Letters to GRRI-NJ
happy family with Jack as a new family member. Davis and
Jack are getting to know each other and are doing well.
We can't thank you enough and the foster family for making
this special connection. We will send some photos of the
guys hanging out.
Conlons, Glad to hear that Jack and his new brother are
doing so well together! We'd love to see pictures,
please do send them along.
Coby 2 years ago and fell in love with him from day one - as
did his "sister" - Hope. The kitties have a quiet détente
with him - and that works out fine.
been meaning to send photos for a while now - so here are a
few I hope you'll enjoy.
The 2 dogs
get along fabulously and are best pals. Coby goes to work
with either me or my husband and enjoys being with us 24/7.
The one photo is him at my office. Everyone there loves him
and he can usually talk someone into rubbing his belly or
playing ball. His favorite thing in the world is playing
frisbee (or ball) - and he can catch things out of the air
from amazing distances.
just loved the snow this winter - and enjoys hiding his
ball in it and finding it again. Both dogs travel with us
when we visit Chuck's parents in PA - and they share the
backseat with love.
really a beautiful guy and does his best to always please.
He has had a few issues with protectiveness, which we
continue to work on. We would love to come to the reunion in
Sept., but because he has real alpha issues with other dogs,
we aren't sure he is quite ready, and can't completely be
trusted to be a nice guy to other pups when he first meets
them. (Hope is that exception for sure!) It usually gets
worked out within a few minutes, but we try to keep that
limited to friends' and relatives' dogs - since the loud
initial encounter is understood as harmless more readily
once you've seen it.
thank Pat [GRRI volunteer] for helping us find our perfect
match. We are very grateful to GRRI for giving us this
Connie, Coby's a great looking dog! We're sure the workday
goes by a lot quicker with such good company. Thanks for all
that you're doing for him.
wanted to update you on how everyone is doing. Buddy and
Pumpkin are just fab!! They are so much fun - they play ball
every morning. Buddy plays Jeter and Pumpkin is Bernie. They
are in training to work in the store. The problem with
Pumpkin is she is so cute the customers just sit and pet her
and forget to shop. She is working on walking them through
the store as they pet her. Buddy has such a presence about
him that he is a show stopper. He is great and will be in
management in no time at all. Rusty is still in charge and
works almost every day. He tolerates B & P's antics and I
even found all three of them "spooning" one night on of
their beds. Here is picture of them relaxing on a Sunday
afternoon. We'll stay in touch!
Marie, We're glad that the new "employees" are doing so
well! The Yankees look like they might need some help next
year; do you think Pumpkin and Buddy would be willing to
take a second job at the Stadium? Thanks for writing.
I know it's been a
while since I updated you on Hutch. He's become
a great loving dog who we at times call epoxy,
since he is worse then velcro at times. Most of
the baggage he came with is gone except for a
major fear of loud noises like thunder and
fireworks, and a few small issues that we feel
he will never lose. Biggest thing is he gets
along great with our other golden, Cassie, and the
two are side by side companions. Attached are a
few shots that I hope you will share with Debbie
[GRRI volunteer] as after a computer crash I
lost her email address.
Charles, Hutch and Cassie do indeed look like they're glued
together! Lucky Hutch to find such a great sister and good
Friends at GRRI,
It is with
great sadness I write to tell you that our precious Katie
Marie died on Aug 2. Thank you for providing us with a
wonderful friend. She was written about in your Winter '04
newsletter. Please accept our donation to your wonderful
organization. Katie Marie 11/4/92-8/2/05
Eileen and Greg, We're very sorry to hear of your loss.
Katie Marie was lucky to find you, and we hope that your
memories of her will long be of comfort. Our thoughts are
Dear Michelle [GRRI
volunteer] & Family:
wanted to say a big "THANK YOU" for fostering such a great
dog "Buddy" formerly known as "Bully"!!! He really is
fantastic and we love him to pieces! I think I mentioned to
you how shocked both Keith & I were when he jumped in our
hot tub within the first half hour of being at our house. I
think he thinks it's his own little private swimming pool.
And the pool!! I think if it was up to him he would stay in
it all day keeping cool sitting on the top step of the
shallow end. Our hot tub is connected to the pool & he also
likes to be in the hot tub with his front paws hanging over
into the pool. Don't worry - the hot tub is never on when
he's in it. He's also a great swimmer as you know.
son) & his friends get a big kick out of watching him swim.
Every day when I take him out in our fenced backyard to do
his business he will immediately jump in the pool first
unless I put his leash on him. Although we've gotten him a
few other toys he still likes his Booda and the bone you
gave us. We put them in the crate with him when we need to
put him in there. Of course you know he loves, loves, loves
tennis balls & will either retrieve them with you or play
with them by himself either in the house, outside or in the
He has had
a couple of accidents :o( but is learning that the backyard
is his bathroom and his playground, pool, etc. I never would
guessed that 16 years of age (our son's age) would be a good
time to get a dog for a child, but Mike has definitely
bonded with Buddy. They play, go for walks & most nights
sleep together. It's great to see.
I have to
tell you that one of my best friends (another Golden owner)
said that Buddy was so handsome he should model. He is
gorgeous - thanks for taking such good care of him.
The Phillips Family
Phillips, Poor Buddy must be missing his swims now that the
weather has turned colder. We're sure he's finding plenty of
other fun things to keep busy with! We love photos - keep
like to thank you all & GRRI for inviting Shylow and us to
the annual Family Reunion. We all had such a wonderful time,
plus we got the opportunity to see more of what GRRI does
and how well organized they do it. Shylow had a fantastic
time! He met up with his sister Chelsea and they played so
nice together. I sent a link to some pictures we took,
please let me know if it doesn't work. Please feel free to
copy them or use them if needed. Photos 100_522 – 526 were
taken by my nine year old son. I gave him the camera to just
run around and take some shots and he found this guy
sleeping with his dogs.
Ruth [GRRI volunteers], it was very nice to see the two of
you again. Shayne,[GRRI President] it was very nice to
finally meet you in person.
Vince, We all enjoyed seeing Shylow at the reunion, and
we're glad that he could see his sister too! It was a great
day and we appreciate your having been a part of it.
Hi Lilli! [GRRI Volunteer]
could imagine how much you all miss Brandy!! She is so
special!! She is doing great!! She is adjusting really well.
Her and Abby have become pals very quickly. They lick each
other and follow each other, run around together. It's too
cute. She is really such a sweetheart. She gets lots of hugs
and attention from all of us. My parents came down the other
day and fell in love with her instantly. How could you not,
right?!?! She's just so lovable. We are having Thanksgiving
here and can't wait till she meets the rest of the family!
for checking in. When I take some more pictures I will send
Michele, Hope Brandy's Thanksgiving was a special one and
that she enjoyed meeting everyone. We'd love to see more
pictures! Thanks for writing.
pictures! The dogs are doing great. Perrier has a new
name...Anie...some day I'll tell you the significance of it
to our family, but she really is doing well. Seems to be
getting around better, especially up and down stairs. Plays
and fights (playing) with the boys, but holds her own.
hear from you the other day!
Vince, Brodie, Shamus, Anie (aka Perrier)
Janis, Vince, Brodie, Shamus and Anie: Sounds like Anie is
settling in to her new home very nicely! It's a long way
from New Orleans to here, but with your help it sounds as if
her journey has a very happy ending.
of the Golden Retriever Foundation, I am pleased to
acknowledge your gift of $300 to the Rescue Fund. Your
donation is deeply appreciated. Special provisions have been
made to aid Golden victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
with grants from the Rescue and April Funds. Your generous
help will make this possible.
Retriever Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization,
has five funds serving the health and well-being of the
Golden population: the General Fund which supports the full
range of Foundation grants and operating expenses; the Zeke
Cancer Research Fund which finances canine cancer research
at major universities and cancer centers; the Rescue fund
which assists volunteer Golden Retriever rescue
organizations to care for and find homes for displaced
Goldens; the April Fund which defrays extraordinary
veterinary expenses incurred by individual rescued dogs; and
the Rachel Page Elliot Educational Fund which underwrites
public education projects concerning Golden Retrievers and
responsible pet ownership. The Foundation is staffed
entirely by volunteers.
advised your gift is fully tax deductible to the extent
provided by law and no goods or services have been provided
in consideration, in whole or in part, for this
for your generosity.
Although our focus is on the New Jersey area, the
extraordinary circumstances in the aftermath of the recent
hurricanes created unusual hardships for many Gulf residents
and their pets. We're pleased to support the Golden
Retriever Foundation's relief efforts.
When you gaze up
into the sky tonight, you'll see one star that
is brighter than the others. It's the
spirit of our beloved Golden, Monty, who we
helped to the Garden of Animals this morning.
Monty was abandoned in a NJ state park
reservation 4 years
ago to fend for himself. He was starving, and
had a mast cell tumor in his neck. Someone found
him and brought him to the Clifton shelter. Rescue
was called and foster mom Theresa Szpila saw him
through his surgery and nursed him back to
health. We adopted him 3 years ago. Many of you
met Monty at Goldstock and our shows and events.
He was a gentle, friendly guy....he was so
grateful for any attention that was given to
him. In early September he was diagnosed with
bladder cancer, and we opted not to treat him
with radiation since the prognosis was poor. We
worked with a homeopathic vet and bought him an
additional month of quality life. He went to the
Outer Banks with us and enjoyed his last
vacation. We saw his health started to decline,
and this week we felt his quality was declining
as well. He was going into renal failure as the
tumor grew. So this morning, Dr Paul, Lou
(Monty's favorite vet tech), Drew and I all bade
him a tearful farewell. I know he's at peace
now, and is healing in the Garden of Animals. Our time together was much too short but that is
the price you pay when you adopt a senior. It
was something I never regretted. He will always
be with me in my heart.
Eileen, Monty was so very lucky to have found you and Drew
at the time he needed you most. His last years were
certainly more wonderful than he ever may have imagined, and
we hope you find comfort in the knowledge that you made all
the difference in the life of this quiet, gentle soul.
Dear MJ [GRRI
doing much better. Last we spoke he was quite uncomfortable.
We started him on weekly shots to lubricate his elbows and
he is like a new puppy. It took about a month and the
difference is amazing. He also lost 14 lbs. Our vet is so
excited. He loves that diet food R-D. He is spoiled rotten
and loving every minute of it. My girlfriend who watches Kip
when we visit David at school and who has a Golden says Kip
is without a doubt the most affectionate dog she ever saw.
Well I just took half a roll of pictures so I'll send you
some when I get them developed. From the bottom of our
hearts thanks for such a great friend. Hope all is well at
Paula, Glad to hear that Kip is feeling happier and
healthier. Great job on helping him lose the weight -- no
easy task. We'll look forward to the photos!
Hi Mary Jane [GRRI Volunteer]
has been one week and it feels like Zack has been a part of
this family for quite a while, even my groomer commented on
how comfortable it felt prettying him up. He is doing great;
has adjusted well to the kitties, his new home including family &
friends, he is doing well w/electric fence (since he never
seems to wander far from our side - the fence hasn't been an
issue). He walked the beach twice never venturing to the
water........yet. He is quite a calm guy but is starting to
become very playful, even w/our neighbor lab, Zelda (his new
girlfriend). He took a partial dip in our backyard pond
today. So I can definitely see how comfortable he is feeling
as time goes by. I am working on a few photos to send off to
you and I will continue to keep you updated. I will take him
to meet our vet next month when his heartworm meds expire,
they are anxious to meet him also.
your two babies are doing well (it would be great to get
them all together again for a reunion, maybe next year at
your GRRI reunion). Remember, if you're ever down this end
please drop me a line, Zack would love to see his foster
family. Thank you again for sending us this wonderful boy.
PS - he luvs his bed, it's by our family room fireplace
where he sleeps at night, and naps during the day. He's a
Kevin and Family
Barbara and Kevin, Thanks so much for the update. We're glad
that Zack is making the adjustment quickly; sounds as if he
has lots to explore! We'll look forward to hearing more
about how he's doing as he settles in -- and of course,
seeing pictures! Thanks for writing.
to update you on Murphy, but thought we should let him tell
you in his own words.
Friends At GRRI,
9 months since my adoption, and I just want to let you know
how things are going. My original name was Tiger, and I came
to GRRI with severe allergies, and a staph infection that
caused the loss of my fur. My foster Mom, Terry Veiga,
nursed me back to health. I was up for adoption for quite a
while. But in December, the door bell rang, and a pretty
lady and a kind of scruffy guy walked in. I had a feeling
about them, and I ran into the living room and laid up
against the man's leg. By that evening, I was resting in my
new Forever Home.
thing my new Mom & Dad did was change my name to Murphy. My
Dad said that with my distinguished jowls, I look like a
Murphy. They then got a whole bunch of special foods &
supplements to help with my allergies. But the best part was
all the new toys!
My Mom &
Dad play with me a lot. And Dad & I like to wrestle. He gets
on the floor with me, than I sometimes knock him over, and
sit on him. He likes to laugh when I do that, and says
something about having a 90 lb. lap dog.
say I'm pretty smart. When I was at my foster Mom's house, I
learned "sit", "lay down", and "stay" not just with words,
but with hand signals as well. And now, my Dad has also been
teaching me "stay close" on our walks. And speaking of
walks, I get excited whenever I hear the words "walk" or
"ride." As a matter of fact, they started spelling things so
I wouldn't get too excited. But one day, Mom said that she
was taking me for a "w-a-l-k". I started doing my happy
dance. Mom told Dad I'm starting to scare her. I also know
"the bank." This is a place Mom likes to take me to in the
car. "The bank" must be a wonderful place inside. We pull up
to a big window, and this silver thing slides out. It has
treats in it! The lady inside the window sometimes gives me
two! Now I get excited whenever I see a big red "C" from the
road. Also, I'm learning "ducks", "horses", and "deer."
Both Mom &
Dad seem to really love me, but Mom says Dad & I didn't
bond, we fused. Mom also says when I burp, that I am really
Dad's dog. Dad says we need to work on some things, like
getting excited when I see other dogs, but he says I'm
getting much better at just sitting when other animals are
near. I also need to lose some weight. (Oh, I hope they
don't cut back too much on my food.) Dad says we are two old
guys, and we need to look out for each other.
I share my
home with Toby, a cat who is also a rescue, and who has
grown fond of playing with the feathering on my tail. But
that is a small price to pay for a nice Forever Home.
I hope to
see all the other adopted Goldens at the Reunion, and I hope
my foster Mom is there so I can thank her with a big wet
Murphy, Right back at ya!! We're happy to hear that you've
settled in so nicely and have made such a good start on
training your new humans. Please be sure to tell Bob and
Nancy how much we appreciate their giving you such a great
home. Be nice to Toby, and write us again sometime soon.
wanted to tell you that Taffy is doing great! Her counter
surfing manners have improved and she likes to take paper
out of the recycle bag and shred them to pieces. She has
taken control of the couch in the living room and gives you
a stern look if you are sitting in her spot. Cody and Taffy
get along so well and I think Cody is happy to have her
around to keep him company. We almost lost Cody last year
(Memorial Day Weekend); I took him to the animal hospital to
have him checked out because looked like he was having
trouble breathing. He stopped breathing there at the
hospital. Fortunately, they revived him and we had to take
him to Pennsylvania Vet Hospital. Bart must of driven about
80 mph down the freeway to get him there. Somehow, he had
developed a hole in his lung, they had to operate on him and
stitch up the hole. He is doing just fine now. I think it
was the most frightening thing to happen. It was just a
horrible experience. He was shaved from his chest and both
sides of his body. The day when we picked him up from the
hospital, the doctor brought him down to us, when the
elevator door opened, there he was wearing a 'human
tee-shirt". It was such a cute sight to see.
Taffy and Cody both go over to grandmom's and grandpoppy's
house before we head out to work. The other day, Great
grandmom was going to make a cake and had put two sticks of
butter on the counter to soften up. Taffy decided to help
herself . Sometimes when Bart has to work late, when he
walks in the door, Taffy starts barking at him as to say
"where have you been? How dare you not come home on time
to spend time with me!" It's just so funny. Last weekend we
had gone to the shore. Bart was putting out the crab traps
and he had to let the bunker fish thaw (used as bait for the
crabs) on the counter. Well Taffy decided that it smelled
real good and helped herself. Bart had to chase her around
the house to get it from her. She certainly had stinky
breath for the rest of the day. We are just so happy to
have Taffy in our lives. She is just a sweetheart. Hopefully
we will be at the reunion in September.
Kathy, Thanks for writing! Taffy sounds like she has
sophisticated tastes; crab and butter sounds like the
beginnings of a gourmet dinner. Glad that she is doing well
and has become pals with Cody. Please, do keep us posted on
how she's doing, and good luck keeping her away from all the
you helped find a new home for our Golden, "Prince". As part
of our on-going appreciation for your organization we are
donating an additional $500 from the guest's of our wedding
this past September 10, 2005. (See attached favor). We now
have a home on a large property and hope to adopt a Golden
in the near future. We hope Prince is well and still miss
him very much.
attached favor read)
of a traditional wedding favor, Dave and Emily have a made a
donation on your behalf to a non-profit organization called
Golden Re-Triever Rescue, Inc. This organization was
established in 1997 in an effort to find permanent, loving
homes for homeless Golden Retrievers in need throughout New
Jersey. For more information, visit www.grrinj.org."
again, Dave and Emily (Sologuren)
Emily and Dave, Thank you very much for your kindness and
generosity. Your thoughtfulness on your special day is very
much appreciated, and we wish you many, many years of
is a donation to the Joann Smith Memorial Fund in honor of
first met Spencer (then Spice) in late October 2001 he was
old, a former stray, mostly untrained and among the
homeliest Goldens I had ever met. He was deemed likely to be
a permanent resident at DVGRR. My vet believed that he might
have about 2 years of life remaining. Of course his Golden
heart and time have proved all of the above untrue (except
the old part).
that every Golden deserves a healthy, happy life in a loving
home, especially OLD GOLD. They are NOT throwaways.
Ken, Spencer looks plenty beautiful to us! He's a lucky dog
to have found someone like you, and as with a lot of senior
dogs, we know you've gotten back as much as you've given.
Please give him a kiss on the nose for us, and thanks for
celebrate Tucker’s birthday, we just wanted to thank rescue
for allowing us to adopt him. He is our soul mate and the
light in ours lives, we can’t image not having him in our
though he just killed his birthday present in under 2
Barb and John, Two minutes? Poor Tucker must be slowing
down. Tucker's the lucky one to have found the two of you;
you both have given so much of yourselves to GRRI that it
only seems right that you enjoy the companionship of a
special dog like Tucker. Give him and the rest of the Ready
bunch our very best.
Linda, [GRRI Volunteer]
for that. The Wonder Ear really works.
(our adopted golden from GRRI-NJ) had pretty bad ear
infections just after we got him requiring antibiotics, even
a cleaning at the vet under anesthesia. Well, we tried the
Wonder Ear out of frustration and it worked great!
That was 2
years ago and we just use it as a precaution once per month -
his ears are great.
the way, we'll be sending pics soon.
again for the fantastic work that you do.
Ian and Charmaine, Glad Gordon's ears are doing better; it's
so hard to see them itch and be uncomfortable when they
flare up. Please, do send along some pictures: we'd love to
see Gordon! Thanks for writing.
Dear Avery (GRRI Volunteer),
Enclosed is a donation to GRRI-NJ in
appreciation for all the wonderful work you and your
volunteers do. Thanks for your help with Harley.
All the best this Holiday Season and a
Happy & Healthy New Year.
Dear Lisa, Many thanks for your
generosity, as well as for your willingness to help with
Harley. He’s a beautiful dog, and we’re looking
forward to finding just the right home for him.
Judy (GRRI Volunteer),
I hope Max is settling in. Tylar was meant to live with
Baillie and us. He has been very happy playing with
Baillie. He has not gotten on the furniture at all and he
is very good with commands. I make both dogs sit and wait
before they are fed and they are great at it. I do the same
with biscuits. I also make them sit as soon as they come in
the door (they are usually wet and or muddy) so this is a
good habit to get into. This one will take some more work!
I am attaching a few more pictures. Glad to hear that your
cat is doing better. Tomorrow I take Tylar to meet his new
vet. I'll let you know how that goes.
Dear Mary, Thanks for the update.
We’re glad Tylar is so happy in his new home, and that he
and Baillie have become such pals! They look beautiful
together; as you get more pictures, please send them along!
like to thank you for your patience with us through this
adoption procedure. As you know, it all turned out for the
best. We officially adopted Jake on Saturday, December 10,
2005. You have made our family complete again, thank you so
much. Jake is a dear and fitting in very well with our
family. We must say that Dan Keppler was a very nice person
who put up with all our questions.
Mr. Keppler was very professional when we met with him for
the adoption and put our mind at ease. As you know, the
loss of our beloved Golden, "Dusty" was an extremely hard
time. Jake will be well loved; he is as sweet as can be!
Thank you for making us so happy! We will send pictures as
soon as we can. Again, thank you for your assistance and
making it possible to have another loving Golden in our
Dear Gale, Thanks for writing.
We’re happy to hear that Jake is adjusting to his new home,
and thank you for giving him a wonderful new start. No
need to apologize for asking questions! – we like to share
as much information as we can so that everyone can make good
decisions with the dog’s best interests in mind. Please stay
in touch – and send pictures!
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