Letters To GRRI-NJ
Judy! (GRRI foster mom)
Gosh, I look at our girl and think "Wow, she has come so
I remember, as if it was yesterday (and it's been three
months), the day I brought her home and she wouldn't get out
of the car. I sat with her for an hour talking to her,
petting her head, offering water and snacks... and nothing.
I thought "What did I do? What if she hates me?"
remember carrying her in the house and placing her on her
bed and she didn't budge, not a muscle. I remember laying on
the floor with her for hours on end just petting her and
loving her and whispering what a pretty sweet girl she is. I
remember carrying her outside 3 or 4 times a day because she
was afraid of everything and she wouldn't even
stand.....forget about walking - standing was more than she
And I remember begging her to eat and telling her it was ok.
I told her that no one would hurt her and she was home
forever. I remember we called her "Sack of Potatoes" for the
first three weeks because she never stood....not once! And
then we called her "She's got legs!" because she finally
realized standing isn't so bad....and steps....she's
mastered them beautifully.
I remember those first nights tiptoeing down the stairs and
laying with her in the darkness and petting her pretty head.
I whispered to my old girl, Millie, my sweet golden who had
a heart of gold...I would whisper "Millie, come tell Belle
that it will be ok, that she can trust us, that we love her
and she is safe."
And day by day our brave girl has overcome so many
obstacles. She has learned to stand and eat without hiding
her tail between her legs. She has mastered the art of
begging at the kitchen table (Dinner Belle) and she has
finagled her way into getting belly rubs whenever she wants
(Belley Belle) and she has learned that at 5:00 if she
stands in the kitchen doorway and looks really sad that
she'll get dinner early. (Dinner Belle again!) She has
learned that "Cookie" is a treat for the middle of the day
and pizza has special doggie "pizza bones." She has learned
that bunnies hop really fast and birds fly up, up, up
....where did it go? And she has learned that squirrels
climb trees and she can follow them when they walk along the
back of the fence. She has learned to chew on sticks and
logs and her favorite new toy is an empty water bottle!
She has learned that if she sits next to someone, they will
pet her. And people who come in the house are our friends.
She has learned to brave the wind from the old golden next
door, Morgan, who passed away last week. And Brave
Belle has learned that when I say, "It's alright" that it
really is ALL RIGHT. She has learned that when I say
"There's Luke!" to jump up and look for Luke and she has
learned to go to the back door when she wants to go out.
Brave Belle has come such a long way in such a short time.
She is not the "champion perfect golden" as her ears are too
short and her tail is curly and she has a funny "mane" like
a lion! Her legs are bowed (but I swear over time they are
getting straighter!) and her ears need constant cleaning and
care. She still has bad breath although that is improving
too and she tells me that rescues don't need to "sit" on
command. LOL She has funny hair that grows between her toes
and her lip gets hung up on her crooked teeth and it
makes her look like she's snarling. Oh no, our Belle is not
the perfect golden by anyone's perfect standard....but by
our standard she's perfect for us!
I can not tell you how much joy she has brought us. She
still stops at every new flower and every new branch and
smells it. She is joy, simply a sweet lovely wonderful brave
soul who we are so lucky to love.
Photos....well, as you can see, she never sits still outside
and is after the stick, the ball, the bottle, the bird, the
squirrel, was that a groundhog I just saw out of the corner
of my eye?
Love to you all and hugs to Jack.
Make sure you let me know how he makes out with his MRI.
with love and gratitude,
Brave Belle and her gang
update brought us to tears. Saving dogs like Belle from
unfortunate circumstances is why we all do what we do. And
we thank you for having the patience and the compassion to
help her learn how wonderful life can be outside the puppy
Anne (GRRI foster mom),
Gretchen is now Sadie and seems to be very happy and
adjusted to her new home and family. She is an absolute
delight and it would be very hard not to love her up. I
really cannot believe what a good girl and such a loving dog
she is. Sadie's been getting a lot of exercise, attention
and love. My daughter and I are taking her to the vet on
Monday. I will keep you in touch with her weigh-in. She
actually does look thinner and she has more energy already.
Also I've been brushing her everyday and her coat is like
silk. Sadie is a beautiful golden girl.
She does look like she’s lost some weight…and what a pretty
face she has. She’s GOT to be feeling so much better now
that she’s getting the love, attention and exercise that she
needs. Thank you so much for seeing past her obesity and
wanting to help her.
this donation to honor Terrance Dolan in his achievement of
his becoming an eagle scout. Yes, the Dolan family has a
Golden Retriever named Sierra. A wonderful addition to
I will tell
Terrance of the donation, but would appreciate someone from
your organization mailing a confirmation of the donation to
that GRRI is a non-profit organization, I have enclosed some
postage to defray the cost of this and a few other pieces of
Thanking you in
Abby, thank you
so much for the donation and for the postage! We’ll
certainly notify Terrance of your donation and offer our
congratulations as well.
Dear Eileen and GRRI Organization,
would like to thank you very much for the contribution
towards Marshall's surgery. We are extremely grateful and
it really shows what a noble organization GRRI is.
Marshall is doing well and the pathology of the tissue
around the tumor came back clean - so hopefully he's on the
road to a long happy, healthy life! He's a great dog and we
just LOVE him!
Thank you again!
Mary, we were so upset when we heard about the mast cell
tumor. That’s great news that your vet got clear margins.
We hope you have many, many happy years together.
can't imagine what we would do if something like what befell
Susie were to happen to our Ben. We want to help.
Please find a check for $50.00 to offset the expenses for
Susie's care. Ben just loves to carry around his
stuffed toys but has not swallowed them or parts thereof as
Best wishes to Susie and all the wonderful people who
David & Edmee Cassidy
Thank you so much for your donation. Susie has fully
recovered from her surgery although she hasn’t learned her
lesson. She needs a 24-hour surveillance camera on her to
stop her from trying to eat everything in sight!
I just read with
tremendous enjoyment the article in your summer newsletter
entitled “I Went On Vacation.” It certainly sounds
like Shiloh’s family was well prepared for a wonderful
vacation that included him.
There was one
thing I saw in the article which I wish to comment on and
which you may wish to make note of for the benefit of dog
how his Nylabone®
was included with his other belongings for the vacation.
Being the proud owner of a Golden Retriever myself (as well
as a spoiled champion Cairn Terrier), I have had many years’
experience with Nylabone. However, I recently learned
something very scary about them from my veterinary dental
technician, scary enough that I thought I should share it
with you (especially since my Golden, Indiana, loves them
herself). Our dental tech strongly warned me against using
regular Nylabones (the hard ones) because she and other
veterinary dental personnel are seeing a steadily increasing
number of serious dental injuries such as fractured and
severely damaged teeth that are directly attributable to the
chewing of hard Nylabones. She strongly recommends that
instead we use the softer, pliable variety that are most
commonly known as “gummabones” because they are far less
likely to cause such dental injuries, many of which are not
I’m sharing this
with you because of my strong concern for the welfare of all
dogs, and I hope it may be of some benefit to all involved
Ken De Koven
Hi Ken, point
well taken, you’re absolutely right. Shiloh is allowed to
have Nylabones because he has a very gentle mouth and only
carries them around with him like a pacifier. Serious
chewers could indeed fracture teeth on hard objects like
Nylabones. Likewise, gummabones can easily be chewed up and
ingested by a strong chewer. Thanks for writing and we’re
glad you enjoyed Shiloh’s article!
We hope you all
had a fun July 4th Holiday!
picture of Liberty would bring a few smiles! Here he is
relaxing after a long morning walk in Monmouth Beach. At
five years old, he still loves his crate and happily wanders
in & out.
seeing Liberty...especially walking around with his stick!
Irene, Joe &
Hi Irene, thanks for the photo…he is adorable!
Anne (GRRI foster
Thank you for the
pictures. More importantly, thank you for Lucky. He is a
dream and has adapted seamlessly. He is getting ready this
morning for his first trip to Vermont where he will have
lots of space to run and play, lots of lawn to chase tennis
balls, lots of woods to explore and lots of cows to meet.
We couldn't be happier and are very grateful to everyone at
GRRI-NJ for helping us complete our family with the addition
of Lucky. We'll continue to keep you advised of Lucky's new
adventures. All our best.
Lucky is one VERY
LUCKY little guy to have found his forever home with you.
We can’t wait to hear about what it’s like to explore the
world through a puppy’s eyes.
Hard to believe, my sweet Archie boy is 11 already! Feels
like yesterday when I adopted Archie from Golden Retriever
Rescue Inc. he just turned 3. He and Angelo became best
friends from DAY ONE, and Archie was always the "pesky
little brother". LOL But he was the BEST brother any dog
could ask for. I know that Angelo is looking down on him and
is so proud of the "big brother" he has become :-)
tables certainly have turned since we brought Halo home in
February. Halo has given Archie a run for his money
especially with those once sharp puppy teeth! But they play
well together, and Archie has taught him that nothing it to
be worried about. Just sit back and relax :-)
Archie is the most laid back Golden I have ever seen! But he
sure loves food and even has Lino trained in the morning to
share his waffles with him :-)
face may be a speckled with gray now, and his movements
slower, but he will always keep that sweet, sweet face and
heart of his :-)
Birthday will start off bright and early with a grooming
appointment. I am having Archie groomed at a facility that
also has a do-it-yourself dog wash so I can do Halo at the
same time :-) (It's also a Bakery so I ordered him a cake).
Then home for a snack of Goat's milk yogurt and Honeydew
Melon and a nap. I have to bring Halo to his last Obedience
Class at night which he will hopefully get his Graduation
Certificate. So I bought some new Bully Sticks for Arch to
chew on while we're there. And he can spend some
quality time with his Daddy.
love you Archie!!!!!
Mommy & Daddy & Halo in NJ
Angelo my ANGEL at the Bridge
Happy Birthday, Archie. Gee, it seems like only yesterday
that you came into rescue. You look fabulous!
Judy! (GRRI foster mom)
First of all, how are you and Jack and the gang? I think
about you guys all the time - I talk about you! LOL Good
things about you, I promise. I always mention Belle's
special foster Mom and her foster family.....too good for
We loved the stories and the letters in the newsletter about
Belle. Wow.....she is so special and it is so cool to read
about other rescues and about Belle's progress. It is hard
to imagine that we have only had her for four months - it
feels like we have had her forever.
Belle came out of her shell big time. Wanna know the
solution? Get a kitten! LOL Well, it isn't our kitten,
but a few weeks ago my friend called me that she found a
tiny little kitten eating grass in her compost pile. I said
"Keep it!" and she said, "I will but we are leaving for
FLorida tomorrow." Okay, sucker me, "Bring her over."
She was a mess, poor little thing. My friend climbed on a
plane and I climbed in the car for the vet. Broken tail,
round worms, fleas, anemia, fever (the vet thought she was
about 5 weeks old)......I kept her separated from Belle and
after a few days on antibiotics, round worm treatment, a few
baths each day and good food, she started to recover. I
still kept her isolated even though all her tests came back
negative for feline leukemia and HIV. Belle was dying to get
near her though and nosed in whenever we gave her the
Last week my friend was off again on another trip so little
Lola came back for another visit. Now she is healthy, no
fleas, no worms, no infection......Belle was in her glory.
Belle finally had a job! "Kitten!?!? You say you need to
keep an eye on the kitten? I'll do it!"
And so she did, wherever that little Lola went, so did
Belle. If the kitten was under the couch, Belle was laying
there watching and spying. If the kitten went into the
kitchen, so did Belle. She had no fear of scary cabinets or
doors that creak...."I'll keep an eye on that kitten!" "Look
over here! She's behind the fridge!!!" "Quick, get her,
she's headed for the basement stairs!" "Oh no, she's chasing
that fake mouse again...when will she learn that it's
They really like each other ....the kitten would come and
walk under Belle's legs ....in and out, meow. Belle would
nuzzle her belly with her nose, the kitten would hang from
her tail, they ran through the house together!
The kitten went back home (which is good for me because as
that kitten, as sweet as she is, gets older, she will try to
eat the bird. I was constantly closing doors and letting
this one come out so that one could go out.....you know the
drill of switching animals in rooms so no one gets eaten
I was so busy the month of June with our little Piping
Plover chick on the beach. (He has now sprouted his wings
and flown off to safer place). Lyn and Joan of GRRI NJ (who
did my home interview) have become volunteers on the beach
for the program I run. They are awesome and they have
spoiled Belle rotten. Joan made her some of her "I'm not
sure what's in it ear solution" but it sure works great. So
much better than the stuff from the vet. They send over
bully sticks and cow esophoguses and right now she is laying
in her bed chewing on a deer antler! YEP! They have spoiled
her rotten. They are awesome ladies and we have spent hours
talking about dogs and rescue and birds and ne night not
too long ago they helped me rebuild tons of fencing on the
beach that came down in a storm. I'm lucky to have met such
And Belle, my sweet girl, she's my buddy, my best friend.
She follows me everywhere, Judy. She now lays UNDER the
kitchen table (like a real golden)....I guess my tidbits of
steak and chicken helped her get the idea. Now she "loves"
to go under the table....especially at dinnertime,
Dinner-Belle! She loves her empty water bottles in the yard
and my neighbor gave her a ball that squeaks and burps and
eeks when it rolls. She is fascinated with it but won't move
it by herself. She is sweet and funny and smart. She has
almost learned to sit (LOL) but still chooses not to leave
the yard for walks (I'll stay in the backyard, thank you,
where I know every blade of grass and the smell of every
flower!) She is charming and everyone loves her.
I am going to start taking her in the car each evening and
we'll go to the lake. I want to see if I get her away from
the yard if she'll just walk like she does when we go to the
vet. We'll see. I am not going to push her, but I think she
may do better than I expect. And remember that lousy, oily
coat she had? NO MORE! I have to brush her all the time.
Can't we sell golden fur?....if there was only a way to spin
it into yarn! I'd be rich. And her teeth! OH, they are white
- yes, white! No more green- brown yucky smuck covering her
teeth. She has white teeth!
Here are some photos so you can see your girl. She is no
more photogenic than when you had her....LOL but I have
started shooting movies of her and when I figure out how to
get them on the computer, I'll send them to you so you can
see her in action!
Fill me in on YOU and Jack and the gang. Sounds like you've
had your hands full. Next time you have to go to Garden
State (which I don't wish on you) call me....it is not far
from my house. I'd love to see you.
Nancy and Brave Belle and her peeps
Aw…how cute is that? We think Belle definitely needs a kitty
of her own.
SWEET boy has been with us 8 years! It's hard to believe!
adopted Archie from GRRI-NJ. He was given up when his family
was going through a divorce. His mom at the time was unable
to take him to the apartment she was moving to. I came to do
the evaluation as a volunteer for GRRI-NJ. After a few days
I drove him half way to meet up with his foster family. So
yeah, I got attached to him just having him in my car for a
little while :-) LOL I called the foster family to find out
how he was doing with them and their other Goldens and they
said he was as sweet as pie. I then went to go visit him
with Angelo, and needless to say here we are 8 years later!
Archie has the nicest and most even temperament of any dog I
have ever seen. I wish I could clone it! He doesn't stress
about ANYTHING EVER. He gets along with all animals and
people. His favorite thing to do is sleep:-) He is the
classic couch potato. His other favorite thing to do is eat
:-) He has trained his daddy to give him a small taste of
his waffle every morning. Most of the times he doesn't even
have to get up, it is brought right to him! What a life!
and Angelo were so cute together and he really was a great
little brother to him. In the beginning of this year, he
lost his brother and best friend. He did not appear to show
any grief as I think he knew Angelo was in a better place.
After several weeks he became a brother again. This time a
BIG brother...and he is doing such a great job! His little
brother Halo has kept him on his toes, especially during the
"shark teeth" phase. But now that several months have gone
by, they are really growing closer and closer and have a
great time playing and cuddling together. Archie turned 11
last month, and is still doing considerably well. Halo is
definitely helping to keep him young and off the couch more!
Archie has ALWAYS made me laugh and always will, my sweet
boy. I am so glad he is in our lives! Thank you for being
the best brother ever and the sweetest boy anyone could ever
Although he hates having his photograph taken, I took
advantage of a moment in the yard when he heard his daddy's
car pull up so you can see what a handsome boy he still is
all these years later.
YOU ARCHIE BOY!
Mommy & Daddy
Angelo our ANGEL
and Rusty won't be able to attend the reunion this year. We
had to have Rusty put to sleep on Thursday, Aug. 6. He had
pulled up lame, apparently from a stroke affecting the
spinal cord. He had turned 13 on July 2, so he had a long
and happy life; with us. We adopted him from Rescue nine
years earlier, and he gave us much joy.
We’re sorry you
won’t be joining us at the reunion this year. Our sincere
condolences to you both.
Unfortunately we're unable to
attend on Sept 20. Wish we could! Our Golden delight, Abby,
is amazing and has filled out home with love, licks and lots
of laughter. At age 2, she still has loads of puppy in her
and has a fondness for stealing shoes (especially Crocs) and
storing them in her favorite hiding places. She's a
wonderful companion, running partner and baseball
outfielder. While we can't join you at the reunion, please
accept this gift as our added thanks for bringing Abby into
Christa, Jeff, Joshua and Elena
thank you so much for your donation! We always love to hear
how well our dogs are doing with their new families. Abby D
is an adorable little girl – thanks so much for the photo!
to send a recent pic of Sadie... She now weighs 121!!!!
Sadie is an absolute delight with endless love. Sadie's coat
is shiny and silky, she loves being brushed even her tail.
You cannot believe all the energy she has. My family and I
are very lucky.
Gretchen! Sounds like the diet your mom has you on is
working. We can’t wait to see you at our reunion on
Hey Matt (GRRI foster dad),
As soon as we get our picture
center working I will send pics. I tried to text you pics
but they never go through for some reason.
Coby is doing
good (love his little grunts). He is such a snuggler. We
took him to the beach. He was so funny! I was throwing
shells in the water and he was actually diving under to find
them; he’s very persistent. He was rolling all over the
sand He and Clyde are doing pretty good, they did get in a
scuffle. I think they are still fighting for top notch, but
overall are good together. I think Clyde is still a little
jealous but I think he’ll get over it.
Today I let the dogs
out and when they came in Coby went up to our bedroom. I
thought he had the ball in his mouth but when I got closer
he had picked up a pear that had fallen from our pear tree
(such a little piggy).
Hope all is well with Cody.
Lauren & George
Coby looks SOOO
happy. What a wonderful life he has now - so much better
than that awful pen that he was confined to for the first
five years of his life. Thank you so much for the pictures.
Dear Golden Retriever Rescue,
In September 2001 Labor day we
adopted Maggie from your group. She was in a foster home in
Belmar. She came to live with her adopted brother Kody and
the relationship with her and her soul mate Kody was nothing
short of magnificent. She was the sweetness Golden we ever
had and we have had four to date. Maggie slipped away from
us yesterday of cancer we really didn't know her exact age.
She was somewhere around 10-11. I can't tell you what she
met to us. Our first and certainly will not be the last
female Golden. She was the love of our life. We will always
remember her sweet disposition and those big brown eyes. I
am happy to report to you that she led a beautiful life and
had everything a dog could possibly want. She slept every
night on our bed and was a life companion to my father who
is 85. Life will go on without Maggie Shinkle but it will
never be the same.
Thank you for bringing her to us. Rest
assure we did everything in our power to save her but in the
end God wanted a sweetheart Golden for his night time
Thanks for the memories.
Kim and Lewis Shinkle
Kim and Lewis,
thank you for giving Maggie such a wonderful life. We
agree, life is never the same after losing a wonderful
Hi Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
Here is the check again in memory
of our precious Carli – 5 years – 8/5/04. She was such a
wonderful golden and I still miss her warm hugs.
So glad you and Drew adopted
Susie! You must be very busy with all your goldens!
Thank you for all your efforts
for our wonderful, loving golden breed.
See you in September.
PS – Liberty is doing just
great…we love him so much!
Hi Irene, Susie
says she’s really sorry she chewed up your donation check.
She has kept us very busy over the past 6 months; thankfully
she’s starting to overcome her intense fear of men and is
becoming the happy Golden that she’s supposed to be.
Hello Lynda (former GRRI foster home),
How are you and your family and your
other 4 legged family members? How many new dogs do you
To update you a little bit, Maxx is
doing fine. He is very happy now and the fights and
competition with Lucy have stopped. Maxx is about 90
pounds. A little heavy we know but he is on a strict diet
and a daily exercise schedule now. Lucy and he get along
fine. I have not had him in the water this year.
Keep up the good work with GRRI.
Tom & Julie
Thanks so much for the update. Glad to hear the
tension between Maxx and Lucy has ended. We agree, 90
pounds is definitely too heavy for a Golden. We hope his
dieting and exercise program will turn him back into a
Please accept this $100 donation on
behalf of Doc, my beautiful, loving 9-year-old (he turned 9
on September 8th) Golden Retriever who I adopted
from your wonderful organization in 2002.
Happy Birthday Doc! May you and
your mom have many more wonderful years together. Thank you
so much for your donation, Paula.
To everyone at GRRI-NJ,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful
message; it really meant a lot.
Attached please find fone of our
favorite photos of Merlin.
Merlin brought so much joy to our
lives. We can't even begin to describe how lonely our
home and hearts feel without him. Merlin died from an
aggressive form of osteocarcoma. If love could have
saved him, he'd still be with us today.
Jill, Vin & kids
We were sorry to hear of Merlin's
passing. Our time with these wonderful animals is
never long enough. We can see from the enclosed photo
that Merlin was indeed a beloved member of your family and
well loved. When you are ready, we'd love to help you
find a new furry companion to love.