Adopt A Golden Atlanta is the second largest Golden Retriever rescue in the US. They were a smash hit of the 2012 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade. 60 golden retrievers turned out for the event, including Brodie, who was able to cross another item off her bucket list! Ahhh, so many goldens in one place!!
Brooke is a four year old golden retriever with a part time job. Her owner, Dr. Paul Weiss works at a pediatric dental office, and he brings four legged companion with him to the office two days a week. Brooke is a trained therapy dog.
Brooke helps ease the kids fear of dental work by laying and cuddling with the child during procedures.
In one article in the The Globe and Mail, Amberly McAteer writes “Even for a dog-loving, dentist-fearing girl, this is going too far.”
Some of the comments in the articles question if this is sanitary. Weiss says the office is thoroughly cleaned and Brooke has baths before her shifts at the office. Personally, I wouldn’t mind snuggling with a golden while having my teeth worked on.
Kanga was found wandering in a field in Southern California with another golden, possibly his brother. Kanga is blind and suffers from congenital defects in his front paws. Eight months after being rescued by the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue, Kanga was adopted by a wonderful man named John who has another dog named Gracie that leads Kanga around. Kanga has even learned the stairs, and has memorized the location of his water bowl, etc.
America’s most powerful golden retriever is in the news again. The United States Secretary of Defense credits his dog Bravo with keeping him grounded and reminding him “what life is really about”
Panetta was CIA director at the time of bin Laden operation in May 2011. In a recent interveiw for Esquire magazine, Panetta says:
“Bravo was in the room when we were talking about the bin Laden operation at the CIA. I remember going through that whole thing with him sitting by me. And the ability to put my hand on his head and feel his presence just kinda made me feel Okay, this is an important issue and it’s a big issue, but in many ways it’s about whether or not we are able to protect the quality of life that we enjoy, and having a dog there just makes you a little more aware of what life is really about.”
Several Golden Retrievers were brought in to the community of Newtown Connecticut over the last few days to help children and families deal with their unimaginable grief after 27 people, including 20 innocent children were gunned down on Friday December 14th in the small, normally friendly bedroom community.
The Hudson Valley Golden Retriever Club responded with some of their goldens and set up at a makeshift memorial in the town center. They were greeted with open arms from both children and adults.
Another group of Golden Retrievers from the Lutheran Church Charities program called K-9 Parish Comfort dogs, traveled all the way from Chicago. The non-profit organization provides comfort to various places around the country in the wake of tragedy. Today the dogs were to be spending time with the students of Sandy Hook Elementary for after school programs.
On Saturday, Chewie, Ruthie and Luther began the over 800 mile journey from Chicago. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Organization President Tim Hetzner, who was on the journey, says:
“Dogs are non-judgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone,” It creates the atmosphere for people to share.”