August 7, 2017

MGRC Names Terri Jo Rucinski 2017 Honorary Member


The Maine Golden Retriever Club has announced its selection of Terri Jo Rucinski of Chapel Hill, North Carolina as the club's 2017 Honorary Member.  Ms. Rucinski is Coordinator of Physical Therapy Services and Head Athletic Trainer for the University of North Carolina baseball team.  She works with "Remington", a three year old Golden Retriever, who works as a Medical Alert Assistance dog helping UNC baseball players who are recovering from injuries.


"Your fellow companions of the Golden Retrievers honor you for your willingness to team with Remington, not only in rehabilitative work at UNC but also for your outreach activities at the Duke Regional Hospital and assisted living facilities", MGRC President Susan Nattress told Rucinski.  Remington came to Ms. Rucinski through the Paws4People Foundation of Wilmington, North Carolina.  MGRC commended the organization "for the great work it does on a daily basis to provide assistance dogs to those in need.


Ms. Rucinski received a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education Teaching and Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 1987.  Moving to Chapel Hill, she received a Master's degree in Exercise and Sports Science from UNC in 1989.  She was employed at Froedtert Sports Medicine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until 1994 when she returned to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where she was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy.

Being in the health care field, I knew of the positive benefits that service dogs can facilitate in clients but little did I know at the time what an impact Remington would have on the PT patients and UNC athletes", Rucinski told MGRC.  "Remington is an inspiration and brings joy to all who meet him", she said.


Ms. Rucinski expressed her appreciation to MGRC saying that she was "privileged and ecstatic beyond words that the MGRC felt us worthy for this year's award."  MGRC President Nattress presented Ms. Rucinski with the "highly coveted" MGRC "Head and Tail" coin in recognition of her support of Golden Retrievers.


Previous MGRC Honorary Members include Leon Panetta, Luis Carlos Montalvan, Susannah Charleson, Joy Viola and Claire Caro.

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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Update

We are excited to announce that our Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study has reached its enrollment goal! Thanks to you, Chloe (dog #3,000), and all of the other study participants, we are on our way to understanding why our beloved Golden Retrievers develop cancer.


Although the enrollment is complete, our work is just beginning. Every dog matters. Every dog is a hero. Information gathered from each questionnaire and study visit will bring our community closer to identifying risk factors for cancer and other major diseases.


Thank you for helping us reach our milestone goal of 3,000 Golden Retrievers enrolled. The Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is now off and running!




David Haworth, DVM, PhD

President, CEO and Pet Parent


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MGRC goes to the

2014 GRCA National Specialty Show


MGRC' President, Charlie Cragin, was present to see the club's banner unfurled for the first time at the GRCA's National Specialty in Ashville, North Carolina.

Cragin was the guest of Claire Caro of Colorado who, as new club liaison, has been assisting in the development of MGRC.  At the National, Claire returned to the GRCA Board of Directors as Secretary.

Claire Caro and Mia following Mia's win!

“Everyone was very welcoming and hospitable”, said Cragin.  “Jon Chase, GRCA President, and John Cotter, immediate past President of GRCA and the initial President of the Golden Retriever Foundation, both went out of their way to introduce me to many of the folks in attendance.”

Charlie with Colonel Jon Chase, USMC (Ret.), President of GRCA and an Associate Member of MGRC.
Charlie with John Cotter, immediate past President of GRCA, at the Golden Retriever Foundation’s Gala Masquerade Ball.

AKC Cites MGRC for Using "Tools and Tactics" to Promote Club


Tools and Tactics for Promoting Clubs

If you’re a breed club, consider highlighting a prominent owner of your breed and inviting them to become an Honorary Member of your club. The Maine Golden Retriever Club regularly recognizes Golden Retriever owners that have made a difference in the world. Previous recipients include former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta, owner of Bravo, and Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan, owner of service dog and ACE recipient, Tuesday.

Read more about the club’s 2014 Honorary Member. Need advice about doing something similar in your area? Contact MGRC.

MGRC Unveils Its New “Golden Head & Tail” Coin


(October 19, 2013)  The Maine Golden Retriever Club at its Annual Meeting in October unveiled its new “Golden Head & Tail” Coin.  Charles L. Cragin, President of MGRC, expressed pleasure with the coin designed by noted Maine artist, Roger Williams, of Lovell, Maine.  “This is a memento that the club will use to express its appreciation to individuals who make contributions to the club and the breed.  It is also a souvenir that MGRC members can own and utilize to express personal appreciation to folks who help them in the nurturing of the Golden Retriever breed”, Cragin said.

“The head of the coin proudly displays the club’s affiliation with the American Kennel Club and the Golden Retriever Club of America while the tail expresses the club’s recognition of those who support Golden Retrievers”, Cragin added.

The Maine Golden Retriever Club will hold a Specialty AKC B Sanctioned Obedience Match in conjunction with the York County Kennel Club on November 24th.  “Every registrant will receive the coin as a commemorative souvenir of participation in the match,” Cragin said.  For more information on the match, contact Lauren Booth, Match Chair, at

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