Golden Retriever Service Dog Participates in Graduation

Hudsonville, MI – A golden retriever named Walton was part of Freedom Christian High School’s graduation ceremony.  The service dog accompanied Desi as she received her diploma.  Desi suffers from Cerebral Palsy and received the service dog about 4 years ago.  Prior to that she was forced to use a wheelchair.  Desi says holding her up is a full time job, and that she wouldn’t want to experience this without him. They have attended high school together, and are now graduating together. (The following photo was taken in May on picture day, courtesy of Huffington Post.

Desi and Walton - Photo - Huffington Post

Desi and Walton – Photo – Huffington Post

Full story and video from Fox17 News.
He’s part of the class:” Service dog helps girl…all the way through high school graduation

Golden Retriever Celebrates 1000 Therapy Visits One Month After Owner Dies

Delhi, ON (Canada)  Ok, this story is close to home, so I post with great pride.  Eight and a half year old golden retriever Amy celebrated her 1000th visit as a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog on May 21, 2014.  Amy visits the local hospital, nursing homes, special events and Delhi Public School, where youngsters were are to practice their reading. She is only one of about 12 dogs who have reached this milestone in the program in the last 20 years.  It is believed she may be the youngest dog to achieve this goal.

Dan Nakonechny and Amy (Photo - The Simcoe Reformer)

Dan Nakonechny and Amy (Photo – The Simcoe Reformer)

Sadly, Amy’s owner Pat Nakonechny, who was looking forward to this accomplishment, passed away a month ago. They were celebrated with an assembly at Delhi Public School and a tree was planted in their honour in front of the school. Her husband Dave said she loved the program, and would talk about it “to anyone who would listen”  Amy and Nakonechny made three visits a week, every week for seven years.

Thanks Pat and Amy, for all of your time and effort.  It won’t be forgotten.

Golden retriever celebrates 1000th visit – The Simcoe Reformer

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New Puppy Cam Alert! Warrior Canine Connection has a New Litter!

The Warrior Canine Connection is celebrating the arrival of a new litter of puppies that will grow up to be service dogs for veterans. (they are still being born at the time of this post)   This is mom Rhonda.

Be sure to check out  for puppy cam footage soon!  And kiss your productivity goodbye!

Rhonda’s Litter – Nursery Cam (Puppies!)  – Click HERE!


Golden Retriever Raises $10,000 for Veteran Suffering from PTSD

Sharing this media release on behalf of Ricochet and her owner, Judy Fridono:


SAN DIEGO, CA, November 8, 2013… Surf dog Ricochet raised $10,000 for K9’s for Warriors and will be presenting the check to them this Sunday at 10:00 am at the Bark Business Tour Breakfast at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road, San Diego, California, 92118.

Please join Ricochet and Wendy Diamond, to honor U.S. Veterans who have selflessly defended our nation for a patriotic breakfast and fundraiser.


Photo Credit: Judy Fridono’s Bark Business Tour will raise money and awareness for the K9s For Warriors organization-whether it’s a donation of $10 or $100 or more, Wendy and Animal Fair Media vow to keep digging until enough funds are raised to pair 20 returning U.S. Veterans stricken with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with 20  rescued Service Dogs. The Bark Business Tour will stop in 10 cities, and won’t “roll over” until at least $200,000 is raised. Join us and help us save the life of a vet and a dog.

Diamond contacted Ricochet’s guardian, Judy Fridono asking if Ricochet could fundraise for this cause, and represent San Diego. Since Ricochet has been working with local active duty military with PTSD for several years now, it was a great fit. Ricochet raised the $10,000 within several weeks.

After learning about the alarming suicide rates of veteran’s with PTSD through Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Wendy Diamond made the decision to embark on a journey to help veterans suffering with PTSD and pair them with rescue service dogs. Diamond is committed “Veterans have fought selflessly for our freedom – it’s our time to fight for them.” Diamond is determined to bring the statistic of the veteran suicide rate down and is calling everyone, friends and acquaintances to help her with this mission.


Our tour includes support from Glee’s Jane Lynch, NBC’s Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney, David Eigenberg, and Joe Minosa, Halo, Purely for Pets, co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres(Ellen donated 2000 pounds of dog food to the K9s For Warriors service dogs), Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson, Musicians The Go-Gos, SurfDog Ricochet, Fox’s Raising Hope star Garret Dillahunt, Law and Order’s Danny Pino, Supermodel Tyson Beckford, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton and the most generous of business magnates, Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Ingram Industries’ John Ingram and more…To date just over $200,000 has been raised for K9s For Warriors – 40 lives Saved! 20 dogs – 20 Veterans with PTSD!

In San Diego, we will honor Rob, 33, United States Marine Sergeant who served for 8 years. He graduated K9s For Warriors in February 2012, where he was paired with Bravo, a Labrador.

WHERE:  Loews Coronado Bay
WHEN:   Sunday, November 10, 2013, 10 AM
Press Check-In 9:15 AM
Red Carpet Arrivals 9:45 AM
CONTACT:     Samantha Abernathy
Animal Fair Media

About Animal Fair/Wendy Diamond
Wendy Diamond is a Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Endangered Animal and Rescue Advocate, World’s Premiere Pet Lifestyle expert, Best Selling Author, and TV Personality. Heralded as the “Martha Stewart of the Milk Bone Dish” by The New Yorker, and crowned the “Canine Queen” by Forbes, she is a pioneer in the pet world. Diamond founded Animal Fair Media in 1999 with a specific mission: to save animals from being euthanized in shelters and promote animal welfare and rescue, pet lifestyle and responsible breeding. Wendy knew she could not just sit and rollover –she reined in the leash and got busy.

About K9s for Warriors

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of conflicts and war after 9/11. Our goal is to help our warriors return to civilian life with dignity and independence.  They fought for our tomorrows, we will fight for theirs. The K9s For Warriors rescue dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.  K9s For Warriors is 100% proven, transparent and successful!  94% of every dollar donated to K9s For Warriors goes directly to the Veterans & service dogs.  Only 6% is used on fundraising and overhead.

 About Surf dog Ricochet

Ricochet was slated to be a service dog for a person with a disability, but, due to her interest in chasing prey, she had to be released from that role.  She went from service dog to SURFice dog, and is now raising funds and awareness for human and animal causes.  She inspires people all over the world with her positive energy, and charitable, paw it forwawrd lifestyle.  She has an inspirational video on YouTube that went viral “From Service Dog to SURFice Dog” and has over 4.2 million views.  For more information, visit: or on Facebook

Live Cam! Golden Retriever Puppy Enrichment Centre

A playground full of Golden Retriever puppies destined to be service dogs can be seen 24/7 playing in a puppy enrichment center created by The Warrior Canine Connection in Brookville, Maryland.

Photo - Holly's Half Dozen - Warrior Canine Connection (not actual litter)

Photo – Holly’s Half Dozen – Warrior Canine Connection (not actual litter)

Introducing Breeze, Derecho, Fluffy, Twister, Abby, Lucy, Grace, Penny, Levi, Ruby, and Blizzard.  Limited time only…enjoy!

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War Veteran and Golden Retriever Service Dog Removed from Flight

Earlier this month, a Vietnam War Veteran and his golden retriever service dog were removed from a U.S Airways flight from Phoenix to El Paso prior to take off as the man refused to make the dog lay on the floor.


This story has raised a lot of controversy as to whether the man should have been kicked off the flight. US Airways rules clearly state that service animals must ride on the floor under the seat in front of the handler for safety reasons.  The man became agitated, and the staff felt that due to the fact the man suffered from PTSD, the situation could escalate once off the ground.  The airline paid for the man’s hotel and he took a flight the next day.

The unidentified veteran told the other passengers while waiting for police to arrive:

"I'm sorry folks but I've earned the right to have this service animal because of my service to this country in Vietnam. I am 100 percent disabled, I have a service dog because of it and everyone has to obey the ADA laws except this airline! So I'm sorry but I'm not budging!"

The whole scene was caught on video and has gone viral on YouTube.  If you look closely around the 9:15 mark, you can see the happy old golden wagging it’s tail as it is being taken out but what looks to be a police officer.

Here’s a link to a video from myfoxphoenix of the story:

Full Story – Veteran kicked off plane after service dog dispute –

Some of the comments on the video and news story are pretty interesting to say the least.  What do you think?

New Golden Retriever Puppy Cam!

Another new live web cam is available for your viewing pleasure on   This litter of 8 from golden retrievers (and therapy dogs) Captiva and Blip was born yesterday and will be completing the ECAD certification program and go on to assist injured war veterans.


Thanks again to for the amazing web cam!

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