Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: Glee The Golden Retriever Spreads Joy One Pet At A Time

Mike Sugerman
December 13, 2019 - 5:00 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Sometimes in the busy big city the smallest of comforts can be a gift.

In this week's Sweet Spot, Mike Sugerman comes across one example.

Perhaps you already know about the Golden Retriever named Glee, the dog that has nearly 314,000 Instagram followers and goes around giving out free cuddles.

Double tap if you want to boop my nose ----

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"There's no catch, it's just a free cuddle. Just for fun and for love," said Jared Kasner, Glee's owner. "We believe that dogs are really here to help bring people together and we have this social media presence and we want to use it for good."

But Glee is also out in the community spreading love. Her parents took her across country recently, stopping at cities along the way, to let people meet her in person and get those advertised cuddles.

"We live in a very lonely, social media-driven world where people are extremely isolated and anxious and so we thought that Glee could make a difference," said Jen Kasner, Glee's owner.

Glee Joy Tour continued! As we reflect on our #fallgoals, we can’t stop thinking about all the people and pups we met throughout the country. SO we will be doing monthly stops to spread Glee. Stay tuned for our first stop this week! Let us know in the comments where we should come next! #gleejoytour #goldens_glee @joingoldn

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Now that they're back, they take Glee out in her hometown of New York City.

"I think it's a great program, she made my day," one woman said.

At Bryant Park in the noon hour, people are encouraged to nuzzle, hug and cuddle Glee.

Today, we honor the courage and selflessness of all the people and dogs who gave of themselves 18 years ago on Sept 11, 2001. Over 300 dogs were deployed to Ground Zero for search and rescue or therapy. The choice made by so many to save another, knowing they would likely not survive, is something we must all never forget. Yesterday, we took Glee to firehouses to try to express our gratitude. This photo was taken at Squad 18, with two amazing members of New York’s Fire Dept. ** You never know how one moment can change a life forever. We ask that today, in memory of all those people and dogs who used their moments for good, each person who sees this performs an act of kindness. You can change someone's entire world. ** May the memory of all who perished and all who worked tirelessly to rescue be a blessing to everyone who sees this. All gave some some gave all. #neverforget #dogsofnyc

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"I love it, I feel like we're all so busy and it's always great to pet a cute dog," another woman said.

"She just is calm and gentle and in this crazy, crazy busy city you just have a moment to take a big breath and get some love," one woman said.

"Being able to stop and have a break in your day just to meet a sweet puppy is amazing," another said.

PSA: Glee loves you & wants you to remember that this Thanksgiving. It’s not for anything you’ve done or not done, but just for being you. The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but they can also bring up a lot of mixed emotions, uncertainty, feelings of anxiety or loneliness. We wanted each person who reads this to know that you are wonderful, beautiful, and loved. #goldens_glee #thanksgiving . . . . . #gratitude #nycdogs #goldensofig #barked #dogsofinstagram #goldenlove #goldenlovers #cuteanimals #thedodo #weeklyfluff #cuteanimals

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It's not all altruistic. Jared is a former corporate lawyer and Jen a banker. They have quit their jobs to concentrate on a new business that includes Goldn, a social media and tech service, and are working with companies to use Glee to promote their brand.

"I think it's important to do something that you find meaning in and so for us this felt like our purpose," Jen said.

They left the dog eat dog world they found themselves in and are hoping to make it bringing smiles one pet at a time.