Brian & Robin Bausback
This past year has been so exciting for me! I learned how
to swim, how to play with my new best friend (Ginger), and
how to take over a bed! Mom and Dad even bought a new King
size bed so we can all fit in it at night. Now if I could
just stop snoring in Dad's ear.
I've explored parks that I never knew existed; I have made
so many new friends on my daily walks throughout the
neighborhood each day. I learned how to chew big knuckle
bones, how to chase the ducks from our yard...they sure are
quick! I went on my 1st boat ride which I enjoyed very
much. Dad’s even taken me on a couple of runs though I seem
to keep running into him….something to work on.
Best of all, I have learned what it means to be truly
loved. I have been allowed to become the companion and
friend I always knew I could be. I just needed the
opportunity. All this in just over one year. Imagine what
I'll learn and do over my lifetime with my family!
I wish EVERY dog
could be loved & cherished this much!!!!
With Golden love & gratitude,
08/28/08 and 03/05/09
Bobbie Greco & Sue Mollica
Oakley found his
forever home with us on August 28, 2008 … he’s a big,
beautiful, blond boy! He was formerly known as “Bob,” but
he reminded us of a blond surfer dude, so we decided to call
him Oakley (like the sunglasses!). He found us when we
needed him most. Brandy, one of our first Goldens, had
passed away suddenly a month earlier. But Oakley turned our
sadness to smiles and brought golden sunshine into our
lives. He is an amazing snuggler and always a willing
participant in a Sunday afternoon nap! One of the things we
love most about him is his huge head, and we tell him he has
a ginormous cranium! He is a goofy, lovable boy, and he
never fails to make us laugh!
Very sadly, a
month after Oakley came, Brandon, another one of our Goldens,
passed away … we were devastated. But we waited very
patiently for some special “old gold” to find us (we love
the seniors!), and we hit the jackpot when Quincy came home
on February 11, 2009. We originally fostered him
(foster?... no such thing – he wasn’t going anywhere!) until
he could have surgery to remove a growth on his side, and we
couldn’t wait to sign the final adoption papers a few weeks
later! Affectionately nicknamed “Monkey Bear,” Quincy, like
Oakley, has brought such joy to us. He loves to be petted
and will put his head in your lap or persistently stick his
nose under your hand … he just loves to be loved!
Thank you GRRI-NJ
for bringing these two wonderful boys into our lives!
Adopted By: The
After majoring in
Drama, this six year old beauty has landed the role of a
lifetime. Annie, formally known as Annie, is now playing
the starring role for an unlimited engagement. She has a
broad fan base including children and adults. Annie makes
regular appearances at tennis courts, soccer fields and
football games. She has also been spotted hiking and taking
an occasional swim at county parks.
These are some of
Annie's memorable performances:
"A Long Walk" -
showing daily at 9am
"The Car Ride" -
one of her most difficult roles
"Playing in the
Yard" - she's a natural, two thumbs up!
"Chasing Deer" -
no animals where harmed during production
"Dogs in the
'hood" - a mixed breed of reviews
"Trash Can" - her
dirty little secret
like to thank all the people that made her the success she
is today. GRRI-NJ, thank you for your support; Anne and
Rich M, for all your hard work and for caring so much.
Thank you just doesn't seem to be enough.
Adopted By: John
& Barb Ready
We got the phone
call on our drive back from our vacation … “can you do a
short term foster on an 11 year old male, shaved and with an
ear problem?” “Of course”, we said. “We’ll be home in 8
hours or so.”
When we picked up
Maverick (formerly known as Rusty) from Eileen and Drew who
had pulled him from the shelter, Eileen said “you guys are
in trouble now; if he gets along with the rest of your boys
you’ll never give him up.” Needless to say, we’re ‘foster
failures’ once again! To read about Maverick’s ear problems
go to our website to the Winter 2009 newsletter and see
Maverick has been
with us for 10 months now and he is really coming into his
own. The first couple of months with his ear problems, he
wasn’t interested in much but now give him a tenny and see
what a 12-year -old can do.
He loves his car
rides even if it’s only to go for a ride in the rain. He
loves his walks and his ears do a happy dance as he prances
along. And he loves meeting new people.
He went to his
first Goldstock earlier this month and took to riding in the
RV like he did it every day. He went in the lake and had a
blast chasing the tennis balls in the water. Maverick
conned quite a few people out of their tennis balls by
giving them his A look.
He worked the
booth like a pro and didn’t meet a person or a golden that
he didn’t like.
He’s been an
absolute joy. His nickname is the Hon Bun.
James & Meghan Behnke
parents loved me so much they became ‘foster failures’
within less than a week of having me! When I came to them,
it was a rough transition as I was nearly 9 years old and my
prior family had to give me up due to divorce, finances,
etc. I was 15 pounds heavier and by the looks of some of my
bare spots, history of my allergy problems was evident. But
my new parents were bound and determined to trim me down. I
have to say, I liked the walks but it was a big change from
my old routine of sitting on the couch all day! I quickly
adapted and between the walks and getting my thyroid
corrected, I lost 15 pounds in a short time. If only we had
such luck with my allergies … but we are working on those.
My new family
is like a second life; there seems to be endless tennis
balls, camping trips, hiking trips, etc. They even took me
and my brother Alpine to Philadelphia for a long weekend.
And now that I am thinner, going to the park and long walks
is fun versus a struggle. I hope I have many more years
with them of licking their faces nonstop!!
Parker … no
longer and never again to be known as Porker!
Adopted By: Drew
& Eileen McFadden
Susie can’t be
here today because she’s still too frightened of people
approaching her and still too hand shy of anyone trying to
pet her. So her brother, Ryan, and her sister, Bonnie, have
agreed to parade in her stead.
Drew and I didn’t
want another dog…..we certainly didn’t NEED another dog.
But sometimes things don’t quite work out the way we plan.
I’m a firm believer that each and every one of our fur kids
has come to us for a reason. To help them heal and learn
the meaning of love; to help them understand that not
everyone in the world is out to harm them. Susie was no
She was the lead
story in the Spring 2009 newsletter. Susie was returned to
rescue because of a foreign body obstruction in her
intestine. Without her emergency surgery that evening, she
would have died. She was also the victim of physical abuse
so her ability to trust people is severely limited.
“The Q”, as she’s
affectionately called, is a whirling dervish; a typical
2-year-old Golden with unlimited energy. She’s playful,
affectionate and mischievous. She needs a 24-hour
surveillance camera on her to prevent her from stealing
whatever she can get her mouth on.
Susie has a lot
of baggage that we’re helping her unpack. We’re going to
keep whittling away at all those negative emotions until
that suitcase is empty.
from a poem written from a dog’s perspective by an unknown
author, says it all. Susie said she couldn’t agree more:
“When there is
no more money, no more room, you open up your heart a little
bigger. You stretch the money a little tighter; make just a
little more room - to save one more like me. I tell you
with the gratitude and love shining in my eyes, in the best
way I know how, reminding you of why you go on trying…I AM
Clearwater Revival said it best…”Oh Susie-Q, baby we love
Adopted By: Hank
& Jane Stokrocki
owners sometimes call me the “Jersey Devil” and I just don’t
understand what that means?? I enjoy eating newspapers,
magazines, toilet paper and I love open trash cans. I have
full run of the house and I have noticed that all the
aforementioned items are no longer within my jumping reach.
playing with everybody and everything and when I’m not busy
with that, then I’m either eating or I am holding on to
somebody’s shirt or pants. I am really a great dog and my
owners also think so but sometimes I’m just trying to be
friendly by greeting someone new by hugging them or jumping.
many opportunities to swim as we go boating every
weekend, but I’m not overly fond of swimming yet. I do
however, like to run in a huge enclosed area next to our
house off leash with my owner. I also have been taught to
go for fast walks while my owner is riding his bike!!! I
require and get a lot of attention typical of my breed.
hear a cell phone ringing and I have to try and grab it and
then my owner will chase me around the house for awhile.
Adopted By: Rich
update on Oakee from Rich:
When Oakee first came to me he was very depressed and
withdrawn. After a couple of weeks he started to come out
of it, in fact at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, it
seems he made so many friends that when it was announced
that he was in the waiting room (by mouth, not intercom) two
interns came out to visit with him. He makes friends
anywhere he goes.
update on Rich from Oakee:
Dad is learning to do what I want without too much fuss. He
bought me a bed all to myself; he let me pick it out and I
chose the biggest one. He's pretty good in the pet food
store; I usually find a toy or two but he won't let me play
with the cats that are on display in a cage … boy do they
get nervous when I stop by to say hello. Dad caught me
teasing the dogs on the other side of the fence because I
was a little slow getting back to my spot on the patio. I
couldn’t help myself … those dogs are so easy to tease; it's
Susan Cyzner & Neil Eisenstat
my name is Sadie. Actually it was Gretchen but my new
family changed it to Sadie. I am soooo glad they did. I
bet you did not know the meaning of Sadie is "Princess."
When I came to my new home I was a little overweight and
very tired. My mom put me on this great diet with lots of
fun exercise. I've lost over 26 pounds!!! I feel great and
I just can't stop smiling. I've been getting so much love
and attention from my new mom and dad. Also every now and
then my golden boyfriends come over to play. I can keep up
with them and show them who the boss is! I especially love
when Mom and Dad's kids come over and I get to shower them
with hugs and kisses.
This really is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Thank-you to the Rescue and thanks to Mom and Dad for
letting me be your "love bucket."
Anthony & Jody Tallone
Thank you for
giving me the opportunity to tell my story.
I came into GRRI's care in March needing someone to help me
with my severe hip dysplasia. You see, I am only 1 1/2
years old and have the worst hip dysplasia the vet has ever
seen in a dog so young. I needed surgery badly. Thanks to
GRRI, I had one hip operated on in April and then the second
hip at the end of June. My foster Mom and Dad took such
great care of me while I healed. They took me to physical
therapy in between surgeries and I am still doing therapy
today. I get to walk the treadmill in water and I love it!
My foster parents got so attached to me that in July they
decided to adopt me! I am so happy to be a part of this
growing family. :-)
My parents spoil me so much. We went to Ocean City all
summer long and they even took me on their week vacation to
Lake George, NY. I got to swim in the lake everyday and
take lots of hikes. They say I am very calm for a young
golden and I love to lick everyone all over. My parents
also tell everyone that I will be wonderful with children
and I can't wait to meet their little one that is coming
My hips are doing great. My parents started to foster other
dogs again and right now I have a foster sister that I love
to wrestle with and chase around the yard. They say I’m
finally acting my age! Maybe they will have to get me a
brother or sister, hint, hint, hint.
Tons of kisses,
Lauren & George Walters
my name is Coby.
brother Cody and I were surrendered to Golden Re-Triever
Rescue in January of this year. We lived outside in a
fenced-in pen for 5-1/2 years. We had an insulated shed to
sleep in but not much else ... no toys, no dog beds, and no
human companionship. After we escaped a couple of times the
town threatened to fine our owners so they gave us to
rescue. We had no trouble learning to live inside ... in
fact, we loved it! We did get into trouble though ... there
was so much to do. We ate our foster Dad's shoes, rummaged
through his trash cans, and shredded whatever we could
find. Rescue tried to re-home us together but they couldn't
find someone who would take a pair who didn't already have
any other dogs. You see, Cody doesn't like any other dogs
except me because he got attacked by a dog when he was a
puppy. Since I was "ready to go", they selected a new home
for me that had another dog. So now I have a new brother
named Clyde. We have a lot of fun together. And you know
what? We have an in ground swimming pool and we live near
the beach. Boy do I love to swim. I'm really good at
diving for seashells that Mom and Dad throw in the water and
you should see me ride the waves!
and Dad tell me I'm a great snuggler and they love the
little grunting noises that I make. We're a really happy
family now and I feel like I've lived here forever. Life
Stephen O’Byrne & Stephanie Fitzhenry
I think I am
finally home. I have been shuffled around a bit in my short
My name is
Brady. But I keep hearing my new mom says she wants to call
me Gromit for some British cartoon dog. Or Quinn for some
football player. I thought she worked for a hockey team? I
start puppy kindergarten on Monday. Mom says I will like
Aside from that
my new big sister, Trinity, is a bit bossy. She does not
like it when I try to climb over her. She growls and pushes
me over. She was good to have around at the lake at
Goldstock. She chased another big dog away from me when
that dog scared me.
My cousin Loochie
is my BFF. He is a rescue too. I hear he is eight but he
always wants to chase me and tackle me. Nonstop fun! He
taught me how to select the best figs from the tree in the
backyard. Mom admonishes us for that. I think she wants
them for herself.
My new dad is
simply awesome. He takes me to the park all by myself!
Likes to cuddle and gives me special healthy treats in my
lunch! Takes lots of pictures of me. Always wants to
play. I love him best!
I am glad to
finally be home and safe. Loochie says he got adopted at
Thanksgiving but he thinks anytime one of us gets adopted it
is Thanksgiving. It took a long time but it was worth it
even if I get a new strange name. Now where is that turkey