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The Goldens of 4 Paws

I am completely obsessed right now. Here’s some of the best of 4 Paws for Ability’s golden retrievers.


Clockwise from upper left, we have our beautiful Brooklyn. Next is service dog Alder, her half-brother, then service dog Vesper (now Bella), service dog in training Hazel, service dog Jerica, service dog Nora service dog Oreo and the dad to all of them Caepor!

This is only a fraction of the dogs Miss Brooklyn is related to but as you can see, she comes from a huge family including many service dogs now working for children in the 4 Paws for Ability program. Look at what lovely dogs they grow to be! Some, like Nora, are golden and labrador crossbreeds while others are full golden retriever.

All beautiful, all special, all changing lives.

Miss Nonie Doggie, the first dog J became attached to the photograph of, is half-sister to our Brooklyn so we will be seeing a little of her every day which makes me very, very happy.

The golden retrievers of 4 Paws also have a little bit of a reputation for mischief. We’re eager to see if that is part of our life to come. Will Brooklyn be to J what Hobbes is to Calvin? I’m thinking so but time will tell.

I mentioned on Facebook that the blog might be quiet over the coming week. It is not for lack of love but I have a lot of work to do to make everything ready both for Brooklyn to come home and for us to get out there to meet and train with her. Starting next Monday will be the training updates, which will last two weeks. I’ll add as many pictures as I can!

Thank you all for reading and supporting!


  1. Mandy Krahenbuhl

    TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING!?! Who could possibly not run towards a training that is 2 weeks of puppy kisses?!?

    • Nicole

      Oh all the families in the class cannot WAIT for it. It’s going to be a lot of hard work but oh so much fun. Brooklyn gets to come back to the hotel with us and be our forever girl on the third night of class 😀 We meet her and work with her the first day of course, but the overnights and forever start day 3 just so basics are mastered.

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