Bretagne, The last known surviving 9/11 dog, has died

Bretagne, the last known surviving canine hero who searched the rubble of ground zero after the 9/11 tragedy on September 11, 2001, has crossed the rainbow bridge.  She was a 16 year old golden retriever.

photo: Today.com

photo: Today.com

When Denise Corliss, Bretagne’s (pronounced Brittany) owner and handler noticed earlier this week that Bretagne wasn’t eating, she knew something wasn’t right.  Eating was her favorite thing.  Sunday night she wouldn’t settle unless she was right by Denise’s side.

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Golden Retriever Dies at Petco Groomers – Goodbye to Dryer Cages?

Medlothian, VA – Colby was 2 years old and in the prime of his life when Allison Marks took him for his routine grooming on May 29, 2015 at Petco Westchester Commons.  A short time later she received a call from the manager at Petco telling her Colby had been rushed to the local animal hospital and to meet them there.  What a terrifying ride that must have been.  When she arrived at the clinic, she saw Colby lying on a table with his eyes glazed over.

It was determined Colby died of heat stroke, and was left in the dryer cage while his groomer had gone to attend a graduation.  The vet told Marks that Colby’s body temperature was still 105 degrees an hour after he had died.  Petco is stating that no heat was used in the dryer – Petco says “no heat” used in cage dryer that family claims killed golden retriever”

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Courtesy Allison Marks/abcnews.go.com

Petco released the following statement:

All of us at Petco are heartbroken by Colby’s passing. The health and safety of pets is always our top priority and we take full responsibility for all animals under our care.

Allison tells ABC news “They didn’t even tell me why I had to go there, just that one of the managers would meet me there, “I walked into it blind.”

Full story from ABC news here.

There is now uproar on the internet about groomers and dryer cages.  There is currently no licensing requirements for groomers in the US.

Here is a segment from Good Morning AmericaCould Your Pet Be In Danger at the Groomers?

I can honestly say I have almost always bathed my dogs at home, and now will continue to do so.  When I blow dry Tucker I give him breaks when I see he is getting restless.  I would also like to add my humble, un-professional opinion that dogs don’t need to be bathed that regularly.  A few times a year, or after a good roll in the mud is fine.  The soaps strip the natural oils from their coats.  From the research I did, most vets recommend bathing your dog once a month.  I disagree with this.  Of course there are some exceptions to this rule.  My dog doesn’t stink at all, and I brush him about once a week or so, and deal with the fluff balls accordingly, but his coat is amazing and he has no smell.  I think it totally depends on the dog and the situation, including diet, etc.

Will you take your pet to a groomer who uses a dryer cage now?

 

Coco Chan, the corn eating golden retriever from Japan, has died.

If you have ever watched the video of the golden retriever eating corn on the cob that went viral this summer, or the many other videos posted on her YouTube channel than you are familiar with Coco Chan.

She lost her battle to Cancer on September 11, 2014.

CocoChan - Facebook

CocoChan – Facebook

Rest in peace Coco Chan.  You will be fondly remembered around the world.  If you wish to leave condolences on her Facebook page, click here.

“Vet Guru” and Medical Marijuana Veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer Dead at 36

According to on.AOL.com, Dr. Doug Kramer, aka “The Vet Guru” of Chatsworth, CA passed away on Thursday Aug 22, 2013.  He was only 36 years old.  So far I haven’t been able to find any information on the cause of death.  His obituary doesn’t specify, but does request donations be made to a cancer organization.drdoug

Dr. Kramer was a pioneer in medical marijuana for pets suffering from pain and/or cancer.  He has been featured on pet friendly sites like Dogster and Paw Nation. I’m sure he endured a lot of criticism for his efforts.  Personally speaking, I think it is a terrible loss, and hope that others take up the cause and continue to pioneer the research into this controversial “wonder herb” as it pertains to animals.

I did a blog post on Dr Kramer “Would You Use Medical Marijuana For Your Golden Retriever?” back in April of this year, including a poll.  93% of the voters (at the time of this post) say they would consider using it if their pet were suffering.  While you are here, why don’t you vote..

Dr. Doug’s last tweet was on August 16.

Dr Kramer also promoted holistic pet strips.  Here is a video (with a very unfortunate theme song, I might add…sorry!  You’ve been warned..!)

Thanks for your efforts, Dr. Kramer.

http://on.aol.com/video/pot-for-pet-pain-vet-advocate-dies-at-36-517933063

Chase – The Bat Retrieving Golden Retriever, Dies after Retrirement Party

It is with tears in my eyes that I announce that Chase, the bat retrieving dog for the New York Yankees farm team, the Trenton Thunder has passed away.  Chase celebrated his retirement on Friday at a game against the Reading Phillies  at Arm and Hammer stadium.  Chase was also honored last week at Yankee Stadium.

Chase - www.MILB.com

Chase – www.MILB.com

Golden Retriever Bat Boy Chase to Retire

Fans and stadium goers were encouraged to bring their dogs and Chase bobble-head dogs were given out to the first 2000 attendees.  Now I REALLY need to get my hands on a Chase bobble-head.

Bobblehead of Chase, The Trenton Thunder Bat Dog

Bobblehead of Chase, The Trenton Thunder Bat Dog (Photo credit: slgckgc)

No details on Chase’s death at this time, but he passed away on Monday, and had been suffering from a canine lymphoma and arthritis.

Thanks for holding out for us ol’ boy.

Chase’s son Derby has since taken over as bat dog for the Trenton Thunder.

Trenton Thunder’s Bat-Retrieving Dog Chase Dies at age 13

Adam Levine Says Goodbye to His Golden Retriever Frankie Girl

According to some Instagram posts by Savannah Buffet, a friend of the band Maroon 5, Adam Levine’s beloved golden retriever Frankie passed away recently.


And this one…

One of my favorites things in the world was to wake up with this lady at my feat. So long sweet Frankie!!!

A photo posted by Savannah Buffett (@getsavvy) on

Adam and Frankie were very close, and Adam even had a tattoo with Frankie’s paw print and the words “Frankie Girl” tattooed on his shoulder.

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(See Celebrity Golden Retriever Owners – Adam Levine)

RIP Frankie Girl.  (This news cannot be found to be confirmed by Adam himself at this time, i.e Twitter)