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Book on Golden Retrievers Offers True Tales

Dave Carter reflects on his experience with golden retriever rescue.

Author Dave Carter with his rescue golden retriever, Boston.

Author Dave Carter with his rescue golden retriever, Boston.

— A Potomac resident for over 35 years, Dave Carter knows many of his neighbors and even more dogs — specifically golden retrievers. He is an active member of GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training), a non-profit organization that rescues golden retrievers from shelters and or poor living conditions and places them in forever homes.

After a person who is interested in adopting a dog fills out an application, a home visit is arranged with a golden retriever, said Carter, "to see 'do I really want a golden?' and to see if your environment is best for the golden."

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"Golden Angels" by Dave Carter

Carter and his wife Nancy go on these home visits with their golden retriever, Boston. "After all the homes I went to, I thought there must be a story in all of this so that is why I decided to write the book." His book, "Golden Angels," is about his experience with golden retriever rescue. A percentage of all of the book's sales will be donated to GRREAT.

"For me, the golden rescue and home visits have been a positive experience. I have met phenomenal people and had some phenomenal experiences," he said.

His own golden, Boston, was a rescue dog that was in a foster home in Virginia before coming to the Carter's home. In addition to Boston making home visits to see how people react to him and how Boston reacts to them; he is also a service dog that visits sick children in a hospital as a therapy dog. The children can pet and play with him. Carter said that "some of the children have never seen or pet a dog. Some are blind and the fur is a new experience for them. Some children even clamp onto Boston and try to ride him. Pet therapy is known to help patients' physical and psychological outlook."

While Boston is a service dog and used for home visits for people to become familiar with the golden breed; the Carters' first golden, Rio, was more of a homebody. Rio's job was to stay at home and protect his house and yard. "Golden Angels" tells the story of both dogs. "I had a blast writing the book, Carter said. "I went through all the home visit reports and got a sense of the good, bad and ugly of home visits."

For more information about golden retriever adoption visit www.grreat.org. To order "Golden Angels," visit www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.