Heroes & Heroines


From time-to-time someone will unexpectedly appear and do something that makes us realize that the Center for Canine Behavior Studies’ Mission and initiative to help dog owners better understand their canine companions—and to better understand how their behavior may be influencing their dog’s behavior—is resonating.

The definition of a hero or heroine is “a person who, in the opinion of others, is distinguished and admired for their noble qualities, or courage, or outstanding achievements, or has performed a heroic act.”

We hope you will take a few minutes to read (and share) the stories of the individuals who in our opinion have proven themselves as heroes and heroines, not just for the Center, but for the people and dogs that are – and have been – part of their lives.

Our Heroes & Heroines

Carolyne Linda Poulton, BEM

Michael Good, DVM

The Labrador Lady of Lyth: Canine Angel and Heroine

November 23, 2014

By Chris P. Janelli
Executive Director, The Simon Foundation’s Center for Canine Behavior Studies


One of the genuine pleasures of my work with The Simon Foundation’s Center for Canine Behavior Studies is connecting with people around the world and discovering extraordinary individuals. No matter where in the world there are dogs, there are people who not only love them, but are giving of themselves, in both full-time professional careers and part-time volunteer work, to make the world a better, safer and more loving place for canines. I am inspired everyday by these people.

Infrequently, I connect with someone who doesn’t just inspire me but blows me away. One such person is my new found friend—Carolyne Linda Poulton, BEM—who is literally, so to speak, at the end of the earth; or at least a tiny part of it.

Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service

Photos/1066-oh9b9j8DkEq6.jpgCarolyne, who is recognized around the world for her passion of re-homing Labradors, which she does as the Coordinator for the non-profit organization Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland Scio, is an angel and heroine to more than 5,000 Labradors throughout Scotland and the U.K. who found new homes and owners when circumstances left them homeless.

Carolyne’s rescue work is so well known and respected throughout the United Kingdom and Scotland, that on 27th September 2014, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen the Lord Lieutenant of Caithness awarded Carolyne for her work with Labrador retrievers with the British Empire Medal, also known as the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service.

Open and read (and download and share) the full story of Carolyne L. Poulton – Guardian Angel to 5,000 Labs.

A Man on a Mission

June 25, 2015

By Chris P. Janelli
Executive Director, The Simon Foundation’s Center for Canine Behavior Studies

Michael Good, DVM is no ordinary man, and is definitely not your typical small animal veterinarian. In many ways, he is the embodiment of what it means to live in America, where you can pursue your dreams to make yourself into anything you want to be.

In Michael Good’s case, the story of his journey starts in the small town of Mishawaka, Indiana. Because of his family’s struggles in his early years, there was little chance for Michael to become anything more than a blue collar worker. But this is the tale of a boy who would not take no for an answer.

Dr. Good grew up with five brothers and sisters in the upper Midwest. Michael’s early life was molded by his mother, who nurtured her children and made sure they learned the value of hard work. As Dr. Good’s altruistic endeavors have shown, his mother was also dedicated to instilling in her family a love for their community. As a young boy, Dr. Good loved and rescued many animals, and as a junior in high school, he made the decision to pursue his love for animals by becoming a veterinarian.

Open and read (and download and share)  A Man on a Mission