Letters to GRRI-NJ
Hi Eileen (GRRI
Thought you would like an update on Sasha. Well, it's been
3 weeks now and she is part of the family. We are still
working on her pulling on the leash, but I hope to get her
in obedience class soon. She is doing very well as far as
socializing with other dogs. She has been to dog parks from
Staten Island to Manhattan to a great one in Waveny Park in
CT. There have been no incidents with her being aggressive
to dogs when it comes to her tennis balls, she even lets
some of them take it right from under her nose. That was a
big relief! She is also a big hit at the park when people
see her run after the ball and effortlessly leap way up in
the air to catch it. Also, it turns out she is a grinner.
When I come home she gets all excited and grins like crazy,
very cute. She is as sweet as she can be.
Hope all is well
with you. I read the newsletter, when is the next Woofstock?
That looks like fun. Let me know.
Vicky, thanks for the photo….Sasha looks great! We’re so
happy to hear that she’s settled in with you and Fonda and
that she’s enjoying her playtime at the dog parks. She
certainly is a well traveled little girl! Our next reunion
is set for Saturday, September 29th. Invitations will be
going out during the latter part of the summer.
Hi Lilli (GRRI
Rocky is well and
happy; he has become part of our family. He stays near
Rich all the time, he's his dog. He enjoys his walks and
likes to run. Here are some pictures we took on our old
train trail, about a 2-1/2 mile walk.
We are following
the diet you fed Rocky, we took him to the vet for a check
up and she said he's fine and his coat is excellent.
Thanks for your
continued interest in Rocky we'll try to keep you informed.
Rich, Denise &
Denise, Rocky looks absolutely wonderful. We’re always so
pleased to see our dogs looking happy and healthy. He’s
come a long way from the malnourished Golden who came into
our program last year. Please keep sending us pictures and
updates; we’re very interested in knowing how our fur kids
Hi Judy (GRRI
My launch went
well, and I did my second party up your way (Berkeley
Heights) this weekend. Foster was wearing his tuxedo collar
(I call it his ChippenDog costume) and greeted everyone with
that big tongue hanging out.
We pet sit 2
Golden puppies once or twice a month now, and Foster is
thrilled, but then he’s pooped when they leave. Plus they
want to play all night and he retires early now.
He loves to roll
in the little bit of snow we have this year, I guess he
figures it’s just another form of water, which he loves.
I’ll try to catch it on camera, or maybe when he just gets
on his back in front of the fire, and plays with a toy
upside down. I think he’s a happy dog!
Well I hope you
are well and all your furballs are happy & healthy. Boomer
has on his winter weight, but otherwise, acts like a puppy.
Felix the cat now lays right on Foster, they are “buds”.
I’ll have another
party here in the summer, when it can be held outdoors, and
I’ll let you know. If you are ever visiting in Toms River,
just come by. I know he’d remember you.
Stef, we’d love to see a picture of Foster in his ChippenDog
Dear Folks at
Back in August
you helped with my very difficult decision to surrender Eli
Francis to find a new home. It continues to bring me to
tears but I know it was the right choice. I thank you for
finding a home for him that could give him the time and
attention he deserves. While I am not able to make large
donations it is important to me that you know the blessing
your organization is. I check the website every once in a
while to see if he will show up under adoption success
stories or something - I miss his face. I do miss him but
thank you for helping with what was best.
this small donation toward the wonderful work you do.
Kathyrn, thank you for your generosity. Every donation that
we receive helps us help another wonderful Golden like Eli.
We are truly grateful for it. Eli is doing wonderfully.
He’s happy and receiving a lot of love and attention – and
giving as much as he’s getting.
Just a note to
let you know Brady is doing well! No seizures! He is back
to his normal happy self and is once again steady on his
feet. He is once again able to jump for cookies! He goes
for a check-up at the hospital this Thursday with the doggy
neuro vet, so if there is anything new to report I will let
Thanks again for
helping us out and for being there when I needed to talk.
People who don't have a real love for dogs just do not
understand, making many of my friends useless in times of
Wendy, what terrific news! We were all so upset to hear that
Brady had been hospitalized. There were a lot of volunteers
saying prayers and sending positive thoughts for this sweet
guy. Let’s hope he remains seizure free for a long time to
Eileen & Terry (GRRI
Just a note to
let you know Brady visited the Neuro Vet yesterday and all I
got was "He looks good" and "We'll take some blood and check
his levels of phenol barb and do a chemistry panel". The
labs will be available to us next week. My daughter is
going into a profitable career, although I am sure her
bedside manner will be much better. She even made a comment
about how this hospital treats families. While I love the
care he got, and value the Vet specialties that are
available to our pets, I wish Vets would understand, I mean
really understand that they are more than just pets. Not
all do. But I digress.
In my opinion he
is doing extremely well and I did not have to have a Vet
validate it. I know my kids well. He is eating well, and
now thinks he can jump up to "surf" countertops and dresser
tops. NOTHING is safe in this house with Brady around! He
cracks me up. I'm just elated that he has the stamina and
physical ability to jump. He comes off the steroids this
coming week, so we'll see what happens. I am praying the
seizures do not return. Pease keep the little guy in your
thoughts and prayers.
Thanks again for
your prayers and thoughts. I will keep you posted as time
Wendy, thanks for your latest update and picture. He looks
absolutely wonderful. How can you not love those “powdered
sugar” faces! Thank you for keeping us so well informed
about this special guy.
Hi Olivia (GRRI
You must have
ESP!!! I was just thinking about you and how I should get
in touch to give you an update on Louie. He is doing
We have had him
to our vet several times trying to control his skin
issues. We think between his improved diet and several
medications we have conquered the skin problems. Everyday
he begins to look more and more like a beautiful Golden with
a lovely shade of golden color. His face is even getting
more golden color and less white. He has put on some
weight, almost 70lbs now which the vet said is good. Louie
and the cat still have not made friends. He growls and
tries to eat her whenever he can. She’s good at staying out
of his way! We absolutely love Louie. He has wormed his
way into our hearts and we can't imagine not having him in
our family. He loves to ride, so every weekend we take him
with us to run all our errands. It is actually difficult to
leave the house without him. I would say the one thing he
doesn't like is being left home. He is trying to convince
Paul that he should go to work with him!!! Paul is thinking
it over!!! If you are ever up in our neck of the woods
please come by and see for yourself how wonderful Louie is
doing. Many thanks for letting us have this perfectly
beautiful, loving dog.
Dana, you have no idea how glad we are that you and Paul
adopted Louie. His story broke our hearts and we were so
happy we were able to get him out of his former home and
into one where he is cherished as a member of the family.
We’re sorry he’s not bonding with your cat. Have you tried
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Please accept the
enclosed donation in memory of Nash Valerio. He was a best
friend to Joni & Tom Valerio and to me.
Albina, thank you so much for your donation. We were so
sorry to hear this sad news. The money will be placed in
our Joann Smith Memorial Fund and will be used to help
provide extraordinary medical care to our rescue Goldens.
We will also notify Joni and Tom of your generous donation.
Hi Eileen (GRRI
How are you? How
is "The Gang"? Shylow is doing fantastic. He is such a
wonderful dog. He listens so well, a little too well
sometimes. My oldest son (who I had to straighten out) was
teaching Shylow bad things. Bad things such as "Ups" which
means to jump on people. And "Dig" which means to start
digging. And last but not least, eat off of the table. But
everyone is back in their proper places and Shylow has since
forgotten his bad learning. Anyway, Shylow has been
playing with his cousin Sunny or as I call him "Wizzer".
Sunny is a 3 month old Cockapoo and belongs to my niece.
Sunny spends the weekends with us and keeps Shylow very
occupied. The problem is when Sunny leaves, Shylow is so
sad. This brings me to the subject of Sam. We are ready to
adopt another Golden. After looking at and researching
different types of dogs we have come to the conclusion
that you cannot top a Golden. We are very interested in
Sam. Is he still available? Can we meet him? If we can, can
we bring Shylow?
Hi Vince, Thanks for the pictures of Shylow and his
cousin…they’re adorable together! We love it when our
former adopters come back for another dog. That means we’re
doing something right! Once you submit a new adoption
application we can start looking for a new pal for Shylow.
Hi Judy (GRRI
How are you? Did
your latest foster find a home?
I have some funny
Amber stories that I thought you might get a kick out of.
She’s fine – all adjusted to the routines of life here.
We’re all kind of over the top about her.
Remember how she
would be so excited to meet someone new? She would jump up,
wag her tail and all that? She only does that with new
people. When any of us come home we get a warm welcome –
she always will come down from upstairs for a greeting but
never jumps. It’s not even always real exuberant. She went
to say hello to our neighbor Charlie who is always dressed
in jeans. However, he was going out to brunch and dressed
up … you guessed it …she jumps up to say hello – ugh!
funny thing – I don’t think she’s a car happy girl. When
she gets in my car it’s like she’s 100 years old and it
takes forever. Mind you, this is the dog that will kill
herself chasing down a tennis ball in my living room. One
of my neighbors (who Amber doesn’t know) had her SUV car
door open. Amber spots it, trots on over and jumps in …
jumps right in!!! What is that about ????!!!! She’s done
that to our neighbor Charlie as well (poor Charlie!).
allergies under control with medication and despite what I
described above, happy. I don’t think Amber ran away from
her last home – she had to have been left somewhere. She’s
just not a runner or wanderer. When I have the two dogs in
the backyard the one I worry about is Kate – Amber always
stays close to home.
She still sleeps
on the quilt from your house.
Hope all is well.
Donna, thanks so much for the continuing updates on Amber.
The folks from the shelter that we pulled her from STILL ask
about her. She quickly becomes a favorite with everyone she
meets! Give her some hugs and kisses from all of the folks
at the SPCA and us too.
Hi Ladies (GRRI
volunteers Elizabeth Gleason & Shayne Murray),
I know you will
be really happy to hear that we have a new BABY!! Tom and I
looked at each other a month ago and decided we needed to
start our search. I looked on the website over that weekend
and saw a gorgeous 7 year old, but you know what happened
last time we took a 7 year old. That Monday I just looked in
the paper and there was a family selling their 6 month old
light boy. I went down to look at him that same day, and he
was a doll. We actually did not pick him up until this
week, because we had a vacation planned and the family said
they would keep him until we returned. So we now have a
SEVEN MONTH OLD!!! (Guess what his Mother's name is???
MALIBU Sandy Beaches!!!)) It was a young family with a 3
year old son and 1 1/2 year old daughter and they just could
not take care of the children and dog too. He has been well
cared for and he's amazing. I'm including just one photo,
but I'll take more and send them later. Please wish us
luck-you've all been so supportive of us over the years and
I wanted to share our good news with all of you.
Paula & Tom, congratulations to all of you! We wish you a
long, happy, healthy life with Dash. Of course the only
thing better than one Golden is two. Keep checking our
website. We’d love to have you adopt from us again once
Dash has settled in.
About 7 years ago
we had the wonderful opportunity to rescue Sandy (formerly
known as Sammy). He instantly became a member of our family.
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that we had
to put down Sandy yesterday. He was treated by his vet for
the past several days for what was thought to be a
tick-borne illness, however he was not responding to
treatment. Yesterday we went to one of the top internists in
NJ to attempt to get a clear diagnosis. During the
evaluation, it was determined that Sandy had cancer
throughout most of his internal organs, most importantly his
liver. The specialist advised that was nothing that could be
done for Sandy. I was afforded a lengthy visit with my best
friend. It was very difficult to say goodbye, but that past
7 years will never be forgotten. I want to thank your
organization for connecting us with Sandy and for that I am
eternally grateful. We still have another golden in the
house who we consider a rescue, since we adopted him at
three months old from a pet store in the mall. He wasn't
cute to sell anymore, but he was cute to us and we have
provided him with a great home.
Thanks again for
all you do and maybe I will be contacting you in the future
regarding another golden.
Mike, please accept our sincere condolences. It seems that
no matter how long we have our wonderful pals, it’s never
long enough, and we’re never ready when it’s their time to
cross over. We’ll be here when you decide it’s time to
adopt your new best friend.
Eileen & Terry (GRRI
Just a note to
let you both know Brady is doing well. No seizures! He is
truly very active and has gotten "counter surfing" down to
an art! His loss of strength in his back legs is no longer
a problem! He was even spotted 'fast walking', no running
in the backyard. =) His recent labs were all great! He is
still on the steroids and will be for a while, and his
phenol barb levels are great. And he still continues to
Wendy, thanks for continuing to send us this wonderful
news!!! And believe it or not, YAY to him for having the
rear leg strength to counter surf. Thank goodness his
hindquarters weakness was temporary.
Thanks for doing
such a great job for our Goldens.
Kate Malony &
Kate, thanks for thinking of us. Your generous donation will
enable us to help a lot of these wonderful dogs. Hugs and
pets to Phelan!
this donation in memory of my very special granddog, Sparky
Walter. He was such a treasure and is greatly missed.
Sparky loved going to all the rescue events with Linda and
Rich and I always enjoyed the stories they told me
afterwards…it made me laugh hearing about his little acts of
“mischief”, like his habit of raiding goody bags in search
of biscuits or when he helped himself to two sandwiches at
one of the reunions!
I hope this
contribution can help one of the needy Goldens in your
care. Thank you for the wonderful work you all do helping
these incredible dogs.
“Grammy” Rita, on behalf of all the wonderful dogs we have
in rescue right now, I want to thank you for your donation.
Sparky was indeed a special guy and we all miss him. While
he had a wonderful 13 years with Linda and Rich, it’s never
long enough. We’re hoping that when the time is right,
they’ll bring another Golden into their lives in celebration
of Sparky’s life.
Enclosed you will
find a donation from my mom, Katalin Fogel. Mom is 87 years
old and living in an assisted living facility in Freehold,
NJ. She used to light the Sabbath candles on Friday nights
but is no longer able to because she is legally blind. She
asked that a donation be made to a charity in her name and
of course I chose GRRI-NJ. I believe that the Joann Smith
Memorial Fund, which helps our special needs Goldens, would
be an appropriate placement for this donation.
you for choosing OUR charity to be the recipient of your
moms' generosity. The Joann Smith Memorial Fund is the
perfect place to use her money.
Hello Terry (GRRI
volunteer & foster mom),
Just reporting in
— Sonny is doing well — really well. It’s rather
interesting that he has picked up some of Mandy’s “old
habits:” sits by the same door when he want to go out, is
marking out the same parts of the yard that were Mandy’s
“bathroom haunts,” (that one I really understand), but there
are some other interesting little quirks he has that mimic
Mandy — it’s almost as if she were here giving directions.
As you know he
loves the rides in the car; he has taken to barking when
left in the car, but if we come back and pet him a couple of
times, he won’t bark as we walk away again. Of course,
leaving him in the car will cease soon as the weather warms.
At first he was
“glued/Velcro-ed” to me, but he seems to have realized that
Bill, too, is a good guy and buddy and now seems equally
content to be in the company of either one of us. One of
his delightful habits is, when Bill has had him out for a
walk or an errand, to come running to find me wherever I am
just to say they are home.
His presence is
all about: toys strewn and hair in every corner; we are very
happy about it all.
Sonny has met the
vet — Bill stopped to weigh him. We’ll take him soon in to
get his records established and to get an
appropriate/acceptable rabies vaccination certificate for
his dog license (the borough clerk thought something other
than what we have would be in order). We have waited just a
bit to do this, so that he feels safe with us before
visiting the vet for anything more than weigh-in and meeting
and greeting (for treats, of course).
Thanks again; we
are delighted/thrilled that he is with us.
Charlotte, we’re thrilled that Sonny has made himself right
at home with you both. We’d love to see some new pictures
of him (hint, hint!) As for his proof of rabies
vaccination, we’ve written a letter to your town
administrator stating that he is indeed vaccinated and that
we delete the previous owner information on the certificate
and vet records to maintain the confidentiality of our
donation is made in loving celebration of Sparky's life. He
was our greatest joy and will live forever in our hearts.
Sparky enriched our lives in ways we could have never
imagined when we first brought him home as a 7-1/2 week old
puppy. Now almost 14 years later we grieve his loss and
find comfort in the countless memories we have of our sweet
Sparky was a
wonderful ambassador for the breed and we know he'd want
this money to be used to help give other Goldens a new
Linda & Rich
Linda & Rich, we all share in your grief over Sparky’s
passing. May you both find comfort in all your memories,
and enjoy looking at all your wonderful photographs and
videos celebrating his life. Thank you for your very
generous donation to the Joann Smith Memorial Fund in
celebration of Sparky’s life.
Please accept my
enclosed donation in memory of a loving Golden, Spirit. He
radiated love up until his death. I hope this gives some
comfort to his family.
Denise, we appreciate your donation in loving memory of
Spirit. His family will be notified of your generosity and
we will express our deepest condolences for their loss.
Dear GRRI Friend,
this donation to honor the memory of Spirit.
Monica, thank you for your donation in honor of Spirit.
Bonnie will be notified of your donation to support our
Dear Amy & Terry
Hi I just wanted
to send you both pictures of Boomer playing in the snow and
a picture of him hanging out with his new brother and sister
(Bailey & Sabrina). He is doing so well and we just love
him more and more each day!!!
Valerie, thanks so much for the pictures!
To Whom It May
I am writing to
you at this time to say "THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH" for bringing
our newest joy into our lives. We adopted Brianna from you
on February 11th. She is an unbelievable dog and we are
madly in love with her. I speak on behalf of my husband
David and my Yellow Lab, Bailey. Two of our children have
not really spent more than a few minutes with her, as they
are both away at college and the remaining 3 children do not
live with us but are around all the time and they are in
love with her as well. She warmed her way into our hearts
almost immediately. She is well mannered, well behaved,
mushy cuddly and truly delicious (as Goldens tend to be).
We lost our
Golden last February and I just couldn't bring myself to get
another one, because I missed her so much so we got a Yellow
Lab, who is also fantastic and delicious. But, as you well
know, that "Golden" void was so great that I just couldn't
help myself. I can ramble on and on but I won't.
I also want to
acknowledge the in depth research and background check your
organization does prior to adoption. I was very impressed
and taken with all that was involved in this "rescue"
In any event,
thank you so much!!!!! We feel truly fortunate to have
gotten this wonderful girl in our lives.
Hi Kathy, Brianna is a special little girl, isn’t she? We
have to agree, life isn’t complete without a Golden in the
house! And thank you for your kind words about our
Dear Terry (GRRI
Just a quick note
to let you know that Sonny is doing fine.
He is still the
“Velcro” dog, but quite happy to be with one or the other of
us. When one of us is out, he lies by the door that we
usually use for “coming and going” until that person
returns. He has also figured out that he can lie in the
hall between the TV room and my office and keep an eye on
both of us. He is a bit “naughty” about jumping up to say
hello, but we’ll work this out with time although the gentle
genuineness of his greeting makes being strict about this a
He has learned
that the UPS man is a VERY GOOD friend; he recognizes the
UPS truck when we are on walks about town and gets very
excited with hopes that the driver is “the” good guy — of
the several drivers that work this area.
He has been to
our vet, had all his records checked, his teeth checked, and
in general made friends with all the personnel — to the
extent that any dog makes friends with a veterinary
establishment. There was no problem with getting his
license based on the immunization records and letter that we
Are you curious
to know where he sleeps? We confess — on the bed, not just
at the foot of the bed, but between us. He does get too
warm with this, so gets off the bed for a while for cooling
off and then gets back on creeping up between us to put his
head on the pillows. The nice bed that we got for him was
In short, we
adore him. From our perspective, there couldn’t have been a
more perfect match for us. We hope that he somehow feels in
his wonderful heart that he is “home” for good.
I’ll try to send
some pictures; alas my camera has been acting up. But it is
on the list.
Hope you both are
thanks for the positive update on Sonny. We just KNOW that
Sonny is very happy with you. Terry could see how he
instantly bonded with you on his adoption day! We’d love to
continue to receive updates.
Maverick (GRRI Available Golden),
You will find a family who will love you and have the
patience you need to last in your forever home. The same
thing happened to me 8 months ago. I was only 11 weeks old
when I was given away but my new family has had 3 other
Goldens in the past and understands my wild ways. Thankfully
they understand because I would be looking for a new home by
now! Everyone wants that wonderful, sweet, and adorable
older Golden they see in everyone else’s house and they get
this wild, high energy, chewing, jumping, mouthing and
uncontrollable 65 to 75 pound puppy. (Puppy at heart till
I'm 2 to 3 years old) Just last week I left my mark on my
sisters arm and I swear I was only playing and I only nip my
other sister when she turns her back when I want her to
play. I chewed my moms dresser when her back was turned well
it did looked like a bone, really it did!! Oh yea and there
was the Molding in the kitchen when mom was cooking But
really that was all! I will try harder tomorrow!
family and I have been going to school every week and I am
learning a lot! I know all my obedience commands - every
single one!!! Yay For Me!!! So I didn't understand why my
teacher told my parents to place me in another home. My Dad
told her NOT AN OPTION! We have not been back! Just because
I can't control my self sometimes but I promise I am trying,
really, really I am. I am so glad they love me My mom says
everyday (when I forget those things I learned in school)
"KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE!" She knows I will be a good
boy when I grow up. We now go to a new puppy school where
they tell my Mom how wonderful I am and what a good dog they
have. Mom drops me off 2 days a week for daycare and I get
to play with lots of dogs. The first day I was scared but I
went any way. There were 26 dogs in this one room and I
played for 2 hours chewing and biting and I didn't get into
trouble. I am so tired when I get home I don’t jump on daddy
when he comes home. I get 2 new bones every week from school
so I don’t chew the house or toys - well we won't talk about
the toys, a guy has to have a little fun! I don't nip the
kids if I go to daycare. But this week it snowed and I
missed my play date and I got a little mouthy. I heard mom
tell dad it's the best $7 hour she has ever spent! So you
see Maverick you just need someone to promise "I will take
you and keep you no matter what I do." Mom always says isn't
he darling and Dad says yeah just darling and we all get a
big laugh out of it! I just don't get the joke. Oh well!
Gotta go - Mom and Dad’s bed is waiting for me. Can you tell
me why Mom won’t let me chew my bone at 2 AM? Its like
what's the big deal!
Copper, we promise that we will find Maverick the same
kind of loving, understanding home that we found for you.
Because as you know, puppies will be puppies!
For my ninth
birthday party I decided to have the people who were coming
to my house for the party give checks for the misplaced
Golden Retrievers. I have a Golden Retriever of my own and
love him very much and I want other dogs to have the same
opportunity. I also learned that misplaced dogs are ones
that are given up, do not have a family. and the ones people
should really take care of and love. For the goodie bags
put in a piece of paper telling them why they gave the
money. Everyone loved the party and it was the best one I
ever had too! I'm SO HAPPY that I did something for the
dogs because I love them. Especially Golden Retrievers!
Dear Elise, what a wonderful, generous thing to do for your
birthday! We are going to use your money to help a
Golden Retriever named Patrick. Patrick was a stray
dog that was taken to an animal shelter in Northern New
Jersey. He had a very bad ear infection and needed to
go to a veterinarian for treatment right away. Your
birthday money helped to pay for his care. We attached
a picture of him so that you can see what he looks like.
Isn’t he handsome? He’s going to be feeling a lot
better because of you. Thank you!