CALI, JACK NICKLAUS'S GOLDEN RETRIEVER
Two-Year-Old Cali is the Nicklauses' fourth female golden retriever. (The first one, Lady, was a gift from President Ford.) Lady begat Bear who begat White Paws, who died four years ago. A year later Gary Nicklaus saw his mother, Barbara, petting a golden at Pebble Beach. He asked the owner where the dog was bred. Turned out it came from the same kennel that Lady had, so Gary went there to pick out a puppy for his parents. Cali is short for the dog's birthplace, California.
Jack always had dogs growing up. Jack and Barbara's first dog was a silver poodle, Little Napoleon, who was the offspring of one of his childhood pets. "Jack has always liked watching TV or reading with a dog at his feet," says Barbara. "He likes playing with them, and when he practices his short game in the yard, Cali brings back the ball, although not always without teeth marks." Cali's most impressive trick is barking six times when she is asked, "How often has Jack won the Masters?"