and Dad #1 [GRRI foster home]
I asked Momma #2 to
write to you and let you know that I am doing just great.
Momma # 2 was going to call you Christmas morning so that I
could talk to you but she got a cold and wasn't feeling very
good. I am so happy here. I helped my new mom wrap Christmas
presents and I had my picture taken on Christmas morning
with my new sister. My new mom will send them to you as soon
as she downloads them to her computer. I get two meals a
day, mom is faithful with my eye meds and antibiotics and
she is always checking my ears. I am very gassy (smelly)
because of the antibiotics, so I am getting lots of yogurt.
My new friend Mackenzie is getting used to me. We sleep near
the front door together when mom & dad go out and wait for
them to come home. I did do one bad thing- Christmas
morning, I took all of Mackenzie's new squeakies so she
could not play with them but now we are sharing. I get to
sleep wherever I want which is usually at the front of my
parents bed at night. I don't even look at my old bed
anymore because I feel so secure. Mom walks me almost every
day and dad plays frisbee with me. I am very happy!!!!
want you to know that I miss you both very much but you
don't have to worry about me. I am okay! Mom # 2 will keep
in touch and let you know about all the new things happening
in my life. Oh I forgot to tell you that last Friday I had
my first ride in the car. I went to my one of my aunts who
rescues Collies. She has two of them, Molly, the youngest
was a pain but I let her know who is the boss.
Anyhow- I will always love you for what you did for me. I
know there are more of us lost souls out there who need you
with all your love and compassion. Stay well, have a Happy
New Year and I will see you at the GRRI picnic.
Smokey (via Carlin Buehler !)
New Year first Mom & Dad!
I am doing just fine. My new Mom took some more pictures- me
with my New Year's derby hat and Mackenzie with her princess
crown. My big sister will download them soon and we will get
them to you. I had lots of walks with Mackenzie this past
weekend and I got to ride in the car with Mackenzie 2 times.
I think Mom has to get a bigger car though because I took up
the whole back seat and Mackenzie got squeezed into the
corner. I go to see my new vet on Jan 10 to have my eye
checked. Mackenzie even played a little with me on Sunday
outside but she runs when I try to talk to her. Mom found my
dog food at a store right in town, so I am eating good. As
soon as Mackenzie's dog food is finished, Mom is going to
try to wean her over to my food since it is so healthy.
That's all for now. Hope everybody is happy! I will right
again soon. Love you and miss you!
Dear Smokey (and Carlin too!),
Great to hear from you!! It is so nice to know that you’ve
settled in; it sounds as if you have a terrific home even if
you do have to share the squeaky toys. Be nice to Mackenzie
and be sure to keep sending us photos. We’re glad you’re so
pictures on the website are beautiful - those faces !
Thanks for helping our Golden friends!
Buzz and Sam Labarbara
Dear Buzz and Sam,
Many thanks for your kind words and especially for your
donation. Best wishes for every happiness in the new year.
follow-up to let you know how much we love Brittany and how
it seems as if she’s been a family member forever. The vet
says she’s in very good health, and we’re looking forward to
good months ahead.
Everyone involved with Brit’s adoption has been in touch –
Peggy, Joanie & Lyn, and Ruth [GRRI volunteers] – to make
sure all is going well. I’ve also gotten a huge amount of
information and help from Joanie and Lyn about diet and
ordered from Aunt Jeni’s today, not only for Brit but also
for our two senior cats. The GRRI community is a warm and
welcoming bunch, and we are very grateful for everyone’s
Thanks again from all the Shonborns
(If I ever get a new battery for my digital camera, I’ll
send you some pictures of Brit with the cats.)
Thanks for your letter. We’re glad to have been able to help
connect Brittany with you, and of course we’ll always be
here to help along the way with questions. Lucky Brittany to
have feline companions! – get that fresh battery and we’ll
look forward to the pictures.
We would like to thank you for your assistance in our
adoption of Jake. We have had him for just four short
weeks. He has become an important part of our family
already. He is just a love and so sweet. We are very happy
that we found your website. As soon as I figure out my digital camera we will email
pictures of our new member of our family, Jake. He had a
wonderful Christmas and Santa was very good to him. Thank
couldn’t have done it without you! We’re glad that Jake is
happy and loved. By all means, please do send along
Terry [GRRI volunteer],
Everything is going so well! I really cannot believe how
perfectly Keira [formerly Honey], her new name, has blended
into her new family. She seems very happy and content and I
just love her. She is the sweetest dog and we feel so very
lucky. She likes her bed and the yard and walks and the kids
and is very affectionate although, as you warned, quite a
moocher!! We are being very careful with the food and her
meds are no problem...she takes them like a champ.
Her first vet appt. is this Thursday. I am so excited to
bring her and get everything settled (her license and all).
Thank you for the food store info. I did order some online
but will buy some locally to hold her over till the order
Rich did take the pictures and will e-mail them tonight. We
took a photo with the whole family and Keira in the family
room and it came out great!
Thank you again for all you did for her. You really saved
her and she can now enjoy being a happy and healthy family
dog! Her new name, which is gaelic, means fiery red and we
thought it was pretty like her. The boys would not agree to
calling her Honey in public!
I will stay in touch!
Kerin, Keira and the gang!
Keira is a wonderful name, and describes her well! We’re
pleased that she’s settled into her new life so easily.
She’s lucky to have a great family to call her own. Please
keep us posted on how she’s doing!
Shayne [GRRI volunteer],
I hope you are well!
Enjoy the pictures
of Liberty....he is such a love. The picture of him
(which is a little too dark) was taken after running around
in the snow last week.
Joe is doing very
well . Liberty was great during the process
and they are best pals!
Liberty loves to
play with the tennis balls, squeaky toys and chew on his
He continues to do well with the crate and even goes in it
when he knows
we are leaving the house. He waits in the crate for the
small bowl of water/ice and treat
that we bring for him. It is so funny!
Liberty is doing
well on walks and enjoy his runs on the beach when we go to
our condo. And oh...the sticks/branches he finds....some
are larger than him! He is so proud to carry one around!
We have "play" time
every night after our walk and then some quiet time in my
Take Care and we
thank you all again for the love support you give to many
Liberty looks great! Balls, bones, sticks, toys,
and treats – everything he could have ever dreamed of! And
best of all, you and Joe to keep him safe and happy and
loved. We appreciate everything you’re doing for Liberty;
keep sending us those pictures!
note to let you know how Lady and Tiger are doing. We
adopted them together back in 2001. They are wonderful
companions. I could not imagine life without both of them.
They are key members of this family.
is so smart and truly loves the family. Lady is so loving
and a wonderful caring companion. We thank you for having
given us the opportunity to find them. Please keep up the
great work that you are doing in helping the Goldens find
homes. They have stolen our hearts. They are both amazing
swimmers and tennis ball players. They have made us laugh so
many times when we needed it. They have provided us with
companionship and have made us appreciate that sometimes in
life all we need is a good friend nearby. We love them so
Ana, Christopher and Matty Hennie
Many thanks for your letter. You’ve said it perfectly: a
good friend is indeed sometimes all that we need, and you’ve
been that and more to Tiger and Lady. We’re happy that we
could help them find you, and even happier that they are
such dear members of your family.
Thought you would enjoy hearing Kip is doing well . He hasn
t been on any pain killers for his elbows in 4 weeks! He
has been receiving shots of Legend, and taking glucosamine
chondroitin. He has lost a total of 27 pounds(!) and is in
love with his r-d diet food (go figure)!
is a picture of Kip in our last snow storm.
Regards to all,
and Joel Harris
Dear Paula and Joel,
looks great! Congratulations on helping him trim down; it
really does make a difference for their joints, but it isn’t
always easy to do. Please do keep in touch; we’d love to see
wanted to share some pics of our new 'Rusty Boy'
Rusty is here 3 weeks today and making some progress every
day! He is such a sweet boy!!!
He had a ball when we had the snow 2 weeks ago and we got a
few cute pictures. He would bury his nose into the snow and
push along butt up in the air and then come up for air. He
raced around the yard and acted like a young pup instead of
a 10 yr old. If not for the white face you would never
guess he's 10! We are doing 3 walks a day at least 1 mi
each and he loves it!! As soon as I get out his no-pull
harness he starts to be so happy I can hardly get it on him!
Robin & Super Industrial Strength Velcro Golden Rusty
Dear Robin and S.I.S.V.G. Rusty,
Ooops!! Someone clearly forgot to tell Rusty that he’s an
“old dog.” They say age is a state of mind, and if that’s
true, Rusty is enjoying a second puppyhood. Thanks, Robin,
for welcoming Rusty to your family – and for everything you
do for Rescue!
Friends @ GRRI-NJ,
Please accept the enclosed donation in honor of fellow
volunteer and friend Ken Florky. Ken's devotion to his
senior Golden, Spencer, is the type that sets all our
volunteers apart - and a cut above - all the rest.
Joe & Marcia Unger
Dear Marcia and Joe,
Many thanks for your generosity. We note with regret
Spencer’s passing, but also know that Ken made all the
difference in providing Spencer the love and care he needed
in his “golden years.” People like Ken – and indeed, the
two of you as well – are truly what makes GRRI work for the
benefit of “our” dogs.
Mary Jane [GRRI volunteer]
all is well in your household. Received the GRRI News and
saw our handsome guy, Zack mentioned. He is doing just
fine, truly living the good life.
Nice long walks everyday, it's amazing he NEVER strays and
carries his own leash when we go for our walks. He follows
me everywhere - he knows where his bread is buttered. Still
giving him a special diet w/supplements, fish oils, .... I
pray everyday to St.Francis to look after him and keep him
around for a long time - he is the sweetest dog I've ever
met and is very happy and content. Also good he gets a
little activity with the boys and young relatives, not to
mention our two kitties who cuddle up w/him on his bed at
night (that's when he isn't passed out on our sofa).
Well I must be going. Just wanted to say hi. I saw Harry
Potter mentioned in the newsletter - is he still with you?
And how are you other two babies?
Keep in touch.
Thanks for your note and for the update on Zack. He looks
quite happy, and it sounds like for good reason! Please give
him a scratch under the chin for us, and send some more
pictures when you can!
GRRI and Linda [GRRI volunteer],
you for everything you have done for Harley. He is such a
sweet dog, and we are enjoying him very much. He is a
handful, but we are training him and he is not jumping on us
as much and i can leave the house now without him jumping on
me. We lost our Golden Samantha in May, and Harley has been
a great addition to our family.
Christine, Neal, Kaitlyn and Emily Hattem
We’re glad Harley is doing so well! They really all do have
such different personalities, so we know he can never take
the place of Samantha, but we’re glad that he’s fitting into
the family in his own way. Keep working on the training and
he’ll surprise you sometime soon by being the obedient dog
you know he can be. Keep us posted, and thanks for all that
you’re doing for him.
sponsors at GRRI-NJ,
"How I spent my summer vacation" By Kyra [GRRI foster dog]
Well I wasn't too sure about this trip. I got so upset
before we left that I gave myself diarrhea but once we
got started I was alright. The ride wasn't bad. I got to
take a nap in the van then we stopped and went for a walk.
Then I got to take another nap in the van and we stopped and
went for another walk. Then we got into the van and I got
another nap and we stopped again and I got to take another
short walk (talk about work!!!). Then we stopped for the
night (Phew). Thank goodness because I needed a break by
then. We stayed in a little room with 2 beds and Bandit was
jumping back and forth like an idiot. I'm too much of a lady
to do that. Well we had dinner and settled in for the night.
I slept pretty well.
The next day can you believe I had to go back to work!
These people are tough! Workaholics - who needs that stuff?
Anyway, more napping and more walking. It sure got hot all
of a sudden. We did soon stop at a house and went in to
check it out. Not bad!! Nobody ever warned me about a huge
bathtub outside of all things. I never saw anything like
this before. To make a long story short I proceeded to fall
in while I was checking it out. I always thought that all
dogs can swim but guess what? I went right to the bottom and
my foster mom had to jump in clothes and all to get me. It
really wasn't that dramatic. I popped back up. I just don't
know how to swim.
Anyway, after I got used to the pool it was great fun. I
have been learning to swim. My foster mommy Jean holds me by
my belly and I paddle my front legs. I'm try to get the
hang of it. I think I'll take another swim today. The pool
thing isn't too bad. Maybe I need one up north. Jean
whispered in my ear that she'll work on it but she has a
pain somewhere or something. I think she said she named her
pain John. Funny huh, same name as my foster Dad.
Well guys time for my swimming lesson so I'll have to finish
this later. How many words does this essay have to be
PS - Food here is good. Same as home. John said the dry ice
is amazing. No seizures yet. Everybody keep your fingers
Thanks for writing! You’re missing some beautiful weather
back here in New Jersey, but we’re a little envious that you
got to go to Florida. Your foster parents really know how to
treat you right! – from all the love and attention they’re
giving you to vacation trips to water rescues (!) – you’ve
got it made. No wonder you have that goofy grin on your
face. As much as your foster parents love you, we’re all
hoping for that special family for you to call your own.
We’re telling your story in a little more detail
here and hope that someone,
somewhere will look beyond your special needs and understand
what a wonderful dog you are. Until then, give John and Jean
(foster parents) a big sloppy kiss and tell them how much we
appreciate everything they’ve done for you. And stay out of
the deep end!!
It has been 3 months since we brought Marco home, and we
wanted to let you know that he’s doing great! With help from
Marco's foster Dad, Matt [GRRI volunteer], we got Marco
through some initial difficulties acclimating to our other
pets. He is now the perfect gentleman! Marco has gained 7
pounds since we got him, and the vet said he’s in good
health. He seems very happy. We think he knows that he’s
finally home. Marco especially adores our 12 year old son,
Alex. He sleeps on his bed at night, and waits for him to
come home from school. Marco's already a beloved member of
our family, and we can't imagine being without him.
I'm attaching a picture of Marco with two of our children.
In this picture, Marco is enjoying one of his favorite
activities, sleeping on the sofa!
Joel and Donna Brower
Dear Donna and Joel,
Thanks for writing! Marco is one lucky dog; he looks very
content with “his” kids. He’s going to be even happier
during summer vacation when he gets to enjoy them full time!
Please keep us up to date on how he’s doing – we’ll always
enjoy hearing more about him.
morning, Lilli [GRRI volunteer]
Just thought I’d let you know that things went very well the
first day home. Lucy slept in her crate last night, and was
very happy to see us—including Raleigh—this morning. In
fact, Raleigh went right over to her crate & wagged his
tail—the two of them bounced around—ran right outside into
the snow. So—so far, so good. She’s a doll. I thought
you might like to view the page I started for her on Dogster: http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=262808&j=t
You can see their first “in the snow together” pic. I’ll be
adding new pictures and diary entries from time to time.
Okay—that’s it for now—I’ll talk to you soon. (Glad you
like the name).
Lilli [GRRI volunteer],
has been having a blast going to visit Raleigh’s buddy,
Tommy—now her friend, too. (He was also a rescue dog. Our
friend, Larry drove to Pennsylvania to meet him and take him
home). She loves to chase Tommy around the acre-sized
property, and of course Raleigh just loves running after
tennis balls and knows that he can’t keep up with their
speed anyway. Larry also has a bird, Jasmine—and Lucy was
absolutely beside herself watching a real bird right there
in the house! She kept running downstairs wagging her tail
like crazy looking at all of us as if to say, “Hey! There’s
a real bird right upstairs! Come see!” Larry made a photo
show of the first visit—thought you’d enjoy it. Hope all is
Lucy is one busy dog! We love the pictures; she
obviously has about a hundred different ways of looking
happy and pleased with herself! As for Jasmine the bird,
maybe Lucy is getting in touch with her inner cat? We’re
glad that she’s found such a great brother in Raleigh, and
of course for you and your family making such a terrific
home for her.
We made it through our first year with much happiness and
success in getting Haley accustomed to all the males in our
household. She is a very loving, playful and gentle girl.
She still will steal the food from your plate if you walk
away but we can work on that.
She truly is a delight to have and I thank all the GRRI
volunteers for choosing us for Haley. I promise to email
some pictures over as son as I download them.
Thank you !
The Thompson Family - Ann, Steve, Sean, Glen and Jared
Thanks for the good news about Haley. We’re
glad she is fitting in so well. She’s obviously concluded
that no matter how tasty the food in her dish, whatever
you’re eating just has to be better! – good luck with
discouraging her from cleaning your plates. We’ll look
forward to pictures of her!