Letters to GRRI-NJ
Riley is very happy and wacky - she adores snow and has made
snow angels for weeks now.....she appears to be afraid of
nothing......at the nursing home she has a friend (his mom
is also a resident). Phil had a golden that died last year
and while he's not ready for another dog, he's working with
Riley on shaking and staying with food in sight - in
addition to playing ball in the lobby! The other night
Riley hopped up on the couch and snuggled with him! I swear
that she'd go home with him! On the positive side, he said
if I ever needed to get away for a few days that he and his
family would watch her and I know she'd be well taken care
of - I hate the idea of a kennel or a cage for her as she's
doing so well in the house and anxiety isn't an issue for
her - she knows I'm coming home ......I'm glad that you
liked the picture - if I ever find my camera I can take some
additional photos, but until then I'm dependent on the
cleaning girl - Riley poses for her! Thanks for taking such
good care of my girl...
much for the update Pat. We’re so happy to hear that she’s
doing so well and is such a social butterfly!
Dear Amy Jo (GRRI
Here is the
Snow Angel making a snow angel and enjoying the snow. He
just thinks it's the BEST!
Hope all is well, and that you are surviving this crazy
All my best,
just LOVE when they make snow angels? Adorable!
Hi Lilli (GRRI
Little Toby is
not so little anymore, just about half the size of Reno
now. Toby is doing great and he is very smart. Mark and I
have been working on training. We almost have "down"
accomplished; it just takes a few tries, but he gets it
done. "Stay" on the other hand, is Toby's difficult
command. I just can’t get mad at him though; he’s too cute
and wants love all the time. You wouldn't believe how
fast Toby can run - like lightning. Sometimes he will jump
the three steps off the back porch and run lap after lap in
the back yard. Reno tries to catch him but Toby has the
agility of a squirrel when he is not running like a road
runner. He still has some of the puppy floppy goofiness to
I fell in love
with him at "hello", and love him more and more each day.
Everyone who meets Toby says that he is such a happy dog
with a dangerous wagging tail. The tail doesn't stop! They
also comment how well Reno and Toby adjusted. They are
Next Monday the
28th, Toby is scheduled for neutering. Today is his 6 month
birthday, amazing how time flies. Wednesday night I will
send some pictures your way. (I got the hint, hint LOL) It
was good to hear from you, hope all is well.
They grow up
so fast, don’t they? We’d love to see some pictures of him.
Hello Amy Jo (GRRI
I just wanted
to say thank you again for doing such a wonderful job taking
care of and raising the puppies. Cena is adjusting well.
She went to the vet. Dr. G. was extremely pleased with
everything about her!! Cena has mastered the three
steps entering back into the house.....not going down yet.
She is drinking water and ate almost the entire 1/2 cup.
Tinkerbell is doing well sharing the attention. The food
situation is going well too......we put Tink on a leash
while they were eating.
We are all
enjoying her so much!! I will keep in touch with pictures
Rob, Kim and
much for the puppy update. There isn’t anything in this
world cuter than a Golden Retriever puppy. We’d love to see
how she looks now.
I just wanted
to let everyone know that our puppy, who we call Tucker, is
doing great!!!! It is almost a week and he is adjusting to
us really well. He is a really smart puppy and we are
enjoying him a lot.
I will send
giving him to us.
Paul and Kathy St. Germain
Here are some pictures of
Tucker. He looks very comfortable.
Kathy & Paul
How cute is he!!!! Thanks so much for sending them to us.
Hi Lilli (GRRI
roll...please. Finally, things are working in my favor.
Here are the newest pictures of our boys. Hope you like
them; they’re two rambunctious, healthy boys.
Have a good
The photos were worth the wait…they look great! You can
never have too many goldens.
Hi Amy (GRRI
Thank you so
much for going over everything with us last night and for
making sure the puppies got off to such a great start. You
must have worked hard with them, it shows. Brodie is such
a sweet puppy, we are so impressed. We're madly in love
He cried in his
crate for a few hours last night. It was tough, but he
settled in. He's adjusting nicely.
Dawson, Derek, David & "Christopher" Brodie
PS- will update
with some pictures soon.
Hi Amy! (GRRI
Hope this email
finds you well!
I just wanted
to let you know that we took Brodie to the vet for his next
round of shots and check up last week. At the first visit
our vet heard a heart murmur (I would have informed you
right away but I didn't go to the first appointment and my
dear husband decided not to tell me as I am a worrier!)
Anyway, at the follow up visit his heart sounded fine. The
vet said that this sometimes happens and if it corrects
itself in a timely manner it will be nothing to worry
about. I know you told me one of the other puppies had a
murmur and wanted to be informed if anything came up.
Luckily it has corrected itself and Brodie is fine :)
He is an absolute love! His training is going really well.
The boys have him doing little tricks like shake paw and
high fives. It’s so cute. Puppy kindergarten starts this
Here's a picture for you. I think he grows every day. I am
just amazed at how much he has changed in such a short
thank you so much for the update. We agree, they DO seem to
grow every day. One of the biggest indicators is how
quickly they go through dog collars! Pups quite often
outgrow heart murmurs; we’re glad that Brodie’s follow on
check up gave him a clean bill of health. Keep those photos
Hi Amy (GRRI foster mom),
It was great to
meet you and Ken today. Today has been really exciting! So
far everything is going well. He was following me
everywhere around the yard. I tried to plant some trees and
shrubs, and he helped me dig the first hole. After that I
decided to give up. I think he'll get along well with the
cat. Sometimes he gets excited and tries to chase the cat a
little bit which is funny to watch but he quickly finds
something else to do. And then the cat comes back around to
be near us. He took a nap in his crate and pooped outside
this evening so he got rewards for that. I'm thinking of
naming him Tuco ... from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. (Tuco
was the ugly and I think he'll be quite the opposite!)
Right now he's asleep on my chest while I'm lying on my
I'll keep you
posted on how he's doing.
such great imitators. We’re sure Tuco was a VERY quick
learner and has continued to master his gardening skills.
Who knows – you may have a Master Gardener in your home!
Dear Amy (GRRI
Thank you so
much for all that you have done for the three of us. We
truly enjoyed your hospitality today and very much enjoyed
our visit. The adoption photo you sent is wonderful and a
great keepsake of a special time. Thanks also for the
booklet. We are sure to benefit from its many ideas and
helpful hints. The ride home was uneventful and Crispy,
Serena, Abby, Gracie, Bailey (as you can see we haven't
decided yet!) seems to be getting comfortable with her
surroundings. She took a nice long nap on her new quilt
bed, ate her supper, and has selected a spot to centrally
observe house activity.
We are looking
forward to a long life with our new golden and we thank you
for fostering her. She, and the others you help, obviously
benefit from your care and compassion. May you continue your
fine work in helping these wonderful dogs.
Take care and
thank you again.
Chris and Steve
So have you
selected a name yet? Whatever it is, we know she’ll love
it. Thank you for being willing to adopt this sweet girl.
Puppy Mill dogs need extra special care, and we’re confident
that your home is the perfect one for her to thrive in. The
love she’ll give back will be extraordinary.
Dear Anne (GRRI
You must have read my mind as I was going to write you this
evening to give you an update on our big guy, Clancy. He is
the sweetest, most adorable gentle Golden, isn't he.... I
find myself thinking how well he would have enjoyed the
company of two of the Golden Girls who came and went before
him. His disposition is so similar to that of Sara and
Lainie, in particular... but Golden Retriever Rescue does
not work like that... Golden's come into our lives in the
order that God sends them!
Clancy has fallen in love with his little sister, Pickles.
She may be small in stature, but she is huge in her
personality! She is a great match for Clancy and I believe
she will add years to his life as he runs and frolics to
keep up with her antics.... and, he knows when he has had
enough and will just plop down and rest. He reacts so
positively when it is announced "Who wants to go out? He
and Pickles jump up in unison and together, they run to the
back door - so cute.
The only issue we have been having and it has become a
nightly issue is his 4-5am Bark! He has chosen to sleep
downstairs at night with Pickles in the TV room. It has
worked out fine and he always has the option to come
upstairs with us, but he chooses to remain downstairs. But,
for the last three weeks, at about 5am, he gives a single
LOUD bark at the bottom of the stairs and wants to go out!
I let him out, but then it awakens Pickles to also go out.
That alone is quite disruptive, and I try to go back to
sleep, but Pickles, being a young girl at just a year old,
DOES NOT want to go back to sleep.... she figures we are all
up, so let's start the day. So I have tried everything from
letting him out later hoping that would push back the
morning call, but it makes no difference to him what time he
goes out in the evening to when he needs to go out in the
morning. Anyway, like I said, we are working on it...
The other problem, although not a problem really, but issue
I suppose..... is his anxiety of lightening and thunder!
The slight storms we had in the past couple of weeks were
not a problem at all... but a couple days ago we had a
GIGANTIC thunder/lightning storm that started
about midnight. He ran around the house, up and down the
stairs and could not find comfort anywhere. As hard as I
tried to comfort him, like his golden predecessor Stella
before him, there is NO comforting a Golden Retriever during
a big thunder storm. I did give him one of his Rx
tranquilizers and it did take effect in about an hour, but
had we known that this storm was coming this fierce, I would
have been better prepared. But like you had told me, and
what we had learned during his time with us so far, he had
not shown any problem what-so-ever with any of the other
storms we had up until this one, so I had not given him a
tranquillizer in the anticipation of him getting so worked
up. Now I know at what level of storm freaks him out!
You feel so badly for the pup as he is really in a distress
and you cannot do anything for him. But again, now I know.
As far as his weight, I am certain it is slowly coming off.
He has his first official vet appointment next week. Upon
your advice, I did not rush into a wellness vet appointment
for him right off. Instead, since he had just had one with
you, we decided to allow him to adjust to us and our home,
HIS home, so as not to stress him out with another vet
appointment until he was more settled in.
But Clancy is definitely HOME where he belongs. He is one
of us now and loves it. And you know firsthand - he follows
me everywhere around the house. I have had that with each
of my golden girls. They are all alike in that respect -
they just want to be with their family. But he is also fine
when I do have to go out.
And OH, how he SNORES! I tell him that when Joe is away he
fills in that part of my lonely nights!!
I have attached
a few photos for your enjoyment. However, I did notice that
his photo was not included in the newsletter that just came
out the other day. Perhaps you might want to offer one of
these for the next issue. I did see my dear, dear departed
Sara in the newsletter, and oh, how quickly the tears flow
at the sight and thoughts of her. I miss her terribly, but
I know, that's life.
Thanks for staying in touch and if we don't see you before
September, we look forward to seeing you at the annual
Katherine & Joe Pursley
and..... Clancy & Pickles
the update and photos. Clancy’s photo was not included in
the last newsletter because the adoption occurred after that
issue had been closed. We have to meet publishing deadlines
in order to get our newsletters distributed, but rest
assured, all our adoptions, memorial notices, etc. do get
It is with
complete devastation and heartbreak that we must say we’ve
lost our sweet Maggie. She turned 10 this past September,
the dreaded double digits. We always knew every day after
10 was a gift; we hoped we’d gotten lucky and would be
blessed with many more years. The only comfort we have is
in knowing that she was her happy, exuberant self until she
collapsed last night. The vet suspected hemangiosarcoma took
our sweet girl from us.
you can indulge me…
Maggie was our first dog we actually picked out (as opposed
to inheriting or finding on the roadside). Maggie was from
Gary Ribe, Viking Goldens; we later found out Maggie and
John and Barb Ready’s Pal, also sadly at the bridge, were
from the same mother. Losing Pal was especially painful, not
only because we loved him dearly, but because he was
Maggie’s half brother; it was a painful reminder of how
short their time is here with us.
had no idea it would be so hard to pick out a puppy…there
were only 3 females in the litter, and yet 2 hours later we
were still not sure. Then this fat, butterball of a puppy
waddled up, sat on Beth’s foot, threw her head back and
looked us in the eye. We knew then---she had picked us.
Maggie came home with us on my birthday and has made our
lives complete for the past 10 years and 4 months.
Maggie is the reason we got involved in rescue, she was such
a sweet dog, we wanted to somehow help other goldens. Such
a calm, gentle soul, she loved everyone and they her. Even
some of the feral cats who are afraid of everything saw a
friend in Maggie---she’d stand there, tail wagging until
they would relent and let her say hi. She just wore them
down, I guess…soon enough they’d be rubbing Maggie’s legs
and running beside her. It was an amazing sight.
helped nervous Monty to settle in, she was his strength and
stability. He’d look to her for confirmation that it really
was OK and he didn’t need to be so afraid. They did
everything together, side by side. Poor Monty has lost his
hearts are broken. We keep looking for her; she was such a
big part of everything we did. I can count on 3 fingers how
many times we spent a night apart. Vacations were all about
if the dogs would love where we were going. All of our
memories involve this sweet girl….trail walking (her
favorite), vacations in the country and at the beach, RV’ing
at Goldstock with her human and canine friends, GRRI events…
It’s going to be incredibly difficult doing these things
without her. Right now, it feels like the light has gone out
of our lives.
will desperately miss waking up each morning with that sweet
face in mine, tail thumping on the bed as soon as my eyes
opened. She loved our morning time and would gaze into my
eyes with those beautiful, soulful eyes of hers as if to
say, “Mom I love you so much”… until Beth left the room,
then she’d fly off without even a backward glance. Beth was
the keeper of food and Maggie was all about food.
Maggie was our heart dog, the one in a million dog. We
shared a bond with her that we’ll likely never have again.
That feels so bad, I can’t even put it into words.
This is so incredibly painful. We want to believe Maggie
will be with our Buddy, her cat friends Lucy and Smudgie,
her rescue event friends and all the dogs who’ve gone before
us. And my Nana, who is surely with Buddy. Heaven will be a
brighter, happier place with our exuberant girl.
Please keep our sweet girl in your thoughts and a candle to
light her way.
love you Maggie, more than words can say. Our lives will
never be the same without you.
Michele & Beth
Many candles were lit to guide your sweet girl on her
journey to the bridge, and we know she had a wonderful
reunion with all her furry friends when she arrived. Maggie
will always be with you in your hearts. We’re so sorry for
This morning at 12:40 a.m., our beautiful boy, Jake, made
his journey to the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by Sue and me
and his furry siblings Elle, Oakley, and Nash.
We will never forget the cold winter day in January of 2002
that Jake came to live with us. We were actually all set to
adopt another Golden when Jake walked into our lives and
decided to stay forever. From that day forward, all he ever
brought to us was joy, smiles, and love unconditional. He
was such a handsome boy with his spotty nose and white
stripe ... and such a great "ambassadog" for Golden rescue.
Whenever he accompanied us on home visits, everyone wanted
to keep him ... his personality was just magnetic!!!
I've attached a photo of him from the first year we had our
pool; as you can see, he loved to swim!
Rest in peace my sweetest angel! We will love you forever
and see you one day at the Bridge.
Bobbie & Sue, may wonderful memories of your time together
with Jake continue to bring you comfort. We’re so sorry for
cannot thank you enough for choosing our family to adopt
Toby, he fits in our family like a glove and is so easy to
love. At first I thought all the steps for adopting a
golden was a bit much, but now I see why GRRI goes out of
their way, the quest for a perfect placement. Thank you
Since we brought Toby home almost 3 months ago, it didn't
take but a few days for Toby to become acclimated with our
home. It may have had something to do with the toy box
overflowing with toys, a new brother (Reno), big back yard
to run (boy can this boy run), treats for completing
commands, good boy scratches, walks, rides, and love, love,
love. Okay, we can all say, "SPOILED"!!!!
have to tell you, Toby is one smart 6-month-old. Reno, who
is our beloved 4-year-old golden, and Toby love to play.
Reno has at least 30-lbs. on Toby and could squash him if he
wanted to, but plays a passive role during play. I don't
know why but Toby will sit right on Reno's head while they
are playing and looks down at Reno with an "I gotcha" look
on his face, but I swear, Reno lays on the floor and
laughs! He doesn't move, just laughs. Reno has never had
so much exercise in his life until Toby came into ours. The
only command Toby is having difficulty with is "Stay" .
"Down", "Come", "Outside", "No" & "who's hungry?" no
problem. "Stay" is going to take some work. LOL.
Did I mention Toby loves to watch TV?? I think "Eight
Below" and "Marley & Me" are his top picks. Toby will sit
and watch most of the movie and act out parts of his own
dialog while watching ... very funny.
So, on March 28 Toby was neutered; he did very well.
The day of the surgery Toby was-not
most of the day. The following day you would never have
known this little guy
any type of procedure done. It was quite a job for Mark and
me to keep him subdued for a few days.
Again, GRRI & foster mom Lilli, we can not thank you enough
for Toby. I think he thinks he is
Royalty. We’ll keep you updated. Summer is coming; we can't
wait to get the boys down on the beach.
Cheryl & Mark
like Toby has hit the jackpot and is quite happy in his new
forever home. Thanks for such a positive update!
We adopted a
golden about four years ago named Chester. Unfortunately he
developed a brain tumor and passed away peacefully this past
Monday. We were crushed, and wanted to adopt another
golden. Do we need to fill out a new application? Our home
is unchanged and our children are now eight and thirteen. We
may be interested in Angelina but we were waiting on
condolences to you and your family. Yes, you would need to
submit a new adoption application which can be done via our
The skies are
joining us in mourning our beautiful 14-yr-old golden girl,
Savannah. We started our wonderful life together when she
was only 11 weeks old. She was our Bronwyn's half sister;
another Stonehill Golden.
Last month she
was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. We chose
palliative care rather than subject her to any sort of cyber
knife laser treatment that probably wouldn't have helped
anyway. The neurologist told us this tumor had most likely
been there for quite some time. I think he was right, since
I kept saying since December that there was something not
I was so
worried that I wouldn't know when it was time, but as
always, the close bond that I share with our fur kids came
through and she let me know last night that it was time. So
this afternoon Drew and I were by her side as she breathed
her last breath. Please light a candle to guide her on her
journey. I know Bronwyn and her best bud, O'Hara, have
joined her and are taking care of her, as is God, until
we're all reunited again.
God speed my
angel. May you rest in peace, and rise in glory...we love
you so much.
beautiful girl she was. No matter how much time we have
together with these glorious creatures, it’s never enough.
You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.
Hi Pat (GRRI
We took Banjo
to the vet yesterday. He weighs 87 lbs.! We have been
walking his butt off. Doc said he is in very good shape.
He did not take his blood yesterday. He said it would be a
more accurate read in 2 weeks. He also said to give him at
least 2 cups of food per day. We can feel his ribs and he
has a tapered waistline. Part of the weight loss is due to
the thyroid medication. Banjo seems to be adjusting very
well. As you said, he is readily going into his crate at
night. We really love this guy.
Let me know when you and Joe will be coming. We’re looking
forward to seeing you.
Maryanne & Walt
Congratulations on Banjo’s weight loss! We’d love to see
his “new skinny” self. Please send some photos when you
have a chance.
Dear Lynda (GRRI
How can I ever
thank you enough for giving me Misty, a beautiful dog. She
has adapted so well to my limited way of life. At 86 years
of age, I can still take good care of her and can give her
Misty has a
personality all her own. She loves everyone who comes to
visit and they all love her. She has accumulated an
overflowing basket of toys with which she entertains herself
when she is not playing in her large fenced in yard.
She has a dog
friend in a yard down the street whom she has never met but
she can carry on a conversation everyday - if we could only
know what they are saying.
Again, I must
express my sincere gratitude to you and to the Golden
Retriever Rescue for the gift of Misty. She has added so
much happiness to my life.
some pictures, some of which were taken on her 9th
birthday which we celebrated with co-owner Barbara and other
friends. It was a very nice day. Barbara sends her regards.
PS – Misty
still has her pink ball which she brought with her and I am
taking good care of it for her.
very happy in her new forever home with you, Ann. Thank you
so much for sending us an update and the photos.
Dear Eileen &
Drew (GRRI volunteers),
Our hearts and
prayers are with you ... Savannah was a beautiful, amazingly
intuitive girl, generous to a fault in her ability to share
here home with the never ending refuges that her people were
called upon to help. I will choose to remember her as the
young girl who ran and ran and ran with Dylan in our play
group at Rockwood all those years ago, and as the
grace-filled old girl whose smile out-shined them all on
every Christmas card! She was a treasure.
this check in Savannah’s memory to help other golden girls
Donna & Nelson
for your beautiful eulogy of Savannah and for your generous
donation. We also look back on those days fondly; how much
fun they had. I know Dylan was among the crowd welcoming
our sweet girl to the bridge, and they’re once again running
like the wind.
feels like she's been with me forever but it was just 5
years ago that I evaluated Ginger, transported her to my
house, attempted to foster her. I fell in love in about 5
minutes. I couldn’t let her go!!! She weighed almost
100lbs that day, today she weighs a healthy 58 lbs!
all of those at the event on Saturday, I had to include a
picture with her new woobie that she shopped for
herself....although she would have taken all of them home!
She treats it like it’s her baby and doesn’t let it out of
her site. Problem is, she likes to make it squeak during
the middle of the night!!
little monkey turned 9 years old in January. I just love
her to pieces. :)
Day Ginger…and Amy! It’s clear, she sure does love that
sadly inform you of Gordie’s passing on Thursday, May 19.
He went peacefully with both of us at his side. He is now
resting at harmony with all, without pain, forever.
Gordon was the sweetest dog ever! He was a big, gentle,
will miss his bark, his kisses, his exuberance, his
want to thank you at GRRINJ for letting us adopt – he
enriched our lives beyond words.
& Charmaine Ochshorn
We’re so sorry for your loss. Gordie looks like he was very
happy in this photo with his buddies. Thank you for all the
love you gave to him.
I was just
saying to Vic that I have not written to you, Lilli. I hope
all of your puppies are doing okay, I think of all of them,
especially Cassie and Chase and Tiny.
adjusting easily to our different ways. W do drive a few
times a day, and she is able to do so, though a little
uneasy. I am thinking that she might have been crated while
in the car, and maybe this is hard for her right now. We
take her in the car every day for short rides, hoping that
this will ease her fear.
Lilli, as you
know, she is just so loving, just stays right by our side,
and that is more than fine with me. When I am on the
computer, she is right there next to me.
Vic tried to
throw the ball in the yard with Kiri, and she is fast and
loves to play, but then goes into a frenzy pulling up the
grass, and grabbing twigs and pieces of mulch. I think she
just gets so excited, she doesn't know what to do.
As far as
anything and everything, she is so wonderful, Lilli. She is
eating, loving her food, we are brushing her, and I brushed
her teeth for the first time.
Her left ear is
a little irritated, and she has a little growth - like a
pimple - near her toe, so we will take her to the vet, and
bring your forms with us. I wasn't sure which vet to go to,
but think we will remain with the closest one which was
Cheerio's vet also.
We took her to
the park, and she just wanted to have everyone pet her, sat
right down by them, adults and children alike. She did meet
a dog there, looked like a border collie, and they just
sniffed each other. Kiri was very comfortable with the other
dog. She walked so well on the leash, and only pulled when
some boys were playing with a ball, just as Cheerio would
We love her,
Lilli, from the moment you sent her pictures, and when we
saw her outside with you as we pulled up. She loves to be
hugged and kissed, sleeps with us. We could not ask for a
Thank you for
the gift of Kiri, Lilli....she helps me to get up in the
morning...and I hope that we do the same for her.
Betty & Vic &
the update, Betty. It sounds like Kiri has adjusted very
well to her new life with you. Kiri was crated when she was
in the van with her former family. You’re doing exactly the
right thing for her, taking her for short rides in the car
so she can become adjusted to riding in the back seat.
Molly just turned 6 and is doing great. We have a new baby
kitten in the family (that consists of me, Molly, and now 3
cats, all under age 2) and Molly is so tolerant! I have
watched the baby kitten, Layla, climbing all over Molly,
swishing her tail in poor Molly's face and jumping on
Molly's tail and Molly just lays there quietly. I have also
found the two of them curled up together on Molly's bed, so
I think they are secretly best friends. Molly loves her
walks and has her favorites she likes to see. She is doing
really well around other dogs, and makes me a proud Mama! I
am still unable to get a picture of her because of her fear
of cameras. It's not the flash, either, because I have a
new, small digital and all I have to do is take it out and
she leaves the room and goes upstairs to hide. So far I've
only captured pictures of her rear end exiting the room, but
I keep trying.
a good girl Molly is putting up with her new kitten’s
antics. Congratulations on your newest furkid. Hopefully
one of these days you’ll be able to send us a photo – or two
– of her. We’d love to see her with her kitties.