Letters to GRRI
It seems hard to
believe that we have had our beloved Brodie for almost two
years now. She has brought so much joy and pleasure to
all the lives she touches. She is a very gentle dog and
very much a lady. However, put a soccer ball in the
yard and start kicking it around and it's every human
and dog for themselves. She's turned out to be a very
skillful player, with the frisbee a close second. My
thanks for bringing this wonderful soul into my life.
God continue to
bless all your heroic efforts,
Gloria, We couldn't be happier to hear how well things
are going for you and Brodie!
suggested that I send you an update on Pooh Bear, the
dog that we adopted last April while on vacation in NJ.
He was almost five at the time he joined our family, and
he has been nothing but a source of enjoyment for us all
Pooh joined our
other two dogs, Chelsea 13 1/2 and Soki almost 9. He
was not great at playing with other dogs (i.e., did not
know how) but he soon learned! Chelsea is not able to
play much as she has terrible arthritis, but Soki sure
gives him a run for his money.
Where we live,
our house backs onto town forest with trails. It
took a while before we would venture out into the woods
with Pooh because we wanted to make sure he would listen
to us, but once we started, he has LOVED it!
We live on one acre and have a goodly portion of it
fenced in so the dogs have great running area and we
will be enlarging it later this spring.
grandsons, ages 4 and 2 live with us also, and Pooh
gets right in the middle of the roughhousing that goes
on here. When the 2 year old is tired he gets his
blanket and uses Pooh for a pillow! The dog never minds
at all!! He tries to be a lap dog at almost 90 pounds
and sleeps on someone's bed each night. He has to be
right next to you no matter what! He likes to snuggle.
Our 10+ months
with Pooh have been a time of getting to know one
another. He has never been a problem and listens very
well. He gets a bit overzealous when guests arrive and
can be such a nuisance, but we say "Visit me, visit our
I think one of
the biggest difficulties was learning the commands he
was used to before coming here. I would try like the
dickens to get him to "sit and give me paw" as our
others do. He would look at me like I had two heads.
Then one day I said "shake" and up came the paw! Also,
when handed a biscuit he would snatch it out of our
hands, almost taking fingers with it.
I found that
giving it to him in the palm of my hand was what he was
used to. Big difference there! He is a terrible beggar
(as is Soki) and knows to sit by the highchair for
handouts! He loves to ride in the car and is just an
all-around PEOPLE dog!
If you ever hear
from his previous owners, please thank them for us. He
is a wonderful, delightful addition to our family and we
all love him dearly. They must miss him terribly. I
just can not imagine it.
Thank you for
letting Pooh join our family here in NH. I will try to
update more often, as my daughter advises!
Dale J. Grygutis
We're so pleased to hear what a great dog Pooh is!
It sounds like he's made himself right at home!
Hi! I just wanted to write and thank
you again for Buddy. I've attached a picture of Buddy we
We feel very fortunate to have gotten
Buddy. We take him for several walks a day; he walks
quite well on a leash and jumps up and down (my son said
like a slinky) when he sees a squirrel or deer. He's a
very friendly dog; when I get up and take him for his
morning walk, he's always happy and raring to go. He's
been perfectly house trained, which is wonderful. He
loves to chase a ball and bring it back. He loves
chewing on my hands (not too hard) and stretching out.
He likes holding on to little things and not giving them
up. My son has had me take him to PetSmart with Buddy
where my son loves to show him off. We've had him
to the vet for his shots and tested for heartworm (he's
on a monthly heartworm pill now); he has a Bridgewater dog
license now. He's been a real joy!
Thanks again for taking care of him
when he was ill and for calling us!
Dear Ginger, Thank you for
making Buddy such a full and happy part of your lives!
It's wonderful to hear how he's thriving!
Enclosed is proof of "poor"
Andrew's operation - a very
depressed fellow is he at the moment.
Andrew is really beautiful - very large - 92 pounds and
not fat. The vet thinks he's a beautiful example of a
Golden - he would have made a great 'field' dog instead
of mommy's baby! He sleeps on or by the side of my bed
and we walk at least two miles a day besides his ball
playing in the yard.
Andrew has brought great joy to our family and
especially to me. Thank you for giving us the
opportunity to have him - and please donate the
(neutering) refund to supporting your good works.
I would love to get the newsletter. Something happened,
probably forgot to send something in!
Again, many thanks for Andrew,
Jacqueline, Thanks so much for the donation ... and of
course, we'll make sure you and Andrew get the
newsletter from now on. Please give Andrew a big
hug from all of us.
Mac continues to
thrive. We moved to NH full time last July and Mac
has a lake to swim in and woods to explore. He's
doing really well and is a wonderful dog -- a great
companion and joy to us.
We have a
fabulous kennel here in Barrington that takes only
Goldens -- its a full service facility offering
grooming, training, breeding, etc. Mac LOVES to go
there-- it's his home away from home when we have to
travel and can't take him.
Retriever Rescue produces a calendar featuring Goldens
they have placed, with a brief bio for each month, as a
fund raiser. Is that something GRRI could
Keep up the good
Pat, Scott &
Dear Pat &
Scott, Mac must think that fabulous kennel is HIS
vacation! As for Yankee's calendar -- it's
wonderful isn't it? We'd love to do something
similar in the future, and if we do, we'll be sure to
let all our adopters know about it before hand.
worked really hard with Dusty since he was a wild dog
when he got here.
We took a dog obedience class
that ended up great because we learned a lot about dogs
and Dusty learned his stuff. It was tough
sometimes, but we made it work. Now with a 5 1/2-month-old baby, Dusty is his best friend and protector
(even though as a mother I still don't trust him 100%).
He turned out to be a wonderful dog.
he used to do back then: jump over people, bark at
everyone, chew everything; and on top of that he didn't
know how to behave, walk on a leash, be around people.
My God, he's a new dog now, he has mastered all the
things above and beyond. If he doesn't remember
something, its because we don't practice enough
with him, not because of him.
He LOVES water
and is an amazing swimmer, he flies in the air before he
plunges into the water and he's very protective of us
when we swim together.
Only one problem
area remains: If he sees another dog, he HAS to go
and say hello, ignoring our commands of No and Stay here
or if he takes off he ignores our Come. We've been
working with treats but they are not as useful as I
thought they were going to be.
nothing else, he's our best friend, ALWAYS happy, ALWAYS
in a good mood, never too harsh or too annoying.
We love him DEARLY!
Alejandra, Obviously Dusty has come a LONG way!
Great work! And you are 100% correct about the dog
and the baby. Dogs
and kids can be great friends, but parental supervision
is critical. All the best to you and your whole
How time flies!
We can hardly believe that on June 15th it will be a
year since we welcomed beautiful, smart, loving, gentle
and funny 4-year-old Andy into our forever home, hearts
His nicknames are
Andy Dandy and Big A. He previously lived outdoors
in a pen, until his owners decided to proceed with
landscaping plans that didn't include him. Thank
goodness that your wonderful rescue group intervened and
helped him like you have done for so many other homeless
orphans. What a dedicated special group of people
you are. Because of your hard work dedication and
love of Goldens, countless dogs get a much deserved 2nd
chance at life, love and happiness. All of you
deserve a huge pat on the back and more!
From day one,
Andy has been such a joy and is doing great! We
know that he loves us as much as we love and adore him.
Since his new mom is a home maker, he is a real momma's
boy all day long. However, in the evening he
becomes a daddy's boy. He also absolutely loves
his canine brothers: Teddy (Sheltie) 14 years old;
Shadow (Golden) 12 years old; and Duffy (Sheltie) 9
years old. He even likes our cats! Like
Andy, all of our pets were orphans before we adopted
them. It amazes us how well all of them get along.
Perhaps they all know that they have been granted a
Shortly after we
adopted Andy, we discovered that he suffers from
seizures. Of course there was never any previous
mention of them. Was this another reason why he
was given to your rescue? We think so. Is it
possible that his former owners were unaware of his
seizures? This is very possible, since he lived a
lonely, isolated life in a pen in a corner of their
We have had a complete blood profile done on
him and everything was normal, so we haven't a clue as
to what is causing his seizures. Even though he
has seizures, he is just like any other dog. Like
your typical Golden, he has that wonderful spirit and
zest for life, along with the ability to love and that
eagerness to please. not to mention his Golden
smile and forever wagging tail! Who couldn't love
a guy like thatt? We recently started Andy on
Immuno DMG Liquid to see if it helps control his
When we first
visited Andy at his former home we immediately knew that
he was very special and meant for us. As soon as
he was released from his pen, he ran to us, wagging his
tail and jumped up at us, muddy feet and all!
Needless to say, it was love at first sight for all of
us! He continues to amaze us more each day and is
such a clown! He is perfect in every way! He
is everything we had hoped for and so much more!
On March 15th, we
celebrated Andy's 5th birthday. His favorite part
of the party was when he and his canine brothers
received a (plain) McDonald's double cheeseburger and
Frosty paws frozen dog treat. Enclosed is a
picture of Andy wearing his birthday hat and scarf,
along with other pictures. We hope that everyone
involved in your rescue group enjoys seeing them.
Thanks again for
reaching out to us, rescuing Andy and making him a part
of our family. You made a perfect match! You
also made our family complete! Please take care &
keep up the good work.
and Cheryl, First of all, thanks for your kind words
about GRRI ... and the adorable birthday photo of Andy!
You may be
right that either deception by or ignorance of the
surrendering owners kept Andy's seizure condition under
We rely on
owners AND vet records for history (we obtain vet
records whenever a dog is owner surrendered to us) as
well as our own observations and examinations --
and obviously, we had no indications that Andy had a
it's also possible that the first seizure you witnessed
with Andy was his FIRST seizure. Onset can happen
at any age, and in most cases, the underlying cause is
never known. (In our next issue, we will have an
article on seizures).
best with Andy, and please keep us posted on his health.
Zoe is wearing
her ID Tag # 02-019. We're all starting to settle in. Zoe has had a couple of baths and a few grooming
sessions with us. She is really pretty, but her skin and
coat appear a little dry so we've started her on some
She has been to
our vet and tested negative for heartworm, so we've
started her on Frontline and Heartguard. Her other
vaccinations appear up-to-date according to her vet
Zoe is full of
love and energy; but definitely needs some help with her
manners; we're still working on "sit" and "down". Zoe
and Atom, our Sheltie, are becoming friends.
Unfortunately, even though Zoe turns on all her
"charms", the two cats aren't that interested in her
Zoe seems to like
our backyard and has been "helping" us in our
gardening. She does not seem to like water ... go figure.
Zoe has met many
of our neighbors, some friends and family and everyone
says she's beautiful and very friendly.
Thank you for
allowing us to give Zoe her forever home. We'll be in
Laura & Walt
Maraldo and our furry family
& Walt, It sounds like Zoe keeps you busy! We'd
love some pictures when you get a chance.
Here's an updated picture of
Tucker Kelly, who has
become a beloved member of our family since his November
I can't tell you
how much love he has added to our family. Despite being
told he was a small male, Tucker is the tallest golden I
have ever seen! He is taller than my 5' 7"
frame when he makes a full, all-out smack attack.
He is still
pretty active and very mischievous. He loves snatching
things (pillows, papers, gloves, shoes) just to have you
chase him, enjoys playing gladiator on the front lawn
with all the neighborhood kids, and helps my son do his
newspaper route by pulling his cart. He's a
regular down at the soccer field and loves chasing birds
along the Staten Island waterfront.
Last summer he
came with the family to the Outer Banks and had a ball.
Not only was he a prince on the ride down, it was sheer
joy watching him run free on the beach.
He has calmed
down a little since his puppy days. He just turned 2 in
May. Last year, my daughter, Devon, wrote a story for
her third-grade class called "Tucker the Terrible."
was about Tucker's knack for getting into trouble whether
its eating Matt's science test, gobbling Jillian's
lipstick or dragging Devon through the mud after his
first glimpse of a flock of ducks.
We, of course,
don't really think he's terrible. We think he's terrific
and can't thank you enough for bringing him into our
Devon's story sounds absolutely priceless! Thanks
for giving Tucker such a great home.
We received our
"adoption package". Thank you. It has been great
having Madison (we hated the name Precious) become a
member of the family. It is as if she has been with us
forever. She is very trainable and eager to please.
The poor dog just needed some affection. She is with us
constantly (she loves car rides) and our work schedule
allows her to have someone around most of the time.
weight problem - she is doing great. We are following
the diet that Teri Stewart suggested and she is walking
2 miles a day besides her general increase in activity.
When we took her to meet our vet she weighed 88 lbs. She
should be to her target weight by the end of the summer.
I wanted to thank
Eileen McFadden and everyone at GRRI for all the work you are doing for
the Goldens. There is no other dog quite like these
lovers. Madison is at my side having her head petted the
entire time I'm writing this note. I especially wanted
to thank Teri Stewart for being the foster mom for her. She has a heart as big as Montana and any Golden
that has the good fortune to be in her care should be
I have enclosed
two photos of Madison with Linda and I - notice her
tongue - that is the "post walk - catch my breath"
look. Also enclosed is a donation to help GRRI continue
your great work
Bill, Linda &
Dear Bill &
Linda, Madison looks SO happy! Thanks so much for
the donation, and we couldn't agree more about the
volunteers you mentioned. Thanks for the kind words, and
all the best with Madison.
My sister and I
can't believe we have had Jake almost a year. It
feels like we had him with us from puppyhood, he is so
much part of our lives.
He is always at
our sides, especially with my sister, Mary. She
works from home and Jake keeps her company, following
her upstairs then down then up again until he gets too
tired and just plops on the stairs in the middle.
Jake is such a
good dog. He lets us take care of his hot spots
when he gets them; lets us take his bone out of his
mouth when he's had enough; but when he gets a tissue,
no way. It's his!
through GRRI has been such a wonderful experience.
We can't thank you enough!
Betty & Mary
& Mary, It's like we always say ... we couldn't do
this without YOU! Thank YOU for giving Jake the
wonderful home he deserves.
been over a year now since we adopted Bristol
wanted to give you an update.
been an interesting year; even though he had the training
he was still a handful. He had the energy of two
dogs and he loved to play with the kids and everyone by
pulling on there sleeves. And then the poor kids
and there friends they would always be a candidate for UNcontrollable humping. Unfortunately it was
with some adults too -- usually other dog owners.
real problem was the way he tried to play; he was very
forceful and Big as you know. You could see in his
eyes that he was caring a load of stress in his eyes.
Others might have thrown in the towel but thanks to our
love of dogs and Norma's [Animal Communicator] help and
calming techniques we kept trying.
slowly we could all see him becoming a little more
calmer. At night when we would be lying around
watching TV he would turn into a mush. A
completely different side of Bristol came out; he just
wanted to lay on the floor with whoever and give and get
love. Now we all have a handle on his personality
and I think he understands us pretty well too.
loves to go for rides in the car and my truck. We take
him most of the time to the boys soccer practices where
we walk the park and watch the team. We took him
to the beach for a walk last fall on a long lead since
we didn't have him from a puppy we weren't sure how he
would respond to the ocean. That took about two
minutes to find out before he ran right in.
Fortunately for the long lead otherwise he might have
stayed in for a while.
love going to a local doggy park it is a large fenced
area where dogs run and play. He sleeps real well on
those nights. We had a few Holidays parties with
infants and children and he was fine.
Occasionally out of spite when we return we find that he
was involved in a sporting event: Counter surfing
that he is quite good at because of his size. This
usually occurs on shopping day when there are more
cakes, doughnuts and pies. I guess he thinks he's
helping us with our diets. Now the stuff is placed
on top of the refrigerator.
still working on the humping; seems to be worse in the
spring but otherwise he is a great loving dog and we are
glad that you brought us together. Sorry it took
so long to write. I will try to send pictures now that I
have your email and I have a digital camera so it will
Bill & Frankie Hedges
Dear Bill & Frankie, Sometimes it's those handfuls that
are the most rewarding. We're so pleased to hear
that Bristol has been making such progress, and we know
he will only continue to get better and better under
I wanted to write and say hello -- actually Max says
hello from his bed (that used to be ours) while sleeping
under the ceiling fan.
really exciting news -- Rob was offered a job back in our home state of North Carolina, and he accepted!
what's just as exciting, we found a great house in a
great neighborhood -- with a FENCED IN YARD! :) :) :)!
A really really TALL fenced in yard, I should add!
I am so
thrilled I can't stand it -- Max is going to love it!
He loves being outside, and now he'll be able to run
around and explore a bit more freely (with Rob or I out
there with him) -- though he will remain an inside dog
neighborhood also has great sidewalks all through it for
our daily walks. We had hoped to go back to NC
eventually, and this opportunity came open a lot faster
than we thought. But we figured, why not now?
aren't closing on our new house until the sometime in
August, and then I'll forward our new address, and
pictures of Max in his new domain!
other note -- Max has a new hobby; car rides! He just
loves it, and now goes to the car every time we go
outside. He's so comfortable that he just lies
down for half the trip, and wags his tail at everything
outside the other half of the trip. A huge
improvement -- even after having him for about two
years. It is amazing the strides dogs make -- after we
think Max has already come so far, he always goes a
little farther and melts our hearts every time!
Rob, and Max Lacey
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Dear Brandii & Rob, When we think back on the
dirty flea-bitten pooch we pulled out of a shelter, we
smile over the image of Max snoozing on your bed under a
ceiling fan all the more! All the best with your
move, and we're sure Max is going to love North Carolina
as much as you do.
sorry this [adoption follow up form] is so late in
returning to you. Please accept our apologies.
I have just retired after 26 1/2 years of teaching in
South Brunswick Township and unfortunately, put aside
many things while trying to vacate a classroom and clean
out years of materials.
cannot tell you how much we absolutely adore and love
Prosper, our Golden who we adopted from you a
year ago. He has been the highlight of our life.
We wish that we could bring him again to the GRRI
Reunion, but we will be on vacation. Had we known
earlier of the date of the reunion we definitely would
have planned differently.
thank you for all the hard work you do. Now that
my husband and I are retired, we will have some free
time to do some volunteer work. We would be happy
to help in any way that we can work with GRRI.
Dear Pat, Congratulations on your retirement from
teaching! We're quite sure Prosper will enjoy having
you around each day to spoil him a bit more. And of
course, we'd LOVE to have you and your husband
volunteer with us!
Greetings to all at GRRI-NJ,
Do we feel lucky since adopting Beau last April. He is
a wonderful dog. He enjoys playing fetch in the
backyard with a favorite tennis ball and just hanging
out with the family. He has become quite attached to
his "Dad" and has been dubbed "Michael's shadow" . Now
that summer is here, he seems content that everyone is
not rushing out of the house first thing in the morning!
has been very good in "training" his family not to
leave their shoes around the house as he enjoys taking
them for his own use! However, we still marvel at
what a good disposition he has and what a wonderful new
member he is to our family. Stay tuned.
Dripchak family (Anne, Michael, Marie & Meghan)
Dear Anne, Michael, Marie & Meghan, We look forward
to your next installment of news and photos!