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Sorry for the lack of posting. No posts. No tweets. Injured my right arm near my wrist and can barely move my hand without pain. Of course, I refuse to go to the doctor. Hate them since they never seem to be able to fix anything. Computer is also going through a major repair.

Life is a tad more complicated than usual.

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Golden Retriever Kona . . . What a scream!

What a scream!

Over at Golden loving Sue’s blog, she has been detailing her work for an annual party of all parties to celebrate Halloween. The party was this past weekend, and she shipped out her Golden mob to a pal. This is Golden Retriever Kona with his newly discovered find.

As Momma Sue says, “No Kona, this is NOT a new chew toy for you!”

I love that Kona. Reminds me of my baby boy Alfie.

they surely have us at hello

Smiling Golden & Tennis Ball by Ellen C. Maze

Smiling Golden & Tennis Ball by Ellen C. Maze

I simply fell in love with this image when I saw it. Ellen is graciously allowing my foundation to utilize it to create greeting cards, assorted apparel, clocks, journals, tote bags, ornaments, and Sigg bottles. I am hoping it spurs some purchases to help with fundraising.

I just love this watercolor rendering on my oversized 5¼” x 7¼” quality classic ivory linen cards.

And, it is adorable on the many other items available through our foundation’s CafePress store.

Eager faces, furry or not

President Obama recently went to Texas A & M University, in College Station, TX to speak about volunteerism. Check out the cadets and Collie Reveille VIII, the school’s mascot. They sure seem very excited to have this honor.  (Click on the photo to see it in its full size glory.)

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Golden Rescue Kaycee — what a GReat story & video

Kaycee is a purebred Golden Retriever who spent 9 years in a puppy mill producing litter after litter of puppies for a commercial breeding operation. She was thankfully rescued by Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota and is now in a foster home as she awaits adoption.

The following video is just incredible (now working as it was taken down and then posted again). I only wish I could take in this special little girl. She is a true Golden treasure and any family would be lucky to have her.

If you are interested in giving Kaycee a home where she can live out her remaining years surrounded by love, please contact Placement@ragom.org.

Golden Retriever Roxy at the Rim

Isn’t Golden Roxy adorable? Here she is with her BMBPET Springtime Cork/Bamboo Leash (her matching collar is covered in the photo by all that luxurious fur). Roxy’s mom, Lisa Collins, is a Grand Canyon Park Ranger, so we got this ultra cool photo of Roxy at the canyon rim.

These sets encompass form, function and beauty while keeping to sustainable materials and organic dyes to create a truly unique product. Springtime is a cork overlay with bamboo fabric design. The cork overlay is decorated with a beautiful purple and pink flower design and the bamboo fabric is a lovely tan. This is one of our most favorite designs in the line given its vibrant colors.

We’ve got lots of cool green items at our foundation store. And, it keeps our foundation going and able to provide monies to working dogs for their cancer treatment.

Service dog reject Ricochet becomes surfer dude

Golden Retriever Richochet and Patrick Ivison. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

You can learn more about Richochet in our previous blogging and at our foundation’s site on Golden Surf Dogs.

Golden Ricki

Richochet’s story made it bigtime, the Associated Press doing a fabulous article and video. And, she has been an incredible fundraiser, donations in for almost $9000.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ricochet is a service dog dropout. It’s not that she wasn’t dog enough. To the contrary, there was way too much dog in her.

Her undoing? Chasing birds. But she’s found redemption in the ocean, surfing to raise money for a quadriplegic teen.

Ricochet, a 19-month-old golden retriever, lives with Judy Fridono in Escondido, about 25 miles north of San Diego. The two set out to raise $7,000 to help Patrick Ivison, a 15-year-old who was just a year old when he was run over by a car.

They exceeded that goal when Ricochet competed in the inaugural Surf City Surf Dog Contest in Huntington Beach, bringing her summer fundraising total to more than $8,200, Fridono said. The playful surfer dog came in second in the large dog finals Sunday, even with a special bootie she wore after tearing a paw pad while racing around the beach a few days before the contest.

Ricochet plans to continue hanging 20 and raising money to help with Ivison’s physical therapy. Insurance pays for one hour of therapy every week, but the San Diego high school sophomore needs six.

Dog and dog owner hope to eventually help someone else after Ivison.

Ricochet had nearly nine months of service dog training behind her when her bird problem developed at the beach one day. Fridono was brokenhearted.

“I didn’t want her to just become a pet dog,” she said. “So rather than focus on what she couldn’t do, we focused on what she could do. And that was surfing.”

Ricochet had worked with a boogie board in the puppy pool during service dog training and developed remarkable balance. So she was spayed and Rip Curl Ricki — her surfer girl nickname — was born. She entered her first surfing contest in June, then Fridono set up “Surfin’ for Paws-abilities,” the fundraising drive.

Ivison had been surfing adaptively for about seven years, so it seemed natural that they would meet and team up. He said he couldn’t ride the adaptive surfboard, which is built for two people, without Ricochet.

“She acts as that second person. She knows how to balance, too. She leans back and turns the board and it’s pretty cool to watch.”

Meet Abigail, the Dog Teacher

As Dean Koontz says, “Bonnie Bergin is legendary for her groundbreaking work with dogs.” President of the Assistance Dog Institute, Dr. Bergin originated the service dog concept and movement, and she has been training dogs to assist people with disabilities for more than thirty years. She knows that dogs have an almost limitless capacity to learn.

In the book, Teach Your Dog to Read, Dr. Bergin provides concrete advice on achieving the seemingly impossible: teaching ordinary dogs how to recognize and respond to written commands. With more than fifty instructional photographs, Teach Your Dog to Read is an amazing tool for making your dog smarter and enhancing your capacity to communicate with each other.

Dogs, she writes, decode visual messages, “reading” the symbols of body language and hand signals; they can similarly, therefore, decode the symbols of typed words and stick figures. Her simple method relies on homemade flash cards, delectable treats, and markers (e.g., a clicker) as well positive reinforcement. This is not a book of “stupid dog tricks”; it is a serious training manual easily accessible to the layperson wishing to enhance communication with a dog or to use a dog in therapeutic situations or in school or library “Reading to Dog” programs.

The principal question the book raises—why is it necessary for dogs to read?—is addressed by Bergin’s emphasis on special assistance dogs who need to read signs for the visually impaired and others who rely on a dog’s help in everyday life. As for those who aren’t disabled, Bergen explains that the skills involved can keep the dog away from your turkey dinner and off your favorite chair, while helping owners form an intense emotional bond with their dogs.

Here is a sweet retriever-mix named Abigail who demonstrates nicely how beneficial this reading behavior can be.

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Hopping Biped Puppy so far Bouncing thru Life

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Great news too! “Hope” has now become “Art” and is living a grand life with a wonderful retired veterinarian.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hope, the abandoned the puppy born with only two legs, has a new home, a new name, and new mobility. The dog now called Art lives an active life with three other dogs and a retired veterinarian. And he gets around.

“I just fell in love with him,” Art’s new owner, Robert Weigle said. “He’s taught me more than years of veterinary training has, and a lot about life priorities.”

Added Weigle, “He’s just a happy dog and he’s very intelligent and if one thing doesn’t work, he’ll work around it and find a way that does” Weigle said.

Weigle built Art two makeshift wheelchairs, one with four wheels and one with two, which Art uses when he leaves the house. “He’s really isn’t overly-fond of either of them, unless we’re in a strange area where he gets around and socializes with people,” Weigle said.

When he’s at home, Art prefers to be free of his wheelchairs. “He gets around very well on his own,” Weigle said.

Learn more about dogs dealing with challenges here.

I interrupt regular programming . . . .

Yea yea yea, I know, this is supposed to be a blog about dogs. Well, if only the world worked out so neatly that we could separate everything into its own little neat category.

It is imperative that I call attention to this broadcast regarding health care reform as it is just too important. With being chronically ill for years, and now on disability, this is a topic that I believe cannot be ignored.

Now, take a mere 6 minutes away from your day to really listen to Bill Moyers as he details the symbiotic relationship between congress, lobbyists and the health care industry. This aired on October 9, 2009 as part of the Bill Moyers Journal.

Check out Golden Richochet! – Updated

UPDATE: Brand new videos with Richochet and Patrick!


Golden Ricki

We’ve been following Golden Retriever Richochet ‘Rip Curl Ricki’ and Patrick for a few months now. Today she did a demonstration at the Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach, surfing tandem with Patrick Ivison, who suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of an accident when he was only 14 months old. Patrick was diagnosed quadriplegic, but he is able to surf using an adaptive surfboard.

Although Patrick has excelled through the years in both school and adaptive sports (adaptive surfing is his specialty), he recently decided that having a service dog would help him achieve greater independence as he approaches his college years. Paws’itive Teams, a local non-profit organization that places service dogs with persons with disabilities, caught wind of Patrick’s story and matched him with a Golden Retriever named Kona.

Patrick also participates in an intense physical therapy program funded through Help Patrick Walk, which helps him build strength by exercising parts of his body he can’t move or control on his own. Since starting his therapy, Patrick has been able to do things he never thought he could.

The costs of training a service dog, and specialized physical therapy are steep, however – that’s where Ricochet’s knack for surfing and fundraising comes in. Hopefully, she was able to raise lots for her pal Patrick today.

I hope Ricki also did well in the competition. Stay tuned as I have yet to hear from her mom, Judy.  Here is footage taken from the event today.

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Come learn more about Golden Surfing Dogs & see more fun surfing videos here.

Golden to Collie . . . . Oh my!


Our favorite Golden lady, Carolyn Scott, has been grieving for some time since her beloved Rookie left her side almost 15 months ago. She had also lost her Golden Rescue boy, Maverick, to cancer and a beloved kitty. It was just Zita, her lovely standard Poodle, providing that much needed furlove, and Zita has been mighty ill as well.

Well, today I received a happy post. Of course, it began with the typical Texas greeting of “Howdy”.

Here are the pictures of my new dog.  I have re-named him “Cash”.  Isn’t he a cutie?  I adopted him from Collie Rescue. He is 5-months-old.

As of yesterday Laddie became “Cash Scott”. :  )

Cash is doing great! Randy loves the name since I have already been to Petsmart to buy him lots of toys and bones. :  )

I am thrilled for Carolyn, and not terribly mystified by her choice in breed. Rookie was truly that once-in-a-lifetime dog and it may be quite some time before she can cross back into the Golden arena.

My hubby Gary’s first dog was a Collie, named Laddie, no less. So, he was a touch less thrilled that Carolyn changed her boy’s name. Oh well.

Carolyn has also been a Collie lover from way back, her very first dog as a child being a Sable & White Collie boy named Rascal. She thought he was the smartest dog she had ever seen.

Auntie Rochelle is really upset with Carolyn’s choice of places to buy her new love’s toys and treats. Given all the cancer out there, and problems with a suspect food supply, we just can’t be too careful. I certainly am not with my Golden boy Alfie.

Please check out my page on Polluted Pets as a reminder . . . . while I bundle up a much-needed care package for Cash that will include organic toys, organic treats and free-range USDA chews.

Maybe, I can even get Carolyn to switch to Canine Life’s home-cooked organic puppy formulation for her sweetie. I have been using it for years and cannot imagine better peace of mind than that of knowing that he is getting the best of the best.

Winter, The Dolphin that Could


Winter, who has inspired people of all ages across the world, has been featured on numerous TV reports and news media. At only three months of age, she found herself wrapped tightly in a crab trap line and was unable to escape. She was rescued and transported to Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium to begin a long rehabilitation. Unfortunately, Winter lost her entire tail as well as two vertebrae a result of the serious injuries that she had sustained. Yet, despite the odds against survival, she has now completely healed, adapted to a new swim pattern, and learned to eat fish on her own.

A film developed by CMA, “Winter, The Dolphin that Could,” captures the magic of the human-animal bond, so detailing Winter’s rescue and rehabilitation, including never before seen footage of her fight to stay alive. The documentary also shows how Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics stepped up to make Winter a one-of-a-kind prosthetic tail. The gel created for the sleeve of her tail is hopefully going to help humans with prosthetics walk more comfortably (though I agree with NSCIA Columnist, Mike Ervin’s take on the inequities here).

OH NO Bo! He’s the birthday boy but still is learning!

We already know from news stories that Bo lives to chews socks, magazines and daddy’s sneakers. However, it seems the Number One furboy in the land—just today celebrating his 1st birthday—is now having arithmetic problems.

He recently left a Number Two present on Airforce One. Luckily the flight attendant was able to steer clear of Bo Obama’s present on the presidential jet. While everybody poops, The White House is continuing to Deny Bo’s Mile-High Mistake!

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Just love our Mugoh Mat for wet paws!

We have used the Mugoh Mat for over a year now with our Golden guy Alfie, wanting to be sure we put it through the paces before sharing it with our supporters. But, our vote is in and we say, DO IT! Let your dogs dry their own paws in 3 Steps or 3 Seconds with a super absorbent Mugoh Mat. It is absolutely the fastest, easiest way to eliminate wet paw prints on your floor.

Mugoh Mats absorb moisture instantly. Made entirely of natural, 100% biodegradable materials, dogs quickly accept them as comfortable to walk on. A soft, super absorbent 2-ply paper towel for the ruffles and burlap (jute) is used for the backing. A natural latex rubber is used to hold the ruffles in place and as a gripping feature on back of the mat. Hand crafted in Oregon, the mats are well constructed and will last for several weeks or up to four months, under normal use from one dog. We’ve used the same one for several months with our Golden guy Alfie.

The soft ruffles on these mats have the same absorbency as the best paper towels or tissue and suck up water from paws on contact. After being wet, the Mugoh Mat will normally dry in a couple of hours. It is disposable and for best effectiveness should be replaced when it becomes frayed or matted. EEco Pet uses only pure, all natural latex rubber that has no chemical additives and virtually no odor. This is important for dog’s sensitive noses. The mat is an ample 28 inches x 34 inches.

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Come and learn lots more here!

Please give Golden Rescue girl Beetle Bailey some love – Updated

UPDATE: I am not happy. Bailey is being crushed in the voting. She’s competing against 1,000s of dogs so it is hard to see who is winning. But, I know of specific dogs that are leaving her in the dust. They are getting free radio air time or mentioned in web media to buoy their status. Bailey started out strong on the first day and now everyone has forgotten to vote again, as votes are needed 1x daily. Please check out her incredible journey and think about helping with a few moments of your time. I really think she doesn’t have a chance as there are dogs this weeks with literally thousands of votes.

A 12-week contest (now in its 10th week) that began on August 1st, 2009, has been awarding semi-finalists (one per week), each receiving $500 each. The Top 4 finalists will be chosen by the public from these 12 semi-finalist winners. The 3 runner up finalists will each receive $5000, and the grand prize winner, taking home $1,000,000 will be chosen by the judges from the top four finalists on Thanksgiving Day. Pretty exciting, huh?

Well, I have a very special senior sweetie named Bailey who needs your vote. Her dad, Greg Korycki, has been a huge rescue supporter and has been involved in several puppy mill operation rescues. Just look at this incredible “Rags to Wags” story.

Poor sweet girl . . . at the beginning

Beetle Bailey was a 9 year old, skinny 42lbs, non-spayed female Golden who was diagnosed with diabetes and had lost her sight. She also evidenced several tumors which needed to  be removed.  The owner realized that he wouldn’t be able to take  care of her and surrendered her to a Golden Retriever Rescue.

Bailey's eye surgeryFast forward, it was Golden Rescue who gave her eye surgery and her sight back, got her diabetes somewhat under control, rid her of the multiple nasty tumors, and had her spayed. And, while involved in her spay operation, they found even more tumors in addition to the others below and around her shoulders.

Every Golden Rescue has a Beetle Bailey. I think she’s been through a hell of a lot.

Greg and his wife adopted this young lady about 2 years ago and what a character she has been, even through all of this. They adopted her right before her eye surgery and waited for her recovery.

Since this past January, she has been battling chronic ear problems,
hyperparathyroidism, had an operation due to her high calcium levels, and had four different type bladder infections one after another, Finally, her diabetes glucose curve seems to be under control.

The family has had so many ups and downs, but through this she has been a trooper.

Beatle Bailey so content now

Greg has a house filled with rescue Goldens and Kitties. And, it looks to be one incredibly happy family there in Austin, Texas.  I sure do hope you can take the time to vote for Beetle Bailey. It will only cost you a few moments of time. And, please do pass this on to your friends and family, and especially other Golden Retriever lovers.

Many of the previous winning dogs’ owners are bloggers, facebook users, twitterers, etc.. This has generated many votes for their entries. Greg does not use any social media so he is really struggling. That is why I am trying to lend a hand here at my blog and via my twittering.

Bailey's current Contest Photo EntryHere is the exact photo that you will see at the contest page. Click above on Bailey’s photo or go directly to http://bit.ly/4tWKLx. Then, click on REGISTER TO VOTE. They will ask you for your email address and to make up a password (the contest will NOT sell you address and/or use it to send advertisements). This is to help keep the voting honest as people were using multiple addresses from the same computer in previous contests.

After clicking on ENTER, you will be sent back to Beetle’s picture to VOTE. The contest for Bailey will run from Oct 4  Sunday 12:01am thru Oct 10 Saturday 11:59pm. It would be great if you could vote the allowable once a day. I am heading over now to record my vote.

Send some love for this sweet girl. She really does deserve it.

SNL’s “Mostly Garbage Dog Food” (…but not for my Golden Retriever)

Vodpod videos no longer available.This is closer to the truth than you can imagine.

I home cook an organic diet and have done so for several years now. I add all organic ingredients to an organic pre-mix that is actually used for dogs with cancer. I feel it is a good preventative to use this formula as I really like the amount of antioxidants.

I do not sell the food (I do not sell any food at my store) but know the person who developed it, and she does extensive work with veterinarians and dogs with chronic health issues.

The CANINE LIFE PRE-MIX FORMULATION FOR CANCER contains: Organic milled whole brown rice, Organic chick peas, Organic whole oats, calcium, carob, Acadian sea kelp, green tea, turmeric, oregano, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, ginger, and garlic.

Canine Life: Home-Baked & Organic

Canine Life: Home-Baked & Organic

This is a true home-cooked diet, each recipe making muffins or squares. The baking time is extremely short as there is nothing to rise here, it is merely to cook together so that any bacteria is removed from the raw ingredients.

Three cups of this purchased pre-mix (above) is added to the following ingredients that I provide from home: organic broccoli, organic egg with shell, organic red apple, organic blueberries, organic pure cranberry juice, organic safflower oil, organic ground chicken with skin, and organic chicken livers.

The ingredients, such as the organic chicken livers, organic red apple and organic broccoli, are pureed or chopped fine via a (Cuisinart) food processor. And, the organic chicken (I use organic thighs) with skin (no bones) is ground up via a meat grinder attachment on my food processor.

You can learn about it here at my foundation’s site.