Let me start by saying Kona is expected to make a full recovery, thankfully. On March 20, 2012, a 4 year old golden retriever named Kona was lured away from his home by neighbor Ricky Lee Knowles, 55 of Orting Washington with a piece of bacon laced with rat poisoning. Knowles tied Kona to a pole with a wire around his neck, tried to strangle him, then beat him with a hatchet. Apparently Knowles “just snapped” because Kona was barking.
Police attended Knowles’ home after a neighbors alerted them of the horrific crime. They found Kona, tied to a pole in the garage, bleeding from his head and neck, as well as the blood and fur covered hatchet. Kona suffered multiple fractures on his head and a collapsed sinus cavity.
Kona is recovering at home with owner Sam Hokanan, who has since moved from the area. Full Story from Komo News here.
On September 17, Knowles was sentenced to 6 months in jail, and six months of home monitoring upon release. He was also ordered to pay Kona’s vet bills of approximately $5000 and is not allowed to live with animals. Knowles was previously investigated for firing a gun at at neighbor Trevor Johnson’s dog while his 6 year old son was less than 30 yards away. Something tells me this is not the last we will hear of Ricky Lee Knowles…
Every now and then curiosity just gets the best of me and I want to know more about the behaviors of other golden retrievers. I can honestly say I have never had a dog that really watched the tv, except for maybe a few seconds, perhaps when the contrasts were very strong, or a dog was barking on the tv. Tucker seems to like watching sports more than anything. With the new technology in televisions, it is reported that dogs can see more movement and perhaps will engage more than with the older screens.
Here is a great article from The New York Times “Should Your Dog Be Watching TV?” It discusses the only tv channel designed just for dogs. DogTV displays images of bouncing tennis balls, dogs getting belly rubs, etc and is designed to keep your pet occupied while you are away, or just purely for entertainment. I think it’s an amazing idea and I am going to look into it for Tucker. It’s available online.
I recently posted a “Golden Video of the Week” of a golden retriever, Molly, watching “Air Buddies” on the television. She seems to hold her attention to it for a long time. Of course, she is watching a golden retriever, can you blame her?
If you have a video of your golden watching tv (and would be willing to share) please send it to me at email@example.com. I love getting feedback from my readers, and I love when people participate in my polls. I check them often.
In some training circles playing tug with your dog is still frowned upon. These trainers still adhere to the outdated and scientifically disproven belief that playing tug with your dog will make him/her aggressive or dominant. This is completely unfounded. Dogs love a good game of Tug, and so do their owners! Why wouldn’t you want to play something that you both enjoy!
Here's a great article on "tugging" I find using a rope toy also helps to clean their teeth! Tucker loves a good game of "Tug" but I always make sure I am calling the shots. What do you think? Is tugging okay to play with your dog?
An 8 year old golden retriever named “Scout” was shot and killed this past weekend in St Louis Michigan by a Cst Matt VanHall. Conflicting reports as to why this happened, but according to the officer the dog charged at him. One eye witness accounts this was not the case. Wamsley told the officer the dog did not belong to her, and that it was not dangerous. Her one version of the story is shocking. She even confesses the officer continued to shoot the dog while his back was turned. Full story from the Examiner here. So many questions are raised here…did the dog live in the backyard all the time? Did the dog charge the officer? I realize that not all golden retrievers fit the bill when it comes to temperament. We can thank our irresponsible breeders for that. Here is a copy of Cst VanHall’s police report.
An all day protest was held today at the St Louis Town Hall, which is across from the police station where Cst VanHall is employed. Bottom line, if police are not equipped to handle dogs at large, perhaps they should contact animal control before taking such drastic actions.
Regardless of the circumstances, my heart goes out to the Goetzingers. People, please keep your golden(s) close!
My thoughts have been on New York City today and the tragedy that occurred 11 years ago today. I still remember that morning. I was sitting in my bed having a coffee and making my list for the day when my husband (at the time) called me and told me to turn on the news. Something bad was happening. I don’t remember his words exactly, but it scared me and I jumped up and turned on the news. The second plane hit the World Trade Center moments after. I turned on the TV and it was the NBC Today Show Coverage. I wanted to go pick my young daughters up from school. I thought it was the beginnings of World War III and I just wanted to hold my babies. Not quite sure how this post became about me.
This post goes out to the Victims and the Heroes of that day, and the pain their loved ones have faced on the days following, each and every one of them. This could be one of the most impacting YouTube video of all time..God Bless America.
And here is the shout out to the four legged heroes of that day…man’s best friend at it’s finest…
On August 6, Zhao Nan and her golden retriever “Mars” were en route from Xining, Qinghai Province, to Beijing. When she went to claim the dog, an empty crate was found, and no sign of Mars. Airline China Southern located the dog the next day, dead. No explanation was provided to Nan as to the reason for the dogs’ death. A cremation ceremony for Mars was held on August 27. (does this sound strange to anyone else?)
Mars at his Cremation Ceremony Aug 27 Photo: CFP
There have been several similar circumstances in China, where passengers have claimed to witness the crates being thrown, and even dogs that have been shot. See the full story from Global Times here.
Animal activists from 81 animal protection agencies across the nation sent letters to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and China Southern Airlines asking for stricter standards for air transportation for pets. For example, US airline Delta stipulates that temperatures at the point of origin or destination must be between -12 C and 29.4 C or animal transportation is forbidden.
China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-21B(ER). (Photo credit: dirkjankraan.com)
When you have to transport your precious cargo overseas, it may be worthwhile to look into a service like Animal Couriers who specialize in safe transport of pets and animals worldwide.