Letters to GRRI-NJ
Today Tucker is
10 years old. He is now officially a double digit boy.
John and I want
to thank Rescue for allowing us to adopt him back when he
was 14 months old. It doesn't seem that long ago. For the
three of us it was love at first sight (a real Hallmark
moment as he came running thru the field to greet us). We
will never forget the contented sigh he gave when he got in
the car for his ride to his foster home, it was as if he knew
he had found his forever home - it took us the rest of the
ride (a whole half hour) to know that he was correct and he
Barb & John
Tucker! How quickly the time flies – it does seem like only
Joe took these pictures today. He just loves that chair!
Liberty enjoying a nice fall afternoon!
Hope everyone is doing well!
He sure looks nice and comfy.
Here’s Lucy…..she sleeps with her tongue out. LOL. Have a
cute is that!
Hi Shayne (GRRI
I just wanted to
let you know that we put Taffy to sleep last night. She was
having difficulty breathing, she stopped eating and she was
so weak that she couldn't get up. It was so hard saying
goodbye to her. She was such a good girl. We loved her so
much. I just can't believe that she is gone. The cancer
originated in her liver and we thought that she would have a
couple more months left but she went down hill so fast. We
know it was the right decision, but it's so hard to accept
it. We loved her so much. She was our little girl.
Cathy, we’re so
sorry to hear about Taffy. You’re right, even when you know
it’s the right thing to do, it’s always so hard. Taffy will
always be with you in your hearts.
Hello and Woof!
can't believe it ... this summer marked my 2 year
anniversary of being in my forever home! I had a fun summer
playing in the backyard with my human sister and brother.
And, I had fun sitting in their little kiddie pool and
drinking the water from it! Besides that, I like to sleep a
lot, but I have to be in a room with someone from my
family. (I think it makes them feel better.) I'm great at
begging for food and sometimes, I go right up to a bagel or
piece of toast and just lick it!
family keeps telling me how much they love me. The kids
give me lots of hugs, pets and kisses. They always hug me
before they go to school and they can't wait to pet me when
they come home at the end of the day. During the day, I
keep my mom company, but I don't do housework! I'm more
than happy to clean up a stray Cheerio on the floor, but
besides that, I need my rest!
sending a picture of me with my little sister, Jordan, and
my little brother, Jared. It was taken before they went to
the beach this summer. I stayed home to catch up on some
rest that day. Please let me know if you receive the
picture and this e-mail. I e-mailed an update to you last
year and never received a response and never saw my picture
in your newsletter, so I want to make sure you get this
one. Since I'm turning 10 in a couple of weeks, I want to
make sure everyone at GRRI knows how great life has been for
Best regards to everyone at GRRI,
Eli, you and the kids look wonderful. We can’t believe how
big they’re getting. Thanks so much for writing. You’re
right, we didn’t get your update last year, we’re sorry we
We lost our companion, our partner in crime, our best friend
last month, Nugget. We adopted Nugget directly from a
family through GRRI five years ago. One of their children
was allergic and they could no longer keep her. It was the
luckiest day of our lives. She has been at our side ever
since. She went on a trip to Baltimore, a camping trip to
Maine and many places in between. But last year she was
diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her front leg. We did
the best we could and she was with us for another year but
the fight was too much.
We miss her smile, her tail thumping on the floor, her
nuzzle pushing us not to stop petting her. We know she is
waiting for us and we will see her again some day. Thank
you so much for bringing us together.
Betty and Mary Croft
We’re so sorry to hear about Nugget. You know she’s
watching over you and biding her time until you can all be
together again. Thank you for adopting her.
Dear Friends at
It is with a
heavy heart that I let you know that Rusty died on September
10, 2008 at the age of 13. He was a great dog and was
adopted only a short 8 years ago. Up until the morning of
his death he was a happy, alert, loving, and faithful
friend. He loved going outside, especially helping in the
flower and vegetable garden, where he eagerly ate any low
hanging ripe tomatoes! He was also my mom’s (age 88) best
companion. Thanks to GRRI for finding us such a wonderful
‘red’ Golden to share our home with these past years. The
photos show him at one of the GRRI reunions, his majestic
‘white face’, and playing with his ball in the backyard.
sincere condolences on Rusty’s passing. What wonderful
memories you have of him. We’ll miss seeing him at the
Eileen and Judy (GRRI volunteers),
We have some new photos of Cody. He loves the leaves!
Cody sure looks like he’s having a good time and the colors
do him justice! A true Kodak moment. Thanks for sending
It is very
hard to believe that Traveller is 5 already, it seems like
only yesterday we were driving down the turnpike to pick him
up to foster him. This photo was taken at Goldstock at the
lake. This boy almost loves the water as much as Linda and
become quite the event boy. He loves going to the events with
his brother Cody to meet and greet all the people.
rescue for allowing us to adopt him, we can't image how
empty the house would be without him.
Cody is still
his best bud and loves to play with Trav, especially
when playing a round of bitey face.
John & Barb
Birthday Traveller. Another lucky “Ready boy”!
Hello Anne (GRRI
Just a quick
update on the most wonderful dog. She is such a part of
our family and we all love her deeply. Her tail is waging
finally, so we think she loves us too! She helps herself to
her toys (and the children's toys), takes them right out of
the basket when she is ready to play. Like you said she is
a chewer, we can always get new house plants :) Annie had
her first ear infection a couple of weeks back and I found a
new Vet to take her to in the area. The Vet I used for my
previous dogs is in Bergen county, so new dog, new Vet. Her
ears cleared up quickly and she's just great. She just loves
going in the car nowadays, she knows it will be someplace
fun. Soccer season and football have come to an end, so no
more trips to the field, which she got to like and she made
lots of friends there too.
Hope all is
well with you and yours,
Matthew and Madison Gear
happy to hear how well Annie is doing. She deserves to be in
a happy forever home and going for rides to fun places with
Hi Ruth! (GRRI
Lexie is still
doing great! She loves the boys and loves to play. The baby
adores her, he crawls over to her and rests his head on her
back, so cute! She has turned into a lap dog, anyone that
she likes gets a big visit from her!
still interested in adopting another Golden, I just know
Lexie would love it. She really loves playing with the
neighborhood dogs and I think she would love having a buddy
in her own yard. Do we need to submit another application
or reactivate our prior one?? Thanks for all your help!!
we’d love to help your family get a new furry family member.
Yes, we will need a new adoption application from you, it's
one application per dog. You won’t need a new home visit
since we do have that on record.
Hi Eileen (GRRI
Just wanted to
say hi and show you how wonderful "Glenda" is doing. As you
can see by my children's faces they are in love with
Hope you are
saving lots of Goldens! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
an absolutely wonderful picture. We all agreed, this is one of the best pictures we’ve ever received. What love between
a dog and her children. Thanks for sending it.
Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
I am horrible
at this update thing. I actually took pictures a couple of
weeks ago to send to you that are still on the camera. I
promise to download some and send them.
doing fantastic. He had an absolute blast a couple of weeks
ago when we got 10” of snow unexpectedly. The kids were
trying to make a snowman and Jersey kept running up and
jumping on the snowballs they were trying to roll. You
probably had to be there, but it was very funny. The kids
would also throw a snowball for Jersey to chase and then he
would spend a couple of minutes looking for it and trying to
figure out where it disappeared.
also become a Pittsburgh Steeler fan (I know you probably
don’t want to hear that!!). He wears his Big Ben Steelers
jersey during the games on Sunday. I actually think he
could care less about the game, but he looks good in the
newest adventure is getting on Haley’s school bus every
morning. The bus driver is a dog lover and has small dry
doggy treats she gives him. Jersey now paces every morning
waiting for Haley and I to be ready to walk to the bus. He
wags his tail so hard when he sees the bus that he
practically smacks himself in the head with his tail. Haley
loves it because her friends on the bus think she has the
Have a Happy
Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!!
John, Haley, and Jersey
Thanks for the
update, Michael…and “hint hint”…we’re still waiting for those
Hi Lynda (GRRI
ready to go to bed, am working on a paper for grad school.
Mara is just wonderful. :) She has adapted to the halti-lead
quite well but is still a little nervous walking on a leash.
I believe it’s any cars that pass make her a little anxious.
Her physical @ the animal hospital went well. At present,
she is 63lbs. She had a rash down by her genitals which has
since cleared up. Her blood work & urine came back great.
She eats right next to her brother, Rugby & also sleeps by
him on the bed. My family is just taken with her. Of course
she favors me & is sleeping right next to me as I'm typing
this email. She is doing much better with leaving the cat
alone & responds to leave it when I look straight into her
eyes. Everybody @ the hospital fell in love with her right
away:)))))))))))))))))))) Currently we are working with
teaching her high five which she almost has mastered. In the
future, I will work with her on learning play dead:) that
will take a couple of weeks, but she's very smart:)))))
Feeding time is still cause for excitement with her but I
put her in a sit stay & she responds. All in all she's
doing great:)))))) BTW she's jumping up on the counter,
probably b/c she saw Rugby do it. So I set a set of soda
cans up on the counter close to the edge & when Rugby jumped
up all the cans fell to the floor! Scared the crap out of
him! She saw that & begins to think twice before she does
it. Will keep working with her on that.
Hope all is well
with you & yours:) Thank you again for Mara:))) We just love
her so very much:))))))))))) ))))))
Thanks for the
update, Patty. Mara was quite the counter surfing pro in her
former home as well. She managed to grab quite a few Sunday
dinner roasts off the counter before they realized THEY
needed to be more careful! We’re happy to hear she’s doing
Dear Pat (GRRI
It is wonderful
to hear from you! You have been on my mind for the past
month and I have been meaning to write you. Daisy is
WONDERFUL and we love her LOTS and she loves us a ton!!!
She is such a sweetie and she knows how to let us know what
she needs. Everyone who meets Daisy loves her too. I hope
that all is well with you.
Thanks again for
writing and I will see if I can get you some pix soon,
always so happy to hear that our adopters are so madly in
love with the dogs they adopt from us. That means we’re
doing our job!
Jill (former GRRI foster mom),
I hope all is
I thought you
might want an update on Abbey. She is great and the picture
attached was taken at the beach about two weeks ago. She is
10 and very healthy. I do give her a shot twice a month for
the cranky hip, but besides that she is doing great.
We are outside
a lot. I unplugged the outside fence about a year ago. She
may meander to the neighbor, but that is about it. Usually
she keeps me in her sights at all times.
walkers in the neighborhood know that she is extremely
friendly. Somehow she knows the mailman comes midday and
likes to chase him for a bone or two!
with you soon....may want a playmate for Abbey and do not
want a puppy.
you’re ready, submit an application and we’ll see what we
can do about getting you a new pal!
Dear Eileen (GRRI
this donation to GRRI in honor of Judy Lilien and all GRRI
volunteers. You are doing wonderful work!
Amy & David
both so much! Judy is a wonderful foster mom, we’re so
lucky to have her. And Cody had a wonderful time playing
with Judy’s other dogs, even though he did take home some
New Jersey dirt with him!
I just wanted
to send these adorable pictures of Chelsea and Daphne.
Chelsea about 2 1/2 years ago, and she is a continual source
of joy in our lives, especially for her sister, Daphne.
much for the pictures Heidi!
To Golden Re-Triever
Rescue, one & all,
It’s a time
for counting blessings and to think of all the reasons life
is filled with warmth and joy. That’s why you are being
thought about in a very warm and special way.
George Bender in loving memory of “Mattingly”
both so much for your donation in Mattingly’s memory.
Holiday blessings to you and your family as well.
Hi Eileen (GRRI adoption coordinator),
I have sad news about Ginger. I adopted her the summer of
'07. She started out as a foster and than we ended up
adopting her. Well we had to put her to sleep last month.
I found several lumps on her right front leg and shoulder
the end of September. My vet removed the lumps and it turned
out to be a very aggressive form of plasmacytoma. We took
her to an oncologist who put her on
prednisone which helped to shrink the tumor which grew back
very quickly after being removed. The
oncologist said chemo or radiation would not be effective
for this type of cancer.
Needless to say we are devastated. We couldn't have asked
for a more affectionate, sweet, loving dog and we are very
grateful for the time we had with her.
Thanks for all the good work you do,
Amy, we were so sorry to hear about Ginger’s passing. She
had a wonderful life with you and Marvin and we appreciate
all you did for her.
Dear friends at GRRI,
We just wanted you to know how fantastic Bear is doing
(middle front in photo). We had adopted her in mid December
'06. We had almost immediately changed her name from
Bethany to Bear because it was so much more fitting.....she
has these big chocolate brown soulful Teddy Bear eyes! She
gets along so well with her sisters, Sophie (left,
another adoptee from a neighbor) and Gracie (right).
though, Gracie was diagnosed with her second bout of cancer
last November, lived another 8 months until she passed away
in her sleep in the beginning of July. I believe it was a
miracle of sorts that Bear actually came to us when she did,
not the other way around, knowing that Sophie would
need a companion. Bear, along with Sophie, is a constant
source of entertainment and they're best buddies too! We
keep in contact with Bear's foster family, Debbie and John
Smith. They actually live quite close to us. We had gone
over to their house this summer for a barbeque and had a
blast! They have Cooper and Cleo, Golden rescues also. It
was so much fun watching the four dogs interact with each
other. Cleo and Sophie were the swimmers. Bear was nervous
about going swimming (but loves baths...go figure)! We love
this copper colored girl so much! She's affectionate,
intelligent, pretty and is a very happy little doggie (her
gentle "grrrrrr" is one of the happy sounds she makes with a
toy in her mouth)! We're blessed to have her in our lives!
Anyway, we always peek at your site to see what beautiful
Goldens are up for adoption. You may be hearing from us
soon again, now that Gracie's gone (we miss having 3 dogs
running around)! Nonetheless, we'll keep you posted as to
how our sweet Bear is doing! Keep up the good work and have
a safe and wonderful holiday season!!!
Lisa and Bill Barkenbush, Sophie and Bear :)
What a wonderful photo...we love seeing pictures of “Golden
heaps”. We’re sorry to hear about Gracie and can imagine
how much you miss her despite having 2 other dogs in your
home. We see you’ve submitted a new application so we’ll
see what we can do for you!
note: Since this letter was submitted, Lisa and Bill have
adopted another GRRI Golden, Becky!
I've been very busy this year so not a lot of e-mails.
Attached is a picture my mom took of us. Wizzer is on the
left with Nick, Sammy is in the middle with Vinnie, & I am
on the other end with Danielle. My mom made the bandanas for
us. I hope everyone is well and we all wish you a safe &
Shylow & family
have to say, Shylow, that we’ve missed your emails. They’re
always so entertaining. Your kids are so grown up, they’re
really young adults now. Wizzer and Sammy look great too.
Did you stand on the table for your birthday again this
It’s now official, we signed the adoption contract today so Shep/Chef,
whose name is now Brodie, is officially a member of our
family. I showed him the contract and explained that he was
ours now but he didn’t seem impressed since it wasn’t
Thanks for all your help and support! I’ll keep the photos
coming. Attached is one taken when I was getting out
Christmas decorations. Brodie immediately moved into the
vacated storage space.
Congratulations, Nancy, and thank you for enrolling Brodie in
obedience classes at St. Hubert’s. They’re such a wonderful
training school and we really felt it was something he
needed to have in order to start off on the right paw with
his forever family. It’s always great to see a Golden in
the middle of holiday decorating. They love to help.
Happy Holidays from the Holzberg family!! Lexie is a doll
and we just love her!
What a great family family photo. We can’t wait to see
Maggie added to next year’s photo.
Judy! (GRRI foster mom)
It’s been a while … how are you? How is your brood?
I saved all my Halloween online/email cards to open when my
life wasn’t so hectic … didn’t open it until a few weeks
ago. I apologize, but did enjoy it very much despite the
passing of the holiday. Thank you.
Amber is good – I love that dog more and more each day. We
have three cats now and she’s great with them. None of us
thinks she likes the rescued Golden, Maya, we adopted last
spring. Maya is 3 years old and a little nutty. Amber’s
facial expressions say it all … "I wish you weren’t here!" I
was walking them on one leash that divided into two. About
two months ago Amber just stopped in the middle of our walk
and refused to move. I know I could have made her continue,
but she doesn’t do things like that without a reason. So, I
unleashed her and continued walking with only Maya on the
leash. Amber very happily followed – she would stop and
sniff, but always caught up with us. I think she was very
happy not to be connected to Maya! Now I use two separate
leashes, the extendable (is that the word?) for Maya and a
regular one for Amber and it works great. Occasionally
Amber will stop and not want to go any further … I turn,
talk to her, she wags her tail at me and eventually we move
along. She loved the snow over the last couple days – it
makes her so spunky. With the addition of Maya I do notice
how old Amber is. It shows up in her eyes – something about
them looks like they have seen a lot of years. I’ve
purchased dog beds for her so it’s softer on her calluses
when she gets up from lying down. Her allergies are the
same – except when we had a flea infestation (yuck) – and
she sleeps a lot during the day. However, she lights up and
looks about 2 years old when her food or biscuits are in
If Amber could email you I am sure she would wish you a
Merry Christmas and be happy that she lived in your house
after she was rescued.
Donna, thanks for the Amber update! Is it possible that
Amber is developing arthritis in her spine and/or hips and
that’s why she sometimes pauses during walks? Other than of
course to stop and smell everything in sight! Maybe she
needs a little bit of pain medication like Metacam. And of
course some Glucosamine and Chondroitin. We’d love a new
picture of her and Maya. Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of the great
people in the group.…And a very big Thank You for Hutch.
The Germer Family,
Charles, Ilene, Cassie and Hutch, "our Golden kids”
Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for the picture of the
furkids…they look great!
Hi Lynda &
family, (GRRI foster family)
from the Liveseys :) From left is Taylor, Rugby, Lana
(changed her name) and Lacey.
dancing Golden moments. Thanks for thinking of us.
All is well
with Lana. She has made a wonderful addition to our family.
Rugby has met his match. She tires him out. We are truly
happy & love her so much. She has become quite attached to
me. She sleeps attached to me in the bed. I love every
moment of it:)))))))))))
holidays with your family & have a joyous New Year:))
beautiful picture. Thanks so much for sending it. We’re
thrilled you’re so happy with Lana!
Hi Judy (GRRI foster mom),
Could you PLEASE take me back? They are making a fool out
of me. They call me their "little dear". I know you would
never do this to me.
Merry Christmas anyway,
hate to say it, Maverick, but you look absolutely adorable!
Anne (GRRI foster mom),
If I could just get out of this nice warm bed I'd send you a
Lucy, you look soooo nice and comfy in that bed. That’s the
perfect place to be on a cold winter’s day.
My 13-year-old Golden, Sydney, is watching me from her spot
in front of the fire, near the Christmas tree. She is a
great joy in my life, and I don't even mind that I sleep on
the couch now to be near her in case she needs me at night.
We lost her great friend and life companion, Travis, an
almost 15-year-old Golden, last March. Sydney became ill
that night, and of course I thought she was depressed. A
week later, when she was still sick, the Vet did some tests
and told me she has extensive "metastatic disease" and would
only last a few more weeks. That was March 11. I know we
have little time left together, and I want these last few
weeks to be as great for her as all the weeks that went
before. She still likes her toys and her dog cookies, and
going for walks, and will sometimes even still wrestle on
the floor with me. Watching her fills me with such
happiness, and such sorrow at the same time. I try to never
let her see me cry.
Thank you for letting me tell my Sydney story, and for
taking care of other Goldens like her. Please accept this
small contribution, in memory of Sydney and Travis, and Jake
and Maggy Mae, my first two Goldens.
With warmest regards,
Susan, thank you so much for your moving letter and for your
donation. All of us who have shared our lives with these
wonderful dogs know the feeling of helplessness that you’re
experiencing right now. May you have many more quality
months with Sydney.
Jody and Anthony (GRRI foster parents),
I just wanted to send you a couple of Christmas photos
of Maggie [formerly Goldie]. She is very good in the house
and likes her daily routines, especially the walks. Corey
really enjoys his early morning walks with her in the park.
She still gets overly excited when she sees another dog, but
she is gradually getting better on the leash. All in all,
she has a great personality, and we are very happy that she
is a member of our family.
Have a Merry Christmas,
Lucille & Corey
Maggie certainly looks happy in her new home and it looks
like she’s claimed that chair as her own! Thanks so much
for sending us your update and photos.
Hi Lynda (GRRI
Christmas and Happy New Year! The picture from our holiday
card is attached. Hope you like it. Julie, me and the kids
want to wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy and
Prosperous New Year!
P.S. There is
a ringtone on Julie's phone that makes Max howl and bark, it
is funny. I will videotape him and send it to you.
great family picture…Max looks wonderful. Happy New Year to
you and your family as well!