4th Annual Rescue Reuion
Goldens Go Hawaiian
Thanks to our volunteers,
adopters and Goldens, GRRI had a yet another splendid
reunion. This year, the weather was absolutely
perfect; sunny and dry and just the right
We started things off at the
registration booth, where every GRRI Golden got a goody
bag filled with special treats.
The costume contest came
next, and all the dogs looked great!
It was a tough
decision, but alas, there could
only be one winner: The always well dressed Sammie Slamp.
And then it was
time for lunch: Sandwiches and salads and all
sorts of home made baked goods.
especially loved their desert: Ice cream sundaes
with some special ingredients only a dog could love
(like dried liver).
Pooches got pampered with
paw-dicures, so they'd look their best.
The games were really fun.
There were musical hoops.
And hot dog tosses.
special guest, Maddie Keppler, got to draw the winning
tennis ball for the 50/50 raffle.
Who knew she'd
pick her own person's raffle number?? Thanks, Dan
Keppler, for donating your share of the winnings back to
Everyone did a little
shopping, because you can never have too many GRRI t'shirts or Golden themed things.
The Hawaiian Family
Portraits were a huge hit.
Stay tuned -- our
next issue will feature all the hilarious final
shots -- like this one!
But mostly, it
was a day to just hang out and be together.
And then it was
time to go home and take a nap ...
GRRI sends out huge
thanks to everyone who joined us at this year's reunion, and to
to all the wonderful people and companies who generously donated
their time, talents, and materials to make the day happen.
Special thanks to
all the GRRI volunteers who set up and tore down, led
games, brought food, worked the booths, and overall had things
running like clockwork. Especially our fearless
reunion leader, Carolyn Decina, who worked so hard and
so well planning and executing every aspect of the
But more important,
thanks to all the volunteers who help us all year
volunteers who handle so many difficult and stressful
situations where dogs are in dire need and people are in
volunteers who ceaselessly talk with individuals and families interested in adopting from us.
volunteers who so carefully screen the Goldens being
considered for our program.
The foster home
give so much to our Goldens -- a safe and happy
temporary home, endless amounts of time and
incalculable amounts of love.
volunteers who, rain or shine, are such friendly
and informative ambassadors for our breed and for
The home visit and
transportation volunteers who travel far and
wide to screen foster and adoptive homes, and to pick up
and drop off Goldens where ever they need to go in our
The back office
volunteers who help with our newsletter and thank you notes
and all the many other important tasks
that our organization couldn't do without.
And on a
personal note, as the Board President, thanks most
of all to the rest of the GRRI Board --
Eileen McFadden, Shayne Murray, Linda Walter and
Ruth Osman. The hard work, integrity,
passion, insight, knowledge and caring you each bring to GRRI every single day
is beyond measure. Our Goldens, our adopters
and our volunteers are very lucky to have you!
Here's to all
of you, and to another great year at GRRI!!
Leslie Raicer, Lili Girvan, Jeanne
Urna, the Meyers Family, Linda Walter, Carolyn Decina