Letters to GRRI-NJ
Hello Again GRRI-NJ,
Please accept my donation for Angel or
other Golden Retrievers needing special care.
Thank you for helping Angel.
Irene, thank you for your
generous donation to help us care for wonderful dogs like
Angel. We were very pleased to learn she did not have
Cushing’s and she’s now ready to go to her forever home!
A donation is being made in loving
memory of Jack Daniel. Jack will always be remembered as
the friendly greeter who met us at the door. He would share
his toys for playtime and made all our visits enjoyable.
Please send an acknowledgement to Brian
Mary and Douglas Bausback
Thank you for your donation in
memory of Jack Daniel. We’ll certainly notify Robin and
Brian of your thoughtfulness. Jack Daniel was a wonderful
Golden and he’s greatly missed.
Hi Anne (GRRI
Hope you and
your family are well. Any new fosters? Sorry we haven't
written in a while, work has kept us pretty busy. Today is
Sasha's 3rd birthday, can you believe it? She's getting to
be such a good dog. I thought you would like to see some pix
from recent trips that she's taken. This year she's gone to
Florida, Martha's Vineyard, Boston, Lancaster PA and some
places I've forgotten about! She is learning new tricks,
like rolling over and closing the cabinet doors when asked.
Soon we hope to resume agility training. We love her more
Birthday Sasha! It’s amazing how time flies, isn’t it? Sasha certainly looks like she’s enjoying her life with both
and all of GRRI,
Thank you for
your donation to Eva's Village in Sig's memory. He was
dedicated to the human "rescue" work they do. Thank you for
all the kindness, caring, flowers and cards. It's meant so
can’t express how sorry we are that you lost your beloved
Sig. Eva’s Village sounds like a wonderful organization.
Hi Debbie (GRRI
to let you know that Maggie is doing well. She doesn't bark
as much as she used to. She has a few nicknames - Ms. Barks
a lot & Mag Pie. She loves to sleep on our bed between Jim
& I & she will bark around 1:00 a.m. to let us know she is
coming on the bed. She is a character! We could not be
happier with her.
we’re happy to hear that Maggie’s barking is decreasing.
And that’s so thoughtful that she gives you a “warning
bark”, alerting you to the fact that she’s planning to get
on the bed. It’s like she’s telling you - here I come,
ready or not!
We’re all ok
here in Hawthorne and survived the 3 days of heat wave and
the storms of last evening. How are all of you doing? Good,
Bear is doing
wonderfully! Her blonde cotton candy fur behind her ears, at
her shoulders and on her hips continues to grow and spread.
It remains controllable as long as I keep it brushed. I’ll
take the fur behind each of her ears and (gently) twist it
so it ends up looking like little devil horns, appropriate
for the little devil she can be for constantly going through
my bag I bring back and forth to work and home. Sometimes
she’ll luck out and polish off the rest of my cookie snack
if there’s any left. I can’t get mad at her because she’s
made it her schtick, besides, there’s nothing in the bag she
can really get in trouble over or get sick on! The sun was
backlighting Bear the other week and Bill said “Look!
Bear’s got angel wings!” Sure enough, because I hadn’t kept
up with the brushing, her unruly shoulder cotton candy was
sticking out and up and sure as shootin’ did it look like
angel wings! I have got to take a picture of her as the
devil, as the angel, and as both at the same time. It’s sooo
still kickin’ it up, though she gave us a scare about 3
weeks ago on a Sunday…she was breathing about 3 times as
fast as the other two (she’s been doing double time for
months now) and she just couldn’t get comfortable, grunting
each time she lay in a different position. Bill and I
figured we’d be taking her in to see the vet (for the last
time – sniff, sniff) on that Monday or Tuesday morning. On
Monday when we all woke up, she seemed to be breathing
better, gave her breakfast, and she was bouncing around the
house like a 75-lb puppy! She’s incredible – she’ll end up
outliving us if she keeps giving us scares!
just very happy that she has Bear to rassle with now that
the warmer weather is here, Gracie’s really not up to it,
except for rare occasions.
doggies love our 5th wheel trailer. The other
two taught Bear that when the “big, blue box” (our cooler)
comes upstairs, to start bouncing like a kangaroo, because
that means “we’re going for a ride – oh boy – oh boy – oh
boy!!!” We’ve got a seasonal site at Peaceful Valley
campground in Shinhopple, NY in the Catskills, a 2 hr ride.
Bill and I got the girls a doggie playpen like we saw at the
Golden Retriever Rescue picnic last September. We actually
put two together, so they have a decent sized area. There’s
plenty of room to lay around (the majority of their
time...just like cats) or play, tangled! They love being
outdoors! If you’re into a 2 hr drive, you’re welcome to
come anytime on any weekend (after July 4th
weekend) for a day, for a weekend, doesn’t matter – we’ll
grill up some dinner, sit by the fire, there’s enough
sleeping space, Bill does fly fishing, I read….pretty lazy
stuff!!! It’s pretty easy to get to. Let me know if you’re
interested and I’ll give you nice concise directions.
it on this end! How’s little Cleo doing? Been swimming a
lot? Write back!
Bill, Gracie, Sophie and Bear
you can’t tease us with images of devil horn ears and not
send us a picture. We’d love to see them! Thanks for such a
Hi Eileen (GRRI
I just wanted
to tell you that it's an honor to be part of such an
extraordinary group like GRRI-NJ. I am truly happy to be a
part of this group even though its just a small part
compared to all that you and all of the other volunteers do for these
I am sending
you a donation from our company in the amount of $1,000.00
to help put a small dent in the vet costs.
thank you and your company for sending us such a generous
donation! And thank you for joining our volunteer ranks.
Dear Ms. McFadden (GRRI volunteer),
“Every time you see someone in
distress, you have the opportunity to work as a team with
Heaven’s angels. You become the channel to provide loving
care to those in need.”
This is exactly what you do for all
those who come to Eva’s for help. The hungry, homeless,
addicted and sick find you to be the channel of
loving care for them.
The motto of Eva’s Village is
Where hope begins. Your generous gift (in loving
memory of Sigfried Roethlin) shows us that you are on that
special team of “angels” who believes that the poor and
defenseless deserve a ray of hope in their lives. We,
at Eva’s Village, work diligently to help provide both
opportunities and support to the unfortunate souls who cross
our paths daily. By your generosity, you partner with
us in this wonderful mission. I am happy to claim that we
are all on the same team.
We are so very grateful to you for your
generosity and kindness. I am sure that God will bless you
and your loved ones because of your goodness to others.
Sister Gloria Perez, Executive Director
Sister Gloria, Sig was a special
person and a wonderful foster dad. We were honored to make
a donation in his memory. For more information about Eva’s
Village, visit their website at
Sorry it took
me so long to get this picture to you! I kept forgetting and
then when I would remember and the camera would be dead,
etc. Lexie is doing great! It feels like she's been here
forever. She is still crazy about the boys! She loves
playing outside with them. She has a toy box for all her
things and she somehow knows what belongs to the baby and
what belongs to her! She has found her voice too. She has
turned out to be very protective of the house and barks like
mad whenever anyone comes to the door! I actually like it,
Killian was the same way and it always made me feel safe.
(She is super friendly the minute we open the door though!)
She has made lots of dog friends in the neighborhood. She
actually pushes tennis balls under the fence to our
neighbor’s dog! The only odd thing that we've noticed is
that she doesn't enjoy going certain places. She hated Petsmart and she didn't like Zach's t-ball game. She
actually put her leash in her mouth and dragged me back to
the car at the game! But she absolutely loves going for
walks so we get her out and about that way. Lexie is
definitely a success story for us! Anyway, hope all is well
with you and yours!
a wonderful picture Jill. There’s nothing better than a
picture of a dog with her children!
Merlin on Saturday and we just wanted to say, "THANK YOU!"
He is such a wonderful dog and has already fit so well into
our family. He is a perfect match for us and we are so
blessed that he has found his forever home with
us. We'll continue to send pictures and updates. Thanks
Jill & Vin
Scafaria (and kids)
Hi Jill &
Vin, we felt that your family was the perfect match for
Merlin as well. We’re so happy to hear how well he’s
settling in. Definitely keep those pictures and updates
Buddy is a 9
yr old rescue Golden and Sadie is his new 9 month old sister
who live with Debbie and Dave in Teaneck, NJ.
Deb & Dave
the photo Deb. It looks like Buddy likes having a baby
Just a short
note of thanks here for hosting such a wonderful and
We are a
family on our second generation of Golden Retrievers and
will be contacting you in the future when our very much
loved “Goofy” crosses to the other side... some day. Goof
is currently coming up on his 14th birthday and
although he has been through six surgeries, he is doing
quite well for his age.
attached is from Father’s day 2008. It may be
difficult to tell who is who in the photo with our swim goggles on, but
that is my son Christian on the left, Goofy in the center,
and me (Ed) on the far right.
family of Sea Girt, NJ
adorable photo. It sure looks like Goofy is one of “the
guys”! Love the goggles.
Dear Eileen (GRRI
I would like
to thank you so very much for keeping me up to date on the
progress of Valarie and Maddie, previously known as Gordy
and Baby. I am so happy that they are doing well. It hurt
me a lot when I had to give them up, but when you find
6 Golden Retriever pups in one shot it is hard to keep them
all. At least I know they are happy with their new
As you well
know I kept 2 of the six. They are doing just fine and are
growing very fast. I named them Daisy and Gigi. Daisy is
the calmer of the two. Gigi is more hyper. Gigi is also
the larger of the two. They like to run after one another in
my yard. Gigi does most of the chasing. One of these days
I plan to take them for obedience classes so they can learn
the basic commands. They are very good dogs - they are
sweet, playful and very energetic. I have enclosed several
pictures of Gigi and Daisy for you to keep or pass along to
the parents of Val and Maddie.
picture they are in my yard. Gigi is on the left and Daisy
on the right. In almost all their pictures Gigi is usually
on the left for some weird reason. There are a couple of
pictures where they are looking out the window from their
room. They love that window.
I would like
to finish off by thanking you again for keeping in touch
with me. I hope to hear from you again and hope we can stay
in touch for a long time to come. Say Hi to Val, Maddie and
you so much for your letter and the pictures. The “girls”
forwarded your letter and the pictures to Valarie and
Maddie’s families. Maddie’s mom commented that now she
feels like her family is complete, seeing pictures of
Enclosed is a
donation of $25.00, please use it in a capacity that will
help your organization.
received our e-mail copy of your summer newsletter which
included the story of Angel. Angel’s foster mom at present
is Pam Patton, who is a friend of ours and belongs to our
Golden Retriever Forum family. Pam is one of the most caring
individuals we have ever met and her love of animals knows
We have been
following Angel’s story from Pam in our forum, and this is
our small contribution to the wonderful work that you do.
Rescue has become very important to us. Goldens have
been in our lives since 1971. Hamish, and our first
rescue, Sophie, are our fifth and sixth Golden loves.
Our plan is to continue to adopt rescues as long as we have
the ability to do so.
We have also
included a matching gift form from Choice Point, Sheila’s
employer. Please complete section “B” and return to
Choice Point within 90 days and they will match our donation
Thank you for
all the wonderful work you do to help Goldens in need.
Bob Johnson, Sr.
both so much for your donation and the matching gift form.
It went back in the mail the same day your check and form
arrived! Angel has had a lot of wonderful Rescue “angels”
helping her along the way: GRRI volunteer Sandy Liebfried
who first brought her to our attention and into rescue and
helped with her transportation needs; Janet Loprano, Sandy
and Anita and Rick Ringen who visited with her while she was
in the hospital; her first foster parents, Anita and Rick
who cared for her after her tail amputation surgery; her
second foster mom, Pam Patton, who cared for her after her
ACL surgery and has seen her through all her current tests;
the Board of Directors who approved all of her excellent
medical care, and to the veterinarians who provided all her
care. And of course all of our loyal supporters who made
this care possible. Angel is one very lucky Golden girl and
someone is going to get a wonderful dog when she’s ready to
go to her forever home. We have placed your donation in our
Joann Smith Memorial Fund so that we can continue to help
other Goldens in our care with extensive medical issues.
Hi, Eileen (GRRI
I am finally
attaching photos of Maddie. She is getting very tall and
her face is changing. She looks nothing like a Golden
except for the slight feathering she is developing around
sailed through obedience training and now gives high fives.
But we still have to work on her penchant for tearing across
the room, jumping on Dennis while he's sitting on the couch
and washing his face with her tongue. She loves her Daddy.
The other dog in the photo is her neighbor, Bruno, who is
part St. Bernard and part Mastiff. He was adopted in early
March by my neighbor and they have become best friends.
They play several times a day and she really holds her own
belly in the photos is the aftermath of her spay in late
May. Her fur is growing in very slowly.
favorite thing to do is give kisses and she loves
blueberries. She loves being with us everywhere and has a
favorite place to lay in every room of the house. She
actually prefers her big Orvis tempurpedic bed to our bed,
lucky for us as she is getting big.
Thank you so
much for the letter from Maddie's savior and the photos of
her littermates. I hope we can meet Valarie at the
reunion. (I have no info on the reunion but assume it is
coming up maybe in September?)
thanks so much for the great pictures. Maddie is growing up
to be a beautiful girl. She’s so sleek and clean cut
looking! By the time this newsletter is released you’ll
have already attended the reunion! It was held September 27th
at North Branch Park.
Dear Eileen (GRRI
It will be
almost two years that I adopted Buddy; time went by so
fast. He's so spoiled that I cannot leave the house without
him; he is my shadow.
Buddy is a
joy in my life; he took the place of Candy, my other Golden,
which I loved very much. He has a wonderful life.
enclosing a few pictures of him; some with his two best
friends...Pest and CK, our two cats. I am also
enclosing a donation for the joy you brought into my house.
Pat and Buddy
time really does pass quickly, doesn’t it? I can’t believe
it’s been 2 years since you adopted Buddy. He looks
When I first
saw Red, I was amazed at his beauty and his quiet soul.
Little did I know that his soul was not only quiet, but deep
and so loving and that he would be my dear friend for many
As time went
on, we moved to Virginia and rented a home on 900 acres. He
enjoyed his new home with his new friend, Sheena, who
belonged to my other half. And Red was happy which made me
very happy. A couple of years later Sheena went to Rainbow
Bridge and all of a sudden Red went blind. Was it the shock
of being alone with Sheena when she died? We will never
know, although there were signs of it coming. And all along,
Red had hip dysplasia, which he stoically lived with. I gave
him whatever meds and supplements I could to help him.
In the last
two years or so, Red became disoriented and lost his sense
of smell. Yet with all his problems, he still smiled and
loved to be with us.
I knew the
end was near. I've known it inside for a while now. But I
don't think one is ever really prepared for it. It turned
out he had a brain tumor. I didn't want him to live in any
pain and decided his time had come.
loving, gentle and good. He was everything anyone could
possibly want in a Golden companion and I feel so lucky to
have spent nine years with him. I love you Red. And thank
you Golden Retriever Rescue.
we’re so sorry to hear about Red’s passing. It’s always
difficult to lose a wonderful friend who has shared so many
life experiences with you. We hope that your wonderful
memories of Red will bring you comfort and peace; he was a
My heart is
breaking as I tell you that Buddy is no longer with us. He
has been fighting cancer for the past 4 months. He
completed five rounds of chemo about 5 weeks ago but we knew
we were just buying as much time as possible. Yesterday
morning he started to bleed out again and my gift to him was
to let him go. I can't even begin to tell you how much he
was loved by not just me but all the customers that came in
the store. He had quite a following there as people would
stop in not to shop but to visit with him and Pumpkin.
handling it well- as well as can be expected but will be
showered with extra love from us and all of her friends.
He has left
us with so many memories- I can't believe it's only been 3
years, how time flies! It just never is long enough.
Thank you. Thank you - for bringing us together to share our
short time together.
Rich, we can’t thank you both enough for opening your home
and your hearts not only to a pair of Goldens, but to a pair
of senior Goldens. Life is always too short with these
wonderful dogs. Our prayers are with you.
Hi Jody (GRRI
Thanks again for doing so much for us during the transition.
Best of luck
with the wedding, I'm sure it's going to be fantastic! And
be sure to send some pictures when you get back from the
got home and read through the group's material we noticed a
section on changing names. We never even knew changing a
rescue dog's name was an option so following the training
guide on name-changing we decided to rename her "Stella"!
And so far, she's responding well to Stella and seems to
love her new name!
Stella is doing great - She's adapted well to us and our
house and it's hard to imagine how we ever lived without
her! She still loves the elephant toy and running down
tennis balls in the backyard. She is so funny (as you know)
though; she won't leave my side when I'm home and always
wants to play or cuddle up!
I do have a
question for you on the Frontline - we ordered it last week
and should have it sometime today or tomorrow but when was the
last time that it was applied to her? Only reason I ask is
we couldn't remember exactly and I didn't want to apply it
again if you had
done so right before we picked her up.
Our daily walks have been great but she's been a little
hyper when we come across other dogs. Did she pull with you
or act a little crazy around other dogs? Do you have any
simple suggestion on how to better train her or get her
quickly adapted to other dogs? :)
Other than that, we're doing great and so happy to
have her with us! Good to hear the group liked our little
photo; we'll look out for ourselves in the next newsletter.
the wedding, best of luck and enjoy yourselves!
thanks for the positive update on Stella. We’re happy to
hear that the information we provided to you in the adoption
manual was useful!
I just wanted to let you know that our
dog Dolly, that we adopted from you has passed away. She
had cancer. Dolly was 10 years old. She was such a great
She was a great friend and we will miss
Jackie, thank you for notifying us
about Dolly’s passing. Our condolences are with you and
Seamus is one
happy camper! A great big basket of dog treats was
delivered yesterday from Fat Murray's...courtesy of GRRI-NJ.
It was his prize for the photo contest. Even with his
somewhat toothless grin, he has already devoured a dog
cookie in the shape of a friendly crab.
so much for the photo of Seamus and his goodies! We’re
thrilled that he loved his prize and we appreciate his mommy
participating in our photo contest fundraiser! It was a win-win for
sorry we can’t make this event. We still have Daisy,
adopted August 2000. She and I just became a certified pet
therapy team! She is wonderful! Daisy loves to be petted
so this is a perfect job for her! She has helped us raise
four Seeing Eye puppies, with the 5th coming
tomorrow. Daisy has been a true joy. We have loved
watching her grow and mature and enjoy life. We hope to
have many more healthy years with Daisy.
Peggy & Steve
congratulations to you and Daisy…that’s wonderful news!
Sorry we won’t see you at the reunion.
to let you know Lucy is enjoying the summer just fine. Here
she is in the convertible.
best. We are really enjoying her and she’s happy as can be.
Looks like Lucy is saying put on
my harness, hook up my seat belt and let’s go for a ride!!!
Dear Eileen (GRRI adoption
I am writing
to let you know that our foster-to-adopt, Lily, is doing
great. We have now had her for 4 weeks. She went to the Vet
for her Rabies shot and is scheduled to go for her Parvo and
Distemper shot on Saturday, August 9th.
Lily is an
absolute pleasure and has made herself at home very
quickly. She gets along great with our other Golden,
Sadie. She loves to go for walks and behaves very nicely on
the leash. She is completely housebroken. She also loves to
cuddle and enjoys playing with her toys. She is however a
very clever thief. She likes to gather souvenirs and bring
them to you. She doesn't chew but likes to be near any
piece of clothing that belongs to my husband or I.
She gets fed
twice a day. I give her a half cup of dry food in the
morning and a half cup of dry food plus a half can of no
salt string beans at night. We have discovered that she
likes watermelon, tomatoes and cucumbers. She also gets
fish oil capsule and her thyroid medication every day.
All in all,
Lily is a great dog and we have come to love her very much.
She is the perfect addition to our family.
letter finds you well and we will see you at the picnic in
Maureen, it sure sounds like Lily has made herself right at
home. We were so happy when we heard you wanted to adopt
another one of our rescue dogs. That’s such a positive
reinforcement that we’re doing something right! We can’t
wait to meet all of you in person!
everyone doing? We are all doing great running around &
playing, tearing up the back yard, etc. My Dad got a new
toy, a new camera so I think you will be seeing more
pictures of us.
the pictures Shylow. You know how it is….parents get a new
toy and the kids have to suffer, posing for all those
pictures. We love seeing them though. Sunny sure has gotten
big since the last time we saw him! We hope to see you all
at the reunion.
Hi Judy (GRRI
Thanks for the card ... it was fun to do!
How are you? Have you recovered from your surgery? And,
how are all the animals?
Sad week in our house - we had to put down our cat on
Tuesday. We've only had him since January and he was barely
a year old. He had FIP. We loved that little boy!
Amber is going in for surgery on Monday for a growth on the
back of her leg. It's not cancerous, but suspicious. She
was just treated for a hot spot on her back and of course,
an ear infection. This weekend we're going to visit my
sister on Long Island. We bring the dogs - it's such a hoot
watching them in the water. After we returned last year a
lot of Amber's little bumps on her legs went away for
months. Got to love that salt water. I think of this as
Amber's therapy weekend. Last year she also ate a dead fish
at the water's edge ... gross!!
Now that we have Maya who is 3 years old Amber seems so
quiet and calm! She still gets all excited about tennis
balls and food. Maya and Amber are both more beta dogs than
alpha. However, when Maya gets too nutty, Amber lets her
Can you remind me what day the picnic is?
Hope all is well,
Donna, we’re sorry to hear about your kitty…such a shame to
lose a pet so young. It sounds like Amber is enjoying being
the “big sister” to Maya. Hope to see you at the reunion!
Hi Shayne (GRRI
update for you on our dog Sandy. We adopted her in Jan.
2008. She is now almost 1 year old. We just love her so
much. I have been taking her to obedience school. She will
be graduating next week. It has definitely helped but I
think she needs some more work. We have a pool and Sandy
loves to swim. I have sent a few pictures. Isn't she
Hi Linda (GRRI
to give you an update on Sandy. She will be 1 year old next
week. I think she has adapted to our home and family quite
well. We have a pool and she loves to swim. I have sent
you a couple of pictures so you can see how she has grown.
She is a wonderful dog and we all love her very much.
grew up to be one pretty little girl! Thanks so much for
the pictures and the update.
Next month my
Jasper will be with me for 4 years. In ways it feels like a
minute yet hard to imagine life without him. I am so happy
that he rescued me! I had just lost a Golden boy after 11
years and was lost wandering from shelter to shelter trying
to fill a huge hole in my heart when Jazz stepped in.
enclosed a photo from a day at "work" and as you can see he
has few teeth. His mouth was terribly infected when he was
rescued by you wonderful people and while he has no interest
in getting dentures :) he has no problem eating anything he
wants. His skin was also in bad condition with many
allergies and clearly he has a super golden coat now. So
unlike a Golden, Jasper was terrified of water when he joined
me. He now walks to the bathroom and stands by the tub when
I mention getting his bath. He plays in the sprinklers in
the yard!! So far he has not chosen to enter water at the
beach but last year at Cape Cod he laid at the edge of the
water getting wet. He will be going again for his vacation
in 3 weeks and who knows!!!
work. I work as a regional nurse in nursing homes and
Jasper goes to work with me every day. He makes the elderly
residents smile from ear to ear and they can pet him
endlessly (which he surely does not mind). He will approach
residents who are almost un-responsive and bring a smile to
their faces as he licks their hand. Because Jazz goes to
work each day 3 other employees bring their dogs daily also
and Jazz plays with them with great joy. Interesting
aside-2 of those dogs had behavior problems with other dogs
and after "play dates" with Jazz they are now well-behaved.
He is an amazing being.
does something I have never seen before-when he gets
overwhelmingly happy his tail doesn't just wag, it spins
like a propeller!! I try to make sure that happens as often
To say that I
thank you for rescuing him and Linda for fostering him is
simply enormously inadequate. He is worth his weight in
thanks for the adorable picture of Jasper – he looks
terrific and it sounds like he’s enjoying his life to the
fullest. His luck certainly changed when he was accepted
into our rescue program and it became complete when he was
adopted by you. Jasper certainly wasn’t the prettiest
Golden at the time he was adopted and we can’t tell you how
grateful we were that you could look beyond his physical
condition at that time and see the wonderful dog that he
Dear Judy &
Eileen (GRRI volunteers),
Dakota is in
his new home, and we wanted you to know he is doing great.
He was calm and alert on the way home from NJ. On arrival,
he followed us around the house to explore things. We threw
the tennis ball a few times, and he retrieved it for us. He
loves tennis balls, but does not seem to be interested in
soft toys. In the evening, he got to meet Amy's sister and
family who were stopping by on their way back to Maryland
from Cape Cod. We heard his loud bark for a few minutes when
they arrived, so we have an inkling that he will be a great
watch dog. Other than that, we have not heard him bark.
He is walking
well on the leash (really, Judy) and already has discovered
that he can see deer outside our house. Also, rabbits seem
to peak his interest. He ate dinner nicely, did all his
business, and when we went upstairs to bed, he followed us.
He quickly got comfortable, sleeping on the floor in the
doorway so nobody would be able to pass by without his
knowing. He has not tried to get on the furniture at all.
he put his face on the edge of the bed to wake David, but
when David pretended to ignore him, he went right back down
to sleep. His tail is up and wagging all the time. He
already knows that he will get a treat if he sits nicely
outside the kitchen door while we are busy. He takes his
meds easily. As I am writing this, he is rolling over for
We will keep
Amy and David
PS We will
probably call him Cody.
Hi Amy and
David, we’re so happy to hear how well Cody is adjusting to
his new forever home…he’s such a sweetheart, isn’t he?
He’s one very lucky boy.
Liberty has brought many smiles to our neighborhood over the
summer. He is very proud carrying one of his sticks on our
walks. We have a collection by the back door! He is
always ready to lounge on our deck!
Liberty loves to sit on our deck at the shore also, which
has a great view of a creek, birds, and ducks. He loves to
just people watch too. We go for long walks there and meet
several other friends and dogs.
We are looking forward to the reunion next month.
Many thanks again for all your efforts in helping our
wonderful Golden breed!
Irene & Joe
no dummy – he knows how to enjoy the dog days of summer!
Amy Jo and Linda (GRRI volunteers),
It's hard to
believe that one year has gone by since Charlie became a
part of the Vinci family. Thanks to GRRI-NJ, Len and I (and
Bess!) love and enjoy Charlie more each day! I remember one
of the first things Amy Jo said about him was "he loves
life" and it is SO true. He's ready to play ALL the time,
and all we have to do is look at him and he wags his tail.
His health is
perfect (including his eyes). He weighed in at 79 lbs at his
well-visit this week. His training has also come along VERY
well; he's totally on a light-line and his off lead recalls
and heels are just great. Bess and Charlie are really best
friends now too; they walk, run, swim and chase together on
our daily hikes, and enjoy a nice nap when the fun and games
are over (see the attached picture - I think they're
actually holding hands!).
Thanks to you
all for making this happen!
All the best,
Helen & Len
Hi Helen &
Len, what a terrific update and a fabulous picture…Charlie
and Bess look wonderful together!
Dear Eileen &
Drew (GRRI volunteers),
Just a little
note to thank you for all you do for Goldens. We love our
Ben without reserve. He is so much a part of our lives. He
watches out for Lars, our 16-year old Cocker, who is deaf,
dumb and blind but not in pain. We just received our
invitation to the reunion but are unable to attend due to
previous commitments. We hope everyone enjoys themselves.
Please accept our contribution to GRRI-NJ and keep up the
great work on behalf of Goldens.
Edmee & David
so much for your generous donation! The boys look great…I
can’t believe Lars is 16 years old and that Ben is 8
Today we received a
package in the mail from Sylvia and Philip Mogerman and it
contained 2 goodie bags for the boys from the Treasure
Hunt. We had to miss the treasure hunt due to the boys’
soccer schedules. They were thrilled to get these treats.
Even my strapping 12 ½ year old, 7th grade son
was wandering around with an eye patch on!
I cannot believe the
kindness of everyone in your organization! Thank you so
much for a wonderful day, but especially for the gift of
Liza DeBlis and family
it's too bad your sons missed the "hunt" but we understand
about sports schedules in the fall; it seemed to be the
biggest reason why our adopters with children didn't make
the reunion this year. We're glad you were able to come
after their games, and we're happy they all enjoyed their
Dear Shayne, Linda and everyone
involved in GRRI,
It has been over a year since we
adopted Pinot from GRRI. I don't know where the time goes
as I should have written much sooner.
Pinot has been absolutely perfect for
our family. She gets along great with all the grand dogs and
grand kids. She really loves the children. She spent a
large part of the summer at our beach house with the kids
coming and going.
She is the sweetest dog and truly the
most affectionate Golden we have ever had.
She goes for her Percotin shot every 28
days and everyone at the Vet is thrilled to see her. Her
Addison's disease is perfectly under control and we have
managed to keep her weight around 83-lbs. She looks great!
Unfortunately we lost her sister,
Maggie, about a month ago. It has been very hard on us, but
we are so grateful that we have Pinot.
Maggie was adopted 10 years ago from a
family in CT who couldn't take her with them when they were
moving. She was about 3 years old at the time and just a
great dog. Please accept the enclosed donation in Maggie's
We're not quite ready, but in time we
will contact you to find a new friend and sister for Pinot.
Thank you for all the wonderful work
you do for Goldens.
Roni & Ernie Larini
Roni & Ernie, we’re so sorry to hear
about Maggie’s passing. Thank you for your donation in her
memory. Pinot looks absolutely wonderful! We can’t tell you
how happy we were when you welcomed her to your family.