2012 in review – 200th Post!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 26,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retriever Welcomes Soldier

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  Apologies for the lack of posts, but have been rather busy with holiday type stuff.

Another oldie but goodie, with over 14 million views!  This video is from four years ago, but never gets old.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone Adopt A Golden Retriever

Andrew Gardield, most famous for playing Spiderman, and his co-star girlfriend Emma Stone  adopted a 2 year old golden retriever for Christmas.

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Eric Charbonneau/WireImage
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Eric Charbonneau/WireImage

The golden, who they have named “Ren” was rescued from a high kill shelter in Downey California by Spot Dog Rescue. They brought her home on Christmas Eve.

Ren went for a stroll with Garfield through the Hollywood Hills on Christmas day.

Andrew Garfield and Ren (photo X17 online)
Andrew Garfield and Ren (photo X17 online)

Ren is a very lucky girl!  For full story from PeoplePets click here.

Golden Video of the Week – Golden Retrievers in Christmas Parade

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!!

Golden Retriever Works At Dental Office

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.”

Dogs at the office? – Fine, but this is taking it 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.

Video from WGRZ.com

Please take a minute and leave your feedback.  Do you think this is going too far?

Rescued: Kanga, A Blind Golden Retriever

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.


Kanga was featured on The Pet Collective’s segment “The Unadoptables”

Kanga seems very happy in his new home.  Another great rescue story!  Too bad he couldn’t have been adopted with the other stray golden, but this seems like a great match.

Golden Retriever Performs With The Wanted

This adorable golden retriever “Stormy” is accompanying British sensation The Wanted singing the classic carol “White Christmas” a cappella.  Well, he almost makes it through the whole song.

Leon Panetta and Bravo in Esquire

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.”

Golden Retrievers Provide Comfort for Citizens of Newtown

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.

Chewie (left) Ruthie and Luther, December 16, 2012 - Lutheran Church Charities Photo
Chewie (left) Ruthie and Luther, December 16, 2012 – Lutheran Church Charities Photo

The LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Facebook Page has a great quote:

“A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.”

Each of the golden retrievers on the team carries business cards with their contact information.  Here are some of their facebook pages:

Chewie, Abbi, Barnabus, Hannah, Luther, Prince, and Ruthie.

CNN reports on the Comfort Dogs:

Here’s a segment from NBC Nightly News called “Making A Difference” with Brian Williams.  It features the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs.

Making A Difference – (Comfort Dogs in Newtown CO)

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time and their goldens to bring even a small amount of happiness at such a heart wrenching time.  My heart is with the citizens of Newtown…

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