April 23, 2002
Professor, dog set to embark on five-week
study of dog culture in California
Nick Trujillo and his dog, California's coast will be a bit
more golden this summer. Trujillo, a communication studies
professor at California State University, Sacramento, will
embark on a five-week trip up the California coast this May
and June with his Golden Retriever "Ebbet" (or "Ebbie"),
who was named after the Brooklyn Dodger's former home, Ebbet's
The two will be traveling from mid-May through the end of
During his trip, Trujillo will interview hundreds of dog owners,
including border guards, police officers and firefighters,
Hollywood celebrities, dog trainers, owners of dog businesses,
animal shelter workers, fishermen and dozens of campers and
residents. Among his plans are a talk with the manager of
the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego about famous dogs that
have stayed there, a visit to the war dog memorial at March
Air Force Base in Riverside and interviews at a Beverly Hills
boutique store for dogs.
Trujillo plans to write a book about the trip titled The
Golden Coast: Up the California Coast with a Golden Retriever.
It will explore "dog culture" in the state.
Trujillo also will be raising money for Homeward Bound, a
Sacramento-based nonprofit organization that rescues Golden
Retrievers. His goal is to get pledges of $1 for each mile
of the 1,072 miles of the California coastline. He's already
close to that goal, as dog owners who have heard about the
trip pledged support as well as ideas and places to stay.
"This trip will be part research project, part fund-raiser
and part epic journey," Trujillo says.
For more information about Homeward Bound, contact Jody Jones
at (916) 655-1410 or visit www.homewardboundgoldens.org.
For more information about the trip or to schedule interviews
with Trujillo, call (916) 278-6335 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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