Letters to GRRI-NJ
Dear Judy (GRRI
Gosh, we had such
a wonderful time at the picnic on Saturday! So many
beautiful dogs and all having a good time!! The rescue
group sure works hard to guarantee a nice time!
We want to thank
you all so much. It is an event that we look forward to
attending, and will continue to look forward to the next
Judy, you looked
great, and we were happy you adopted Harry! I think Jake
remembered you, I really do!
All in all we
couldn't stop talking about how great the day was and how
much we enjoyed it!
We’re glad you
enjoyed “Woofstock”. All of our volunteers always look
forward to our annual reunion so that they can become
reunited with our dogs and get a chance to meet their new
families. We’re already looking at dates for this year’s
Sorry to hear
about your dog - but these things happen in the dog world.
I am sorry I had to miss the North Branch parade. I also
want to say thank you for finding me another great Golden to
bring into my life. Cadberry has been a dream - loves
everything - cars, other dogs - people. Just like Spencer,
he goes everywhere with me, even the bank. The girls make a
fuss over him - he seldom barks. He is also great with my
grandkids. He just rolls over and loves to have his belly
rubbed. I am enclosing two of his latest pictures for the
Joseph Del Grippo
PS - all the
people you have working with you are great - say hello for
wonderful – thanks so much for the photo! We’re so happy
tht we were able to help you find your new best friend, and
that Cadberry is helping you to spoil your grandchildren.
Dear GRRI-NJ and Shayne (GRRI volunteer),
just learned of my friends' very generous gift of $200 to
GRRI in honor of my retirement and I am just so touched.
This organization is just wonderful because we have our
Sophie and we added Bella last year right after we lost our
beloved Max at the age of 13 and a half. Enclosed please
find the girls this week in their costumes. Please
keep up all of your great work!!!
Robin and Herman Sklarin, Sophie and Bella
Congratulations on your retirement!
We were thrilled that your friends decided to honor you by
making a donation to GRRI. Rest assured that it will
be put to good use helping all of these wonderful dogs.
Bella and Sophie look adorable in their Halloween attire.
Eileen (GRRI volunteer and Adoption Coordinator):
parents are out so I want to write. They know I am smart
because I watch TV, but they don't know I am smart enough to
computer. I saw your email about a picture of me. I am so
much better looking than I was. I also feel like a real dog.
I run. I roll on my back and kick my legs in the air. I walk
a long ways without resting. And I love my new home. Truth
is, my foster parents are in denial. They have FOSTER
FAILURE written all over them. But I know they can't give me
up. Want to know how I know? Ready for this? They call me
Buster BABY. Get that? They can't give up their baby. So
let's cut to the chase: I'm not going anywhere.
Here they come. The Foster Failures are home. See you later.
it amazing how sometimes the foster parents are the LAST TO
KNOW that you’re in your forever home? I’ll let you in on
a little secret … we suspected you were there too!
all of the wonderful lovers of the Breed at GRRI-NJ,
I've had the reunion invite sitting on my computer from the
time that it came. The follow up form came, and I meant to
reach out to you all. After we lost Mo (Momo) this
past January I sent an email off to Jill McLoughlin, her
foster Mom....but saw no reply. The decision to start the
process which led to Mo joining our family was not without
trepidation. As a single Dad, my daughter Kim had just
graduated college and her brother Kyle was a sophomore at
Delaware. The idea of having another dog led me thru
conversation to GRRI... and somehow to what I was told was
an old connection to a breeder we used to board Keenan from
West Milford N.J. We lived in Ringwood 20 years ago.
When Kim was 2 we had started our family with our first
Golden, a purebred female pup we named Keenan. Keenie was
with us for 14+ years....She stayed with the kids and their
mom after we divorced her last couple of years. The
trepidation part was the thought of after many years of not
having a Golden, could we find a dog that would be o.k.
knowing that I needed to work. The other fate connection
came when you sent your member to Warwick to see where a
potential match would live. This turned out to be the girl
who babysat our kids from the time they were born as a young
teen in Ringwood (she recognized our last name and
recognized our profile...strange but true). I had no idea
what we would find or how long a search would take, but it
was barely a month until Jill called and said that she had a
six year old female that we might want to look at. When I
asked Jill if it was o.k. if I brought my daughter along I
sensed a bit of concern in her voice. But when we pulled
into her driveway and Kim (21 yrs) greeted her and Mo, Jill
laughed and admitted that she thought we might be another
parent looking for a puppy for their kid. We spent quite a
while in their yard with Mo and Jill's other male Golden. It
didn't take long to bond which Jill remarked at....and I
knew! We were not obligated to make any decisions that
quickly. But the combination of her age, previous training
and the fact that she never really barked made her a perfect
fit. Well, to make this long story draw to a close... Any
thought of having an older Golden and my concern of opening
my heart knowing that at six, her time as a companion could
be shorter than what I initially hoped for...BUT when I
look back on her two+ years with us I wouldn't exchange
them for anything. My neighbors, those who don't know, still
ask me how's Mo? For me, Mo was my Clarence, sent to me to
get me past a difficult time in my life as the kids finished
college and started their lives. So when a bell rings, maybe
you guys at GRRI have placed another Golden, and another
Angel gets her wings... Please keep me on your mailing list,
I don't know if I'm ready just yet to jump back in....but I'd
like to keep that door open. To all of you who do such
wonderful work Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Kim, and Kyle Grunstra...Mo's family
belated condolences to you and your family. We do indeed
remember when you came to adopt Momo from Jill and realized
that she had been your babysitter. It’s such a small world! When you think you’re ready to open your heart and
home to another of our rescue dogs, please let us know.
Hi Lilli (GRRI
doing really well. He is very playful and agreeable all the
time. Rich bought the Solid Gold and the canned food you
use. He also bought a big fluffy bed and a raised dog dish.
he is lying at the side of the bed looking at me in the
computer room writing to you. Brandy and he are getting
along well too.
certainly seems to have made himself right at home. He is
such a special little guy and we can’t thank you enough for
bringing him into your home and showering him with love.
Hi Judy (GRRI
your recent online card – they are so cool.
your dogs? Do you still have the foster dog that swallowed
Amber did that the other day – she ate a marrow bone so fast
that I guess she didn’t chew it up enough. She threw up a
number of times and passed part of it when she went to the
bathroom. She’s fine now.
attached some pictures of Amber – one is Amber sleeping with
Kate, another is Amber outside with one of her many beloved
tennis balls and another is Amber stuck behind a table … she
went there to retrieve a tennis ball and couldn’t figure out
how to get out. She barked for me to help, but I didn’t
know where she was from the bark. It was pretty comical.
your holidays are happy – Merry Christmas!
Amber (left) looks awesome! We shared your photos with the staff
at the animal shelter she was taken to prior to her coming
into rescue. They couldn’t believe the transformation. She
has a way of stealing everyone’s hearts the moment they meet
Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
accept this donation from Steven and I. So many stories
that I’ve heard this year touched us both – and helping
these wonderful companions is so gratifying.
coming along. She is becoming more and more a family dog,
although reserved many times. She barks a lot more, and
seems to be oddly protective of us.
been blessed with both Katie and Angel. Thank you for the
love and companionship – and for all the good work GRRI
Janet Loprano and Steven Weiss
Janet and Steven,
you so much for your donation and for adopting Katie. Your
gift of patience, love and kindness is what is helping Katie
heal and become the family dog that she was meant to be.
Your donation helps us help more dogs like Katie and Angel.
All they need is a chance, and people willing to give it to
(GRRI foster family),
I am happily
adjusting with my new family. I love all the hugs and
kisses they're always giving me! We had a really nice
Christmas and we all got some cool presents to play with and
to chew on. Can you see that I've already got a favorite
chair? My new Mom & Dad and my new sisters are a lot of fun
to play with. We've gone to Ramapo Reservation for walks.
Maybe we all could meet with my foster brothers and you guys
for a hiking play date some time in the near future?!? I
miss you all and we will keep in touch. Thanks for the
Christmas greeting and picture you e-mailed to us. We hope
you all had a wonderful Christmas, too! Happy New Year
Hugs 'n wet
(formerly known as Bethany, Beth & Bethie) & Lisa & Bill &
Gracie & Sophie, too
Bear and family,
for writing to tell us how happy you are in your new forever
home. We always love to hear that we made the perfect match
between our Goldens and our adopters. You sure look
content in “your” chair; and we hope you get your wish to go
for trail walks at the Ramapo Reservation with your former
foster family – that’s a really cool place to go!
Ruth (GRRI volunteer),
I thought you would like
to see how well Chelsea is adjusting to our family. She is
doing incredibly well! She and Daphne are best friends.
They play constantly together inside and outside. Daphne
has lost a well needed 12 pounds since Chelsea has been
here. We are so happy to have Chelsea in our family!
like the ol’ buddy system to help family members lose weight
- good for Daphne – and to Chelsea for being such a good
weight loss coach! They look so much alike now that even
Chelsea’s foster mom couldn’t tell which was which. (Chelsea
is on the right).
For a dog I never had the pleasure of
For those of you at GRRI who provide
dog with loving greetings,
Please apply these funds wherever they
are needed most.
I am thinking about you and am crossing
my fingers that you will be soon guided towards the loving
home you so rightly deserve.
Pam, thank you once again for your
generous donation to help us help wonderful dogs like Bear.
He is indeed doing very well in his foster home and is
receiving the medical care that he needs. He loves going
for walks and playing with his plush toys and his foster
dad. Life is good and Bear thanks you for your help and
support of GRRI.
Hi Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
Please accept this donation in memory
of Gerry who loved every Golden that entered our home. Best
wishes to everyone.
Thank you for your generous
donation, and please accept our sincere condolences on
Gerry’s passing. We’ve placed this money in our Joann Smith
Memorial Fund which we established several years ago to help
Goldens with extraordinary medical needs. Many Goldens will
receive the help they need thanks to your memorial gift.
Hi Matt (GRRI volunteer),
Thank you for getting back to us. Glad
to see you and your Goldens are well. My dogs have always
worn the flea and tick collars... so I was very surprised
when Britty developed Lyme disease just before
Thanksgiving. It manifested itself with lethargy, loss of
appetite, and a golf ball size lump behind her larynx.
Long story short... 2 vet visits, blood work, and
meds...three days apart... blood cells back to normal, lump
gone, and onto road to recovery. Had her back to vet last
week for follow up...back to normal except her face is now
totally white. Lyme is mutating and shows up with added
different side effects according to vet who I've known since
1970's...one smart woman! For her stiffening front lower
legs joints, which she had been licking, she is now on a dog
aspirin...Cosequin DS...she still runs. Since I retired
from teaching last June, Britty and I stay up later, get up
later, play outside and indoors more times...still loves her
tennis balls which get thrown in and out of home (even throw
it upstairs over railing for her to run up and get)...once
she has it, she looks down on me, I clap and praise, then
she runs down for more play. Right now she is frustrating
herself trying to get a milk bone out of her rubber Kong
toy...every other day, I put peanut butter in it. On good
days she plays with 3 year old white Lab named Daisy...we
share back yard and they look for each other. As Daisy runs
down and flies thru our backdoor, Britty runs up to Daisy's
deck to visit her Daisy Yip family. They have a year old
daughter now and Britty is always trying to give Maddie her
tennis ball. Must admit that FOOD supercedes tennis balls
for Britty. An example would be today... I did meatballs in
the oven and Britty plopped herself in the middle of the
kitchen and stayed there until meatballs were done. Oh,
don't panic...her body weight stays around 74 pounds!
Still cannot keep her from eating skat (msp.?). Loves
rides and visiting others but gets upset when I go out for
cigarette or run an errand for my Mom who is still near
you. She tolerates other dogs even when they are less than
friendly...basically tries to ignore them...Daisy is the
exception, because she has known her since she was a pup.
Matt, I don't do pictures on the computer, but we would love
to see you when visiting my cousin or my Mom in
Hillsborough... then you can do pictures. Let me know...
With the Lyme episode, I came to realize that Britty got
another raw deal in her life... and therefore, I give her
more love and attention...if that's possible (ha ha !).
She and I have been out there in the world and now it's time
for us in our space for having fun, loving, caring, and
sharing our time together. Britty has had a place in my
heart from day one...but it grows with each passing day.
Matt, I thank you for helping me to adopt Britty...but
...aren't all Goldens special?
Glad wags from Britty to Sammy and
Joyce (Schurzky) and Britty
P.S. Britty owns the couch and rubs her
snoot and body along dining room wall and carpet...funny to
see her do this with butt up in air!
Yes indeed, all Goldens ARE
special! It certainly sounds like Brit is keeping you busy
now that you’ve retired – Congratulations!
Dear Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
Just a quick note to thank you and your
organization for helping us to adopt Brady. We are so happy
to be able to provide this special needs kid with a home. He
has truly proven to be a great addition to the
entire family. He is happy, he is thriving, he is
Enclosed please find our donation check
to your organization. Please let us know if we can help with
fund raising activities that your organization does in the
future. We would be happy to help.
Wendy, Jim, Caitlin, Daniel, Lexy, Luke
and Madison Reich
Dear Wendy and family,
It’s GRRI who thanks you and your
family for adopting such a special Golden. Brady
touched all of our hearts the minute we found out about
him. We’re thrilled that he’s doing so well and that he’s
found such a loving forever home. He certainly deserved
it. The Christmas photo is terrific (Brady is the second
from the right). Please continue to send us updates and
pictures – we love to receive them!