Letters to GRRI-NJ
Tylar is doing
quite well. He has had no grand mal seizures and is
currently only twitching occasionally. We have been to Red
Bank a few times and have been seen by all the Neuro Drs.
and interns. We also made a video of Tylar which was sent
to other neurologists around the world. A doctor in Europe
sent a video, which I saw, of a dog whose face twitched and
asked Dr Glass for his opinion. He in turn is sending out
Tylar’s video to get other opinions. Who knew that Tylar
would be world famous! We had a hard time getting the right
dose of the medicine, but we seem to be close to something
that works on the seizures, but doesn’t make him too dopey.
He is on the Potassium Bromide and a low dose of Phenobarb.
None of this has kept him from being hyper. The doctors said
that both medicines would slow him down. Even when he had
too high a dose of Phenobarb and could hardly walk, he was
still trying to run around! We think he is a little more
hyper and he and Baillie seem to get into more mischief.
They are both very good chewers! They no longer have the run
of the house when we are not home.
Tylar is such a
sweet dog and all the people at Red Bank really like him. I
have the feeling that they are very interested in his well
being and want to figure out what is causing his twitching.
sent three pictures, one of Tylar & Baillie, one of the four
dogs, and one of my daughters and their daughters. They were
taken on Jerry’s birthday weekend Feb 16-18. Hope all is
well. Hope we can get together when there isn’t too much
Mary, thanks for
the update. We’re happy to hear that the seizure activity
has decreased and that Tylar is getting such excellent
veterinary care. We think very highly of Red Bank
Veterinary Hospital; let’s hope they can figure out what’s
going on with him.
Rusty is 2
today! It's been almost a year since we adopted Rusty and he
turns the ripe old age of 2 today. Having seen all the cute
birthday pictures throughout the year, I had visions of
sending a copy of our boy in the perfect birthday pose. But
then, it's Rusty, and in less than 30 seconds, he had
trampled his cake and destroyed his birthday hat! So we went
to Plan B - a few shots of him sitting on the stairs. I had
cleaned off the cake and mud and brushed him for these
pictures. However, by the time I had put the brush
down, grabbed my camera and made it to the stairs, there had
been a rousing game of bitey-face (actually bitey anywhere
you can reach) between Rusty and Bandit; hence the tufts of
hair protruding at odd angles from Rusty's body. But
.......... how nicely he is sitting, you say. What you don't
see in the pictures is my son, Andrey, holding a treat.
Even the difficult maneuver of "stay" is possible when
promised the reward of a yummy treat.
All kidding aside, thank you so much GRRI for allowing us to
add Rusty to our family. We can't imagine life without him.
Happy Birthday Rusty - we love you!
Anne, it’s YOU
we need to thank for adopting Rusty from us. He has
come such a long way in the two years you’ve had him. We’ll
never forget the frightened, cowering, physically abused
young dog that we rescued that fateful day. Little did
Rusty know that his surrender to our rescue group was the
start of his journey to a wonderful life with you.
I am a volunteer
with Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM) and I’d like to
thank you for sponsoring a senior puppy mill dog. Your dog
Gabriel, 07-175, is a seven-year-old dog that seems to be
adjusting fairly well. We promise that we will take it
slowly and find the best home for him that we can. You can
watch Gabriel’s progress at
We will add your name as a sponsor this evening.
Again, thanks so
Dear Joan – we
were honored to be able to sponsor one of the fortunate
Goldens rescued from the North Dakota Puppy Mill. Please
thank every one of the volunteers – both from within your
rescue group – and from the supporting organizations - who
donated their time and skills to this rescue effort. Also
convey our thanks to the foster homes that are providing
their love, patience, and ongoing care to help these
wonderful dogs adjust to their new lives outside of the
mill. All of the dogs and puppies will be in our continued
thoughts and prayers.
I can't believe
it has been 6 years! I remember going to Terry
Veiga’s house the day before
Easter and seeing Scotty for the first time. He was all
legs and had the biggest, blackest nose I had ever seen. It
was love at first sight!
Scotty is the
best dog-gone dog on earth! I tell him that every day.
Nora Anne, Ralph,
Happy Gotcha Day
Scotty! Nora Anne, he looks wonderful…and Ralphie is just
as adorable as ever.
Judy (GRRI foster
I am so sorry to
have to tell you that we put Tylar to sleep tonight. We did
everything we could for him. His illness left him basically
starving to death. All the doctors felt that we had done
everything that we could do for him and there was no hope
for a cure. I have never had to put such a young dog to
sleep and I did not make this decision lightly. You know us
and our dedication to Tylar so I know you understand. We
are quite devastated by this turn of events and hope that
everyone in the golden retriever rescue operation understand
that this was a necessary decision. Tylar was such a loving
pup and we will miss him terribly as will our other dog
Baillie. Baillie has seemed depressed all week.
I hope you will
pass this information on to the people in the rescue
operation that want to know and also to your neighbors who
also loved Tylar. We loved Tylar with all our hearts and are
truly devastated. I know that Tylar was close to your heart
as well. We feel that our time with Tylar was destined to
be. He belonged with us and will live in our hearts forever.
Mary & Jerry,
losing a beloved friend at such a young age is so
devastating. Megaesophagus is a terrible disease, and one
that is almost always fatal. Thank you for all the love and
wonderful care that you gave to Tylar while he was a member
of your family. And for giving him the ultimate gift of
helping him cross over when it was time.
Dear Amy Jo (GRRI
We want to report that Sadie had a smooth transition into
her new digs. She took the ride (this time only a little
over two hours because rush hour was over on the Garden
State Parkway) comfortably, sleeping most of the time but
sitting up at times to watch the traffic. Her first night in
our apartment was a bit sleepless for all of us but she had
no serious complaints. She fussed when we closed the crate
gate, pawing into the plastic bottom, so we left it open.
She moved about the bedroom, sleeping briefly in different
spots. The second night was better and we had a good night's
sleep. As soon as one of us gets out of bed, Sadie pops up
and wants to follow.
Our first encounter with two small dogs from the building
was encouraging. We were on opposite sides of our narrow
road. Jane said Sadie growled softly but I could not even
hear it. She pulled slightly away rather than toward the
other dogs. We have been warning other pet owners here at
Hudson House that we should keep the dogs separated, at
least until their meetings become more commonplace.
This morning we had a fine tennis ball fetching session on
the big south lawn. As you predicted, she brings the ball
right back and looks happy as can be, rolling in the wet
grass between romps. Also, as you showed us, she walks
nicely on the leash without tugging to go her own way. She
is still dedicated to her big soccer ball but makes no fuss
if we pull it away and roll it back to her.
We have had visitors stop in to meet her and she just nudges
them for more petting, never jumping up. They are all her
new friends now. Our gateman greeted her by saying, "Oh, I
have not seen you for a long time." Yes, she does resemble
She surprised us when first arriving in the apartment by
examining all rooms and corners--and then jumping up on the
bed. But she noticed our disapproval and that never happened
again. She was forgiven.
I should explain that my slow gait in walking Sadie is
because I had an accident from a step-ladder that injured my
right leg. After much therapy and continued home exercising,
it gets stronger each day. But that was one reason we
preferred an older, trained dog and one who walks calmly.
Sadie fits that need perfectly.
We thank you again for your devotion and care of Sadie and
for all of the goodies that you sent with her. Your long and
wonderfully detailed notes and suggestions went well beyond
your duties as a foster caretaker--and we are deeply
grateful and will be referring to them frequently.
We know how much it must hurt to give Sadie up but we assure
you we will give her the same kind of love and attention
that you did. You folks who work with the rescue shelter are
performing really heroic services. We feel fortunate,
indeed, to be the beneficiaries.
Ed and Jane
Ed & Jane, we
can’t thank you enough for adopting Sadie. She really is a
wonderful girl who was just waiting patiently for the right
home to come along. We love hearing how wonderfully she’s
Attached is a picture of Jessie. We adopted him from you in
late 2005. He
was kept in a crate daily prior to being turned over to you
folks. His life
is much different now. He has 3 children under 6 that dress
him up and keep
him busy. He lives on a 4 acre wooded lot and loves to
chase balls that the
kids love to throw.
Attached is a picture of him in a wagon bringing smiles and
laughs to us and
Thought you may enjoy the update.
Stephen, Christine, Emily, Nicholas and Julianne Caunt
so much for the update and picture. We’re not sure who looks
happier – Emily or Jessie! It’s an adorable picture.
Judy (GRRI foster
We must be on the
same wavelength as I’ve been thinking about sending you an
Amber update! She is fine … so many funny, quirky things
about her. Here’s Amber’s top ten list of experiences,
behaviors and funny things:
Remember how she
would jump backwards and try to bite her leash? When I take
her for longer walks and we get to a certain point close to
home we play that game (never before that point though!).
Then, I let her loose and she runs a bit ahead and stops.
I get close, lunge at her and she runs like a crazy dog and
we do it all over again. Always cracks me up.
Had her in the
car while I waited for my daughter at school. We parked
right near the tennis courts (as in tennis balls). She sees
the balls going back and forth over the net and starts going
from one window to the next as the balls go back and forth.
Eventually she stayed at one window, practically climbed
out and cried. I tried giving her a tennis ball of her own
but nothing doing – she wanted to be on that court.
Took her to a
soccer game and was walking around the field. There was a
monument nearby made of high gloss marble. We walked around
it and she put her face right up to the marble and stared.
I finally realized she could see her face – not sure if she
thought it was another dog or what. She’s done the same
thing to the front of glass screen doors – pretty funny.
I don’t know how
much she remembers from her past – I can’t whistle to make
her respond, but sometimes that whistle is on TV and it
always turns her head. And, when we walk she always wants
to go up houses with steps leading up from the sidewalk,
always. Makes me wonder …
She doesn’t like
thunderstorms. She’ll jump on our bed and look out the
window at lightning – almost like she’s drawn to it. When
the thunder comes she completely lays down next to one of
Took both dogs to
be groomed yesterday. Kate knows the drill, isn’t happy,
but goes into the back with the owner. Amber has to be
pulled (dragged?!) across the rug less floor all the way in.
I feel badly for her, but it is kind of comical.
Kate is always
thrilled to see me after being groomed. Amber is always
happy, but will go to anyone (and not usually me).
Yesterday some other woman had entered to pick up her dog
and she went straight over to her. I’m trying not to take
this personally …
I’m going to
speak to the vet about her response to the hot days we’ve
had so far. She seems really uncomfortable. She spends a
lot of energy panting, which I know is the way dogs maintain
their temperature, but she’s not interested in tennis balls,
water (!) or much else when she’s panting away.
While she was
outside with me the other day I got out the hose to water
some plants. The second it went on Amber very purposely (as
in not looking back!) went to the backyard – she wanted
nothing to do with water. When I was done, she reappeared
in the front. She hesitates when we leave the house and
it’s raining and will more often than not walk around a
puddle than through it. She’s a particular girl that Amber.
Each day I throw
the ball for Kate and Amber in the front of the house.
Amber will run for it once, then keeps it in her mouth. As
time has gone on she still lays down with the ball, but
drops it by her paws. Then she’ll turn her head – message
being, come take the ball, I’m not looking at it and I’ll
run for it. It’s very coy. Previously when I got close she
would grab that ball so I wouldn’t get it. It’s so funny
the way she lets me know it’s OK to take it.
more than you wanted to know, but I love talking about Kate
and Amber – especially to people who understand dogs.
Despite the fact that she doesn’t run happily to me when
coming out of the groomer (!), I think she’s happy. When we
came back from vacation she gave us all a big hello – and we
gave her one as well.
How many dogs do
you have right now? Are your dogs healthy? I do have some
pictures, haven’t put them on my computer yet. Will send
when I do.
Donna, we love
Amber updates! We agree you should have Amber checked by
your veterinarian to rule out any medical issues. You may
also want to look into some cooling options for her. The
Canine Cooler bed is a big favorite among many of our
volunteers’ dogs. Subcutaneous fluids are another way to
cool off a dog as are cooling vests and scarves that are
available on the internet.
Eileen & Terry (GRRI
Just a note to
let you know that Brady is doing great! Attached is a photo
of him out on the patio. (Taken just yesterday) He is
learning to become a 'deck dog', a term we call the others
during the summer months, as we spend a ton of time
outdoors, and it's only fair they be with us! He's
thriving, he's fun, he's a love, although he still insists
on trying to eat paper, steal books from the library, and
fresh clean laundry from the laundry baskets. But is easily
bribed to be good with a home made PB cookie! He gets along
well with the others, although Lexy still wishes we never
brought him home. He ignores her and she eventually puts
away the snarlies. Madison wishes he would play more.
Luke thinks he's alright as he likes to lay around like he
Health wise, no
more seizures, and on rare occasions gets a little itchy,
although that seems to be after he insists on rolling in the
grass with the others. But after a bath with his special
anti-itch shampoo, he is good as new. He's maintaining a
healthy weight, and is doing well on the dog food we have
him on. He's truly been a great addition to our home.
Wendy Reich and
Wendy, this is a
wonderful update; Brady looks fabulous! Thank you for
taking such great care of him. He was such a train wreck
when he came into rescue last year. It really is
heartwarming to see him looking so healthy and happy.
Dear Robin &
Shayne (GRRI volunteers),
This is a long overdue note. I thank you so very much for
sending me "The
Meaning of Rescue" poem, as well as your "I would have died
that day if not
for you" story. They both touched me deeply; as did the
words you shared in
your card Robin. Both poems are posted in the special
section of my house in
which I do my rescue work; they serve as constant reminders
importance of a second chance in life.
You are a wonderful group of people-from my first initial
contact with Shayne
over the phone and the handling of my sister-in-law's
surrender of Bear. Had it not been for the network of
support you have in place at GRRI, I can only imagine where he might
have ended up had it not been for the many loving arms at GRRI.
I hope that Bear remains happy and healthy. I have prayed
for his health and especially his happiness in this life and
the next. If you can, I would love to hear how he is doing
and whether or not he has found a loving, forever home.
As a side note I wanted to share with you that I am halfway
certification to be a Telling T-Touch Practitioner. I don't
know if you've
heard of this technique for training without fear or force,
or its hands-on
touch which is beneficial in both reactive dogs as well as
dogs with chronic
issues (ie arthritis/inflammation etc.) of course in conjunction with
traditional veterinary care. I tell you all this because,
once certified I
would like to volunteer some of my services with rescued
dogs that you deem
may benefit. I will append the website here for your ready
http://tteam-ttouch.com/. I have checked your website
as I believe Shayne had mentioned that you have an event in
NJ coming up soon however I don't see anything posted-I will
keep checking in-
Special blessings to all the angels associated with GRRI
Pam, thank you
for your continued support of GRRI. Bear is indeed in
his forever home and he’s doing wonderfully. He was
actually adopted by his foster family who fell in love with
him and couldn’t stand the thought of him going to anyone
Eileen & Terry (GRRI
I am writing to
let you know that we had Brady euthanized this morning after
a 24 hour battle with seizures that were not controllable.
I can't even begin to tell you how I feel especially in
light that I just wrote you both and shared he was doing so
well! This past 24 hours took us by surprise and literally
knocked us all off our feet. He began having seizures and
despite meds to control them, they continued. We were told
by the neurologist that there was probably a brain tumor and
that if it progressed, chances of controlling the seizures
would be nil at best. So after a heart felt struggle we all
decided it was in his best interest to die with dignity,
something I feel very strongly about.
peacefully in Caitlin's arms, and with his blanket beneath
him. He truly loved that blanket and will be cremated with
it. We will bury his remains along side Tyler, our first
Golden out in our pet memorial garden. The vet office staff
and Dr. Carlson were incredible and there with us every step
of the way since we adopted Brady, and I really believe they
will miss him as well. A tree will be planted in his memory
in their office garden.
I cannot thank
you both enough for all your support, emails, phone calls
and general advice before and after the adoption.
Thank you again for allowing us the time to care and love
him. Your organization is truly commendable and every bit as
wonderful as it is known to be. I absolutely loved
Brady with all my heart and he will never be forgotten. The
pain I feel right now is not easy to express, but as dog
lovers, I know you both understand. Eileen, I know right now
you feel similar pain. I hope that we gave him the best
possible end to what was a difficult life journey. I
believe we did.
I know that he
was met at heavens gate by Tyler and the two of them are now
chasing the soccer balls together.
Caitlin, and Daniel Reich
Oh Wendy, we
don’t know what to say except we’re all devastated by this
sad news. It was so encouraging to read that he was
seizure free and was doing so well. You and your
family definitely made the right decision in helping him to
cross over with dignity. It’s so unfair to keep a beloved
pet around for our own selfish reasons. We know that
he is very grateful to you for that last act of love.
To the folks at GRRI-NJ,
Just wanted to
let you know that CB and Beau have crossed the rainbow
bridge within 2 weeks of one another.
CB was diagnosed
with an anal sac tumor 1.5 years ago. Upon removal it was
discovered to be an aggressive cancer. He was happy and
unaware of his condition.
Beau had elevated
kidney levels from the time we got him. He went from 104 lbs
to 74 lbs. this past year. Last Thanksgiving we were in the
hospital for three days with a fluid flush and the vet
advised putting him down then. We took him home not ready to
say goodbye and he made it until last week. An extra 6
We thank you for
giving us the opportunity to share the rest of their lives
RIP Beau and CB
Darcy and Jim
Darcy & Jim,
we’re so sorry about your double loss. We can’t imagine how
heartbroken you must be to lose both of your
wonderful companions within two weeks of each other.
It’s almost like one couldn’t bear to live without the
other. We are so grateful that you agreed to adopt
both of these dogs so that they could stay together for the
remainder of their lives.
My Golden of 5
years 3 months just passed. Though very young, he was hit
with lung cancer and we had to put him to sleep. Thankfully
our vet said he felt no pain, suffered hardly at all and
only had a bit of distress breathing. Thankfully his 5
short years with my wife and me gave us much enjoyment and
I'm sure we to him. He is missed. In his honor, his name
was "Chico", a co-worker of mine, Nate Blutunger, asked me
who he could make a donation in my Chico's honor. I chose
you guys! Nate is a fellow dog lover too!
So, in honor of
"Chico" here is $100 to your organization.
Please say a
prayer for Chico so he gets to heaven as fast as he can. I
know he's there or arriving after a special grooming, which
he so loved!
Robert, you and
your wife have our sincere condolences on Chico’s passing.
You’re right, 5 years is much too young to lose your special
pal. Our volunteers have lit their special candles to help
guide Chico on his way. We know he’s now running and
playing with all the wonderful Goldens that have passed over
before him. Thank you for selecting our rescue to be the
benefactor of Nate's generosity.