Hoping Golden Marley gets more care

18-month-old Golden Marley was recently rescued from Snake River in Shelley, Idaho. But, the most troubling part was the fact that this young dog was an outside dog, something we do not commonly see in the breed. She was only discovered to have fallen through the ice when her young owner went outside to give her dogs some food.

Once to the bank, Marley was rushed to the vet. Courtney Harder, Marley’s owner: “She was just soaked, had little icicles hanging from her ears, still whimpering, and I was shocked to find she didn’t have hypothermia at all. She was out there at least 2 hours.

Marley is home now and has been spending most of the time indoors, but when let outside, she did wander back down to the river.

Courtney Harder, Marley’s owner: “I was like, ‘No! What are you thinking?!’ I thought she had learned her lesson, but obviously she hasn’t!

Courtney says because Marley did not learn her lesson, she will now either be an inside dog or be kept in the fenced area of the yard.

Click above to see the video of this story. It is quite telling.


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Celebrating 18-year-old Bear: A Golden Retriever Burger Fan

The following story just touched my heart. To save a baby just tossed in the garbage, and then have him be so wonderful and live a grand 18 years just says it all. And, it comes on a very tough day for me as it is the 1year anniversary of my Golden girl Darcy leaving my side. As you would suspect, it is not a good day for me. It seems I’ve made very little progress on dealing with her special presence being absent. I guess that is why I have the song “Don’t Give Up” accompanying her slide show at the link above.

Burger fan Bear
By Lea Kuhn, The Herald News

As a woman walked by a garbage dumpster outside the old Hillcrest Theatre more than 18 years ago, she heard a faint crying sound. It was a bitter, cold night in November. The woman called police, thinking it might be a baby. After arriving, police found it was a 6-week-old golden retriever puppy sealed in a bag.

A friend of the person who had found the puppy mentioned the story to Janice Burns, who had just lost the beloved family pet, Brutus, the previous July. She and her husband, Jim, decided to take in the little fella and give him a home for Thanksgiving, Jan said. They named the little ball of fur Teddy Bear, because he looked like one, but they just called him “Bear” for short.

Bear loved McDonald’s hamburgers, so much so that the family was sure he could see the golden arches long before they’d get to them. He grew up with Mandy, a mixed breed. He and Mandy would camp outside McDonald’s in the truck while Jim and Jan were eating inside. They’d wait patiently in the front seat, and to passersby looked like a couple of cronies with fur coats. They knew their patience would pay big dividends.

Bear went on many vacations with the family to their home in Wisconsin. He circled the same path every time to do his ’rounds’ and check in on the families who were staying on the same cul-de-sac, Jan said.

During those weekend jaunts, he liked to sit on the back of the pontoon boat. He also enjoyed standing on the back seat of the speed boat. Once during a ride they hit a bump, and the next thing they knew, Bear was in the water. He was dazed, but none the worse for wear. Bear also relished jumping off the dock and into the water to play fetch with a ball.

Jim drives a truck for his job, and sometimes Bear would be able to tag along for a ride. He never knew why he was going, but if it was important enough for him to earn the front seat, he was proud. On occasion, Jan would try to move in on his prize and claim the front seat. Bear would return her action with an incredulous look that said, “Where do you think you’re going?” Jan said, laughing.

The family has a fenced yard, and often the mailman would visit Bear in the backyard. Bear would bark like crazy until someone opened the gate, then anyone could pet him — mailman included — and he would quit barking. But as soon as the gate was shut again, he’d go back to maniacal barking.

Three years ago Bear suffered a stroke, but he recovered quickly. The Burns placed a light on his collar so they could locate him at night at their home in Wisconsin or the one in Lockport.

There’s more . . . .

Golden Curtsy — What a Doll!

Congratulations to Curtsy –
New Shelter to Service Graduate

The Leon County Humane Society’s
Shelter-to-Service Program (LCHS-STS)

Melissa Abernathy of Leon County Humane Society and Dr. Lynn Hagood of North Florida Animal Hospital, pose with Curtsy before she departs for the Canine Academy Training Center in Texas.

The Leon County Humane Society offers a unique program to this area called the Shelter-to-Service Program. This program selects assistance dogs for people with disabilities or for use in law enforcement and is successful due to the tireless efforts of the program director, Natalie Sachs-Ericsson. Natalie routinely evaluates dogs in area shelters that could have potential as assistance dogs. Once transferred into the program, they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and receive a thorough medical evaluation to certify their fitness for service work. While in the program, the dogs also work on socialization and basic obedience skills before being sent for more specialized training.

Once recent success story is Curtsy. Curtsy is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever who joined Leon County Humane Society’s Shelter-to-Service program after being identified as a candidate at the Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Service Center. Natalie Sachs-Ericsson of LCHS-STS assessed her behavioral potential for service work and found she was an ideal canine candidate. Lynn Hagood, DVM, of North Florida Animal Hospital, assessed her physical fitness and made sure her physical needs were met.

After her basic training was completed here in Tallahassee, Curtsy was transferred to the Canine Academy Training Center in Leander, Texas, on May 22, 2006 to begin training for her career as a service dog! We are so proud of our new graduate!! Depending upon her unique talents, she could be trained for search and rescue, drug or hazardous material detection (such as bomb-sniffing), or to work with police or fire departments (arson investigation). In addition we are pleased to note that the Canine Academy’s website home page features the “paw print” of Smokey, a black lab originally from the LCHS Shelter-to-Service program. Smokey is now a fully trained accelerant detection dog.

Although most dogs that are in the Shelter-to-Service Program do successfully complete training, occasionally some dogs are not able to graduate. Those dogs are adopted to loving families through our foster program. In either scenario, the Shelter-to-Service Program gives them a second chance for a meaningful life.

I sure hope these Goldens in Texas have homes

Retrievers rescued from muddy bog
By Kyle Peveto, The Daily Sentinel

When Reese Andrews saw two golden retrievers trapped in the muddy creek bed, he thought the youngest of the two dogs was near death. “She had her face down in the mud, and it looked like she had just given up,” he said.

Andrew’s son, Payton, was playing near their home on Mystic Lane off Appleby Sand Road Saturday afternoon, when he saw the two dogs stuck up to their chests in mud the same color as their coats: dark yellow with a touch of red. Payton ran to the house about 100 yards away and told his father, “There are two dogs in the sinking sand, and if we don’t help them, they’re going to die.”

Thinking his son had an overly vivid imagination, Reese went to check it out. In a muddy bend of a stream running through their subdivision, one young golden retriever lay perpendicular to another older, heavier golden retriever. Their teeth chattered in the 50-degree weather, audible from 10 feet away.

In hopes of quickly freeing the dogs, Andrews climbed into the creek bed to pry them out, but his legs sank quickly into the mud. After pulling his shoes from the sticky stuff, he called 911.

Recently, the city began laying sewer lines through the neighborhood, according to Andrews, who owns the two acres where the dogs became stuck.

Where the dogs lay, heavy equipment tracks marked a temporary path through the creek, and a circle of soppy brown mud formed in the creek bend.

“It just stirred it up like a milk shake,” Reese said.

First, three police officers arrived, assuming they would rescue two dogs and leave before their shift finished at 5 p.m., according Sgt. Mark Hurst. But when they realized how difficult the situation was, they called in the Nacogdoches Fire Department and Nacogdoches Animal Control.

A crowd formed near the creek, and everyone began to speculate how long the dogs had been there, and how they became stuck in the first place. The two dogs stared up with brown eyes and their long, golden hair matted.

About 5 p.m., firefighters Eddie Horn and Michael Self arrived from Nacogdoches Fire Station 4. They placed a sheet of 4-feet-wide by 6-feet-long plywood next to the dogs to avoid getting sucked in.


After 10 minutes of digging around the older dog, they freed its hind legs, and then its front legs. It could barely stand, so Horn fixed a leash out of rope he kept in the cargo pocket of his pants, and police officer Jonathan Durham pulled the dog from the creek.

Once out of the creek, it stood on shaky legs and tried to walk back in. The crowd speculated that the older dog was the younger dog’s mother, and it became stuck trying to save the dog.

About 10 minutes later, Self pulled the younger dog from the muck, and Horn led both dogs to Mystic Lane next to the fire engine, where both were hosed off while waiting for animal control to arrive with crates to transport them.

Late Saturday afternoon, the Andrews family did not know who owned the golden retrievers, but several firefighters, police officers and bystanders offered to take the dogs home.

Golden Myah Home for the Holidays


Home for the holidays – Local pup doggone lucky to have lots of friends
By Bev Davis, Register-Herald Senior Editor

It was a doggone good ending to six harrowing days for a 6-month-old golden retriever, her owners and a host of friends. A day after Elaine Bliss and Don Klingensmith got Myah from a local breeder, the puppy escaped into some thick woods in the Harper Road area.

Bliss had taken the dog out for a walk and was almost inside her home when the pooch had all the excitement she could stand and bolted. “She wrapped her leash around my ankles several times and was able to pull hard enough to get her head out of the collar, and she was just gone before I could get untangled,” Bliss said.

For 12 hours, she and her husband and five or six friends scoured the woods that are thickly matted with underbrush. “There is nothing but multiflora rose and blackberry and raspberry bushes in there. We took loppers and pruners with us, but we got cut to pieces anyway,” Bliss said. “We saw Myah several times, but she was still so afraid of people she would rather die out there in those woods than come to us.”

Her friend Mary Beth Lee had adopted Myah’s sibling. When the dog had been gone more than 24 hours, Lee came up with an idea that helped bring a happy ending to this story. She found a stuffed dog and rubbed it on her pup, hoping the familiar scent would help coax Myah into a crate with food, water and a blanket inside.

There’s more . . . .

A Wonderful Golden Boy

Rusty gave dog lovers golden opportunity
By Emily Seftel, The Arizona Republic

Nancy Newton wanted another dog. Her husband, Jon, didn’t think they needed a third. Instead of getting another one, he suggested, why didn’t she join a group that fosters rescue dogs? Then she would always have new ones coming in. So Nancy joined Rescue a Golden of Arizona (her husband loved golden retrievers), happy with the idea of being a foster owner.

“The trainers from the group told me, ‘You will keep the first dog,’ ” the Tolleson woman says. She assured them that she wouldn’t get that attached. They promised her she would.

They were right. The first dog to arrive was Rusty, who had been neglected by his previous owners. He smelled of cigarette smoke. He was greasy and dirty, and he had a tumor in his mouth (a benign one, fortunately, that could be removed).

The Newtons were immediately smitten. “He has the best manners on the planet,” Nancy says. “I’ve had dogs my whole life and this dog tops them all. He just has a sweet heart.”

There’s more…..

Golden Duo (Foreigners) Need Home

2 dogs from Serbia seek home in Valley
The Arizona Republic

Koso and Duo have had a ruff life, so to speak. The two golden retrievers are en route to Phoenix from war-torn Kosovo. The 18-month-old purebred pooches were removed from an abusive owner, and police hoped to train them to be part of their K-9 unit. The problem is, they didn’t make the cut.

Rather than sending Koso and Duo to a shelter where they would likely be euthanized, a worker with the United Nations bought the dogs plane tickets to Phoenix, where she knew that the folks at Rescue a Golden of Arizona would find a nice home for the two.

There’s more……

Maybe a 2nd Golden Chance

Second Chance For Taiwan Puppy
KOIN News 6

PORTLAND – A puppy found starved and abandoned in Taiwan is getting a second chance at life in Portland. MingMindy Lee found the puppy, now called Ming, in a schoolyard in Taiwan four months ago. Lee rescued the puppy but was hesitant to take it to a local pet shop because she feared they would turn him into a breeding machine, which she says is sometimes the case in pet shops overseas.

Lee opted to bring the puppy all the way to Beaverton, Ore., where she was visiting for job training at Nike. She asked a local golden retriever rescue group called Golden Bond Rescue to take the puppy.

Volunteers at Golden Bond have found a temporary foster home for Ming while they look for a permanent home.

Information at Golden Bond’s site revealed that Ming was blind and close to starving to death when he was found. Unfortunately, according to the veterinarians in Taiwan, Ming’s blindness is permanent. Read more tales about sensory challenged Goldens by CLICKING HERE.

Golden Gina Needs your Help

Golden Opportunity To Help Retriever
By Alicyn Leigh, Long Island Press

The holiday season is a time to reflect upon what everyone has to be grateful for. Gina, a 1 1/2-year-old golden retriever, is one lucky dog that has gotten a second chance at life thanks to the many kind souls who helped her.

Topping the list is Debbie Poznack-Olsen, a licensed veterinary technician and volunteer for Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. (LIGRR). She opened her generous heart by providing Gina with a foster home three months ago to help the dog recover after a horrible hit-and-run accident that left her partially paralyzed.

“Gina was found along the side of the road on June 23rd,” says Melanie Mayo, president of LIGRR. A good Samaritan called the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter for help, and they immediately took Gina to the North Shore Animal Hospital in Fort Salonga. “The hospital called and told us that if we were not able to take Gina, they would have to euthanize her due to massive injuries too severe for a general veterinarian to work on,” Mayo remembers.

Gina is shown here receiving hydrotherapy. She has gained much weight but still is battling some tough infections.  Please visit Gina’s page at the rescue site. There are so many heartwarming photos and detailing of why she could use your donations to address mounting medical bills.

It looks like her foster family is doing so very much for her, with home-cooked meals and a home where both 2-footed and 4-footed members are making her feel like she very much belongs and is part of the family.

A Happy Golden, although Soggy, Ending

Dramatic rescue saves dog from frigid pond

NEAR MARSHALL (NEWS 3) – Construction workers near Marshall spotted a dog that had fallen through thin ice in a pond. They quickly called local firefighters to save the day.

Driving along L Drive North in Marshall Township, Gary Knight came across an unusual sight. “Coming back from Battle Creek I just happened to look out at the pond. I seen a dog sitting there. I thought it was laying on the ice.” It wasn’t. The golden retriever was trapped 50 feet out in the middle of a pond. It had fallen through the ice.

As the dog struggled in the frigid water, rescue workers started to arrive, drawing a crowd.

CLICK HERE to watch (in large screen format) everything unfold!

A Golden Happy Ending Nonetheless

A strange twist of fate
Trentonian Staff Report

EWING — It’s going to be a happy Thanksgiving at the home of Alfonso Adams on Estates Boulevard. The 49-year-old’s beautiful frisky puppy, a one-year-old golden retriever named Damien Callahan Adams, is finally back home, rescued from Pet Rescue of Mercer County — rescued from the very people who make it their business to rescue lost animals.

What an odd story. At first, authorities here said Adams, a disabled military veteran, was the cause of a harassment call to the township animal shelter. Allen Lee of the Ewing Health Department, which oversees the animal shelter, explained that Adams’ golden retriever had been picked up running loose on Clement Avenue on Oct. 29, by police, who summoned the part-time animal control officer.

The next day, the dog’s owner called in and left a voice mail, and they got back to him and told him to bring over proof of ownership, and $18 to pay for the dog’s first day’s stay. “So apparently, he got very incensed, and according to the animal shelter attendant, told her to bleep off and hung up the phone,” Lee said. (Lee denies that.)

Now, the shelter holds an animal for 7 days, and then it goes up for adoption, or is euthanized. And on Nov. 3, Pet Rescue took the Damien to the an animal hospital for rabies and heartworm, and so on. “They had to do that before they could show it on Adoption Day on Saturday at PetSmart on Route 1 in the Mercer Mall area,” Mr. Lee explained.

“So they took it over and got 10 applications,” he said. “They took it back to the shelter; seven days was up on the 6th, I believe. So on Wednesday, Nov. 8th, the dog had been at the shelter for 10 days, so we then released him to Pet Rescue of Mercer. The dog has a shelter name of Toby.

“According to Pet Rescue,” Lee said a few days ago, “Toby is scheduled to be neutered, and start a trial adoption this week.” The same day the dog was released to Pet Rescue for adoption, “our animal control officer, Richard Hutchinson, happened to be at the shelter, and the phone rang, and he picked it up, and was talking back and forth, and apparently it got heated — it was the owner calling, wanting to know, ‘Where’s my dog?!’

“And she said, ‘Well you know, you hung up on us, and 10 days go by, and now you’re calling for your dog. Your dog’s basically been put up for adoption!’ “And he I guess got belligerent, and cussed her out and hung up,” Lee said. Two more phone calls were made. Then police were called.

On the other side of this story, of course, is Alf Adams, who said this is the third time his pup has come into the clutches of Animal Control.

There’s more…….

A Golden Neighbor

We should all have neighbors like this. Happy Golden endings are often in short supply. But, Golden Max is one lucky guy.

Blaze destroys family’s home — The family was away, but a neighbor risks his life to save their pet
By Kristen Kridel, Herald-Tribune

PORT CHARLOTTE — Joseph Caliguri knew his neighbors weren’t home when he ran into their burning house early Thursday morning. The 67-year-old man busted through their backyard stockade fence with a 20-pound sledgehammer and risked his life to save Max, their golden retriever.

“We knew he was back there,” Caliguri said. “I couldn’t leave until I found the dog.”

The house on Harrisburg Street caught fire about 6:30 a.m., leaving a family of four homeless just a week before Thanksgiving. A State Fire Marshal detective, who did not return calls Thursday, is investigating the cause of the fire. Most of the home sustained heavy smoke and heat damage, said Dee Hawkins, spokeswoman for Charlotte County Fire & EMS.

“There’s no way they can live in it at this time,” Hawkins said. “It’s going to need a tremendous amount of work before they can get back in there.”


A Golden Neighbor

We should all have neighbors like this one, because sometimes happy Golden endings are in short supply. Lucky for Golden Max that there was a special hero living next door all along. That, or a guardian angel.
Blaze destroys family’s home — The family was away, but a neighbor risks his life to save their pet
By Kristen Kridel, Herald-Tribune

PORT CHARLOTTE — Joseph Caliguri knew his neighbors weren’t home when he ran into their burning house early Thursday morning. The 67-year-old man busted through their backyard stockade fence with a 20-pound sledgehammer and risked his life to save Max, their golden retriever.

“We knew he was back there,” Caliguri said. “I couldn’t leave until I found the dog.”

The house on Harrisburg Street caught fire about 6:30 a.m., leaving a family of four homeless just a week before Thanksgiving. A State Fire Marshal detective, who did not return calls Thursday, is investigating the cause of the fire. Most of the home sustained heavy smoke and heat damage, said Dee Hawkins, spokeswoman for Charlotte County Fire & EMS.

“There’s no way they can live in it at this time,” Hawkins said. “It’s going to need a tremendous amount of work before they can get back in there.”


Sam, The Golden Ghost …. the story continues

Golden Sam’s story began in May 2004 when he escaped from a leash while on a walk with his humans, Peg & Dennis Sklarski of Candia. Sam was finally caught almost 2 years later in April 2006. While high-tech devices such as infrared camera, satellite tracking, helicopter surveillance, and dart gun attempts all failed, it came down to a reported boiled ham dinner that brought this guy in from the cold after two years on the lam.

Called a Dog Gone Miracle, you can see a video clip about the capture by clicking here.

The Raymond Police Department’s animal control officer, Tona McCarthy, captured Sam at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday using a stationary net set up on the property of Raymond resident Bob Mitchell at 55 Blueberry Hill Road.

On Wednesday, McCarthy was driving in the neighborhood and saw Sam walking on the side of the road. Instead of stopping the car and startling the dog, McCarthy drove to Mitchell’s home to check the surveillance camera and saw the bowl of food left under the net was untouched.

Ten minutes later, McCarthy saw Sam walk underneath the net. As soon as Sam put the bowl of food in his mouth to run away, McCarthy pushed a remote control trigger. The net captured Sam, and McCarthy injected him with a tranquilizer.

He was transported to the N.H. SPCA in Stratham Wednesday afternoon to be treated by a veterinarian. Because Sam was loose for two years, doctors have put him in quarantine for 10 days. He’s also being assessed by a canine behaviorist.

Peg Sklarski said she and her husband will slowly get to know Sam again. “The first time I saw Sam, I went to his cage and got down on all fours and said, ‘Oh, Sammy boy,’” she said. “He reached his paw up to me. He’s so calm and cool.”

Amy Marder, a Boston Animal Rescue League behaviorist, said it could take months, even years, for Sam to fully trust people and become comfortable with a normal dog’s environment.

The Sklarskis adopted Sam from a rescue organization in Memphis, Tenn., three weeks before he ran away. Before adopting Sam, the Sklarskis were told by the rescue agency that Sam was previously abused. Sam was dubbed the Golden Ghost because of the difficulty in catching him. He had been spotted on numerous occasions in Fremont, Raymond, Candia, Sandown, Danville and Hampstead.

The Sklarskis, SPCA investigator Steve Sprowl and numerous volunteers worked to find Sam since he disappeared. They set up feeding stations and traps throughout Rockingham County. They conducted helicopter searches, used search parties and struck Sam with tranquilizer darts with no success.

Dennis Sklarski said they were asked a few months ago to appear on NBC’s “Today Show” but refused. The Sklarskis are now working on a book and possibly a movie with Animal Planet about Sam’s story and want all proceeds to go to animal shelters throughout the country.

Now, the story continues with this new November update.

Golden Ghost haunts home
By Toby Henry, Union Leader Correspondent, November 1, 2006

Peggy and Dennis Sklarski say their now-reformed “runaway dog” Sam is adjusting slowly but surely to life with humans. Yesterday, some five months after the 5-year-old golden retriever was reunited with his family in Deerfield, the Sklarskis say Sam is doing well. He “loves cats,” Peggy said, and according to Dennis is “like a brother” with 2-year-old Sebastian, a yellow lab the Sklarskis adopted during Sam’s two years on the lam.

Although the Sklarskis said they’ve taken pains to prevent another escape – Sam and Sebastian play at home behind a 6-foot fence, and the two are always tethered on 25-foot leads – Sam has tried to saunter away three times. “He walked out the door this one time, and I said ‘Hey, where are you going?'” Dennis said. “Then I said, ‘Let’s go back in,’ and that’s just what he did. When he’s outside, we always keep him on a leash. We don’t ever anticipate him getting loose like that again … and he’s really receptive when we call him now.”

Unlike most other dogs – and in direct opposition to his “retriever” namesake – Sam doesn’t quite get the concept of retrieving a ball. “We took him on vacation a couple of times this summer up to Pittsburg (New Hampshire), to First Connecticut Lake … and he just kind of stood there on the shore while Sebastian splashed all around,” Peggy Sklarski said. “I even threw a ball. After two or three tries, Sam just looked at me like ‘Well, I’m going to go lay down, I guess.”

The Sklarskis anticipate that Sam will live a long and healthy life with them and any new “children” that come to the Sklarskis’ home from shelters. They say they are trying to find more information about Sam’s early years in the hopes that they might discover the cause of his shyness and fears.


Golden Emma Retrieved after Vanishing into Ocean

Dog retrieved after vanishing into ocean off Sea Pines
By Peter Frost, The Island Packet

A dog that disappeared into the sea Wednesday near South Beach in Sea Pines was found at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning at a residence two or three miles north of where it was reported missing.Sea Pines resident Janet D’Amico was out walking her pug, Belle, when she saw the missing golden retriever, Emma, sitting on a porch of an unoccupied oceanfront home on Royal Tern Road in Sea Pines. “I’ve never seen that dog around, and it wasn’t on a leash,” D’Amico said. “I thought to myself, ‘It’s got to be the same dog I read about in this morning’s paper.’ ”

D’Amico, worried she might spook the dog and needing to leave for work, called Sea Pines security, which immediately contacted Lindsay Bunting, Emma’s owner. “Through tears I was talking to security,” Bunting said. “We went to bed … thinking she was gone. “When that phone call came, I couldn’t believe it. It’s just a miracle. It’s amazing. I’m so happy she’s home.”

Bunting went to the home described by Sea Pines securid found Emma peering through the rails on a landing on the front stairs, skittish and wet. “As soon as I got out of my car — tears in my eyes — and called her name, she came running,” Bunting said. “She was so happy to see me and my son.”

Emma, a 2 1/2-year-old golden retriever, disappeared Wednesday afternoon after she was spooked by a loud noise at Bunting’s house. The dog ran out of the backyard of her third-row home and into the surf, where she was carried away by currents at about 4:30 p.m.


Golden Buck Saved

Owners wonder: who rescued their dog on Route 1?
By Travis Roberts, The Narragansett Times

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – When Bob and Peggy Etchells returned to their home at Metaterraine Ave. on the night of September 17, they found that their six year old dog Buck had vanished without a trace.The golden retriever had been left in a secure house with all the doors shut, so his disappearance was a mystery at first. However, upon further inspection, Peggy and Bob found out how Buck had managed to escape.

“We had left the back door slightly cracked open with the screen closed over behind it. Buck apparently clawed the door open,then broke through the screen to get out,” said Peggy in an interview on Thursday.

Curious as to what made the dog so desperate to escape, the couple inquired around the neighborhood.

“A neighbor told us that around 7 p.m. there had been a sonic boom from a plane, and Buck is really afraid of loud noises. That’s probably why he ran,” said Bob.
After searching around the yard and surrounding farm with no sign of Buck, Bob decided to drive around the area to search for the runaway dog.


A Happy Golden Tracking Story

A Happy Tracking Story
By Steve Ripley
The photo above shows a map to where a recent search for Golden Sailor took place. The dotted red line shows the track the tracking dogs took to find Sailor. Sailor got loose from his owners recently at the Golden Retriever Nationals in Kansas.

Here is Steve’s account of the search for Sailor with his very special tracking Golden Zoe. Here you see Golden Zoe and her dad, Steve Ripley, who helped find the lost Golden Retriever Sailor. Zoe and Steve are taking a lap around the BOB ring to the crowd’s tears and cheers! Zoe is also known as CT Cabin Creek’s Spring Promise CD, WC, CGC (sire Ch. Evergreen’s Mountain Sunset ex Hytree’s Littlest Outlaw, 4/30/03). Janet & Steve Ripley are of Westfield, Indiana.

When we are training dogs for tracking, we usually have a title in mind for the dog and our enjoyment of the sport. In the back of our minds we always hope that some day we can put this training to good practical use. That of finding a lost child, adult, or someone’s 4 legged furry child. Last Thursday on September 28th that situation occurred for me. While attending the Golden Retriever National Specialty in Overland Park, Kansas, the announcer asked if anyone with a tracking dog, willing to track another dog, would come forward and help with a search party for a missing dog named Glenbrook BR Sailn’ T’Seven C’s “Sailor”. When the announcement was made, Sailor had been missing for over 24 hours.

Sailor had been treated at the Vet Clinic for stress colitis causing severe diarrhea. As Shirley Durnel and Vickie were leaving the vets office the door on the left was slamming shut from two Vet personnel going out as Vickie went out the door on the right. As the door on the left side was closing it hit Sailor on the shoulder, the dog started to freak out from being hit and when two dogs entering the clinic were closing on him Sailor bolted, ripping the flexi-lead out of Vickie’s hands. The flexi-lead was bouncing and banging on the sidewalk and pavement which also caused Sailor to run even more. The vet techs that were going out the left side door took off running after him, but even with everyone yelling his name and screaming “no and come”, he ran through the busy intersection. One vehicle slammed on its brakes and nicked him but Sailor continued to run into the office park area and through a hotel area. We lost sight of him after that, and calls came in saying that he had been spotted running across another busy street south of the vets and past the Wendy’s hamburger stand. Sailor was last seen at 2:30 pm on Wednesday September 27th.

Later, on Wednesday evening, Chris Johnson with her dog, Elysian’s Abundantly Amaz’n, JH, WC “Mazey” attempted to track where Sailor had gone. She worked across Quivira into an industrial complex following Cody Street, across College, past the Wendy’s and into to a grassy area where they lost the trail. Mazey is only 20 months old and hasn’t been tracked since she was 6 months old, but Chris knew Mazey would be accurate and give her all. Mazey did for two hours until 10:00 pm the day Sailor bolted. Chris was very concerned that Sailor was bleeding profusely from being clipped by a car. If he was, he needed immediate treatment. Undoubtedly, Mazey had his scent that night. Mazey just didn’t have enough experience or stamina to work out his scent down the asphalt road. She was exhausted and couldn’t go further. At this point the primary search was then focused around a housing addition adjacent to where they lost Sailor’s trail.

On Thursday, we met in the lobby of the host hotel at 4:00 pm and learned the details of how Sailor was lost and were given Sailors crate pad for scenting purposes. After meeting in the lobby, we went to the Vet Clinic at 110th & Quivira where Sailor was lost. Approximately 27 hours after Sailor was lost, I took my dog, Champion Tracker CT Cabin Creek’s Spring Promise, CD WC CGC “Zoe”, and started her at the door. Scenting her off of the crate pad, Zoe worked the scent inventory around the door for several minutes then started working in the direction the dog bolted. Even though I knew the direction the dog went, I let Zoe lead me with her nose. We worked across Quivira, the first of several major highways. We followed along Cody Street staying in the grass and occasionally crossing roads or sidewalks. This road curved back and we crossed College, the 2nd major road. Zoe tracked past the Wendy’s where Sailor was reported to have been seen.

Following this south about a half mile, the road curved again and came back to Quivira. After working across this road, we worked the grassy edge of a construction area for Johnson County Community College. At this point we had covered a mile or so and were a little tired and needed a break. Barb Loree, from Canada, brought her 9 1/2 year old girl Can CH Bojszasgold Jessie WCX Can CD JH WCI TDX VC “Jessie” to help with the search. We waited about 15 minutes for her to get to our location. Barb scented her dog from Sailor’s soft sided crate. Jessie picked up the track and continued south. At this point Zoe had gotten her second wind and started tracking again. The neat part was that both dogs were working about 15 feet apart following scent in the same direction. This was confirmation to me that we were indeed following where Sailor had traveled the day before. We continued across Train road to a farm fence and followed this into someone’s back yard that was blocked on three sides. Zoe worked to the corner of the fence, circled around following a privacy fence to a garage door, checked the door, and continued circling to check a deck, and then back out of the yard to follow a heavily wooded creek line in a northwesterly direction. We followed this to the end where the track curved and headed back to the southwest.

At this point Barb’s dog Jessie had gone as far as she could, so Barb put her up. We continued to follow this tree line in a southwesterly direction passing several soccer fields, a lake, a short woods area, and several walking paths. We continued south to 119th just west of Quivira and through a fence area and turned east. We followed this to 119th & Quivira. At this point, we had been working for 4 hours straight and had covered about 2 1/2 miles and it was full darkness, so we stopped for the night. Zoe and I had a commitment for the next morning so another team came out to help with the search.

Once again on Friday Don and Vickie set out to search and contacted Neida Heusinkvelt to see if she could help with her tracking dogs. Neida brought out Aureo Gracefully Chosen MX MXJ CDX RE TDX WCX Can AGX CDX ANJW WCI “Grace” and Neida’s other young dog – Can CH Aureo Hot Pursuit MX MXJ TD RN WC Can CD AGN but the age of the track was over his head. Grace started tracking Sailor from the same corner where Zoe had left off, across 119th street, another busy street, to directly behind some town homes right next to a heavily overgrown area. This area was quite woody with trees and very overgrown with grass, weeds and tall cover. A small creek ran through this area but was not easy to access at all. Grace seemed to lose the scent at the creek and would not go across the creek. Neida had to leave with her dogs, so Don, Vickie and friends continued the search of that area on foot.

The searchers were working along the bike trail paralleling 119th street and stopped some bikers to ask if they had seen a loose Golden Retriever dog. The bikers had seen a dog 5 minutes earlier and took Don and Vickie to where the dog was seen. Sailor spooked when the biker tried to grab him and returned to the deep cover and hid. Don and Vickie spent approximately 30 minutes calling and searching the field and finally after many calls asking if Sailor wanted a biscuit Don spotted a golden head popping up and down. With a little coaxing Sailor came to Don, not completely sure who it was since it was getting dark. Crouched down in the weeds was Sailor. Tired, hungry and running a fever of 105, but otherwise healthy. His lead and slip collar were missing. After the night at the clinic with an IV, antibiotics, and a bath he is back home safe with mom and dad.

Although Zoe and I did not actually find the dog, we lead them to with in a quarter of a mile of Sailor. I believe that with another hour of daylight and we would have found Sailor on Thursday. This belief is based on where Zoe was leading me and the actual location of Sailor. Zoe led all of the searchers to a totally different area than where they were looking. Without her tracking skills that poor dog might never have been found. Sailor traveled a distance of approximately 3 miles before finding a field with heavy enough cover to hide.

On Saturday an announcement was made to the crowd during the breed judging. Cheers and tears were in abundance that Sailor had been found. A happy ending to a stress filled several days for Don and Vickie Carson.

CT Cabin Creek’s Spring Promise CD WC CGC 04-30-2003 Breeder Barb McCauley by CH Evergreen’s Mountain Sunset & Hytree’s Littlest Outlaw, Owned and Adored by Steve and Janet Ripley and Handled by Steve Ripley

Additional Dogs that worked the search are: Elysian’s Abundantly Amaz’n, JH, WC “Mazey” Handled by Chris Johnson; Can CH Bojszasgold Jessie WCX Can CD JH WCI TDX VC “Jessie” at 9 ½ years old Handled by Barb Loree; Aureo Gracefully Chosen MX MXJ CDX RE TDX WCX Can AGX CDX ANJW WCI “Grace” a 7 year old and Can CH Aureo Hot Pursuit MX MXJ TD RN WC Can CD AGN Both Handled by Neida Heusinkvelt

A Partial list of the foot searchers: (My apologies for any one that was missed) Don and Vickie Carson; Shirley and Russ Durnel; Robin DeSio; Laurel Shaw; Kathy Thompson; Bonnie Thompson; Mark, Alyssa and Jennifer Grossnickle; Tim Barnett; Jennifer DeLaurant and Jenna; Dave and Sharon Sherwood; Jackie Hendricks; Barb Loree; Steve and Janet Ripley; Chris Johnson; Neida Heusinkvelt; Anita (I don’t have her last name); Joelle (I don’t have her last name); Brenda & Brian Woodard; Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center personnel; Fox 4 TV personnel; Radio Station personnel; MHGRC club members; KCGRC club members; GRCA club members