Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wogan and Matsi Playing

Golden Light #12 is Wogan and Matsi Playing.

This is a film produced by Scott Melanson that was uploaded in YouTube on June 8, 2010. Wogan is the older light dog and Matsi is the darker colored young dog. Tammy Melanson was the trainer. In the film the young dog tries to get the old dog to play with him.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sketch of George by Dusty Souls Art

Beautiful Golden Retriever Sketch by Dusty Souls Art.

By Imogen at Dusty Souls Art

This above sketch of a Golden Retriever named George is done in graphite on heavy cartridge. The artwork was the prize given to the March, 2013 Competition Winner at Dusty Souls Art.

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Liberty Ford (1974-1984)

Golden Light #11 is Liberty Ford.

Liberty Ford was the dog of the former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty. Her registered name was Honor's Foxfire Liberty Hume. Liberty was born on February 8, 1974 and given to President Ford as a birthday present in the fall of 1974. Ann (Avis) Friberg was Liberty's breeder. Liberty died in 1984.

President Gerald Ford mentioned Liberty in a speech honoring William W. Scranton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 9, 1974.
As some of you might have seen in the last few days, either through the newspapers or television, the White House has a new addition. My daughter, Susan, and Dave Kennerly, our new White House photographer, got together a few days ago and surprised Betty and me with an 8-month-old golden retriever.  
This puppy has really taken over the White House. In fact, you may have seen some of us laughing up here during dinner. As I reached in my pocket to get a match to light my pipe, look what I pulled out of the pocket--some dog biscuits! [Laughter] 
Let me tell you the story about Susan and Dave and how they bought this dog. I first should preface that the Fords had had two previous golden retrievers. One lived 13 years and unfortunately died, and then another one died a year ago in August after 9 years. So we are fairly partial, I would say, to golden retrievers.  
Well, Dave and Susan called up a very highly recommended individual who had contacts with the people who raise golden retrievers all over the country. And Dave, as I understand it--who is communicating with the individual up in Minneapolis who happened to have a golden retriever about this age--Dave asked the individual if they had a dog and was it available, and the owner said that they had this 8-month-old golden retriever, but the proprietor or the owner was a little cautious--they're very possessive about these dogs-- and he asked in a very nice way who the dog's owner would be. 
And they said, Dave and Susan, that they had to keep it a secret. Well, the kennel owner said that they don't sell dogs that way. He would have to know who the dog's owner would be, and he wanted to know would the dog have a good home.  
So, Dave and Susan very specifically assured the dog owner that it would have a good home. They explained that the parents were friendly and middle-aged and they had four children. The kennel owner said, "That sounds fine. What kind of a house do they live in?"  
Susan and Dave said, "Well, it is a big white house with a fence around it." The kennel owner said, "This is a big dog. Will it have enough to eat? Does the father have a steady job?" Well, on that question, they were stuck a bit. [Laughter] 
Needless to say they got the dog and, in the appropriate spirit of the city of Philadelphia, we have named her "Liberty." One of those inquisitive reporters that we have in Washington asked Susan who is going to take care of Liberty; who is going to feed her and groom her and take her out each night or every morning? And Susan did not hesitate one minute. She said, "Of course, it will be Dad." So, I have this feeling--this is one Liberty that is going to cost me some of mine. [Laughter]  
But in a very broader sense, that is the true nature of liberty. It comes with both privileges and obligations. Freedom, we all know, is seldom free. (Source)

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Liberty Ford is a Golden Light because of the awareness she raised of the positive traits of the Golden Retriever when she was photographed hundreds of times in her role as the Presidential pet. Liberty has been gone almost 30 years, but her well-known owners make her one of the most recognized Golden Retrievers in the United States.

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The photo in this post is in the Public Domain.

Anonymous Poem - A Golden Puppy

A Golden Puppy

I'll lend to you for a little while,
A Golden pup, God said,
For you to love her while she lives,
and mourn for when she's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years
or only two or three,
But will you, 'till I call her back,
Take care of her for me?

She'll bring her charm to gladden you,
And should her stay be brief,
You'll always have her memories 
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from death return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn

I've looked the whole world over,
In search of teachers true,
And from all the folks that crowd life's land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take
My Golden back again.

I fancied that U hear you say
Dear Lord thy will be done,
For all the joys this pup will bring
The risk of grief I'll run.
I'll shelter her with tenderness
I'll love her while I may,
And for the happiness I've known
Forever grateful stay.

But should you come to call her back
much sooner than I planned,
I'll face the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If by my love I've managed
Your wishes to achieve,
In memory of her I loved, to help
me when I grieve.

When my faithful friend departs
This great big world of strife,
I'll have another Golden pup
And love her all my life.


Shared by cubbysan at the Golden Retriever Forum. It was collected years ago and source is unknown. If you know the author of this poem please share so they can be credited. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Molly Crying in Airport

Golden Light #10 is Molly Crying in Airport During Reunion with Owner.

The following YouTube video features a soldier returning home for Christmas from Afghanistan and being greeted by her loyal Golden Retriever Dog named Molly who cries when seeing her. The video embeded here of the reunion has received over 6 million views since being uploaded a year ago and there are multiple accounts that are sharing this touching video.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Rudyard Kipling's Poem - A Dog for Jesus

A Dog for Jesus
(Where dogs go when they die)

I wish someone had given Jesus a dog.
As loyal and loving as mine.
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.

As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog,
Would have followed Him all through the day.
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away.
To face death alone and apart.
With no tender dog following close behind,
To comfort its Master's Heart.
And when Jesus rose on Easter mourn,
How happy He would have been,
As His dog kissed His hand and barked it's delight,
For The One who died for all men.

Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine.
The old pal so dear to me.
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,
Knowing they're in eternity.
Day after day, the whole day through,
Wherever my road inclined,
Four feet said, "Wait, I'm coming with you!"
And trotted along behind.

Rudyard Kipling

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Peanuts Cartoon (April 17, 1993)

The Peanuts cartoon created by Charles M. Schultz on April 17, 1993, is very funny as it relates to dogs. It has a comic take on who is really in charge in the canine and human relationship. You can read the cartoon at the link here.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Carly Sentiveny-Collins

Golden Light #9 is Carly Sentiveny-Collins.

Carly is a 9 year old Golden Retriever who works as a member of the pain management team at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Carly is owned by Sandy Sentiveny-Collins who is an RN. Carly is a Golden Light for the way she helps children cope with their pain in the hospital.

Here is a video about Carly's work at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital.

Carly works about ten hours a day at the hospital. Hospital physicians can write Carly Consults when patients need to visit with Carly, and then Carly fulfills those visits when she is at work. Sandy Sentiveny-Collins describes Carly's work in the above video this way,
Carly gets working in the hospital. I am not sure how she gets it. I didn't teach it to her. When we are outside she is much more athletic and active. As soon as we walk through the doors she slows down her pace. She walks pretty slowly throughout the hospital. She'll stop whenever children approach her and want to pet her. She'll let them do pretty much whatever they wan to do.
Special thanks to Carly for all her hard work in the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. Many children are blessed to get a Carly Consult.
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