Pleasanton couple's dog a winning wiener

"In the seven years they have been together, Patrick Major has seen Sammy Davis transform from a playful pet to one of the fastest dachshund racers in the state. Even though he stands only about 6 inches tall, Sammy can pump his stubby little legs and leap through the air to catch Frisbees nearly as big as he is. And, this pooch was a doggie pinup in the International Disc Dog calendar three years running." Read More Here


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March 1, 2013


I cannot even begin to thank you for the incredible day at Saint Mary’s. The kids enjoyed it so much and, once again, you have exceeded any expectation. You provided my kids with such an amazing experience! It was wonderful. Please also express my gratitude to Mr. Brown and Dr. Rivas. They were so inspirational and I greatly appreciate the time they gave us. You are amazing! Thank you! Tanya Madsen, Novato AVID Coordinator, Academy Director, Hamilton Meadows Middle School

February 5, 2013

Dear Mr Major

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to go to Saint Mary’s College. I has a great time. The food there is delicious, and the guest speakers really motivated me to be all I can be in life, and not what people think I am going to be in life – but what I want to be. The game was also very fun. Saint Mary’s played very well. They beat Portland by a lot. Well, thank you for a wonderful Saturday at Saint Mary’s. I hope I get to experience it again. Sincerely, Sergio Godoy, Hamilton Meadows Middle School, Novato AVID

February 5, 2013

Dear Mr.Major,

Thank you for such a cool trip ! That was like probably the best field trip I have ever gone on. I just cannot give enough thanks from this letter. So, I just want to say we had a wonderful time, the food was great, the game exciting, and I really learned a lot about college and as an AVID student, I have every chance of going to a college of my choice. Eternally grateful, Dylan Kupper, Hamilton Meadows Middle School, Novato AVID
P.S. Can you please substitute at our school again 

February 5, 2013

Dear Mr. Major,

I would like to thank you for the opportunity you provided not only for myself but the Academy. The key speakers, Dr Rivas and Mr. Brown helped me understand how many doors are really available to me as a student. From the great many things I’ve heard of you, you seem to have made an impact in society. Looking around I see the students lives you have changed for the better. You are the type of person I aspire to be and I hope you know what a difference you have made. Sincerely, Brittany Herdman, Hamilton Meadows Middle School, Novato Academy

February 5, 2013

Dear Mr Major,

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to go the Saint Mary’s College field trip. It was alot of fun experiencing college life and how it feels going to Saint Mary’s. I really need to give you all the credit for what you have done for the AVID program. I hope you can come and be our substitute like you have done in the past. You are such a nice person and I really thank you a thousand times for what you have done for us in the AVID program. I hope to I get to see you again soon. At the next field trip, or at our school. Once again thank you! Have a nice day, and I hope to see you again soon! Marion Alavarez, 7th grade Hamilton Meadow, Novato AVID


“I have known Chris for 30 years and assure you that he is a wonderful person and an awesome worker. Chris dedicates a lot of his time helping out underpriviledged youth – guiding them toward a college education. I have also worked with Chris at Likit Windows and assure you that the managment loved his work ethic. Chris also was highly regarding by his co-workers as he is easy to get along with. Hiring Chris will be a positive for your company. Peter Van Loon, Moreau Catholic High School ’79,  Vermiel Football

“I first met Chris when he was in high school. What I enjoyed most about Chris was his competitiveness and his great sense of humor. Recently I have had the good fortune of working with Chris in is role with the Hayward Youth Academy. There are many people who talk about doing good for others, there are people who write about helping others and there are countless people who wish they could dedicate themselves to helping others. Chris doesn’t do that. He actually lives it. There is no BS, no pie in the sky, no when I get the time. He does it. It is not a stretch to say what Mother Theresa was to the poor of Calcutta Chris Major is to the poor and deprived young men and women of Hayward. He is their beacon of hope and he deserves our help.” January 11, 2010  Rusty Weekes, Ass’t Athletic Director; Director of the Bronco Bench Foundation, Santa Clara University, taught Christopher at Moreau Catholic High School

Dear Chris Major,

Thank you! Thank you for allowing us, George Kelly, to explore and learn about St Mary College. Without you, this whole experience would not have happened. Now, I have an idea to what college I would like to attend. This is my 1st yeat in AVID. I was told last year the AVID students went to Cal-Berkeley. They didn’t provide food or guest speakers. But you did! You even threw in basketball tickets, that was not only difficult to arrange, but also thoughtful. Plus, I have never been on a live broadcast show. That was my favorite part. Your future student, Kasey Diaz, Tracy AVID

“Christopher is a graduate of the 2010 Leadership San Ramon Valley class. He is a very active member in the class. He takes a strong leadership role in the class and also encourages group participation. With his varied background, Christopher would be an asset in any type of organization.” Elaine Cortez Schroth, Executive Director, Leadership San Ramon Valley, January 11, 2010

“Chris’ devotion and energy to our young people and the community at-large is an example we can all emulate for a better world.” January 11, 2010, Michael Prilutsky, President, Technology Skills, Inc., (San Ramon Rotary Club secured grant for HYA Chess at Bowman Elementary, 2009)

“Greetings, Chris and I are members of Diablo Black Men Group, and both volunteer time on the education committee. I know Chris to be a high achiever with fantastic leadership skills.” January 18, 2010, Phil Tucker, VP Corp Lifestyle, Safeway, DBMG Education Committee 2010

“Christopher is an affable man of integrity and gregarious personality. He’s a person who rolls up his sleeves and participates in the causes he believes in. His demonstrated leadership skills are a testament to his hard work, dedication and ability to affect others in a positive way. He’s a person that will always command respect because whatever he gets from others he’s given ten times. And, because of his loyalty he’s a person that you’d want to go to war with in the trenches because you can depend upon him always being there.” January 11, 2010, Greg Cantrell ’80, Prospur 2000, Author: ‘Capture A Dream’, mentored Christopher at St. Mary’s College of California