Letters to GRRI-NJ
Hi Linda (GRRI foster mom),
I wanted to let you know that our Jasper has died. He
was doing great and just last week vacationed with my
daughter and me in Martha's Vineyard at the same place we
went right after I adopted him. He loved it and seemed
to return to his puppy-hood for the week. He went to
work with me Monday and Tuesday and woke me up last night
with labored breathing. I took him to the Vet who felt
sure he had Lymphoma and probably 10 days at best to live.
I brought him home, hoping the Vet was wrong. Jazz's
breathing was labored for the next few hours and then I left
the room for a moment and when I returned he seemed asleep
but as I walked around him he lifted his head, looked at me,
took a deep breath and passed away.
I am completely crushed, I adored that boy. But, through my
tears I thought of you and had to thank you on this day for
taking him in, caring for him with so much love and passing
him on to me. He made life wonderful-I just wish it could
have lasted a little longer.
Pat, we were so sorry to hear your sad news. Jasper was a
very special little guy. We know he had a wonderful life
with you and that he enjoyed your vacations on the Cape
together. Our sincere sympathy.
Dear Eileen and GRRI,
I can't begin to tell you how happy we were that the Golden
Re-union was finally moved back to a Sunday. Since Doug
works on Saturdays, we have been unable to come for the last
few years but yesterday's re-union makes up for all the
missed ones. I'm not sure who had more fun, our kids or our
pups. It was just terrific. It was also great seeing so many
old friends and meeting so many new ones. Each of our three
fur kids won a contest and were thrilled with their prizes.
And of course, all the Goldens are the highlight for us.
By the time we came home, the pups were exhausted (a good
thing) and all the boys slept on the way home! The weather
was picture perfect and as you know, seeing Gretchen, now
Sadie, again was a highlight for all of us. I am attaching a
photo that seemed to sum it all up for us. This was how
Rascal's ice cream sundae was left when he was finished and
I kid you not.....none of us touched it!!!! The photo says
Thanks again for including us,
Stephanie Glazer and family
Steph, we love the photo and were happy that you could join
us this year.
Hi Eileen, Amy-Jo, and Linda (GRRI volunteers),
Just an update from Len and me, that Charlie is doing great.
We were on vacation last week in the mountains and he and
Bess of course had the greatest time. I attached 2
pictures. You can see their "smiling" faces! It's hard to
believe that Charlie is almost 3 years old. He is such a
fantastic dog - he's come such a long way with his training
(he has his "figure 8" heeling down and just now starting a
directed fetch), and yet he still hasn't lost his puppy
enthusiasm for life. We've discovered that he is a good
Frisbee dog - he tracks it in the air to catch it and he's
actually caught a couple by flipping his body around
mid-air- I never thought he could do it with his "stocky"
body type but he's quite agile (and fast!) Thankfully he has
no problems at all with his eyesight. He is really a happy
guy! He and Bess continue to get along as "bff's"! Bess is
going to be 7 at her next birthday and I know that having
Charlie around is keeping her young.
So glad we found GRRI-NJ.
Helen and Len
look wonderful. The contrast between their two colors is
striking. We’re not sure if you noticed, but the photo of
them in the field together was the photo featured on our
home page on the website this past autumn.
Dear Friends at GRRI-NJ,
It is with a very deep sad heart that I write to inform you
that we lost our sweet Daisy on Thursday night. An
ultrasound confirmed that she had a mass. Fortunately, she
did not suffer and only showed signs of "something wrong" a
week before. We adopted her from you on August 14, 2000.
She was approximately 1- 1/2 years when we got her, and we
were her 4th home. Daisy was a joy and a sparkle in my
heart every day. She did exceptionally well in her
obedience training, earned her CGC, was off-leash trained,
and the past 2 years she and I were a pet therapy team. She
also raised five Seeing Eye puppies! We miss that "roo-roo"
bark when waiting for her food, and of course we miss
everything about her. Our home and hearts are empty, but we
do rejoice in the wonderful 9 years she spent with us. I
have to tell you that your dear Joanne was the person who
matched Daisy and me, and I will always be grateful to her
Thank you for finding Daisy and allowing me the privilege of
living life with her.
Peggy & Steve Grow
Daisy’s wonderful legacy is going to live on in all those
puppies that she helped to raise. You know she’s looking
down from heaven and reminding them of all that she taught
them. We’re so sorry for your loss.
Mama Lilli (GRRI foster mom):
Thank you so much for taking me to the Deubler's and their
wonderful yard. You can see I have a lot of fun playing ball
with Daddy Lee. He is teaching me a new command called
"Drop" and if I drop the ball I get a treat and he chucks
the ball for me over and over again! There are lots of good
smells in their yard and I spend a lot of time exploring and
sniffing - I think they even have a groundhog under their
shed. Gerri plays with me now but she's older so if I get
too rambunctious, I get a time-out in my crate. But that's
ok because you know I like my crate anyway. Mama Mary also
likes to play with me and thinks I'm a star - at least I
heard her say "I'm seeing stars" after I ran into her in the
backyard once. She's really glad I lived with you for a
while because you taught me a lot of good behaviors and I
understand that was difficult when we first met.
Thanks again, Mama Lilli,
you look wonderful. As we say over and over, there is a
special home out there for each and every one of our dogs;
we just have to be patient and wait for them to come to us.
Hi Judy and Jack and the Gang.....(GRRI foster mom and her
I have been so swamped.....but I needed to tell you, Judy, I
just love this girl!
She is my buddy and we do everything together.
She makes me smile - she makes us all smile.
She is the sweetest soul. Our home just wouldn't be the same
Of course, Belle's number one enemy is the W-I-N-D !!!! She
is still so terrified of it - especially yesterday.
We had sustained winds of around 50 mph all day.
She did the "sack of potatoes" routine twice and never
pooped all day!
Today, however, she was back to normal and made up for
She is smart and funny. She thinks that anything that walks
through our yard should be tracked with her nose. We were
just outside in the dark (me with my flashlight) and when
she heard the rustle of leaves and then a dog bark in the
distance, she froze and waited and watched and thought she
was the almighty Big Brave Belle! Then a neighbor put a lid
on a garbage can and she made a bee line to my side....LOL.
She's so obedient, Judy. She knows sit, down, let's
go, come, she can "bring it" and of course, every dog's
favorite....."Wanna cookie?" She loves the smell of
cooking in the kitchen, that's our dinner-Belle, and she
even flirts with the toaster for a whiff of rye toast!
People who visit are so impressed with her manners. Once she
gets to know them, she sits patiently while they pet her
head. No jumping-ever. She sits by me always - chewing her
bones. Every night I still lie on the floor with her and rub
her belly before bed. I tell her what a beautiful girl she
is and she just LOVES that.
She just picked up a stuffed turtle and started de stuffing
the poor fella.
We were talking about her tail tonight. When she walks
through the house her tail wags back and forth so that it
hits her on each side of her body.....then it will waggle up
and wiggle down.
We walk to the corner - but she still watches over her
shoulder every other step to make sure the house doesn't
disappear behind her. I think she would follow me
anywhere....I'm so lucky!
Alright-enough about us....how are you? Jack? The rest of
Brave Belle and Nancy
We just love hearing Belle stories, Nancy. Thanks for
keeping us so well informed of her progress!
Today is Cody's 12th birthday and we want to thank rescue
for allowing us to adopt him.
Cody has been a member of our family for six wonderful
years. When we think back to the scared abused dog that we
and Theresa did the evaluation on it doesn't seem possible
that that dog could now be the politician that he is glad
handing everyone he sees. (Instead of hitting the dirt every
time some one came near him.)
A special thank you to Theresa for being his first foster
Mom, her unlucky break of her arm was our very lucky break.
Barb & John
Cody sure has come a long way. It’s a tribute to what a
patient, loving home can do for these wonderful dogs. Thank
you, Barb and John, for adopting him.
Hello Terry and Curt (GRRI foster parents),
Just saying hello and letting you know that Sonny is doing
well. He is getting whiter in the face, and much of his
coat has white hair too, so he looks lighter overall. He is
a complete hedonist about being brushed; one only has to say
the word “brush,” and Sonny is on the floor/ground,
stretched out and waiting. He has always been this way
about the brushing ritual, and I thank his previous family
He still has lots of spunk, energy and enthusiasm, and
probably contributes greatly to our own health. He doesn’t
quite know how to handle the recent overtures from the cat
about “friendship.” The cat rubs his head on Sonny’s neck,
I am sure, wanting Sonny to do some grooming of the cat, but
Sonny just ignores this.
His devotion, loyalty and constancy continue to completely
capture us through and through. We adore him.
Hope this finds you both well.
Thanks for the update, Charlotte. We’d love to see some
photos of him!
I hope everyone at GRRI-NJ had a Happy Halloween! I had a
fun time watching my brother and sister dress up in their
Halloween costumes. I've even sent you a picture of us so
you can see how great I look!
I did want to let you know that I had surgery a couple of
weeks ago to remove a very large cyst from my neck and a
small cyst from the top of my head. The cyst on my neck was
about the size of a tennis ball and really bothered me. I
came home from the surgery looking pretty silly with a big
shaved patch on my neck and the top of my head, but my fur
has been growing back really fast and my incisions have been
healing very well. My family gave me lots of hugs and
cuddles, and I think that helped me to get better so
quickly. Everyone at the vet told my dad that I am such a
I celebrated my 11th birthday at the beginning of October
and can't believe that I've been at my "forever home" for
over 3 years now. My family tells me that I act like a
puppy! I love to lie under the kitchen table during dinner
... it's a great spot to catch any food the kids drop. I
like my naps a lot, but also like playing catch and getting
pets & hugs from my family. Life is good!
Hugs & Licks,
Hi Eli, thanks for writing. We’re sorry to hear that you had
to have surgery but we were happy to hear that everything
went well. You’re probably feeling much better now. Happy
belated birthday! May you have many more.
Enclosed is a small contribution to continue your good work
in loving memory of my dear grand dog, Daisy, CGC TD. She
came from GRRI-NJ in August 2000 and brought us much joy and
Daisy helped raise five puppies for the Seeing Eye and made
therapy visits to cheer patients. She was that rare
combination of great pet, creative teacher, and caring
Condolences to Peggy and Steve.
Dear Daisy, wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge.
Thank you so much for your donation in memory of sweet
Daisy. We’ve written to Peggy and Steve, informing them of
wanted to send some new pictures of Liberty. We passed by
this old fire truck in
Monmouth Beach. Liberty actually hopped up the back
afterwards! The other picture is Liberty resting after the
reunion. We love the Hollywoof black tie!
Joe & Liberty~
glad you enjoyed the reunion. The weather couldn’t have
been more perfect. It was a really fun theme, wasn’t it?
Hi Judy (and Jack and the gang)
Every day I think - I need to write Judy and update her
about Belle. Errrr...need I tell you how life runs away from
you and before you know it, it's tomorrow!
I just finished my weekly argument with Belle about nail
trimming. She still isn't thrilled with nail trimming and
we play tug-of-war forever. I take the little paw and rub
the belly - look at a nail and as soon as I pick up the
clippers......Gone! There goes the paw. I take it back, rub
her belly, whoosh, the paw disappears! LOL. I’m starting to
think that it has nothing to do with the actual clipping of
the nails, but she hates the sound of the clippers. Since
she prefers the yard to walking on the street her nails grow
quickly. Ah, the challenges of motherhood!
Yesterday she found an old, weathered soccer ball in the
neighbor’s yard. She actually plays soccer and uses her legs
to kick it along. It really is quite comical.
She has been trying some of the raw diet foods. Need I tell
you she loves it? Especially the green tripe and chicken.
I went to pick up an order Thursday evening and Diane
Mellon has 10 golden puppies! I got to peek at them from the
doorway - they are only about 2 1/2 weeks old and they were
eating. Darn they are cute! Expensive though - $1,700. My
neighbor and I were laughing about it yesterday as Belle is
so attached to me. I'm sure some day she will be ready for a
puppy but not yet. She is still learning and growing and
there is no need to upset her quiet little world here -
after all - she is the princess, you know. Princess Belle.
I am not feeding her 100% raw...she still loves her sweet
potato and venison and I know she is just fine on that. It
is interesting though to try some raw stuff and see how she
naturally loves it. She followed me around the house for 2
hours the other night because I bought her some beef
tracheas. Just the smell of them in the house and she
wouldn't give up until I gave her one! Good Sniffer Belle.
Everyone just loves her. My niece came home from college
today for the night. As soon as she heard Emily come in the
back door she got up and peered around the
corner....."Hello? Look! Here I am!" Of course, everyone
then says "Awwww....come on, Belle!" and she eventually
musters the courage to come into the kitchen. Sometimes I
call her "B" and Luke thinks that sounds like a Mafia name
so he'll say to her in a funny Brooklyn accent "Yo B, get
ova hea!" and she comes! LOL
She still sleeps down in my office in her nice comfy bed.
She will wander upstairs on occasion with me but shows no
interest in sleeping up there. Someday. In the meantime
though I still lie on the floor with her every night and rub
her belly before I go up to bed and pet her pretty face and
tell her how special she is and what a beautiful girls she
is. Beautiful Belle.
She has learned a new trick in the morning. She used to
sleep in until I feed her. Now she waits until I pour a cup
of coffee and then she'll come sit next to me at the kitchen
table. I scratch her head and her chest and massage
her back. I think she would stand there all day. I guess I
would too if someone did that for me. Smart Belle.
Your soup story was hilarious and the comments from the gang
were priceless. I roared laughing - all at your expense, of
course. And sadly, I look forward to your next cooking
adventure to see what your gang will do. LOL So what will
you cook next? Roast Beef? A leg of lamb?
I hope you are well and Jack is doing better. Let me know if
I should send the fixings for soup up and you can try it
again. I have a wonderful recipe (and it's easy) for a white
bean soup. One of the girls I work with made it and brought
it in and now I make it every other week or so. I am NOT a
good cook, Judy. This is easy enough for me to pull off so
if your interested, let me know and I’ll send the recipe.
Nancy and Brave Sweet Belle
Yeah, we tend to tease Judy a great deal about her culinary
Hi Terry and Curt (GRRI foster parents),
I just received your note of changing your e-mail
address...hope it works!
Our Becky girl is doing just fine! I've finally figured out
her "poop needs" and have created a routine around that!
She had a physical setback about a month or two ago where
she was throwing up for over a day and needed a vet's visit
($!). They re-hydrated her, took blood work (fine), x-rays
(ok) and wanted to check her bacterial levels in the triad
area (where the stomach, upper intestines and pancreas all
meet)...the bacterial level was high, so they put her on
probiotics and an anti-inflammatory/anti-biotic. One day
after starting those, she had a seizure (epileptic)...really
scary! The doc said it was the anti-inflammatory/antibiotic
and to stop it's use...the reaction is actually more common
in cats because of the way their nervous system is set up.
She was fine by that evening, bouncing around like a puppy
with her fur-sisters (whew)! She's doing really well. We
have one more weekend of going up to the Catskills to our
trailer, and then we have to hang it up for the winter.
I'll send pictures hopefully the weekend of Oct 24th or so.
Hope you both are doing just fine...getting ready for the
colder weather? I was going to say "COOLER" weather, but it
seems we've gone from summer to winter already! Hope for a
nice long Indian summer!
Talk to you soon!
Lisa and Bill, Sophie, Becky and Bear :)
We’re glad that Becky has recovered from her ordeal. We’d
love to see some pictures.
Earlier this afternoon Sylvia and I had to help our dear
sweet "Lucky" go to the Rainbow Bridge. We went to see him
at Red Bank in Hillsborough and we were met by Dr. Ward. She
had done the repeat echocardiogram on him today and what she
found was not good news. Lucky had a large growth ( most likely a cancerous tumor) in his atrial
valve. This was not allowing him to get the required oxygen
to the rest of his body. He also had pneumonia in one of his
lungs. They brought him to us and we could see that he was
having a lot of difficulty breathing and his heart had to
work so hard due to the growth restricting output.
Lucky was Sylvia's shadow and our gorgeous red headed boy
was a pure delight. When we went to Lancaster, PA. to pick
up Lucky 7 years ago he was all skin and bones. He weighed
around 60 pounds. He was either a puppy mill stud dog or
some family’s pet that was not wanted anymore.
On the ride home he was such a good boy we said to ourselves
that we were very "Lucky" to have him. From that moment on
his name was forever changed from Rusty to "Lucky". Lucky
was our "schlepper"!!!! For those of you who do not know the
word he was our Linus.
Whenever we came home he would grab whatever size dog
blanket (large or small) and schlep it to the front hallway
to greet us along with his wagging tail.
We know he is playing with Muffin, Bear, Misty, Pepper and
Duchess and is no longer in any pain at the Rainbow Bridge.
There is a very big hole in our hearts today and we miss our
"Lucky" so much.
Please light a candle and say a prayer for him.
He is sorely missed by his Mom, Dad, Josh, Marnie, Buddy,
Teddy, and Dixie, but he will live in our hearts forever.
Sylvia and Philip Mogerman
What a joyous reunion there must have been when Lucky
joined all his pals at the Rainbow Bridge. We know how much
you miss him; sadly, our time together with these wonderful
dogs is never long enough.
Jody (GRRI foster mom),
So great to hear from you! We're all doing great,
including Stella! It's amazing to think how we ever lived
We took Stella with us to Cape Cod for a week in August and
she loved the water!
It sounds like you had a crazy summer. I think I saw
a picture of Riley on the GRRI website, he's real
cute. Adriana keeps dropping hints of us having one more
Golden but right now it would be tough...Maybe down the road
How's life as a newlywed? I think you and your husband
just had your 1 year anniversary right?
Hope everyone is doing well. Thanks again for checking in.
Have a great Thanksgiving, Holiday season and New Year!
It sounds like Stella loved her vacation! Did Jody tell you
she and Anthony were expecting a baby? Their beautiful
daughter, Ella, was born December 3rd. Everyone
is doing well.
On this glorious Thanksgiving morning, I just wanted to
Thank You for one of the greatest gifts my family has ever
received. Almost 3 years ago we adopted Boomer from you and
he has been a blessing ever since. He is a beautiful
(inside and out) gentle giant who has no idea of his size -
he thinks he is a lap dog! He is a very happy boy and loves
playing with his siblings - both 2 and 4 legged!! He looks
forward to his morning walk to the school bus stop with my
sons and anxiously waits at the front door for their
return. It warms my heart to see him so happy and content.
So this morning as I give him a big hug and thank him for
entering our lives, I also want to thank you for rescuing
him and allowing him to become a part of our family. We are
all forever grateful.
The Daniluk Family
We’re so very thankful for all of our wonderful adopters
that open their hearts and their homes to our rescue dogs.
We’d love to see pictures of Boomer.
Wishing you a blessed day spent with family & friends
creating memories of laughter, love & smiles!
Have an AWESOME DAY!
Celeste, Joe, Sadie May, & Emma
Thank you for the photo of the girls. Have a wonderful
I just received the "Tales of Gold" newsletter today. I was
so sorry that we missed the picnic.
There's a photo of me in the adoption section, but it fails
to mention that the other person in the photo is my father,
Walter McConnell, who is nothing less than Sophie's grandpa.
I've attached a photo of our girl sound asleep on the
couch. She continues to work her way into our hearts. I've
never gotten so many kisses before. Hopefully we'll
continue to work on our family and be so very happy!
Patti Jo McConnell
Sophie looks adorable!
Hi Shayne, Lynda and all of you wonderful volunteers at
I'm sorry this took so long. Here is our first complete
family picture...including our sweet Carter. We're actually
using it as our Christmas card this year! :)
He's a sweet boy, who needs a soft touch, and lots of
guidance. With the help we've gotten from Urban Dawgs/Red
Bank, we are all doing great.
We've decided to keep in house decorations to a minimum,
with the exception of the Christmas tree, since he's still a
chewer if we leave things around. He's got lots of chew
toys, so it's all good.
With great appreciation,
Hey Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
We finally got a family picture including our boy, Carter.
He's doing well. We decided to decorate in doors minimally
for Christmas to keep from getting things chewed up. Carter
has plenty of toys, but at this point if I leave new
interesting things around, he may decide they are new toys.
I don't remember if I told you that he's been out of the
crate for quite some time now. He goes to Sandy-Paws day
care on Monday, and I take him on the beach 3 out of 5 days,
and he loves it.
He's very happy. He loves the water, (as you know) and he
showers with my son when needed. He put on some weight, and
is keeping that balanced with his exercise.
That’s a great family photo of all of you. Thanks for
sharing it with us.
Hi Jody (GRRI foster mom),
The girls have had a great week getting to know each other.
Abby is so happy to have a playmate and Maddie seems to be
having a grand time. They play in the house and outside
together plus with us and the kids. Both girls have enjoyed
the weather and going for long walks, Abby's breakneck pace
and Maddie's smell the roses pace.
The invisible fence training starts on Saturday. They do
not recommend starting until the new dog has been in the
home for 2 weeks. We have been doing supervised time
outside as Maddie adjusts to our yard. She has two training
sessions planned and we will let you know how it goes.
Maddie has been a great holiday gift for us. Thanks so
Jeff & Christa
YAY Madison. It sounds like you fit right in with your new
family. We wish you many, many happy years together.
Hi Eileen (GRRI volunteer),
I can't tell you how excited Bobbie and I are to be able to
give Flit a loving forever home in his "golden" years.
We're in love already and we haven't even met him yet! I'm
sending you a picture of Oakley waiting for Santa... notice
how there's a spot on the mantle waiting for Flit's
stocking! : )
We heard from Jean Huesmann this afternoon and we will be
making plans to bring Flit home on the 13th. I will be
making a quick trip to the shore on Thursday to visit my
brother in Wall Township, and if all works out, I hope to
stop by to visit with Jean and Flit first before heading
over to my brother's house. We'll keep you posted. Please
let us know what else we need to do to complete the adoption
Thank you so much !
Take good care,
AWWWW…how cute is that photo? Sue and Bobbie, we can’t
thank you enough for adopting a 15-year-old dog. Seniors
are such wonderful animals. While it’s true that our time
together would not be as long as it would have been with a
younger dog, it’s the quality of that time that is so
important. And that you’re giving a wonderful dog a loving
home, something HE deserves.
It is with broken and devastated hearts that we write that
our beloved Cody went to Rainbow Bridge tonight. He was his
usual self this morning, playing bite-y face with Mac and
Traveller. When we came home this evening he was a little
lethargic. We took Mac to his first obedience class and when
we got home Cody seemed a little bit better, then he
collapsed. We called our vet Dr. Hodes, but Cody died before
he got to our home. Dr. Hodes said he couldn’t feel any kind
of mass in his stomach, but felt that perhaps a tumor in his
lungs had burst.
He was the ultimate Rescue story. Abused, terrified of
people when we first adopted him and with the help of all
the wonderful Rescue volunteers he blossomed into the most
outgoing, loving animal we’ve ever known. He loved working
events and Goldstock was his ultimate party.
We know that he is now playing with Tucker, Max, Sparky, and
his dog park buddy Angelo, and all of our other loved fur
kids. They are all healthy, young, strong, and free of pain
and they wait for us at the Bridge.
Cody brought sunlight into the lives of everyone he met, no
matter how gloomy the day. He will be sorely and deeply
missed. Please light a candle to help him find his way.
Sleep tight Cody man. We’ll see you at the Bridge.
God speed my friend,
Barb & John
Barb & John, we were stunned when we read your email about
Cody’s sudden passing. He was such a wonderful
ambassador for us, he’ll be greatly missed.
To All Our Friends at GRRI & Elsewhere,
It’s with heavy hearts that we inform you of Murphy’s
(Tiger’s) passing. The end came early Tuesday, Dec. 1st
sometime between 4am and 8am.
He seemed fine on Thanksgiving and the subsequent Friday,
even visiting with dad’s sister, niece, and nephew on
Friday. Then on Saturday, we noticed he was ignoring his
food, eating just a half a bowl. Sunday seemed a little
better. He ate more, and seemed content to watch “A
Christmas Carol” with his Dad on Sunday. But on Monday he
did not want to even take his snacks. His Dad came home
later that day, and Murph’ did not want to get up to go out.
His Dad got him to his feet, but instead of walking, he
wobbled a bit, than laid back down.
Dad immediately called the vet and brought him to emergency.
Mom was out of the house, and met him there. After
evaluating him, including an ultrasound scan, the vet
advised that he was running a fever, was a dehydrated, but
no signs of internal bleeding or fluid around his heart.
They gave us some Clavamox, and sent him home with Mom &
Dad. Dad decided to sleep in the den with Murphy to keep an
eye on him. He got up several times during the night to try
to get him to drink some water, or to make sure he wasn’t in
any discomfort. After checking him around 4am, his Dad fell
asleep. Around 8am, his Mom came in to check on him, and saw
he wasn’t breathing. Our best friend had slipped away
quietly, his head still on his favorite “drooly” pillow.
Later, the vet said it could have been organ failure, based
on his age, coupled with the fever. We are still in shock at
how quickly he passed with few symptoms.
We’d like to thank GRRI-NJ for letting us know and love
Murphy, and especially Terri Veiga for doing such a
fantastic job of getting his health back during his
fostering. Also to both the Emergency staff at RBVH
Hillsborough in general, and Dr.’s Schwirck and Steinberg
for keeping him well through these last 5+ years, despite
all his health issues.
We will miss him terribly, his big smile, the way he
responded with his paw if he needed any help, the way he got
that 82 lb. frame to roll in the grass. He was extremely
intelligent, very loveable, and loyal dog. He will be
cremated Sunday, Dec 6th, and will come home once more to
share a spot with Sandy.
are some dogs that are so special and “Tiger” Murphy was one
of them. We were all so saddened to learn of his passing.
We share in your grief and offer you our sincere
Anne (GRRI foster mom),
It was just 2 years ago this Thanksgiving weekend that we
adopted Lucy and picked her up from you. We now have much to
be thankful for because of that. Lucy is healthy and happy
and has become a cherished family member. And yes, she is
very spoiled. We are very grateful to GRRI-NJ and you for
providing such a caring service.
Happy Holidays to all!
Dennis, Sandy and Lucy Craig
Holidays to you. Lucy asked us to tell you that she’s not
spoiled, that’s the way life is supposed to be.
Message from Chloe: Thank you GRRI for rescuing me! Here
I am wearing mommy’s pearls on my 5th birthday.
Birthday, Chloe. It’s hard to believe the Dolly puppies are
5 years old already. Your brother Tazo’s photo is included
I just wanted to wish Dolly's pups a Happy 5th Birthday!
Time has flown by, making Dolly's pups old news now, but
I often wonder how they are all doing.
Thanks GRRI for allowing us to bring Tazo into our household
almost 5 years ago! He is a loyal, loving dog and a
wonderful step-brother to Sanibel. He is doing great!
Any updates on the others would be appreciated.
Thanks for the update, Denise. Tazo’s sister, Chloe, sent
us a note and a photo too. See above!
We get updates quite often from Shylow, another Dolly puppy.
They’re published frequently in our newsletters. In fact
last quarter he sent a photo of him with his new kittens.
we could not make it to the reunion but Culver (another
Dolly puppy) is doing great. We just inherited my
brother-in-law’s golden retriever, named Hobbes, because he
is getting divorced. Hobbes and Culver are playing great
together. Hopefully we can attend next year.
Smith & Kevin Wilkening
Congratulations on your newest family member and thank you
so much for your generous donation. We would love to see a
picture of them. As you can see, we’ve gotten updates on
three of the Dolly puppies this week. Happy Birthday to you
Here are some pictures of Chase... we love him so much! He
is funny and lovable and loving... he has fit right in. We
had him in to see Dr. Fischer today and everything looked
great! (Besides the fact that he made so many new
friends!) The one girl we work with is a trainer and she
worked with him a little bit... let's just say that our boy
is a genius too besides being so handsome! He loves his
food and he loves treats... and we love how he woofs when he
wants to eat. He's such a clown!
Thank you again for this wonderful boy! Talk to you soon...
we'll send more pictures.
Sue, Bobbie, Jake, Elle, Oakley, and Chase
Merry Christmas Chase. We love the photo of him laying on
the bed in front of the fireplace with the lights behind
him; it’s so peaceful. All is calm, All is bright…..
Please accept this small donation to help with the care and
re-homing of this loving breed.
Jo-Anne, thank you so much for your donation. No donation is
ever too small when it comes to helping our wonderful
Our handsome boy Marco had his picture taken with Santa! We
adopted him from you in 2005 and he's doing great!
Thank you again for choosing us to be Marco's family.
We're thinking of you at the holidays and of all the
wonderful dogs like Marco that you have placed in forever
homes. Enclosed is a donation to help you continue to
rescue Goldens in need.
The Brower family
What a wonderful picture…Marco looks fantastic. Merry
Christmas to you and your family as well. Thank you so much
for your donation!
Hi Pat (GRRI foster mom),
Just wanted to send you a picture of the girls from the
snowstorm yesterday....Hope you weren't snowed in today. I
will send you another one after I take some of Crystal in
front of the tree. I wanted to send you one of her outside
but she kept sitting next to me and I couldn't get a good
picture. They were exhausted last night but were back to
guarding this morning. How did you make out in the storm?
Did you get as much as we got (24").... It was beautiful,
but I know it ruined a lot of parties. Be careful....talk
to you soon.....
The snow really was beautiful, wasn’t it? We love the
photo of the girls “on guard”….yeah, right…Golden Retriever
Dear Anne (GRRI foster mom),
Just wanted to wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday and a
Wonderful New Year.
Sadie is doing unbelievable...she has to be the most lovable
dog. We just finished some classes with St. Hubert's.
Eventually I would like her to be a therapy dog; she has the
perfect temperament for that.
Sadie is weighing in at 115 lbs. from 147 lbs.! She had a
great time in the snow and endless energy. She really is the
"perfect" dog and we all love every inch of her.
Sadie now jumps into bed with us and loves to sleep between
Neil and me, giving both of us lots of kisses and nudges us
with her nose to pet her or have our arms around her. She
cannot get enough love from us and she never tires of
showering us with licks, hugs and paws.
Susan & Neil
Sadie looks absolutely gorgeous! It still scares us to
death knowing how close this dog came to being euthanized
simply because her family didn’t want her anymore. This is
what rescue is all about. Thanks for the update and Happy
New Year to all of you.
Dear Eileen (GRRI Adoption Coordinator),
Happy New Year from Glenda!!
Cindy Adams & Family
It looks like Glenda is thrilled with her Christmas gift!
Merry Christmas sweet girl, may you have many more with your
family. Happy New Year!
Dear Judy (GRRI foster mom),
Well, well, well, Blizzard Belle certainly has had an
adventure these past few days.
The snow started early, early Saturday morning, before we
got up. As you can see in the first photo, Belle thought it
was lovely. She played and ran and had the time of her life.
But as the day went on the wind picked up and the snow kept
falling, harder and harder and harder. By Saturday night
Belle wanted no part of venturing outside with the howling
wind and the drifting snow. I thought, "Oh, she'll be better
in the morning."
Sunday morning we woke to 26" of fresh snow. Poor Belle -
she took one look out the door and heard the wind howl and
said "Nope, not for me. I'm a warm weather gal." Of course,
we got her outside and as you can see poor Belle was
swimming in snow. "And I don't know how to swim!"
Matt made a path with his legs and she followed but she
was not happy. ("Didn't I just tell you I was a warm weather
gal?") Matt took the snow blower and made a path all the way
out to the back of the yard and it looped around and came
back to the house. Belle could walk freely without swimming.
But nope, Blizzard Belle was not a happy camper. The wind
still howled and she was perplexed by the sea of white
around her. "I'm not pooping in this stuff!"
Sunday came and went and I actually resorted to dragging her
bed to the back door (remember those days?) She'd get up
and go out when I got the bed to the door but she'd look
around at the white cold snow and adamantly refuse to
poop! "Not me! Too cold, too windy!" One of my office mates
told me she needed the smell of the grass to poop - so home
I ran and dug a nice 10' x 10' section in the yard and
uncovered the G R A S S! "C'mon Belle - let's go - there's
grass!" Out we went and she looked at it....."You expect me
to go in that ?" Aww jeez, I was at my wits end.
Last night, I had a revelation. A bottle! She needs a
recycling bottle to play with. The wind calmed down a bit
and I took her out and threw the bottle in the dark down the
path that Matt had made......off she went! Back and forth
"Bring it, Belle!" and low and behold, eventually she
pooped! LOL I made such a big deal out of it that you'd have
thought she spoke! In we came and I let her take the magic
recycling bottle to her bed to lick off the snow. "Look,
Mom, it's a dog slurpee! See how far I can get my tongue in
here to lick out the snow?" Need I tell you that since then
it is a big game and she waits for me to grab a bottle for
the yard. When we come in I fill it with snow and let her
lick it out. Look at that tongue!
And tonight - well, she was practicing for her sleigh ride
on Christmas Eve so she tried on her antlers. Now, I know
she doesn't look all that happy...but boy is she cute. When
I put the antlers on her she won't move as they jingle and
she just looks at me like "PUH-LEEZE! get these off! " LOL
She is precious. Just too darned cute and we love her to
She is sleeping next to me as I write......feels like I have
had her forever. Thank you, Judy, (and all of the GRRI
folks) who made saving this sweet girl possible. She is a
gem, a diamond in the rough .... or is it ruff?
Merry Christmas to you and Jack......I hope he is feeling
better soon. I put something in the mail to you. You should
get it by Christmas but you never know. Know that we love
you and are thinking of you and your gang.
Brave Blizzard Belle and Nancy
(and Matt and Luke and Nick and Yoshi, too)
Life has so many interesting and exciting things for Belle
to experience now that she’s out of the puppy mill and in
her loving home.
Dear Lynda (GRRI foster mom),
Jersey is fantastic...
He just loves the snow and got a lot of outside time this
weekend, both helping to bring firewood to the house and
then to play in the snow for a while. I always worry about
his paws getting frostbite because he loves the snow so
much, so we keep him outside for short stints, then bring
him in to warm up.
Hi Mike…you forgot to attach the photo!
Please accept this donation from the Estate of our dad,
Kenneth J. O’Brien, in memory of our beloved Goldens who
gave us their unconditional love and immeasurable hours of
joy over the past ten years:
Thank you for all you do for this extraordinary breed.
Janis, Vincent, Max and Jerry O’Brien
Janis and Vincent, thank you so much for your extremely
generous donation. In such tough economic times, we’ll be
able to use this money to help several of our rescue dogs.
Please give hugs and kisses to Max and Jerry for us. We’d
love to see pictures of them!
Dear Judy & Eileen (GRRI volunteers),
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the
Not a creature was stirring not even Brave Belle,
All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The brave little rescue was nestled snug in her bed,
While visions of flying Goldens danced in her head.
And Nancy in her kerchief, and Matt in his cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what had my wondering eyes had beholden,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny Goldens.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his Goldens they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On Brave Belle! On Cupid! On Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the Goldens they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard over head
What sounded like Belle who I thought was in bed,
The prancing and pawing of her little feet.
And there she was pulling with Santa’s fine fleet.
Santa was dressed in fake fur, from his head to his feet,
And he asked Belle to join him in leading his fleet,
He needed a leader to guide his fine pack,
When they dashed through the night in the deepest, dark
But Belle gave a shrug, a dismissive sigh,
And said, “Santa, please don’t make them cry!”
“If I leave my family, they will be lost!
They need me to stay at any cost.”
Well, Santa, he got it, he understood,
That taking a rescue just wasn’t any good.
He’d ruin a family and steal their poor Belle,
And the family would miss her and fall into a spell.
You see Belle is an irreplaceable girl
Like opening an oyster and finding a pearl.
She keeps them all laughing and gives love that’s so pure
If Belle went with Santa there’d be sadness for sure.
His eyes-now they twinkled. He smiled so merry.
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry.
His droll little mouth drew up in a bow,
And he patted Belle’s head and said “I know”
“Go back with your family, you’re needed here,
To keep them safe and fill their hearts with cheer.”
He climbed on his sled and gave Belle a quick wink,
And a tear fell from his cheek, as he’d miss her, I think.
I noticed a sign when the sleigh left its stop
In big bold letters “adopt – don’t shop!”
I knew in a moment this was the real St Nick,
As each pup turned and gave him a wink and a lick.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
Oh Belle, what a lucky girl you are to have your mommy write
such a lovely rescue poem for you and all the rescue pets
Wishing our rescue Goldens and their families a wonderful,
healthy New Year.
-The volunteers of GRRI