Joy on 84 legs; A dog parade and party celebrated a beloved friend
By Patrick Robinson
As we exit the days of the pandemic, it seems like everyone is searching for reasons for joy.
Heather McConnell hit on just such an idea for her friend Rachel Fram. Rachel loves Golden Retrievers. She does not own one. But for her, they are a source of wonder and happiness. Hence Heather's idea to stage a Golden Retriever Parade and Party as a surprise for her friend.
She put out the word on Facebook, asking anyone with the right dog, enough time and love in their heart to come down and surprise her friend. 22 dogs with their owners organized across from the business area near 63rd SW and then formed a short parade over to Rachel's house.
To say she was surprised is an understatement. She said, "I grew up with golden's. I always had one growing up and they are just the sweetest most loving pure joyful dog. Every time I see one it makes me excited. Every time I see one I wish I had one and this is a dream come true."
Heather explaned: "Today is Rachael’s birthday - she is a MASSIVE golden lover and gasps every time she sees one. The dramatic gasp was my inspiration for orchestrating the golden parade. Rachael is the crown jewel of 60th ave sw. Some people may think it’s Harry’s beach house - but Rach was actually here first.
You can usually find her sitting in her famous porch-side papasan chair, hanging out with her kitties, enjoying the scene. Rachael works tirelessly as a night nurse, her kindness and compassion knows no bounds! For these reasons amongst many others, I wanted to put on an unforgettable event for her special day."
What a wonderful way to celebrate your friend on her Birthday! 🎈🎉❣️
That is so sweet! I also love goldens, They are the best dogs ever!
Yay! Thank you for capturing this Golden birthday surprise! 🤗🐶💛
One of the sweetest most joyful ideas. Thanks for sharing!!!
This was the best EVER birthday gift Rachael could receive. The story brought her day home to us from afar. Organizing the Golden parade was amazing, creative and loving. Thank you, Heather, for filling my daughter's day with "pure Joy"! .. Now, if she could ever find a rescue Golden :)...
Happy birthday!!!😄❤😘 I loved your GOLDEN PRAADE too. They are so sweet. I grew up with beagles so I know what you mean. I get excited seeing one of them or even a picture of one. Enjoy!! I am glad they made a video for you so you can watch it over and over. Take ❤
I teared up! What a wonderful gift and a special friendship! Who wouldn't want to roll around in the grass with 21 retrievers!
And the retrievers all look so genuinely surprised to see so many dogs that look so much like them! Hahaha