Letters to GRRI-NJ
Hi Eileen (GRRI
Sad but yes,
the wrestling mattress went in the trash last week. I almost
cried. I even gave my dad sad puppy dog eyes. I thought I
had him too and at the last second he rolled it up and out
to the curb it went. The good news is (well for Sam & me,
not sure for my Mom & Dad) that Wizzer came to live with us.
He is a hyper pup. He dominates everything that moves. My
dad calls him "Cohones". He is crazy but he listens good. He
is always licking the inside of my ears. My Dad keeps them
clean enough but then I have Wizzer sticking his tongue in
there. My dad said Wizzer reminds him of one of his old
girlfriends. Wizzer has never been to a vet before. He is
going next week for a checkup, shots, & neutered. Boy is he
in for a surprise! Sometimes Wizzer & I play "Lion Tamer".
This is when Wizzer places his entire head in my mouth and I
close down gently. It is so much fun.
we’re so happy that you have another new brother! We can’t
wait to see a picture of your Lion Tamer game. Tell your
dad to get that camera out.
I have very
sad news to share. Last summer, we lost both of our
beautiful GRRI Goldens. Lexi starting having a problem with
her right eye so we took her to the vet and she was
diagnosed with a small, non cancerous growth above her eye.
Surgery was recommended so we scheduled it. During her
surgery a large, inoperable tumor was discovered behind her
eye. Our vet called us and asked if we would like to put her
to sleep then and there. We of course said no, we all wanted
to say goodbye to her. The same day of Lexi's surgery,
Killian had an appointment because he had lost some weight
and wasn't as peppy as always. Long story short, he was
diagnosed with lymphoma. We were just heartbroken. We were
told Killian should have a good 6 months to live but were
advised to put Lexi to sleep before her brain was affected
and before she was in pain. So we set a date for Lexi. Then
Killian just deteriorated so rapidly, I swear he knew she
was going and just didn't want to be left behind. They were
so attached to each other. We decided to put both of them to
sleep together. It was such a sad day for our whole family
and left a huge void in our hearts and our home.
and Killian was one of the best things we have ever done.
They were such a joy to be around and everyone that came to
our house couldn't believe how sweet they were. We still
miss them every day and I still find myself looking for them
when I walk into the house.
Our boys have
been asking to get another dog and although Lexi and Killian
can never be replaced, I think we are ready to welcome
another addition into our home. Since adopting Lexi and
Killian, we have moved to Yardley, Pa in Bucks County. I
know the current adoption policy would exclude us due to our
location but was wondering if exceptions are made for
previous adopters. We had such a great experience adopting
through GRRI and would love to do so again. If it isn't
possible, I would appreciate any recommendations of other
groups that might be able to help us.
Jake, Zachary and Eric
can’t imagine the anguish that you all felt losing both of
your beautiful Goldens. It seemed like only yesterday that
you were adopting them from us. We’re so sorry for your
loss. We’d love to help you find new Golden pals for your
We loved the
pictures. The "bunnies" are so cute!!! How many do you have
right now? The "senior" dog, is he yours?
doing well. Maxx is enjoying running around the yard with
Lucy especially now that the weather is breaking. I know
I'm going to have a problem with him and my flowers. I had
a really nice house plant that no longer has leaves around
the lower half of it. I don't know why he likes to rip the
plants apart. He's looking good. He just got groomed for
Easter and looks so handsome. Anytime we can I would like
to meet up with you if you go to a golden rescue event or
maybe we can see you down your way just so we keep in
contact with you. Thanks for the Nutro pet food update. I
switched him to another dog food that is good for his hips.
Hope you had a great Easter and we'll talk soon.
we’d love to see a new picture of Maxx all spiffed up for
Easter. It sure sounds like Maxx is going to take over the
job of the family gardener. Make sure you read the article
on “Is Your Garden Good or Evil” in our spring 2007
Hi Judy!!! (GRRI foster mom)
Hope you are well and enjoyed your
holiday!!! We are all doing well. Haven’t taken pics yet,
but wanted to keep you up to date on Cooper’s progress.
I took him to our vet for a check up
last night…..BOY….he really is a handful in the car! Put
him in the back seat of my bug and started to drive the 5
min. drive to the vet’s……had to pull over twice to put him
BACK in the backseat after he climbed into the passenger
seat while I was driving….needless to say I swerved twice
and finally got a grip on his collar which I held in back of
me with one hand while driving with the other hand. All the
while, yelling “Cooper! Lay down!” Get back there!” “Sit!”
“Stay!” It was almost comical although I’m sure I looked
like a crazy lady while driving. Needless to say, I am
going to purchase a doggie seat harness for him ASAP and
make sure someone comes with me so they can hold him in the
So, he’s lost 14 pounds….he’s now 85
lbs….and the vet thinks he can lose another 5 lbs. I’ve
bumped him up to 1 ½ cup in the morning, and then the 1 cup
at night since the vet thinks he lost the weight a little
too fast. Oh and Mike found a dollar bill in his poop on
Saturday….at least we think it was $1….neither of us were
going to check! LOL
So…..life is fun at the Sabanos
house!!! Cooper is a riot and we are enjoying him
immensely!!! I SWEAR I will send pics when we take them
BTW…..saw the 2 pics and write-up in
the newsletter! The kids got a kick out of it – thank you!
Carol A. Sabanos
We’re all laughing after
reading your description of Cooper’s ride to the vet’s
office. A harness and doggy seatbelt are definitely in
order for him. You can purchase the seat belt from us
through our online store!
Boulder & I
were wondering how you are doing? We talk about you often
as his duck & bones you gave him are still his favorites!
Boulder is doing very well. He is learning to get the paper
w/o tearing it up which is huge for him. I'm also able to
get some extra sleep in the a.m. when I tell him it's not
time to get up, so go lie down. With that simple command,
he turns in about 2-3 circles & lies back down. So smart!
He is making a few friends, seems to really like yellow labs
yet not so hip on other Goldens. I think he would really
like to play w/ the deer, so if he could reframe from
barking, I know they would come right up to us. He gets way
too excited, like he's going to jump out of his skin, just
more than he can stand. Of course a walk doesn't go by w/o
a barrel roll or 2. Too funny for words. When we go away,
I have people competing for dog sitting. They all think
that Boulder likes them best. I love it and they love
I know you
were heading into surgery this month & we are hoping that
that has possibly already happened & you are home & doing
well. Forgive me, as once again I have misplaced your
address. I have searched w/ no luck.
anxiously await hearing from you.
Liz & Boulder
(that's Sir Boulder William Shakespeare Lawrence the 3rd)
Boulder is indeed a sweetheart and has that charismatic
effect on everyone he meets. Judy has had her surgery and
is doing well. She’s taken a hiatus from fostering until
her knee is completely healed and functional. Based on some
of the crazy Goldens she’s fostered, she does need to heal
…or is it heel….completely!
Hi Lynda (GRRI
First of all
Honey is AWESOME!! She is just a wonderful dog; absolutely
no problems. She is so sweet and just fits in perfectly
here. Her and Max are getting along great. Max is such a
great dog too so I think they are a perfect match. We have
been letting them play because they play so nice.
Unbelievable. Mike has been walking the two of them and I
even walked both of them at the same time up to my
daughter's bus stop and they were great!! I couldn't
believe the other day when I took Honey with me to my
daughter's dance class and about 8 girls came out to greet
her...well she just laid on the ground and let them pet
her. No jumping, nothing. She was as calm as could be.
totally blessed and we are so happy that we waited. It was
well worth the wait and we thank you again for giving us a
chance. We really appreciate it. When I get some pictures
done of Max and Honey, I will pass them along.
appreciate your patience in waiting for your perfect dog.
We’re so happy that you’re pleased with Honey. She is a real
sweetie and you are VERY fortunate to have been selected to
adopt her! We’d love to see pictures.
Hi Lynda (GRRI
Max is doing
well. He's really calmed down a lot, we are able to leave
him out of the crate and he doesn't touch anything in the
house. Of course we do gate off the upstairs and the den and
laundry and powder room. He has barking interaction with the
two dogs next door. He's great in the car and we both feel
that we couldn't have gotten a better dog in a million
years. It was so lucky for us to have crossed your path. We
would like to take you up on a play date in the future since
he loves other dogs. He even watches TV with us and when he
sees a dog he becomes animated. I'm not sure you had
mentioned a folder but I'll be watching out for it.
again for everything,
we’re so happy YOU found US! We were really wondering WHO
was going to be the right match for Max and then your
application came along and we knew instantly it was perfect
for him. Lynda’s furkids…and sons….would probably love to
see him again.
My name is
Maria and yesterday I gave up my Golden, Belmont. It was
the most heartbreaking decision I have ever made in my
life. My family has become very hectic with a 13 year old
son involved in every activity you can think of and myself
and my future husband working full time jobs. Our dog was
the one suffering. He needed much more then we could
provide, as in time and exercise. I contacted your agency
on Thursday and by Saturday I heard from Pat. Pat was
wonderful! She talked to me for 2 hours regarding my dog
and our decision to part with him. Yesterday he was taken
to his foster home. As gut wrenching it was to put him in
someone else's car, it was also a very peaceful time for the
dog and me. Your agency was absolutely wonderful in
reassuring me that I was making the right decision. I could
not have done this without the support of Golden Re-Triever
Rescue. I did my research on your foundation, reading your
website over and over, and just to see the pictures of how
happy the Goldens were I knew that it was the perfect place
for our family dog.
Thank you so
much for having this rescue foundation. You don't know how
great it feels to know that Belmont will live a very long
and happy life the way he was meant to. Thank you isn't
even enough to say what the organization did for my family.
You are truly wonderful people!!!
again from the bottom of our hearts,
Belmont is doing wonderfully. He’s such a character and
we’re thoroughly enjoying hearing about his antics. We’re
grateful that you entrusted us with finding him his new
Hi all at
It has been a
long time since I have brought you up to date on Smokey
(12/05). He is 10 yrs. old now and we have had him for two
years. Everyday has been a joy with him. He has settled in
very well and even his sister has fun playing with him now.
It took awhile but when he is not around, Mackenzie goes
searching for him. Smokey had a bout with Giardia and lost
20 lbs. but has since gained most of it back. He also ended
up with Anaplasmosis which I understand is a form of Lyme
disease. After taking antibiotics, he is fine.
As you can
see by the picture, he loves swimming. I took me awhile to
get him into the pool but once in, we have a hard time
getting him out. He is good though because he knows he can’t
go into the pool without me.
Our thanks to
Myra and John, his foster parents, for doing such a great job with him and
then giving him up to us.
I will try to
do better this year with sending some new pictures and
hopefully we will be able to make it to the GRRI Picnic in
everything and keep up the great work you do!
thanks so much for the Smokey update. It sounds like he had
a rough time for a while but we’re glad he’s back on his
feet and enjoying life again.
Just wanted you to know how much we are
enjoying Riley. He is such a terrific, sweet, well mannered
dog. The four of us are crazy about him and our extended
family enjoys him a lot as well.
So glad you called OUR phone number.
Liza and Ron DeBlis
Hi Liza, excuse the pun, but Riley
sure looks like he’s living the life of Reilly! He looks
sooo happy in his new home.
Thank you for
all of your excellent work. We adopted Shockey (was Ace)
several years ago. Also thanks to Eileen McFadden who
recommended St. Hubert’s recently.
Andy, we appreciated hearing from
you and getting your updated address. We think very highly
of St. Hubert’s Dog Training School and recommend it highly
to our adopters who live in their vicinity. We’ve even had
adopters travel over an hour just to take advantage of their
positive reinforcement training methods and their one on one
the newsletter today - Eileen, I saw that O'Hara has crossed
over...he(?) looked like such a great dog, I'm so sorry for
still going fantastically well with Charlie. He and Bess
curl up under the dining room table, one head or tail
touching the other's... it's really so fortunate that they
get along so well. They both know each other's names -
"where's Bess" or "where's Charlie" get them in search mode.
They're truly best friends at this point.
coming along very well in his training also - he's starting
figure 8's (on lead) and heel, come, stay, down-stay all on
lead with major distractions. I think soon he'll be on a
light line (the step before off lead!). He definitely knows
when he's "on command" and you can tell he's so proud of
himself when he gets it right (big tail wags!). He is a dog
that really enjoys being at "school"... when he works with
the trainer he is such a "teacher's pet"! Charlie's
training seems to have given Bess some additional motivation
- I guess she doesn't want get left out of any action!
REALLY good bit of news is that Charlie's eyes have been
perfectly normal - we go to see Dr. Cho in about a month,
but there have been no issues at all.
a couple of pics - enjoy! Have a happy and healthy spring!
Way to go
Charlie! What a wonderful update Helen. We’re so happy to
hear how well he’s doing in school and thrilled that his
eyes are back to normal.
this donation on behalf of the memory of Jack Daniel
Bausback. I hope this can go towards the many Goldens that
have the potential to bring joy and love, just as Jack did
for my brother & sister-in-law, Brian & Robin Bausback. He
was truly a wonderful member of our family.
thank you for your donation in memory of Jack Daniel. Your
donation has been placed in our Joann Smith Special Fund
that is used to provide medical care for our Goldens
requiring extensive medical care. By now you’ve probably
already met your new “nephew”, Chase. He certainly won’t
ever replace Jack but he will help bring love and laughter
back into Robin and Brian’s home. And Ginger sure seems to
love having a new playmate.
I just wanted
to inform you that I had to put Bailey to sleep last
Saturday. The vet said she was in pain and could barely hear
She was a wonderful dog. Dakota and I loved every minute of
the seven years we had with her. She was about 14 years old
and has taken very good care of us all those years.
Dorzback, Hewitt, NJ
Ralph, we're terribly sorry to hear
about Bailey's passing. It's always so hard to lose a
wonderful friend. May wonderful memories of your seven
years together bring you comfort.
Just a little
something to show my appreciation in helping Disney and I in
our time of need. It was something that was unexpected but
necessary, I felt, for Disney's well being. Disney has been
a part of our lives for 12 years. She has brought us great
joy and much love. It broke my heart to have to give her
up. I still grieve the loss of her and wonder if she ever
thinks of us. She is missed tremendously. But it does help
to know that she is in good hands and is getting the medical
treatment that she needs. Please give her a hug & kiss for
me. Take care of my baby. I can not thank you enough for
coming to her rescue.
so much for your generosity and that of your family.
Surrendering Disney to our care had to be heartbreaking for
you. It was so apparent that she has been a very well loved
member of your family – she’s a wonderful dog. She’s doing
great in her foster home. She’s enjoying the companionship
of the other dogs in the home and is being spoiled rotten.
We promise that we’ll continue to take excellent care of
her. We wish you the best of luck and hope that things work
out for you.
Hi, Ruth! (GRRI
thought I would drop you a note to tell you how wonderful
Maddie is. I take the opportunity to shout it from the
rooftops whenever I can! She is so terrific. We are so
perplexed as to her breed (she looks like a shepherd/pit
bull mix but has webbed feet so she must have some retriever
in her) that we did a DNA test on her. The results haven't
come back yet, but she is a mystery that unravels everyday.
She has all of these fur ridges all over her, a thick,
wrinkly neck, almond shaped slanted eyes, small paws, but
long thin legs. She is growing slowly but surely as the raw
food slows down her growth. She was 11 lbs when we adopted
her in the end of January and now is about 42 lbs. She is
muscular and strong.
I dragged out
her shots, so I'm waiting to schedule her spay for mid-May
since that will be a month from her rabies shot.
across the street adopted a 7 month old St. Bernard/Mastiff
mix (they told her he was a boxer/lab mix!!!) named Bruno,
and Maddie and Bruno roll around my fenced in yard all day.
She is terrific with all dogs, yet a little afraid of
certain people. We are meeting with a trainer tomorrow to
see if I can get her to stop terrorizing my cats.
I sent some
pictures to Marcia Unger. Perhaps she'll post them
(although Maddie would surely stand out among all the
Goldens on the website!).
We are so
appreciative of GRRI for allowing us to adopt Maddie. So
anytime you get discouraged or frustrated and think you're
not making a difference or you're not appreciated, rest
assured that you are!
thanks for the update and the pictures! We’d love to hear
the results of Maddie’s geneology testing. Her sister’s mom
is also having it run. Please let us know how it comes
out! We think that she’s definitely got Labrador Retriever
in her and maybe some Ridgeback.
Just a word
of warm thanks for all your efforts on our behalf. This
morning when I checked the GRRI-NJ website, I saw Belmont
listed as "Adoption Pending" and was so delighted. My
husband Ed and I will be meeting his foster Mom Linda this
Saturday and hopefully will take him to his forever home
this weekend. I don't have an e-mail address for Maureen
who did our initial phone interview, or Julie-Ann who did
our home visit, but please thank them for us. I did leave a
phone message with Julie-Ann and hope to invite her over
once Belmont settles in. We loved meeting her Abby and
Molly. Linda has been exceptionally supportive and patient
throughout this process, and we have the sense that we can
call on her as we move forward with our first golden rescue
experience. You all do terrific work, and we hope to become
volunteers ourselves in the future.
Eileen and Ed Burchell
Ed, congratulations on the newest member of your family.
You all look soooo happy and we know Rory (formerly Belmont)
is going to have a wonderful life with you.
Hi Lynda (GRRI
vacation? Harley is doing great. He just fit right in and
made himself at home from day one. He does occasionally
steal Lia's food in which she replies bad Harley, he just
licks her and moves on. We love him and he really is a good
boy for only being 3. The weight is slowly coming off, I
occasionally call him "moose" when he won't budge. I've
been run/ walking him for only one mile, he's still too
heavy to run. Steve takes him every night for a 1.5 mile
walk, and he gets plenty of romping around with Annie ,who I
think really loves him now. We actually had to up Annie's
food because she was losing weight chasing Harley. I really
want to thank you for considering us for Harley's new
family, my house is full again with hair, dirt, chaos but
mostly love and laughter and kisses ......all of the good
things in life. Hope to hear from you soon
Hi Jo, we
love updates like this, and laughed out loud about your “my
house is full again with hair, dirt, chaos…” sentence. How
true it is.
Hi Debbie (GRRI
I was going
to call you this weekend, but you know time just flies by.
doing good, we nicked named her "Ms. Barks A-lot". She has
such personality. Of course she has picked up my other dogs
bad habits, such as expecting a biscuit every time she comes
back in. She also sleeps on our bed at night. I can thank
Jim for that. I bought her a new dog bed but I guess she
likes ours better.
We love her.
Talk to you soon,
thanks for your Maggie update. We have to side with Jim, we
love having a Golden Retriever sharing our bed at night!
Hi Pat (GRRI
You have so been on my mind!! I have asked Kathryn to take
some pictures of Daisy to send you - hopefully by Mothers'
Day...:). Daisy is doing GREAT!! She loves us and the
waggy tail and kisses are most welcome! And we love her!!
She has adjusted wonderfully and is getting better and
better at meeting our extended family and friends including
our four-legged ones!! Daisy does walk very fast and that
is terrific; she still pulls at the leash and I am amazed at
how strong she is! She has nearly yanked me off my feet
once or twice when she has spotted a bunny on our walk
before bed and I wasn't paying attention. She is very
polite and patient with us and I am learning her signals.
Daisy is a sweet and lovely addition to our family. My
apologies for not keeping in touch better; I have had a very
busy 5 weeks. Anyway, it is nice to hear from you. I will
be getting photos of Daisy to you ASAP and thank you again
for all of the wonderful work that you do.
the pictures Rosemary. Daisy looks wonderful! We love this
shot of her laying on HER bed.
(GRRI foster mom),
We had Val's
"DNA" tested. I am attaching the results as well as her spay
certificate. We are in week 6 of training - she is VERY
smart and doing well. She understands what you want her to
do but has a mind of her own. I will send pictures soon. I
would be interested in the results of her sister. We used
wisdom panel to do the test.
sending Valarie’s DNA results Jan. It was quite interesting
to read about the genetic mix in her lineage! We’ll forward
you her sister’s results when they get them. We’d love to
see new pictures.
Hi Lynda (GRRI
I had a
problem with my computer so I couldn't get any e-mail, but I
have never had such a wonderful dog in my life! Everyday is
better and better .He is such a perfect match for me and
Louis, I thank you every day. I take him every day for long
walks which he loves. He seems to know most of the commands
at dog school and is a perfect student there, but he knows
how to get over me. I bought an easy walk leash but he
figured it out so he takes the leash in his mouth to walk
me. He is wonderful socially and plays well with all the
dogs at Thompson park, I would still be interested in any
play dates or your offer to take him for a weekend if I need
to go away, I have a new family of teenage boys who walk him
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when I'm at work and it really
makes a difference since they play ball with him and he
loves the teenagers. He's so much calmer on those days. On
my days off he is great even if I'm gone for three or four
Day to you and your family of children and dogs. I always
show the pictures of all the Neff bunnies and people are
amazed at how you got them all to sit at once. Thanks again
and keep in touch.
were thrilled to hear how happy you are with Max and how
well he’s doing in school!
Dear Eileen (GRRI
that rescue receives this check in remembrance of gentle,
sweet Jessie. You gave Jessie 4 years – and a final day of
bliss! What a lucky girl she was the day she found you!!!
You are amazing –
thanks once again for remembering one of our furkids with a
generous donation to rescue. Drew and I miss O’Hara and
Jessie terribly but we wouldn’t have had the joy and love we
shared with both of them if it weren’t for GRRI. Your
donation will help us to continue to give that special bond
to our adopters.
Hi Eileen (GRRI
Thought you would get a kick out of this picture I took of
Kai today. My mom and I took a 45 minute ride to a park in
NJ. We met up with 2 other people that I met on a GR Forum
and their dogs. We took a nice walk in the park that borders
a reservoir. It was so pretty and scenic and the dogs were
happy that we let them take a quick dip in the water.
Kai always reminds me of a "tomboy" if that's possible in a
canine LOL! She is always wet, dirty and stinky from having
so much fun. Here is a photo I took of her today right at the
end of our walk.
This is a
great picture of Kai, Jeanne. She sure is having a great
We loved the
Mother’s Day card; thanks! Here is a pix of Kelly and the
kids at the First Communion. She was at Verona Park today
trying to catch geese and squirrels. You will see Clare and
Eamon’s cousins in some of the pix. The little boy in the
red shirt, John Patrick, is taking Kelly’s hair and putting
it in the cherry tree so the birds can use it in their
pictures are wonderful Sarah. That’s so sweet that John
Patrick is helping to warm the bird nests by putting her fur
into the trees. We have quite a few volunteers who also put
their dog’s fur out for birds to use.
Hi Judy (GRRI
Thank you so
much for the Mother's Day card. I've been meaning to write
to you since mid-April when we celebrated our 1 year
anniversary with Roxy, but I wanted to send pictures too and
hadn't figured out the new camera and how to upload the pics
to the computer. Now I've done that and I've attached
several pictures for you of our beautiful, wonderful,
loving, calm sweetheart named Roxy. Yup!! Never thought
I'd use all those words in the same sentence to describe our
Roxy, but she's surprised us all. You would never know
she's the same pup you waved goodbye to a year ago. She is
quite the character and has such a goofy personality - - she
makes us laugh every single day. The facial expressions are
simply priceless! Roxy came to us with many bad habits as
you very well know, and she's forgotten all of them. You
can see from the pictures that I did give up on trying to
keep her off the furniture, but I'm glad I did because she
sits right there beside me every evening, with her head on
my lap and she is such a love bug. She certainly wears her
heart on her sleeve, and there's never a doubt that she
adores us and her forever home.
Brenda, a cuddly Golden Retriever to snuggle with at night
can’t be beat!
Dear Linda (GRRI
Happy Mother’s Day from Belmont who
sends his love!! It doesn’t seem possible that we enjoyed
your hospitality a week ago and that we came home with an
absolute treasure. We are particularly grateful for the
loving care you showed him as his foster Mom during the
month he spent with you and for choosing us as his forever
family. He has brought us more joy and laughter in the past
week than I can adequately describe. We have golden
sunshine back in our lives, and we find it difficult to
imagine that anyone could ever have parted with him.
However, if it is within the protocols observed by GRRI-NJ,
please let those who surrendered him know that we respect
and appreciate the decision they made. We cherish him
already and will do our very best to meet his needs.
As I mentioned on the phone, we changed
Belmont’s name to Rory. It’s an anglicized version of a
name in Old Irish that means “red king.” On his arrival,
he inspected the house with great curiosity, found his toy
box and food and water dishes in the kitchen, and discovered
that he is allowed on the living room sofa where he can
survey his new domain and look out on the goings-on in the
neighborhood. Within a few minutes, the first floor
resembled a full-fledged toy bazaar, much to our delight.
We know he senses the presence of our previous Golden, Kitt,
and we told him that she would be a guardian angel for him.
He seems just fine with the arrangement. He is settling
into a routine that reminds us of her at times and also
enjoys waiting at the front door each evening for Ed.
Rory announced his presence in the
backyard in Mt. Vernon by putting the local squirrels on
notice that order needed to be restored post haste. With
lighting speed and agility, he virtually launched himself
off the back terrace and gave a few of them heart failure as
they scurried for the trees and fence. This week, we also
walked around the neighborhood every day so he gets a sense
of his new location. Many of our neighbors know how much we
missed Kitt and have been very welcoming of the new addition
to the family. He does adore people, as you suggested, and
seems generally pleased with the attention. He greets women
more readily than men when we’re out walking but will go to
them with a little gentle coaxing.
On Monday, Chris Brown, our dog walker,
arrived to meet Rory, and I drove him over to the nearby dog
field where he met the play group of which he now a member
in good standing. I am attaching pictures of Bailey who
lives on our street, of Hurricane and Ashton who are Katrina
rescues, and of Mr. Higgins whom Chris has been caring for
for eight years. We did this for two days, and on
Wednesday, Rory went home in Chris’s car. On Thursday, he
was picked up and came home with his friends. The
interaction Chris and I observed was positive. The only
major issue we have to be concerned about is Rory’s need to
be on leash until he is on reliable voice recall. Hurricane
is possessive of her tennis ball, so Chris will have to make
sure that she and Rory have their own balls. Other than
that, Rory’s routine will be in place when I have to go back
to work tomorrow. I am not looking forward to leaving him,
but I think he will adjust quite well to a consistent
schedule and structure. I will keep you posted.
We had our first wellness visit with
our primary veterinarian, Dr. Anthony Meglino in Tuckahoe so
Rory could get acquainted with him and his staff without the
stress of any procedures. Rory was very well behaved and
everyone congratulated us on his good health and appealing
looks and temperament. Apparently, some rescues do not get
off to nearly as good a start, so many thanks to GRRI-NJ for
your thoroughness and expertise in assessing any health
concerns prior to adoption.
On the whole, Rory has been very well
behaved and just seems to enjoy being part of whatever
activities are going on around him. He loves to run errands
with me in the car, so we’ve been out about town everyday,
post office, bank, cleaners, Petco, etc. and the
socialization has been good for him. He was less at ease
the day we walked around Bronxville village, so we’ll take
that at a more leisurely pace. On his new blue collar, he
now has a name tag with his phone numbers, his official NY
license, his GRRI tag, and his microchip tag.
We also had our first obedience class,
and he was fine. The instructor was impressed that he took
things in stride, and we’ll continue to work on the basics
every Thursday evening for eight weeks. I am guessing that
he would be terrific at agility and may pursue it with him
once I get a better read. Rory is a very intelligent,
extraordinarily affectionate, sweet dog. I laugh when I
think that I asked you if he was an “alpha in waiting.” He
just craves physical contact and almost immediately lies
down to get his tummy rubbed. And yes, beyond those soulful
brown eyes is a bit of a wily, endearing con artist who is
VERY FAST!! I have been “surfed” twice when I unthinkingly
left the margarine tub on the kitchen table before dinner.
Rory got a good lick or two before I caught him, but no harm
done. As you told us, he does not beg at the table, and
that is wonderful. Food has not been a problem, and I
discovered that he likes little baby carrots as treats, as
well as his Buddy Biscuits. If there are other treats that
he enjoyed at your home, please let me know. I think you
mentioned plain frozen yogurt, but I’m not sure if you
stuffed a bone with it or how you prepared it.
Ed took Friday off, so we decided to
spend a long weekend at the house in Quogue. Once again,
Rory investigated all the nooks and crannies and somehow
managed to find Kitt’s toy basket tucked away in the back of
the closet in the master bedroom. He pulled out toys, one
by one, and couldn’t decide which one to play with next. He
also spent a great deal of time exploring the fenced-in area
around the pool and seems so wonderfully happy to have the
freedom to roam safely. He seems to be calmer and less
anxious each day as he settles into a routine. We do have
to watch him closely coming and going from the house as any
open door is an irresistible invitation to him. This could
well stem from the limited circumstances in which he lived
with his original family or with uncertainty about his
forever home. What concerns us most is that with his
lightning speed and athleticism he could “escape” and get
away from us without an understanding of the dangers of an
unfamiliar setting or of local traffic. Any thoughts or
suggestions you have in this regard would be most welcome.
I wonder if this may be a phenomenon common to newly adopted
Yesterday, we went to the beach for the
first time, and the extend-a-leash provided a bit of room to
explore yet kept him safe in a new environment. He
absolutely loved the wind and sand and incoming surf and new
scents. We don’t know if Rory had ever been to a beach
before but imagine that he will come to love it as we do.
Today, I think Ed is also going to open the pool for the
season, and we have no doubt that Rory will have a great
time once we clean and condition the water. I’ll take
pictures and forward to you.
In closing, I hope you’ll excuse this
somewhat rambling letter. We had to get a lot done this
week so Rory would feel really at home before I go back to
work (darn!), and I wanted to reassure you that he is in
responsible, caring hands and is adjusting well. Our
sincere thanks to you, Linda, for all your love and hard
work and devotion. This has been a very positive experience
for us, and perhaps we can become involved over time to make
it possible for others to know the rewards of adopting a
golden rescue dog. As your time allows, please let us know
how your golden family is doing, especially Guinness. If
there are GRRI-NJ events that we might attend, we’d like to
meet some of the folks we’ve been in contact with over the
past few weeks to express our appreciation and to show off
the new member of the family. Rory is definitely home.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Eileen, Ed, & Rory
Eileen, thanks for such a positive
update on Rory. We agree, Linda did a wonderful job with
him and we thought you two would be the perfect home for
him. We were obviously right!
Hi Ruth (GRRI
still doing great! She absolutely adores the boys. You were
so right to place her in a home with kids! She looks all sad
when they leave for school and when they get home, she jumps
into their laps. She has met a few of the neighborhood dogs
and did really well with them. She is just a doll! Anyway,
just wanted to give you a little update.
so happy to hear that Lexie is taking such great care of
“her kids”. She’s got a very maternal instinct and we
thought she’d love to be surrounded by children. We’d love
to see some pictures of them together.
We are making
this donation in memory of “Duke” who died tragically while
undergoing a minor procedure. Duke was the beloved pet of
the Martinez family.
Thank you for
all your good works –
so much for your donation Karen. We’re sorry to hear of
Duke’s passing and will express our condolences to the
Martinez family as well as notify them of your donation to
I reached out
to your rescue group on behalf of a friend who thought she
may have to surrender her Golden puppy. I had the pleasure
of speaking to Pat (DeSarno) on Friday at length about
your group. Being an animal lover and having rescued my 3
Pugs, I was moved to donate. In short, I really like you
guys! I particularly like the fact that you rescue puppy
mill females. One of my favorite dogs in the world was
Precious, a Golden rescue, so please consider it a donation
Thank you for
all the work you do on behalf of dogs!
thank you so much for your generous donation on behalf of
Precious! We’re all keeping your friend’s puppy in our
thoughts and prayers.