Each afternoon, about 4 p.m., Pohlman, a 67-year-old, retired Chino resident, brings his two golden retrievers Daisy, 6, and Farley, 2, to Claremont's Pooch Park.
The dogs love to run, play, get some extra attention - and play ball - it's what Farley lives for.
Pohlman enters the park with a bag or two filled with clean, freshly washed and colored tennis balls and leaves with the same bag filled with dirty, slobbered on, faded ones.
"People say it looks like Easter seven days a week," laughed Pohlman, as he throws one of the refurbished balls to Farley.
Pohlman explained that the first time he came to the
"So I went to Costco and bought a big bag full of them," he said. "It didn't take long before they were all dirty, chewed and faded so I thought, `What would happen if I took them home and put them in the washing machine?' So, I picked them up, took them home and tried it. They came out looking brand new."
And Pohlman's been the park's daily ball washer ever since.
As for those faded ones, he colors them in non-toxic fabric dyes.
Pohlman, who has had a love affair with golden retrievers for more than 25 years, was given a female puppy by his children.
From early on, Daisy, whom Pohlman named after the truck in "The Beverly Hillbillies," has been an affectionate people pleaser.
She's easily recognizable by the pink booties on her front paws.
Pohlman got Farley from a neighbor who couldn't care for him anymore. Pohlman took the dog with intentions of finding him a good home; and he did - his own.
"My wife Karen just said to me, `two is enough - promise me.' I was the owner of two golden retrievers.
Pohlman has made many friends at Claremont's Pooch Park - two- and four-legged - and those of the human variety are grateful for all he does.
"I have known Keith for the past two years. He is the most gentle, genuine man I have ever met," said Kathleen King, treasurer for the Friends of Pooch Park.
"His love for his dogs and the dog park is shown with all of the volunteer work he does for the park. He never asks for recognition. He doesn't need to. Keith knows the volunteer work he does at the dog park makes it a nicer place. Claremont dog park is fortunate to have Keith. This holiday season it's nice to find there are still kind people that care."
And Pohlman does care - for the people as well as their
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Who: Keith Pohlman, the ball guy.
Where: 100 S. College Ave., Claremont
To keep both safe after the sun goes down he bought 48 small, oblong-shaped, battery operated flashlights that can be hung on a belt loop, leash handle or fence.
"When it starts to get dark I hang them around the park, I try to wait for everyone to leave before I take them down," Pohlman said. "But if someone wants to stay longer I just give them a light or two and ask that they just hang them on the fence when they leave and I'll pick them up the next day. You know, I've never had one stolen."
Pohlman goes through 48 AAA batteries a week costing him $20 out of pocket.
"It can add up, but I'm pretty content; I don't really need much, it makes me happy to do the little things for others," he said.
"One time a guy came up to me and gave me a $20 bill and told me to buy batteries, I appreciated that. You know, you can buy something for yourself or do something for yourself and that might make you happy for a day, but when you do something for someone else you can be happy all the time."