In June of 1994, I brought home my first Golden Retriever baby, Patrick. Paddy was a devil of a puppy, a bit reminiscent of 'Marley' in the book/film ''Marley and Me'! My brother, who is now a Police Sargent, was at Police Academy at the
time, and Paddy ate his training uniform off the line! He didn't just pull it down- he shredded it! He also ate Heath's 501 jeans and many of my Mother's clothes, as well as my own! At the same time, though, he was an incredibly bright puppy.
The week after I started Dog Obedience classes at Morwell, Paddy competed in the Puppy Class, and came second out of over 20 dogs, but he wasn't allowed to go up a class, because he was only 4 months old! At the following graduation, aged 6 months, he
won the class, and continued that success at Warragul Obedience Club, and later in competitive Obedience trials. He was a trial winner, and a consistent place-getter, and it was always a pleasure to trial him. He also settled down into the most
dignified, beautifully behaved dog. Unless he knew that I had taken one of the younger dogs out somewhere without him, in which case I usually returned to find he had destroyed his bedding, in 'revenge'! Aged 6, I enrolled him in 'Animal Actors'
classes, and he was soon excelling at those, too. He ended up a 4 star animal actor, and worked in film and t.v work. He was the face of Safeway Homebrand and 'Fabulous' dog food tins for years. Around this time, I also became involved with
The Responsible Pet Ownership Program Of Vic, and Patrick was my first Pet Education dog, visiting Kinders and schools, to talk to parents and children about responsible pet ownership and safety around dogs. Patrick loved this vocation. He adored
children, and seemed to gravitate towards people with disabilities. Children with disabilities recieved extra-special attention. Patrick had a lovely retirement, and was healthy until a suspected stroke, aged around 14 years, after which he developed
epilepsy. He passed away on my Wedding anniversary, on 25/01/2010, aged almost 16 years. I miss him every day. I loved him dearly, and will treasure the time spent with him, forever...