Letters to GRRI-NJ
Dear Terry, Shayne, and all my Friends
It’s been a while since I e-mailed you
guys. I just want to update you on my goings on.
First, my arthritis is better thanks to
Mom & Dad putting me back on Rimadyl. Dad was concerned
about the side effects he had read about. But my vet said it
would really help me more than just the Condroitin I was on.
So after 2 days on the Rimadyl, I went out to the yard and
saw some deer there. Dad was amazed as I ran half-way across
the yard to get them off my property!
By the way, I just don’t understand
humans sometimes. The simplest things I do seem to just
amaze Mom & Dad. For example, Mom said one night that I
would go for a car ride soon. The next day, she took me for
a walk. Well, while I normally enjoy my walks, I remembered
what she told me the night before. So I just sat down in the
street. Mom asked me where I wanted to go, so I pulled her
back into the driveway and sat and stared at her car. Later
that day, Mom told Dad that I was getting “scary.” Needless
to say, I was in the back seat, whizzing down the road the
I continue to enjoy roughhousing with
Dad. At almost 11 years old, I can still push him over. I’m
always up for a game of catch, and still trot after the ball
in the yard. Dad also enjoys teaching me new tricks. He now
holds out both fists, one which conceals a snack. I sniff
both hands, and raise a corresponding paw. (And this amazes
you people. C’mon, I’m a Golden!)
I hope to see all of you again at the
Reunion. I really loved seeing Foster Mom Terry, and meeting
all the other lucky Goldens with new Forever Homes. Dad has
me in training for the hot dog catching contest. (It’s a
tough regimen, eating all those franks, but some dog has to
See ya all soon!
Luv & Biscuits,
It was great hearing from you again
Murphy! We think your mom and dad really love you too and
that you’re a pretty spoiled Golden! Ask your dad to talk
to your vet about another medication for arthritis called
Metacam. And ya know Murphy, carrying less weight will also
help relieve some of the pressure on your joints. How are
you doing on your diet?
Dear Jill (GRRI foster mom) and everyone at GRRI-NJ,
We wanted to let you know that Jake has
passed away. Thankfully, it was very quick and he didn’t
suffer. He woke up and didn’t want to eat, which I’m sure
you remember is not like him. We took him to the vet, where
they performed a series of tests and found that he had a
tumor on his spleen. When the veterinarian went to
surgically remove the spleen, it was apparent that Jake had
many other tumors, including on his liver. There was no way
to remove the tumor on his liver without removing the liver
itself. We decided to let him go while he was still under
anesthesia. He was 16 years old, but given his age when we
adopted him (13), we know we were lucky to have him for as
long as we did - of course we still wish we had met him
Needless to say we miss him terribly.
He was such a sweet guy who brought so much joy into our
lives. He quickly became the center of our immediate and
extended families. Everyone in our apartment building knew
him as the sweet old guy with the white face. Through his
daily walks on the upper west side of Manhattan he became a
star of the neighborhood. There was hardly a walk where
someone didn’t stop to pet him or comment on what a handsome
senior gentleman he was. He loved his new life in the big
city! He befriended our neighbors and their two dogs and
each day while we were at work, he would spend time next
door with them. In a sense, he was adopted by not one
family but by two, so he was rarely lacking in company in
his final years. He loved afternoons spent lying on the
grass in Central Park and playing with his football and
bones. Mostly, he just loved to be near us, whether next to
us on the couch or underneath the kitchen table.
We would like to thank you once again
for the special role you played in our adoption experience.
It was nice that Jake was able to see you, his foster mom,
one last time at the reunion in September. Words cannot
express what a wonderful experience we had adopting Jake.
The work GRRI-NJ does is phenomenal. We can only wish more
people would see the joys of “old gold.” He was grateful to
have us and we him. We will always cherish the memories.
We will be forwarding a donation to
GRRI-NJ in Jake’s memory. We’ve also included a few of our
Tom and Jill Rotunno
Jill and Tom, please accept our
sincere condolences. Jake was a beautiful Golden, both
inside and out. We can’t thank you enough for adopting a
senior Golden from us. We agree, nothing beats “Old Gold” -
Dear Terry (GRRI foster mom),
Sonny is doing just great.
I had noticed that when he jumped up on
me or others that he always put his paws squarely on the
shoulders of the person. He didn’t seem to jump up and down
or “at” a person. There always seemed to be deliberate
behavior about what he did. One time, while I was sitting
on the floor on my haunches, he came and sat in front in of
me and put his paws on my shoulders. This happened several
more times. I began to wonder if this behavior had been
taught. So one day I tried sitting on the floor and saying,
“Sonny, can I have a hug?” He came right over, sat and put
his front legs on my shoulders. So why not escalate a
little, I thought. I tried, “Sonny, hug and kiss.” This
time it was paws on the shoulders and a very delicate “kiss”
on my nose.
Nonetheless — and “hugs” aside, he is
MUCH better about not “jumping” on people. He will control
himself if we say, “Off.” Only once in while, when we come
home, he forgets about not jumping up, and usually, it is
not immediate. He just “loses control” and has to jump up
to give a “hug.”
Our devotion to Sonny grows daily. We
are more ecstatic than ever that he has come to live with
Hope you both are well. Please, if you
are ever wandering down this way, stop and see us all.
Charlotte, thanks for such an
uplifting update! How wonderful that Sonny knows how to
give hugs and kisses, and that he’s so willing to share them
with you. Now if only you could capture that in a picture….
Dear Folks at Golden Rescue,
Our beloved Golden, Rocky, passed away on Tuesday, April 24th
of an apparent heart attack. There was no warning although
he seemed a little lethargic for a week or so. He was 8
Since he came into our lives 3 ½ years ago, he brought much
joy into our lives. He was such a happy soul who didn’t
have a mean bone in his body. He thought that all humans
were brought into his life for his amusement. He got his
therapy dog certification from TDI and brought big smiles to
everyone he met and to elderly people at the Adult Day
Center we visited once or twice a month.
was a true retriever in that he was happiest with something
in his mouth – whether a boot, shoe, or an article of
clothing. He didn’t discriminate between types of
clothing: a piece of underwear was just as good as a
baseball cap or a t-shirt.
His constantly wagging tail and wiggling body would bring a
smile to even the most serious of people.
His passing left a huge hole in our family. Please accept
the enclosed donation in celebration of Rocky’s life.
hope you have a Golden Day.
Debbie & Paul Revock
Debbie & Paul, we know there is
nothing we can say that will lessen the pain that you are
both feeling right now, but please know that you are both in
our thoughts and prayers. Losing a friend so suddenly
is devastating. We thank you for your generous
donation in celebration of his wonderful life.
Hi Judy (GRRI foster mom),
My son’s girlfriend
re-taught me how to attach photos so here are some of Amber.
I took her to the vet
yesterday so she could check out her allergies. As spring
got into full swing they got worse. She prescribed
something that I guess is a wonder kind of drug for canine
allergies. The price tag is high ($200 a month, yikes!) –
it will be worth it if relieves her itching.
So, here’s my latest Amber
story. I was working upstairs on the third floor the other
day, door closed, home alone. I hear this incredible
banging on the door – things are actually shaking in my
office. Long story short – I got myself worked up enough
that I called 911. I explain to the operator the situation,
give her my address and then say “Oh, I think I know what it
is … my dog is leaning against the door scratching
herself.” I go down the stairs, open the door and sure
enough … Amber. So, someday you may be watching the most
stupid 911 calls on television and you’ll hear me.
Kate’s cancer has
returned. She’s having surgery this Thursday at the Red
Bank veterinary hospital. Have you ever been there? What a
place! Amber will be an only child for a day.
I saw the last dog you
fostered on the website. What a beautiful dog. Do you have
any others at his point? How are your dogs?
Donna, thanks for the pictures
and the update. We particularly love the one of Amber
lying with her paws crossed - she’s quite the lady!
We’re sorry to hear about Kate’s cancer recurrence. Yes,
we’re very familiar with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital.
It’s an excellent facility and she’ll receive first class
care there. We’ve used them several times with some of
our foster dogs. We’ll keep her in our prayers.
Please let us know how she’s doing.
I had a wonderful time at my party. I
got lots of presents and got away with things I would not
have gotten away with in real life. I had fillet mignon,
cooked carrots and meat juice mixed in my regular food (yum yum yum) and ice cream for dessert. I got lots of
presents today from my family as well as prior gifts from my
good friends. I love them all!!! I have been trying to get
a squirrel since I moved here and I finally got one of my
My silly Mom keeps singing "We are
family - mommy, daddy, Mavrick make three". She goes on and
on. Enough already!! But I am really a happy boy and
realize I love being spoiled. Mom says I deserve it. I
think I really like it here!!!
Wow Maverick…it sure sounds like you
had a wonderful birthday party! Your new mom and dad
really do love you and are absolutely perfect for you!!
My Dear, Sweet Boy, Bear:
How many times I thought of you and
remembered you in my prayers in hopes that circumstances
might change for you. I hope that in some way you can
understand and forgive that I couldn't help you as I wanted
to earlier in your life.
I asked for you so many times but lies, excuses and fear as
to what else could happen to you made me proceed with
caution. When I finally heard what was to be your fate some
months ago… (to be let "free") … I knew the time was right
to work in such a way as to get you safe. I spent days
worrying whether or not that phone call would be made to GRRI - I knew once you found your way there you would be
For years I
knew you lived in conditions that you did not deserve. I
wished on stars that you would find love - I even asked my
husband, Frank, (who lives in Heaven now) to make all the
stars align so that your life would change. I don't know if
you remember my Frank - he met you when you were such a tiny
puppy. He said he kissed you on the top of your head, and
when he came home he told me how sad he felt for you knowing that bad luck put you into a situation that you did
not deserve. Frank was a great lover of all dogs and when he
died we promised each other that I would do what I could for
the animals on this end and he would welcome them on the
other end in Heaven. I think in some way Frank helped you to
find your way to the people who will love you forever and
I would love
to meet you in person, to cup your sweet face in my hands
and give you the hug that I have dreamed about for so many
years. I know what it means when a foster family adopts one
of their "charges". I do fostering for Bassett Hounds and
have kept a very special dog or two myself. It has a special
meaning when a fostered boy or girl stays on. You have a
special job to do now – you have to give lots of love, chase
lots of balls and cuddle up in the bed very, very close to
your new family as by now I suspect they need you just as
much as you needed them in the beginning.
So "Happy NEW Birthday" to you Bear - A new beginning, a
second chance. Please tell your new family that when they
think the time is right to call me anytime - I would love to
meet you. Until then, your picture has a place of honor on
my desk - next to the dogs which I have shared my life with
over the years.
With love and joy
Pam, your letter definitely
qualifies as a “tissue alert”. As you saw from his photos,
Bear is very happy and loved dearly. His new mom will
definitely be giving you a call so you can finally meet him;
and we hear that Bear can’t wait to give you a big wet THANK
Dear Golden Re-Triever Rescue, Inc.,
I would like to give you a little
information about Fred Lutz. The first thing is that he
loved his dogs. He took one of our Golden Retrievers when
our dog had a litter over 10 years ago. He was a widower,
and she was his constant companion and best friend. He lost
Cleo in late Nov 2005 and was lost without her. Knowing he
was in his late 80's we didn't know whether he could handle
another dog. We discussed him getting an older dog from a
shelter, but he didn't want to get someone else’s problem.
We took him to see a puppy in Lancaster, PA and we came home
with his new best friend. Of course she kept him busy with
her housebreaking and her chewing (I'm not sure how many TV
remotes she chewed). Lady was now his reason to keep
After he had Lady, he found that one of
his friends that he roller skated with (yes he roller skated
into his late 80's) was a foster home for Golden
Retrievers. He said that he wish he knew that this
organization existed because he would have liked a dog that
was older that he would not have to train (at this time he
would not give up Lady for anything.)
We received a note after my
father-in-law passed away from Anita Ringen. She is the
lady who skated with him and is a foster home with GRRI. We
are very happy that we picked your organization for
donations now that we know that Fred knew about your group
through Anita. Please use this money for dogs rescued in
Linda, please accept our sincere
condolences on the loss of your beloved family member. We
are grateful that your family picked OUR rescue to be the
recipient of the memorial donations in memory of him. Anita
is indeed one of our wonderful foster homes, and rest
assured, the money will be used to help rescued Goldens in
Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
Please accept the enclosed donation in
honor of Kyra Giacobbe, beloved GRRI Golden of Jean & John
Giacobbe. We are lucky in having known her.
Ann & Matt Price
Daphne, Daisy, Azia, and Yogi Monster
Ann & Matt,
Kyra was a wonderful Golden, wasn’t
she? She had the special ability to touch the heart of
anyone she met with her gentleness and typical Golden
personality. Thank you for your donation in her honor.
Dear Judy (GRRI foster mom),
As you may have guessed from my lack of
response, we have been so busy that I haven't taken the time
to write. My apologies. Spring is just a crazy time with a
teenaged daughter with school, sports, prom, etc, etc, etc.
Roxy has adjusted very well to her new
home and has so much love to give us! She is a very sweet
little girl, and has for the most part dropped that feisty,
aggressive shield that she had put up around her heart.
Don't get me wrong...she's still full of piss & vinegar (as
my parents would have said) and we fondly refer to her as
our "toddler". She can be so calm and comfortable chewing
on a bone or laying on her bed one minute, and the next
she's running all around the house, jumping from the floor
to the couch to her bed and back again. Playing fetch with
a tennis ball is one of her favorite outdoor activities, and
if you have cheese in your hand, she'll "throw" the ball
back to you instead of dropping it at your feet! She also
loves to play with our neighbor’s dog (who's a border collie
mix) and they chase each other all around the backyard.
Cassie has had softball tournaments every weekend since
Memorial Day, and Roxy has become the team mascot. Roxy is
so very well behaved that sometimes I wonder whose dog it is
on the end of my leash! She loves all the attention from
anyone who will pet her, and she'll sit next to me for 30
minutes or more and watch the ball being thrown and hit all
over the field. After that, she needs to walk around awhile
- probably just so she can get some more pat-pats from
everyone. She eats the ice cubes right out of the cooler,
and when she's finished drinking her Poland Spring water,
she enjoys chewing on the plastic bottle until it's flat and
won't make any more noise. We even spent a night in a hotel
with her in PA, and she was fine (after we convinced her
that one of the beds was NOT hers!) Every night she lays on
the couch (yes, I gave up on trying to cure that bad habit)
with her head on my lap and she is just such a love! She
only gets mouthy when she gets too excited, and just this
week she has stopped immediately when we hold her face in
our hands and ssshhhush her. She also stopped
counter-surfing, but I think that was on her own. Maybe she
realized there wasn't anything on the counters worth looking
for, or maybe she just likes all the loving she gets when
she just sits on her rug in front of the sink and watches
me. That's her favorite place anytime anyone's in the
kitchen... see her in the attached photo?
Well that's all I have time for right
now, but I could go on and on forever about our new love.
Please don't worry about us or about Roxy. She's right
where she was always supposed to be.
Thank you for such an uplifting
email, Brenda. We’re so happy to hear that Roxy is behaving
herself! We have to admit, our Adoption Coordinator did a
“happy dance” when you said you were interested in adopting
her. After all the antics she pulled while in her foster
home, she didn’t think we’d find anyone who would
want to adopt her!
Shayne (GRRI volunteers) & all at GRRI,
I’d send some recent pics of Lucy who would like you all to
know that flying bugs and birds, as well as mice, need to be
caught. Yes, she chomps flies and moths out of the air as
well as ferreting out birds from low bushes…not to mention
the mouse. Lucy is quite proud when she presents us with
her “capture.” Thank goodness, the bird was still
alive—pretty well shocked, but still alive. (Raleigh has no
interest in anything in his mouth unless it’s a tennis
ball). Oh, and Lucy still loves to chew rocks—never eats
them; just chews them and tosses them around the yard. She
continues to charm everyone, and loves to put her paws on my
shoulders for hugs and kisses.
Hope you all
have a great 4th and a happy summer.
Lucy, and Raleigh
Hi Pam, sounds like Lucy is living
up to her name – a Golden Retriever! Isn’t it
amazing how gentle their mouths can be? Thanks so much for
With much sadness and broken hearts we
want to tell you of ANDY'S crossing over to Rainbow Bridge,
today July 11, 2007. We adopted him on June 15, 2001 and he
was 10 years old this year. We lost him to that dreaded
disease CANCER. We recently had a large mass removed and had
hoped for the best. However, within a month other tumors
grew back at an extremely fast rate and doubled their size.
We were weighing the option of another surgery, but the
cancer was so aggressive that it took control of his whole
body and ANDY'S quality of life had taken a nose dive. His
breathing had become difficult and he seemed to be tiring
easily. ANDY was trying so hard for us to keep going, but we
could see that he just wasn't himself. We have been through
this cancer thing before with other Goldens and it never
gets any easier. Losing ANDY is so, so hard. Everyone tells
us that we did the right thing, but it doesn't make life any
easier without him. ANDY'S Golden brothers Chase and Ranger
have been very quiet today, as they miss him too. The 3 of
them always had daily romps and wrestling matches until
ANDY'S surgery. They seemed to sense that ANDY was not well
and looked out for him and treated him gently. ANDY may be
gone, but he will live on in our hearts and memories. He was
a very special Golden Boy who will be greatly missed.
Cheryl & Ray Rupert
Cheryl and Ray, we’re so sorry to
hear about Andy’s passing. We agree, it doesn’t get any easier to lose a beloved companion, no matter how
many times we experience it, or how old they are. One of
the last acts of love that we can give these wonderful
animals is to help them cross with dignity. May you
continue to have comfort in your wonderful memories.
Hi Amy (GRRI foster home),
I just wanted to send you recent
pictures of Tyler and Toby. July 16th, tomorrow, will be one
year that Tyler came into our family. He has been such a
pleasure, and has fit into the family environment quickly,
as if his life started here. We wouldn't trade him for the
world. I hope that you and your husband are well and thank
you for giving Tyler the
chance to have a wonderful forever home with us. As you can
see the transition worked wonderfully. We love him dearly,
and Toby is so happy to have a big brother. They are
inseparable. Tyler still has problems with his one eye every
so often but we keep
on top of it, and though we have tried to stop him, he
continues to bite his nails. They said it was from trauma to
the ear. Too much roughhousing between the two dogs. We
leave in 2 weeks for the Outer Banks and will be taking them
on vacation, the thought of
leaving them home, never came into mind. Well take care and
be well. I'll send you a picture from time to time.
Regards, Chris, John, Tyler & Toby
Chris, Tyler looks absolutely
wonderful. What an incredible difference a year has made.
The “boys” are going to love the Outer Banks…it’s such a
wonderful dog friendly place to vacation. We can’t wait to
see pictures of them playing on the beach.
Hi Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
Murphy is adjusting very nicely to
our family. He goes on plenty of walks and gets to run in a
field everyday. He is very loveable. Thomas is doing a
wonderful job with him. Murphy is sleeping in his dog bed
next to Thomas at night, he likes to jump on Thomas' bed in
the morning and wake him up with kisses. My husband will be
sending you pictures this weekend.
Thanks for taking care of him for us,
The Haynes Family
Eileen, we’re happy to hear that
Murphy and his new "brother" have bonded so well. There’s
nothing better than a boy and his dog!
Dear Robin Bausback (GRRI Sunshine
Lady) & Fellow Volunteers,
We cannot thank you enough for your
beautiful sympathy card and kind words on behalf of the
passing of our beloved “Andy”. Robin’s beautiful words
expressed everything that we are feeling right now and going
through. We keep trying to remind ourselves that ANDY and
ourselves did all that we could do to fight the cancer, but
unfortunately, it won. A friend sent us a card and
wrote that the heavens are brighter because ANDY’S star has
been added. We like to think that his star will always
shine on us wherever we are. Also, thanks for thinking of
ANDY’S brothers RANGER, 11 and CHASE, 6. They miss him
very much and do not play anymore. ANDY definitely was
the ring leader of the goofy Golden games that they played.
We know that ANDY will lead us to the right brother or
sister for them and they will play again someday.
Robin, I gave them an extra hug and kiss like you asked.
Cheryl, Ray, Chase and Ranger Rupert
Cheryl & Ray, we agree, Andy will be
with you all forever, no matter where you are. His star
will always shine down on you and bring you calming peace
Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
My mom came over with Kai last night
and I snapped this photo. Unfortunately it came out blurry
and off color but I am pretty sure you can still see their
BIG SMILES! :-)
It's hard to believe Archie is nine and Kai
will be eight in October! My mom adopted her when she was 1
year old from GRRI! She is a pretty copper color and has a
wacky personality but she is as sweet as they come!
Jeanne, this picture is adorable.
Nothing beats a Golden grin..unless it’s three of them!
Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t believe how quickly the
time has passed. I remember when you both adopted your furkids!
To All GRRI-NJ members,
We would like to express our sincerest
appreciation for all the cards and wishes we received after
losing Kyra. Your thoughtful gestures have made it easier
to accept and get past.
Kyra was with us a little less than 2
years and in that time stole our hearts and taught us a few
lessons in life that we feel have made us better people.
She was very sick from the beginning
but she dealt with every seizure with dignity and courage
like they were no big deal. She never expected anything from
us except an occasional pat on the head and an unguarded
morsel left on the counter. She was the gentlest creature on
earth. Even when the vet would have trouble finding her
veins on her quarterly blood test she would simply snuggle
her head under us and not even a whimper. She accepted the
physical limitations caused by her medicine and never
stopped trying to keep up. When she would fall she would
struggle to get up and then keep going until she fell again.
Our decision was a hard one but we
believe it was the best thing. Kyra was always too hot to
sleep in bed with us and at the end her seizures would not
allow her to sleep but for two nights she laid between us in
bed wide awake and not moving for the entire night. She let
us know she loved us and that it was time.
As we get older and have more aches and
pains I just hope that we can approach life like Kyra did
with unassuming dignity and grace.
We are sorry it took so long sending
this letter but it seemed that every time we tried to write
it, the tears would not let us finish.
Thanks for everything!!
Jean and John Giacobbe
Jean & John, all of us at GRRI can’t
thank both of you enough for opening your home and your
hearts to this wonderful girl. We never expected her
epilepsy to become as severe as it did. Your perseverance
in trying everything that was recommended for her was
appreciated by us and we know by her. She was truly a lady
who is greatly missed.
In memory of Carli (3rd Anniversary
8/5/04). I miss her and think of Carli every day. She was
Irene, thank you for your generous
donation in memory of Carli. She was a beautiful Golden
girl. We know that she’s living on in your heart.
It is with the heaviest heart
one could possibly have, that I share the news of Elaine,
better known as Lainie, Pursley's passing on Monday evening,
July 30, 2007.
Lainie was the most "precious,
kindest, loving, unconditional companion a person could ever
have, the real life dream come true into their life"...
dog. When Lainie (formally known as Britney), adopted us in
April 2002, we were tip-toeing on uncharted territory... we
had never adopted an older dog and we had never brought a
second dog into our home and lives. We already had Stella,
our then 2 1/2 year old crazy, putting it mildly, Golden.
What had we done?? And, we had also just moved into a second
floor condo... were we crazy???
Yes, immediately crazy in
We were so very blessed to
have Lainie come into our lives. To say she brought
happiness and cheer doesn't say it at all. She brought pure
unconditional love. And she taught my now 20 month old
granddaughter how to "touch nice" when petting a dog.
Elaine loved, what Golden doesn't, being touched and handled
and massaged and belly rubbed, you name it, by a 20 month
old toddler as well as the attention she received from the
94 year old gentleman who lives in our condo development.
My oldest daughter, 32 and confined to a wheelchair,
couldn't get enough of Lainie's nudging for more petting!
She truly touched so many lives.
The emptiness in our home is
deafening. Stella is displaying a loneliness that is
palatable. We are, and will be for a loooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnng
time, finding clumps of Lainie hair everywhere. What a
Lainie had her history of ear
problems and allergies too. They were kept pretty much
under control through the constant regimen of cleaning and
good Wellness feeding. However, this monster called Cancer
was stronger than any one of us can fight. She gave it a
good fight, but in the end, she couldn't fight anymore. She
stopped eating about 5 days before Monday. Her eyes were so
sad and she could barely walk on her own anymore. We
literally sat on the floor with the vet for about an hour
Monday evening and just talked and talked and gave Lainie
belly rubs. She practically fell asleep on her own. The
good Vet assisted her in her final sleep and we all said
goodbye to the finest dog God created. We said "night night
Lainie", and cried.
We will be in touch with you
again. Perhaps sooner, than later, perhaps later than
sooner. It will be as soon as Elaine tells us we are
ready. Meanwhile, we have to just give Stella lots and lots
of extra attention, and that is not a problem. God does
work in His mysterious ways, doesn't He?
Thanks for bringing Elaine
into our lives and we have enjoyed and will continue to
always enjoy the friends we have made through the Golden
Retriever Rescue Group. As I said, we will be in touch!
With a broken heart saying
Goodbye to Lainie, 9/1997 - 7/30/2007
Katherine & Joe Pursley &
Katherine & Joe, we’re so sorry to
hear of Laine’s passing. These wonderful dogs have
such a way of worming into our hearts before we know it, and
we know she’ll remain there forever. We’ll be here
when you’re ready to adopt again, whenever that will be.
Dear Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
enclosed Nola's receipt for spaying. She is doing
wonderfully and has adjusted to her new home. She
especially loves doing laps in our back yard. Please do not
send any money back, keep it to cover operating costs or use
it however you see fit. Thanks again.
Miranda, Jamie and Nola
Lisa, thank you so much for donating your spay deposit back
to us. We can certainly put it to good use on the veterinary
bills for our other wonderful Goldens waiting to be adopted
into their forever homes. We’d love to see pictures of
Nola. They grow so quickly at her age.
Dear Robin (GRRI
Mark and I
thank you, Shayne and GRRI from the bottom of our hearts for
getting us through Cody's struggle with cancer and through
having to let him go to God. We are finally able to tell
our favorite stories without crying.
We will be
in touch soon. In the meantime, please have GRRI use the
enclosed as needed.
please accept our sincere condolences to you and Mark.
Cody had a wonderful home with you both and we know he’s
grateful for the life you shared together. He is safe
and whole now, nestled in God’s loving arms, getting lots of
pets and hugs. He’ll be waiting patiently for you when
it’s time to be reunited. Thank you for your donation
– we’ll certainly be putting it to good use helping these
attached some pictures taken last week. To celebrate Kip's
9th birthday we took Kip to a pet-friendly house at Cape
Cod. We took a boat trip to North Beach which is
pet-friendly. The gentlemen had a dog on board and Kip
didn't even bark at her. When we got to the beach, the
boat dropped us off in the bay and we walked to the ocean.
Kip was off-lead and stayed with us. We were amazed! We had
a great time and people remarked on what a perfect dog and
how loyal and well behaved he was!
Kip is the seventh dog we have had in our life, and, without
question, the most loyal! He truly would follow Joel
We love him so! Thanks so much!
Warm regards to all,
Paula and Joel Harris
Hi Paula….thanks so much
for the positive update on Kip. He looks like he’s enjoying
life tremendously. We wish him many more birthdays to come!
Steph! (GRRI volunteer)
No I can't believe it is a year but I also feel like she
has been a part of our family forever! Laci's allergies are
100% better - she is on Natural Choice Lamb and Rice with a
spoonful of yogurt every morning. No more hot spots and her
coat has filled in. It took quite a while to get her feet
in shape but they too are now completely better. Laci now
loves to drink out of the doggie water bowl and uses the
doggie door with no problem. She would still much rather be
in the house than out but will consent to staying out a
little longer if we are outside. She now will play on the
grass and walk across the yard - last summer she did not
like the grass at all. For a very long time she did not
sleep upstairs with us and Lexi but she does now and is
quite comfortable on the couch in my bedroom right now. She
still cries at night sometimes but not as often as she used
to. She loves, loves, loves Lexi and our cat Sassy. She
loves our morning walks and to ride in the car. She loves
to be brushed and fussed over and she is in heaven when she
is getting her belly rubbed.
Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the reunion as
it falls during Pop Warner season - my daughter is a
cheerleader and our weekends are filled with games and
competition practices. This is my daughter's last year
though so I'm hoping to make the reunion next year.
Hi Karen, thanks for such a
great update! But where’s the pictures? We’d love to see
her since we won’t be seeing you all in person at the
Hi Lenise, Eileen and Amy
Jo (GRRI volunteers),
Everything is working out
great! Len and I have totally fallen in love with Charlie,
and he seems to know that he's found his forever home.
Here he is in the car on the
And here is Bess and Charlie
I have to break it up after a
few minutes to be sure that Charlie doesn't overdo it as
he's still recovering and Bess and he both have a rough
style of playing. I did bring him and all his paperwork to
our Vet yesterday and she took a look at the incision and
all is well. Soon no lampshade!
So far this week I have been
alternating going in to the office and working from home.
Charlie's restricted to an area by the front door while I'm
working. My mom is staying with us for the "transition" and
she thinks Charlie actually settles down better when he
doesn't hear my voice every so often. But when he does do
his "oooooo" it never lasts more than about 5 minutes.
On Sunday I tried a "first
lesson" with him - long lead, no commands, no corrections -
just pacing back and forth 5 - 10 yards in each direction.
He caught on VERY fast that he needs to keep an eye on me,
and after about ten minutes the lead was slack. I am VERY
impressed, I think he's a smart boy. I have not seen my
trainer yet, we should be getting together this coming
Sunday. I'm also working on the "leave it" command (it seems
like maybe he's heard it before). Also opening and shutting
doors (front door, car door) when we're going out or
anywhere and he's learning not to go (charge) out until he
hears "Charlie ok" from me.
Bess is quite funny with all
this - she did a perfect heel on this morning's walk without
being asked, and looked at me as if to say "I'm good at
this, right?"!!! Walking both on lead is no problem at all
- I just have to remind them "ok let's walk" when they catch
that sideways glance and the tails start to go...
I just wanted to thank all of
you for making this happen. Len keeps saying he's so glad we
contacted GRRI-NJ and were patient about getting another "furkid".
GRRINJ is a great organization
and it is because of people like you.
I'll stay in touch with pics
Helen, thank YOU AND LEN
for adopting this energetic little guy. We knew your dog
training experience and calm demeanor was just what the
doctor ordered for Charlie!
Dear Stephanie, Stephen and
Trinity (GRRI foster home),
to marvel that Giallo has been with us nearly a year. His
personality continues to expand. He certainly is one to grab
for affection. Anytime we are petting Amber he pushes her
aside to get closest to us. We are both quite good at
two-dog petting now.
surfing continues unabated. At least now he will get down
on command but he cannot resist leaping up at any moment. We
have both lost food we are preparing when we turn to pick up
a new ingredient and there he is ...off with whatever. Then
on with the merry chase. It is difficult to put things in
the garbage as his head is there in an instant and he tries
to lick any remaining food off the plates in the dishwasher.
While he now runs about 5 miles daily he has also gained 10
pounds so I don't think he is starving, just LOVES to eat -
everything! His head is just at table height so everything
is in view and when he comes up for a pat, at tongue reach
as well. At least that lasts only for 2-3 minutes and only
with my husband - he learned quickly that trying to take food
from my plate does not work.
On a good
note - he is great on a leash, comes when he is called when
we walk in the woods and he has learned to swim. He LOVES to
swim and dives in off our dock. He and Amber have a distant
but affectionate relationship. She chases him off with a
bark and he runs around her at full speed. But when someone
walks by our yard, they both run out to bark. Amber has
become much braver since walking with Giallo - looks like she
figures he will protect her.
the great work you have done with him. He certainly is a
lively addition to our home!
Kris & Steve
couldn’t help but laugh as we read this note. Gialla
continues to be quite the typical Golden, doesn’t he! You
just have to love him.
Hi Eileen (GRRI
Sorry but I
have been so busy playing with my brother Sam that I don't
spend that much time on the PC anymore. Everything is fine &
we can't wait for the reunion - that is as long as my boy
Nick does not have a football game. My dad needs to
double-check the schedule. How are all of your puppies? Last
week the township mowed the field behind our house and Sammy
rolled in some fresh rabbit guts. He smelled so good that my
dad had to give him a bath. I wanted a bath too so I let my
dad know by leaning on him & nudging the hose. My bath felt
so good, I hadn't had one for quite some time. I love having
a brother, we have so much fun together and we go for walks
Talk to you soon & thanks for e-mailing.
we were getting quite concerned when we hadn’t heard from
you in several months and Eileen wanted to make sure you
were all ok. You know how it is; once you’re a GRRI dog
you’re ALWAYS a GRRI dog!!!! We hope you can make it to the
Hi Eileen (GRRI
last week we were up bright & early. Mommy was half passed
out on the recliner waiting for her coffee to brew. I
spotted my Mr. Spaceman squishy toy. My dad calls it my
"Squeaky Deeky". Well, Mr. Spaceman was sitting in the DVD
rack with a bunch of movies. Since I am much bigger than the
average Golden Retriever my head was too big to reach my
spaceman. I started to bark "Help!". My dad & Sam came over
to see what the commotion was all about. My dad told my mom
that I wanted my spaceman. Mommy said "No Way! Not until I
have my coffee". My dad said to me with tearful eyes "Sorry
Buddy". So I went and laid down by the back door and let out
a big sigh, my dad went back to the couch, and Sammy.....,
let me tell you what a great brother Sammy is. Since Sammy
is smaller than me he was able to grab Mr. Spaceman with his
little front nibbler teeth. He carried Mr. Spaceman over to
me and dropped him between my front legs right in front of
my nose and walked back to dad and lied down. What a great
little brother! Mommy was mad because of all the squeaking
and deeking I was doing, daddy was laughing at mommy and
telling Sammy what a good boy!
Shylow, it sounds like you’ve
trained Sammy to be the perfect brother and dog-servant.
That’s one of the privileges of being the “big brother”
Dear Linda (GRRI
changed her name) is doing great! Thank you for taking such
good care of her. She is so sweet and seems to have adjusted
just fine. Her favorite thing right now is to play soccer.
She loves to go down the street to the park and chase the
soccer ball around! Thanks for the suggestion of the bully
sticks. She is chewing away on them, boy do they stink, but
she loves them! Doing pretty good with the house training -
only a couple of accidents so far. Not in the crate
though. It's only been a week, but it seems like she's been
here forever. Thank you again. We are very grateful for
everything you did for her.
John, Jamie and Miranda
Nola is absolutely adorable! There is nothing cuter in
the WORLD than a Golden Retriever puppy!
and Shayne (GRRI volunteers),
I wanted to
let you know that I have met Bear. How wonderful is it that
he has finally found a place to call home which is full of
love and good times. It is what they all deserve - it is
such a simple request and yet in today's world only truly
special people can make it so.
initial intake over the phone, to the person who picked Bear
up, to the medical personnel who provided care right up to
the foster family who have now called Bear their own, a
wonderful network exists at GRRI to make good lives happen
for dogs - what important "jobs" performed by important
people who are trying to make a difference in the world for
our animal brethren - what great role models on special
As you know
I never met Bear so seeing him for the first time truly
touched my heart. Sue and Bill were so welcoming and it is
quite apparent that they adore Bear and vice versa. My
husband met Bear when he was only a few months old. I now
remember he said that he was the cutest, cuddliest ball of
fluff. I remembered that he told me that he said a prayer
for Bear as he knew right from the start he deserved a
better home. I was so grateful to meet Bear and have this
memory of my husband also, as following my husband's
untimely death I lost much of my memory related to my
husband. I am told that this is sometimes common after
experiencing emotional trauma and grief. So, your work at
GRRI impacts a wider circle than just the dogs and the
wonderful adopters. Seeing Bear helped me to unearth some
memories of a fine man that I can now keep closer to my
Bear, thank you GRRI.
Pam, we're so happy you finally got to meet Bear! Doesn't
he look wonderful?
Hi Elaine (GRRI intake volunteer),
Just wanted to email you and compliment what a wonderful
person you sent to my home. She was very friendly and
pleasant. If this is any indication of the kind of people at
your organization then I am very confident that Maximus will
end up in a great home. Thank you.
Thank you for the positive feedback about Danielle! We
always like hearing that our volunteers have left a
favorable impression with our clients. We’ll be sure to
pass your compliment on to Danielle!
Hi Eileen and Amy (GRRI volunteers),
Just thought I'd pass along a couple of pics - Bess &
Charlie are getting along great. Charlie is really a great
dog; he is so affectionate, smart, and just all around lotsa
fun! It turns out he is a real mush at night - I sat on the
floor to watch a movie and he came right over to "relax"
with his head (and whatever else he can fit) on my lap. Bess
is going over to his crate in the morning with her tail
wagging; I think she looks forward to the play and the
Bess and Charlie in the yard
Charlie's training is coming along (see? he
actually is sitting still long enough for me to snap a
Enjoy.... hope to see you on the 29th!
Hi Helen, the furkids look like they bonded beautifully
together and we’re glad to hear that Bess isn’t still
waiting for “the new kid to leave”. They make a striking
February 11, 2007 our life changed. Not knowing what to
expect, we drove to meet Olivia Bergner, a foster mom to a
Golden that we hoped would be a good fit for our family.
Driving on the New Jersey Turnpike with mixed emotions, we
hoped for the perfect addition to our pack which consists of
5 sons and a 1 year old Yellow Lab named Bailey. When we
arrived at the park, we were greeted by a pair of sweet,
kind eyes that looked up at us and seemed to say "are
you here for me?" We fell in love at first sight and
our lives have not been the same since.
moment we arrived home the 2 dogs became fast friends and
were inseparable. Even though it has been only 7 months
since we were fortunate enough to adopt Jesse, it feels like
she has never "not" been with us. The love and appreciation
that she gives us each moment of our lives reminds us every
day of what a wonderful gift we've given each other.
some knowledge of her past, we are overwhelmed with emotion
and continually promise her that she will always be safe.
We trust that she knows that she is finally "home". We
couldn't love her any more than we do. It makes us sad
knowing that so many dogs like Jesse are in need of
finding safe, loving homes but we take comfort in the fact
that GRRI-NJ and other organizations are working so
diligently to help dogs feel safe, find homes and give them
peace of mind.
behalf of all of us, thank you very, very much!!!!
Fiume & David Oberman
Kathy & David,
Jesse’s life prior to rescue certainly wasn’t pleasant. We
also made a promise to her the day we got her that we would
NEVER let anyone hurt her and try to kill her again. We
promised her a very special home, with loving, caring
parents. We can proudly say that we kept our promise to
her. She looks so healthy and happy. Thank you for giving
this dog the emotional support that she needed to heal.
I'm sorry to be sending my "Thanks for Chrissie" donation so
late this year. March 23rd was our 4th anniversary as a
family and it's been wonderful.
Chris is truly the mayor of our block, visiting neighbors
for rubs, kisses, treats - whatever she can get from them.
Neighbors laugh when they see us heading out on walks as we
cross the street countless times so she doesn't miss anyone
- it's like I'm being taken for a walk, not the other way
Chris joined my mom and I for our Hilton Head trip - she
loves the car and highway driving - but barks whenever we
slow down for rest areas, gas stations or heaven forbid -
Chrissie has been a great companion for my mom who will
celebrate her 85th birthday in November. In fact, the party
will be in the house so Chrissie can attend!
Please keep up the good works of your organization. It's
hard to imagine a time before Chrissie (and we've had 3
other Goldens previously.) She's a very special girl
and we're lucky to have her. It is thru the efforts of your
volunteers that helped make 'a match made in heaven'.
Ruth, Pat and Chrissie Bean
Pat, it’s always so pleasant to hear from our adopters and
know that we did in fact make that perfect match for them
and their families. Your very generous donation will enable
us to help many more Goldens entrusted to us. It’s people
like you that allow us to continue with what we do best –
helping families find their new best friend.
Dear "All" at GRRI of NJ,
Saw that you have a photo gallery now on the website.
Thought you would like some photos of our Jacky...we adopted
him August 2005. He is wonderful and so much a part of our
family - we are thankful for our match through GRRI. Jack
travels with us almost all the time. Here are some shots
swimming on the Cape in Massachusetts and hanging out. Once the last kid
leaves for college we may be looking for a buddy for Jack.
The Conlon family
Thanks for the photos! Jack looks wonderful. Whenever
you’re ready, we’d be happy to help Jack get a new brother
or sister to play with! There’s nothing we love more than
repeat adopters. It tells us we’re doing something right!!!
Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
We would love to attend (the reunion), but unfortunately,
John has a 1:00 pm soccer game, which means we will not be able to
A quick update on Jersey. He is settling in nicely and the crate is no
longer an issue. He even goes in on his own at night when I
am working on the computer. We started obedience class last
Friday and he was the best behaved dog in class. Of course,
I am biased.
We also took Jersey for his first Vet visit. Jersey received
a clean bill of health. He lost some weight the first
couple of weeks, so we are going to watch his weight. The
vet said once he settles in, he will regain the weight.
Jersey marched in the Long Valley Fall festival parade
with the Boy Scouts. He was very well behaved and enjoyed
all the attention. We had a couple of goats, yes I typed
goats, marching behind us and Jersey could care less.
We feel so lucky and are overjoyed that Jersey
has come to live with us. We look forward to attending one
of the GRRI events in the near future.
I have some pictures to send, but they are not on this
computer. I will send them shortly.
The Carkitto Family
Hi Mike, we’d love to
see some pictures, especially one of Jersey marching in
front the goats! We’re glad he’s settling
in nicely and “acing” the obedience classes.
Capmark Finance Inc. is pleased to
contribute to GRRI-NJ at the request of Elaine Furnari in
our New York City office. Please accept the enclosed check
in the amount of $1,000.00 as our contribution to your
We wish you every success with your
endeavors and would appreciate receiving an acknowledgement
of our contribution at your earliest convenience.
Suzanne L. Quigley
Community Initiatives Director
Elaine, thank you for your very generous donation and thank
you for submitting the form!
We’re so grateful when our volunteers can submit
matching gift forms to their companies for a Corporate
Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
Here are some of the pictures I promised. Jersey loves to
lie on his back and hold a toy up in the air. It is
especially funny to watch him hold his ball up in the air
with just his paws.
He loves to play catch with his ball also. He will jump
completely in the air to try and catch the ball.
The information was in the packet and I just missed it. I
should let my wife handle these things. When I told her I
emailed you, she said she knew because it was in the
I'll keep in touch and if we need doggy sitting, we will
definitely call Aunt Lynda!!! But don't expect it too soon,
we plan to have Jersey travel with us.
Michael, thanks for the pictures. It must be some sort of
“extra” gene that these wonderful dogs have…ALL of them
adore their tennis balls! Sorry you couldn’t make the
reunion. Hopefully we’ll see you next year.
Hi Judy (GRRI foster mom),
You beat me to it! I was going to drop you a note too
saying how very good it was seeing you again last Saturday!
It was a shame you did not have more time, but at least you
were able to come for a little while! We had such a grand
time as usual! The weather was outstanding; and the food
great! We are always so envious of people that can get to a
Wegman's easily--we have none in North Jersey, and we found out that the sandwiches came from
Wegmans! And all the salads that the volunteers made were
so good too--and definitely the desserts! Jake had whipped
around Dick in his chair and pulled him over and a leg of
the chair broke, and in seconds, a woman named Ruth came
running over with a chair for him to use. A little woman,
with glasses and dark hair--do you know her? Does GRRI
ever have general meetings of volunteers? And where are
they held? Probably down nearer to you I would guess.
Anyway, the whole day was so enjoyable; we wouldn't have
missed it for the world!
Keep in touch,
one of the things our foster home volunteers love most about
the reunion is seeing the dogs that they’ve fostered with
their new forever families. In fact they keep track of
how many of their foster dogs come! We were sorry
about Dick’s mishap and were glad he wasn’t hurt.
Hi Judy (GRRI foster mom),
Thought I would drop you a note for an update. Everything
is going very well. After we last spoke, Boulder chased 6
deer in my back yard; fortunately, he didn't catch any, came
close to one little one, but thank goodness she got away.
Now when we go into the back yard I have to hold onto him
before he can go & explore. He loves to run & run in the
yard. Like doing victory laps. He is very silly as he
dives & rolls around the grass. On our walk last night he
found a wonderful apple that had fallen from a tree, I
didn't even attempt to remove it & he was thrilled.
The other day when I came home he was sleeping on the sofa
w/ Frank. I was really surprised since Frank was
always the tough one about that. I was actually happy.
The kids are coming home next weekend to meet their younger
brother as they call him & I am looking forward to that.
It's hard to imagine he's only been here such a short time.
He has won our hearts & can't imagine life w/out him. He is
very special as you stated all along. I think he is going
to be a very big golden. Only recently did I take a good
look at his paws, they are HUGE!
Today he gave me my first & second hug. The first one was
when Frank was hugging me, he jumped up & placed his paws on
my back trying to be part of the hug. Later when he was
resting, he picked up one of his front paws & placed it on
my back. I was so happy I cried. Ryder did that up until
the day he passed on.
Everyone who meets him just adores him, what a surprise.
Another thing you said from the beginning.
That's about all for now & thank you for giving so much love
while he was with you. You did a GREAT job.
Let's try & get together once I return from Santa Fe.
Liz, Frank & Boulder
Liz, thanks for the Boulder update. We agree, he’s one adorable, lovable dog. He looks
like a giant Golden Retriever puppy!
Thank you, thank you, and thank you to all those in the
adoption process who assisted in helping Jackie find her way
to us. Jackie has been with us a year on August 23rd. We
could not be happier - her or us. We brought her home and
she fit right in. I am amazed and grateful for the careful
screening of your organization and the helpfulness of the
foster family we picked her up from. She is a perfect fit.
We look forward to each newsletter to read helpful hints and
stories of others that you have helped. We are an animal
loving family and have never owned a Golden before. They are
amazing. Jackie is always there with a toy, a paw or nose
nudge whenever anyone is down, grumpy or happy. She is
terrific. We could not be happier. Thank you to your
organization for doing such a wonderful job. Please accept
the enclosed donation. We look forward to walking Jackie in
the "Golden Oldies" parade this year.
The Manzelli Family
Hi Tybe, thank you so much for your donation! We look
forward to seeing all of you on the 29th!
Dear Carolyn (GRRI volunteer),
Thanks so much for inviting us to the reunion outing.
We had such a nice time and everyone was so friendly.
Bill and I and "the Girls" had a GReat time!
Gerry, we’re so glad you could all come – and thank you for
your donation. We loved the Golden Retriever puppy
note card you sent – “How can I thank you? Let me count the
ways…this is when fingers come in handy”.
I joined the fun Sat. as a friend and trainer to Pam
Patton. I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the day.
It was so impressive that things kept moving right along.
So often at these type events the games drag on and on and
on, and people and the dogs lose interest. It was fun to
see all the different games and how well organized and quick
moving they were.
The whole event had an incredible amount of organization,
and the volunteers with the group were so good at making
sure they included everyone in attendance in conversation,
games, etc. As I looked around I could see that everyone
was being included and spoken to.
Thank you for a most wonderful and healing day - it was the
most well organized and well-run dog event that I've
attended in a long time.
so glad you were able to come to the reunion, Joanne. It’s an
annual event that we all look forward to - seeing all these
wonderful dogs that we helped place into their forever homes
looking so happy with their new families. It takes a lot of
effort by a lot of people to make it run smoothly. After 7
years, we have it down pat!
Hello to my friends at GRRI-NJ. It's been almost two years
since I was adopted out to my forever family. I'm doing
great! We just got back from a camping trip in Pennsylvania.
My family always takes me camping, even though the camper is
kind of small and I always hog the bed. The campground was
decorated for Halloween, and I went trick-or-treating with
my kids to so many campsites. My family thought it would be
cute to put a costume on me. I wasn't too sure about that,
but I ended up getting Snausages and some other treats!
Check out the picture of me in my pirate costume.
Thanks again for rescuing me!
Marco, thanks for writing and
sending us your photo. You are indeed one impressive
looking buccaneer! It sounds like you’re having a lot of
fun with your new family and that they’re taking excellent
care of you. We love hearing how happy our dogs are in
their forever homes.
Dear Jill (GRRI foster mom),
This will be short because I still can't write about it, but
I will call you this week. Our Joshy passed away on Friday,
September 28. I'm sorry that I didn't call but I'm having a
very hard time without him. Mary Moon, our wonderful vet,
came to our house at 5:30 p.m. Kevin and I spent the entire
day holding him in bed, giving kisses and telling him when
he didn't see Mommy and Daddy anymore, he would see Max.
That must have been a sight to see the two of them come
together again. It was a horrible day, with many tears, but
knowing they would be together again was the only salvation.
The house feels so very different. As you know we never
left him alone, not once. He went wherever we went or we
didn't go. Our whole lives were built around Josh. We
miss him terribly. He was such a presence. He was a
wonderful boy and was so mischievous that he cracked us up
throughout the day. I miss that so much.
He developed nasal cancer only weeks before and it spread
very quickly. There was nothing we could do to treat it
because it could not be cured, and treatment was radiation
which required sedation which they would not recommend due
to his heart problems. Also, the nasal cancer was the
secondary site. We think the kidneys may have been the
Please know he did not suffer, as he was fine up until the
night before, taking our usual evening walk (perhaps a bit
slower) down the street to stop at neighbors' houses for his
treats and his hugs. But the next morning he couldn't
breathe through his nose anymore and with the open sores he
clearly let us know that it was time. He wouldn't get up to
eat or go outside. So we fed him all day in our bed - all
his favorite foods - bacon, muffins, etc. A few nights
before that, we even cooked him a T-bone steak on the grill
(we had a feeling it would be soon). He would have been 12
We haven't a single regret in our choice to adopt Max and
Josh. They stole our hearts right off the bat and our lives
were so wonderful with them in it. We only wish we could
have adopted them when they were a little younger so we
could have had more time. We weren't ready to let either of
them go. I guess you never are when you love them with all
of your heart.
How can we ever thank you for bringing us together. We made
a beautiful family and had a wonderful life together - I
swear that they thought they were here their entire lives.
I'm crying too hard now, so I really can't keep correcting
my spelling anymore.
P.S. The Picnic was the next day and we were planning for
weeks to attend and surprise you. I wish you could have
seen him one last time. He was beautiful as a senior.
All our love,
Deb and Kevin
Debra and Kevin, what can we say? Your email was so heart
wrenching, many of us were in tears just reading it. We can
all relate to how devastating it is to lose our beloved
friends. The only consolation is in knowing that he is
indeed playing with Max again, healthy and whole. Please
accept our deepest condolences.
Debbie (GRRI foster mom),
Here are some pictures of Max. He has put on some weight and
looks good. We are working on his car travel problems and
trying to get him to calm down. We all love the dog and he
fits right into the family. Here are some pictures
(without the Christmas trees).
Bill, thank you for the pictures. We
can imagine how much fun Max is having playing in his very
own Christmas Tree farm! He looks wonderful.
It has been very lonely here since we lost
Patton June 28, 2007. I enclose three photos plus a farewell letter
to Patton. Is there a reasonable chance you might come up
with another we could adopt?
Sadly, this morning the time had come to free you from
having to painfully drag your rear end along whenever
attempting to move around, especially when you needed to go
outdoors. You were also having frequent spells of rough
We couldn't see why you should continue suffering. So we
think now that you are in a happier world without your back
and breathing problems.
I had a very bad time at the end seeing you go - even while
our friends and yours who had wanted to be there with you
I feel so bad losing you that I was unable to tell you so at
the end. I choked up.
Even more - how could I tell you that we really knew you
didn't want to go without us and our home, however much
dragging you would have to do.
I should have told you this earlier about our everlasting
deep love for you and your always wonderful friendly spirit.
PAT - without you we are now terribly alone - alone! Who
will now be looking for us and always greeting us with a
We console ourselves in the belief that you are now - with
your spirit - joining our wonderful previous Goldens -
Rascal - Happy - Ben - Duke - Josh - and Corky. You will
like them and they will like you!
We are counting on seeing you all when our time comes.
Sincerely, Hamilton and Marty Herman
Marty and Hamilton, please know how very sorry we are for your loss. Patton
was such a distinguished looking gentleman and we can
imagine how much you miss him. Of course we’d be happy to
help you find another wonderful companion to share your
Dear Eileen (GRRI Treasurer),
Each year we have a silent auction at Camp Gone to the Dogs
to raise money for worthy animal causes. We bring dog
related items for both dogs and humans and have a lot of fun
bidding on the items. We raise quite a bit of money from
the auction. We want to help continue your good work and we
are sending you $100 as suggested by Audrey Steinharn.
Jeanne Richter, Camp
Jeanne, thank you for the wonderful donation; and Audrey,
thank YOU for recommending us. We can certainly put this
check to good use.