Philanthropist Pays for 170 Guide, Search and Service Dogs as Part of Tribute to His Own Dog

Philanthropist Pays for 170 Guide, Search and Service Dogs as Part of Tribute to His Own Dog

Posted by on August 31, 2013                                       /   Comments Off

Philanthropist Charlie Annenberg and his golden retriever Lucky. For 16 years, Lucky has been his sidekick, soul mate and inspiration, said Mr Annenberg. Picture: AP/Explore.org

Thanks to Pat who writes: In the spirit of Steve’s great article “A Man for Our Times” – http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/08/a-man-for-our-times/ – here is a story about a man who donates a portion of his wealth to training service dogs. I felt such a heart opening of love and joy as I read it. I know that when and if I receive prosperity funds I will do something similar!

By Associated Press, – August 28, 2013

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LOS ANGELES — When Charlie Annenberg adopted an abandoned golden retriever named Lucky, a new breed of philanthropy was born.

Lucky was 4 in 2001 when he teamed up with Annenberg, scion to a wealthy family known for giving money away.

The 46-year-old Annenberg incorporated Lucky into all his projects. They were on the road more than they were home as they traveled around making documentaries about people who were making a difference.

Lucky became Annenberg’s sidekick and soul mate and would eventually inspire donations to dog-focused causes from the as much as $8 million the philanthropist controls annually.

Whether it was a chef at The White House or coal miners 100 feet underground in West Virginia, Lucky made documentary interviews easy because he made everyone so comfortable. In each small town and big city, the man and dog would make unannounced stops at a retirement home, where Lucky would steal the show.

The workload for both grew with explore.org. Using state-of-the-art cameras, Annenberg brought wildlife (bears and bees and beluga whales) to stunning life for millions of web watchers. He and Lucky traveled to every installation in North America and everywhere they went, Annenberg filmed Lucky interacting with people and places.

At the Delta Blues Museum in Mississippi, Annenberg cut a harmonica-backed, spontaneous freestyle jazz tribute to Lucky.

“It doesn’t matter what color your skin, man or woman, fat or thin. He loves them all, every day. His name is Lucky and he’s my friend.”

In 2010, Annenberg decided to use his Lucky photos and films for a travel journal on Facebook, telling the story of their trips.