Northwest NEWS

June 14, 1999

Local News

Magoo finds a happy home and money for eye surgery


Becky Bishop with Magoo, whose plight gained the attention of the nation.

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Magoo, the golden retriever puppy who needs eye surgery, gained national fame last week on CNN and a Jacksonville, Florida sister station of Seattle's KIRO-TV.

   Better yet, those publicity efforts by local dog trainer Becky Bishop raised enough money to fund the more than $3,000 required for surgery and found Magoo a loving adoptive family in Bellevue.

   "This story had a very happy ending. I chose Bob and Suzanne Riley to adopt Magoo because they are a very nice family who obviously love their animals," said Bishop. "They have a gentle, older female dog, which will be good for Magoo, and they have a four-month-old baby. I think every kid should grow up with a dog. It makes them kinder people who are sensitive to animals' feelings."

   Bishop said the story of Magoo's plight was first run in the Seattle Times and on KIRO two weeks ago. It was picked up by CNN, which ran it all day on Wednesday, June 9. She has received numerous calls promising donations from Florida, and has received over $2,000 so far. Local donors have guaranteed to cover any required balance, she said.

   "It's interesting that most people who read the Times' story have called to donate money, while most people who read the Woodinville Weekly's story have called to adopt," said Bishop. "I've had calls from all over the country from people who saw the story on CNN."

   Dr. Penny Cooley, an Olympia canine opthamologist, will perform Magoo's surgery.

   Bishop is a private dog trainer who works with people and dogs in their own homes or takes dogs to her home for 10-day "Jump Start" training. That program is for owners who lack the time or experience to train dogs themselves, but who can maintain Bishop's training.