Letters to GRRI-NJ
It is with a
great deal of sadness that I let you know that Beau has
taken a turn for the worse. Over the past week, Beau's
appetite diminished. By Friday, he had stopped taking
water. In a last attempt, we took him to a homeopathic vet
in Chestnut Ridge who prescribed a B-complex liquid that we
gave him by injection, as well as other meds for his
stomach. Unfortunately, his liver and kidneys are shutting
down and we will have to put him down tomorrow.
Meghan, Marie and I would like to thank you for your help,
support and advice during this difficult time. It has been
and your family are in our prayers. It’s never easy making
that final decision to help a beloved friend cross over.
Thank you for doing all you could for him.
It is with a
very heavy heart that I am writing to tell you that my very
special, handsome boy, Dakota, has crossed the rainbow
bridge. While my heart is breaking, I know he’s at peace.
Dakota started showing symptoms in November and was
diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. Still, he
seemed to always be smiling and his heart was always filled
with joy. When I was ill, he would come and lay down next to
me with his head on my abdomen, waiting to serve.
Whenever I dropped something, he would bring it to me. He
didn’t walk around the house, he pranced and he made sure he
was always within two feet of me, even at the end when he
was ill. And he loved his two golden sisters, Daisy and
Sammie. He would often spend time grooming both of them. We
were all so proud of him when he qualified as a therapy dog.
He never let his disabilities get in his way.
Dakota was my foster failure seven years ago and he was my
heart dog. Even with the two golden girls still here, the
house seems so empty and lonely without him. He was a
special needs boy who taught us everyday that when life
gives you lemons, you make lemonade. He is missed more than
we can say but we promised him that someday soon we would
find another special fur boy to help.
we’re so sorry to hear about Dakota. He was indeed a very
special Golden. Dakota is watching over all of you and when
it’s time, he’s going to send you another special needs
Golden to share your home and your heart. In the meantime,
may you have many fond memories of your time together.
(GRRI foster mom),
How are you?
Julie took this picture today after she tried to get one of
Maxx lying next to Lucy with his head resting on her body. I
have Lucy in an agility class for beginners and I think Maxx
would do very well in the same class but I wanted to check
the class out first. He is doing very well here and I would
say he fully adjusted to living here and has his own space
in our kitchen when we go to sleep. We don't crate Maxx
anymore because of space constraints for two crates and if
we had the need we would. But he is great and very happy as
you can see in the picture. We will ask you to baby sit
Maxx this year if you have the room so you can enjoy him. By
all means you are always welcome to visit him.
You take care
and keep in touch.
Hi Lynda (GRRI
going well!! Maxx fits right in with the family. He and
Lucy play nice and run after each other, they get along very
well. Maxx is a tough cookie. He will persist with his
much bigger body and knock a toy from her mouth and you
would think she would go after him, but she doesn't. She,
in some ways, is the less dominant one. In the morning they
are quite wild with excitement. Did you say that you don't
pet them until they sit nice?? He's still a big eater and
will go in her bowl as soon as she is finished. Usually
there is nothing left, but sometimes he hits the jackpot
with a couple of kibbles!! Maybe one day we can get
together and you can see him.
doing well and we'll talk soon –
Hi Tom & Julie, thanks so much for
the Maxx updates and the pictures. We’re glad that he and
Lucy are having so much fun together. It sounds like he’s
still a barrel full of energy and would probably do very
well in an agility class. We all know that a tired dog is a
It's been a
while since we sent an email with an update about Hutch who
we adopted in 2004. After reading about all the lost love
ones this past year I felt it was time to send an update for
up on his 5th birthday in two months and is doing fine.
While he is still afraid of being left outside for longer
then he wishes he is just fine. I guess the only way to put
it is that he's a house dog and big lap warmer as he loves
to cuddle up and keep us warm in winter months. He loves to
lie in front of our wood stove and soak up the heat. How he
and Cassie, our other Golden, can do it I sure would love to
know. He has started to show he is a mature dog now with a
little gray chin showing and a touch of fat belly from being
a chow hound. He has one major problem - it's the
stickiest set of Velcro ever made. He’s always at your side
or right on top of you as close as can be.
I know it's
not much but he is safe and happy in his new forever
home. Attached are a few shots of him now. The last one I
caught at 2 am – he’s sound asleep on the love seat. The
flash didn't even make him move. I guess he's adjusted well
to his home.
much for the update and the pictures Charles. We can’t say
that we blame Hutch for being such a Velcro dog and for
preferring to be indoors rather than out. It had to be very
scary being lost and stranded along the side of the
Hutchison River Parkway!
Dear Lynda (GRRI
terrible, but the holidays just got away from me.
I had taken a
picture of Jersey with antlers on to send you for the
holidays and never got the chance to get it off the camera
and send it.
doing great. He got another pillow and a bunch more toys
from Santa for Christmas. He is going a little stir crazy
being inside so much. We take him for walks but it isn't
enough. I'm sure he misses the visits to the dog park where
he can run free like a maniac. With the on again off again
weather the dog park has been closed.
He took his
first major trip back to PA with us over the holidays. We
were super nervous bringing him into my sister's house and
my mother-in-law's house because they have a lot of knick
knacks. But he was a real trooper and behaved wonderfully.
I promise to
send pictures soon!!!!
LOVE to see the pictures of Jersey in his reindeer antlers!
We’re glad he was such a perfect guest over the holidays.
Hi Eileen (GRRI
She is sooooo
smart!! Things are going well; she rules Samantha. They are
very cute together. It has been very cold, in and out, in
and out.......we did rename her Valarie. So it’s Sam and
the pictures Jan! The picture of Valarie and Sam is
absolutely adorable. She is the sweetest little puppy.
Please, please continue to send us pictures as she continues
sorrow I must inform you that our beloved Doc was put to
rest on Sunday, January 27th. He had developed a cancerous
mass on his spleen that spread quickly to his liver. He was
a great companion to our residents here and will be sorely
missed. Thank you for allowing us to have 7 wonderful years
with the most precious angel.
Hospital and Nursing Home
Judy, we have to thank you and the
rest of the staff for giving Doc such a wonderful life.
Your hospital was the perfect solution for his separation
anxiety. He was never alone and got to receive and give a
lot of love and joy from everyone he encountered.
express my deepest thanks to GRRI for giving us Doc. The
days after he passed so many residents, staff and families
have expressed their sorrow in his passing. I never realized
how many people looked forward to seeing him during the
course of a day. He was such a Golden, brightening people’s
days just by being him.
All the best,
said it perfectly. He WAS such a Golden and bestowed that
wonderful Golden personality everywhere he went. He was a
terrific ambassador for the breed.
recent photos of our princess Lucy enjoying the outdoors.
I hope everyone is well. Lucy sends licks and love.
the princess looks wonderful! Thanks for the photos.
Hi Olivia (GRRI foster mom),
We are doing great with Riley. He is
SUCH a sweet and well mannered boy. He gives lots of
kisses. He loves his new dog bed and seems to be settling
in nicely. He’s a lot less concerned about the urban noises
around the neighborhood, acts much more like they are old
hat. I’m sure he misses you and the rest of the pack, but
he seems to like us too.
That is one big dog you are now
looks VERY happy in his new personalized bed! Yes, Olivia’s
new foster dog, Ryan, is a bruiser, weighing in at a hefty
Hello Terry (GRRI
I hope this
finds you well. We do apologize for not sending greetings
at holiday time.
continues to delight us daily. Some months ago I thought I
would see if he would tolerate being vacuumed. He seemed
quite unperturbed by the vacuum in general, so, one day,
with a little coaxing he came when called (with no wrinkled
nose) while I held the hose. He wasn’t thrilled but
nonetheless came. He tolerated the experience and was
rewarded with much excited praise and a treat. Well we have
progressed considerably since that first attempt. Now I can
sit by the vacuum, ask him if he wants to be vacuumed, and
he will promptly come and lie down in front of me while I
run the hose up and down his back. Of course a treat is
expected and given.
“baby-sat” my son’s dog, a chocolate Lab named Max. Max has
been here before and Sonny is just a saint about the
interloper. Max is not as well behaved as Sonny and must be
on a leash when outside. When I would take Sonny and Max
outside, Sonny would kind of stand, look at Max and then run
around the yard free as can be almost as if he was teasing
Max. I could easily imagine Sonny saying, “Na na na na na.”
Sonny never took to the bed that we bought for him so we
gave it to my son for Max. Max is quite attached to said
bed. So When Max came for several days his bed came too.
Now Sonny was quite intrigued with the bed, and I had to
tell Sonny that the bed was no longer his. I guess they are
not much different from young children.
is well and we are so glad that Sonny lives with us.
Sonny hugs to
sounds like quite a character. Hum, maybe Dyson should use
him in a Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner commercial! Talk about
vacuuming up dog hair!
Hi Judy (GRRI
How are you?
Hope you and all your canines are fine. Are you fostering
anyone at the moment?
to give you an Amber update … she is an only child. I put
Kate down in January – her cancer had returned and was
growing at an alarmingly fast rate. It was and is very
sad. I still expect to hear her tail thumping when I go
down in the AM and all of us still use her name at times
instead of Amber.
a little sad initially, sat on the blanket that was Kate’s
spot. However, now I would say she’s enjoying being the one
in the spotlight.
everyone at the vet last time she was there, everyone. She
peeks through the glass on the door, sticks her head out the
door of the examining room – even the vet, who is nice, but
not an over the top kind of person really likes her.
Every now and
then she steals one of Rich’s slippers or my slipper or flip
flop, goes somewhere and lays her head on it while she
sleeps. Cute, huh? Of course, it doesn’t happen
consistently enough so that when one of us can’t find a
slipper/flip flop we search all over before realizing where
it probably went.
Last month we
added Baxter, a 10 month old rescued cat to the household.
He is so funny and social. Right now he’s in Taylor’s room
and Amber sits on the other side of the door with her nose
to it. We’ve introduced them a couple times but Amber is a
little too friendly. Not sure how we’re going to transition
this as Baxter is finally at the point where he wants to
leave Taylor’s room. I’m sure it will be fine eventually,
just not sure how to get over the hump here.
that’s the news here.
were so sorry to hear about Kate.
are doing great. Attached are some pictures of Shylow &
Sammy. The first is of Nicholas who fell asleep on the couch
with Sam. I threw out an old sofa bed. To make it lighter in
weight I removed the mattress first and placed it on the
back patio. Right away the boys took it over for their
wrestling mat. I will be tossing that soon because my wife
claims it gives our yard the "Redneck" look. Remember, if
you keep a mattress in your backyard, you might be a
“Redneck”. But hey, the pups love it and its still winter.
Talk to you all later.
never cease to entertain us with your emails. We love the
picture of Shylow on his wrestling mat. Now how can you
break his heart and throw it out?
So far so good.
Chewey has been a perfect gentleman. After several attempts
to get up on our bed - he settled in nicely on your blanket
and spent a quiet night. We all left for work about
8 am this
morning leaving him with the run of the living room and
kitchen (we closed the doors to the dining room, bed rooms
and bath rooms). I came home from work at 1 pm expecting the
worst - but everything was fine. We went for a long 3 mile
walk in Johnson Park at the end of our street (he is a
little bit of a hand full - but no worse than other dogs we
have had. I am sure he will get much better). He was
pretty tired when we got back and laid at my feet as I
worked from home for the rest of the afternoon.
He seems to be a "woman"
dog - spending most of last evening with my wife and
daughter watching TV upstairs as I stayed downstairs. When
Carol came home at
today - he immediately abandoned me and went upstairs to be
with her. We are all very pleased with him. We will
probably take you up on your offer to watch him when we go
Hope you enjoyed
the play. I will take some pictures and send them to you
Thanks so much for the Chewey update Vince. We’re glad he’s
settling in and behaving himself and NOT living up to his
Marty and I
wish to thank you for your letter of sympathy about Patton.
It is surely helpful.
still sorrowful and lonely without him – worse at Christmas!
enclosing a photo of him which you might enjoy.
regards to you –
can’t resist “Old Gold” powdered sugar faces. Thanks so much
for sharing it with us.
Dear Robin (GRRI
It has now
been 1-1/2 years since we adopted Tyler (Ty). He is now 5
years old, and is having the time of his life with his
brother Toby. Tyler has been a joyful addition to our
family, and it feels like he has been with us forever.
Though Tyler still experiences some discomfort from allergy
problems, it is nothing like what he had when he was first
rescued by GRRI. We thought it would be quire difficult to
handle the allergies but we found it to be easy as long as
we watch what he eats. They seem to come out more during
the spring and fall, mostly scratching. But we take care of
it as we do our own allergies. It doesn’t seem to bother
Tyler at all. Tyler and Toby are inseparable. Everyone
thinks that they are twins because of the difficulty in not
knowing who is who. It took us a few weeks but we
definitely know the difference. Tyler, though not a kisser
when he first arrived, is finally giving little pecks once
in a while. I can definitely say he is mommy’s boy. He
shows affection in different ways. No matter what, he knows
that he is loved. He still continues to bite his nails,
funny as ever, and lets us know that all the toys and bones
in the house are his when he wants them. He does share on
enclosed a couple of pictures to show that he is still as
handsome as ever. Also enclosed is a donation to GRRI on
behalf of Tyler and his brother Toby.
Thank you all
again for everything that GRRI does. Without your
organization where would all the Golden Retrievers be that
you’ve placed in forever homes?
Toby and Tyler
Tyler sure do look like identical twins. We can see why
people get confused!
I had to write this letter to tell you the story of how I
came to find your site. For the past twelve years we have
owned two Labrador Retrievers, Nala, a beautiful yellow, and
Savannah, nine years Nalas junior, a sweet black. Savannah
treated Nala as she would her mother and Nala returned the
love to Savannah. In July Nalas’ back went on her and at the
young age of 12-1/2 we had to help her over the rainbow
bridge. Savannah was devastated. She stopped eating, her
habits changed, and she gave myself and my family a real
scare as we thought we were going to lose her too!
I took her to
our vet to make sure there was nothing physically wrong and
discovered what we all thought was the problem. Savannah was
mourning. The girls in the office fawned over Savannah and
when we emerged from the examination room there were a bunch
of smiling faces, one with a business card in her hand. As
she handed me the card I asked her what it was. “That’s
your new dog" she said. She proceeded to tell me of a couple
from our neighborhood who were getting a divorce and neither
one could take the dog. They told me he was so sweet that
they could not let him wind up in a shelter. I saw that he
was a Golden., and after a few phone calls back and forth,
and a few visits, we were given custody of Casey. At the
time Casey was 1-1/2 years old. Other then occasional
meetings with Goldens at our local dog park, I have not had
many dealings with them. But the little I had read about
them told me they were from the same mold as Labs...boy was
not take to Casey right away. As much as he wanted to get to
know her, she gave him the cold shoulder. But she started
eating normally again and slowly started to return to her
normal self. Now they are inseparable and Savannah is the
mother to this clownish boy. She tells him how to behave and
he listens to her every word (I swear they talk!) He saved
Savannah’s life and quickly made a Golden lover out of the
rest of us. For some reason he and I bonded quickly. I could
not go anywhere without him right in the middle of
everything and I can’t imagine being without him. The three
of us now spend untold hours in the woods and at the dog
I now know
what all this Golden craziness is about. I have never met a
breed so loving and so sweet. And I look at them in a
completely different way. When I found your site and read
all the stories and letters I realized how great this breed
is and what important services you people at GRRI are
providing. Kudos to you and your volunteers and I look
forward to supporting you and your organization for a long
New Golden Daddy
Golden convert. Yup, we agree…there’s NOTHING like a
Golden! Did you know Goldens are like potato chips? You
can’t have just one!
Dear Eileen (GRRI
to say hello & let you know that "Glenda" is fabulous! We
adopted her August of 2006, 3 months after my Golden
"Hunter" was put to sleep. She has filled our hearts with
love, especially mine since all my girls are in school now.
I was heartbroken coming home every morning after taking the
girls to school; I knew I needed another dog. My husband
was right by making me wait a few months until after the
summer to adopt a new dog. Not only was he not ready, but
it would not have been fair to leave a newly adopted dog
everyday while venturing out with the kids. Glenda has
adjusted well to her new home & is a wonderful addition to
our family. She loves my children so much & the girls, in
turn, give her so much attention. Their favorite thing to
do with her is to put pieces of dog cookies on their
bellies. They love that the dog slobbers all over them!
Glenda even sleeps on my 9 year old daughter's bed every
night and borrows her blanket. She is a terrific companion
& loves to go for a ride in the car. I could not have
picked out a better dog myself!
Thank you for
taking the time to match up a great dog for our family. We
all have tremendous love for her.
thank you for an absolutely adorable picture! We all loved
the part about Glenda being able to eat dog cookies off the
my check for $25 as a donation in memory of “Mattingly”
Bender, a wonderful rescue who brought 14 long years of
happiness to my friends.
sure to use this memorial donation to good use helping other
wonderful rescue dogs. Thank you!
It is with
sad hearts that we write to acknowledge the passing of
beloved Golden, O’Hara McFadden. Please accept the enclosed
donation in his memory.
Nelson, Thank you once again for your generosity to GRRI.
O’Hara’s unexpected death was a shock for all of us and left
Drew and I totally heartbroken. He’s living on in our
hearts and in the wonderful memories that we shared with
him. – Eileen, Editor
Dear Shayne (GRRI President),
I got to meet Sofia today with her
foster mom, Amy! From the bottom of my heart, I hoped that
it would be a great match for Buzz and Sam, but
unfortunately it wasn't.
Sofia is an adorable and loving girl!
She is going to make a family very happy!!
Meeting Amy was a delight! She is one
of the most unbelievable people I have ever met! Her love
and concern for Sofia was amazing....she is truly a gifted
person and GRRI is so lucky to have her helping our golden
friends! What a special, special person!!!! I am going to
make a donation today for Sofia. I would also like to make
another for her Cowboy~ that she lost!
Thank you again for all you do and I
know there will be a brother or sister for Sam and Buzz in
the future from GRRI!!
All the best,
Cami Labarbara :)
Cami, thank you so much for your
double donation! We’re sorry the play date between Sofia
and “the boys” didn’t work out as well.
(GRRI adoption coordinator),
We are so
sorry about your loss, are hearts are sad with yours.
Val is doing
just fine. She sleeps with Jeanette on the bed on the
pillow - as I told Jeanette, cute now but add 50lbs. She
has been house trained (goes to the kitchen door and barks)
for the past 3 weeks. Her shots will be complete Friday and
we can't wait to walk her. She is enrolled in basic training
at St. Hubert's and will start next week. The cats? Well
she is curious but cautious. Cosmo is 11yrs old and just had
cancer surgery, so he is confined to the bedroom where Sam
and I sleep BUT before the operation he would not let Val
scare him, after all this IS his house. As soon as Cosmo is
back into the fold he will continue to teach Val some
manners. She sits, stays (a little), and sleeps after she is
sure everyone else is up and about. Val is a fence jumper,
thank god ours is 5-ft. high. Sam and Val are adorable
together - they play, steal each others toys and treats, and
share the dog bed in the kitchen. See photos. She is soooo
weird, she sits on the heater.
Jeanette, Samantha, Cosmo, Max, and Valarie
Jan, she’s soooo cute! She’s
going to love going to school at St. Huberts. They have a
wonderful training program.
Judy (GRRI foster mom):
Chewey is doing just fine. He has adapted well to life with
us and gets more than his share of attention and love. His
behavior is getting better every day. He has been to the
dog park 4 or 5 times and has a great time. At times there
are 25 to 30 dogs there and he does well with almost all of
them. You should see him trying to keep up with the
Greyhounds - other than the Greyhounds he is the fastest dog
in the park and by far the prettiest. His walking on a leash
is getting better - he still has a problem when he sees
other dogs and wants to play with them - but we are working
on it. I am working with him off the leash outside (under
controlled circumstances) and he shows no desire to run
away. He has not had a accident in the house - he sleeps
all night on his bed on the floor - he only comes up on the
bed for a few minutes before going to sleep and in the
morning. We couldn't be happier with him and I think he
thinks the arrangement is ok too.
We really appreciate you taking him for the weekend. Talk
to you soon.
Vincent, we’re so happy to hear
that Chewey has settled in and has already made a bunch of
friends at the dog park. He’s such a party animal and loves
to play. What a great outlet for all that doggy energy!
We are doing
GREAT! Sara quickly became a member of our "pack". She is
Right now I am babysitting at my daughters and Sara and
Stella will spend the night with us here. They both love
having the back yard to themselves and have been running and
chasing each other all day. It has tired out my
granddaughter so that I am certain she will sleep all
through the night!
I will send
more photos as soon as I get home. But she is doing
wonderful and I am feeling better from the pneumonia.
Unfortunately, my back has not been doing so well. I have
had to see a neuro surgeon, MRI's to follow, and perhaps
back surgery in a month or two. Whatever comes my way, I am
So I hope all is well with you and we thank you all very
much for bringing Sara into our lives,
thanks for the update. There’s nothing like fresh air to
tire out dogs and children!
Dear Eileen, Linda and
We have very sad news
in the loss of our wonderful golden boy, Buddy, who
passed away suddenly due to gastric dilation. We adopted him
in 2004, and four years was much too short a time for us.
He had slowed down a
bit in the past few months, eating well but losing
weight. Our vet did diagnostic blood work and x-rays, but
found these tests to be inconclusive. Also, Buddy’s vision
had weakened due to cataracts, and he had started to hug the
wall to feel safe when coming down the stairs. He sometimes
did not see the deer running in the woods behind our home.
Due to his health, we actually think Buddy may have been
older than originally reported, perhaps 12 or more, but he
was frisky and loving until the end. He seemed to be feeling
better of late, and he proudly paraded with us up the block
last week, barking at his dog pals along the way. None of us
anticipated the tragedy that was to come several hours
We rushed him to the
emergency hospital in the middle of the night when we saw
his distress. He died there peacefully while we were still
discussing treatment alternatives with the vet. Buddy
decided himself that his time had come.
We miss his loud
“talking,” his presence with soft toys under foot, the
thump-thump greeting of his tail on the floor, and the
jingle of his collar. Buddy had “baggage” and a quirky
personality from whatever happened in his early life, but
many of his fears seemed to be tamed with love. We are
comforted to think he found happiness, trust, and belonging
in our family.
Buddy will remain in
our hearts always. We want to thank you again for your
wonderful work, and also for matching us with our very
special Buddy boy.
Amy and David Perlin
condolences to you and your family; Buddy was such a
beautiful Golden. We appreciate your generous donation in
his memory. So many of the Goldens in our care right now
are requiring expensive medical care and your donation will
help us help them. You’re right, you’re time together was