It gets better . . .

Dogs don’t judge. They provide unconditional love & support. They think you’re amazing, just the way you are! If you’re being bullied, or not living up to someone else’s expectations, check out this video where you will be immediately accepted and loved for who you are by a young Golden Retriever who has been where you are!

Ricochet gets bullied… she had expectations placed on her & she didn’t live up to them.  Disappointment, sadness & frustration resulted. But, it got better, and she wants you to know, you can do it too! Just stay true to yourself & rise above the bullies and expectations because IT GETS BETTER!

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Golden Retriever Kobie stars in movie, Dog Gone

Golden star loves limelight
Kobie is part ham, all dog on the movie set

By THERESA HOGUE, Gazette-Times reporter

He may be a star, but Kobie the Golden retriever isn’t standoffish. In fact, he’s anxious to meet anyone offering a pat or a snuggle. The 7-year-old Corvallis dog has been in show business for a few years, and his biggest production so far, “Dog Gone,” just came out on DVD. But whether he’s the animal star of the show, or simply a background performer, there’s one thing Kobie loves: Being on set.

Here is a great commercial that Kobie starred in as well.

Come learn more about Kobie at our foundation’s site where we have detailed several Golden Retriever stars. Just click here.

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.

Baseball Golden Retriever Chase becoming dad

chasec.jpg The Trenton Thunder, the Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the team’s Golden batboy, Chase, is going to be the father of a litter of puppies. Chase and Cynazar Cyndarella are expecting the litter to be born at the end of this month.

Chase That Golden Thunder has been entertaining fans at Waterfront Park for the past 5 seasons. During the games, Chase is the Thunder Batboy during the first inning, he also brings water to the umpires, catches Frisbees in the outfield and meets with fans both on the field and in the stands. This 7-year-old boy has been featured on many news networks and his story has been published in media across the country.

During the Thunder off-season, Chase visits schools as part of the NJEA Boomer’s Book Buddies Campaign. He is the star of his own school assemblies for children in Kindergarten and First Grade called “It’s You Turn With Chase”. This upcoming season will mark Chase’s third year as the “Official Spokesdog” for Lambert-Kay, manufacturers of the “Fresh ‘n Clean” line of pet care and grooming products.

Learn more about Chase at our Foundation site, where we have been covering his story and that of other Golden performers for many years now. Just click here.

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How apropos

banks-tom.jpg Kind of cool how a bank searched all over for a dog mascot, and the winner turned out to be a beautiful field Golden named “Banks”.

Banks proved she has the right stuff to serve in her new role. This talented three-year-old seemed to enjoy the surprise announcement and quickly made friends with Village Bank President Tom Winfree during an impromptu photo session in mid-December.

We feel a mascot is a perfect fit for Village Bank because we truly value the same traits that make a pet a family member: loyalty, trust, caring for each other and a good work ethic mixed with some fun,” Winfree said.

Golden Retriever Casting Call!

We have loads of stars at our foundation site, like Ikea above, who is leaving for home with a sample of his work.

This message comes from Debbie Pinthus: International Association of Canine Professionals Pro 1393,WLAOTC

An independent production company in Hollywood, CA is seeking a Golden Retriever for an upcoming 5 day film shoot. The basic premise of the production is a grandfather character sitting in a chair reading fairy tales out loud. The setting is a home library with a fireplace, Grandpa’s trusty dog by his side. The Golden needs to have a down stay (lying by the chair) sit, speak, and be able to put a paw or two on the actor’s knee (shake). If the Golden knows additional tricks, they could possibly be added. This is a paying job, to be shot in late February. It will be shot in a small, quiet studio, not a large noisy location.

If you and your Golden are interested, please e-mail QuietTimeTales@gmail.com and put Golden Retriever in the subject line.

Pushing Daisies Golden Retriever in GReat family movie

I initially posted about Golden Orbit in October 2007. For background, here is the scoop about talented Golden Orbit . . . .

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I love the Golden (named Orbit) who plays Digby on Pushing Daisies (Wednesdays at 8pm). Here is is with Kristin Chenowith, who plays Olive in the show. Pushing Daisies is built around the fact that corpses spring to attention if Ned lays a finger on them.

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It’s an ability he discovered as a child, when his Golden, Digby, was killed by a truck, only to be instantly revived by his young master’s touch.

Of course, given how old Ned is now, that would make Digby quite, quite old in doggie years. But, this show is not based too much in reality so I guess that detail really doesn’t matter too much.

Lee Pace is shown below (who plays Ned) with Digby during filming of a scene for the show

Orbit has been in show business for some time, originally appearing in the 1999 movie, The Love Letter and also as J.D. (Just Dog) in the Showtime series, Dead Like Me.

orbit2.jpgShe reportedly fancies games of fetch and loves to have her stomach rubbed.

In the show Pushing Daisies, the character Olive’s love for Ned is not returned, and instead, the affection she receives comes from Digby.

Digby was featured in one of the shows that actually revolved around show dogs but it couldn’t compare to the one episode when Kristin Chenowith, who plays Olive, sings to him.

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It is just an unbelievable piece. And, sadly, I have not heard Kristin again on any of the shows even though her singing is fabulous. If you missed the duet that Olive had with Digby, which was pure genius, check it out below.

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Well, now I have learned that Orbit was involved in the filming of the movie, For The Love of a Dog.

This film details a small town that bands together to save the life of a heroic dog named Semper Fi. The family led by the dad, a U.S. Marine captain, can’t afford the expensive surgery the dog needs to survive his recent cancer diagnosis. The children take action and plan a huge community yard sale, actually donating their most prized possessions. A grumpy neighbor, played by Sherman Hemsley (of sitcom “The Jeffersons” fame), plays an unlikely part in making this sale a success. But before Semper goes in for his surgery, a sudden emergency finds this loyal companion willing to give up his life for the sake of his loving family.

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The film just came out in DVD. It is available for rent, but at Netflix (where I have a membership) there must be lots of interest as there is a wait time for it to become available. If anyone has seen it already, please let me know so that I can write your review here. Here is a review from Amazon:

This movie was made in our town. Fayetteville TN It had the biggest turnout I have ever seen for a movie. The line was so long it stretched out all around a block and back again. There was going to be two performances. However the movie theater was kind enough to put on six. half of the proceeds went to the Animal Shelter here. Which was very kindly donated by producer and studio, in appreciation for the participation of the town and its people. The movie is wonderful, a great family movie, showing what a family working together, and then the townspeople working together can do to save a wonderful dog, that had become a local character from cancer, in raising money to pay for his treatment.

I would love to find out the real family that this story was based on. Sheree Le Mon, who loves animals and writing movie scripts, wrote the screenplay for the film, basing it on a true story of a military family whose dog, Semper Fi, survives cancer, thanks to a devoted family and community. She got the idea for the screenplay after seeing the story on a news broadcast.

The dog is played by Orbit, who stars in the new TV series “Pushing Daisies.” He was trained by April Morley of Animal Actors of Hollywood.

“He is a wonderfully talented and sweet animal,” Le Mon said. “His trainer is a special person who is an amazing trainer and animal lover.”

 

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Golden Retriever Trumpy: Media Star!

In August we learned that a new 225-room Westin opened in Annapolis, MD. We were immediately on alert when the following was noted:

The Westin Annapolis is a dog-friendly hotel, with its own official Golden Retriever, Trumpy, who sits with the concierge, ready to offer a warm greeting to guests, and Heavenly Dog Beds that are available for dogs traveling with their owners.

Since Maryland is our home town, we set out to learn about Golden Trumpy, as well as this special dog-friendly establishment. It turned out that Trumpy was merely on loan, since we all know how Goldens so blanket print advertising.

Click here to learn Trumpy’s story and to see how her life is beyond wonderful. We should only all live in such luxury lol.

I love Pushing Daisies’ Golden Retriever Digby

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I love the Golden (named Orbit) who plays Digby on Pushing Daisies (Wednesdays at 8pm). The show is built around the fact that corpses spring to attention if Ned lays a finger on them. It’s an ability he discovered as a child, when his Golden, Digby, was killed by a truck, only to be instantly revived by his young master’s touch.

Of course, given how old Ned is now, that would make Digby quite, quite old in doggie years. But, this show is not based too much in reality so I guess that detail really doesn’t matter too much.

orbit2.jpgHere is Lee Pace (who plays Ned) with Digby during filming of a scene for the show

Orbit has been in show business for some time, originally appearing in the 1999 movie, The Love Letter and also as J.D. (Just Dog) in the Showtime series, Dead Like Me.

She reportedly fancies games of fetch and loves to have her stomach rubbed.

In the show Pushing Daisies, the character Olive’s love for Ned is not returned, and instead, the affection she receives comes from Digby.

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If you missed the duet that Olive had with Digby, which was pure genius, check it out below.

 

Golden Retriever Chase is quite a star!

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Chase is a dude that we have been following at our foundation’s site for a few years now. He is part of the Trenton Thunder family, a Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. A seven-year-old Golden Retriever [2007], Chase loves to catch Frisbees, play fetch, and play with kids. He was trained by the owner of Golden Jake the Diamond Dog, Jeff Marchal. Jake had become a national entertainment act and appeared at Waterfront Park since the Thunder’s inaugural season in 1994.

Check out this cool video we just discovered of our special guy!

‘Golden Retrievers Just Like to Have Fun’ Video Fix: Aug 22nd

Candy is actually an English relative of our Alfie, and looks so much like him in her movement and appearance. So, we thought we’d share this fun video.

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I love these foreign television commercials. We need some like this as well. I just turn channels incessantly when all the ads come on, but would not be doing so if they had ones like this.

Golden Retriever Jake, the Diamond Dog

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The current Jake, a 4-year-old dude whose real name is actually Homer, is now in his second season as the diamond dog. His predecessor died in March at the age of 14.

Kane County Cougars’ pitcher Derrick Gordon said he was a fan of Jake’s antics, though “he … brings umpires water when they don’t deserve it.”

  1. Click here to see an awesome movie clip of Jake in action.

  2. Go see a great audio-slide show that features this special boy. Enjoy!

How do you think Golden Retriever Reggie did?

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Last night was the fourth in the series of Tom Selleck TV movies (Sea Change) featuring him as small-town Police Chief Jesse Stone.

 

I loved this review that detailed Reggie’s role (he plays Joe the dog in the series)

Director Robert Harmon and writer Ronni Kern allow the action to unfold slowly, at the kind of languid pace that might prove off-putting if Selleck wasn’t so consistently interesting as Stone — cracking wise, flirting with women and responding to disapproving looks from his ever-present golden retriever while belting down Scotch. (Once again, the dog merits best supporting canine consideration.)

So, how do you think Reggie did? I thought he was so cool. It was interesting that Tom never really interacted with him. There was no petting or contact, and yet you felt that this dog was truly his pal, so understanding of Tom’s struggles.

Golden Retriever Dave the Math Dog — performing again

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We have had many posts here about Golden Retriever Dave, the Math Dog (here and here and here and here and here).

Well, Frank, Dave’s dad just emailed us about his latest appearance. You can see a video clip of him performing by clicking here.

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And, here’s the news article:

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QUINCY – A super-star dog helps fundraise for the Golden Lions Club. This golden retreiver does much more than sit and roll-over. “Dave the Math Dog” knows numbers.

Dave the math dog can do almost anything with numbers. Frank Ferris, the dog’s owner says, “He can add, subtract, multiply, divide. He can do square roots, exponents, algebra. He knows how old he is. What month, what day he was born.” The gifted retreiver performs all over the country. His trainer says math comes easy for Dave who uses his paw to count out the answers.

Dave is 8 years old. He’s been doing math for two and a half years. Dave knows numbers in 20 different languages. Ferris can’t explain why Dave understands numbers. But he says its great to see students interested in math.

Ferris says, “Calculations are very important and we just like to keep kids motivated in math because it is such an important subject.” Audience members agree. They say it’s quite a treat to see Dave perform.

“I loved it. It was great.” “I could never do that stuff and I thought it was really awesome that a dog could do that.” The math dog has fans of all ages. They say Dave keeps everyone counting.

Film Star Golden Retriever Ammo brings award to filmmaker

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Khen Shalem’s ‘Abe’ wins third place at Hollywood award ceremony
By Liz Cox, FSView & Florida Flambeau

The Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts, also known as The Film School, recently received third place honors at the 28th annual College Television Awards in Hollywood, Calif. for the drama “Abe,” an eight-minute film based on the life of a dog after his owners die and he must find a new home.

“This was my first major film award, and it feels great,” said Erika J. Harvey, the film’s producer and an FSU graduate student, in a press release. “The FSU Film School taught us how to put together amazing productions under an acute timeline and work effectively as a team. From pre-production to post-production, it’s all very professional.”

According to a release, as a “D3” assignment, the film had to be shot in three days. Areas around Tallahassee in which the film was shot on its $2,000 budget included Galley Alley in downtown, the Florida A&M University campus, the Leon County Animal Shelter and nearby Monticello.

“It’s a great surprise (to win the award),” said Khen Shalem, the film’s director and an FSU graduate student. “We were very, very happy. It’s a simple film that we shot in three days. For a bigger film, we sometimes expect great awards, but not for smaller ones.”

Thought it also featured human actors, the film’s main star was a Golden Retriever named Ammo, owned by Destiny and Gil Marshall, which the filmmakers found with the help of the Humane Society. Shalem spoke on the challenges associated with directing a dog.

“It’s a very different kind of thing to work with a dog as an actor,” said Shalem. “We still wanted to be able show drama and emotion, and that was difficult with a non-speaking actor.”

Shalem, however, also mentioned that the film would not have been the same without Ammo or his owners and trainers, the Marshalls. “They took three days off work to come on set (and help),” said Shalem. “We couldn’t have done it with a different dog or different trainers. We owe them a lot.”

Golden Retriever/Lab Mix Kelly on the Mound!

Dogs at Work and Play

Kelly, left, a Labrador Golden Retriever mix, gives the ball to Florida Marlins’ mascot Billy the Marlin during a ceremonial first pitch before a game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, May 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

Kelly is a therapy dog with therapy Dogs of South Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DEUCE: Rob Marshall’s flying Golden Retriever pupper

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Recently we detailed Rob Marshall’s needing to find a name for his new pupper.

Rob Marshall’s Puppy Makes His Flying Debut
Meet the 8-Week-Old Golden Retriever

DENVER — SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall just brought a new puppy home a few days ago. He’s a golden retriever. Dylan, Denver’s first flying dog is passing the torch to this little guy. The puppy made his debut flying aboard SkyFOX Wednesday morning. Call him Denver’s new flying puppy. He doesn’t have a name yet. …

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Well, here’s the latest . . .

SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall’s flying puppy now has a name

Rob has had the puppy for about a week, and he looked at literally hundreds of ideas for names for the little golden retriever. Rob and the entire Fox 31 News team wants to thank each and every person who took the time to email name suggestions, as well as those who wrote ideas in the myfoxcolorado.com Blogs section.

As many of you know, Rob’s companion of 12 and a half years, Dylan, was put to sleep recently after he battled health problems for a year. Dylan was Denver’s only flying dog.

Now, Rob’s new companion has become Denver’s only flying puppy. Rob announced Friday that the name he selected for the puppy is: DEUCE. One of Rob’s friends from California emailed the idea for this name. Rob said it fits perfectly, since the puppy follows in the footsteps of Dylan, and Rob’s first dog: Maxwell. He also said it is a great “call-sign” for any aviator.

This photo shows Fox 31 reporter Melissa Mollet meeting SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall’s new puppy, April 25, 2007.

Click here to watch a NEW video of little Deuce. At the Fox page, just click on the small thumbnail photo listed under Videos.

Our favorite part is when a member of the news team begins playing with Deuce, getting down into a puppy bow play position.

Rob Marshall has his new SkyFox Golden Retriever

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Rob Marshall’s Puppy Makes His Flying Debut
Meet the 8-Week-Old Golden Retriever

DENVER — SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall just brought a new puppy home a few days ago. He’s a golden retriever. Dylan, Denver’s first flying dog is passing the torch to this little guy. The puppy made his debut flying aboard SkyFOX Wednesday morning. Call him Denver’s new flying puppy.

He doesn’t have a name yet. Rob narrowed the choices down to 10 names, and now he wants to know which of these names you like best. (Click here to send an email with your favorite name). They do not appear in any particular order.

* Murphy       * Mavrick          * Ace               * Frisco
* Cosmo          * Casey              * Tucker         * Yankee/Yank
* Harley          * Cooper

This photo shows Fox 31 reporter Melissa Mollet meeting SkyFOX pilot Rob Marshall’s new puppy, April 25, 2007.

Click here to watch two videos of this new pupper. At the Fox page, just click on the small thumbnail photos listed under Videos.