When Charlie Annenberg adopted an abandoned golden retriever named Lucky, a new breed of philanthropy was born.
Lucky was 4 in 2001 when he teamed up with Annenberg, scion to a wealthy family known for giving money away.
The 46-year-old Annenberg incorporated Lucky into all his projects. They were on the road more than they were home as they traveled around making documentaries about people who were making a difference.
Lucky became Annenberg’s sidekick and soul mate and would eventually inspire donations to dog-focused causes from the as much as $8 million the philanthropist controls annually.
See Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more tales of the pair’s adventures and altruism that include donating 170 guide dogs, search-and-rescue dogs or service dogs for veterans.