Livingston Taylor’s new furry addition

Mr. Murphy, New Office Manager at Taylor Music

Livingston Taylor is one of the hundreds of celebrity Golden parents that I have featured at my Foundation’s site. He has been a Golden lover from waaaaaay back. At his site, he is now showing off this cute little guy.

Mr. Murphy is a hard worker, and will be a great asset to us, but he also has a gentle spirit, and a restful soul. He firmly believes in the power nap, as you can see, and is teaching the rest of us to enjoy them too. We look forward to having him run the office.

As it always seems, Livingston is on the road, hopefully in a town near you. He really appreciates a friendly face out there, so stop by and say hello!

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR (singer, songwriter and also multi-instrumental musician) last had a Golden Retriever named Ajax. They liked mucking out about the pond and going fishing as you can see.

Man's Best Friend album

An early Livingston album

When asked how Ajax got his name, Liv replied: “We decided on it when were driving to pick him up as a pup. I liked the name ‘Ajax’; it felt good”. Elaborating, Maggie says “Liv named him . . . I agreed . . . . I named him after Achilles’ best friend . . . Liv after the cleanser.”

Livingston Taylor started his major-label recording career in 1970. Playing guitar, piano, and banjo established him as the Taylor family’s most ultifaceted musician. Performance is dear to Livingston’s heart, and with his animated personality, wrinkled-grin humor, and musical talents, the stage is where he shines brightest. Liv has been very busy teaching performance since 1984 at the Berklee College of Music, the focus of his new Taylor workshops.

Click here to order this book!Can I Be Good was written by Livingston Taylor, illustrated by Ted Rand, and published by Gulliver Books in 1993. Here, a young Golden Retriever tried his best to be a good dog, but it’s just so hard! He just keeps doing things that get him into trouble, like chewing on Dad’s new shoe or splattering his family and the kitchen when he shakes dry his rain- and mud-sodden fur.

The Taylors have no children, but Liv has said that the writing of children’s books comes very easy to him. Of course, Ajax served as the inspiration for this adorable book!You can clearly see that Livingston’s love of Goldens goes way back. He published an album in 1980, entitled “Man’s Best Friend,” and another album in 1988, entitled “Life is Good,” includes a Golden friend.


Yes, jealousy affects us all ….

It is definitely true that when you are paying attention to one furkid, the other one is jealous of the attention and pushes to the front to make his or her feelings known. It is the same with non-furry kids as well. My Goldens were always jealous of each other when the other was being fawned over and Alfie and Cindy are always fighting for my attention. They fight to snuggle next to me in bed and whenever I call for kitty Cindy, Golden Alfie is always the first to come running.

It is for that reason that this video tickled me so much. Here you will see Golden Retriever Quincy who is a very lovable guy but his mom says, SO needy! Even when he’s on the bed getting lots of love he still gets jealous when Mom calls out for her cat “Jack”.. otherwise known as Kittle-Little.

I love Quincy’s talking as Alfie is an unbelievable talker as well. I just never have been able to catch it on tape. He actually showed it off to me the first day home and I have never stopped loving it to this day.

Iraq Vet Gets Dog, New Chance at Life

Shown here, Sgt. Bill Campbell practices his photography skills as his service dog, Pax, watches his back. Since his return from Iraq in 2005, Campbell has feared an attack from behind.

Iraq Vet Gets Dog, New Chance at Life
Yellow Labrador Helps His Owner to Recover Following Injuries in Iraq


Until recently, Sgt. Bill Campbell’s horrifying memories from his tour of duty in Iraq left him unable to leave his house.

Constantly fearing he would be attacked from behind — a paranoia stemming from his violent tour of duty — Campbell says his post traumatic stress disorder symptoms made everyday life virtually unbearable.

That is, until he met Pax, a now 17-month-old yellow Labrador, specially trained to help him cope with PTSD, doing everything from reminding him to take his medication to coaxing him out of his house. “Pax forces me to go out,” Campbell told “He has to go for walks.”

Pax was donated to Campbell by the N.Y.-based non-profit organization Puppies Behind Bars, an organization that has provided service dogs to individuals with disabilities since 1997, but just recently expanded their program to include war veterans, too.

Check out some more awesome photos here

Service Team: Joey & Golden Retriever Hogan

Hogan is a three-year-old Golden Retriever who is working on making Joey Murello’s life a little easier. Murello said that the bond built between the two goes deeper than a working relationship. Joey suffers from Friedreich’s Ataxia which severely limits her mobility.

Click here to see a news video of them in action.

I am soooooo jealous

This video is too, too cute. And, this Berner is very smart, her mom very imaginative as well with the repertoire of tricks that she has taught her adorable little girl. I have just got to figure out how to teach that sneeze trick as Alfie is a big sneezer when he gets excited about something.

Hudson the Berner loves to show off her tricks while Mom sounds dumb in the background! This was totally unrehearsed, obviously! And if you put the volume up really loud, you can hear her doing “little dog.” Hudson will do anything for food, as any true Berner. She loves being shy the most because it takes the least effort and she’s always gotten the most attention from doing it, so it’s her old standby, and “wave” was the last trick she just learned so now she’s also doing that constantly as well.

Location Location Location


Now this is one place I’d love to be working at. Talk about location.

Service dog agency building training center
By Lehia Apana, Staff Writer

MAKAWAO – Maureen Maurer is in the business of making dreams come true. As co-founder and operator of Hawaii Canines for Independence, she has been giving new hope to people with disabilities by providing them with service dogs.

Now it’s her turn to have a dream fulfilled. First visualized five years ago, her dream of a permanent training facility for her nonprofit organization is becoming a reality.

“It was my goal since starting HCI to have a facility that would be here for future generations. We’ve always been moving around, but now we can finally have something permanent that will be here for years to come,” she said.

The $700,000 facility is slated to open this summer and will be named “Sadie’s Place,” after the mother of the program’s first litter of service dogs. The site is located Upcountry near the Manduke Baldwin Polo Arena and will include training areas, kennels, a veterinary clinic, classrooms and wheelchair-accessible trails.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

Jai and Randy Pausch, and their children Logan, front left, Dylan and Chloe.

Jai and Randy Pausch, and their children Logan, front left, Dylan and Chloe.

On April 9th, we initially shared the post below about Dr. Randy Pausch. A professor at Carnegie Mellon University, he inspired countless students in the classroom and many others worldwide through his highly acclaimed ‘Last Lecture” (shown below). Sadly, Randy lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today, his being only 47 years of age. He died at his home in southern Virginia.

I had been following Randy’s blog where he posted various updates, but suspected there was something up when he had not posted in almost a month.

June 26th, 2008: Slow, but continued recovery — I continue to slowly recover. Chemotherapy has a cumulative effect, so it takes longer to recover the deeper one gets into this. Our current thinking is that more chemotherapy may not be wise; at this point, almost all potential chemotherapies may potentially make me so weak/sick that even if they were to slow the tumor, it would not be clear it would be the right tradeoff.

We are currently narrowing down some immunuotherapy-based apporaches that would presumably come with little or no side effects. More news as that proceeds.

Today, I found the following sad updates:

July 24th, 2008: The cancer is progressing — A biopsy last week revealed that the cancer has progressed further than we had thought from recent PETscans. Since last week, Randy has also taken a step down and is much sicker than he had been. He’s now enrolled in hospice. He’s no longer able to post here so I’m a friend posting on his behalf because we know that many folks are watching this space for updates.

July 25th, 2008: Randy died this morning of complications from pancreatic cancer. The CMU news story is here

For a great article on his life and legacy, read In Memoriam: Randy Pausch, Innovative Computer Scientist at Carnegie Mellon, Launched Education Initiatives, Gained Worldwide Acclaim for Last Lecture.


Randy Pausch, the writer of the quote above in the title of this post, has just had his book published, The Last Lecture.

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

You can also learn more about this inspirational man by clicking here.

And, for Randy’s own personal day-to-day updates click here.

Below, you can actually experience Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch giving his now famous last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Summer fun with Geoff and his boys

My Golden Retriever photographer pal Geoff Hendrickson just checked in with me. He recently a new rescue Goldendoodle guy, named Bandit, to his family. Here is the story of how he came to get this guy.

Noele and her eight 3-week-old pups were sold at a puppy mill auction in OK. They were held and vetted and made their way east after a few weeks. Originally I was going to foster but had second thoughts and did not want to suffer postpartum depression. When I came to visit four of the pups, Bandit walked right up to me with no coaxing or eye contact and promptly sat between my feet. So the selection was made.

Bandit is still growing like a weed and at 7 months and 65 lbs. is now taller than Sam. I donated my kayak to Shorehearts’ yard sale and got a solo canoe that fits Sam and Bandit nicely. After a couple days of “dry practice” in the front yard, Bandit is a perfect passenger. We are ramping Bandit up in his swimming workouts on the Mulllica and Batsto rivers. We also have pool privileges next door and Bandit loves swimming laps. I hope by the end of the summer we can do a long canoe trip down the Mullica. I don’t have many paddling pictures as I was too scared to take my camera. I finally broke down and got a waterproof camera last week. (Olympus Stylus) Here are a few pics. The last one is the new camera in the pool.

First Paddle

Swim Practice

Taking a Break

Mmmm . . . Sand . . . It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

More swim practice. Sam really needs a whistle and a lanyard.

To Rookie . . . . because you loved me

Carolyn Scott and her adoring Rookie

To Rookie,
The only pain or sadness you ever brought me…..was the day you left me.

I miss you.

Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I’ll be forever thankful baby
You’re the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You’re the one who saw me through through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I’m grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don’t know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You’ve been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

Meet Live Find Golden Harley

Harley looks like one happy Search & Rescue Golden!

Gainesville Fire Rescue welcomes new search dog
By HEATHER RIGGS, Special to The Gainesville Sun

Gainesville Fire Rescue has a fluffy addition to its team.

Harley, a 60-pound golden retriever, recently became fully trained and certified as a “live find” dog. His task is to help search for people trapped under collapsed structures and rubble.

Harley, a 60-pound golden retriever, recently became fully trained and certified as a “live find” dog. His task is to help search for people trapped under collapsed structures and rubble. He is the first GFR search dog, although the agency had an arson dog several years ago, said Harley’s owner, Preston Attebery, a GFR paramedic and firefighter.

Attebery said he chose to train Harley as a search dog because he felt the skills they would learn together would be best suited for the line of work they will do.

For the last 18 months, Attebery has been teaching Harley various techniques, ranging from basic obedience to agility training. Harley can climb ladders, walk across beams, teeter-totter and go through tunnels. He has also learned a bark alert to let Attebery know he has found someone.

Shortly after turning 2 years old, Harley received official certification as a search dog. He and Attebery are now part of the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 8 Team, a group of professionals from Alachua, Marion, Ocala and Gainesville prepared for special types of rescue and disaster recovery.

Harley is the only certified pup in the region, although a number of Florida agencies, including Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami-Dade, have such dogs.

Paws to Freedom class in action

Did you know?
Assistance dogs are generally evaluated and trained by professionals through formal organizations. However, many programs that provide service dogs have long waiting lists, are out of state, or charge too much money.

Through new resources (DVDs, online groups, etc.), many in the disabled community are training their own dogs to help in everyday tasks. There are a multitude of tasks that dogs can be trained to perform that qualify the dogs as service dogs under federal law. In actuality, there are more owner-trained service dogs in the United States than the service dogs from all of the programs combined.

Paws to Freedom, a Service Dog Team education group, teaches those with disabilities to positively train their own service dog. Christina, Paws to Freedom President, has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair. You will see her in the video with her 2-year-old Golden, Maverick, who she trained to be her assistance dog.

Learn more at our foundation’s site about our talented Golden Assistance Dogs, with many wonderful videos of these dogs in action. Just click here.