Denny & Carolyn Kreider of
Our Golden year began with a ball of fluff 14½ years ago in May 1988.
Logan Sinclair came to us two years after the passing of our beloved St. Bernard, Goliath
Atlas. When Goliath left us we swore, as many do, that we would never get another dog. The
pain of losing them was too much to withstand. We would never go
through that again. We mourned for him, and would pull over and stop our car just to watch
someone walking or playing with their dogs. Finally, we realized that his death was such a
small part of having him.
For almost 11 years we had been blessed with his
life! Although acquiring a pet would at some point bring us sadness, we were missing out
on wonderful times of happiness. Our daughters, then 15 and 11, were VERY pleased with our
Logan joined our family in 1988, and we simply adored him. He is the most hyper Golden we
have ever known, but that same temperament is probably why he is still going strong at
14½ years! We thought we had given him everything he could possibly desire, but when we
brought home our second Golden, Katie, he let us know that NOW we got the picture.
He was wonderful to the little blond ball of
fluff. She chewed on his face on a regular basis to the point of drawing blood. At first,
we just comforted him with Shes
just a baby, Logan.
Finally a breeder told us to let him teach her. We simply told him to Tell her. His face lit up, and he gave her a big threatening growl.
She backed up, whimpered, and never teethed on his face again! We were relieved that we
would no longer have to refer to them as Babyface and
When Katie was almost a year old, we found a Golden stray in our neighborhood. We learned
that she had been seen for a couple of weeks before we found out about her. The day I got
the call, was a blizzard. The schools had called a snow day. I went to find her, and she
was hovered beside three trash cans covered with snow. When I approached, she didnt
react at all. She was almost in shock. I took her home and worked to warm her, barely able
to get her choke collar off without cutting it. A search revealed that no one was looking
for her. Thanks heavens, because we could have never returned her to someone who had
treated her like that. She was 12 to 18 months old, and halfway through a pregnancy.
She also had a heart murmur.
The vet decided to go ahead and spay her. She
suffered through a false pregnancy, but came through it all. She (Libby) still has
memories of her past, but has risen above it. She has been a nursing home therapy dog, and
such a joy for us. Our little dog from the garbage has been on network TV and has won
numerous contests for many events. Libby is the title holder for the fastest tail wag, and
defends that title even in her sleep. She and Katie were inseparable. They were seldom
seen without both parts of the Dynamic Duo.
Denny showed Katie in confirmation for awhile, but then we decided to spay her at 22
months of age. We lost her in surgery to an undetected heart problem. We were all
devastated, but Libby was completely inconsolable. She didnt bark or whineshe
screamed. She wouldnt eat, and we felt we were losing her, too. Our breeder had
offered us a puppy when we were ready, since
Katies problem had been congenital. We would have probably waited awhile, but we
felt that we had to move fast for Libby.
Meggie came home with us two weeks later. Libby was joyous. She now had the puppy she
mourned for after her surgery, and she took over Meggies care. We were once again a
three-Golden family, and all was well. Denny showed Meggie for a short time, but now they
are all just much loved senior citizens.
Our entire Golden family can be found on many of
the postcards offered at Ollie's
Golden Posts page on Rochelles site, modeling their clothes with pride. She just
loves my way with costumes and is after me to put them together to feature in a fun Golden
coffee table book.
And, just check out our Logan, a local celebrity
who had a great story in our hometown Akron Beacon Journal.
Tongues Wagging: Candidates Appearance gives Student Group Cause for Pause
By Jewell Cardwell, Akron Beacon Journal, October 17, 2001
The heaviness and uneasiness that have held us hostage since the
Sept. 11 terrorist attack and the more recent anthrax scare have left me wanting to find a
reason to laugh. That moment came for me and several others last evening at Copley High
It was during registration for the annual meeting of People to
People Student Ambassadors. I have Logan Sinclair Kreider of Wadsworth to thank for my
change of face. Logan was one of scores of so-called teenagers who were selected by the
organizationfounded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his
administration as an overseas summer educational enrichment experience for seventh-
This is the third year that Logan Kreiderthe
blonde-haired, brown-eyed 13½-year-oldhas been invited to join. However, this is the first time he
has actually shown up. Turned out to be a real head scratcher for all parties involvedespecially
Logan. But it wasnt his clothing choicealbeit
Bavarian with a hat that kept falling in his eyes is not exactly the cats meow among
todays teens. Wasnt his breeding, either. Logan is as polite, intelligent,
talented and sociable as they come. It was his breed that gave some pause and had others
howling. Logan Kreider is a doga Golden Retriever, to be
Carolyn Kreiderwho with her husband, Dennis, chauffeured Logan to the meetingsaid: The first two years the invitation came we just laughed. But in
light of all thats happened in the world we decided to send back the reply card this
year. Mrs. Kreider said there was a place to circle his grade level but we just left it blank since
he flunked obedience training school.
And the rest is history.
Understand up front, dear readers, it is neither my intention nor the Kreiders to embarrass People to
People. But our friends said, You just
have to go this yearespecially with all the tragedy.
Carolyn Kreider said.
It was an honest and humorous mistake, all agree. Yet, its
one no one, at the moment, seems to be willing to take credit for. Just so the committee
didnt think that they were trying to pull a fast one, the Kreiders even came armed
with Logans AKC registration papers.
At any rate the Kreidersacknowledging that Logan is a bit
long in the toothdecided to finally take advantage of the spotlight. Were probably not going to have him around much longer, Carolyn Kreider matter-of-factly said. He is a real character! And he is like most teen-agers: a little
hard to live with at times.
The Kreiders said Logan has already heard via the mail from one of
the potential families. He received a letter
last week from a gentleman in the United Kingdom, who is a 24-year member of the British
Parliament, who thinks they may have shared ancestry. Wont he be surprised?
Each year the students get their pick of three different
destinations: the South Pacific, Europe or the British Isles. Last years invitation talked about him (Logan ) hand feeding
the koala, Mrs. Kreider said. We
could never imagine Logan doing that.
The Kreiders also are the proud and loving owners of two other Golden Retrievers: Meggie, 7, and Libby, who
is about 9 years old. Libbya regular visitor for three years at Wadsworths Magnolia
Nursing Homehas a claim to fame of her own: Fastest Tail Wag in Northeast
Ohio. Thats according to the human Kreiders.
Rick Georgean assistant leader with People to Peoplechuckled at
the sight of Logan: I think its
hilarious. Whats more remarkable is that hes been invited three years!
Logan was always a
hyper guy, Mrs. Kreider said. Hes
lovable but not the mellow Golden; which is probably why hes still doing so well. Logan and his sisterswho also have Bavarian costumeshave
appeared in parades. We also dress Logan
up as Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond,
said Mrs. Kreider, who is a pharmacy technician. Her husband is the supervisor at Woodlawn
Cemetery in Wadsworth.
We found our niche is not showing, but working in Golden rescue. We are active with
Golden Retrievers in Need [GRIN], and we want to do
what we can for the pups out there like our Libby. They have so much to give, and have been abandoned and
abused. We hope to be their voice. The Land of PureGold has given us that opportunity.
Thank you, Rochelle.
Our daughters are both married now, and we are blessed with three beautiful grandchildren.
We dont consider ourselves empty nesters, though. Our nest is warm, soft, and full