Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Humanitarian Bert

Hello Friends.

I am so glad you came back to hear about my buddy Bert.  I like to call him "Golden Boy".  I like to call him that when he gets a bit mischievous because as many of you know that Bert seems like the perfect dog, or Golden Boy.  He is a retired (mostly) Search and Rescue Dog and Cadaver Dog, he reads to children in the schools, he has helped us out at the homeless shelter, he does demonstrations to teach children (and adults) how to be safe in the wilderness and what to do if they do get lost, and he is a therapy dog bringing comfort and healing to those in need at the hospital and even nursing homes.

That's me with Golden Boy.

Here he is loven' on a little peep.

This is him at a demonstration to teach people how to be safe in the wilderness.

Bert at the homeless shelter.

Bert bring Christmas cheer to more children at the shelter.

Bert helping children read at school.

Bert is well loved.

The nurses and doctors love Bert at the hospital.

Oh and how those that are sick love love him!  (even if he takes over their bed).

So yea he does a lot of good stuffs.  But friends it is now official.  Are you ready for this?

What is Bert and Miss Vickie doing with this tall guy?

They received this from HCA (Hospital Corporation of America).  They own and operate hospitals all over the United States.  

The Frist Humanitarian Award is the companies highest honor an employee, physician, and volunteer can receive.  Since 1972 these awards have recognized special individuals who constantly go beyond the call of duty in serving patients and their local community.  The award is inspired by Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr.

And to just put an exclamation point to all this; Bert and his Vickie received a lot of green papers as a part of this honor and you know what Bert is going to do with 1,000 of those green papers?  He is giving it to St. Anne's Homeless Shelter! 

There ya have it pups, kit kats and peeps.  
Bert is our Humanitarian of the year (and his Vickie is too)!
(He was one of the two finalist) 

I love ya buddy and you truly are a Golden Boy, and not just because of your golden furs.  It's because of your Golden Heart.


  1. Woo Hoo! We've been waiting all day to hear the news about Bert and boy was it worth the wait! Bert and Miss Vicki so deserve that award. They sure are a special team that do so much for so many. We're not surprised that they are donating some of their award to the shelter either.

    Congratulations Bert and Your Vicki! You're the best!

    Millie & Walter

  2. OMD!!!! Oh, that is just wonderfuls Bert!!! Oh, I can see Goose is just beamin' with pride over your humanitarian skills! Congrats on the awardie and the green papers!! Wows, that is soooooo very sweet and generous to give them to the shelter! Bert is one special doggie fursure! And, let's not forgets his amazin' peep Vickie!! Yea Vickie!!! Good work guys!
    I bow to your greatness.....
    Now, is there cake?

  3. OMD!! That is soo special. What a great award and for such a deserving pair. We feel so honored that we were able to meet them and call them our friends. Bert & Miss Vickie we love you! Congratulations
    Bailey, Hazel, Greta & Mom

  4. WOW! Ok, I agree with Ruby. Is there cake? OK, seriously, excellent work Bert. You have inspired me and my mom and although it pales in comparison, we are comitting to be ever mindful of the needs of others by doing something special each month. Thanks for being such a great inspiration!

  5. We have been checking all day to see this post! Bert and his Vicki are great! Concatulations to them and the shelter they donated to!

  6. AH shucks buddy, you make me blush and that is hard for a dog to do. But you didn't mention that your human had a great deal to do with this because of all the thimes she came and helped us train the search dogs and all the time she came with us to the hospital and helped us with all the patients. And all our blogville friends who inspire us with all that they do and say. In truth, we all are humanitarians......and without being too schmucky, we love you all and can't wait until we can get back online more often.
    And just to show that dogs rule.....the first place winner of the award was also a therapy dog and his person. I think the world is starting to realize just how precious us four legs (kittys included) are.
    Thanks for being our examples
    Bert and My Vickie

  7. Goose,
    Your BFF is one giving good guy. A lot of people are being helped because of him. Go Bert!

  8. Congrats Bert!

    Stop on by for a visit

  9. Thanks for sharing his wonderful news, Goose!!

    Bart, Ruby and Otto

  10. OMD!!! Huge Congratulations going out to Bert and his Vickie...that is such a special honor and very well deserved!! What an accomplishment!! That sure is great that they are sharing green papers with St. Anne's too!! We know that you and your MOM help them out a lot too Goose and we all thank you for that!! We are so glad to know all of you! Now...about the cake???

    xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  11. OMD that was an incredible post for an incredible pal. Mommy is teary eyed and we are so proud to call Bert and you sweet Goose pals. Bert and Miss Vickie totally deserved the award and I am glad that someone recognized them for all they do. Thank you for sharing this and yahoo for St. Annes. Everybody wins here.

    Loveys Sasha

  12. Oh Goose, this does not surprise us one bit because we know Bert and his Vickie are so very wonderful!!! Congratulations to them and yaahooo! Isn't it so fabulous for them to be recognised and appreciated for all the good they do. Thanks for letting us know Goose. Sorry butt we have to say it again ......YAAHOOOOOOOO. We are proud of you Bert and your Vickie!! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  13. Wow congratulations to Bert and well deserved too. What a great guy he is. He makes so many people happy as do you Goose. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  14. OMD...OMD...OMD...this is truly AMAZING and inspirin'!!!!! I is so freakin' proud of Bert to recieve such a prestigious award. It is no surprise to me cuz da impact they has made on udders is priceless and I knows they will always remember what they has done fur them whether it is bringin' a smile to their face or bringin' closure to a family.
    I wish I could be like Bert when I grows up.
    CONGRATULATIONS MISS VICKIE AND BERT!!!!!! And way to go fur donatin' your green papers to St. Anne's.

    PS: Can you you please let me know sumptin' Bert can't do cuz I is feelin' awfully inferior nows...hehehe.

  15. Bert sure is one amazing dog and he is so beautiful to.. Love the reading photo..BOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  16. Bert is wonderful! He is also very handsome. I guess they didn't hear what he did at the lake a few weeks ago. LOL

  17. Congrats to Bert and His Vickie - that is one incredible honor but oh so much deserved. And then to turn around and give that money to St. Ann's - they deserve another award for that too!!!

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  18. Dearest Bert and Miss Vickie
    Mom and I send you a ton of hugs and say BRAVO for being your wonderful selves and giving of yourselves unconditionally. Miss Vickie you are a great trainer and Bert is an exceptional student.

    Bert Mom and I want to run our hands through your silky golden boy furs and give you a kissy on your nosey
    hugs madi your BFFF
    PS Goose thank you for telling us about your Golden Friend's awad

  19. tell your godlen boy i have golden tears running down my face just watching him doing his thing, the homeless shelter was the one that did the teary eyes thing... he and his Vickie deserve it and giving to the homeless shelter just finished me off. thanks for sharing this wonderful touching story. i cried yesterday as i watched the many searching dogs in OK... they all deserve awards to.

  20. WOW - that is so totally pawsome - we are so PROUD of Bert and Miss Vickie and you and your mom too Goose - you are all truly beautiful!

  21. That is fantastic and incredible! I'm so happy for Bert and Miss Vickie, and for the shelter, too!


  22. Hurray for, Bert!!! He is my hero!!! Love you, big guy!! I am sure the homeless shelter is so grateful for the green papers - and that your donation will help feed and house many people!

    Your pal, Pip

  23. He's a great ambassador, that's for sure.

    I love the pic of him and Goose on the bench!

  24. OH GOOSE.... OH MY DOG... OMD... WE are so THRILLED to say we KNOW BERT and Miss Vickie. THEY are the mostest Loving and Giving ones EVER!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Our hearts are all swollen up with PRIDE and HAPPINESS fur the Fabulous and well DESERVED award that they received. We are NOT one bit surprised that they are sharing the green papers with those in need. THAT is JUST the WAY BERT and MISS VICKIE are.

    BRAVO BERT and MISS VICKIE!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  25. NOw that is one GOLDEN story!! Congratulations to Bert and Miss Vickie. Bless them all :)

  26. Wow! Way to go, Bert! We are so very proud of you!


  27. I have some tears with joy in my eyes now. He isn't only the golden boy he has a heart of gold too. Congratulations Bert and Miss Vickie!
    What a wonderful post Goose!

  28. Congratulations Bert,and Miss Vickie.
    You are so talented ,the loving and giving heart you have for everyone
    inspires all of us here in blogville.

    xo Cinnamon

  29. That's great news. CONGRATS to Bert and Vicki!!
    He is sooo special!!

    Jazzi and Addi

  30. WOW! It's not a surprise, of course, but it's grreat that others are finally recognizing Bert as the pawesome guy we all know and love in Blogville. Way to go, Bert!!!

  31. Oh Goose none of this surprises me about your friend Bert, we can tell he and Ms Vicki are all around good, great, super duper peoples and dog....i know you know you are blessed to have them in your lives and they are blessed to have you.
    stella rose

  32. Congratulations Bert. You are one special pup.
    Benny & Lily

  33. Hari OM
    What can I say that others have not? Well it brought a tear to my eye - old sook that I am. Not just that Bert and his Vicki got recognition - but that you are so free and loving in your praise and sharing it with us all. Lots of love, hugs and wags (please share some back to Bert for me?) YAM-aunty xxxx

  34. Wow, that is great that Bert and Miss Vickie passed on the green papers!! Spreading the love!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  35. OMD, Bert, you are the greatest!!!! My Mom was all smiles at what he did with his green papers! Bert and his Ms. Vicki deserves lots of hugs and tummy scratches!!!


  36. Bravo to Bert and Miss Vicki! Well done! What a super example they set for us to follow, and we don't mind being reminded what good guys they are, cuz they are such good guys and now everybody knows! Those green papers make the joy of sharing with the shelter even better. Way to go! Lady Caroline Lamb

  37. That sure is one handsome friend you've got there!

  38. Bert is like super dog, Bert is my hero, You're simply the best Bert!!
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  39. Bert and Miss Vickie have a lot to be proud of and I know you are beaming right along with them, Goose. What a wonderful honor and I know all those green papers will go to good use.

  40. Hi Goose, What a wonderful honor for Bert and Miss Vickie-no surprise though. Of course you and your mom deserve one too. It is an honor to call you all friends.
    Wags, Noreen

  41. It is so wonderful to see Bert and Vickie recognized in such a grand way. They certainly deserve it and much more!!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  42. Big congratulations to Bert and Miss Vickie! Well deserved!

  43. Congratulations to your best buddy Burt and his Vickie!!! Burt is such a wonderful dog and he and his Vickie surely deserve it!! So happy for them!!
    Goose thank you so very much for your visit!!!! I love you Goose and I loved Zoie with all my heart!! I miss her so!!!!

  44. Congrats to your incredible buddy Bert and Vickie! Wow an example of touching lives and making a difference. Thanks for sharing Goose.

  45. Oh wow, that's amazing. What a lovely award for a very special guys xx

  46. OH WOW!!!!!!!!! Congrats to Bert and his Vickie! AND to ALL the many, many people they help. Oh, what a great honor! And for him and his Vickie to turn around and donate to St. Anne's -- what a selfless, honorable thing! I could just lick his muzzle to pieces!!!
    Please body-slam him for me, OK?