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This is a story about an English Cream Golden Retriever, Goldie, who lives in Virginia, USA, with her owners Annie and Leon Grabow.
Read this story to find out the amazing things she brings and does to their home.
The Grabows live in a beautiful home on the outskirts of Abingdon, a small town in Virginia.
Goldie is a sweet and lovable dog who sleeps in her kennel in the backyard of the house.
She loves being outdoors and she follows her master, Leon, whenever he goes hunting for Bobwhite quail during the season.
She is a great bird dog with keen senses of sight, hearing, and smell.
Whenever they go hunting, Goldie would run ahead of Leon to find the covey of quail. She would then wait for him to give a signal to flush the quail into flight.
After Leon fires two shots she would retrieve the fallen game birds and bring them to him.
Goldie was restricted in her territory with boundaries, but she still had a large area to roam. She enjoyed chasing after little animals, such as gophers, chipmunks, and squirrels.
They soon realised, after several chases, that she meant them no harm, so these became daily races to them.
On a warm and sunny day Goldie ran around the property and the outer boundaries which she was very familiar with.
She stopped to look at a bundle on a tree branch just outside her territory.
She sniffed and smelled a sweet aroma coming from inside it.
She went to investigate this object; she walked to the tree and saw that it was a beehive, but without bees.
She plucked it off the branch with her mouth as if gathering in a fallen quail and headed straight home.
She was halfway home when the bees saw her and attacked her; they stung her head and legs, where her hair was the shortest.
She dropped the beehive, but some of the angry bees kept chasing her.
She started barking loudly and Annie saw her running towards the house, with the bees close behind.
Annie opened the door for Goldie and shut it immediately she was inside, causing some of the bees to bang against the closed door.
Annie used soap and water to wash the many parts of Goldie that had been stung, and were now swollen. She trimmed the hair around the sting and also made a paste of baking soda and water to apply to the stung area. She saw some of the stingers in her skin and pulled them out with a pair of tweezers.
Annie crushed a Benedryl pill and mixed it in the plate containing Goldie's food, for her to eat.
It took a week for Goldie to recover; she had learned a lesson, not to go outside her boundaries again, at least not anytime soon.
When she was fully recovered Goldie went quail hunting with Leon; well, they were a very successful hunting team.
The winter passed without much activity; Goldie was a good watch dog and she watched the house closely whenever Leon was at work until he returned home.
Then one spring day, Goldie decided to go exploring and went way past the boundaries that Annie and Leon had set for her.
She came to a fork in the road and took it.
Goldie turned on to the left trail when she heard a human whimpering in the woods.
She followed the sound for a long distance using her keen senses until she found a small child who was lost.
He was going in the wrong direction and getting deeper into the woods.
She walked up to the boy and rubbed herself against his leg; the child then grabbed her collar.
Goldie turned around and led the young boy out of the woods and to her home.
Annie was getting worried as night was fast approaching and she knew Goldie wasn't home yet.
She turned on the porch light and saw the little boy holding Goldie's collar and slowly walking to the house.
They approached the front steps and the young boy introduced himself as Donny Parrot.
He said, "I got lost in the woods and your dog came along and brought me to your house. Can you please call my mom to come and get me? I have her number but my smart phone battery is dead and I can't call her."
Annie called his mother to tell her that Donny was okay and at her home.
She told her how Goldie had found him lost in the woods.
Donny's mother thanked Annie and rushed to pick him up and take him back home.
She talked to Goldie, petted her and said, "I wish I had a dog as good as you."
Leon drove home from work and Annie explained Goldie's act of heroism to him and how she deserved a reward.
The last good deed from Goldie was during the following winter.
Abingdon had several days of rain and then a very unusual long cold spell that froze the trees, the electric cables, and the roads.
'The night was not fit for man nor beast'" as the saying goes.
Goldie was resting comfortably in her kennel, covered with a blanket.
She heard a car sliding on the icy road and that was followed by a loud kaboom.
She went outside and ran in the direction of the sound.
She then saw a car turned over and in a deep ditch.
The male driver was alone, but he had managed to open one of the windows, to crawl out of the car.
He was wearing a winter coat and Goldie bit into the coat's hood and dragged him up and out of the ditch, far away from the car.
The engine of the overturned car was still running; the car was in flames and about to explode.
It did explode a few minutes later.
The crash caused the man to suffer a broken leg, so he could not stand up.
He found his cell phone and dialled 911; an ambulance arrived in a few minutes.
Goldie left the scene and went back to her kennel as though nothing happened.
A month later, the man, with a new car and a cast on his leg, came up to the Grabows house and asked Leon if they had a golden retriever dog.
Leon replied, "Why? Yes, we have Goldie; she is in her kennel, in the backyard."
The man introduced himself and told Leon about his car accident on the night of the freezing rain.
He told him how Goldie had dragged him, by the collar of his coat, out of danger, just before his car caught fire and exploded.
Leon said he remembered seeing the news of the accident on TV the next morning but there was no mention of a dog helping.
He said to Leon "That is why I am here today, to tell you about a dog saving my life that night, as I was in no condition to talk about it when it happened."
Goldie had done a Good Karma action and Leon and Annie were proud of their heroine Golden Retriever.
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Retiring in 2000, Dennyk rekindled his childhood interest in children's stories first triggered by his father's funny stories, by completing a children's writing course.
Dennyk is married with two children and four grandchildren who live in Europe. His wife runs an animal rescue centre called 'Lillies of the Field', some of the animals feature in his stories.
Dennyk grew up in North Dakota, gaining a BSME from the State University, moving to Ohio in 1955, France in 1964, England in 1978, Canada in 1984 and returning to Ohio in 1990.
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Jake And Lill
Jeremy The Flyer
My Dog Jeremy
Someone Ill Be
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The Lone Ranger
The Majestic 6 Plus 1
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