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Man's best friend: Oldest Search and Rescue dog in the U.S. nears retirement
Whittier Daily News ^ | 9-1-10 | Jessica Donnelly

Posted on 09/01/2010 3:08:34 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

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To: afraidfortherepublic
Yup. So many people confuse the two but they are completely different dogs.

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21 posted on 09/01/2010 4:08:30 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well done, faithful servant.


22 posted on 09/01/2010 4:10:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s funny how the older I get the more I notice such things as old men walking their old, gray faced dogs.....slowly walking along, both meant for each other.


23 posted on 09/01/2010 4:14:26 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: Kimmers
Copper comes inside a lot but he's an outside dog. He is in a fenced yard. Anytime he's out of the fenced yard he's in harness either on a regular leash (around people) or on a 20' long lead for walking on the farm. It's never wise to turn one loose. The natural instinct to trail is too strong. He's 18 months old in these pictures and already 100lbs. I had him weighed at 2-years old and he was 110 pounds and 31 inches tall. When the Vet weighed him he didn't like the scale and had one foot on the floor and was leaning against the wall so he's probably more than 110lbs. They tell me he will grow until he's three. The trick with these big powerful guys is training, training, training. They are gentle giants but extremely strong.


24 posted on 09/01/2010 4:23:28 PM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: afraidfortherepublic
A golden lab (as in mix of Golden Retriever and Labrador) was my boyhood dog. I made a little statue of her in woodshop in junior high out of redwood. It's just above me as a write this.

Best friend I ever had, or will ever have.

25 posted on 09/01/2010 4:25:33 PM PDT by Snake65 (Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!)
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To: SandRat

(or be unleashed from it)

Do the ‘unleashed’ get to run totally wild?? Lol
Thanks for the ping SandRat


26 posted on 09/01/2010 5:10:13 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The bump on the head might be Golden.

Okay is this a Lab or a Golden or both? She is a good dancer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc9xq-TVyHI


27 posted on 09/01/2010 5:12:19 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Nice story, I hope Val has some happy retirement years!


28 posted on 09/01/2010 5:20:32 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Melinda in TN

On looks alone that dog would be easy to love.....

Kind of dog that you come home he has made a mess in the house and you look into that sweet face and instantly forgive him and give hime some lovin......very pretty dog....thanks for the pics....


29 posted on 09/01/2010 5:47:15 PM PDT by Kimmers (Illegal immigration is destroying America, look what it did to the White House)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

[snif] Dogs with jobs. I think it’s really cool how these dogs really do seem to “get it”. They really seem to understand their job, and really get into it.

Regarding the lab/golden controversy: Here’s the retriever breeds I’ve always known:

Black Lab: short hair. There’s a “southwest” variant that has shorter, stockier build with a deeper chest. Then a “northern” variant that has longer legs and a more svelte build.

Yellow Lab: Short hair and built just like a black lab, but a light gold/yellow coat.

Chocolate Lab: What you get when you mix a black and a yellow, one or two in the litter.

Golden Retriever: A little lighter build than a black or yellow, but long-haired golden coat. Can be a light yellow to a darker, almost strawberry blonde.

Hope this helps.


30 posted on 09/01/2010 6:06:16 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

More to the point: The dog in this story is what I would call a “Yellow Lab”, not a Golden.


31 posted on 09/01/2010 6:08:15 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ed Condon

I love this story. I’ve had 3 yellow labs who were goofey as the day is long, but at the same time some of the smartest and most loyal. Hopefully Val will have cushy retirement and people who really love him. Thanks for your service, Val. Good boy!


32 posted on 09/01/2010 7:45:25 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Frantzie

That’s a Golden through and through. I was just about to post that video to this thread. I just received it in my email. It’s fantastic. I’ve never seen a Golden (or a Lab) that could stand on its hind legs for so long — let alone dance. Poodles yes, Goldens no. Fabulous show.


33 posted on 09/01/2010 8:41:55 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: brytlea
There is such a grace and dignity about old dogs that really defies description.

I look at that photo, and remember some of the old dogs I've had the privilege to know, and it kinda "gets" me *right there*.

I'm still sad about having to put down a 7 yr old smooth tricolor merle collie in May, but I am at the same time so grateful for having had his sweet, completely guileless company that the little frog in the throat when I think of him is accompanied by a smile, and it makes me appreciate his littermate, and my other dog all the more.

Some folks never have the opportunity to be loved so deeply, and that is their loss.

I've figgered it out, though: we are only blessed with dog's company for their short lives because their love is so strong and intense. Then they go back to our creator with progress reports...

I pity those who mistreat, or cannot understand why we care so much for our animal FRiends.

34 posted on 09/01/2010 10:55:33 PM PDT by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: Kimmers

He is a real sweetie and quite a love bug. No way you stay mad at him for anything. He smiles when he’s happy or embarrassed and it’s quite a site to see those lips rolled up in a toothy grin with wrinkles clear to his eyes. :-) He loves people and does not have an aggressive bone in his body. I’ve seen my Jack Russell go afer him and swing from his throat or ears before I could get him off and all he does is stand there and whine until I rescue him. Once I remove the Jack Russell from whatever body part he’s latched onto, Copper rolls his lips up in an embarrassed grin and trys to climb in my lap.

He’s 100lbs heavier than the JRT and could make a snack out of him if he wanted to but he never even growls.


35 posted on 09/02/2010 2:13:20 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They are sweeties.


36 posted on 09/02/2010 4:31:05 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Don W

Nice thoughts.
The dog in the photo was a rescue and she has since passed away. She was not mine but I loved her as a subject, she had the most wonderful face.


37 posted on 09/02/2010 6:32:42 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Ditter

Another golden retriever.

http://laughingsquid.com/a-dog-dancing-the-merengue/


38 posted on 09/02/2010 2:41:30 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Thanks! :o)


39 posted on 09/02/2010 2:45:59 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

You are welcome.


40 posted on 09/02/2010 3:18:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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