Originally published in Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories About Golden Retrievers.
Challenge is a Chariot
My name is Trigger Boy and I am a 14-year-old Golden Coated Russian Circus Dog (just kidding) also known as a Golden Retriever.
My Mom says I should be the Poster Dog for why NOT to put your dog in the bed of a pickup truck. I had my front leg amputated after I leapt out of a pickup truck to chase a deer. (Oh, this happened BEFORE I adopted my parents here in Cody, Wyoming.)
Originally from Massachusetts, I was found on a playground and brought to a shelter. When no one claimed me, this young couple adopted me, and I lived with them for four years. We all moved to Wyoming, and on my first day here I saw this deer that had my name on it. I launched from the pickup, and that was a bad move.
Well, they said I had nerve damage and I would have to give my leg up. After the operation, I started growling at the three young kids I lived with, and it was time for me to find a new home.
My name was Tigger, but being in the Wild West now, my new mom changed my name to Trigger, and she says I am a pistol!
Since I couldn’t keep up with my Golden brothers, the University of Wyoming Engineering Department took me on as a project to make a four-wheel drive “Waggin” cart. Four senior engineering students designed this award-winning device, and I got my wheels at a graduation symposium.
“Three paws up,” for those brilliant students!
Two years later I crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. I don’t need my “Waggin” cart here, where I romp with all the other Goldens, and wait for my forever family and friends to come play. See ya!
(Triggerboy, as translated by mom, Carol Polacek)