Letters to GRRI
Whenever I’m down I read your website
to lighten my mood. Goldens always make me smile –
especially my 11.5 year old Bailey! Here’s to helping you
do more for the best breed in the world!
Thanks so much for your donation and
kind words! Goldens do have a way of bringing out the best
in us. Please give Bailey a hug for us, and thanks again for
thinking of us.
Just wanted to give you a 2-week update
on Eli. He’s doing great! It’s like he’s been here for 2
years rather than 2 weeks. We’ve had fun playing with Eli in
our backyard on sunny days and we’ve learned that Eli loves
to play catch with his ball in the rain. He is having a good
time getting lots of love and attention from us, and we love
how affectionate and gentle he is with us. He’s a real
sweetie and we just wanted to thank you for letting our home
be his forever home.
Attached is a picture of our daughter,
Jordan, with Eli. He’s been great with both of our kids and
they’ve been great with him too.
Toby and Peter Feiner
Dear Feiner family,
Eli looks great! It sounds as if
he’s where he was meant to be, and we appreciate your
opening your home and your hearts to him. Keep sending those
pictures, and tell Eli to come on in out of the rain!
Hi Eileen [GRRI volunteer],
Just wanted to let you know that my new
shadow “Glenda” is wonderful. She is an amazing match for
our family. So loving, happy, and gentle. Thanks for finding
us such a great addition to our family. We love Glenda so
Lucky Glenda for finding you and
your family! As much as we appreciate your note, it’s you
that should be thanked for giving Glenda the chance for a
happy life where she is cherished and loved. Please keep in
touch and let us know how she’s doing, and of course, send
Stephanie [GRRI volunteer],
It was your good work that made him so
easy to adopt. You have had so many good ideas that have
helped make this process easy. He is truly a gentleman on
the leash with the gentle leader and he learned that from
you. The dinner thing is like a miracle although he still
gets very excited about food; at least we can all eat in
peace. We have the easy part: a great, fun dog to love. Your
part is very hard and essential to take a badly cared
for dog and turn him into a ready-to-adopt love. We thank
you every day for taking the time with us and with Gialla.
Amber is not so thrilled. They have not
had any sharp words, she just kind of ignores him. He is a
handful to ignore as he pushes past her to get his share of
pats. He certainly keeps her entertained but she would
prefer to be left alone to sleep her day away. They are
beginning to sleep closer to one another, and I think we are
on our way to a friendlier coexistence. He continues to make
overtures to her, she just does not return the affection
yet. However, as long as they are not fighting and both are
eating, walking, and playing as usual, that’s fine with us.
Again – many thanks!
Kris and Steve George
Dear Kris and Steve,
Thanks for writing! Your point about
how hard our foster homes work to get “their” dogs ready for
a forever home is exactly right, but we can also tell you
that there is no better reward for that work than knowing
that a dog is safe, loved, and truly a part of a family.
Thank you for making that possible for Gialla.
Give Amber some time, and hopefully
she and Gialla will become the best of buddies. Sometimes it
happens almost right away, and other times it takes a while
for the dogs to sort out the new dynamics of the situation.
When Amber is ready, you’ll know it! We’d love to see
pictures of the two of them sometime.
I just received my Summer 2006
newsletter and was pleased to be reminded of the interview I
had prior to being rewarded with blessed Benjamin. He was
with me until he was fifteen when he died very quietly.
There were several sad months until
Linda Schnorrbusch called and I was rewarded with Sunny
(formerly known as Copper Sunset). He’s now twelve, almost
thirteen, and gives pleasure to everyone who meets him. He
tolerates my hollering during the Giants games (although the
Giants/Eagles game had him dialing 911) and the vet says
he’s in good health. If anyone has doubts about adopting an
older dog, please use my name as a referent. I can vouch for
the seniors with great joy.
Poor Sunny! – we think there’s going
to be lots of reasons for hollering at the Giants this
season! Your willingness to welcome senior Goldens into your
home and your life is especially treasured; although it is
inevitable that their time with us is shorter than we’d
like, the quality of each day we have with these old souls
is easily worth that sacrifice. Like Benjamin before him,
Sunny is no doubt wondering why it took so long for him to
find you and enjoy the best days of his life. Thank you.
Hi Amy [GRRI volunteer],
Just wanted to let you know that Tyler,
as we are calling him, is doing great. He has fit into the
family and our routine so great. Toby and him get along
super. They play outside together and then come in
exhausted. We are so happy that we have him. John is working
with him on training, but it is slow going. Tyler is
stubborn. While reading over his papers, I found that his
date of birth was September 19, 2002. So he will be 4 come
September. This was on the paperwork from the vet. He is
doing well with the allergies; not as bad as I thought. I
made them home made dog biscuits and they just love them. It
was if they knew I was baking for them, they laid right in
the kitchen as I was doing it. How are your dogs doing? Have
they adjusted from Tyler leaving? Well, take care, and just
wanted to give you an update. See you at the reunion.
Chris and John Meyer
Dear Chris and John,
We’re so glad to know that Tyler is
doing so well! And what lucky dogs to get homemade dog
biscuits! Now of course they’ll want to be with you all the
time in the kitchen just in case you’re whipping up
something special for them again. Good luck with the
training; persistence seems to be the key there! Please keep
in touch to let us know how Tyler is doing.
Hi Steph [GRRI volunteer],
It’s been a very long time since I last
wrote, but I found your email address and figured I could
certainly send you an update on the wonderful golden girl I
adopted from you in March.
She’s a dear! Still counter-surfing
when given the chance, and she eats more socks than the
dryer, but all in all, she’s a sweetheart and we love her.
Ten days after I brought her home. We headed off to
obedience school, where she was the start of the class (also
5+ years older than any of the other students!) I’m still
unable to let her off-leash on our walks in the park across
the street, as she has escaped a few times and just takes
off. Yesterday, however, I found the new Dog Park in South
Mountain Reservation, and we all (Annie too) spent over an
hour playing with a good-sized group of dogs. My two seemed
to love it, so I think I’ll try to make the 20-minute drive
a few times a week if possible. It’s good for them to be
able to really run! Otherwise, it’s either my back yard, or
controlled, leashed walks in Grover Cleveland, which they
Hope you guys are doing well. How’s
Trinity? Have you fostered any others? If my house were
bigger I would definitely think of fostering. These girls
are such a big part of my family! My son was living in NJ
for a while this summer, and he and Carrie developed a
wonderful bond. He wanted to take her with him when he moved
back to Vermont last week (I wouldn’t let her go!).
I’d still love to meet up one of these
days. If you’re up to a trek to South Mountain, let me know
and we can get the girls together.
Thanks for writing! We’re glad that
Carrie is doing so well. The South Mountain dog park is a
great facility, and your dogs are lucky to be able to run
off some steam and socialize there! It’s terrific that
you’ve gone with her to obedience school; must be fun to be
the star of the class and show all those puppies what they
can aspire to. Please send pictures when you have a chance,
and thank you again for welcoming Carrie to your family.
Hi Terry [GRRI volunteer],
I am sorry that I have not got back to
you sooner. My Mom and Dad have been busy, and I don’t know
how to turn this thing on. Anyway, I have been good. I went
to the vet earlier this week. I do have a slight UT
infection, and the doctor did tell Mom and Dad to get me to
lose a little weight. Otherwise, she said everything else
looks good (knock wood).
Mom and Dad take me into Clinton for my
walks, and I have a great time, looking at the waterfall and
meeting other dogs. Up to my last vet visit, we all would go
to the ice cream store, and I’d get my own baby size cup of
vanilla. But I guess those days are over for a while.
I actually am coming on September 30,
and I hope it’s OK for Mom and Dad to come too! I promise
they won’t eat too much. Speaking of which, GRRI’s site
seems to be down and I don’t know where the form is; could
you relay to Shayne that we will be there on the 30th.
I sure can’t wait to see all my other brethren at the
reunion, and I sure want to see my foster Mom again, who did
such a great job nursing me back to health. Mom and Dad
still talk about what you did for me to this day! So let the
folks at GRRI know I will be there. See you on the 30th!
Luv and Biscuits,
It was great to see you at reunion;
you’re looking terrific! You’re a perfect example of what
makes it all worthwhile for our foster homes: in your case,
our volunteer’s diligent care and love got you ready to be
where you should be, right at home with your Mom and Dad.
To see you looking so happy and healthy is the perfect
reward for that work. Sorry to hear that your new diet
doesn’t include ice cream, but by next summer you’ll be slim
and trim and ready for the occasional treat! Please keep in
touch; Maybe Santa will bring you some thumbs so you can
work the computer by yourself.
Hope all is well. Just wanted to let
you know that today Kip turned 8 and is enjoying his day. He
is now 87 pounds and it is much easier on his joints. We
love him so. We will forward a picture.
Paula and Joel Harris
Dear Paula and Joel,
We love the picture of Kip on his
birthday! Congratulations on being so successful in helping
him lose weight. Kip looks very content and happy, and
we’re grateful to you for giving him such a great home.
Send more pictures!
It is with great sadness that I write
to you. Rusty died last Tuesday. He was just turning 15
which I know is a blessing but it is just never long enough.
Thank you for uniting us and giving us the most wonderful
We’re so sorry to hear of Rusty’s
passing. As much as you miss him, we hope you’ll also take
comfort in the knowledge that he was so happy and had a
wonderful life with you and Rich. Our hope is that every dog
we work with is lucky enough to find such a caring, loving
home as yours. Our thoughts are with you.
Hi Eileen [GRRI volunteer],
I have been meaning to write to you
about Penny but have been pretty busy making changes around
here to accommodate her. Penny has made an excellent
transition to our home and lifestyle. She is doing really
well with Gus, my senior/rescue Golden and also with my 6
cats. Gus’ pal Larry (a ragdoll cat) has given Penny a bit
of a hard time and whenever he swipes at her, she just
ignores him and leaves. She shows no aggression towards him
which of course would make things worse. Larry is finally
coming around and I believe at some point he and Penny will
begin to play together. I will see you at Goldstock; of
course Penny is in the rescue parade and I hope to write you
a longer, more detailed email when I get back from Goldstock
for you to post at the site. In the meantime, here are a few
photos of her.
Mary Jane Rizzella
Dear Mary Jane,
Penny looks great! – thank you for
making her so comfortable and part of the family. She’ s
lucky to have Gus around to help her figure out Larry and
the other cats. Hope you both enjoyed Goldstock; please keep
those pictures coming!