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    For Golden lovers and others.

    This was in another board and I thought the Golden moms and dads would enjoy it.

    Dog Beats Most in Swim From Alcatraz
    Monday, August 1, 2005

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Jake, a 4-year-old golden retriever, swims from Alcatraz towards San
    Francisco with Jeff Pokonosky, of San Diego, during the 10th Annual
    South End Rowing Club Alcatraz Invitational on Saturday, July 30, 2005.
    The canine was the first of his species to make the swim and did it in a
    time of 41:45, 72nd out of 500 swimmers. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

    With a stomach full of scrambled eggs, Jake dog-paddled his way into
    history, leaving most of the serious - and human - swimmers in his wake.
    Organizers of the South End Rowing Club's 10th annual Alcatraz
    Invitational - a 1.2 mile swim from the infamous prison island to the
    San Francisco shoreline - say the 65-pound golden retriever is the first
    canine known to have made the crossing.
    He was the only dog among more than 500 swimmers who lept into the
    chilly, choppy waters on Saturday, coming in 72nd overall. His time was
    41 minutes and 45 seconds.
    The crowd cheered as the 4-year-old pooch made his way onto solid
    ground, shaking sprays of water and dodging a woman who tried to put a
    medal around his neck.
    "It was colder and rougher than we thought it would be," said Jeff
    Pokonosky, Jake's owner and swim partner. "Jake amazed me. He was very
    focused. He started out really fast. I was trying to slow him down. He
    increased his pace to stay with the pack."
    The pair live in San Diego and swim 4 miles a week and bodysurf
    together, Pokonosky said. And Jake always eats scrambled eggs before a
    big swim.
    Bill Wygant, president of the South End Rowing Club, said he was more
    than happy to allow a dog into the race, a first for the more than
    100-year-old group.
    "This swim is about personal challenge," Wygant said. "Whether you are
    dog or human, it's whatever you can achieve that counts."

    "All men are created equal but none of them is equal to a dog." From the "Howard Huge" cartoon..

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    I read about this...pretty awesome dog!

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    Amazing! We floated on inner tubes on vacation a couple weeks ago about 2 miles. Dixie and Dusty swam along with us (walking on shore too). Our trip took about 4 hours though. I can't imagine doing it in the little time that this dog did!

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    I saw this on the news!
    pretty awesome dog!
    you got that right!
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    I missed this story earlier. Congrats Jake. That's quite a feat.

    I really liked what the article had to say about it too.
    "This swim is about personal challenge," Wygant said. "Whether you are dog or human, it's whatever you can achieve that counts."
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