Skip to comments.Man's best friend: Oldest Search and Rescue dog in the U.S. nears retirement
Posted on 09/01/2010 3:08:34 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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Well done, faithful servant.
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.
Best friend I ever had, or will ever have.
(or be unleashed from it)
Do the ‘unleashed’ get to run totally wild?? Lol
Thanks for the ping SandRat
The bump on the head might be Golden.
Okay is this a Lab or a Golden or both? She is a good dancer.
Nice story, I hope Val has some happy retirement years!
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....
[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.
More to the point: The dog in this story is what I would call a “Yellow Lab”, not a Golden.
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!
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.
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.
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.
They are sweeties.
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.
Another golden retriever.
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