our pool. He thinks everyday is his best day and I am trying hard to do the same.

I am really sorry, but this is just too funny

There was a video a while back from this nut named Chris Crocker, his crying into the camera about folks needing to ‘Leave Britney Alone’. Unbelievably, it got over 17 million views on youtube.

Well, comedian Lewis Black, who is hosting a new series on Comedy Central (Root of All Evil series premieres March 12), has a version of this video entitled: Leave Mike Huckabee Alone.

Animal Rights Activist Treated as Terrorist

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WARNING: The story and video below are unbelievably disturbing, on many, many levels. But, it is just too important an issue to ignore.

John Ehrenfeld has written the following very upseting post, but one that is very important in understanding.

After you tuck your kids in tonight, say a prayer and give thanks that George Bush and his intrepid band of warriors are tirelessly fighting the war on terror and defending our homeland. For thanks to their efforts, another dangerous terrorist no longer walks the streets among us.

For months the FBI clandestinely tracked the dangerous suspect, watching his every move and those of his friends. They tapped his phone, intercepting and recording more than eight thousand calls. They read his e-mails, they bagged his garbage, and they followed him everywhere he went. Finally, in May of 2004, the authorities felt they had enough and the suspect was indicted by a grand jury on federal charges of orchestrating an interstate campaign of terrorism and intimidation. A conviction would mean a $1,250,000 in fines and 23 years in prison. Warrants were issued, clips were loaded, and soon it was go time.

One cold, foggy morning a squad of hardened agents in black moved in on the terror suspect’s hideout near San Francisco as an agency helicopter flew cover overhead. Equipped with a battering ram and heavily armed, the agents easily secured the premises, the terror suspect was taken into custody and the country exhaled a collective sigh of relief.

Then the questions started. Who was this terrorist that the government spent so many millions of dollars pursuing? In what country was he trained? How did he get here? What God does such an evil man worship? The average American would be shocked to know the answer.

It turns out that the suspect was not a terrorist at all. His name was Kevin Kjonaas, a born in the USA, twenty-something, Catholic school grad who worked at a doggy daycare. His crime? Being president of SHAC USA, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty an animal rights group dedicated to shutting down Huntingdon Life Sciences, the New Jersey based British company who tests products on animals.

Every year HLS kills about 180,000 beagle dogs, mice, primates, rabbits, cats, farm animals like goats, chickens, sheep, guinea pigs, and rats to test a range of products from diet drugs, toothpastes, tanning lotions, food supplements like Splenda, adhesives and pesticides. The animals in the testing process, endure weeks, months, and sometimes years of isolation, poisoning, and violently invasive experiments.

What were the specifics that warranted Kjonaas to be labeled a terrorist? Surely to be labeled a terrorist and to be facing most of his life in prison, he must have done something pretty evil. Not even close.

Kjonaas, and six other animal rights activists were convicted on March 2, 2006, under the controversial Federal Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The Act punishes anyone who “physically disrupts” an animal enterprise. Kjonaas and his colleagues fought to stop the torturing and live dissection of animals, many of which were household pets. He posted the home addresses and telephone numbers of Huntingdon employees on the group’s website and sometimes Kjonaas helped organize protests in front of workers’ homes. When he couldn’t make it to a demonstration, he posted other people’s accounts of the event, seeing himself as a conduit for information.

The bottom-line, these activists are alleged to have operated a website that reported on and expressed ideological support for protest activity against Huntingdon. That was it.

Support the SHAC 7! Their prosecution and incarceration is just another example of the Bush administration’s relentless pursuit of their corporate agenda and their defense of those pursuing wealth at the expense of others. Let no one be fooled, this is not fighting terrorism; this is an assault on freedoms accorded all Americans by the constitution and a way to silence them using the fraudulent war on terror as an excuse.

Kevin Kjonaas is not only not a terrorist, he is an American hero and it’s critical that all social and political progressives and activists support people like Kevin. Please spread the word, contribute to his defense fund and take a moment to send him a letter in prison.

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is one of the world’s largest animal-testing labs. It operates two facilities in England and one in East Millstone, NJ. Animals are forced to inhale and ingest excessive amounts of chemicals such as pesticides, coffee sweeteners, diet pills and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), for weeks or months on end. Then they are killed and dissected. Products known to have been tested at HLS include Splenda, Viagra, Olestra, and Baycol. Every day an average of 500 animals – including dogs, cats, mice, primates and rabbits – die inside HLS

HLS has been exposed in five undercover investigations revealing vicious animal cruelty and sloppy, fraudulent science. Among other atrocities, workers were exposed punching 4-month-old beagle puppies in the face, dissecting a live monkey, falsifying scientific data, and violating Good Laboratory Practice laws over 600 times.

Besides the fact that HLS tests frivolous products such as tanning lotion and weed killers, many M.D.s and scientists are speaking out against animal research as an outdated and dangerous form of pseudo-science (driven primarily by tradition and financial incentives). They argue that enormous physiological variations exist between species, making it impossible to extrapolate experimental results from one species (i.e. a rat or a monkey) to another (i.e. humans). They cite examples like Thalidomide, which was deemed “safe” in animal tests, but caused horrendous birth defects in humans.

Animal research wastes limited research funds, which could instead be directed towards more reliable forms of research such as cell cultures, non-invasive imaging, and epidemiological studies. Jonas Salk, inventor of the Polio vaccine, stated that his efforts were held up for 20 years due to misleading results in studies of non-human primates.

HLS researchers themselves have been caught by investigators stating that their research is “only reliable 5-25% of the time.” What about the other 75-95% of the time? When a worker was questioned as to whether an experimental procedure was done correctly he replied, “Nope. Not supposed to, never saw it, never did it, can’t prove it.” Vivisection in its truest form.

The SHAC7 are 6 activists and a corporation, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA Inc., that have been found guilty of multiple federal felonies for their alleged role in simply campaigning to close down the notorious animal testing lab, Huntingdon Life Sciences. Five of the individuals are currently in federal prison (the sixth, Darius Fullmer, has been released, after completing his one year sentence). They are not accused of actually smashing windows, liberating animals or even attending demonstrations, rather reporting on and encouraging others to engage in legal demonstrations and supporting the ideology of direct action.

After being found guilty, they are beginning their appeal. Unfortunately this appeal will be done from prison. During their stay they need your support! Finances, spreading the word about their case, books, letters or just a friendly ‘hello’! It just takes a few minutes to brighten the lives of political prisoners!

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Learn more about responsible medical research.

The following is contact information for those who can make a difference. Please consider getting in touch with them.

Financial Supporters:

John Thain
CEO
NYSE Group, Inc.
20 Broad Street
New York, NY 10005
212.656.3000
jthain@nyse.com

Lloyd Blankfein
Chairman & CEO
Goldman Sachs Group. Inc.
85 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
212.902.1000
e-mail: Lloyd.Blankfein@gs.com

Major Investors:

Christopher “Kip” Condron
Head of North American Operations
AXA Financial
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
212.554.1234
e-mail: christopher.condron@axa-financial.com

Ken Thompson
Chairman, President & CEO
Wachovia Corporation
One Wachovia Center
Charlotte, NC 28288
800.922.4684 (800.WACHOVIA)
Ken.Thompson@wachovia.com

HLS CUSTOMERS:

James D. Robinson III
Chairman
Bristol-Myers Squibb
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
1.212.546.4000
e-mail: james.robinson@bms.com

Derryck Maughan
Director
GlaxoSmithKline
200 N. 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
1.215.751.1300

As always, please keep all correspondence polite and informative. Let them know what they are enabling.

The REAL McCain

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VoteVets.org Action Fund is a pro-military organization founded by Veterans of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the voice of the 21st century patriot. Their mission is to ensure that today’s soldiers have the necessary resources to successfully complete their missions abroad and the support they deserve when they come home.They are committed to winning the war on terror and preserving the strength of our military. The mission of VoteVets.org Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to public office; hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America’s 21st century service members; and fully support our men and women in uniform.

A very smart woman indeed . . .

Captain Rose Forrest began her military career in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1999, as a Private First Class serving as a legal specialist for the 728th Main Support Battalion. She was later commissioned as a quartermaster officer and served for one year as a platoon leader in a general supply platoon for the 728th MSB. Following this assignment, Rose served as a platoon leader in a Class 3/5 platoon for three years in the 628th Division Aviation Support Battalion at Ft. Indian Gap, Pennsylvania.

In 2004, she was mobilized with the 228th Forward Support Battalion at Camp Shelby, Mississippi as the personnel officer. She then transferred to the 2nd Brigade, 28th Infantry Division to serve as the Mortuary Affairs Officer and manage the Brigade Lioness program for a twelve month deployment to Ramadi, Iraq. Upon returning from the deployment, Rose transferred to the Maryland Army National Guard and served as the Materials Management Officer with the 1297th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. In November 2007, she assumed command of the Headquarters Company, 1297th CSSB.

Rose was a Legislative Director for Senator Rob Garagiola, Chairman of the Maryland General Assembly Veteran’s Caucus, from 2003-2005, and a pre-school teacher from 2001 to 2003. She is also admitted to the Maryland Bar.

Rose was born in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2001 with a BA in Journalism. She graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2006 with a Jurist Doctorate.

Captain Forrest resides in Pasadena, Maryland, and is married to Stephen T. Podwojski. They have one son, Andrew Forrest Podwojski.

BTW, just in case you were wondering . . . . .

Honoring SAR and Chemical-Biological Detection Golden Retriever Austin

imageWhen the AKC has announced the winners of the first Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) in 2000, Golden Retriever Austin, owned by Officer Jim Minton, of Austin, Texas, was their Search and Rescue recipient.

A classic Cinderella story: A bedraggled stray is turned in to the Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club’s rescue program and, after a few twists of fate, becomes an honored search-and-rescue dog. Austin’s inspiring story culminates in his work at the site of the Texas A&M bonfire collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27 others.

According to his handler, Officer Jim Minton, Austin was one important working Golden.

Austin has been on overseas assignments three times and one trip involved us being evacuated out of the region by the U. S. Customs and DEA air wing. This was after thugs had placed a $30,000 price tag on Austin to kill or kidnap him. This is nothing unusual. Drug dogs working the border often face the very same threat.

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Austin himself was found and rescued as a puppy from the woods east of Houston, Texas, by hunters. He was then turned over to a Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club’s rescue program , where Texas Hearing and Service Dogs purchased him and provided testing and training before donating him to the Austin Police Department in January 1999. Austin has since been trained to rescue people. On

October 28, 2000 Mayor Kirk Watson proclaimed that date “K-9 Austin Day” for the City of Austin. On November 11, 2000 Austin was inducted into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame.

Austin was certified in Tracking, Cadaver, and Chemical Biological Detection. After Jim retired from the Austin Police Department, where Austin was on the job from 1999 to 2004, he and Austin began working at the Federal Level specializing in Chemical-Biological Detection (2004-2008). Jim Minton, a Senior Law Enforcement K-9 Handler/Instructor and Senior K-9 Chemical-Biological Specialist for U.S. Govt. and U.S. Military Response only.

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A Very Sad Ending
Police K-9 Austin died on February 16, 2008 in his loving handler’s arms. He had been rushed into emergency surgery due to having developed bloat, and managed to survive the procedure. However, shortly after waking up his vitals deteriorated and as Jim so desolately said:

Austin looked at me, wide awake and alert, took a deep breath, exhaled, laid his head down, I kissed him, monitors started sounding, and Austin left this cruel world.

Jim has indicated that there will be a special police K-9 memorial service for this 10-11 year old hero. And, he shared this heartfelt message with me on February 21st:

Rochelle, thank you so much for the kind words. I don’t know how much more of this excruciating pain I can endure. I know other people hurt just like I am when they loose a Golden. So I’m not doing the “poor me” thing. But Dammmmm this is killing me. He and I were together for more than 10 years nearly 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

I’m sure Greg and Carrie haven’t told you, but they have been absolutely totally 100% percent sweethearts. They trusted me enough to allow their Golden “Pippy” to come home with me the night of the day Austin died. Pippy slept in bed with me and was spoiled rotten for nearly 24 hours. The only stipulation was, I had to bring her home the next day. I called the next afternoon and tried to convince Greg that they said just bring her back next year! LOL But he was too slick and caught on! (Actually my friend called for me) My voice would not work from my crying so much.) I must tell you, I had already planned on staying in a hotel room that night because the pain was just too much when I tried to go home. However, Carrie and Greg being considerate and giving as they are, allowed me to sleep in my own bed with a very loving Golden.

This was so sudden and unexpected. Running and playing just 24 hours prior to his death. I must tell you, At one time, 3 veterinarians and 7 vet techs were working on Austin all at one time. They fought to save his life for nearly 18 solid hours. You can only imagine the tremendous invoice! No big deal as I say. It’s only money. They were given unlimited financial authority and CPR was authorized during surgery of needed.

I just found out today that the U. S. Department of Defense is sending a flag that was flying in a war zone in Iraq the day Austin died. A couple of guys I helped with on some special training just prior to their deployment managed to make this happen. They both petted on Austin throughout the entire 2 weeks of training. Another flag is coming from a U. S. Embassy overseas where we were assigned for a short time on a specific assignment. In short, Austin has a following. Hell, I should have run fro President when he was around. But, even though it’s getting exciting, it does NOT bring my baby home.

You can learn more about Austin’s story at his page at our foundation’s site. Just click here.

More Golden puppy video fun

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A little over a year ago I shared a puppy cam and fun from California’s Steve and Terry Southard of Coppertop Golden Retrievers. Dad (Steve) is a professional photographer and has gotten some marvelous photos then of the proud mom with her newly born babies, the one above one of my latest favorites.

Here’s the latest videos from the Dixie & Joey puppy cam!

Puppy Play – 6 Weeks

 

Outdoor Romp

Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue has a simple request

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Our Golden rescues are all now trying to be the recipients of the latest large cash reward, this time via the Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest. We actually urged folks to vote during one of the previous voting periods (you can only vote once per period) for a rescue Golden named Sizzle. She did not win for her voting period, but got enough votes to proceed to the finals.

chad.jpgWe have a new Golden Rescue sweetheart for the voting period that extends through February 26th. He comes from Tennessee’s Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue, a rescue that really could use some financial assistance. His name is Chad and with a smile like his, I cannot imagine anyone being able to resist voting for him. I know I could just eat him right up looking at this adorable photo here.

Please take a few seconds to get on over to vote for Chad. And, spread the news to all your friends as well so that we can get him the votes he needs to be a finalist. Just click on Chad to vote.

And, provide the following tiny link to your friends as well so that they can vote:

http://tinyurl.com/ywn27q

A Golden holiday card tradition

It is very tough on Gary at holidays because he must always try and find a new Golden card that I have not seen. He goes from store to store on the quest, even though I have told him he is being silly, as any card will do. The next fun part of getting cards from Gary is how he signs them. Sometimes he draws different shaped paws to signify cat or dog next to the names of our furkids. But, it is the ordering of names that is the most intriguing. Poor honey, he keeps putting himself last, even though he is truly not at the bottom of the totem pole.

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(outside of card with a glittering heart that was so sweet)

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(inside)

Golden Beau loves baby Ellie

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The baby is a little girl named Ellie. She is Golden pal, Brandi’s cousin’s daughter. Brandi lives in Kitimat, a rural area in Canada. But this relative, who visited from Saskatchewan and stayed with the family for a couple of days over this last Christmas, are obviously even more rural.

They are used to “farm dogs” that aren’t in the house so Brandi said it was so much fun for them to have a big house dog to play with. Handsome Golden Beau just loves kids and is so incredibly gentle with them. I just love that baby’s smile.

Can dogs sniff out seizures?

There is some controversy about this, especially since a large amount of seizures have been found to be of psychogenic rather than organic origin. You can read up on this at our Foundation’s site, as well as watching the very informative video news report below with Dr. Nicholas Dodman BVMS MRCVS, Professor and Director of the Behavior Clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Click below to see this fascinating report.

Watch all 3, and you will agree!

oncem.jpgDo me a favor and watch the 3 videos below. And, then let me know if you agree. I do not get excited about too many of the songs from motion pictures, but I really believe the song, Falling Slowly, is truly phenomenal. The song was written for the movie, Once. It is up for 2 awards on the Grammy Awards show tonight, and then another award on the upcoming Oscars.

Once, a 2006 Irish musical film set in Dublin, stars musicians Glen Hansard (of popular Irish rock band The Frames) and Markéta Irglová as fictional struggling musicians. Collaborators prior to making the film, Hansard and/or Irglová composed and performed all but one of the original songs in the movie.

The film has achieved major acclaim, receiving the World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Shot for only $160,000, it was very successful, earning substantial per-screen box office averages in the United States. The film’s original music has been nominated for an Academy Award (Best Original Song) and two Grammy Awards (Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for “Falling Slowly”). The soundtrack won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music.


Video Clips from ONCE set to the song “Falling Slowly”

 


Glen Hansard on the Today Show (w/special tale of guitar)

 


Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Falling Slowly”

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Glen Hansard – Falling Slowly Lyrics

I don’t know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can’t react
And games that never amount
To more than they’re meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You’ve made it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
You’ve made it now

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you had a choice
You’ve made it now
Falling slowly sing your melody
I’ll sing along

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Golden Retriever Chase to be Poster Canine

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Golden Chase is always on a mission. You know, of the retrieving kind. He hunts for balls, sticks, cans, bottles, you name it.

True to his breed name, he often grabs a bottle, can or other item in his teeth and trots back to his Edgewood Avenue home, carrying the recyclable litter in his mouth and wagging his tail all the way.Now Chase is slated to become the poster canine for an anti-litter campaign being waged by the Burlington County Office of Recycling to encourage more people to recycle.

“Retrieving is part of his nature and he likes to find more unusual stuff than just sticks,” said owner Ron Brooks, 56, who says he and his wife, Melinda, are faithful recyclers for the biweekly county collections. “When Chase can’t find bottles and cans, he brings back big sticks that we can use in our fireplace.”

Chase drops the recyclables on the back patio of the Brooks home, just as he did on a recent morning when he deposited a clear plastic water bottle into a pile he had collected alongside another pile of his retrieved sticks.

Hearing Golden Retriever Maple

Hearing Dogs are such important partners for those with moderate to profound hearing impairments. I do not think we take the time to realize how scary things would be if we could not hear ….. the approach of a stranger, the blare of a car’s horn, and so much more. You can learn more about Hearing Goldens at our Foundation’s site.

maple.jpgThis is Liz and her Golden partner Maple. They have been together for two years to address Liz’s profound deafness.

THE former teacher from Enid Close in Bricket Wood had always suffered poor hearing, but in 1996 her life was turned upside down when she contracted a viral infection, leading to permanent and complete loss. She was soon forced to confront the reality – her deafness would be an isolating and lonely disability.

Liz, who had enjoyed a 23-year career as a physics teacher at the City of London Girls School, was forced to retire early from a job she adored and her activities as an enthusiastic fundraiser promptly came to a halt after learning she would never hear again.

Social visits to theatres and pleasant gatherings with friends and family also became abandoned past-times. “I was frightened to go out because I was worried that people would talk to me and I wouldn’t understand what they were saying,” she said. “I couldn’t go to restaurants with friends because I couldn’t take part in a conversation.

Click here to learn how Maple has given Liz her life back again.