Hero the Golden

Hero the Golden Book

Get your copy of Hero the Golden!

The story of Hero the Golden isn't just about a cute golden retriever.  It helps children learn to accept themselves, see beauty in others and to share compassion.  The story is delivered through the real-life experiences of one amazing golden.

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/herothegolden" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Get to know him better on his Facebook page, and discover Hope, who was Hero's little sister.</a>
Hero the Golden enjoying the evening breeze while on vacation, 2013.

Hero's Legacy

Hero was the inspiration for the creation of Thankful Paws. It was through his consistent expression of love and compassion that touched all that knew him. He passed away on March 19, 2019 from a long battle with Cushing's disease, he was almost twelve years old.

We are conducting an on-going Memorial Fundraiser with the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. They are doing the country's leading research in this area. Click here to link to their school and you can put a face to their name. They are also very honored that we sought them out to make a donation to help. They are available to answer your questions, and their contact information is below.

To make a donation in Hero's honor you can mail a check, payable to Washington State University, with Hero on the memo line and mail it to the address below or you can click this link and be forwarded to the school's online donation page. This link is pre-set so your donation goes to the Veterinary School for the Small Animal Pituitary Fund. (Small animal means, dogs and cats, and Cushing's Disease is a Pituitary disease. This is the best place for our donations!)  Once you select an amount to donate, when you click on the next page to enter in your payment, one of the questions will be, if you want this gift to be in memory of someone. Please just click there and type in "HERO" and they will know that you were inspired to give because of him.

Hero would be honored to know that you care. Please try to make a donation, there is no gift too small. Every dollar helps. Their research and surgery just might help your pet or a friend's pet.

Please feel free to share this page with your friends and family. This Memorial Fundraiser will be on-going with special emphasis on October 26, which was Hero's birthday. You can also like him on Facebook at Hero the Golden, to receive updates about his legacy as well as information about Hero's protege, Hope.

All money donated will go directly to Washington State University and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt from them directly.

Christie can be reached at (206) 219-2402 office or by email at ccotterill@wsu.edu

Dr. Tina can be reached at (509) 335-9420 or by email at tina.owen@wsu.edu

To mail checks please send to:
(please remember to put HERO in the memo line on your check)

Washington State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Attn: Christie Cotterill
901 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98164