Letters To GRRI
Just thought I'd share a new photo of Chase... he is such a
wonderful boy and we love him so much!
He's doing great... loves the snow (he was running in
the yard the other night!), loves to eat, loves to kiss,
loves to nap - he's just a lover! We still say that we can't
believe that someone would give that all up after 15 years,
but I knew from the minute I saw him that he was meant for
me. Thank you again for sending such love into our home -
what a gift he is!
Enjoy the picture - this is Chase enjoying the new doggie
bed. What a sweet face! (Sorry it's a little blurry) I'll
send more photos as I take them.
Hoping the New Year brings good health, love, and happiness
to you and yours!
Sue and the rest of the gang : )
Awwww…how happy and content is he! Thanks for sending the
Dear Eileen (GRRI adoption coordinator),
is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you know that
miss daisy died this morning, at home, in our arms. She
turned 11 this past thanksgiving and had just been to the
vet last week and was pronounced in great health. The vet
had said she had plenty more mileage left on her and was in
better shape than most of the senior goldens he sees. So
this was quite a shock. We, and he, suspect she had a
stroke. She became unresponsive this morning. When we tried
to call her name there was no recognition. Her heart was
still beating. Then a few minutes later she stretched out
her hind legs, gave a cough and her heart stopped. Doug and
I were holding her and stroking her. She died at home, with
us around, peacefully. Dr. G is having her cremated. I
kissed her goodbye and told her to look for her brothers,
Dakota and Rascal. I thought you'd all want to know. We are
once again a two dog family and will all miss our queen. She
was without doubt, the smartest dog we've ever had rivaled
only by our dear departed german shepherd, sable. She will
be missed by all of us.
We were so sorry to read this email, Steph. Our sincere
condolences are with all of you. It’s terrible to lose a
beloved pal so suddenly, especially when you were just
assured that she was so healthy.
Hello & Happy New
Just wanted to
share these pictures of Liberty at the vet's office
yesterday. We had him checked out for an apparent lipoma on
his stomach. We'll recheck in few months. It should be ok.
He sure doesn't
seem to mind being at the vet's office!!
Thanks for the
Hi Anne (GRRI
Here’s our 3-year
anniversary picture. I can’t believe it’s been that long.
She's as sweet as ever.
Vicki & Fonda
absolutely fabulous photo! She looks like she’s ready for
the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue.
Shayne (GRRI volunteer),
Hope your holidays were great and you have a happy new
year. I just wanted to let you know that my little Bear
went to the rainbow bridge. He was having problems in the
past couple of months with his hind legs going out and he
wasn't eating right. He was diagnosed with diabetes. We
started him on the insulin shots twice a day and he seemed
to be improving. He still had trouble standing and then
developed a deep cough. The vet heard a problem with his
heartbeat and things didn't look good so we made the
difficult decision to put him to rest. He was the best
little fighter I ever knew. He was seizure free for the
past 5 years and he had the time of his life. He went
through so much in his life that he was an inspiration to us
all. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to adopt him
and love him so much. We will always have him in our
hearts. We miss him immensely and always will. These are
some pics from his tenth Christmas 2009. He had a great life
and made our lives great too.
Bless Little Bear!!!
Pat, Brian & Rusty Gyory
Pat, you and Brian went above and beyond for this sweet
guy. We’re terribly sorry for your loss. We thank both of
you for adopting him and giving him such a loving home.
Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
Chance (now Bear) is doing fine and getting along
real well with our other Golden, Atlas. He is very
loves playing in the dog park and going for long walks. He
just began Obedience Classes with us at the Bayshore Canine
Companion Club in Eatontown where he goes on Tuesday
Keep in touch and thanks for checking in. I’ll try to get
you pics soon.
Peggy & Greg
We’d love to see pictures of Bear. Thanks so much for a
With tears and a very heavy heart we want to inform you that
our beloved Buster went to meet up with Barney, Major, Andy,
Tuesday, and Sandy to wait for us on the other side. He had
synovial cell sarcoma, cancer in the joint tissue, in his
back right leg. Since Buster was 11 years old when we
learned of it, and since he already endured
surgery last January, we
decided not to put him through yet another surgery and let
him enjoy the time he had left--which he did.
Around Christmas his leg began to swell and he began pulling
his fur off. Soon his leg had a bruise on it and red
blotches. But his mood was good. Mornings were best. But as
the day wore on he would become listless and depressed.
Sometimes I would sedate him at night so he could sleep.
What made today so hard was that we took him to the vet's in
the morning when he was upbeat and eager to go for a ride in
the car. That feeling of betrayal was so strong for us. The
vet told us we could take him home and he could put Buster
on steroids or increase his Deramaxx for inflammation and we
could wait until he's depressed all the time rather than
most of the day. We decided to give him the gift of peace
before his suffering increased. We would just be bringing
him home for ourselves rather than thinking of what was best
We thank God for the 3-1/2 years He gave Buster to us. He
gave us the opportunity to give him the best home he ever
had after being virtually abandoned in a backyard where his
companion died. He was 150 lbs due to a thyroid problem and
he never got his medication. His nose and tail had no fur on
them and his fur was coarse. When I got him from the
backyard he had trouble walking. But with the proper thyroid
medicine and regular exercise, he went down to 85 lbs and
looked like a completely different dog. The doctor thinks
that damage was already done due to the neglect he suffered
and set the stage for the cancer.
Our Goldens are angels from heaven, sent to shower us with
loving companionship and a zest for life.
Thank you, Lord, for the precious memories we have of life
with Buster. We will never forget his zeal for going to the
office with me, his gentle nature with everyone and other
animals, the way he would suck up to us when he wanted
something by pressing his head against our leg and look up
with those pleading eyes, and his prolonged attention to
television shows, especially those with horses in them.
Buster started out being a foster and he turned us into
foster failures. We decided that we weren't going to let
this fat boy go anywhere else. He was ours to get into shape
by loving him to death.
Thanks to GRRI for being God's instrument of mercy to these
Craig and Linda DiBenedictis
Goldens ARE angels sent to us from heaven, here for just a
short while to bring us joy and happiness. Buster and all
the other Goldens who have crossed are in God’s care,
waiting patiently for that time when we’ll all be reunited.
Our deepest condolences.
Today is Mac’s first birthday and we would like to thank
Rescue for allowing us to bring him into our family. He is
an absolute jewel. He just completed Basic Obedience 1 and
is scheduled to start Basis Obedience 2 on 2/10. He and
Traveller play 24/7 and there are times when Traveller looks
absolutely frazzled. Maverick has him totally buffaloed. He
doesn’t even have to bark at him anymore. He just gives him
“The Look” and Mac finds something else to do. Attached is a
picture of Mac relaxing in his favorite chair. Thanks again
for allowing us to adopt him.
Barb & John
Happy Birthday, Mac! You’re one lucky guy!
is with such heavy sadness in our hearts that we write this
note to you to let you know that Eli passed away this
Tuesday. Golden Retrievers are truly the kindest dogs in
the world and Eli was the very kindest and sweetest of them
This past month, our gentle giant (who at a healthy weight
was 106 pounds), rapidly lost 11 pounds and became so very
weak. We were bringing Eli to the vet once or twice a week
to monitor his arthritis, which was giving him a really
tough time. Rimadyl helped for a couple of weeks and his
appetite returned, but then his health started to
deteriorate rapidly. The vet finally diagnosed him with
cancer, which had spread to his liver, kidneys, bladder, and
stomach. In his final days, Eli had difficulty breathing
and was hardly able to move. On his last day, he was so
weak; he didn't even have enough energy to give us his big
wet kisses that we loved.
were blessed to have Eli be a part of our family for 3 1/2
years. It felt like so much longer than that. When we
adopted Eli, he was close to 8 years old and we knew we had
to cherish every moment with him and we most certainly did.
We just didn't expect to lose him so quickly and in the end,
we wish had more time with him. Eli was such a special dog
and he is not only missed by us, but by all of our friends
and family who met him and got to know him.
told our children that Eli is now in doggy heaven and last
night, we stood outside and looked up at the stars to find
Eli's star. We saw one star shining brightly above our
house and we know that Eli is up there looking down on us.
We wish we could have one more hug, one more pet, one more
kiss from our sweet, sweet dog, but we know he is at peace
now. Such a wonderful dog left this earth this week and
heaven is very lucky to have him there.
Toby & Peter Feiner
This week we said good bye to Eli and it has been such a sad
week for us. But Eli brought such happiness and love into
our family, so we would like to honor his memory with this
donation. Also, we would like to say thank you to GRRI for
matching us with Eli 3-1/2 years ago.
Toby, Peter, Jordan & Jared
Eli looks so happy with his kids and we know that he’ll
continue to watch over them from doggy heaven. We’re so
sorry for your loss.
Judy and Jack (GRRI foster mom and golden),
Belle has really surprised me. Our girl has turned into
quite the character with her new brother.
She is kind to him and funny and when he ignores her for too
long, she finds a way to torment him until he pays attention
to her and only her. When we are outside, she runs
around Mac with a stick prancing up and down...."Look at me!
I am faster than you! Try to get me now!" (While whispering
under her breath, "And I'm not on a leash!")
Belle is not into walking too far, but when we do walk and
see people on the street, Belle is the brave one. She greets
people and wags her tail. Mac waits and watches her to see
what he should be doing. Funny how she is teaching him and I
thought he would be the one teaching her. When people come
to the house she hops up to greet them and he waits to see
what she is doing. Mac is not shy, but he is not one of
those dogs that would bowl you over when you walk in. (Note:
he would bowl
if he could, LOL!) He is a big galoop (is that a real
word?)....you catch my drift. He is smart and funny and
listens well. His biggest downside? He doesn't want to sleep
alone. He sleeps either with Belle or upstairs in our room.
(I'm hoping Belle will come up there one of these nights.)
At 3 months old he is doing well to just put his head down
on a bed and sleep through the night.
They adore each other and I have caught them wrestling,
Judy! Yes, Belle wrestles! They aren't wild, just gently
poking and prodding each other, tails wagging, having a
great old time. I think Belle is actually the instigator and
she is more puppy than I thought she was. Yes, she still has
her reservations and backs away from certain
situations.....but she is a big puppy and she really loves
having Mac here.
The sleeping together keeps us in stitches. You know,
puppies just don't have an agenda. He went from his litter
mates to here and he thought nothing of hopping into Belle's
bed. At first he would sleep next to her bed and put his
head on the pillow. Then I started finding him sleeping with
half his body on the bed and as you can see below, now he
is all the way on the bed.
I know I've made this sound easy. Don't let me fool you...I
am in the backyard some mornings at 5:00...again at
5:30....6:00...7:00....7:30... and by the time I get to work
I am exhausted! LOL
I am always running them out the back door so the puppy can
pee....."Get Busy!"...I think I say that in my sleep now.
Outside I am constantly taking sticks, twigs, mulch and
leaves out of Mac's mouth while Belle chomps away on a stick
......."Look, ya gotta spit it out, dummy!" I never leave
Mac unattended and you know how much work that is. It's a
lot of work in the beginning but I think we are all enjoying
it and he is really a great little puppy and his personality
is soooo laid back. Good for Belle....good for Nancy!
I gotta go get 'em outside "Get Busy!"
I hope you and Jack are well......show him the photos of
Belle and tell him she misses him.
Nancy, Brave Belle and her little bro, Mac
You go Belle. Make sure you train your little brother
exactly the way you want him to be!
Just wanted to update you on Miley, aka Fredrica. She is
has lost some weight and adjusted wonderfully to being with
the girls. She is the ring leader of Rusty, our other dog,
and of our two cats.
have a trainer come to the house to brush up her manners and
she is responding well.
want to thank you again for choosing us. She brings us joy
and happiness with her goofy, loving personality. The girls
adore her. Miley has spent sleep overs in a tent with them
in the basement because she won't leave them and forget it
if they are outside without her. She barks and barks and
barks. It is so heartwarming to see. Miley has been to the
Berkshires, out on our boat on the Hudson River and she's
Kevin's plowing partner. I tried to send some pictures, I
hope that worked.
Happy New Year!
Please make sure Linda the foster Mom sees and Eileen :)
What a beautiful Christmas picture…everybody looks
wonderful! Thanks so much for the update, Sue.
everyone at GRRI-NJ,
Please accept the enclosed donation to the organization. We
are so happy to have adopted Willy on January 3, 2010. He
is a wonderful dog with a joyful spirit. Our 8-year-old
Golden girl, Sandy, is showing him the ropes! They are
enjoying long walks and playing in the backyard. It is a
testament to the group of dedicated volunteers that his
transition was so seamless. We truly appreciate all the
love and care that Willy received by his foster mom, Linda
Schnorrbusch, and her beautiful dog, Bella. We are so
Cathy, Cronin, Lauren & Andrew
Thank you so much for the donation! We agree, Willy is an
absolute sweetheart. Everyone who met him instantly fell in
love with him!
Dear Ruth (GRRI foster mom),
you can see from the pictures, Benjamin, as we now call him,
is getting bigger everyday and he loves to play in the snow.
He is a wonderful dog and we are so very thankful to have
been able to add him to our family. He starts puppy training
classes on February 23rd and he has a vet appointment on
Friday. Hopefully he will be neutered on the 16th. That is
if we don't get another blizzard. LOL. I'll send you more
updates along our journey.
Melissa, we know that Benjamin is going to be the star of
the class. He’s such a smart little guy. Thanks for the
Judy! (GRRI foster mom)
Hope all is well. I've attached some pictures of Cooper.
The first one is from Thanksgiving. Second is of Cooper
after a long day of playing and the third is my son and
Cooper in the snow fort my son and his friends built after
our last snowstorm! Needless to say, he's loving life!
We agree, Cooper sure looks like life couldn’t get any
better. Thanks for the update!
Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
Just wanted to send you a few pictures. Hope you are doing
Thanks for the photos!
Hi Judy (GRRI foster mom),
Trevor thanks you for the card!!!! After he saw it he wanted
a boney!!! He also wanted me to tell you that he also thanks
you for taking such good care of him while he was looking
for his new forever home. He is hoping that he will see you
again at the picnic!
As soon as I download some new pictures I will send them
along, Trevor is mad at me because I am taking so long to
send you them!
He is such a wonderful golden and we love him so. Just when
we think we can't love him more he does something so cute
and our hearts swell with more love for him. How did we go
so long without a golden???
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, and I hope you get lots of
Joann, Kevin and of course Trevor
We must admit, life just isn’t complete without a GOLDEN!
Hi Olivia (GRRI
Thought you would
enjoy seeing this picture we had taken for Christmas time
this year. Riley has been such a wonderful addition to our
Hope all is well
Christmas photo. We just love seeing how happy all of our
dogs are with their new families. Thanks for sharing.
Back in 2000 we adopted "Bruno" from GRRI. We renamed him
Willie. I just wanted to let you know that we lost him to
lymphoma yesterday. He had a wonderful life with us, and we
just adored him. He was sweet and gentle. He didn't care
much for retrieving; when a ball was thrown, he would run
towards it and then keep running! When he went into the
pool, he preferred to sit on the steps until he was cooled
off, and then he would swim in a little circle, get out,
shake and then roll around in the grass.
did everything we could to try and save him. He had the most
wonderful oncologist at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Dr.
Joshua Lachowicz. But by the time we noticed any symptoms
and got him to the Doctor, he was already stage 4.
just wanted to thank all of you there for bringing Willie
into our lives.
May wonderful memories of Willie be with you both. Thank
you for letting us know of his passing.
Judy (GRRI foster mom),
Thanks for the Valentine's Day card. Here is a picture of
Sparky. He's such a happy boy! I'm still not great at
attachments, so I hope the jpegs come through.
We got’em, Mary. Thanks so much for the photos of Sparky.
When we got Ben almost exactly 2 years ago on 2/29/08, he
was a wild man. His foster mom, Judy, told us that he had
actually pulled someone so hard on his leash that she fell
over and broke an arm. When we brought him home, he used to
jump on and hump everyone who came to the door, including
our young grandchildren.
we are good Golden owners - he's our fifth. So we spent a
lot of time with him, including two obedience training
classes at St Hubert's Giralda. So now, he still has a lot
of personality but is just about the perfect Golden -
friendly, calm, and a big mush who loves to be petted. He
still likes to counter surf, but what dog doesn't. It's
actually been a great experience bonding with him for the
last two years.
Thanks for Ben.
We just love the training classes at St Hubert’s. They do
such a wonderful job training US !
adopted Gia from you and have given her a loving home for 7
years. At the time, the adoption process was fine. Even
drove 2 hours to pick her up. When our older Golden (Lucy)
died, we felt it would be a great time to adopt another
Golden in need of a home. We were rejected because
we have a pool in the backyard. Please. A POOL? Haven't
you heard that Goldens are water dogs? We have lived
here since 1995, had 3 dogs, 4 cats and too many children to
name and have had a total of zero drownings.
would appreciate not receiving any further correspondence
from you, as your core values have obviously changed from
helping a wonderful breed to a close-minded,
self-appreciating model that I have no interest in
Matt, at your request, we’ve removed you from our
correspondence listing. Contrary to what many people
believe, not all goldens know how to swim. The safety of
our dogs is our primary concern and that’s why we
implemented our Home Visit process in 2003. Having an in
ground pool in the yard without a safety cover or a secure
fence around it is the reason why you were rejected. It’s
not safe to leave dogs unattended in the yard with a pool.
Good luck on finding your new best friend.
Kassie, with her generous spirit, joyful nature and
playfulness, has taught me to appreciate the joys of life.
She makes me a better person and shows me how to live each
moment as it comes. Kassie came to us 13 months ago - just
4 months after my beloved St Bernard passed away. My
12-yr-old seemed depressed - enter Kassie. In just 1 year
our energetic girl has changed our lives. Her sweet kisses
and baby talk begin at dawn each morning and start the day
with a light heart. Companionship and the bond between man
and dog is what fills my life with joy and hope. Kassie and
my 12-yr-old, Lucky (another rescue), make dreams possible!
Thanks so much for the wonderful update, Wendy.
Judy (GRRI foster mom),
Hope all is well with you. We are doing great. Sorry it's
been so long....... Trevor is doing great; we still have had
no luck with the poodle. He chased her right into the house
the other week and pulled on her sweater. Needless to say
she wasn't very happy!
took Trevor to the park this past weekend and he did well.
There was a lot of people and children on bikes and
skateboards and dogs. He was great with children and people
but he still runs up to the dogs and sometimes they get
scared. So we tried to stop him from doing that by making
him sit next to us when a dog came by. He did so well with
this then we let him go by a little white dog the owner said
was friendly and what you know the white dog went after him
and he fought back! No one got hurt; Kevin had him on the
leash and pulled him back. The lady was mortified and
apologized but I felt sorry for Trevor to have another
experience like that. We were going to take him to the dog
park but we didn't after that.
am thinking to call a trainer....what do you think?? The
nice weather is coming and I want him to meet my sister in
laws dog and some of my other friend's dogs.
hope it all goes well. Trevor has become very "talkative"
and let's us know what he wants. He is in love with my
nephew and follows him around when he comes over. He even
sleeps with him when he stays. He has been sleeping in his
bed which is on Kevin's side of the bed, but he always
starts out at the foot of ours. He is up EVERY morning @
7am (right before my alarm goes off). He come to my side
and puts his head on the edge of the bed. If it is the
weekend and I don't get up he uses his "inside bark" and a
soft kiss to wake me! What a way to wake up!!! Much better
than an alarm any day!
is still itchy.... we have him in special food but I don't
think it's helping much but it is early to tell. Since he
has been on this food he has gained weight. I am curious to
see how much when I take him to the vet next week for his
heart worm test. We love him so much and right now I hear
his squeaky toy downstairs! He has brought much needed life
to our household. We will keep working on his "dog manners"
I am sure it will all work out he is such a gentle dog all
around. I have attached some recent pics. Taking a bath,
getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, and random ones. I
hope you enjoy them!
Hope to hear from you soon,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Trevor!
Judy! (GRRI foster mom)
Jack....you're still Belle's main man!)
It's been so long since I've sent you an update. I feel
like all we've done is pray for the weather to get better
and the sun to shine again. Lord, I thought winter would be
here forever and then the nor'easter last weekend. These
poor puppies have been dying to get outside and run, run,
run! All I have done for the past three months is wipe paws
and shovel snow.
The fence is finally finished and they are enjoying each
other and the freedom outside....need I mention that they
also like the grass, the mud, and all the things that go
with spring. Mac is getting big, very big. The funny thing
is that he adores Belle and she him. She handles him
beautifully and they are comical together. In the mornings
after they eat I take them out separately so everyone can
get "busy" and not be distracted. When I come back in to dry
my hair and get the kids ready for school it is "morning
madness" with them. They romp and play and go through a
ritual of funny antics. I will hear them rolling around my
office and when it gets quiet I will peek my head around the
corner.....Uh Oh! They both look at me and usually Mac is
lying on the ground with Belle's paw in his mouth. I'll say
"Excuse me!" and he'll let go and, believe it or not, Belle
will put her paw back in his mouth! LOL He doesn't hurt her,
I think he "maws" her. Sometimes she'll come to me and her
ears are soaking wet from him but she loves his attention
and they do everything together. They are always sleeping
together and I find that he tires out more quickly (you know
those puppies, plop down wherever and take a nap) and Belle
will come in and wake him to play.
Sometimes he'll be quietly chewing an antler or something
and she'll come in and steal a toy and run away - "Chase
Me!" and he does. However, if he doesn't chase her into the
office, Belle comes back out with the same toy and prances
around him ....."C'mon young fella, chase me!"
They are so funny getting their treats....they sit so nicely
next to each other and actually respect each other’s
"treat." No fighting. Mac always wants what Belle has. If
she has one antler, he wants that very antler. He'll come
and lie next to her and stare at her until she just gives it
to him. Tonight they actually chewed on the same antler at
the same time! I couldn't believe my eyes...sharing. He is a
sweet little boy, really sweet Judy. Tonight Luke and I took
them for a walk and Belle got half way down the block and
stopped. She wasn't budging. I said, "C'mon Belle, there's
Mac!" and she followed him. For as much as he is good for
her, he really does adore her and he wants to walk exactly
next to her. It's sweet.
And our Brave Belle, she puts him in his place when need be.
She will turn around and let him know...enough. And he
listens. Sometimes I think he listens to her more than me!
LOL And....our Brave Belle is the ambassador to new people.
He is a little shy sometimes with new people, but not our
Brave girl. Nope, she runs right up for a pat on the head.
What a long, long way she has come.
This weekend is her big day - one year in her forever home!
Woohoo, Belle! Can you believe it, Judy, that it was a year
ago that I picked her up from your house? I was telling my
friend the other day about her Forever Home Anniversary and
she said, "Wow! It's only a year? Seems like you've had her
She is so sweet and funny and we are learning more things
every day. She is learning how to play outside with
Mac...she is very mouthy and if you didn't know Belle she
would scare you. But she has no clue and is learning how to
play like a dog should play. When I sit on the floor they
both wiggle around and shove each other to see who can sit
on my lap the fastest! LOL Gosh, can you imagine when he
weighs 80 lbs and is still sitting on my lap....with Belle?
How is Jack? And the gang? I hope you are well and I think
about you often. I have attached a few outdoor photos so you
can see what our new fence looks like and how much they love
it....just look at them. And look at Belle's tail....woohoo....it
is up! LOL I remember when I thought it would never come out
from between her legs. Look at her...she is so happy. My
sweet Brave Belle.
Alright, I need to go to bed....tomorrow is supposed to be a
beautiful day and then a few more like it...I am so excited
to see the sun. Please let me know how you and Jack are
Nancy & Brave Belle in her forever home with her forever
Another wonderful Belle update. She has certainly blossomed
in your home, Nancy. Thank you so much for giving her the
Jody (GRRI foster mom),
fine and warm afternoon on the deck I filled a dog dish with
water and ice cubes. Here are pictures of Brady's take on
this situation... she can be so comical at times. Brady has
2 best dog friends now - Daisy, a white lab, and Colby a
Shitzu, both 6 yrs. old. She sleeps well... and loves to be
next to me...on the bed, on the couch, over my foot under
the kitchen table, and next to my computer chair. Brady
has endeared herself to both friends and family...we all
agree that she is a keeper... but I already knew that from
day one in her forever home here in Bridgewater!!!
Will forward more pictures and updates. Hope Riley has
adjusted and all is well with you.
Joyce... and wags from Brady
Joyce, we were so happy to hear that Brady has some new
four-legged pals to play with. She’s such a wonderful dog.
We can’t thank you enough for opening up your home to this