Golf ball-finding dog donates to humane society

National Animal Shelter Week was earlier this month. And in Minneapolis, a Bernese mountain dog did his part to help his fellow canines.


Earlier this month was National Animal Shelter Week. And in Minneapolis, a Bernese mountain dog did his part to help his fellow canines.


The pup teamed up with his owner to use his natural fetch abilities to raise money for shelter animals in need.

The day Al Cooper brought Davos home, was the day his life took a turn for the better. Cooper had been battling cancer, which led to some pretty dark days.

"Ever since I've had him he's just been a perfect companion for me and keeps me smiling," Cooper said. "I call him my rescue dog because he rescued me in a sense."

Cooper also realized Davos had a knack for rescuing golf balls.

They would hop on a cart together, drive onto the course they lived by, and Davos would find tee shots that came up a little short — sometimes dozens at a time.

They go so many that they had to store them in the freezer.

"They are just a cute pair. Yes, they are," Dusty Barrett-Cooper, Cooper's wife, said. "It's just turned us into a family. We've had great times with it."

Then came the question — what to do with all those golf balls?

Their answer came while watching TV one night. A commercial for neglected animals came on and it seemed to affect Davos.

"He started crying at all those destitute dogs in those cages and stuff," Cooper said. "Dusty came up with the idea that hey maybe we should sell the balls and donate the money to the Humane Society."

So that's what they did. They sold the balls to golfers and used that money to give back.

On Give to the Max Day, an annual tradition when Minnesotans and people around the world rally together to donate as much money as they can to their favorite charities, Cooper and Davos stopped by the Golden Valley Humane Society with a check for $1,000.

"We get the pleasure of starting the day by receiving a big check from a big dog with a big heart," Deanna Kramer, a senior adviser at the society, said.

But it's also bittersweet because it could be the last check they give.

"This year Davos is moving a little slower. I'm moving a little slower," Cooper said. "And (Davos) already passed, by a couple years, the life expectancy."

Still, for years this dynamic duo did their best to make sure a bad shot went to a good cause.

"We've had a darn good run," Cooper said.

The Golden Valley Humane Society said that they will use the Davos' donation to fund day-to-day operations at the shelter.