Police Enforcement K-9 / Search &
Rescue Dog Robin ROBIN IS THE FIRST GOLDEN RETRIEVER IN HISTORY to win the
Club Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) in Law Enforcement
as a working Police K-9 specializing in Human Remains Detection,
Narcotics and Mantrailing. Eight-year-old Golden Retriever Robin (Am-Can Ch. Nitro's Boy Wonder SDHF BISS TDI CGC, Police K-9/Search and Rescue Dog) and Mary MacQueen work for the Salamanca
Police Department, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, and assist with
searches for the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in Western New York
State. In 2009 alone, Robin has been responsible for getting about half a
million dollars worth of dangerous narcotics off the streets.
Robin and Mary were recipients of the 2008 Police
Officer of the Year award for the Salamanca Police Department. In addition to
his work in law enforcement, Robin is a therapy dog. And, when his busy schedule allows, he
also leads local parades, visits hospitals and nursing homes, and makes trips to
schools to educate students about the dangers of drug abuse. During
community events and fundraisers, he can often be seen carrying a donation
basket or lunch box filled with candy for the kids.
Despite his intelligence, perseverance and beauty, Mary notes that temperament is by far Robin's strongest attribute,
as noted in her comment below.
Any Golden fanciers who have had the pleasure of meeting Robin
can attest to his utterly sweet disposition. Always willing to entertain the
crowd, Robin has a real sense of humor, is reliable, trustworthy, and truly
'plays well with others!' [He] is especially fond of small dogs. Whenever he befriends a new one, he
looks at us as if to say “Mom and Dad, can we keep him, can we, PLEASE??”
the journey . . . . . year two(Nov 2011 -
"Robin and I went to Valley Forge, Pa For the National Ski Patrol mountaineering, avalanche, and
Nordic instructor refresher seminar this weekend. Camping at Valley Forge, I hear they don't have a good history with that.
Here is Robin in our tent."
"Robin and I are in West Dover, Vermont this week to
participate in the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge. It's
like solving a revolutionary war era murder-mystery, while
doing some butt-busting hiking and navigation to do it. Wish
us luck! We found something, what is it Robin?"
Wow, we found the Queens Jewels!
"We've discovered another treasure in the Green
Mountain Adventure Challenge!
"Heading up the trail on our adventure, watch for ice!"
"Success! Robin and I have reached the lake and solved
the next leg of the Green Mountain Adventure Challenge. Wow,
that was a much tougher and longer hike than we thought it
would be...We did it!"
"Robin presenting Jackie Greene of Mercy Flight the
donations he collected for Mercy Flight today at their open
house in Olean. Robin thoroughly enjoyed his day there,
doing demos and entertaining the kids.d"
"I am so excited
for Robin, who was asked to walk in the Relay for Life in
Ellicottville as a cancer survivor. What an honor for him to
be asked to walk in the company of so many of his brave
manning the "donashunz" basket at the Relay for Life in
Ellicottville, NY today. His tail never stopped wagging as
he met and greeted new friends all day long. He made me
proud today, showing me that he truly is an immutable
spokesman for cancer survivors everywhere. I love you Robin,
you are my hero, and I am your biggest fan."
bestest thing ever just happened! I took in a basket of
chocolates, and the staff made a mistake and switch them
with dog biscuits! What an excellent mistake they made!
Shhhh, don't tell anyone."
"Here is Robin getting ready to help my husband and our
neighbor locate a bear that the neighbor shot yesterday with
a bow. Robin successfully located a large 8 point buck MIA
last season. Sorry folks, we live in hunting country, what
can I say? At least he gets to use his nose, a job he
"Well, looks like the old man has still got it! I
finally got this picture of Robin winning Best Veteran and a
Judges Award of Merit at ten years of age and two years
cancer free, over younger champions at the Golden Retriever
Club of WNY Specialty show in August."
Robin visited his favorite vet, Dr. Robert Stein of the Animal Pain
Management Center in Amherst, NY. Robin got his teeth cleaned & some excellent recommendations for pain management for older age
aches and pains. I am so thankful to Dr. Stein and all of you, for
making it possible for Robin to first of all make it to his senior
years, and secondly be healthy enough to thoroughly enjoy them!