This listing has been culled over many years, so some celebrities will currently be Golden-less. There are also listings that are more historical in nature.

DENNIS QUAID (actor in the movies The Big Easy and Great Balls of Fire) has a Golden named Fawn Hall.

RONALD REAGAN (former actor and previous United States President) had a lovely Golden Retriever named Victory. Doesn't she look like a really sweet gal here with her famous daddy?
Here's Victory (on left) as a baby, as shown in this AP Photo from The Post-Crescent.

The caption read: Ronald Reagan looks on as his wife Nancy holds a golden retriever puppy, presented to them by Carol Schaidler, March 26, 1980, during a campaign stop in Neenah, Wisconsin. The Reagans named the dog Victory.


CHRISTOPHER REEVE (actor in the movie Superman) had a Golden Retriever assistance dog.

EDWARD G. RENDELL (Governor of Pennsylvania) had a Golden Retriever Rescue named Mandy, and currently [2010] has Golden Rescues Ginger and Maggie. Ed is the Honorary Chair for Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue's Golden Gateway Capital Campaign, his Delaware Valley Rescue gal Mandy having served in the position of Honorary ChairDog!

A devoted Dad, he was initially concerned when he won the 2003 election for Governor. You see, he was intent on finding a place to walk his Mandy, as she loves open fields. And while there is a park right across the street from the governor's mansion, he feels a more open area is needed.  "I have to find a place where we can play toss with this ball-and-rope toy she chases," Rendell says. "I need a flat spot."

Rendells to the (dog) rescue, August 25, 2007
A few weeks ago Maggie was living in a rabbit hutch at a Lancaster County kennel. Now, as the latest addition to Pennsylvania’s First Family, the golden retriever is living the high life in the Governor’s Mansion. Weekends at the Shore. A car and driver.

You could say Gov. Rendell has put his dog biscuits where his mouth is – again. The state’s leading canine crusader and First Lady Marjorie O. Rendell last week adopted Maggie, their third rescue dog.

The Rendells began looking for a companion for their 5 1/2-year-old golden retriever, Ginger, after their beloved 12-year-old golden retriever, Mandy, died in May.

They found Maggie, a petite female who their vet says is about 2 years old, through Main Line Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Chester Springs that takes in dozens of unwanted dogs from commercial kennels in Lancaster and Chester Counties each year.

Like many breeding female dogs in commercial kennels, Maggie was likely destined to spend her life in a small cage standing on wire, churning out litters of puppies until she was no longer able, said Bill Smith, director of Main Line Animal Rescue.

But time was already up for Maggie. She had a litter of stillborn puppies and was going to be sold to a large broker and could have ended up in even “more dire conditions,” said Marjorie Rendell, a federal judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

In a phone interview while driving to her chambers in Philadelphia today, Rendell said she had Main Line Animal Rescue e-mail pictures of three golden retrievers it had picked up from a breeder.

“When I saw Maggie I said, 'She can’t be this cute,' ” said Rendell, speaking from the front seat of her state car while Maggie and Ginger rode in the back. “When we met her I saw she really is that cute.”

Rendell said she was surprised that, given her harsh life, Maggie was so outgoing and friendly. “She’d been in a rabbit hutch,” Rendell said, as Maggie let loose a bark at a passing horse and carriage near Independence Mall. “I thought surely she’d be scared.”

Alarmed by the plight of breeding dogs in commercial kennels, Gov. Rendell last year replaced the state’s Dog Law Advisory Board and toughened enforcement of the dog law, and has proposed sweeping changes to regulations that cover 2,500 licensed kennels, among them doubling the cage size and requiring exercise.

Marjorie Rendell said she and the governor are committed adopters and have had only positive experiences with rescue groups. They adopted their first two dogs from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue in Reinholds.

“The foster the dogs so they know if they are good with animals and kids, and they carefully choose the adoptive families,” she said. “All the dogs have had challenges.”

Rendell added: “If we don’t rescue these dogs there could be an even worse outcome.”

Maggie’s outcome was not too shabby. She now divides her time between the Rendells’ East Falls house and the 32-room, Georgian-style Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg with its household staff and a choice of gardens to gambol in.

And she can count on gourmet snacks when the governor’s around. Rendell – even at formal dinners – has been known to slip treats under the table to his canine companions.


RYAN REYNOLDS (actor) has a Golden Retriever mix named Baxter.

In 2009, according to Kelli Perez, Celebrity Dogs, this is how Ryan came to adopt Baxter.

When Ryan Reynolds saw the big, dopey-looking pup, it was instant attraction. He was in love. He whispered to the dog that they should get the hell out of the
shelter, and Baxter jumped up and was ready to go home with the Hollywood actor.

Reynolds hadn’t planned to rescue a dog for himself when he visited a Houston, Texas animal shelter. He was doing a favor for his friend, Steve, who had lost his service dog. Steve is paralyzed, and his dog he had assisted him with everything. For him, Reynolds selected a chocolate

Two pups were saved during Reynolds’s animal shelter trip, and Baxter is probably tickled pink that he got the Sexiest Man Alive as a friend!



DENISE RICHARDS (actress) has a Golden Retriever.

The actress, who divorced Charlie Sheen, tells Animal Fair magazine that she bunks regularly with her five – count 'em, five – pooches, two Boston Terriers, a French Bulldog, a Pug, and a Golden Retriever.



ROBIN RIKER has a Golden Retriever. She is an American actress who has guest starred in a number of notable television series including The Rockford Files, M*A*S*H, The A-Team, Malcolm in the Middle, Six Feet Under, and Brothers. 

LISA RINNA (actress in the TV series Melrose Place) has a Golden Retriever that is a rescue!

GERALDO RIVERA is one of the most enduring figures in television news, an award-winning reporter, commentator, author and currently senior correspondent and host of Geraldo At Large. Rivera and his family visited the Animal League and they immediately fell in love with a Golden Retriever puppy. He was rescued from a Kansas backyard breeder and took approximately two minutes to make the decision to welcome him into their family. Though not a "hound dog," the pup they adopted on April 14, 2009 was affectionately named Elvis. Elvis will join Geraldo's other Golden, Hudson.

JOAN RIVERS (comedian) has a Golden named Callie.


ELISABETH ROHM (actress from Law and Order fame) has a Golden Retriever named Homer. Check out this August 7, 2008 OK Magazine article about her wanting to make room for her guy in her upcoming wedding.

Elisabeth Rohm is feeling pressure to pull off a wedding in October, but being a new mom to daughter Easton, four months, has changed her focus. The actress, 35, is set to wed Easton’s dad, entrepreneur Ron Wooster.

“We are still in the midst of putting things together because the baby has taken so much time,” she tells OK! “We’re trying to get back on track with it. We are a little bit behind the eight ball, and we need to hustle. We’ve been on the vortex of starting a family. We have to become organized very quickly.”

Elisabeth wants her golden retriever Homer to be part of the ceremony. The actress is a national celebrity cabinet member for American Red Cross campaign Dog Days of Summer, which promotes pet safety.

“I absolutely would love for Homer to be the flower dog,” she tells OK! “He’s sharing center stage with the baby. She’ll be the flower girl and he’ll be the flower dog.” Luckily, dog and baby get along great. “He loves her and he sleeps outside her bedroom door every night,” she tells OK!

Raising Easton, who loves to laugh, puts life into perspective.

“I always have the same mantra everyday. I say ‘you come first, and anything that doesn’t get done because I’m taking care of you, doesn’t need to get done.’ It’s so easy to become like ‘I’m taking care of the baby all the time, but I have all these things I want to do.’ It’s easy to get overwhelmed as a new mother, and I decided from day one that I wasn’t going to get overwhelmed as a new mother. I was going to make her the top priority, and whatever else I could do, I would do.”


David and TaraDAVID ROSENFELT (fiction author of legal thrillers) has 37 Golden Retrievers! He and his wife started the Tara Foundation (based in Southern California) in 1995, named in honor of the pretty miss pictured here. According to David, Tara, who died in 1993, was the greatest Golden Retriever the world has ever known.

Amazingly, they have actually rescued almost 4,000 dogs, many of them Goldens, and found them loving homes. As you can guess, their home became a sanctuary for those rescued dogs that were too old or sickly to be desired or adopted by others. Here are some photos showing some of these wonderful rescued Goldens.

The 8 books (as of 2010) that David has written in his Andy Carpenter Series follow a lawyer and animal lover named Andy Carpenter who is quite busy saving both dogs and humans from Death Row. In these works, Andy "adores Tara, a Golden Retriever clearly smarter than half the lawyers who clog the courts of Passaic County."

Check out the following Golden themed books by David:

DOG TAGS A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owneran Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thiefis convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with. Andy will have to call upon the unique abilities of this ex-police dog to help solve the crime and prevent a catastrophic event from taking place. Click here to read an excerpt.


NEW TRICKS Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that anyone around him is in danger, including his long-time girlfriend Laurie, and he will have to muster all of his wits to save those he holds most dear. Click here to read an excerpt.

PLAY DEAD Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and save a dog's life-and his own-in the process. Click here to read an excerpt.


DEAD CENTER Trading the refineries and factories of Paterson for the frozen pastures of Findlay, Wisconsin, Andy soon finds himself in a small town handling a big-time double homicide case. He looks into Jeremy’s romance with one of the victims…and the possible involvement of a bizarre religious cult—one that may sanction the most unholy, and vicious, of acts. While Andy tries to save Jeremy, make sense of his love life, and find a decent pizza for his beloved dog, Tara, the secrets of an ultra-religious community begin to rain down on him like bricks from a cracked fortress. Click here to read an excerpt.


BURY THE LEAD His streak of murder case acquittals made him a regular on cable talk shows. His recent $22 million inheritance bought him a dog rescue operation named the Tara Foundation after his own beloved Golden Retriever. Yet after turning down cases left and right, Andy Carpenter thinks he's facing a midlife crisis. He knows he needs to get back to some real work as fast as a felonious world will allow. Click here to read an excerpt.


FIRST DEGREEAn unabashed animal lover, Andy Carpenter has established a fast reputation as that rare lawyer who saves both dogs and humans from Death Row. Lately, with his newfound fortune, he has given up his home in the fashionable suburbs and returned to the house in which he grew up in the asphalt heart of Paterson. These days his office is eerily quite, except for the scraping pen of his secretary, Edna, as she navigates across and down the New York Times crossword puzzle. Though his wallet isn't hurting, Andy's soul hungers for a case to sink his legal teeth into. he's about to get his wish. And it'll be a first degree kick in the head. Click here to read an excerpt.

OPEN AND SHUT. Attorney Andy Carpenter's legal maneuvers are legion in and out of the courtrooms of Paterson, New Jersey. A talented lawyer who knows how to play all the cards, he is torn between mending a marriage that no longer works and growing attached to a beautiful, no-nonsense private investigator. Besides his love for sports, Andy also adores Tara, a golden retriever clearly smarter than half the lawyers who clog the courts of Passaic County. then one day the fun stops. Click here to read an excerpt.


Whatever You Do, Don't Kill the Dog (May, 2004) by David Rosenfelt

I can count the number of smart things I do each year on very few fingers, but one stroke of near brilliance was putting my email address in each book and inviting reader feedback. I've happily discovered that people are basically nice, and will only write if they've liked what they've read. The result is that I've gotten thousands of messages, and they are almost all positive. In the process I've learned that I very much like praise. I like fawning even better, though my first choice is gushing. All in all, getting up in the morning and going to my computer has become a far more pleasant experience.

However, there is one consistent thread of reader concern; they fear that at some point I will kill off Andy's golden retriever, Tara, and they beg me not to do so. Not knowing me, they have no idea what a total dog lunatic I am, and are therefore unaware that their fears are groundless. To put readers' minds at ease, I would like to use this space to tell a couple of hopefully enlightening stories.

Shortly after the real Tara died, my wife and I started the Tara Foundation, dedicated to rescuing golden retrievers and other large dogs. To date we have rescued and found homes for over 4,000 dogs. When a dog is too old or sick to be wanted by others, they come to our home to live out their years. At any one time we have close to 35, occupying every piece of carpet and furniture in the house.

Not only have I come to love dogs in a fashion that gives new meaning to the word 'eccentric', but I have seen first hand what they can accomplish for their human owners. A few years ago a couple in their sixties, retired, came to see us to adopt a dog. They brought with them their adult son, Richard, who quite obviously had some mental challenges. I don't know what the current politically correct term is, but when I was growing up we would have referred to such a person as 'slow'.

Richard's eyes lit up when he saw a seven year old Brittany Spaniel named Princess, and they adopted her. Three weeks later, they called us, and asked that my wife and I both get on the phone. They told us that Richard was 36 years old, and has been brain damaged since he was an infant. Since then he had been too difficult for them to handle full time, so he was in special care all week, while they had him on weekends.

Richard was already so in love with and attached to Princess, and the effect of having this companion was proving to be so beneficial, that, in concert with the doctors, they had taken him out of special care. Richard was going to live with them full-time. His parents had called us just to say "Thank you for giving us our son back." My wife and I knew that Princess was the one deserving the thanks, but we were too choked up to point this out.

What I'm trying to say is that dogs are amazing, and that readers can return to praising, fawning and gushing.

Because Tara will live forever.

Copyright © 2004 by David Rosenfelt.


For the Love of Dogs (Dog Fancy, February 2006) by Kyra Kirkwood

The doorbell rings, and suddenly the earth shakes with the bellowing barks of 27 elderly, unwanted or medically challenged dogs. And author David Rosenfelt couldn't pick out a sweeter tune.  

Rosenfelt and his wife, Debbie Myers, share their Southern California home with rescued dogs, mostly Golden Retrievers, that would have otherwise been put to sleep because they were too old or, in some cases, too "much trouble" to be adopted.

"They're all individual pets to us. These dogs, for the last months of their lives, are loved and safe and happy," he says.

For years, Rosenfelt and Myers ran the Tara Foundation, named after "the greatest Golden Retriever the world has ever known." This rescue group adopted out more than 4,000 dogs, mostly Goldens found in shelters and surrendered by owners. Those that were too old to be placed came home with Rosenfelt and Myers. Although they no longer run the rescue, these two still offer their home as a sanctuary to dogs needing a safe, loving place to live out their lives.  

"In my office, there's usually 15 [dogs] at any one time," Rosenfelt says, strolling through his house and counting off the dogs: eight in the kitchen, more over here in the hall. "The house looks like a Civil War battlefield—bodies lying everywhere."  

The dogs in residence never fight, not even during the lengthy feeding times (it can take hours to feed a hungry herd). In fact, Rosenfelt says he has only had one serious canine squabble in all his years as a modern-day St. Francis.  

"Somehow, rescued dogs are grateful," he says. "They just know."  

Rosenfelt, who is the author of such popular mysteries as "Sudden Death" and "Bury the Lead," once took an unwanted dog with grand maul seizures from Kentucky, and two more pups were bequeathed to him in a woman's will. These two (a Labrador-mix and American Eskimo) came from a stranger who, impressed by Rosenfelt's dog-loving nature, issued this caretaking act as her last request. 

"You can't turn down a dying wish," he says.  

And the list goes on. Rosenfelt routinely gets calls for help each month, and constantly fields readers' emails asking for assistance. At one time, he lived with a total of 37 canines. All in harmony.  

The main character in his books, defense attorney Andy Carpenter, is a certifiable dog lover. A multi-million inheritance allowed Carpenter to create a dog-rescue operation named after his own beloved Golden retriever. Rosenfelt certainly shares his brainchild's passion for pups.  

"But I wasn't always a dog lunatic," he jokes. "Now, I'm really over the top."  

Caring for the dying Tara in 1993 was a life-changing experience for Rosenfelt. He began volunteering at shelters, but needed to do something more when he kept witnessing people practically throwing their dogs away for no reason. Thus, the Tara Foundation was born. 

Now, he says proudly,  "4,000 dogs were saved in her memory."  

Along with countless others living out their golden years at the base of Rosenfelt's writing desk, baying at the doorbell.

Copyright © 2006 by Kyra Kirkwood.


CHARLOTTE ROSS (actress in the TV series NYPD) has a Golden Retriever.

KEVIN RUDD (Australian Prime Minister) has a Golden Retriever named Abby.  Shown here with his Golden girl, Prime Minister Rudd wants 2008 to be the year he gets fit and teaches his Abby not to dig up the flower beds at The Lodge.

"What do I enjoy? We've got a really closely-knit family and we spend a lot of time at home on the verandah. We've got this crazy dog, whose name is Abby, she's a golden retriever. She's our guard dog and ever since our security detail arrived from the Australian Federal Police for this campaign she's licked them all to death and regarded them all as members of the family."

It is a shame that the Prime Minister was ousted from office only into his first term [6-24-10], as he just had penned a delightful children's book, Jasper & Abby: And the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle. Although already published down under, it will not be available for folks in the US until sometime in October 2010.

The book follows the adventures of the Prime Minister's cat and dog, as they try to avert one disaster after another during Australia Day celebrations at The Prime Minister's Residence.

The Prime Minister receives many letters and emails from children asking about Jasper and Abby, and he often tells his friends, colleagues and staff stories of their antics. Having heard these stories, Rhys Muldoon encouraged the Prime Minister to write a children's book.

The Prime Minister's wife, Therese Rein, is very committed to promoting children's literacy and the Prime Minister shares this passion. It is hoped that in writing a book for children, the Prime Minister will be able to highlight the importance of books and reading for children. Proceeds from this book are going to The Centre for Community Child Health, at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

Paws for Thought as PM’s Dog Looks for Cover
Despatch Box Blog | May 17, 2010

IN these dog days, even Kevin Rudd’s psychic golden retriever, Abby, wanted to do a runner from the political hustings.

The canine inspiration for the Prime Minister’s children’s book, Jasper & Abby and the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle, whimpered her way through Mr. Rudd’s speech before deserting her master at the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk fundraiser in Canberra yesterday.

Turns out she’s such a sensitive soul that the Prime Minister revealed Abby is attuned to his movements, mysteriously standing at the door before he arrives home at The Lodge.

“She knows,” Mr. Rudd confided to fellow dog walkers on the RSPCA walk.

“And I get home at different times. She’s out front 10 minutes before I get home.”

All the juicy details of the Prime Minister’s psychic dog were laid bare in this month’s edition of Dogs Life magazine, with Mr Rudd’s wife, Therese Rein, telling readers Abby greets Mr Rudd with a “dog smile”.

“Ten minutes before the phone rings to signal he’s on his way, she will go and wait at the door for him,” she revealed, not that Abby is much of a sounding board.

“Although Abby likes a chat, I don’t think she is really into politics,” Ms Rein told Dogs Life.

Before being spirited away yesterday from the crowds to the back of a commonwealth car, Abby the wonder dog wasn’t feeling so wonderful. She was publicly accused of sniffing the bottom of the event’s master of ceremonies, while the Prime Minister kneeled to cuddle and comfort her.

“It’s the dog—not me,” Mr. Rudd muttered.

The Prime Minister, who was also introduced to a bichon frise named Kevin in his honour, told the crowd “animals love us without question”.
“This little one of ours, Abby, a golden retriever, she makes up so much of our family life at home,” Mr. Rudd said.

“Animals love us without question. The big question for us is: how do we care for animals without question?” Last year the event attracted 9000 walkers, 3500 dogs, five ferrets and one alpaca. “Hands up, the alpaca, this morning,” Mr Rudd addressed the crowd yesterday.

“Can’t see the alpaca this morning. Anyone bring a ferret? No one’s brought a ferrett.

“Jasper, our cat, has decided wisely to stay at home.”


MARLA RUNYAN (Legally blind Olympic track star) has a Golden named Summer [2000]. Her macular degeneration causes her to have a big black hole in the center of her vision. So Marla's world comes from the edges. Only by turning her head, can she recognize her Golden gal Summer.

Morley and DoraMORLEY SAFER (TV correspondent/journalist) has a Golden named Dora. In Roger Caras' 1997 book, The BOND: People and Their Animals, Morley notes that "All the things people say about dogs are true. When I retreated to the country house to write a book, I was alone with Goldie," a much loved Golden Retriever that lived for thirteen years. "It was like having another person with me.

She was company, there was interdependency, affection, I talked to her. She would lay her head on my foot while I worked, and when she got restless, I knew it was time for a break. We'd take a walk together. In a funny way, she set the pace. There was the time for writing, walking, napping—we took our naps together—then back to the office and work, a break, a swim, it was all with Goldie."

"After Goldie came Dora, another Golden Retriever, who is now five years old. Morley says, "Jane and I take Dora everywhere with us. When we visit friends they usually tend to be people who are comfortable around animals. She's a bit of a food thief but is otherwise quite well behaved." . . . "Whatever he has seen, wherever he has been, Morley Safer has had, for the last eighteen years, Goldie and then Dora to come home to. He sums it up perfectly: "Both are constant reminders of the transient nature of work and the permanent verity of love."

This photo on the left is a more recent [1/2005] photo of Morley and his best girl, Dora. Only five years of age in the above photo from Caras' 1997 book, she is still looking mighty fine at a now very senior 12 to 13. According to a article, Dora is making her 60 Minutes TV debut on January 9, 2005 at 7pm, in a truly remarkable story about dogs that can sniff out cancer.

Although Safer's Golden Dora can't smell cancer, she and other dogs may be able to do so if properly trained. Researchers in California and in Cambridge, England, are successfully training our canine friends in this endeavor. They believe dogs can actually be more accurate than current cancer tests, so representing a breakthrough in cancer detection.

Every Sunday, Dora watches 60 Minutes with her dad, and is known to react to television on occasion. The big question will be whether she notices her cameo (lol).



DR. ALLEN M. SCHOEN (celebrated veterinarian and author) has a Golden Retriever named Shanti. He recently published, Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans & Animals Can Change The Way We Live in February 2001. It is a book that cannot be put down as it is both heartwarming and packed full of useful information. Dr. Schoen believes animals have feelings and emotions, and treats them accordingly. His vision is for a society in which we cease to be owner and pet, human and animal, but are simply respected companions connected by a special unique bond.

In an April 2001 personal correspondence with Dr. Schoen, the following piece of Golden wisdom was shared: "G-d made dogs and then when he perfected them . . . . he created Goldens."

Kindred SpiritsOne can surely see this Golden love in the cover photo to Dr. Schoen's latest book. This Golden paw, cupped in a human hand, is so simple, yet so moving. Here are some more Golden thoughts from the April 17, 2001 USA Today article, "Emotion Runs Deeper than Wagging Motion," by Anita Manning:

Formal education notwithstanding, Schoen says one of the most important and powerful teachers in his life was Megan, a very special Golden Retriever. A stray, Megan found her way to Schoen just in time. She was hungry and sick, infected with heartworm. Schoen helped her to recover, and the two bonded as kindred souls. Megan accompanied him on his veterinary rounds and soon displayed an uncanny, even spooky ability to empathize with other species. Megan became his medical assistant.

He describes, in his book, one cold night when they were called to a farm where Jesse, a cow, was having trouble delivering her calf. ''When she sees Jesse starting to strain once again, she approaches carefully, as though to make sure that the cow, who has met her many times before, recognizes her and accepts her presence. Once Megan feels she has a clear signal, she starts licking Jesse's face. The contact seems to have both a calming and a revitalizing effect on the struggling animal.''

Even during her last days, when she was dying of cancer, Megan seemed to know how to care for herself. She would go to a nearby spring and soak her tumorous leg in mud, a time-honored way to reduce inflammation. When it was time for Schoen to put her out of her misery, Megan lifted her paw so he could inject the needle. Schoen struggles to understand how Megan developed such insight and sensitivity. ''When they're in our presence, animals develop consciously to a different level,'' he says. ''If they're out in the wild, they're just a dog. But when they're with us, they study us, mimic our behavior patterns. Megan, by watching me all the time, started developing herself. . . . And there's part I can't explain. I think as she watched me take care of other animals, she started doing that in her own way. That, combined with her maternal instincts, being a Golden Retriever . . . '' He trails off, unable to fully explain the unexplainable. What he does know, though, is that his current dog pal, Shanti, is cut of a different cloth: ''I did a brain scan on him, and the only thing in there was a tennis ball. Shanti teaches me to lighten up.''


LISA SCOTTOLINE (author of legal thrillers) has 3 Golden Girls named Lucy, Penny & Angie. Lisa has a huge, incredible site on Lisa and Golden Pennythe web that details her novels, book tours . . . and Goldens, of course! This includes her fascinating "Lisa Cam" which is on from 9am to 2pm weekdays. Here, you can watch her creative juices flow — and if you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of her beloved Golden Girls! Here is a section from Lisa's "Goldens, etc." page that shows just how much a part of the family her Golden kids truly are.

"Any visitor to Lisa's home quickly discovers they are sentries, a welcoming committee and sponges for affection. All three of them. A knock on the door brings them running. Inside, you'll be jumped on, licked and nuzzled by the bunch. And your favorite author is something of a pied piper: the dogs follow her every move.

One is more lovable than the next, and each has a personality of its own. Lucy is the mother of all Golden Retrievers, and the mother to one of Lisa's other goldens, Penny. She enjoys her food, and when she decides to lie down, she is not easily persuaded to change spots. Lucy is the most likely of all the dogs to be found lying right inside the front door. She is about six years old.

As half sisters, Penny and Angie are a tag team of trouble. Penny is the baby at 1½ years old and is a car dog. If Lisa even motions toward the car, Penny is right there. She will go anywhere. And when she can, Lisa takes her along. The above photograph of Lisa . . . includes Penny.

At the photography session for her portrait, Penny at first was thrilled by all the attention. Then, she associated the strobe lights with thunder (a terror) and hid in the bathroom. The other young golden, Angie, is 2½ years old and is lighter in color. Her greatest love is chasing a tennis ball. If you throw the ball, she will chase it. Endlessly. If you don't throw it, she will bother you until you do. Tirelessly."


JERRY SEINFELD (actor in the TV series Seinfeld) has a Golden Retriever. 


MAURICE SENDAK (children's author and artist of Where the Wild Things Are) has a Golden named Io.



JANE SEYMOUR (actress in movies Live and Let Die & Lassiter, TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) has a Golden Retriever named Crispin. Here, during a Fit & Trim National Rib Check Day, Ms. Seymour felt her Crispin's ribs to see if he'd put on excess weight.

You do this check by placing both thumbs on your dog's backbones, and running your fingers along the ribcage. If you can't feel the bony part of each rib easily, it may be dieting time! (Call 800-558-8555 for more info.)



GARRY SHANDLING (actor) has a Golden named Maggie.

NICOLETTE SHERIDAN (actress) has a Golden puppy named Oliver. And, what a funny boy he must be. Of course, he sure does have a funny mom as well as you can see in the following January 12, 2005 news article and the June 6, 2005 People article, "Nicollette Sheridan's Favorite 'Son'" :

Actress NICOLETTE SHERIDAN is suffering from a bout of the flu - which was exacerbated after she jumped into her cold swimming pool naked to save her dog. The DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star has been struck down with the ailment for more than a week, and she blames it on her ignorance about her 12-week-old golden retriever OLIVER's swimming abilities - and the fact she was cleaning her home in the nude.

After returning from a Christmas trip to Aspen, Colorado, Sheridan cleaned off the puppy in her swimming pool after he got himself dirty in a rose pot - and her actions gave the pooch new ideas on causing mischief. She says, "The next thing you know, he goes outside and he's right back in that pool again. Now I think he's drowning! I run naked into the cold pool.

"I was cleaning (my house) naked. It's (a normal thing to do) when I'm feverish... So I saved the dog, but little did I know at 12 weeks old they can swim. "But you know what, I'll fall for all of his tricks because I'm madly in love with him."

Not one, but two special guys were there when Nicollette Sheridan got engaged: fiancé Niklas Soderblom and her "son," Oliver. "It was very cute. It was a very happy family moment," she says of the golden retriever that joined the couple for their romantic trip to Aspen last winter. "He was already 10 or 11 weeks old."

And the pooch that Sheridan calls "my son" has been growing by leaps and bounds since Soderblom gave him to her on her 41st birthday last fall. "I used to carry him around my neck," she says. "Now I need to go into traction." But she has no regrets about all the heavy-lifting. "I think animals are very healing. You learn a lot about love."

January 2006 Update (romance now off): Solderblom said the blonde beauty - who plays man-eater Edie Britt on the hit show - paid more attention to her pet puppy than to him. He said: "She seemed to prefer cuddling up to her golden retriever puppy, Oliver, than cuddling up to me."

Nicollette's 10-31-08 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live was truly bizarre. Oliver pays her very little mind, that's for sure.



MARC SINGER (actor in the movies Beastmaster and Watchers 2 and in the TV series V and The Series) has a Golden named Rufus.


SAM SNEAD (famous golfer) had a Golden named Meister. A recent 2003 article noted: "My Golden Retriever, Meister, died four years ago, and I cried like a baby," he said. "He loved me more than any human being ever has."


DAVID SOUL (actor in the movies World War III and The Key to Rebecca and in the TV series Starsky & Hutch) has a Golden named Dublin.


MICHELLE STAFFORD  is an American actress, known for her role as Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless. She has a Golden Retriever named Beauregard [2010].


HENRY STERN (NY City Parks Commissioner) has a Golden named Boomer. One of his recent goals was trying to get Boomer into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most petted canine ever as noted in the article below.

New York Official's Pooch in Petting Project by Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters, August 27, 1996
NEW YORK (Reuter) - New York City is going to the dogs. Parks Commissioner Henry Stern is spending the dog days of summer trying to get his Golden Retriever Boomer into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most petted canine ever. "You're No. 577, and you're No. 578," Stern said to two visitors to his office in Central Park this week, counting as they patted the dog's silky head. He is doggedly keeping track with the help of a small pocket counter and his staff, who are enlisted to hold the dog during the commissioner's frequent public appearances.
That has some fur flying. Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger accused the commissioner of wasting taxpayers' money and city employees' time. Grooming Boomer for the record book is especially offensive at a time when the city is facing "billions upon billions of dollars in budget gaps," Messinger wrote in a biting letter to Stern. His critics are barking up the wrong tree, Stern said. Aides who would accompany him in any case hold his dog just a few minutes a day, never taking the dog on walks and never at the expense of their duties, he said.
Messinger, often cited as a likely Democratic challenger to Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani next year, likes to hound him humorlessly about his dog, Stern complained. "She arches her back, her hair stands on end and she spits out a press release," he said. The mayor has gone on record defending Boomer, calling him a good friend of his own Labrador Retriever, Goalie. Giuliani even carried Boomer's clicker himself recently, Stern said. Other city politicos, like former Mayor Ed Koch, have suggested Messinger is better off letting sleeping dogs lie. "You don't run for office by attacking a dog," said Stern, who just thinks his 5-year-old dog should have his day.
The commissioner likes to ask unsuspecting tourists in Central Park if they want to pet Boomer. Often startled that this outlandish request comes from the man who runs the city's more than 1,200 parks, they generally comply. "I feel sorry for the dog," said Angelo Lauria, of Buffalo, New York, after patting the dog. "He's getting hit on the head so much." Faced with news that an upcoming edition of the Guinness record book is supposed to list a dog petted 408,127 times since October 1989, Stern did a few quick calculations. "At this rate, it will take 16 years. I think we'll have to step up the pace," he said, starting to think out loud. "Maybe I should take him to a large public place. Maybe Yankee Stadium," he mused. "We'll get an enormous head start."


JIMMY STEWART (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics and was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. Jimmy had a series of Goldens and spoke about them, as excerpted from Why We Love the Dogs We Do by Dr. Stanley Coren.

When I married Gloria she already had a German Shepherd named Bello. He loved her a lot and, after a while, he and I got along. Gloria really loves German Shepherds best of all, but sometime after we lost our second one, she decided that they weren't the breed of dogs that I needed. Anyway, she went out and got me this Golden Retriever named Simba, and its been Goldens ever since for me. We actually have three dogs now. Kelly and Judy, are Golden Retrievers. . . .

The truth is that it's just really hard for me to get to sleep without a dog in my bedroom. It's funny about that. I once had a dog named Beau. He used to sleep in a corner of the bedroom. Some nights, though, he would sneak onto the bed and lie right in between Gloria and me. I know that I should have pushed him off the bed, but I didn't. He was up there because he wanted me to pat his head, so that's what I would do. Somehow, my touching his hair made him happier, and just the feeling of him laying against me helped me sleep better. After he died there were a lot of nights when I was certain that I could feel him get into bed beside me and I would reach out and pat his head. The feeling was so real that I wrote a poem about it and about how much it hurt to realize that he wasn't going to be there any more.

From Jimmy Stewart and His Poems by Jimmy Stewart

He never came to me when I would call
Unless I had a tennis ball,
Or he felt like it,
But mostly he didn't come at all.

When he was young
He never learned to heel
Or sit or stay,
He did things his way.

Discipline was not his bag
But when you were with him things sure didn't drag.
He'd dig up a rosebush just to spite me,
And when I'd grab him, he'd turn and bite me.

He bit lots of folks from day to day,
The delivery boy was his favorite prey.
The gas man wouldn't read our meter,
He said we owned a real man-eater.

He set the house on fire
But the story's long to tell.
Suffice it to say that he survived
And the house survived as well.

On the evening walks, and Gloria took him,
He was always first out the door.
The Old One and I brought up the rear
Because our bones were sore.

He would charge up the street with Mom hanging on,
What a beautiful pair they were!
And if it was still light and the tourists were out,
They created a bit of a stir.

But every once in a while, he would stop in his tracks
And with a frown on his face look around.
It was just to make sure that the Old One was there
And would follow him where he was bound.

We are early-to-bedders at our house
I guess I'm the first to retire.
And as I'd leave the room he'd look at me
And get up from his place by the fire.

He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs,
And I'd give him one for a while.
He would push it under the bed with his nose
And I'd fish it out with a smile.

And before very long
He'd tire of the ball
And be asleep in his corner
In no time at all.

And there were nights when I'd feel him
Climb upon our bed
And lie between us,
And I'd pat his head.

And there were nights when I'd feel this stare
And I'd wake up and he'd be sitting there
And I reach out my hand and stroke his hair.
And sometimes I'd feel him sigh
and I think I know the reason why.

He would wake up at night
And he would have this fear
Of the dark, of life, of lots of things,
And he'd be glad to have me near.

And now he's dead.
And there are nights when I think I feel him
Climb upon our bed and lie between us,
And I pat his head.

And there are nights when I think
I feel that stare
And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair,
But he's not there.

Oh, how I wish that wasn't so,
I'll always love a dog named Beau.



MARTHA STEWART (TV host) has a Golden Retriever. And, she has this special Gold Ribbon by her name because of her noble support for childhood cancer awareness. This Gold Ribbon is the symbol for childhood cancer, and has become the unifying symbol for childhood cancer awareness, symbolizing the precious nature of all children and the Golden flame of hope that burns brightly for childhood cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers. As a mother of one young patient said, "Our children are our Gold . . . and we should honor them."

The very popular "Martha Stewart Living" Magazine gives kids with cancer special attention. The magazine donates many pages of Public Service Ads to the Foundation for the Children's Oncology Group in order to raise public awareness of childhood cancer. A beautiful advertisement has appeared often in the magazine. It features a winsome child with a Golden Retriever, with the caption, "Her first steps were in the hall of a cancer treatment center. Her biggest steps were out the door." The message beneath reminds millions of readers of the magazine that cancer still kills more children than any other disease. The ad also offers readers a Free Metal Gold Ribbon Pin if they call the Foundation, and encourages tax-deductible contributions for research into cures for kids with cancer. Just click on the Gold Ribbon Pin link today for your pin!



ERIC SZMANDA (actor on CSI Las Vegas) has a Golden Retriever named Dax.





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