Letters to GRRI-NJ
Just wanted to let you know we lost our
wonderful Andy (originally Sandy) a few weeks ago. He
came to live with us on Father's Day 2002 and we loved
being his forever family. I think of what he looked like
at 104 pounds and the handsome dog he became settling in
at 75. His three short years were filled with walks and
swimming and children and visits as a therapy dog. Not a
mean bone in his body. He was loved by all.
We have an
application on file as we were going to get another dog to
keep him company. Please let us know when a dog comes
along that fits our requirements.
Anita & Rick Ringen
Dear Anita & Rick ...
our condolences on your loss. And thank you for giving
Andy a wonderful three years.
Dear Eileen (GRRI-NJ Volunteer)
We are having a lot of fun with Culver. He
and Shadow play and sleep, play and sleep. Of course we
play with him also. He is especially funny in his "kiddie
pool". Everybody falls in love with him as soon as they
meet him. He is such a joy and we are so lucky he is part
of our family.
Thanks for all your hard work, dedication
and loving care for all the dogs you rescue. We are so
glad people like you are out there
Kevin Wilkening & Wendy Smith
Dear Kevin & Wendy ... we love hearing how well Culver
and the other Dolly pups are doing. Thanks for keeping us
Enclosed please find a donation. It is in
memory of Homer. We got Homer from you. We miss him very
much. I now have to clean up my floor when I drop
something. My walking vacuum cleaner is no longer at my
feet. Thank you for the 5 years of joy we had with him.
Dear Susan ... we're so sorry to
hear about Homer. Thank you for loving him so well those
Molson is doing great !
He just had a full check up and blood work.
Thought you would like a picture.
Mark, Chris, Brooke & Amanda Wakefoose
Dear Mark, Chris, Brooke & Amanda ... Molson looks
terrific! Thanks for the photo.
Dear Judy (GRRI-NJ Volunteer)
Kelly is having a blast.
This weekend she must have been in Heaven.
First, she went with us to baseball. Then I walked her to
the groomer while the kids were playing, and she had a
full service. She looks amazing! Then we had a mini
reunion with one of my uncles, some cousins and some of
the grandchildren...a small gathering at my mom's in Short
Hills of just around 30 people. Kelly was in her glory.
My nephews were fighting over walking her. She chased
lots of groundhogs, which made my mom very happy. Then
she was tired she could barely walk. Sunday she stayed at
my mom's for a while when we went to church, and then my
brother Tony took her to South Mt. for a little hike. In
the afternoon, she went to NJ Pets to get crickets for the
lizards. So she is just having a grand time.
Talk to you soon...
Dear Sarah ... sounds like Kelly's days are filled with
Just wanted to tell you that Kailey is doing great, she
just turned 1 year old and has fully adjusted to our home.
She enjoys long walks with my fiancι and I and taking car
rides all over the place.
She has made friends with Jezzabel the 3-year-old Golden
Retriever who lives up the block from us. Yesterday,
Jezzie had Kailey over for a play date and I thought I
would share a picture with you. Kailey had a blast, it was
her first time in the pool and once we got her in we had a
very hard time keeping her out.
Her friend Jezzie swims for hours on end and even will
submerge to pick up her favorite toy. It is so much fun to
Thank you again for your great services and we look
forward to seeing you in September at the reunion.
Dear Cliff ... that pool looks
mighty refreshing. Kailey hit the jackpot!
Dear Eileen (GRRI-NJ Volunteer)
From the bottom of our hearts we thank you
for your dedication to GRRI. Because of people like you
and Linda, we have our beautiful little Jack. He is, to
us, more precious than gold. We love him. He has brought
joy back to our home, Eileen, and we will be forever
grateful to you.
Dear Laura ... we LOVE the drawing! Thank you!
Sorry I won't brag often but I just have to tell you.
Yesterday was Parker's gotcha day. I can't believe I have
had him for two years. He is just the best dog. And I
know my friends at GRRI set me up. He came into our lives
when we were not quite sure we were ready, but he is just
the best thing to come our way. I just wanted to say
Memorial Day, Parker and I went to the
local Tabernacle Parade. A photographer from the local
paper was there and came up to me and asked what my dog's
name was. Yesterday on his Gotcha Day I got a call from
him. I am a personal friend of the editor and she
arranged for me to have copies made of the pictures that
were in the paper.
Dear Ruth ... its OK to brag about a
dog like Parker! We LOVE brags like this!
Attached please find photos of Daisy taken
a few days after we got our second Seeing Eye puppy,
I cannot believe that this coming August
will be 5 years since we adopted Daisy from you! She is a
wonderful, loving & energetic 6 1/2 year old and has been
a great "mom" to Nate, our first Seeing Eye pup (who, by
the way, is a successful dog guide, providing eyes to a
wonderful man in NJ), and to Lilly. Thank you for all you
do for our precious Goldens. I so enjoy reading the
With best regards and enjoy the summer,
Dear Peggy ... awww! What a sweet
Ginger is doing great!!! She (and her human family --
someone had to drive) just got back from a week at the
shore, where she enjoyed chasing tennis balls and going
for dips in the pool every day ... she is a true joy and a
real member of the family, having commandeered all the
beds and couches in the house. A sweeter, more loving dog
does not exist!
There has been one challenge, though (well, besides the
relentless counter surfing for food!) and that's that
Ginger suffers from seizures ... after a year and a half
of occasional seizures, she started having them in
clusters ... she's now on medication and hasn't had one in
6 weeks or so.
We're considering adopting another dog and would love to
talk to you guys at GRRI about it.
Thanks so much,
Dear Linda ... sounds like Ginger is a delight. We're so
sorry to hear about the seizures ... hopefully the
medications will keep them in check. If you're looking
for an all around excellent website on the topic, try
The Canine Epilepsy Network.
Dear Linda (GRRI-NJ Volunteer)
Just wanted to let you know Jake is doing fine. He is
really a handful. He loves to chew stuff, but he is
getting better at what he takes. He is now starting to
leave the shoes alone...finally. He loved my fish book,
well the cover anyway. I have attached a couple of
pictures for you. I am also forwarding this email...for
the pictures...to the GRRI-NJ so they can print a success
story in the newsletter. Charlie is doing well also. They
play all the time.
We feel that we will need a little help with the training
for Jake. Do you have any suggestions for people we can
contact to help us with this? He has VERY selective
hearing, if you know what I mean. It is also very tough
to work with him with Charlie around. Anyway, any
suggestions would be welcome.
Jeff, Julie, Charlie & Jake McCurdy
Dear Jeff, Julie, Charlie & Jake ... ah, training ... we
all need it! Here are some websites that might be
Association of Pet Dog Trainers,
National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc.
Rufus (Dolly Puppy) Sokolick Takes a Dive
Dear Leslie, Pat, Liliana, Carolyn, Ruth
(GRRI-NJ Volunteers), and everyone else who helped us
through GRRI-NJ's adoption process
We cannot begin to thank you all for your
incredible help with our adoption of Riley (formerly known
as Sam). Adopting through GRRI-NJ has been one of our
most rewarding experiences. Riley is a true ambassador
for rescue - everywhere he goes he is lavished with
attention, and we get to tell about how terrific rescue
groups like GRRI-NJ and its volunteers are, and how
important! We've had more than one Golden owner tell us
how wonderful he is, even for a Golden. I think some
might even be a bit envious...how lucky we are to call
this big, sweet, red boy our own.
It's hard to believe it's been only four
weeks since Riley came into our lives; it seems as if he's
always been here. I can't even describe any "transition";
he came and was instantly home. We will always be
grateful to his former owner for allowing us to continue
to provide Riley with the love and attention he'd been
used to. His life is full and very active, and in
addition to his "ambassadorship", both for the breed and
for rescue, he has become the unofficial mascot
for Christopher and Jordan's soccer teams, and has earned
the adoration of another 20-plus children on their teams.
His patience is extraordinary - he can usually be found as
Jordan's pillow when watching television, lounging by the
pool, or just cuddling. Riley has been our constant
companion wherever we go: to the park, the soccer fields,
friends' homes...he has made a few new canine friends as
well, and loves to have his friends over for a
friendly game of tug-of-war with one of Jeff's fleece golf
club covers (with Jeff's permission, of course!).
Riley is as good as gold - red gold, that
is! Thank you again for matching us with what I can only
say is the perfect Golden. We look forward to working
with you as volunteers ourselves, and meeting others
who think that their Golden is the best - we sure do!
Kendra, Jeff, Christopher, Jordan & Nicholas Kohut
Dear Kendra, Jeff, Christopher,
Jorden & Nicholas ... we're so happy that Riley has found
such a loving home with all of you!
know they have been a long time coming but
here are a few
photos of Miss Gracie. They are very recent we took them
this morning. Needless to say, please pass them along to
the families who adopted her siblings. Im sure they will
enjoy them and see the family resemblance.
is doing quite well in her obedience training. I wish our
boys were as well behaved as Gracie.
Dear Ted ... yet another adorable
Dolly pup! All the best with Gracie ... glad to hear
she's so well behaved!
Dear Eileen (GRRI-NJ Volunteer)
This little Golden in absolutely
wonderful. We've only had him for 4 weeks and it feels
like we've had him forever. He truly is a joy and we all
love him so much. We love the similarities to Murphy and
are enjoying his very own uniqueness. He's very...I
stress...very well behaved. He jumps into our king size
bed each night for maybe 20 minutes or so then heads back
downstairs where he's not far from the smells of the
kitchen! He loves to lay in our hallway at night and
shifts from doorway to doorway throughout the night
I could go on and on about him....like all
proud mothers do, but I better get back upstairs and work
on that kitchen!...ugh!...lots of dishes for Jack to lick
and then into the dishwasher!!...He's a riot....he's got
that head in that dishwasher, with everything, of course
dripping onto his beautiful Golden noggin..!!!...so
typically Golden. He's a dream.
P.S. by the way....have you seen my
sandals????....oh that's right....ask Jack.... Seriously
Eileen, I have a pair of pink sandals that haven't seen
each other in two weeks....one is always somewhere
else!!!.....good thing it's summer....barefoot is very
fashionable during these months)!!
Dear Laura ... sandals? What
sandals? Carrying one shoe someplace else seems to be a
Dear Shayne (GRRI-NJ Volunteer) --
We think of you often. You were sort of
our "mentor" during those first few difficult weeks.
Tazo is the best puppy. I raised Sanibel
from 7 weeks and there really is a difference between them
as we go through the various puppy stages. Don't know if
it is the Golden breed or because he had Sanibel to mentor
him. He was potty trained and knew all his commands at a
very early age. He is the most mellow dog. People always
comment on what a calm puppy he is. So calm and loving!
We just love him to death. He and Sanibel
are inseparable. You will smile when I say this....I
cannot imagine my life without the both of them together!
They eat, sleep, play and potty together. Sanibel has
never been one to cuddle but Tazxo will just lay on her
body and kiss her to death and she loves it. And the bitey-face
thing is so cute!
He is well socialized with kids, other
dogs, the birds in our yard. He loves our cats too. He
also loves to watch the airplanes fly over our house and
we have caught him watching TV!
I could go on and on...
We will forward pictures. He is our
Thanks so much again and again for giving
us our little miracle!
Tazo (Dolly Pup) with best buddy Sanibel
Dear Kelly ... Tazo looks comfy and
happy! Just what we LOVE to see!
Dear Shayne (GRRI-NJ Volunteer)
Thanks for the info. Culver is doing
great! He and Shadow are playing a LOT outside since the
fence was finished. A few pictures are attached. The
picture of Culver by himself is called 'Who? Me?' because
he had just pulled a branch and shredded a bunch of leaves
off of my beautiful japanese maple tree. But, how can
anyone stay mad at such a face! Shadow and Culver have
many toys, however, as you can see in the other two
pictures, they just love a good stick. I'll look for the
letter from Eileen and let you know how it goes.
Wendy Smith (or Laura, I answer to either!)
Dear Wendy ... Culver looks like an adorable little devil
... having the time of his life! These Dolly pups are
really something special!
Mr. 'Bailey' did very well with his
surgery and loved Delaware! We had beautiful weather and
we walked (mostly Ted) two and three times a day. When we
were at our house, we sat out on the deck and Bailey had a
20 foot lead so that he could enjoy the deck with us and a
little more freedom. We bought a 'soft kennel' for
Delaware, but Bailey 'rolled' from the bedroom into the
living room inside of it, so he just came with us
everywhere we went. He even met two of his 'cousins'.....a
chocolate lab named 'Bailey' and a 13 year old hound named
Clara. Bailey and Bailey had a great time together and our
Bailey never let up or backed down. The day after both
Baileys were exhausted.
This summer our time will be spent both in
NJ and Del...Bailey enjoyed the ride down as well and
wasn't a problem at all.
We also are officially a 'family' now
having sent the 'fee' to Eileen and also the microchipping
There's a lot more laughter in our house
now that we have Bailey. He brings us lots of enjoyment.
Sure ... he is a little mischievous, but
that is to be expected. For example, Ted and I were
having breakfast one morning at our kitchen table and
suddenly there was Bailey sitting on the table --he had
jumped from a sitting position up onto the table.
It took us so by surprise that we were
really dumbfounded.....so I simply picked him up and put
him back on the floor. And we've been laughing about it
We do have a kennel here for when no one
is home which he goes into with little problem. But at
night he sleeps in our bedroom and often in our bed at the
foot of the bed.
He is on heartworm preventative and
Frontline for ticks, etc. We have pulled at least 3 ticks
off of him ( I think due to the weather), but we also have
some stuff sprayed on the lawn to keep ticks in control.
We are thrilled to have him. We still are
talking about getting another dog.
Laura & Ted Byram
Dear Laura & Ted ... looks like
Bailey has wormed his way into your hearts for sure!
Shylow (Dolly Pup) Sbraga
I finally remembered to send over a couple
of pictures of 'herself', Chrissie (formerly known as
Crystal Bella)....most of them are just of her hanging out
around the house, but one of my favorites is our 'family
portrait' taken at last years' rescue reunion....
Dear Patricia ... awww, what a face! Extra cookies and
pets from all of us!
Hope all is well. We just wanted to let
you know Kip will be celebrating his 7th birthday in just
a few hours on Aug 17. We are certainly having a party
for him but we already gave him his presents today. When
we walk in the door with a bag Kip sticks his nose into
it to look for his doggy toys so he found them today.
He's a wonderful companion and we love and enjoy him so.
He is so loyal to Joel you would think we had him all of
his life, we've had him 10 months.
Keep Kip in your thoughts as he turns 7.
Bye for now,
Paula & Joel Harris
Dear Paula & Joel ... many happy birthday greetings to Kip
from all of us at GRRI-NJ!
Please accept our donation to the Joann
Smith Memorial Fund in memory of our precious Carli. I
continue to look at her on the website and am very
appreciative of your support last year during a very
difficult time. We miss Carli dearly.
We would like to help a Golden with
Liberty is doing just great and he is such
a love! Full of energy, yet likes to cuddle! He has helped
We plan to see you in September!
Take care and thank you for all you do for
our special breed.
Irene & Joe Kennedy
Dear Irene & Joe ... thank you so
much for the donation. Glad to hear Liberty is doing so
Brandy is so happy to be home again - but
you already knew that. Katie and I thank you so much for
coming to the rescue on her behalf. Although she wandered
home on her own, you all certainly kept our spirits high
and our hope alive.
Katie & Michael Solondz
Dear Katie & Michael ... give your white faced wanderer a
big hug from all of us at GRRI-NJ. And thank y you for
your very generous donation!
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