The Maine Golden Retriever Club (MGRC) has begun inducting into their club as honorary members prominent citizens that own Golden Retrievers.
The club’s first honorary member was Leon Panetta, former Secretary of the Department of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Club President Charlie Cragin told us: "The Club sent a letter to Panetta in October 2012 via Senator Susan Collins advising the Secretary of his induction. The letter in part said: Your friends have enjoyed the media reports of the bond between you and your Golden Retriever, Bravo. As you well know, many returning members of America's military have turned to canine companions to assist them in rebounding from the ravages of war. We are pleased that you are setting the example of involving Bravo in your daily activities."
Secretary Panetta responded to the news of his induction in a November 2012 letter with his thanks and the signed photo you see in this post.
The club’s first honorary member of 2013 was Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan, a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army who served multiple combat tours in Iraq. His personal decorations include two Bronze Star medals and the Purple Heart. Club President Charles L. Cragin of Raymond, Maine, wrote to Captain Montalvan to advise him of the honor and to thank him for his visit to Maine in January. Montalvan is the New York Times Best Selling Author of "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him." Golden Retriever Tuesday helped Montalvan overcome the challenges of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Thanks, MGRC, for doing great work reaching out to Golden Retriever owners.
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