Letters to GRRI-NJ
and thank you for our latest bundle of joy and energy,
Kassie. I recently lost a Golden and a St. Bernard. My
11-year-old Golden has been depressed. Kassie is a real
puppy at 18 months and keeps us on our toes. I cry every
time I look at her and picture the life she had before
wonderful Olivia fostered her. We do not get much sleep or
rest yet and spend our days playing ball, learning to walk
on a leash, wrestling (the dogs) and giving and receiving
plenty of kisses. Please know that Kassie is and will always
be an integral and well loved member of the family. Bless
you for the work you do for our wonderful Goldens.
is another picture of our beloved Kassie who is not only a
beauty but also a loving, energetic and adorable girl! Thank
you so much!
It is just a month that my Kassie is with me. She is a big
teddy bear who looks like Marilyn Monroe. She is playful,
devilish and most of all loving and loyal. Leash walking is
difficult so I hope to get a private trainer. She goes to
manners class but sometimes new situations are stressful for
her. She enjoys the security of her home and yard. Kassie
pretty much gets what she wants. She is my gorgeous queen
with a gentle nature and huge heart. She is my HEART! After
1 month it is hard to imagine life without her-despite the
work!! Her eyes melt right through me. Enclosed is the
latest picture of the queen! I am always checking your
website and just ordered the ear powder for my 11-year-old
Golden -who is now young again!
Thanks so much to all of you.
just an update on my beauty queen. She just graduated from
manners class (I think the instructor favors her). While
everyone else was doing their tricks, Kassie was drinking
the trainer's coffee and kissing him!
Nothing in life has prepared me for the joy and sometimes
sorrow my relationship with these Goldens has meant to me.
Kassie is full of life and love and I treasure her as if I
gave birth to her. I am the lucky one and hold her in my
arms every time I am with her. How dare someone not care for
this loveliest, sweetest of creatures, even though she is a
devil-from pulling up the tree roots from the yard to coming
to the door with a dead bird in her mouth!!
will never be dull and I reap the joy I receive from her
every day. We are going on to advanced manners school since
Kassie refuses to walk on a leash and the trainer wants her
to be a therapy dog even though she jumps right in the wheel
chair and cuddles with whoever is in it!! She even drags my
11-year-old Golden by his ankle and he lets her!
is just grand we are all happy!!
Thanks for all you do and who you are.
Wendy, thank you for giving
Kassie such a wonderful home! We love receiving your
updates and photos.
love looking at your photo gallery. It is heartwarming to
see Goldens placed in the loving homes they deserve. I have
a 13-year -old Golden myself, so I feel for Disney. I wish
I could have helped her family to keep her, but I'm glad she
now has the love and comfort she deserves.
Please accept this check to help the Disneys.
Thank you so much for your donation. Disney is still
hanging in there and her foster parents say each and every
day is a blessing for all of them.
Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
Wishing you a very Blessed New Year. Bonnie is fine, still
the spoiled "Golden" in the family. I can't imagine life
without her. Please accept the enclosed donation for all
the fur babies in need. I still look at the website and
available Goldens, wishing I could adopt all of them. Thank
you again for all you do for GRRI and for being there for me
so many times.
Happy New Year, Deb. Bonnie grew up to be a gorgeous girl.
Thank you so much for the donation and for sending her
Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
sending a small donation in memory of our three GRRI Goldens,
Malibu, Harley and Jake. Thought you'd like to see our new
boy. We decided that 3 funerals in 4 years were more than we
could endure so after Jake died we looked in the paper and
found a family that was selling their 6-month-old Golden!
Enclosed is our Dash; he was 6 months when we got him and is
2 1/2 now. He's been mellow since the day we got him. We
thought that Malibu was the biggest mush ever, but this guy
is actually a bigger mush. We just didn't want to forget
GRRI since you have supplied us with so much love in the
& Paula Ford
Dash is one handsome fella! Thanks so much for your
memorial donation and for advising us of your new address.
Hi Olivia (GRRI foster mom),
Oakley is an absolute dream! As you know, he loves to
cuddle, and on these very cold nights we've been doing just
that! He is such a wonderful dog ... a gorgeous boy, too!
He's gained some weight and looks great. The doc is very
pleased with his hind legs and his eyes have been good, too,
except for some goopy stuff.
everyone is doing well on your end. Are you fostering
anyone? Enjoy the wonderful snow ... the dogs are certainly
having a great time playing in it!!!
Thanks for the update, Bobbie. We’d love to see some new
friends at GRRI,
adopted Becky (aka Tammy) on Saturday and she's happily
settling right in! She's getting along with her "fur
sisters", Sophie and Bear (a GRRI rescue). She's still
skittish and probably will be for a while, but she seems
willing to try things that are new to her. She's catching
on quite well to our routines. She has no appetite problems
what-so-ever (so Golden-typical)! She's very happy to bring
me, Bill or the other girls a toy to play with and is always
up for a game of fetch or tug-of-war (when they're all not
napping). She seems to be Bill's snuggle buddy, crashing on
the couch to watch TV. We love her and even though it’s
been only 3 days, she's already a part of the family! I've
attached a picture that Bill took...that's me on the couch
with Becky; Bear's on the left and Sophie's on the right.
Next time I'll send a picture with Bill and the girls. I
still owe you a picture of Bear with her devil horns (and
her angel wings, if I can muster it)!
We'll keep in touch!
and Bill Barkenbush, Sophie, Becky and Bear :)
Lisa, you have NO IDEA how
thrilled we are over how well Becky has settled into her new
home. We were so sure she would have a small set back in her
emotional behavior, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at
all. Thank you both so much for giving her the love and
solitude that she needed in her forever home.
I just wanted to send along
some pictures of Liberty. He is enjoying the winter and
loves the snow!
Our neighbor gave Liberty a
holiday headband which Liberty gladly wore around the
house! We have been placing a tennis ball in his food bowl
so he eats around the food, and not so quickly. Liberty
loves to give kisses! He also enjoys the sunshine &
happenings at the front door!
We hope everyone is doing well!
Irene, Joe & Liberty
Liberty looks great, thanks
for the pictures!
I am in receipt of your Annual
Adoption Follow Up form. I am writing to inform you that
the Golden I adopted through your organization, Dante, has
passed away. He contracted mast cell sarcoma last summer
and died in early September. I am still devastated from the
loss of this angel and will miss him for the rest of my
life. I will be eternally grateful to GRRI for matching me
with this wonderful boy who brought such love and devotion
into my life. I have adopted a Labrador Retriever through a
local shelter here in St. Louis but, having owned other
Goldens, will forever be a Golden lover. Keep up the great
work you do.
Thank you again,
Pat, we’re so sorry to hear
of Dante’s passing. We all agree with you – once you’ve
shared your life with a Golden Retriever you’re committed
for life. Good luck with your new Lab.
Hi Pamela (GRRI foster mom),
Sorry this is so late. We loved
your Christmas card! Great picture! I have sent along some
pictures of Reese, most of which are from our visits to my
parents in North Carolina each spring. She just loves having
the chance to swim and do flying leaps from the dock after
her jolly ball. The one with the Boxer is at Charlie's mom's
place in North Jersey and the two dogs can't get enough of
When we aren't visiting
grandparents, Reese gets her exercise either running with
Charlie, on walks with me in the woods each day, or a play
date with a Golden down the street. I'm hoping for more snow
because it is such a riot to watch her burrow in it and see
just her tail sticking up. She is very fit and healthy. Even
the vet commented on how fit she is! She has boundless
energy and many people think she is still a puppy. She
is also sooooo playful and coordinated. I am going to find
an agility class for her to try. I swear, she thinks she is
a Border Collie and not a Golden. She is so agile.
Reese is also very sweet and
mindful. She sleeps with me and Charlie every night right in
the bed with us. We wouldn't have it any other way. She is
so comfortable with everyone in the family that we can
literally pick her up and cradle her like a baby in our
laps. She naps this way with Emma (now 15) nearly every
afternoon after she gets home from school.
It's hard to believe Reese has
only been with us for 3 years, it seems like always!
Thank you GRRI!
The Reese’s: Beth, Charlie,
Sam, Emma, and Betsy
Thanks so much for the
update and photos. We LOVE the dock diving ones.
My name is Bosco Geller. My mom, my sister (Duchess) and I
would like to make a donation towards your organization. I
am a very lucky fellow to have been brought up in such a
great home. Both my sister and I have a loving mom that is
always taking care of us with “TLC”.
My mom read us the story of Maverick (Winter 2009
newsletter) and I have to say, he is very lucky to have a
second chance to live the rest of his life with such a
loving family. We will be praying for him that God watches
over him!!!!! With all this being said, please get back to
my mom as to where we can send our donation.
Bosco, Duchess & Maureen Geller
Thanks for your letter, Bosco.
You’re right, Maverick’s guardian angel was watching out for
him that day. He’s doing great and we hope he and his
forever family have many, many happy years together.
the 6 years since we adopted Chrissie, I have never ceased
to be amazed by your organization - the kindness and
compassion for both the dogs and the adopters is wonderful.
sent adoption announcements to friends & family with the
information about Chris that was on the website; my
93-yr-old aunt still has it on the refrigerator and during
our visit last fall, I re-read it. It was so accurate that I
could have written it! And one of my cousins read it at my
aunt's as well and used it as the re-assurance that she
needed before she adopted her dog last year.
an aside, a friend recently attempted to adopt thru her
local shelter and the results were disastrous - they
included a dog fight, stitches, lots of blood and trauma and
rabies shots. They weren't given an accurate assessment of
the dog's temperament. It had been caged for months, they
didn't know how it interacted with other dogs, kids or old
people. When I heard how bad the process turned out, I knew
how blessed we were. While they didn't have to fill out the
forms & go through references & interviews, they also didn't
have the confidence in the dog or adoption process just
hours after they brought the dog home. So keep up the great
work - keep asking questions; they protect the dogs that
have suffered enough, losing their original families, and
protect us too. If someone balks, they don't want a dog bad
Please know that every day, my mom, Chrissie and I thank you
for putting us together.
Congratulations on your recent retirement, Pat. Chrissie
Belle must love having you home! We couldn’t help but shudder
when we read about the adoption ordeal your friend recently
experienced; how sad for the dog and everyone involved.
We hope that none of our adopters will ever have to go
through a situation like that. As you know, we try to be as
thorough as we possibly can, and match our Goldens to the
perfect home for them. We feel that we owe it to them and
based on feedback like yours it sounds like we’re
Judy (GRRI foster mom),
Sorry we have not contacted you
sooner - Chewey is doing great
The attached photos were taken
today at the dog park in Highland Park. The snow had melted
and the park was a sea of mud. Chewey had a great time (as
he always does); he is so much more social than the other
Goldens we have had.
My daughter moved to Atlanta last
September and we will be following her at the end of this
month. The condo we were contracted to buy would only
take dogs weighing 35 lbs. or less. We walked away from it
rather than give Chewey up. We found a nicer, bigger and
better place for less money and are on track to move by
2/28/09. It allows two dogs - so we may get Chewey a friend
after we move.
Goodbye for now - we will send you pictures and let you know
how Chewey is doing down south.
Thanks for the pictures of
Chewey – he looks great! Good luck with your move. Please
let us know your new address, phone number(s) and email
address so we can update our records.
Thank you for contacting us and forwarding the Annual GRRI-NJ
Adoption Follow Up for Rory, formerly Belmont. Since he
joined us last May, we have been delighted at how well he's
settled in and how quickly he has become a much loved member
of the family. We are grateful for this opportunity to
express our appreciation to Linda Schnorrbusch, Rory's
foster mom, and to all GRRI-NJ volunteers who did such a
fine job in making a match that truly surpassed our
expectations as first-time adopters.
Please accept the enclosed contribution in memory of our
beloved Golden, Kitt, whom we lost in December 2007, and in
celebration of Rory, who brought Golden sunshine back into
our lives. If a picture is worth a proverbial thousand
words, we hope the enclosed photos bear witness not only to
the joy of adopting a wonderful Golden, but also to the
important work that GRRI-NJ does on behalf of so many
Goldens in need.
Eileen & Ed Burchell
Thank you so much for your generous donation. We’ve placed
the money in our Joann Smith Special Needs Fund so that we
can continue to help our wonderful rescue dogs with
extraordinary health issues. Rory looks wonderful and so
Robin (GRRI sunshine lady),
Please forgive me for not having written but I went into the
hospital a year ago and have just been able today to climb
upstairs to get to the computer. I have a wonderful
caretaker from Nigeria who believes Buttercup is the only
reason I'm still around.
may know I have had two males Goldens from GRRI in the
past. Now I don't want to start WW III or nuthin' but this
little female is smarter than both of them together. She is
quicker, more intelligent, and prettier than any dog I've
ever owned. In fact, I have to throw my body across her to
keep people from trying to abduct her.
Thank you for your kind words and I hope Butter gets her
picture into the GRRI newsletter.
Hi Priscilla, thanks so much for your entertaining letter.
As you can see, Buttercup’s photo made it into the
newsletter! We’re sorry to hear of your hospitalization;
hopefully you’re back to your old spry self.
Anne (GRRI foster mom),
everyone is well, how is Marcus doing? We are dog sitting
for friends for one month now. We were not sure how Sasha
was going to get along with these other dogs, but she is
doing amazingly well. She plays tug o war with the
2-year-old and all 3 sleep together. It's amazing how far
she's come. We took some pix of her and thought you would
like to see them.
All the best,
Vicky and Fonda
What a great shot of Sasha in her bonnet!!! You’re right,
she’s come a long way since you and Fonda adopted her. She’s
one lucky girl.
Hi Anne (GRRI foster mom),
We wanted to let you know how easily Rusty joined our home.
He seems very happy and is enjoying the new neighborhood.
He has found our cat but so far so good. She knows how to
hide so I don't think we will have a problem. Here are two
pictures. Thank you for taking care of him. I think that
has helped him make a smooth transition
Betty and Mary
PS The pictures in the background is our beloved Nugget.
Rusty looks wonderful! The
picture of him lying with his plush toy says it all. He
had a tough life before he came into rescue and we know
he’ll have the pampered life that he was meant to have with
all of you.
Hi Olivia! (GRRI foster mom)
Here are a couple of pictures of our gorgeous boy Oakley!
(His full name is Oakley Shea - all our dogs have middle
names!) He is so incredible... a total snuggler, and such a
I've thrown in a bonus picture of our newbie, my handsome
guy Quincy (Quincy Benjamin!). I can't thank all of you at
rescue enough for these two special boys. They have brought
such love and fun into our home, especially after such a
difficult and devastating couple of months that we had last
Enjoy the pics... I'll be sure to send more!
Take care... hugs to your pups!
What a face! There’s nothing like a powdered sugar face on a
senior Golden. Thank you and Bobbie for adopting two of our
Young family wanted to update you on our new addition, Miley.
She’s settling in very nicely. We all love her. She's
adjusting to the cats, kids, and having another dog around
and just being exposed to all life has to offer. There is
something so special about Goldens; I know you all know
that. You have all helped heal my sadness after losing
Cody. When I look at her she makes me smile. Miley has some
of Cody's same little quirks like finding the biggest stick
possible and dragging it out of the woods. We will be
signing her up for basic obedience and for the Invisible
Fence Company to come out and train her. We all wanted to
thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing what you
do!!! I will send pictures and keep updating you!!
The Young Family
Thanks for the update, Sue. We’re so glad Miley has settled
in so easily. We’d love to see pictures!