Saturday, January 03, 2009


Last month Murphy was all over the news. Murphy's owner at the time (ex-owner now) is accused of bludgeoning the 9 year old Australian Shepherd mix with a sledge hammer and leaving him wrapped in a blanket to die in a park in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

He was found by Robert Kennedy who was walking his own dogs in the park that day-- his 60th birthday. Robert took him to a vet who said there was only a 10% chance Murphy could survive. Murphy had a fractured skull, a damaged eye that had to be removed and injuries to his stomach and esophagus.

But thanks to Robert, who determined to save Murphy if at all possible, even though the vet bills could (and did) reach $6000, Murphy is alive. Donations were made into a fund to help pay the vet bill. And Murphy is now living with Robert Kennedy and his two Golden Retrievers.

When we emailed Robert to ask about posting his links on JFF, we learned that Murphy participated in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade as an honorary Golden Retriever. What an incredible recovery this dog that was not expected to survive is making.

Robert's webpage has these links on it, but I am going to post them separately here because his page, unlike a blog, is continuous.

Pictures of Murphy in the parade.

MyFox Atlanta news video.

And we can't forget: Robert asked us to be sure to mention G.R.R.A.! We asked what that is and he said, Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta - where I got Charlie from -- they do things the right way! (We are happy to do such a small thing for one who so obviously has a heart toward animals. )

If you want to read more of Murphy's legal story, it is being followed on


  1. Yay for you Murphy! And lots of head bumps and purrs for Mr. Kennedy for coming to Murphy's rescue.

    You know what we think of the person who did this to Murphy. Vile. It makes Mom physically ill to know that there are people like that.

  2. Hey farm friendzees! oh this post and the one before are so shocking and just heartbreaking. These two furs had their angels watching over them thank goodness. May all furs in harms way be blessed in the same way...

    Happy New Year Farm Friendzees we trust you had a pawsome Christmas.

    lots of love licks

  3. Robert Kennedy is an amazing man! Thank goodness he found Murphy! And as for the ex-owner...I hope he gets what he deserves...which is locked up for being so cruel...

  4. What an incredibly sad story, but with a happy ending. I just posted last week about a golden than had been shot twice and left for dead in a snowbank and survived. I can't believe how cruel humans can be. Then again, there are the people like Robert who show the complete goodness in humans.

    Hugs, Kodak

  5. We are so happy Mr. Kennedy found Murphy and saved his life. ~Socks, Scylla & Charybdis

    After everything he has been through I can't get over how loving Murphy looked in the pictures. Cats and dogs are amazing in their capacity to love us humans. ~Alasandra

  6. Woo Hoo! for Murphy and Robert.
    What a great heart he has and Murphy's will to!


  7. Another post today that made Mom leaky -

    Here is another

    We khanines are too smart to do the stoooopid stuff 'humans' should have done to them fur doing what they do to 'us' -

    He'll get his sometime -

    Let's hear it fur the good people Murphy's good samaritan!


  8. What a great story! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Thank you fow shawing that heawtwawming nice to know that thewe awe such wondewful genewous loving hoomans awond to countewwact the dweadful cwuel ones.
    Mommi says to tell you , she nevew evew leaves me tied up anywhewe..she doesn't go into the stowes if I'm wif hew that won't let doggies in..thewe awe too many cweeps out thewe
    Hope all of you have a vewy happy HEALTHY 2009
    love you
    smoochie kisses

  10. Woo There~
    All paws up here in Iowa for Murphy and for the wonderful Mr. Kennedy.
    Your pal,

  11. We are so glad things worked out for Murphy and Mr. Kennedy is a special bean.

    Mindy, Moe, Bono

  12. Aw, a tail witha very happy ending..I was wagging woried to begin with. Good on you Robert.I hope Murphy completely recovers from that cruel and shocking ordeal and has a Happy New Year. You too! Wags, Eric x

  13. Thank goodness for Robert Kennedy and others like him who care for the animals who can't defend themselves.

  14. We thankful for people like Robert who truly make the world a better place.

  15. Murphy is the bestest honourary Golden Retriever!!! Thank you Robert!

  16. Robert is a true angel! And for Murphy - thank god he could look past the terror that humans had put into his life and realize Robert was who he could trust!

  17. Murphy has a good road ahead!


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