The Cotton Fund

One of the greatest Golden Retrievers in our breed’s history was NAFC FC AFC Topbrass Cotton OS FDHF.  As both a competition field trial dog and as a producer of dogs whose accomplishments in field, obedience, and tracking are legendary, his qualities exemplified the breed.  It is in his honor, and as a tribute to his long life and progeny, that this fund is established.

Competitive field trial dogs like Cotton are required to travel coast to coast, and border to border, as a means of showing the talents and training required of the sport. The ability to shine weekend after weekend, mile after mile, is the definition of perseverance.  Topbrass Diesel MH MNH WCX ** hearkened back to Cotton multiple times in his pedigree. His owner envisioned a fund that would honor the similar resilience of senior rescue dogs — a trait that keeps them alive and thriving despite all odds.  Tragically, Diesel, who redefined perseverance in his final competitive season, including his last trial at the 2012 Master National on his way to a stellar career, died suddenly at a young age from cancer.  Diesel did not have the privilege of spending time as a veteran.  The vision of the Cotton Fund, already in progress, did not stop with Diesel’s loss, but became even more important to aid the perseverance of senior rescue dogs to make it to their forever homes.  The idea has become reality.

This fund has as its mission the task of providing the means to successfully relocate Goldens in need as they move through the silver years of their lives.  In recognition of the contributions that Cotton made to the breed, and especially to honor his almost 17 years of life, the Golden Retriever Foundation® establishes The Cotton Fund, created through the unending love and memory of his progeny, Diesel.

The Cotton Fund assists Golden Retriever Rescue programs affiliated with the GRCA CARE Committee in the transport of Golden Retrievers between two programs; or from a Golden Retriever Rescue program to a certified facility for the training of service or search and rescue dogs.  The primary intent of this fund is to meet the transport needs of the senior Golden (for this purpose 7 years and over).  The intent of the fund was clarified wih the donor and this fund is not intended to assist puppy mills in making room for more dogs.  Puppy mill breeding stock will be considered if the business is shut down by a government agency. On a case-by-case basis and as fund resources permit, other reasons and younger ages will be considered with the priority remaining seniors.

    • Travel and transport by personal or commercial ground vehicle will be reimbursed at the maximum rate of $150 per dog per trip. The minimum distance will be 600 miles round trip. Expenses covered, as verified by receipts and invoices, are:
      • Vehicle rental
      • Fuel
      • Tolls
      • Lodging and meals for staff and/or volunteers
    • All decisions about reimbursement belong to the Golden Retriever Foundation®.
    • Boarding for dogs either before, during or after the transport
    • Unforeseen costs arising during travel such as extra materials and supplies, veterinary care,
      vehicle repair
    • Puppy Mill dogs released to rescue to make more room for breeding stock unless the facility is shut down by a Government agency. (Res 24-11)

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