Magna Come Laude Retriever Gets Degree

As dog owners we all know our fuzzy pals are smarter than the average bear. Now a golden retriever has upped the ante for all...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jul 7th 2008


As dog owners we all know our fuzzy pals are smarter than the average bear. Now a golden retriever has upped the ante for all our loved ones by receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Ada, Ohio (AP) – A well-trained golden retriever will receive a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University today along with the rest of the graduating class.

Zeeke, a 1-year-old dog, will earn his bachelor’s of science degree in canine companionship. The canine has spent thousands of hours training as a Canine Companion dog as part of a senior’s honors project.

This makes me wonder how my three treat seeking machines would fare in higher education. Let’s take Bo, my chow-retriever mix, first. He’s stubborn, aloof and likes to do things his way. With his attitude my guess is that he wouldn’t make it out of high school, most likely kicked out in 10th grade for smoking in the boys room.

Copper, my ridgeless Rhodesian ridgeback rescue, is sweet as could be. She follows the rules and is of above average intelligence. As long as she didn’t fall in with the wrong crowd, for she’s easily influenced, I could see her getting an associates degree in animal husbandry.

Logan, our Bernese Mountain Dog rescue, is a wild card. He’s cute and brilliant but scared of the world. If he can learn to trust humans, a bachelor’s degree and, dare I say it, world peace may well be within reach.

That’s my humble analysis of the dogs that run my house.

Let me hear about your loved ones and how far you think they can go in the world of higher education.