Letters to GRRI
I wanted to follow up with you regarding Angel, the sweet 6-year-old female
golden retriever we adopted a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of GRRI. Only a few weeks
before, we lost our Dusty, another golden retriever who was nearing the ripe old age of
16. Here's a picture of Angel:
When Angel first came home with us, she was timid, even scared. Now she's
always at our heels. At first we could not feed her by hand; now she has discovered biscuits,
and takes a whole large Milk Bone in her mouth. Then, mouth full, she tries to intercept
a small biscuit as we give it to our dachshund, Dasher. Dash likes to curl up alongside
Angel, and our two girls sleep side-by-side.
My wife and I are walking on air. Our hearts are full. Thank you for putting
us together with Angel. Janet says Dusty sent Angel from heaven. But she still believes
in Santa Claus. This much I know: Christmas came early this year. Thank you!
Dear Steve & Janet -- thanks for such a touching note. We can tell
your Angel has fallen into excellent hands!
I just wanted to write and tell you how happy we are with the golden
we adopted through GRRI.
We had put in an application before going on vacation in July for
a golden we had found on the website. We did not hear anything while we were gone, nor
anything after our return. We were convinced that we were not fated to get a golden. Then
the phone call came.
I almost didn't call back. Never the less I didn't want to be rude
so I made the call. Well when I was told there was a
litter of 9 week old golden babies
up for adoption I nearly cried.
I quickly called my fiancé' on the road and told him. "Call
them back right now and tell them Yes!" The very next
afternoon we were on our way
to Newfoundland, NJ. When we got there and Judy let out those
beautiful babies, Cruiser
came running right to me. I could barely hold back the
tears as memories of Jenny, my
childhood best friend/golden retriever came flooding back.
I could see Jenny in Cruisers
face. It was her come back to me and I knew it.
I quickly sent Sean to the truck to get the collar and leash we
had already purchased on the way to "just look" at the pups. We filled out all
the paperwork and talk a bit with Judy and the other adopters there then headed home.
That was 3 weeks ago. Cruiser has now adapted to his new home and his
big brother Chip (our 9 month old chocolate lab) and his kitty sister Lizzie (our 6 year
old Calico). He loves run around the yard and bark at the squirrels. The two pups always
find something to get into while inside as well. Lizzie has even allowed Cruiser to take
naps with her on our bed.
GRRI has made me the happiest girl alive. Cruiser is an absolute blessing
and we feel honored to have him in our lives.
Thank you all so much!
Angela & Sean -- We know sometimes it can seem like forever to potential adopters
who are waiting for that all important phone call, but we're so glad you
were patient -- and called us back. Cruiser is obviously leading
a very tough life ... thanks
for the adorable pictures!
enjoyed the Fall Newsletter and all of us hope to attend
the Golden Retriever event October
7th. Cody survived our 2 week vacation without
him. We tried to pay adult rate for him at
the cottage in Maine, with no luck. Two sets of friends
filled in and all were happy.
He spent 10 days at our home with the church musician, and
6 days with friends who live
in a protected neighborhood. Cody visits the neighborhood
from time to time, and we now
know why he gained a little weight. I wish it was
as easy to put a human on a diet as it
is a dog!
actually stopped chewing on his right paw!!! He now appears
to be having an allergic reaction
to ragweed? His vet will look into the problem tomorrow.
Cody has such a good reputation
at the vet office that they call him "Codster"
and go an extra mile for him. We'll
let you know what the newest allergy is.
is now attending the church's youth group meetings, and is
now allowing his belly to be
rubbed. What an angel dog!!!
we haven't been able to get people to adopt goldens yet, we
have definitely gotten people
to go through similar rescue groups for other breeds.
all is well. We felt privileged to meet Reilly Veiga and his family.
He had a wonderful,
caring family to spend his earthly life with.
and Mark Summer
Bonnie & Mark -- All of us who knew Reilly and his family
felt the very same way. Please be sure to give
the Codster a tummy rub from us, and good luck on the allergies
As promised, here are some photos of Bailey and Ripley. Bailey has been such
a wonderful addition to our clan. Ripley took to him from the first day (of course Ripley
takes to anyone or any dog - he is Mr. Friendly)
been two months with Bailey and he has come a long way. The day we picked
him up [from his surrenderer], he was a mess - nasty ear infections,
matted fur down to his
skin, SMELLY (whew!!) and, believe it or not, over weight. Obviously,
a dog living
outside with not a lot of love. Some antibiotics, shaving
sheers and tons of exercise
later, Bailey is a handsome 80lb. guy.
Bailey is also learning how to be a dog. When we first picked him
up, Bailey sort of just hung around, walked in a straight
line on the lead and wasn't
sure what was going to happen to him next. Now, I'm happy
to report, Bailey has graduated
from basic obedience class, Bailey and Ripley wrestle
constantly, he fetches ANYTHING, sniffs
and explores like puppies should. He has had all sorts of
new adventures - swims in the
ocean and the pool, hikes in the woods, new dog friends
at the local dog park and a few
dips in the lake (he LOVES to swim).
One last major hurdle and Bailey will be living the life. We were aware that
Bailey had some sort of accident some time in the past where his leg was broken. When
we had Bailey checked out by our Vet, we learned that his back leg, hip joint and pelvis
were all crushed and never repaired. Hence Bailey's limited mobility and appearance of
being a lot older than his 20 months.
On September 19th, Bailey will be going for surgery for a brand new
hip. We are confident that this will relieve him of the
constant discomfort that we're
sure he is in and will finally let him do all those activities
that his determined little
face tells us he wants to do but his body won't cooperate.
That is if the Vets let him
leave the hospital - you see, Bailey, with his charm, has turned everyone's
heart to mush
at Red Bank Vet Hospital.
We'll let you know how he's doing as the 'bionic golden retriever' later this
Gail and Barry Dalton
Dear Gail & Barry -- please do let us know how bionic Bailey fared
after his surgery. We're sure all that swimming will come in handy as a part of his recovery,
and we wish him a speedy one!
adopted Cody from GRRI-NJ last summer -- Cody has been the most wonderful, special
dog I could EVER imagine -- He has taken care of ME, and can
only be described as a sweet,
gentle, loving soul.
I am writing to inform you that my husband and I were forced to make
the decision to have Cody euthanized, after being suddenly
diagnosed with an incurable
auto-immune disorder. We tried treatment and gave Cody
every benefit we could, but he
grew more anemic, and weaker and weaker, with a very bleak
prognosis. I held Cody as he
died. He was very peaceful. I miss him terribly.
We wanted you to know and would ask that you please write back or
call us if you need any additional info -- I still have
photographs of Cody on my desk
I was going to mail to Eileen McFadden, showing her how
beautiful Cody was -- She was so helpful
in our adoption, I will be eternally grateful Cody was ours
for a short time. If possible,
please express my gratitude to Eileen for seeing to it
that we could love Cody, and if
possible, I'll still send her the photos if she can supply
He was a VERY special dog. With appreciation and sadness,
Kathy and David Harris
Dear Kathy & David -- our sincere condolences to you, and thanks
so much for letting us know. Please email us
as we would love to have some pictures.
We adopted Romeo
(aka Remello) back in August 2001. The Slamp's were the foster family. Romeo (3 yrs
old) came to us from Brooklyn New York and had to adjust
to a shelter then move to a Staten
Island foster home then to the Slamp's in Hadden Heights
and then to our home in Deptford.
Romeo is finally settling in. He still keeps following me around everywhere - even the bathroom. He is sleeping in the
master bedroom with
us or in the upstairs hallway between our room and our son's
room. It appears that he
likes to keep tabs on us all. I am taking him for his
daily walks in the morning and evening.
He loves apples. I'm told that carrots are good for them
so I will have to try that.
I know he doesn't like broccoli stalks.
has become more gentle with taking food or toys from someone's hand.
It is still a battle
to take anything out of his mouth! He still believes it's
a a game. Tennis balls are still
his favorite toy. And he does love to give kisses!
our kitten (6 months old) are getting along just fine. I am sending a photo of them both.
They even look alike! We plan on getting him dressed for Halloween. I'll send a photo
if he cooperates.
you for all that you all do. GRRI of New Jersey are great matchmakers. We found our perfect
Barbara -- we sure hope Romeo let you dress him up for Howloween
... send pictures, please!
My name is Brenda Colangelo I recently adopted Leisha
your rescue. I would like to share a very
nice story with you.
dog Speedy (Basset Hound) was put down four years ago
due to age and illness. He
was with my family for twelve years. After his death
I wanted another one.
I now know that I am very grateful to my husband for not
letting me bring another dog home.
I am very sentimental about things and I believed the best
thing was to have another dog.
My husband was always against it and I got mad many times.
Everyone in my family knew
that I wanted a dog. For some reason
all animals love
me and I return the feeling.
Two years ago I took home two orange kittens for my two
youngest children. Their names are
Happy and Pumpkin. My cats are very outgoing and
sometimes very strange but I love
went to my mother-in-laws house one Sunday about 6 weeks ago
and saw a large beautiful dog
only to assume she was babysitting with the other two
she had. When she came home
she told me it was her dog. That dog is Lady.
She lost her owner in the WTC
disaster and she got the dog through one of your volunteers,
Pat Pinches. From the
time I saw that dog I asked my mother to give her to me.
She wouldn't and now I understand
weeks ago my phone rang and a person was asking for my husband
who goes to bed early because
he works early hours. When I asked who was calling she
told me her name was Pat from your group
and I was suspicious and kept questioning her. I thought
that my mother was going
to give me Lady with the consent from your group.
Only to find out that my husband
had contacted you as a surprise for my birthday which
is November 6. Pat had
a dog in mind for us, and when I kept after her, she revealed
to me the history of my Leisha.
so overwhelmed with my husbands gesture and the feeling
I had that night I do not think
I could put into words. We are married fourteen years
and this is the best present
he could have ever given me.
drove out to Pa. the next day, and listened to her foster
mom Pam Patton and read the
medical records she supplied me with. I was so in love with
her before I received the medical
records and if you do not know, I am the Director of Food
Services for the Bergen
County Nursing Home in Rockleigh, I read many medical
reports. When I read my
Leisha's I was in tears. No form of any life should
have been put through that.
The records date back to July of this year and the amount
of blood work and health care
is amazing. The love she got from Pam is beyond.
I thank you, your group and
your many volunteers because I know she would not be here
a happier note, my Leisha has been with me and my family
eleven days, the fist
two days I got scared because I wasn't getting through.
From the second night she came back
to life. She is like a puppy in so many ways, my
husband takes her for long walks
in the morning and I take her at night. During the day
she is in the yard with me and we
now have a routine with different balls that we play every
day. She knows when its time
to get brushed every night and she knows when I clean her ears.
My cats are coming
around and I knew they would. I know I am getting lengthy but
there is just so much
I want to say. I heard my dog bark the other day and
I was just as excited as when
my children took their first step.
is to me the most beautiful present I could ever have gotten
because she came from my husband
and he knew this was the perfect time and also I always
made it very clear that I did not
want a puppy and being a part of the Health Dept., I wanted
a dog that needed love that
was very hard to place. And I got her.
has been to the Vet, and I know in my heart she has many good
years in her now that she
has been given the life that she deserved from day one.
I have been in touch with
Pam and Pat because I feel like a new mother and also
to assure them that she has a great
home. I love her so much and believe me I know the
feeling is mutual more to me but
also with my whole family. With each day she acts
more and more like a normal happy
dog. I can only hope she really forgets the life she
had. And with each and
every day just finds everything like a new adventure as a
physical appearance has changed dramatically. She no
longer looks as if she was crying.
Her hair is growing back she is vibrant and I will not send
a picture for at least a month
because I want you all to see the real Leisha. In
closing (I hope I didn't bore you
to tears) Leisha went trick-or -treating tonight
with her new mom and her young friend Michelle.
contact me any time,
Brenda -- Leisha's history (formerly Leeshay)
broke all of our hearts -- and all of us at GRRI are very grateful
to those dedicated GRRI volunteers
who brought her back from the brink, and into your loving home.
We can't wait to see
those new pictures you promised!
Fellow GRRI Volunteers,
weeks back I had decided to have a Yard Sale with the proceeds
to benefit our group for Veterinary
expenses. With all that was going on at the WTC, I questioned
myself if I should still hold
the sale (Sept. 16th) or not. I decided to go with it when
Judy [GRRI President]
and a few others decided that we would donate the money to
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
on Sunday I sat with a Yard full of items for sale and barely anyone showed up. I was very
disappointed because I had put so much hard work into it.
then, while shopping for goodies, a group of young girls asked me about the flier I had made
up about where the money was being donated. They asked if they could take one home.
while later right before I was about to give up for the day, they came back with big grins
on their faces. They asked me how much money I had raised today. I explained to them that I
hadn't counted it yet but not much. Then one by one, each one of the five girls held out their
hands to me filled with money!
sweet girls had gone around the neighborhood and down to the soccer field to sell bottled water
and raised $50.00 to give to me! It was a beautiful sunny day and these girls could have easily
spent it playing but decided instead to help me raise money for a good cause.
all that has been going on in the world, I felt that each one
of these girls should be recognized
and thanked. Their parents should be proud! With the help
of these terrific girls, we donated a total of $172
to The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation! Thank you girls!
Jennifer age 9
Christina age 10
Chelsea age 12
Jessica age 12
of Wayne, New Jersey
Danielle, Jennifer, Christina, Chelsea, and Jessica -- From all of us at GRRI, Thank
YOU so much for what you did!
to Jeanne ... thanks so much for all the work you did for
GRRI as our Fund-raising Chairperson,
not to mention our very best -- and prize winning -- photographer!
DiMarzio Family poses with the hand crafted Golden drawn sleigh they won at the Goldstock Auction.
Thanks again, Lois for your VERY generous bidding, and to Marta and Harry Alfred for crafting
and donating the sleigh to benefit GRRI!
Bagel and Biscuit
continue to thrive, and we LOVE them!
-- Bagel and Biscuit look very loved -- and very happy! Thanks so much for the great