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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Kristin Chenoweth Gets Couples Therapy With Golden Retriever Puppy

Kristin Chenoweth, (host of 2012 Hero Dog Awards)  and Chelsea Handler did a skit on FunnyorDie.com with a golden retriever puppy.  Need I say more??  The “couples therapy” skit begins with Kristen confessing her problems to Chelsea, saying things like, “In the middle of a conversation, he just gets up and walks away” and “He drools at the dinner table”

Funny or Die.com

Enter the beautiful golden retriever puppy “Sammy” (and another special guest a little later!)  Wait till you see what he does!

I can’t embed the video, but click HERE to see this hilarious skit from Funny or Die.

American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards will air on the Hallmark Channel on Nov. 8th 2012

Why I love the Golden Retriever

Blonde hair and soft brown eyes.  A smile that exudes the zest for life we all should have.  A large wagging tail that thumps the ground each time you walk by, a gentle mouth…and the kisses!!  Oh the kisses!!

Here’s to one of the most popular dog breeds, The Golden Retriever, and why we love them. (in no particular order)

1.  They have lived in the White House.

Gerald Ford and “Liberty”

2.  They were at ground zero.

New York, NY (Sept. 15, 2001) God Bless America

3.  They lead the blind.

4.  They visit the sick or wounded.

5.  They are owned by celebrities

Oprah and Luke, Layla and Gracie

6.  They are celebrities:

7.  They are great with children

8.  They make the cutest puppies

9.  They love to cuddle..

10.  Oh! And they retrieve things..

They are gentle, loyal and attentive to their humans.  They don’t discriminate.  They love everyone. They are our best friends, our helpers, and our heroes.

The only negative aspect to owning a golden retriever is their fur, after it has come off of their body.  It never ceases to amaze me how my boy will make it his life’s work to come and rub up against me as soon as I put on a pair of dark colored pants.  The lint brush is my friend.  Oh the joys of watching that big blonde ball of fur go rolling across the kitchen floor, almost always when you have company.

Oh, and the holes they dig, and the things they chew, and the overly exuberant welcomes….I wouldn’t trade it for a thing!

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a great video from Animal Planet

(Please please buy from a good breeder who raises his/her dogs indoors, are bred for temperament first, under a non-breeding agreement, and registered by your national kennel club)  (AKC, CKC, etc) or better yet, RESCUE!!!!!!!!!!  Don’t even think about a pet store.

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