Letters to GRRI-NJ
Jersey asked me to send you a picture
and say Happy Halloween!!!
Everything is going great and we are
all enjoying having Jersey as part of our family. We
finished beginner obedience school with Jersey last week and
will be signing up for the advanced class after the
We enjoy going to the dog park. At the
dog park we run, play fetch, and have even played on some of
the agility equipment they have. He likes to jump through
the tire and over the hurdle. Last week he actually climbed
up the smaller ramp. I finally met a dog that was faster
than Jersey. A young lady was at the dog park with an
Italian Greyhound. It was a miniature greyhound and was
very fast. She was actually teasing Jersey with a ball and
would have to slow down to keep Jersey chasing her. It was
very fun to watch.
Hope all is well!!
Jersey and the Carkitto Family
Wow,..it sounds like Jersey is in training for the
Olympics when he’s working out on the agility equipment!
Think he’s trying to tell you something?
Hi Eileen and Amy,
Hope all is well. Charlie turned one on the 29th
of October (and Happy Anniversary Amy & Ken!) and I just
wanted to let you know things are STILL going great.
We all went on a short extended-weekend vacation a couple
of weeks ago on the Delaware shore - He LOVED the beach! We
took the crate and he did fine overnight in a "strange"
place... There was a lot of good hiking around and the
weather was very good. Really tired Bess and Charlie out!
I am sure you have heard this a hundred times but it is
hard to remember life before Charlie came to live with us.
Now -- to have 2 great dogs every morning and every evening
- Len and I are so glad that he's found his forever home
He's getting better on the training front too - he can
heel on command now, and is learning the down and stay. He's
a quick learner - Bess "showed him" the down at the last
class (she came over and "downed" when I gave him the
command - it got a laugh!)
I have some pictures on my computer at home that I'll
forward you - from the beach.
Helen, thanks for the
pictures. Charlie looks like he had a wonderful time at the
Just wanted to give you an update on Liberty and send a few
is doing great and is a happy boy! Liberty had a good
summer checking out the scenery from our shore condo deck;
many evening walks throughout Monmouth Beach and meeting new
Liberty really enjoys licking our Dannon or Stonyfield Farm
yogurt cups! He will sit and wait until we finish and then
we give him the cup to finish the tasty flavors! Ice
cubes and Cheerios are favorites too!
UPS delivery and Liberty! Should Liberty see a UPS or Fed
Ex truck during our walk in the neighborhood, he will stop
and sit to wait for the truck to stop by. Fortunately the
drivers are friendly and Liberty has even climbed into the
UPS truck to say hello to the driver! Too funny!
still likes to grab our underwear, socks or towel. Liberty
sits in my lap with his chew bone at night. Between Joe and
I and Liberty, we all have to bids on the recliner! Liberty
usually wins out!
Our many walks are enjoyable and Liberty looks forward to
them! He walks nicely on his leash too, but we still need
Thanks to all of you at GRRI for the tremendous work and
devotion for our goldens!
Best Wishes for the Holidays!
Irene, Joe and Liberty
Hi Irene, thanks so much for the
update and the pictures. We always look forward to hearing
from you. Liberty is such a beautiful dog!
Hi Judy (GRRI
for that cute card. Foster is doing great. He has put on a
little weight, now that the pool is closed, so he's got a
little buddha belly. He & Boomer are great buds now, but
Felix the cat is still his favorite. He's due for a trip to
the groomer, so I'll take a photo for you once he's all
He cracks us
up every day. Especially when he lays on his back and does
"long dog"; he stretches his back legs out straight and his
front legs are over his head. He's probably 6 foot long!
He's very happy, except for our new kitchen floor. It's
laminate, and because he walks on his toes, its slippery for
him, so he TEARS across it to get it over with, and that
makes matters worse. We may have to get him sneakers!
We may take
him down to the beach this weekend, I don't think he has
ever seen the ocean. Every dog I've ever had loves to run on
the beach too, it must feel nice on their pads.
a quiet holiday, just Chuck & I.
Any time you
want to come by, when you are down here to visit your mom,
let me know. Foster would remember you.
like a lot of great dogs up for adoption at this time, Some
people are crazy, giving them up, but if they didn't I
wouldn't have had so many great pets.
You have a great holiday too. Hug
Crazy Daisy, Jack & Harry!
Stephanie and Chuck Ryall
Wood laminate certainly is
slippery. How about putting some long rubber backed
runners down on the kitchen floor so Foster has some
Hi Judy (GRRI
Thank you so
much for the Thanksgiving card – it was great! I gave Amber
a hug for you. Actually, I’ve been wanting to email you for
the last couple of weeks. You’re right, Amber has been with
us a year so this is her second Thanksgiving. Just about at
the year mark (end of October) I noticed a change in her.
She wags her tail more now than she has in the past. She
will greet me at the door more times than not and the tail
is wagging! When she enters a room I’m in if I talk to her
and then crouch down to talk to her face to face, she takes
steps toward me wagging her tail.
interrupt her sleep while she’s on my bed during the day
because I want to lay with her, pet her or both, she turns
her head away from me with the clear message …
When I open the door to go out or to come back in she
maneuvers Kate out of the way so she goes first. For the
past year she has always let Kate be the leader.
are small, but they say to me that she’s much more at home
now than before. It’s fascinating that it took a year –
guess that’s what being homeless will do to you! It will be
interesting to see what changes this year brings.
I took her
to Red Bank Vet Hospital with Kate in October. Amber still
has all those cysts and other bumps on her that I wanted
looked at. There was one that appeared non-cancerous but
could be removed ($1,200 thank you very much). Otherwise,
the rest aren’t a concern. Poor baby, she has so many.
Kate’s cancer is returning – third time in a year – no
wonder it’s called aggressive. I’m not going to operate
this time so I’m trying some diet changes so I can feel like
I’m doing something.
the Goldens in your house? How are they getting along? Any
new foster dogs? I check the website all the time and lust
after those dogs!
we’re sorry to hear about Kate’s cancer returning again.
Please give her and Amber hugs and kisses from all of us at
GRRI. We love getting Amber updates and we pass them on to
the shelter as well. She’s quite a success story.
Hi Lilli (GRRI
Here are a
few pictures of Rocky on his 1st year with us. Rocky is a
happy pup and we are happy to have him in our home. He has
adjusted well to us and we have adjusted well to him. He's a
Thank you so
much for bringing him to us.
Denise, thank YOU for adopting this sweet little guy!
Hi Lilli (GRRI
doing great with us. He did gain weight, immediately! My
vet says it's because he wasn't neutered that he was so
thin. He looked like a puppy when we got him. Now he is
about 75 lbs. and we still give him the diet you gave him -
the kibble and vitamin powder with the yogurt and a little
wet dog food.
He licks the
bowl clean every time. We really have to watch his diet
because he would eat all day if we let him!
along with our other dog Brandy but is not good with dogs he
sees on our walk. He does the growl and gloms over the
other dog without biting which I hear is a dominance thing.
I walk along a trail with small trees. I can see another dog
coming so now I wrap his leash around the tree so when he
barks and pulls, he doesn't pull me off my feet. After the
dog passes, he is calm and I take him off the leash again
and he walks with me nice.
I wish I
could train him to be nice next to strange dogs, but I doubt
it. He is fine if I bring him into someone's house with a
dog and a strange dog can come into my house without a
problem. It's just meeting a strange dog on the outside
when we go walking.
He is so
good, he gives me a kiss when I ask. Loves the car of
course. We are so glad we never got a fence. Hangs outside
with my husband and I when we are in the yard. He never
ever wants to leave the yard. He's a Weigand dog. He's our
when you take Rocky for walks, bring some really tasty
treats with you, and as you see another dog approaching,
start having him focus his attention on you by singing a
silly little song and rewarding him with treats until the
other dog passes. You may also want to cross the street to
give yourself more distance so that he can focus more on
you. Of course you’ll need to adjust his diet to account for
all the additional calories he’ll be getting as a result of
“stuffing the dog” but this is a very effective training
technique that many obedience classes and behaviorists
I'm an emergency nurse with Veterinary Specialty and
Emergency Center. I was working the overnight shift after
Sofia had her femoral head operation. I was wondering how
she was doing in her recovery. She is such a sweet dog. She
immediately caught my attention when I came in that night. I
actually ended up spending a lot of the night sitting with
her so she could sleep with someone by her side. If you
could give me an update whenever you get a free minute I
would really appreciate it. I hope she's doing well. She
really is a special soul.
Leah M Braun
thank you for taking such wonderful care of Sofia when she
was in the hospital. We’re happy to report that she’s doing
very well and is currently undergoing her 8 weeks of
physical therapy which includes aqua therapy. Amy Jo, her
foster mom, is providing a lot of TLC, massage and
controlled exercise to help build up the muscle. We agree
she’s a very special little dog.
accept this donation for the continuation of your work. I
still cry every time of think of Eli, how I miss him, and
how thankful I am to your organization to help find a home
for him where he could get the attention he so deserves. He
is such a wonderful dog. I hope he is doing well. It is
still the hardest thing I have had to do. I hope he
life takes some funny turns and the best thing for the dog
is to find it a new loving home. Eli is doing wonderfully
with his new family. His children love him and he’s quite
spoiled. Thank you so much for your support of our rescue
thrilled with the addition of Reese to our family. She has
morphed into an absolutely beautiful, fun-loving, and well
behaved member of our family. All of us feel as though she
has been here forever. It's hard to remember what it was
like without her. My mother in law's boxer, Penny, also
adores Reese (and Reese adores her of course) and they
both get excited at the mere mention of each other's names.
Thank you for allowing us to adopt Reese.
happy Reese family,
Beth, San, Emma, Betsy and Reese
family, we still get quite a laugh that the Reese family
adopted “Reese”. Talk about something meant to be! We’d
love to see some pictures of her – hint hint!
(GRRI foster mom),
getting comfortable with our schedule, and we are getting
some hints about his prior life experiences. While I was
spending 2 hours at my desk doing household tasks, he
definitely thought he should be the focus of my attention.
Today was the first day he really asked for attention. In
15 minutes he had deposited 4 toys on top of the desk. When
I ignored the collection, he barked, once. I finally built
a fort around my desk, filled the kongs, hugged him for 15
minutes, and returned to "work". He was annoyed with me,
but he finally settled down. Champ is a love and we are
very thankful for him. I have reserved from the Hunterdon
County Library 3 books that GRRI recommended. I should have
pictures of him in VT, weather permitting, next week.
thanks so much for the photos. Champ looks fabulous!
Hi Pam (GRRI
like to wish you a Happy Holiday and let you that Max has
been a good boy. We are so happy to have him join our
family. He is still a hand full at times but we are getting
again for taking care of Max while he was waiting to go to
his forever home.
thanks for the update. We’re happy to hear Max has settled
in with you and that you’re not phased by his activity
Three years ago today, Dolly's
pups were born!
I wanted to send a quick note
to let you know that Tazo celebrated in high style with
cake, treats, presents, and a few inches of snow to romp
around in. Of course his black Lab sister Sanibel was right
by his side to share in his birthday celebration! He
couldn't be happier (or more handsome!). Hoping all of
Dolly's pups (and Dolly) are doing well.
Happy Holidays to all of you,
Kelly Blazejewski & Denise
Denise, thanks for the
photos of Tazo. It’s hard to believe that 3 years has passed
since Dolly gave birth to her beautiful pups on December 5th.
We love seeing pictures of the dogs they’ve grown up to be;
we forward them on to Dolly’s “mom” so she can see too what
beautiful offspring Dolly has produced. Dolly is also
doing really well. We love this photo of her smiling for
just got back from his first ever grooming in Chatham. I
told them what they may expect and to please not try to put
him into a crate. When I called, they told me he was
"WONDERFUL" and let them do everything without a fuss and a
muzzle. He bites the brush here.
first official Christmas picture as Maverick Myers. It
wasn't easy!!! Doesn't he look beautiful!!! He smells good
Nancy, we agree…he is one beautiful
– or should we say – handsome Golden! Merry 1st
Christmas Maverick…may you have many more!
for the birthday wishes you sent me. Also thanks for the
pictures of my mom, I look just like her. My birthday was
fun but too short. Sammy & I got doggie cookies & cow bones.
I attached some pictures. Don't mind the house, 2 sick
humans home for three days and Mom & Dad are decorating for
Shylow, you never disappoint. It
just wouldn’t be your birthday without pictures of you
standing on the table enjoying your birthday celebration!
Capmark Finance Inc. is committed to
recognizing the personal commitment of our employees and
rewarding the organizations to which they so willingly give
Elaine Furnari, an employee in our New
York office, volunteered for your organization. Enclosed is
a check for $450.00 from Capmark as our donation for her
Community Initiatives Director
Suzanne, once again, thank you for
recognizing Elaine’s volunteer efforts by making a donation
to our organization. We truly appreciate the support from
Capmark Finance and Elaine’s volunteer time with us.
are here and almost gone and I wanted you to know how our
Sophie is doing after we adopted her 5 years ago last
August. When we lost our beloved Max 2-1/2 years ago, my
children contacted a breeder and we had Bella who is now
over 2 years old and Sophie's best friend. (Sophie was very
depressed after she lost Max, her companion.) Here is our
latest picture of the girls together. Sophie is living the
life!!!!! Sleeping at night on our bed and in the daytime on
our couch in the living room. She is the most wonderful
dog!! She is the girl who gets Bella back to the house from
the yard and then when she comes in she grooms BELLA so she
looks her best!!
We are very
blessed to have two wonderful dogs, thanks to you GRRNJ!!!
Bella is the one who is lighter and Sophie is the reddish
girl. They love to go out and play!!
Holidays and a Happy New year to everyone.
so much for the adorable photo of the girls! We love to
hear how spoiled our dogs are!
Hi Judy (GRRI
picture of Maverick on Dec 24 just before his afternoon
walk. With his bow he was the hit of the town and drew a
lot of attention. He strutted and knew he was beautiful.
We were able
to get a picture of your toy before it became a double
amputee. Needless to say, he loved it.
The other is
Maverick on his new bed….anytime day or night.
Nancy & Joe
looks wonderful! We got a good laugh out of your comment
about him destroying his plush toy. They’re all alike!
family has some sad news. Moses, whom we adopted in 2000,
passed away on December 26 after a short illness. He was
with us for Christmas and we already miss him very much. He
led a wonderful life, living with a loving family and a
small child that he thought was his puppy. I can still
remember first seeing his picture on the web site. I
thought he was not a very good looking dog, but my wife fell
in love with him. When we inquired, he had already been
adopted, but they brought him back and so we welcomed him
into the family. We love and miss him, but he will always
have a special place in our hearts.
Andrea, we were saddened to hear of Moses’ passing. It seems
that no matter how long we have our wonderful pals, it’s
never long enough. May you all keep wonderful memories of
him in your hearts where he will live on forever.
Hi Eileen, Amy and Linda (GRRI volunteers),
I hope the holiday season was good for
everyone. It was a good one for us; especially happy since
it's Charlie's first Christmas in his forever home. He's
doing well. His latest follow up with Dr. Cho, the
ophthalmologist, was last Thursday and things are
progressing well. He had corneal ulcers diagnosed in his
right eye last time around, and this time they are healing.
We are back again to Dr. Cho in a month's time unless
something comes up. He's really just about his old self
again, jumping around and playing with Bess whenever he can.
Training is also coming along too (see the attached
"sit-stay"). At this point Len and I cannot remember life
without Charlie.... he is SO much a part of the family now.
Enjoy the pictures, and again, thanks and Happy New Year to
Helen & Len
Hi Helen, thanks for
keeping us updated on Charlie’s progress. Let’s hope his
ulcers and all his other optical “issues” are behind him now
and he can go on to being the happy go lucky guy that we all
know and love!
Hi Judy! (GRRI
New Year! It has definitely been a happy one for us with
our newest addition to the family! Cooper has adjusted so
well, it's amazing.....I actually spent the last 2 days
trying to figure out what's wrong with him that he spent
part of his life in 3 homes and then wound up in rescue.
Then it occurred to me that there's nothing wrong with him,
just the people that gave him up! OK...I know that's a
little harsh but he is an absolute angel and I couldn't
fathom ever giving him away!
for your kind words about Chris & Jessica. They really are
very nice children and have really bonded with Cooper. They
have a deep respect for animals as they should! and Cooper
just LOVES them!
for making this whole process so wonderful and please thank
everyone who I had contact with as well as the people behind
the scenes that made this adoption possible. You are all
truly wonderful people to volunteer your time and efforts to
all of these wonderful "angels from heaven" or as they are
called in the human world, Golden Retrievers!
I will keep
you up to date with Cooper's progress (especially regarding
his slight "pudge" factor LOL) and send pictures as we take
Cooper looks so comfy sitting in
front of that Christmas tree…like he’s lived with you his
entire life! We’re happy to hear that he’s settling in
quickly; he’s had enough tumult in his life. Thank you for
being his forever home!
We have a feeling this never got to
you. Kip held still just long enough, but, as you can see,
he wasn't exactly thrilled! Our very best wishes for a
Happy and Healthy New Year!
Paula & Joel Harris
Thanks for re-sending Kip’s photo.
We agree, he doesn’t look too happy sporting his new
(GRRI adoption coordinator),
for sending Champ's Home Again tag and further explanation
on the notification procedure!
Champ is a
gem and a true gift from God. He already is used to the
church office and he has visited a person struggling with
chemo and was such a gentle dog. Champ seemed to know to
lean in and comfort.
to make us laugh and to make us think. It has been a while
since we needed to project what an active dog may do. So we
thank you from the bottom of our hearts for choosing us to
become Champ's forever family. We will continue to send
pictures. The computer and digital cameras have made that
easier. We hope you had a blessed Christmas and we wish you
a joy-filled 2008!
Hi Bonnie, it sounds like Champ has
all the makings of a therapy dog! How wonderful that he’s
able to help Mark in his church ministry by attending to the
Dear Anne (GRRI foster mom),
We hope you had a nice holiday season. We are coming up on
our 1 year anniversary with Sasha - where did the time go?
She has settled in quite comfortably and gets along pretty
well with her peers at the dog run. She has one really
good friend, Chauncey - you wouldn't believe how she gives
up her frisbee for him! It's very cute.
Here are a few of her most recent
Vicky, Fonda & Sash
Sasha looks wonderful Vicky! We’re
glad she has her special pal to play with at the dog park.