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Movie Classics ~ Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound the Incredible Journey has become a classic movie that is great for the entire family. You’ll lose your heart to Chance, a fun-loving American bulldog pup; Sassy, a hilarious Himalayan cat who lives up to her name; and Shadow, a wise old golden retriever — all of whom express themselves with very familiar human voices! The adventure begins when the loving owners of these irresistible pets are forced to leave them in the temporary care of a friend who lives hundreds of miles away. But after several days, the worried animals begin to think their family must be in trouble, so they decide to head for home. On their incredible journey across the ruggedly beautiful Sierras, they encounter unexpected surprises from man, beast, and nature alike. It’s an unforgettable story of love, courage, and devotion.

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A Golden Christmas

Sometimes it’s nice to watch a movie simply because its message is sweet. Are you someone who likes a bit of romance? Especially at Christmas? A Golden Christmas will appeal to the romantic and the animal lover in you. A boy and girl share a special summer together with a wonderful dog. Years later, when each finds that life didn’t turn out as they expected, they return to the place that made them so happy as children. With the help of a Golden Retriever, each of them may be able to get over their troubles and find love. Twists, turns, romance, a beautiful dog, and puppies. It sounds like a recipe for some Christmas happiness.

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Hero Dog – Yogi

The Humane Society of the United States 2011 Valor Dog of the Year is a Golden Retriever named Yogi. Yogi’s owner was riding his bicycle with Yogi trotting along beside him, when he had an accident – going over the handle bars and hitting his head. Yogi remained with his owner (Paul) until he regained consciousness, then didn’t want to leave him. Paul was unable to move and bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was off the beaten track where it was unlikely he would be found and was unable to call for assistance. He urged Yogi to go get help, and after about 45 minutes, the dog ran toward home. Near his home he encountered neighbors that he knew, and the normally quiet dog barked frantically and got them to come with him.

When they got to where Paul was, Yogi stayed by his side guarding his friend. Paul was taken to a hospital, where doctors diagnosed that his vertebrae had pinched his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the chest down.

“The dog alerting his neighbor was instrumental in getting him to a hospital and preventing his choking to death or going into shock. He might not have survived if he hadn’t been found until the next day,” said Dr. Juan La Torre, medical director of the spinal cord injury and amputee program at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Austin. Doctors credit Yogi with saving Paul’s life.

Paul remains paralyzed and in a wheelchair, but he has regained some feeling in his torso, legs and back. Since the accident, Yogi refuses to leave Paul’s side. If he leaves a room of his house to go to another, Yogi follows. He simply won’t let Paul out of his sight. There is nothing quite like the loyalty of our four-legged friends.

 

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Bounding with Betty

Known not only for her humor and great television and movie roles, Betty White is a well respected animal lover and activist.  Currently she has three pets, a Golden Retriever named Kitta, a Shih Tzu named Panda and a Himalayan named Bob Cat, or Mr. Cat if you are not fond of the species.  All of them are rescue animals in a sense.  Kitta was originally trained in Canada to be a guide dog but his hips weren’t up to the task, Panda had been abused in a pet store that has since been shut down, and Betty discovered Bob Cat at her hair salon, where another patron brought him in hopes of finding him a home, and with Betty there, she did.  Golden Retrievers are known for their amiable, relaxed personalities, always there with a smile and highly social.  A Shih Tzu is loving, alert, lively and full of character, and Himalayans are cats, so – lovable, loyal and rude all at the same time.   Betty says she loves anything with legs on all four corners, and she frequently apologizes for the language her dogs use when the Labrador from next door saunters by.  She has never turned away an animal in need, as a child the family had 26 animals at once for a short time, but tries to keep her family to no more than four.  She admits it gets tough when there are more noses than hands to go around.

 

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