long but successful day.
Golden Bells volunteers began their auction day at dawn ... by midnight, and by the light of
car headlights, they had more than 50 Goldens in their care, including puppies and females
in various stages of pregnancy. Some of the dogs had
open wounds that needed attention; some
were significantly stressed; most had multiple parasites; but all were destined for better futures.
rescue groups from around the country helped.
Among them was GRRI-NJ. Our volunteers
were unanimous in supporting this operation, and our group was one of the many financial donors
who made this effort possible. We also made arrangements to take in as many as five of
the rescued Goldens and provide them with foster
homes, medical care and placement with loving
adopters, but thanks to the many other groups participating, just two required GRRI's
help. Both of them arrived to us
just before Christmas, on December 19th, 2001.
Freedom was an especially sad case.
Three-years-old and still intact for breeding
purposes, he came to us skinny, malnourished, heartworm positive and filled with
intestinal parasites. Behaviorally, he was
completely naive to the world, unhappy, excessively
timid and fearful, and totally unsocialized to home life.
Freedom didn't even have a name when he was rescued
-- he had been given his very appropriate name by
the volunteers who had freed him from his puppymill
Freedom was so
frightened of the human world that he crawled on his
belly instead of walking. A person merely
rising to a standing position was enough to cause
him to run or cower for cover. He refused
treats if they were still in a person's hand, and
wouldn't eat at all unless no one was in the room.
With all his health and behavior problems, Freedom
just broke our hearts.
His foster Mom,
Teri Stewart, took excellent care of him, seeing him
through his treatment for intestinal parasites, two
rounds heartworm treatment, as well as a neuter.
Her own animals -- four other Goldens and
three cats -- all accepted him readily into
the fold. And Freedom even found a special pal
in one of her dogs, goofy Taz. Freedom
declared the crate (open door only, please) his
safety zone, and would retreat there whenever he
became frightened, snuggling with Taz for security.
showed him what it meant to live in a kind human
household, and little by little, he was getting the
message. He would jump on her bed in the
morning and lick her face, and even wag his tail --
things most of us take for granted with loving and
playful dogs like Goldens, but which were genuine
milestones for a sad dog like Freedom.
Still, what Freedom really needed was a loving forever home ... a family who could
provide him with the long term security, care and training he would need to become a
happy dog someday. And he found a great
Ann & Stewart
Fellman had one other dog, a 10-year-old cocker, and
all the time, love and commitment necessary to bring
him Freedom out of his shell. Freedom went
home with the Fellman's in mid February, where he
will no doubt be spoiled rotten, just as he should
Thank you Teri,
for giving Freedom a new chance at life, and Ann &
Stewart, for making this special dog a special part
of your family!
10-month-old Dora was
rescued from the auction, she too had no name, was
intact for breeding purposes, and was literally skin and bones. By the time she
arrived at GRRI, she'd already begun treatment for
hookworm and been spayed, but still had whip
worms, infections on both thighs and one nipple, and
teeth that were so bad that without treatment, she
had a good chance of losing them. Continuing
vet care was a priority.
she was very timid and fearful of her new
surroundings. One of the first things she did
at her foster home was jump on the couch and try to
fly through the picture window that's right behind
it. When that failed, she laid down and refused to
move, eat, or relieve herself. That lasted
It seemed that
she considered the sofa her territory, so one of the
things her foster parents, Heather & Joe Vena, did was to take turns
sleeping at night with her there. It took a
full week, but eventually Dora began to warm up --
to not only accept affection and play, but to
initiate it as well, including fun and games with
their other two Goldens, Kati and Cali.
also discovered the joys of good healthy food, and
started eating with relish and filling out.
She also got lessons on housebreaking, and began to
realize that a crate is actually a safe comfortable
place to be when her family can't be with her.
bloom under their care, her foster family fell head
over heels and decided Dora was home to stay; they
adopted her in January.
Heather & Joe tell us that Dora's excitement over
even the simplest things warms their heart and makes
them laugh. All three Goldens keep Heather &
Joe company in their bedroom every night now, and
Dora even acts as the house alarm clock, waking them
up with a paw on the face!
Dora is still very much a puppy -- perhaps more so
than the typical Golden her age, since her first 10
months were so deprived. She still has
occasional accidents in the house, likes to fetch
and chew all kinds of things she shouldn't, and
needs more training on the basics of good doggie
manners -- but they're working on that with her
every day, with lots of love to guide the way.
Heather & Joe, for giving Dora the wonderful home
A BIG Thank
All of us at GRRI-NJ would like to extend our personal thanks to all the
rescue groups and individuals who made this possible, and most especially, the intrepid Operation
Golden Bells volunteers who worked their hearts out to make this operation a success.
It's been a privilege to be a part
of your amazing efforts!
And to all
of our other adopters, volunteers and
supporters, its thanks to YOU that GRRI can help
dogs like Freedom, Dora, and the many other
Goldens that need us. Thank you for all