Letters to GRRI-NJ
Hi, Eileen (GRRI adoption
Solo had his 11th
birthday on Monday and, in his honor, I would like to send a
donation in honor of his wonderful foster mother, Judy
Lilien. Although I know you will use it wisely no matter
what, I’d be especially pleased if you could use it for
medical costs for rescues since GRRI was so generous about
taking care of Solo’s medical needs when he was brought in.
Solo is a charming boy, and our
life would not be complete without him. I adore him and his
goofy, lopsided smile (his tongue hangs out to the side
since the growth in his gum was removed last spring, along
with his lower canine and an additional tooth or two).
Thank you so much for your
generous donation, Cheryl. We will indeed put it to very
good use. As I told you, we had an emergency intake of a
sweet 2-year-old that we had adopted to a couple last year.
Your donation in honor of Judy was used towards Susie’s
medical bill. Judy was also notified of your donation.
Hi Judy (GRRI foster mom),
She stood up!
Sounds kinda funny that "she stood up" is the highlight of
our day but you, knowing Spice, can understand our
excitement that "She stood up!"
So woo hoo...I did bribe her though. She hasn't
budged....so a little warm burger meat ....mmmmm.... and
then another bite a few feet away and "Look! She has legs!"
She is sweet, sweet, sweet. She follows us with her
eyes. I think she thinks we'll just continue to lie on the
floor with her all day, every day forever and ever.
Luke thought of a sweet name for her...Jersey…as in “Jersey
Girl”. She's not in Pennsylvania (or wherever) anymore.
She's in Jersey and she's home! We'll try that and see if
she likes it.
Obviously, she misses you and Jack. : ( Hopefully she'll
show us her legs again soon.
Talk to you soon Judy,
Nancy and Matt and Luke and Nick and "Spice-AKA:
Hi Judy (GRRI foster mom),
I've attached a few photos of us
playing ball this afternoon.
were exhausted! I'd throw the ball, Nick would bring it
back, Belle would watch.
Hmmmmm, looks like fun.
I'd throw the ball, Matt would go fetch it, Belle would
Hmmmm, he runs fast for an old guy!
Matt would throw the ball, I'd
retrieve it, Belle would watch.
Wow, she's not bad at fetching herself.
Phew...we wore ourselves out. LOL. As you can see, Belle
had a lovely time relaxing in the sun!
Nancy, Matt, Luke and Nick and our boss, Belle
Judy (GRRI foster mom),
WALKS! And...she walks and wags IN THE HOUSE! LOL
When I came home for lunch today - she followed me right
into the kitchen when I said "Do you want to go out?"
Awwwwwwwwww She is still nervous, but came to the door, I
put her leash on and out we went. She did it two other times
since then! She has her indoor legs!
I sat in front of her bed a little while ago.....giving her
a massage. Every time I stopped she crept closer and closer
and before long she was in my lap. Literally, in my lap. It
was funny and sweet.
Tonight she saw a tennis ball outside and P O U N C E ! ! !
I'll start teaching her to sit soon; she has no clue how to
sit. When I tell her to sit she looks at me like I'm nuts.
A puppy in a big dog body.
She's wonderful and we all love her to pieces.
my vet called my cell phone today out of the blue. He said
"Congratulations! When do I get to meet her?" He's a great
guy and was really excited for us and Belle and he can't
wait to meet her. As soon as she is more confident I will
bring her in for a well visit. He has a rescue Great Dane
who he brings to work every day.
I asked him about the Natural Balance food and he said he
has no objections and in fact, has many people who prefer it
and use it. Well, the people don't prefer it - their pets
I'll talk to you later.
Hugs to you and Jack and the gang.
The Belle Brigade
We got quite a chuckle out of reading these updates, Nancy.
Guess she didn’t like Jersey Girl since you’re now calling
her Belle. It sounds like she’s the “belle of the ball”
in your house. We just love the pictures. You all clearly
love her, what a difference from the puppy mill farm she
Terry (GRRI foster mom),
you? Have you taken on another foster Golden?
We're doing very well here and Becky is blending in so
nicely! She's acquired a number of nicknames already, HER
favorite being "Thumper" (because her tail wags so hard
against doors, walls, furniture, legs...)!!!
She’s become such an affectionate girl...she loves to
snuggle. She plays so well with Sophie and Bear, though
Bear plays longer with her because she's younger. She
copies a lot of the things that Bear does, too, which can be
quite comical because Bear is our constant comedian. Becky
is still scared of the dark (outside) but realizes that the
faster she pees, the faster she can go back inside. I'm
always right there with her talking to her with my calmest
voice - I hope it helps her. She still spooks easily but is
beginning to realize that it's just silly sometimes. For
example, earlier today I dropped a chip clip on the kitchen
floor. It rattled when it hit, which sent "Spooky" (another
endearment!) skittering off. Three seconds later, she
turned back to
investigate, stole the chip clip off the floor and made off
for the bed (which turns into a big playpen each morning
with at least a dozen toys, balls and bones on top of the
comforter, thanks to Becky)! She's quite the character. If
Bear has her "sillies" (rolling on her back and growling),
Becky occasionally has to have her "sillies" now too! She
did try to become the Alpha dog over Bear (via humping) but
Bear put her in her place with a snarl and let her know that
that wasn't about to happen. Poor Sophie has always been
the submissive, but she knows and accepts it.
We'll be stating to go up to our trailer in the Catskills
for weekends in less than a month so that'll be a new and
interesting experience for Becky...I'm sure she'll do well.
It seems that if she sees that Sophie and Bear are "cool
with it" (whatever the situation may be) then it must be
okay! Now that the warmer weather is allowing for longer
times outside, we'll be taking more photos - I'll send you
some within the next few weeks. We'll be dropping you a
line soon again and I'm sorry it's been so long since the
We're so happy that Becky's showing such a happy, playful,
affectionate and relaxed side - she can finally be the puppy
she probably wasn't allowed to be because I'm sure that her
breeding began with her first heat and didn't let up for,
what, 4 years...litter after litter. We're so lucky to
have 3 very happy fur kids - our babies!!!
and Bill, Sophie, Becky and Bear :)
Thanks for such a wonderful update, Lisa. We agree, Becky
probably didn’t have a “puppy hood” at all. She’s come such
a long way, starting with Terry, and now continuing with you
and Bill. This is what rescue is all about.
Hi Jody (GRRI foster mom),
Thanks for your email, and it is good to hear from you.
Maggie is doing great, thanks, and is still as happy and
playful as ever. Corey and I think this is due, in large
part, to all of the love you guys gave her during her time
of transition, and we will never forget how much you helped
her. I have attached a couple of photos of her in 'her'
She really enjoys her walks and especially the weekend
excursions to Jockey Hollow NP or Loantaka Brook
Reservation. She loves splashing in the streams, and a
couple of times she almost pulled one of us into the water
with her! And she likes meeting other dogs. This is a good
change for her, since she used to be very protective and
defensive when she would see another dog coming toward us or
across the street. But tomorrow is the big test, as she
begins her training course at St Hubert’s, and she will have
7 other doggie classmates every Monday night for the next 8
In January she had her first vet exam with Dr. Hirshenson
who pronounced her in excellent health. Of course, his staff
immediately fell in love with her!
Jody, if you guys are ever going to be in our area, please
let us know, and definitely come by for a visit - besides,
we still owe you dinner!
All the best to you and Anthony,
Lucille, Corey, and Maggie
PS: When we checked the GRRI website to see our photo, we
were amazed to see the picture of Gerry and Lisa Heilmann
right below ours - we have known them for 20 years, what a
Maggie looks wonderful…what a happy girl! This is such a
Hello Shayne and GRRI volunteers,
Attached are some pictures of Marco, our GRRI Golden adopted
in November 2005. We wanted to let you know that he is doing
very well, and he continues to be a much loved member of our
family. Marco is 11 now, and he recently started having some
difficulty getting up from lying down and he seemed a little
stiff when walking. Our vet examined Marco and took some
x-rays. The vet says that Marco has spinal arthritis. He
takes medication for that twice a day now, and he's feeling
much better and moving more easily. He still loves his
walks, and comes on occasional weekend trips with us in our
camper. He is always a favorite of folks at the campground.
The first picture shows Marco with his toy duck that he got
for Christmas. In the other picture, Marco is enjoying a nap
on the sofa with his "sister" Shannon. We long ago abandoned
efforts to keep them off the sofa, which is navy blue and
shows every hair. The next sofa we get will be a nice shade
of golden retriever.
Thank you again for rescuing Marco from the shelter, and for
choosing us to be his family.
you so much for the photos. We’re sorry to hear he’s
developing arthritis. Are you giving him Glucosamine and
Dear Fellow Golden Lovers,
is with incredible sadness that we regret to inform you that
a member of our family has left us. Madison (tag #02-022)
developed a hemangiosarcoma in her spleen with metastasis to
her other viscera. Sadly, since this showed no symptoms
until she became lethargic because of the bleeding into her
abdominal cavity we were unable to act in time to save
course everyone thinks that their dog is the greatest (and
probably more so with Goldie owners). We just need to
convey to you what a special gift she was and how she
enriched our lives for the too short six plus years she was
our companion, friend and a cherished member of our family.
In all our decades of owning many dogs, including other
Goldies, it was never our good fortune to have such a loving
creature grace our lives.
Sincerely, with heavy hearts,
William Campbell Hunter, Jr., D. MH.
We’re so sorry to hear of Madison’s passing. Thank you for
notifying us. Our sincere condolences to you and to Linda.
Hi Shayne (GRRI volunteer),
We were down at our shore condo
over the weekend again. Liberty had a great time on the
beach. He also had a nice nap afterwards!
Lucky Liberty to be enjoying the beach already!
Eileen (GRRI adoption coordinator),
you tell I love taking pictures? I thought this was a cute
picture of Glenda checking out the Easter eggs that the
girls colored. For some odd reason lately she has been
climbing up on the kitchen table. We love her anyway.
Happy Spring- Hope all is well.
Cindy & Glenda Adams
Cindy, thanks so much for
sending such wonderful pictures. This is my absolute
favorite! Glenda is quite a character.
I just made a donation to GRRI’s memorial site in Lady's
name. We adopted Lady in March 2001. She was 3 at the
time. GRRI matched us up with the most perfect dog that
walked the face of this planet.
Unfortunately we lost Lady to lung cancer last November
2008. She would have been 11 Feb.1, 2009.
write this email to you I am crying thinking about how much
I miss her. She was my best friend and is irreplaceable.
Lady was my shadow. There wasn’t anywhere I went without
Lady by my side. She followed me around the house. We
would take car rides together, walk to the school bus stop
to pick up the kids together or just sit on the front porch
in the morning sun together. I feel like I have lost my
soul mate. She was an amazing dog. I really tried to keep
up with her health knowing that Goldens get cancer but the
damn cancer was so progressive and quick that when I found
out about it, it was too late. She was gone within two
months of the diagnosis. I am attaching pictures of our
Lady. I have to thank GRRI for giving us the most amazing
dog that we could have ever asked for and thank you for all
the years of love we received from her. I would love to
adopt another Golden from GRRI but I am terrified of falling
in love with another Golden only to lose it to cancer.
Again, Lady is irreplaceable and I am still hurting from her
loss. It is difficult for me to come home and not have her
there waiting at the door for me. Sometimes I open the door
still expecting her to be there. My only solace is that I
know she is with me now everywhere I go. I know that when I
am in the supermarket, of course she couldn’t go there with
me, that she is actually with me in spirit.
Again, thank you for the many years of joy she gave us.
Dawna, we’re so
sorry to hear of Lady’s passing. Losing a beloved companion
can leave such a large void in our lives. When you’re ready,
we’d be happy to find a new Golden for you to love and
just finished reading your newsletter, especially the story
regarding Susie, and had to write. What a sad and
heartbreaking story it started out as but most definitely a
wonderful and most joyous ending. Best wishes to the family
that has adopted Susie. I'm sure Susie will have a great
life with all the love, attention and fun. In return she
will give you the best of herself – kisses, companionship,
laughs and cuddle time. As I read this story I thought to
myself that GRRI-NJ is by far the best rescue group I have
ever heard of. Your volunteers are #1 in our eyes and
hearts. This group goes above and beyond in their rescuing.
We have had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of your
fellow volunteers at the reunions we've attended. Applause,
applause to them as well as a big thank you to the forever
families that have adopted. Again the adoptions could not
take place if not for the volunteers in your organization.
Thank you for being there to rescue the Goldens that need
help. I don't want to even think of where they would be
without your help.
have adopted two from GRRI-NJ and are so thankful that we
were able to have them in our lives. Lacey, our senior, was
our pride and joy. She was our princess. She gave us so much
love, we could only spoil her to make sure her last years
were the best. Lacey knew she was loved. She's gone 3 years
but her picture is still on the wall. Tyler (Ty) was adopted
3 years ago this July from GRRI. He is now 6-1/2 but still
acts like a puppy. He is just so happy, especially running
around the backyard with his brother Toby. They are
inseparable as shown in the pictures enclosed. (Toby on the
left. Tyler on the right). It's like Tyler has been
with us forever. I can't put into words the love we have for
him. I was away for a week, while John stayed home to take
care of Toby & Tyler. When I walked in the door Tyler got to
me first and I was given the best kiss he has ever given. He
is definitely a momma's boy. Toby was adopted (private
adoption) at 7 months old. He is now 5-1/2 years old. He's
daddy's boy. Each day life is so much better having both
Toby and Tyler in our lives. I tell everyone when they hear
we have 2 Goldens, "Life is good with a Golden, it's even
better with two and we wouldn't have it any other way."
Enclosed is a check for Susie's Medical Fund or wherever it
may be needed. From our hearts we thank you and all that you
John, Chris, Toby & Tyler Meyer
Chris, thank you so much for
your donation and your kind words. We’re very proud of the
volunteers in our group and we’re thankful that we are able
to help dogs like Susie because of our generous supporters
like you. Susie is doing well; her physical wounds are
healed and we’re working on her emotional ones. It will take
some time but she’s going to be just fine. She won’t be
“ready” to attend the reunion in September but hopefully
next year you’ll be able to meet her.
Friends at GRRI,
just received the latest newsletter, which I always love
reading. It made me realize that I have not sent you a
picture of Daisy in a very long time! We adopted her in
August, 2000. Although we will never really know her true
age, we just celebrated her 10th birthday on March 15.
Daisy is an incredible dog. She has been very busy these
past 6 years helping our family raise Seeing Eye puppies.
We currently have our 5th puppy that will probably be
leaving us in September to begin his formal harness
training. Each time a puppy comes in the house, Daisy looks
at me as if to say "and he's staying for how long?" We also
have a 4 year old Yellow Lab, so Daisy has her choice of who
to play with, or not. She and I are a certified Therapy
team as of June, 2008. We visit a local nursing home
Attached is a picture taken summer of 2008. Although our
Labs will not stay out of the water, my lady Daisy will get
her feet and head wet but not swim! It doesn't matter; she
loves to run around the pool!
Everyday I am so grateful to have Daisy. Thank you for
helping us find this wonderful sweet dog.
Peggy & Steve Grow
Thanks for the update and pictures, Peggy!
Jo (GRRI foster mom),
wanted to send you some pictures. Clancy is in "hog"
heaven; "everything is right with the world". He now
plays ball (but doesn't give the ball back to you yet). As
you will see on the pictures he has toys also. He loves his
frog. After our walk to do his business, I let him loose
and he runs to the house, turns around and then when I call
him back he runs back and sits at my feet. He's a good
boy. He wakes me up some mornings by staring at me, and
when I move he jumps on the bed to tell me to get up. This
morning I didn't get up so he lay down beside me, then an
hour later he stood up in the bed and stared me
What a character he is. We can just picture him laying
there staring at you!
recently was found to be in a position to use the services
of the "Golden Retriever Rescue" organization. I would like
to take this time to tell you what a complete pleasure it was to
deal with the people who volunteer their services to this
The trauma of losing my job over a year ago and being forced
to sell my home and move in with relatives where I would not
be able to bring my 4-1/2-year-old Golden Retriever
"Sassy" was softened by the rescue service. I had
contemplated trying to find a home for her on my own and
through friends but heard about the Golden Retriever Rescue
and went on line to find out what was involved.
Within 24 hours I received a phone call from Pat DeSarno
who interviewed me extensively about the circumstances that
led me to my decision to use their services. I was asked
every possible question about my dog from temperament to
health and habits including any past health issues and how
she lived with me in my home. Then I filled out a contract
which also covered many of the same questions in the phone
I then sent all of the records I had for Sassy and also sent
all of the records from the Vet that treated her from the
time I purchased her to date. Within a week, two volunteers
came to my home to evaluate Sassy and spent time to get a
feel for her along with another Retriever to see how she
would relate to other dogs. They took Sassy with them that
day to a "foster" home where she will live with a family and
other dogs until the appropriate home can be found for her.
I must write to say that my mood went from feeling a
painful surrender of my beloved pet to being secure and
actually happy to see that she will be going to a situation
that will make her extremely loved, wanted and happy to be
with a family that will love and enjoy her as much as I have
for the past 4 years.
I can not praise this organization or its volunteers
enough. The service that they provide is immeasurable and I
hope some day in the future to contribute to their cause,
either by volunteering myself or donating in any way
possible to the organization. There is such a need for the
service that they perform, especially during these economic
times that the country is going through. If this service
was not available, what would happen to many other dogs that
people love dearly but can no longer care for?
I thank everyone involved once again.
Owner’s name withheld for privacy reasons
Thank you so much for your letter. Rest assured that Sassy
is in a wonderful home and is a cherished member of her new
turned 14 last week, and my mom's birthday was the week
before. (She's younger than me in your years!) We decided,
instead of buying ourselves gifts this year, to send this
small gift to you. Mom says that every day we both wake up
is a great gift anyway. And the truth is I can get mom to
give me anything I want anyway. At least that's one thing
that gets easier with age. And I am still a puppy in my
and doggie kisses,
Hi Sydney, Happy Birthday to you and to your mom. Thank you
so much for your donation. May you have many more happy
Anne (GRRI foster mom) and all our friends at GRRI,
Thought you would like to hear how Rusty is settling in. It
has been three months since we picked him up from Anne and
we feel like we have had him forever. As you can see he has
made himself right at home and is quite comfortable. He
loves his walks and always carries his leash with him.
The cat is finally getting used to having this huge dog
looking down at her! And he is so good with our 96-year-old
mom. Rusty sits with her with such patience and love. Rusty
and I are attending obedience class just so he can brush up
on his commands. He is, of course, at the head of the
class. Thank you so much for bringing us together.
Way to go Rusty…make us all proud at GRRI. We love hearing
that our Goldens are at the top of their class!
This letter is quite overdue!
In the late fall of 2008 my husband and I decided we should
add another golden to our family. At that time we had one
very sweet (very spoiled) 3-1/2-year-old Sadie Mae whom had been
a member of our family since the age of about 8 weeks.
Not quite knowing what to
expect or how long the process would take, we completed an
application and proceeded forward with the phone interview,
house visit, etc. Not long after our house visit by Lynda
did we receive a call regarding 9-month-old Emma. Since I
work from home and we have no small children to worry about,
we decided to take a chance on this “mouthy” girl and our
adoption was granted on December 12, 2008.
It was a bit of a challenge at
first introducing a new dog, being overly protective of
Sadie May, never having been around a mouthy dog, etc.
However, with Lynda’s guidance on a daily basis (which turned
into weekly training), we have been able to work with Emma
who is now rarely mouthy and very responsive when
corrected. She and Sadie May have become best buds. We
look forward to enrolling both Emma and Sadie May in a CGC
class this fall.
Emma is so smart, a stitch to
watch in play, rides great in the car, looks forward to our
daily walks, and loves our trips to Maine. Ironically she
is not a big fan of water and/or the pool.
We express our sincerest thanks
to Lynda - she is AWESOME! GRRI-NJ is very fortunate
to have her as a volunteer and thank you, GRRI-NJ, for taking in
Goldens like Emma who needed a chance to learn to be a
Golden and find their forever homes. I have attached a few
Celeste, Joe, Sadie May & Emma
for the update, Celeste. We agree - Lynda is awesome.
Unfortunately she is no longer volunteering with us but we
know that she’s still helping other dogs in need with the
Castle of Dreams rescue.
3 months now since we adopted Carter. It was a rough
start. This boy had no training and seemed immune to many
commands and types of training. He learned quickly that the
counters were no place for him, and the basics: sit, down,
stay…but the mouthing continued. He was a puppy in an 80-lb
frustrating, since we have experience with many types of
dogs, and this guy just didn’t seem to get it. We found
some dog behaviorists from Red Bank who really turned things
around for us.
Dawgs has been amazingly helpful in turning Carter into an
upstanding member of our forever family. He now even goes
to Doggie Day Care twice a week to socialize with other
dogs, and to help exhaust that endless puppy energy.
attached a few pictures of Mr. Carter. One is from May 14th,
his 1st birthday. This boy poses willingly, but
always looks put out when I dress him for the holiday!
There is also one of him on my oldest son’s bed…Carter
spends as much time as possible with my oldest.
finally learned to respect my youngest son, even though he’s
much smaller. Carter took most of his nipping/mouthing out
on my youngest, and I’m so blessed that Urban Dawgs was able
to show us a different, gentler way to correct that
behavior. The mouthing has finally disappeared.
a very smart boy, undoubtedly a bit hand shy when we adopted
him. Now he has no aversion to hands, and takes as much
petting as we can give him! I'll be sure to send a photo of
Carter and the entire family, since I understand that
Lynda's camera failed when she took it of us, back in
February. We'll keep in touch!
Ginny, Carter was probably the most challenging dog we’ve
taken into rescue in a long time. Just trying to get his
sutures to remain in place after his neutering took 3 trips
to the vet and finally, boarding for a week ‘til he was
healed enough that if he did pull them out – again – he
wouldn’t require additional surgery. We’re thrilled that
you stuck with it and worked with him. He was definitely a
diamond in the rough.
Shayne! (GRRI volunteer)
just want you and everyone involved to know that Ginger is
settling in beautifully. We are so glad that we waited and
took another look at her. She is so sweet and so
beautiful. She and Pinot are doing fine together. I think
Pinot is still wondering why we had to get another dog, but
Ginger howls if left alone and Pinot comes to get me every
time so I can reassure Ginger we are still here. She is a
welcome addition to our family. She has met a number of the
grandchildren and is very gentle. I took her to the vet
today, just so they could meet her and get to know her and
her issues. The vet was amazed at how quickly and well she
has bonded to me. She's a smart dog and knows a good thing.
Thank you to you and all of the members who do so much for
these wonderful dogs.
Roni, THANK YOU and Vince for adopting another special needs
Golden from us. We agree, Ginger is the perfect match for
you and is such a sweet, wonderful girl. We’re thrilled
that you gave her a chance!
an update on our Kassie. It is hard to believe that we have
had her almost 6 months. She is a real lover and extremely
active - getting into everything. She is playful and insists
on carrying my 12-year-old around by his ankle. She also
spends her days chasing rabbits and squirrels, chewing
sticks, plants and just about everything else she can find!!
Above all she is so loving. She gives hugs and kisses and
is funny!! Enclosed is a portrait I had done of her last
week - as you can see, she is a real beauty.
Bless all of you.
Hi Wendy, it sounds like Kassie is a very busy little girl.
Thanks so much for sharing her portrait with us…she is a