Campus: CSU Sacramento -- April 24, 2002
Professor, Dog Set To Embark On Five-Week Study Of
Dog Culture In California
For 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 Field.
The two will be traveling from mid-May through the end of June.
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
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. He will check messages frequently. For
additional media assistance contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.