Within a few days of
the auction, all 12 Goldens had been transported by
volunteers to Virginia and the
custody of GRREAT, where their temperaments and health were assessed.
The GRREAT rescue folks reported that most of the Goldens
were generally fearful
and reserved, as they had been from the beginning, though
some were beginning to come out of their shells a bit.
And that as expected, the principal health
issues were parasites, as well as the obvious need to have
each of them altered.
A scant week later,
11 of the Goldens (the overbred female remained with GRREAT) arrived at their final New York and New Jersey rescue
group destinations --
LIGRR, and yes,
where they would receive foster and medical care and
eventual placement in forever homes.
GRRI-NJ took in two
of the young males: Curly and Paulie,
who arrived in NJ on May 31.
Only 4 1/2-months-old, Curly was one of three
rescued brothers -- the other two being Mo and Larry of
course! -- who were very bonded to each other. People,
however, were another story entirely. These pups were
playful with each other, but were very wary of humans.
When Curly arrived in
NJ, he was actually in pretty good shape: he needed to
be neutered and had intestinal worms, but was thankfully heartworm
negative; and a small bump on his chest proved to be only a
Despite his wariness
with people, his foster family, Erin and Matt Melcher,
reported that Curly started showing his affectionate
side right away, snuggling with them in the car and even giving
And although he wasn't housebroken, from the
beginning Curly made it through the night without any
problems. He also did surprisingly well on a leash and
absolutely LOVED going for walks, all of which eased the housebreaking chores
Thanks in large part
to Erin and Matt's four other dogs -- Katie, Browning,
Bristol, & Sylvie -- Curly also had a built-in canine family
at his foster home, something that was very important given
how bonded he'd been with his brothers. They romped,
played, tugged, rolled and cuddled together from the very first
Of course, Curly
wasn't perfect: He loved to counter surf, especially when it was time to feed the dogs. For some
reason, Curly just went nuts over dog food. Maybe
competition for food at the puppy mill had something to do
with that ... we'll never know for sure.
had so many good qualities that it took only a week to find
him a perfect forever family -- and the Wisniewskis were it.
Wendy & Mark
Wisniewski and their young daughter, Isabel, had been waiting
for a call from GRRI since March, when they'd applied and
been approved for adoption.
When they met Curly
in early June, they fell for him instantly. And believe it
or not, they already had an appropriately named black lab at
home -- Stooge! Curley was clearly destined for the Wisniewski
family -- and no doubt worth the wait!!
We were so happy that the Wisniewskis brought Curly (and Stooge) to the
GRRI Reunion so we could all see how well he's been doing.
We'll have photos
of Curly up soon!
Like Curly, Paulie was also part of a trio of
very shy rescued brothers, but these guys were a bit older,
clocking in at 6 1/2 months of age. When Paulie
arrived to us, he needed neutering and had a bit of an eye infection, but
in remarkably good shape for a puppy mill dog.
According to his foster Mom, Paulette Furino, Paulie
adjusted readily to his foster home. He got the hang of
playing fetch and chasing balls -- all new experiences --
right away; he took to Paulette's two dogs really
well; and little by little, he was even learning to trust
Only one thing about
Paulie concerned Paulette: Paulie never barked.
Then, about 5 days in, he was playing with her cat ... and
out came a woof. Whew!
Of course, Paulie
did have some issues. First of all, the poor guy had
NO table manners; he counter surfed big time.
And when he got excited about anything (and let's face it,
there was lots to get excited about being in a real home for
the first time in his life), he got mouthy. But all
that could be corrected with patience and consistency and
training at a great forever home.
Michael and Nicole
Lepore already had a 2 year old Golden named Maddie and were
familiar with GRRI through a former volunteer. So when
they decided in March that it was time to add a new 4-legger
to the family, they contacted us and applied to adopt.
Just a few months later, our volunteers called them about
Paulie. Their meeting went great, Maddie and Paulie
were instant buddies, and the Lepore's happily took Paulie
We hope to have
photos of Paulie soon!
A Golden Bells Update
Dora at the
looking happy as a could be, and according to her foster and
forever Mom, Heather Vena, she is!
Here's Heather's report:
loves to play. She even plays at the dog park (which wasn't
the story the first time we went). She gets into her play
stance as we walk past other dogs on the trail by my house.
She is the best walker in the household. She has the
loudest howl (yes, she howls).
Dora isn't 100%, but what
dog is? None of mine are! She will still have an
occasional accident in the house and is petrified of loud
trucks, especially the garbage truck. Her whole body
jitters and shakes every time the truck is near our house.
Dora shares the bed with my husband, myself, my two other
dogs (Katie and Cali) and sometimes the two cats. She still
gives me a scratch in the face in the morning to wake me up.
She hasn't gained much weight since we got her, maybe 5 lbs.
She is definitely taller and healthier looking. Just like
many other Goldens, Dora has allergies and she is constantly
licking or biting at her nipple and belly. We're currently
in the process of elimination for the allergies.
She absolutely loves to play and to chase squirrels.
Everyone that meets her falls in love with her. She is a
pretty calm dog, but loves to scratch your back or face to
say hi. She's a nut and I couldn't imagine her anywhere
else but here with me. I truly love my little "Dora the
explorer," and I know she loves me!
who was so sad and fearful when he came to us, is doing
great too! We caught up with him and his new family at the Reunion as
well, and were delighted to see how he's thriving.
According to his
adopters, Ann &
Stewart Fellman, Freedom is making progress all the time. He's still quite shy and can be
reserved and fearful of new people. He's especially fearful of men in hats and always cowers at the sight of them.
(Note: This type of behavior is consistent with what
we strongly suspect was a prior history of abuse.)
Thankfully, despite his
past, Freedom's sweet, gentle and loving nature
shines through, and as you can see below, today he's a happy, well loved dog!
Freedom and Family at the