Bollywood's introduction

by Steph Mahrle

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On February 9, 2014 Good Karma Training added a new pack member! This is Bollywood, a suspected ten-month-old golden retriever mix. My husband and I answered a Craigslist ad which indicated he was a five-month-old puppy. When we met with the current owners Bollywood (formerly known as "Lucky") was dragging a young man down the street. The man explained he had just started a new job and with his college classes becoming more demanding, and an impending move, he was no longer able to provide the dog with an active home. 

We decided to name our new furry family member "Bollywood" for two reasons. The first reason is that as a child, my best friend owned a dog named Hollywood. He was some kind of a golden pitbull mix, and a genuinely wonderful companion. Hollywood seemed to love spending every moment with children, being silly throwing his tennis ball all around and playing in the kiddie pool with us as well.  I thought of Hollywood the instant I saw the Craigslist ad. The second reason for Bollywood's name is that Bollywood is GRAND, and dynamic...and after seeing this dog as a "puppy" boldly drag his owner down the block and pounce his enormous paws onto his owner's car, I thought Bollywood was quite fitting. He has quite the personality, and I am so happy to provide him with a loving structured home. Soon he will be able to join me to client homes and provide support as a friendly socialization dog. 

I am truly blessed to have such a great career where I can spend hours on end with my furry companions while improving my client's lives with their dogs.