HALEY AND FAMILY
Ok, here we are, the Englund Family at Guajome Lake in Ca.
Back row from left: Nicklas, Ingrid, Brad
Front row from left: Mio (from Lied Animal Shelter, 2011), Haley (from GRRSN, 2010), Yohan (from Lied Animal Shelter, 2007), and Katrina. Haley loves the water and has of course taken the opportunity to go for a swim in the lake.
I wanted to share with you a couple pictures of "Champ,' the wonder dog. My mom, (Sue Wilson) has a friend like non-other through Champ. He is now 11 years old, but doing great.
Champ was 155 pounds when he was adopted in 2007. Look at him now!!!!
Meet Our Permanent Foster Dogs
One of the most important aspects of GRRSN's rescue program is the foster home.
GRRSN has caring, responsible people who open their homes and their hearts to dogs who need another chance in life. Dogs with special needs may stay in foster care for a period of months and sometimes years. The family provides love and security as well as food to a dog during a difficult time in their life. GRRSN pays for all the veterinary care for the foster dog.
Alec, 8 years of age was surrendered by his owner (who swore he was a Golden Retriever) on March 14, 2012. Along with a heart murmur the Veterinarians determined that Alec had an Anal Tumor. The Anal Tumor was surgically removed but grew back rapidly and is the cause of his high calcium levels. Alec is not adoptable and is not in pain. He is enjoying life in his foster home with two goldens, a wonderful human sister …….over a year later.
Samantha was a “Free 14 year old Golden" ad on Craigslist. The Family had her since she was 8 weeks old and the Family just did not want her anymore. Samantha has been in foster care since June 12, 2012 and shares her life with two sister Golden Retrievers and a house full of love…..
All 33 pounds of Twiggy entered our rescue on April 6, 2013. Twiggy was a stray picked up by Animal Control and was taken to the Animal Foundation. Through blood tests, it was determined that Twiggy is in Kidney Failure and the damage is so severe that it cannot be reversed. Twiggy continues to gain weight. She is enjoying life in her foster home with numerous other dogs and cats for company as well as the love she never had.
Twiggy passed away May 20, 2013.
I wanted to give you an update on Hugh Hefner whom we adopted last September. He is happy as you can see. I just had his DNA test done and was surprised to find he has no golden in him . We love him anyway. Turns out he has German shepherd, Australian cattle dog & Labrador. That explains a lot with his training.
Thank you again for rescuing Hughie so he could bring so much joy to our family.
What a difference a year makes!
Buddy adopted 3/11/12. Thanks for all you do.
Judy and Gary Moss
Here is a picture of Riley (formerly "Baby Bear") we adopted a little over a year ago.
We love this picture because it captures the one emotion this Golden never runs out of - JOY!
He is our welcoming committee for our foster dogs and keeps our other older golden, Chandler, (we call him "grumpy old man"!) active and playful.
Matt & Carlyn
We have had Marley for 6 months and he is a joy. He has really come around to being a great golden. He still needs some work but he is worth it. Thank you so much for all that you do. And of course, thank you for Marley.
This is Chester with his new family on Mt. Charleston for Christmas. His little sister is Dusty, we rescued her from GRRSN almost 3 years ago. They are both a blessing to myself and my husband. Our puppies are our babies.
Lisa & Gary Torgerson
Please join GRRSN at Nature's Pet Market on Sunday , April 21st from 12 pm - 3 pm.
New Owner Earth Day Celebration
7260 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 1
Las Vegas, NV 89128
This is the third year that Anthem has held Woofstock on the North Lawn of Sun City Anthem Community Center.
The 14th Annual Pet-s-Palooza at Sunset Park on Saturday, April 13.
Annie, Millie and Samantha attend the Explore Knowledge Academy
Accompanied by mom (Lorilynn), they attended the club meeting of "Paws for a Change" which teaches children about animal abuse and proper care of animals
This is in response to your recent inquiry in regards to our adoption of Abby. She joined our family at the end of April and has had a tremendous impact on our family. She greets us with a wagging tail and kisses. She has so much to say and talks to us constantly. She has a very deep bark and lets anyone who knocks at the door or stops at the neighborhood mailbox located in front of our house that she is the keeper of her castle.
From day one she became my shadow and gets anxious when anyone hugs me or our daughter. She is starting to relax now when hugs are going around especially since she is always included.
She was underweight when she arrived. Since she no longer has to wander the neighborhood and scrounge for food she has put some weight on.
She doesn't seem to know how to play with us, toys or other dogs yet, but that will come. She is extremely loving and loves to be with us where ever we are. She loves to go on walks and sniffs everything she passes.
She's not to thrilled with bath time, but that is improving. She does like do be brushed and have her belly rubbed.
We have all adjusted very well to each other and fell in love with her from day one. I've attached a couple of pictures of Abby with our daughter Sarah.
Sarah and I were very happy to volunteer for the Gift Wrap event. We will do so again next year as well as other events you may need us for. We're so happy you brought us all together.
Thank you so much!
Joel, Debbie, Sarah and Abby Karasik
HAVANA RENAMED RUBY
I wanted to give you an update on Ruby and pass along some pictures.She has been with us for approximately 10 weeks and we cannot imagine life without her now.We absolutely adore her.She loves playing fetch, swimming and playing in the Utah snow! I have attached her graduation picture from Intermediate training.We are half way through Advanced training and we are working towards her K-9 Good Citizen certification.Thank you so much for bringing us together.She is so loved (and spoiled)!
Happy Holidays.Thank you for all that you do!
"Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a Golden Retriever, one's life and one's outlook are never quite the same again."
- Betty White
Connor came into our lives in this past August and he is a dream! He is all puppy..and loves to play ball and chase butterflies and swim in our pool and rough and tumble with our 6 year old Golden, Brandi. And he even likes playing the 'herding' game with our beautiful Aussie, Molly. Connor is sweet and loving and just loves to snuggle and be close to us all the time. He has put a smile in our hearts again..after suffering with the loss of our precious Casey a yera ago this December 21. We love him so very much!
Here are several pictures of our sweet Connor. Sorry there are so many. As you can see I LOVE taking pictures of my kids!
Eileen and Ken Henderson
Get ready for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department's Annual Bark in the Park.
Saturday 3/2/2013 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson, NV 89014
Look who Stopped by our booth to say HI!
Hi this is the Motta family and we received your letter saying you'd like to hear how Rustys doing. Well Rusty is an amazing dog, he's made so much progess from the day we first got him he was very shy and now he broke out of his shell and is loving our other Golden Retriever Suzie. Actually before we got Rusty, Suzie would always bring a stuffed animal outside to use the bathroom well as Rustys been with us over time she's stopped bringing out the stuffed animal. Also they dont go anywhere without each other. And the cutest thing they do is when they play with each other, they'll start running around chasing each other.
SUNNY AND JACKSON
Sunny, rescued and adopted at a 1-1/2 years old, spent two months getting used to her new home and a new mom. She loved playing with any dog she came in contact with so I knew it was time to get her a dog. When 3-month old Jackson came into our life, it was love at first sight…for me and for Sunny. They bonded immediately and will play for hours. Sunny taught him how to use the doggy door and Jackson taught Sunny how to dig holes in my back yard. They play tag, hide and seek, tug-a-war; they stare at each other’s food bowl. As you can see by his paws, he will soon be in total charge. Yet he is a sweetie who loves to kiss and even taught Sunny to do the same. All that licking…no need to shower!
After losing two Goldens to cancer, GRRSN gave me the gift of another family to love and care for. Thank you
GRRGRRThankThank you Barking Dogs Self Wash and Grooming for the $175 and the dog food donation collected during your January Karma Konnection. The dog food was distributed to Doggie District Pet Resort and Hot Diggity Dog Daycare to feed the rescues that are fostered at these wonderful locations on behalf of the Las Vegas Rescues.
Hello GRRSN! We would love to have your rescue for our Karma Konnection for the month of January! We collect donations & cash for your great cause. This is where our kind customers donate food, toys, cash, etc. in return for $2 off any service or product at the time of their donation. They put good out there, good comes back ~ plus the great feeling of helping out a wonderful rescue. We will facebook and post on our website to make Barking Dogs their drop off site for donations. Best Wishes for a wonderful New Year! Kathy/Barking Dogs Self-Wash & Grooming!
Monday thru Friday: 9am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 6pm
9325 S Cimarron Rd, Ste 145
Las Vegas, NV 89178
FORMERLY MICKEY AND MINNIE
I was asked early on to send in some pictures of Buddy and Bella (formerly Mickey and Minnie) in their new forever home. Buddy and Bella are goint GREAT! There's tennis balls all over the house, but that's no problem at all. I have them on the best Senior+ dry food that Iams now makes, and they get special fish oil on each bowl. They get so happy, Bella actually tries to jump around! They also get CoQ10 w/MSM everyday to keep them active. Walks at the park are great. They have changed so much since they've been here, both in looks and attitude. I thank God everyday that GRRSN was able to bring these two into my life. The only thing I haven't been able to figure out is that they won't swim! I even carried them in and held them while they paddled, but they have no interest. Strangest thing I've seen in a Golden. I hope all is well with you. Maybe you can forward these to whoever posts photos on the site. Thanks
In a groundbreaking victory for animal rescuers around the country, one California animal foster fought the Internal Revenue Service in court – and won! As a result of Van Dusen v. Commissioner, animal rescuers nationwide that are fostering dogs and/or cats for approved charities may claim the expenses during tax time.
An approved charity is one that is recognized by the IRS with the 501(c)(3) designation as a Not-for-Profit organization. Fostering expenses eligible for deduction are food, medicines, veterinary bills, crates, garbage bags, and the like. Even a portion of your utilities can be considered expenses as long as a a specific area of your home is only used for the care of the animals and nothing else.
In addition to animal rescue, the new tax laws apply to all volunteer expenses related to charitable work for an approved organization.
If you foster a dog (or many dogs!) make sure to save any and all receipts.
There are currently more than 1.5 million charitable organizations recognized by the IRS, with volunteers spending millions of dollars out of pocket to support them. Finally, those volunteers have an opportunity to be rewarded for their generosity and kindness.
Are you an animal foster? Have you ever claimed those expenses on your tax filing? Want to become a foster for GRRSN? Click here for more information. Click here to complete a foster application.
Max and I went to the park today and I took my camera with me and snapped a few pictures of Max. I thought I would share some with you.
Just like a golden straight to the water, I was unable to get a dry pictures of Max.
Max was rescued from GRRSN 6 years ago.. Wow time flies by…
ROCKY - OUR SWEET BOY HAS PASSED
Just a little over two years ago on August 12th 2010, ROCKY came into our lives care of GRRSN. We had lost our beloved Mack ( a Golden mix ) just after New Years that same year. He lived to be 17. Myself , my wife, my daughter and our three cats were devastated by his passing. Several months later we decided it was time to have another dog in the house ( it felt so empty ). At the time ROCKY had no information about him on your website, but you put us in touch with his foster parents and they e-mailed several beautiful pictures of ROCKY and shared what little they had observed and how he was behaving in their home with their other Golden. They gave ROCKY high marks and told us he was an absolute delight, but sadly he just quietly ignored their Golden but was perfectly behaved non-the-less. He was house broken, never made a sound, walked great on a leash, loved to play ball, knew many basic commands and loved to be loved! We drove across the valley to meet ROCKY at a park in the foster's neighborhood. Man, were we surprised when we first laid eyes on him - he was an amazon of a Golden! He was so tall , and so beautiful. We got to know ROCKY and his foster parents over the next hour and then it was time to take him home. We led him to our car and he hopped right into the back seat and never looked back at his delightful foster parents. He laid down in the seat for the whole 50 minute ride back home and never once looked apprehensive or nervous. When we got back to the house the first thing we did was take him to the back yard to see if he had to do his business, which he did followed immediately by sitting down on the first step of our pool. Ju mp two years ahead and needless to say there were very few days after that that ROCKY was NOT in the pool. He was a fantastic swimmer and loved to play ball in the pool!
Sadly we had to say farewell to our beautiful boy as he went to the Rainbow Bridge last Friday August 14. He was an amazing boy. The two years he spent with us just were not enough! we are still trying to cope. ROCKY came into our lives without anyone knowing a whole lot about him and yet he was a custom fit for us. He famously got along with our three felines and never ONCE did a thing wrong, even if he did, it wouldn't had mattered because we just thought the world of ROCKY! Twice in the past 20 years we have been blessed to have two perfect angels come into our lives and with some time we will be ready to try our amazing luck for a third time and we will only look to GRRSN for our next beloved Golden.
Here are a few pictures of our ROCKY. We will never forget him!
Greg and Trish
THOUGHTS FROM THUNDER
You know those people who have one of those houses that sounds like a kennel the minute you pull up into their driveway? The ones who are usually disheveled by the time they actually make it to the door?
That was our house BEFORE Thunder laid a paw inside the threshold! Yes we are the crazy people at the end of the street with an out of control Moluccan Cockatoo named Comet who is usually being carried around from various perches and cages throughout the house to find one where she’ll leave the rest of the tribe alone, and be quiet for more than 2 minutes- call my voicemail for a taste of her antics! And dogs and cats and more birds……
On July 15, 2012, we got the call we had been waiting for. About 2 years ago, we signed up with GRRSN, but up to that day, we hadn’t managed to adopt or foster any Golden angels. We had 3 Craig’s list dogs, two of them Goldens - along with 3 birds and 3 cats. My fiancée and I both work for the government full time- an endeavor we partake in merely to afford pet supplies and luxurious travel once per year. Our true goal is to open some kind of animal sanctuary, but we don’t have the land nor the connections yet. But back to Thunder- aka Parker. Off we go to Rainbow Animal Hospital for our meet and greet. We took one look at the block head, and knew this was a keeper, not just a foster. He had to be neutered so the entire week was spent introducing him to our brood, taking him to and from the vet, along with our 3 year old Golden, Rusty, who had decided to come down with kennel cough and swallowing 3 objects of unknown origin. By this time, Thunder and my son’s Chihuahua pup, were all hacking/coughing- mild cases of kennel cough for all. Even though we pride ourselves at being experts at staying one step ahead of our pets, that week was a bit overwhelming!
A bit about the other players- Rusty, the 3 year old Golden from Craig’s list, is a bit portly- ok he’s like 95 pounds, but he is big boned and we are working on a diet regimen of sorts. He HATES to swim, so we are a bit limited with options with our full time work schedule. Punkin, our other Golden Craig’s list dog, is the epitome of an “old Golden Angel”- very content to play with a ball and swim. Did I mention she was diagnosed with cancer last year?? We haven’t told her, so I don’t think she knows. We are blessed to have her in our lives for however long she has left in this earthly realm. Summer- “ our wannabe Golden”- more a mix of – oh heck, we aren’t sure, picture a miniature golden with a Border collie look and disposition. She has always been our lesson in patience! And the alpha dog.
So of course, go to work we must, and here comes the fun part! The regulars have a routine while we are gone- no swimming, tear up only toys, and occasionally irritate Lolita, the only cat that ventures downstairs- I think she thinks she’s a dog, but that’s another story. Roll in Thunder, no history, and we try to make sure everyone is safe and secure for our workday. First day, I stay home- can’t bring myself to go to work and leave Thunder in unknown territory, per se- plus I cut my toe trying to secure, Comet the Cockatoo’s cage. Good enough reason to stay home! Meanwhile, Thunder who the night before looked like the neutering had gotten the better of him, is racing around the house, in no obvious discomfort. Surgical collar comes off, and he never even looked at his wound again.
Next morning we decide to put Thunder in one of the many crates we have available to us in the house. Lots of toys, a chew toy or two, what could happen-right? Upon entering the house, we are met by all 4 dogs- and no one is talking! He managed to squeeze his 75 lb. body and block head through the side of the crate. None the worse for wear, I might add! Let’s bring up now the fact that all but Punkin are crated at night- partly due to the fact that she spent most of her life, prior to us, outside, and never allowed in the house, and also that the most fascinating part for Thunder and bedtime, is getting to play with Kiki and Andy- “the upstairs cats”! Don’t ask me, but during the day, they feel it’s beneath them to deal with slobbering dogs downstairs. Thunder, on the other hand, thought it was simply amazing that they were ready and willing to engage with him upstairs! So it’s a bedroom crib/ Crate for Thunder. Now given his history downstairs, you’d think we’d have a problem. Nope! In he goes, without prodding, or toys, and simply poses! I swear, we could sell the crate based on his actions alone in this crate! Another one of those shaking my head moments. But back to the work dilemma…. and the downstairs/Crate -that only one day he managed to stay in. The rest of the days, whether we left him out or not, we were coming home to “What doesn’t belong in this pile?” Kitchen towels, cat bowls, magazines and newspapers, all piled by the back door. Perhaps that was the only place he was allowed to play with things? We would purposely leave the house with an array of “safe toys/distractions” piled by the back door- well actually all over the downstairs. Other people would look at it horrified, and assume we’d been robbed, but we were thrilled that it was nothing of value! Still, knowing that we had secured the crate in the only way possible, and he still beat us, we had to leave him out during the day. We came home to the rattan on a prized couch of my mom’s being chewed/redecorated! While I enjoy moving furniture around as much as the next person, we reluctantly moved all of the rattan outside, and left only the bare bones furniture inside. I hope we don’t have to resort to having lawn chairs in the living room until he finds his way! My fiancée did what anyone would do of course- we are having another patio cover installed in the backyard, to accommodate the extra furniture! Bless his heart!
Then comes the scary part. A few weeks after we got Thunder, we were getting ready to go to bed and he began to tremble and I knew right away he was having a seizure. The poor baby- we just held him gently on the floor, talking to and petting him until he came out of it. Having had dogs all my life, this was unexpected, as I’ve only had one that had a seizure- and he ONLY had one! We are hoping maybe this was only a fluke too. But the dark thoughts come into my mind when I look at the scar between his eyes and wonder what his story really is. Alas, he’s not talking and maybe that’s for the better. He’s decided that we ALWAYS come home, so he is not quite as maniacal about the redecorating sessions! A friend asked me what I was going to do about the mess- I replied-clean it up and just love the boy Thunder! A day at a time - yes? And…. to be continued………!
Hugs and stuff~
Camille and Jim
Dear Friends at GRRSN,
We moved here from South Dakota last September the 11th. Out of nowhere we lost our Golden Retreiver Teddy Roosevelt on September the 12th. We of course had no inclination that he was in anyway ill. Goldens give all they have until the very end.
We were in boxes in this new home and dumbstruck with grief that we had lost our beloved Teddy. I was so desperate I looked up Golden Retreiver in the phone book and there you were. Thank God.
On October the 7th we were so fortunate to receive our sweet Geoffrey (previously called Newton).
He is exactly what we needed. He couldn't have found a home where he is more loved. I believe it was predetermined that we find our Geoff. Geoff has finally come home.
We extend our greatest thanks to you for giving us our Sweet Geoff.
With our very best regards,
Margaret, Mary and Billy (Geoff's kitty brother) Rockhill
OUR MARLEY – ADOPTED JULY 27, 2012
Marley is truly an Angel from Heaven. He has healed our family in so many ways, our Corgi “Sheba” is eating normal again and the cats are no longer crying due to the loss of our Golden “Buddy”. Marley loves to play with the tennis ball, chase me in the yard, our mile walk each morning and loves car rides (then sleeps like a baby), he loves the couch and he sneaks on our bed while we’re sleeping. Marley is very smart, silly, gentle, loving, quite the dreamer, and makes funny snorting noises like he’s talking to us. Marley is my shadow, loves to steal laundry from the dryer, hides my sneakers, (I say, “Oh Puppy that’s mine”) yet he is very protective when someone comes to the door. Marley is learning to play gently with the cats; they tolerate him for a while then run away. He jumps for joy when its mealtime…loves Kangaroo, Duck, Rabbit, Buffalo, Fresh Salmon, Bananas, Strawberries and those oatmeal/peanut butter treats…. There’s only three things Marley doesn’t like….Thunderstorms, Harleys and Mopeds. Marley is so-o-o-o happy as he lives in a chemical free home. We feel so blessed & joyous to have adopted him….
The Love You Give You Receive Back Ten Fold… Thank You Tammie & GRRSN Team so very much!!!!
Judy & Kevin Miyashiro
We are still struggling and heartbroken over the loss of our Trooper. However, I thought it was important to get this update back over to you and the GRRSN team.
Trooper had ingested a sock/rag toy of sort and unfortunately, it got tangled up in his small intestines, and started to cause blockage. He had to go through surgery to remove the sock as well as some already damaged parts of his small intestines. Long story short… after two surgeries, the damage to his system was severe and his survival rate was only 25%. After knowing how much he fought already, we did not want him to suffer through anymore and we made the decision to let him go.
Trooper joined our family at the end of March 2012 and was a very faithful and loving companion until his passing on August 2nd 2012. Trooper was a very unique Golden and a total joy to be around. His personality was always very bubbly and he loved to goof with everyone who came in contact with him. He became the jr. mascot of our weekly Wednesday night kickball league and made a ton of friends along the way. There was not a person who did not fall in love after the first encounter and we were so lucky to have developed such a tight bond with our Trooper boy in such a very short amount of time.
This has been a huge loss to all of us who had ever had a chance to know Trooper and we will be missed so much! We feel so blessed that we had the time that we had with him and we thank you and the organization so very much for allow us to live life with such a great boy. We are very confident that we both gave Trooper the best time of his short life and we are so blessed that he brought so much joy and happiness to our family. Looking back at the situation, we realize that his name truly fit who he was! We will never forget Trooper and will always be inspired by him and his passion for life & happiness.
Trooper was survived by his older GRRSN adopted brother Caesar, who has been with the family since 2007; his arch rival “Boo” the family cat, and a his adoptive parents who loved & will miss him so very much.
FYI- I’ve had several people ask if they could donate money to GRRSN in memory of Trooper. Not sure how this process works, but please let me know and I’ll get the word out to everyone who has expressed interest in donating funds to the organization.
We will adopt again, but right now we are not ready. We are still morning over the loss of our Trooper; however, I hope to be in touch soon as I know the organization is in need of several helping hands right now.
Thanks again for all that you and the GRRSN team do!
The Silvasy Family
“A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest. God broke my heart to prove, he only takes the best. God knows you had to leave me, but you did not go alone. For part of me went with you, the day he took you home.”-Author Unknown
Dog Behavior Seminar For Volunteers
PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF THE SEMINAR HAS CHANGED
TO OCTOBER 27, 2012
MEET RY STEFFEN OF ALL DOG SOLUTIONS
The Meeting Room in REI at Boca Park
710 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145
Golden Retriever Rescue and All Dog Solutions are holding an informational seminar on dog behavior. It will focus on aggression, behavior, safety, etc. and is being offered to the GRRSN volunteers who work directly with dogs in rescue or who come into contact with dogs during home visits.
The seminar is scheduled for October 27, 2012 at 12:30 to 3:30. Only service dogs are allowed in the REI Meeting Room.
Our Lucky boy has been a great addition to the Enlow household! Lucky is extremely good-natured and always seems to have a smile on his face. He greets us every morning with his tail wagging in anticipation of getting his belly rubbed and breakfast. Lucky is very loyal and loves following us around the house, cuddling on the couch with us, and sitting on our laps if given the opportunity. He’s a very smart boy and able to learn quickly, and his quizzical face with his tilted head makes us laugh on a daily basis.
Lucky enjoys going for walks and playing in the backyard with his Black Lab cousin, Stella. He also loves chasing tennis balls and showing off his athletic abilities, including rolling over and spinning in a circle for treats.
He has been a great younger (although much bigger) brother to our other dog, affectionately known as Puppy, and a great companion to us! We look forward to many more wonderful years of Lucky’s love and affection.
SAM, I AM....
Sam is doing well after arriving with clumps of hair falling out and weighing in at a mere 52 lbs. Several test and a few months later we isolated allergies to some foods and he is doing much better. His coat is now growing in much thicker and is shiney and he has begun to put on some weight. He just looks much happier and healthier. He was a quick study with what is expected of him and of minding, although counter surfing and trash snatching may always be part of his routine. If you were hungary most of your 12 mos. it should have been expected. So the trash is put up, and the good thing is Sam's dad does not leave out any food or dirty dishes anymore.
Sam has adjusted well to our two kitties and they to him. Too bad they will not play with him, as this is all he really wants. While they do not understand this, they tolerate him and keep him in line. Sam does not swim yet, but does like lying on the step in the pool to cool off. He also has his own personal doggie pool! Sam has learned to get his feet and legs dried off before running into the house, but it does prompt a quick game of tug of war with the towel when he is done. He makes sure we get our walk every morning and loves to fetch his stuffed animals - none of which he rips up or destroys. Tennis balls are not as much fun as a soft stuffy. Over all he has a wonderful, calm temperment and has endeared himself not only to us but anyone that meets him. He truly loves people, but know how to make them love him back with being sweet and calm. BTW a quick nap on the sofa with Abbie watching is not bad either.
I just wanted to give you all an update and send some pictures of Bryant! Bryant runs the household and LOVES living indoors and sleekping with his mom on the bed as well as chasing tennis balls! Bryant loves everyone he meets, including my two month old niece Audre an will play babysiter every time she comes to visit. He is the sweetest boy and I couldn't thank you all enough for sending him my way! Bryant's grandma Jeannette, seen in one of the pictures below says if she it her way, she would have ten more of him! Thank you! Ashlyn and the Young family!
Finally got a picture taken of Sunny and I. She has so much energy and loves her early morning walks. Sunny loves everyone especially other dogs. She often plays with another young Golden and they play non-stop for hours! Oh, and I had a major monster leak in my back yard. Sunny was just like a little kid playing in it...withut her bikini on, no less.
She is a doll! I will bring her to the next dog and owner event!
One year ago I adopted Roman from your organization. He had a terrible skin condition. I am happy to say that he is doing well and looks amazing! Here is a picture to add to your Forever Family page!
SIMON AND SAMMIE
Simon has gotten comfortable with us (Wayne and Ellen) at the house and eventually where ever we go. Sammie, our 8 1/2 year old golden, gets along fine with Simon and visa versa. I don't think Simon has ever had a fulltime canine partner before, but he has adjusted well to her. She has had two previous golden partners and is docile, but Simon doesn't pick on her or dominate her. They both like their attention and sometimes have short barking and howling contests. One trying to upstage the other, or just showing off. He likes to roll to a upside down position so we can scratch his belly and chest. We never had a dog do this as often as Simon does, but that's his trademark.
We took Simon and Sammie first to Visalia, California for two nights in a hotel as a test trip. He past with flying colors. So we were 90% confindent that he could make our Portland trip. We use LaQuinta Hotels. They are pet friendly and don't even charge extra for dogs. We spent four weeks up in Portland to house sit for friends. Went to the beach(we suspect that it was his first experience with the ocean) and walked a lot in Portland. We take our goldens to Panera Bakery off Sunset near the Galleria shopping center in Henderson and they like it there. Even took them to Panera near Portland. He was a big hit with my 93 year old uncle Hank on the Oregon coast. In photos Simon is the lighter of the two goldens. He's moms boy.
Best Wishes and thanks for Simon, Wayne and Ellen Bounds
Relay and Augie
Hi Jen! We just got back from Colorado and I wanted to share a few pics
with you. Augie and Relay climbed Mt Evans with me and are now both
official "fourteeners" Mt Evans is 14,350 feet in elevation.
He's such a great little doggy! We love him so much, and he has healed
our hearts. He and Relay are inseparable!
Travis, Joanie, Augie and Relay
TROOPER AND CAESAR
I wanted to let you know that our boy Trooper is doing great! Both Trooper and Caesar have hit it off and are now best friends/brothers. Trooper plays the youngest role very well and big brother Caesar has made it known that he is definitely the boss. Even though little brother does tower over CZ by 6 inches. We totally lucked out with both of our adoptions and can’t thank you enough!
Trooper is doing great health wise; we’ve had no issues whatsoever. He is able to keep up with any other dog, loves his daily walks and is behaving well for the most part. Obviously, he’s still young so we know that with time and consistent efforts he will be as disciplined as his big brother, Caesar. I don’t think Trooper is aware he has a missing leg! Both are really an amazing dogs!
I realize we still owe you gals a family picture and I’m trying to get a good one with the entire family before I send. In the meantime, I attached a couple of pictures of the boys. You’ll notice Caesar is getting grey, even though he’s still 5 years young!
More to come later!
All the Best!
Martha & Eric Silvasy
Hi Tammie! I hope this finds you doing well. Same stuff, different day for us, except that our Maddie Girl makes us happier each and every day. She has settled in so well, but especially so in the past month. We love her 10 times more than we ever thought was even possible. i wanted to show you a picture that I had taken to surprise Paul for his birthday recently. I think you can tell from the photo that Maddie Girl is living the life now.
When we brought her home, it will be a year in August, we felt so bad for her. You could see she was so confused and not sure of what was going on. We met her at the Doggie District Day Care and she was such a quiet girl. She really wasn't interested in either me or Bill (my husband) and she and Kelsey (our golden) sniffed and then they went their separate ways. Khloe meandered around the play area and Kelsey followed in curiosity of Khloe. Soon we could see that Kelsey and Khloe were perfectly fine with each other. As Bill and I sat quietly and watched, Khloe began to get curious of us. She slowly came by each of us for a pat on the head and sniff here and there. As we watched Khloe, we knew she was coming home with us. After about an hour, we all were ready to head home with our new family member. Khloe came quietly but you could see she was unsure of where she was going now. When we got home she wandered around the house, Kelsey followed or led and was never far away. Kelsey and Khloe became close friends quickly and after a couple of times of watching Kelsey, Khloe had the doggie door down. For the next couple of weeks Khloe was quiet and shy. We kept giving her encouragement and made sure she knew she was home and loved. At about month 3, we saw the real Khloe begin to emerge. She has such a great personality! From this time forward she has become such a wonderful family member. She is really a funny girl. She loves to have her tummy rubbed. She will lay on her back and reach out with her front paws to you for a tummy rub. All the time she has that Golden smile on her face.
Watching her grow into her own person (doggie) has been such a joy for us all. She and Kelsey are the best of friends and where you find one, there is the other. They will play and tease each other until they are worn out and then it is time for a nap. Both napping, never far from each other. She is a couch potato!! She loves to spend the evening with us on the couch, I think we need a bigger couch.
I want to say Thank you again for letting us find another great Golden family member from your great rescue. This could not have been a better fit for us all!! Here are a couple of picutres to share, I hope they come out.
Gail, Bill, Kelsey and Khloe Bashlo
Duncan is a great representative of GRRSN at the ball field!
I just wanted to share a photo of my 5 and a half year old furball named Mac. I hope everyone enjoys!
In front is Chevy, Behind him is Royce, sleeping is Enzo to the side is Bentley the westie and the tiniest is Coupe. They are all rescues and we love them a great deal.
John and Jennifer Miller
A Message from Sally
Hi, my name is Sally, I'm 16 months old and was adopted by my new family on February 19th. We have a great time together! They just love me and I love them! They take me for lots of rides and walks, (I have lots of new toys, my favorite is a toy fox.) I also enjoy chilling out next to the fire pit. My new family is very pleased with my obedience and manners that my old family has taught me.
We are so pleased with the Golden Retriever Rescue program. She was well worth the wait! She has completed our family and we are looking forward to many more years of enjoyment that she has already given us. Thank you, The Coleman Family
My husband and I adopted Kooklah about 3 years ago. I just wanted to let you know that she was diagnosed with cancer throughout her body, and passed away Friday, 3/2/12 at 5pm. She was a beautiful dog, and brought so much joy to so many people's lives in the three years we had her. I wanted to thank you for giving us the experience of loving her.
Denise Brennan ParillE
MOVING AND YOUR PET By Aly Wagonseller
The ink on the dotted line of your new home contract or apartment lease has barely had time to dry when panic starts to settle in. Thoughts of packing up worldly belongings, registering kids in different schools and finding that perfect sectional for a new family room create a whirlwind of emotion, stress being at the top of the meltdown list. During all this frenetic activity, someone furry watches and wonders what all the fuss is about. A part of the family who, much like a small child, needs special consideration when moving from their beloved comfort zone to a new and often scary place. It’s your adorable yet nosey kitty or pup, and failing to prepare them for settling into strange new digs may not only leave them a nervous wreck, but might wreak havoc on your new surroundings as well.
Even the most agreeable animal can become a veritable horse of a different color when hastily rustled from their den. Sensitive pets will pick up on the stress we humans experience during the moving process, which can lead to jumpy and needy behavior that escalates as moving day draws closer. Couple this with the sudden removal of familiar furnishings that are part of your pet’s territory, and full blown animal anxiety can ensue. Incessant barking, destruction of property, lack of appetite, hiding, lethargy, licking, tail biting and forgone potty training habits are among the many symptoms displayed by pets that have trouble adjusting to a big move. Some may even exhibit a flight response and try to run away from the problem, and your pet is definitely one belonging you don’t want to get lost in the transition. Not only are these behaviors destructive to your four legged pal, family and personal property, but they can put a damper on becoming BFFs with your new neighbors or landlord.
How you handle the days leading up to and including “V” (Vacate) Day can make all the difference in your pet’s state of mind. If possible, pack a little at a time in a calm demeanor while in your pet’s presence. It may sound silly, but talking to your animal can be soothing and therapeutic to you both, so try speaking to your furry pal about the lush new backyard or dog park located near your new abode.
Be vigilant about keeping your normal routines. Disruptions to feeding, walking and playtime habits can compound the stress of impending change. Schedule your time to ensure that most everything is packed a day or two prior to the move. This can help prevent chaotic distractions that may endanger your pet, while also creating a smoother transition. Other tips to consider prior to your move include:
If your pet is not crate trained or used to doggy daycare, designate a quiet room in your existing home as a pet refuge. Fill the room with their bed, toys and food dishes, and allow them to get used to the room for a few days prior to the move. On moving day, post a Do Not Enter sign on the door and keep it locked if possible. This will keep your animal safe and secure, prevent injury from moving furniture and avoid overstimulation from too many strangers.
Print up tags with your pet’s name, new address and phone number before the move and attach the new tags prior to your arrival. Consider having your pet microchipped for extra security.
If you’re a dog owner and simply relocating to a different neighborhood in the same city, take your dog for a walk in the new neighborhood several times before moving day. He’ll meet new puppy friends and garner some familiar smells that should help ease the transition.
Once you’ve arrived safely at your new dwelling, designate a secure retreat for your pet while you get situated, filling the space with their favorite belongings. New furniture might be exciting for us humans, but dogs need familiarity. Toys and blankets with the scent of your old home are comforting to your furry friends, so try to refrain from suddenly redecorating with color coordinated beds and bowls.
As you settle in, quickly reinstitute a daily routine for feeding, walking and playing. Being in an unfamiliar place may cause some confusion over designated potty areas, so be sure to nip bad habits in the bud by immediately cleaning up any accidents. Have a heart and refrain from harsh punishment until your little guy or gal knows the lay of the land, which typically takes a few days. Pet proof any areas that may be dangerous to unsuspecting curious types (especially if your pet is new to a pool), and inspect gate locks and fencing to see if any possible escape routes need repair or barricading.
Trading spaces may be an exciting time, but it can also be a very stressful time for both humans and pets. With a little planning, some patience and a few dog and pony tricks, your pet should quickly adjust to your new surroundings, leaving both of you happy, healthy and ready for a new adventure.
My Dog is Vomiting....What do I do?
If your dog is bright, alert and acting normally and only vomits once, it is probably not necessary to call your veterinarian. Many dogs eat grass or other "things" in the yard and vomit (usually on your best rug). However, if your dog vomits more than a few times, appears sick and uncomfortable-- call your vet. It is helpful if you note when the vomiting started, how many times your dog has vomited and what the vomit looks like - bile, undigested food, foreign objects. If any of the following symptoms occur, please seek immediate vet care or go to an ER clinic for after hour care.
There is blood in the vomit
- Your dog acts like he wants to vomit, but nothing is expelled
- Your dog appears bloated or has a swollen abdomen (See Bloat below)
- You suspect your dog may have eaten something toxic or poisonous
- You suspect your dog has eaten a foreign object
- Your dog has a fever or is depressed
- Your dog's gums are pale or yellow
- Your dog appears to be in pain
- Your dog also has diarrhea
BLOAT - A MEDICAL EMERGENCY
What is Bloat?
Bloat is a life threatening condition in which the stomach rapidly fills with air. Sometimes the stomach then twists upon itself, preventing the air from escaping. If not treated, this condition can rapidly progress (in less than one hour) to death. Twisting of the gas filled stomach is known as GDV (gastric dilatation and volvulus).
GET TO A VET OR EMERGENCY CLINIC IF YOUR DOG HAS THESE SYMPTOMS
Distended Firm Belly
Dry Heaving and Retching
What Causes Bloat?
As of yet we do not know exactly why dogs get bloat, but here are some strongly suspected risk factors:
- A deep narrow chest, common in Great Danes, Setters, GOLDEN RETRIEVERS and large dogs with long legs.
- Stress and panting, which leads to swallowing large amounts of air.
- Eating only one meal per day.
- Using elevated food and water bowls.
- Lean and underweight dogs.
- Littermates or relatives that have bloat.
- Most dogs bloat in the middle of the night when the stomach is empty.
What Can You Do?
- Feed your dog at least two meals per day.
- Keep your dog's food and water dishes on the floor.
- For at-risk dogs, consider gastropexy at the time of spay or neuter.
How is Bloat Treated?
- Decompression. If the stomach is distended but not twisted, a tube can be inserted in the stomach to allow the gas to escape.
- If a dog has bloat without stomach twisting, surgery called gastropexy is done to anchor the stomach inside the abdomen, thus preventing it from twisting.
- If the stomach has twisted, surgery is done to untwist the stomach, and then it is anchored inside the abdomen with a gastropexy procedure
CANINE SPRING CLEANING
or how to recycle a woobie....
Today IS woobie or dog toy wash day. Not only do the woobies get laundered but medical procedures are performed such as: woobie amputations, woobie decapitations, woobie sutures, and all in the name of saving beloved woobies, and saving money too. Nylabones and Kongs are scrubbed too. Dog beds are soaked and cleaned and covers washed. Weekly routine: dogs ears are flushed and swabbed, teeth brushed, nails trimmed, filed and rounded with a Dremel. Each dog is felt for lumps and bumps. It takes a full day. This is "dog" spring cleaning. Your canine will appreciate a "spring cleaning" too.
Check out all the toys hanging on the line.....Poor Mr. Bill, missing his arm. He knows how difficult it is to be a woobie.
We can't thank you all enough for the love that this fuzzy gift has brought to our family and everyone that has had the pleasure of meeting him. This is the love that this dog has brought to us. He has been to more B-day parties, ski trips to Lake Tahoe, Park City, Mammoth, Boating trips on Lake Arrowhead & Big Bear Lake, CA, Hiking trips, he has been photoshoped as a president, my son even gave him new eyes, He has been the subject in paintings, our neighbors toy poodle really loves him, you will see below just some of Dutch's love he has brought to us. I must say he is one lucky dog, but we are the ones that are Lucky!!!
Thank you so much, Lois, Jason, Dayle & Griffin Guttenberg & of course "Dutch"
p.s. Wish us luck on his last eye surgery, So sad he had such beautiful eyes, but still has a beautiful heart!
Dutch is completely blind. Dutch was diagnosed with Canine Uveitis.
I'm writing this email in complete heart ache. I'm saddened to say, Scooby passed away today. Though I hadn't had Scooby more than two years, I wanted to thank you guys for sending me the sweetest, most loving angel. Scooby gave my family and I more love than I could have ever imagined possible, he was family. He truly was, the "glass slipper to my Cinderella story."
The Young Family
This was sent in by Sharon Murphy,,,,,this is what Shamrock would have said.
The Last Will and Testament of Loved Dogs.....
To a poor and lonely stray I give:
--My happy home.
--My bowl and cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
I'd will to the sad, scared shelter dog, the place I had in my human's loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So when I die, please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can bear." Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to HIM. This is the only thing I can give... The love I left behind. Author Unknown
My body may age but my mind will stay young.
I've much left to do, many songs to be sung.
many roads are to be traveled, much love to express,
many souls that need aid, who are now in distress.
I will do what I can to help brighten your day,
I will spread cheer and love as I pass by your way.
The world is my oyster, to have and to hold,
why, I'm really too busy to ever grow old.
For as long as I can...
Author Judy Smith
No one wanted the older dog
But you brought me home
Thankful for the time we'll share
And I will be grateful to you for as long as I can.
My face is whiter now and I'm not so limber
But you are patient
Taking it easy and slow
And I will walk with you for as long as I can.
You'll never know about my world 'before'
But that's okay, because the rest of my life
Will be spent at your side
And I will stay with you for as long as I can.
My eyes tell the story
Of love lost and found
Safe at last, I lay happily at your feet
And I will be your friend for as long as I can.
Time knows no reason
But hearts know no bounds
We were meant to be together
And I will love you for as long as I can.
Senior Pet Care
Thanks to the advancements in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that they are susceptible to including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes. And because pets age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets healthy. AAHA recommends that healthy senior dogs and cats (age 7+) visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing.
Your senior pet's wellness exam should include the following:
- Physical Examination
- Diagnostic Tests
- Intestinal Parasite Test
- Overall Wellness Recommendation
- Vaccinations (if necessary)
- Blood Work
A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive drinking and/or urination
- Loss of appetite or lethargy
- Behavior changes
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
- Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
- Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
"Golden Retriever Senior Sanctuary"
GRSS is being developed in southern New Hampshire. This effort is being led by Joan Puglia, co-founder (in 1985) and long term President of Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, although this new sanctuary is in no way affiliated with Yankee GRR. The intent will be to accept from any GR rescue program any senior to include those in need of hospice-level care. Property has been identified and the design will be small and home-like. The primary goal is to provide quality of care while, at the same time, to free up foster homes affiliated with the local programs no matter where they are.
The current goal is to establish a database of interested people ("Special Friend of the Center and Sanctuary") to receive a quarterly newsletter and information regarding events. There are no dues associated with this. Email Joan Puglia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daisy and Toki
Daisy adopted us in October, and has fit in great with our Family. She has amazing manners (unlike her brother Toki), she is great with the kids, she loves to snuggle on the sofa with anyone who will sit down long enough for her to get comfortable! Daisy and Toki became best friends the minute they met. Both dogs love hanging with the family, going for walks and going on trips to run in the desert.They are pretty much inseparable They and can play pretty hard, but all in all everyone gets along.
Thanks GRRSN for finding a perfect match for Toki and our family. I tried to get a picture of the dogs and kids all at once but no one would stay still long enough :-)
Friends at Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada
I wanted to send you a couple of pictures of Brewer and let you know how he is doing.
Brewer has settled right in at his new home with me. He has become quite the Velcro dog to me (which is what I was looking for). When he first got here, he was never more than 2 feet from my side, even when it was time to go outside and do his business. I had to actually go outside with him as if to say, I’m not leaving you, I’ll be right here! Even when I would go to work, he would follow me to the door. Now that he is settled in, I think he realizes that I ACTUALLY WILL RETURN!!!! He doesn’t follow me to the door anymore when I leave for work, but instead sleeps away on my bed (what a lush!).
However, I can always expect him on the other side of the door when I return home. He immediate sees that it is me, and then runs and gets a toy to hold in his mouth. He cracks me up!!!
One of his signature traits is his REQUIREMENT that HE carry his own leash. He basically takes himself for a walk. The first thing he does when we go for a walk, is jump up and pull the leash out of my hands and carry it in his mouth. I don’t even have to physically leash it to his collar. Everyone that he passes thinks it is so cute (and so do I).
His training is going really well. He has learned to sit on command, lay down and put his nose on his front feet and remain completely still until I release him. He also rolls over on command as well. We still haven’t quite figured out the whole shaking paws thing yet. He kind of gives me this stupid look when I ask him for his paw. J
Another trait I’ve noticed about him is that he is quite a talker/whiner! Yes a talker (not a barker) but talker/whiner. He will sit there and hem and haw and I’ll talk to him and as if on cue, he will talk back to me. Sometimes he will sit there and just whimper these high pitched sounds instead of talking. It makes me laugh so hard when he does this.
He is extremely affectionate and well behaved and even tempered. I am actually a little surprised at how low key he is for an almost 3 year old.
He has been the vet a couple of times as the vet has found he has a category two heart murmur. The vet is monitoring it every 6 months to see if it progresses. As I was told, some dogs go there whole lives without any issues from a murmur, others can have it worsen and become life threatening. We are monitoring it closely and as such has gone beyond a category 2. Here is to keeping our fingers crossed that it stays that way.
I couldn’t be more happy to have him a part of my family. He has filled the void created when I lost my golden Emma over a year ago. His timing to come into my life was perfect.
Thank you so much for helping me to find him.
I look forward to the summary dog days out at Green Valley. Also please keep me informed of other events where both of use could come to meet other owners and friends of GRRSNV.
Tom & Brewer (he has such big feet too).
Story by Jim Cannell, inspired by Kela
GRRSN parent writes to our local Heidi Harris (radio personality), after airing a show about back yard breeders and homeless pets in Las Vegas. One of her listeners Jim, was so inspired by her show that he sent this letter to Heidi Harris.
I wanted to share it all with you as it demonstrates their 110% commitment to Kela their adopted Golden.
While listening to your show this morning, I wanted to call in with our story, but I will not use a cell phone on the freeway (safety, not the new law).
I'd like to share our story with you about our beloved Kela. I'm certain that she was a puppy mill dog. Her original owner kept her chained to a sliding glass door in the house (We know this because he posted pictures on Craig's List). At seven months old, somehow she managed to escape. Lied Animal Foundation picked her up, and by their policy, she was immediately spayed. When the owner showed up and was informed of this, he told them to keep her. He didn't want her. Obviously, he wanted a brood mare --- one of these back yard breeders that you quite appropriately slammed on your show. Fortunately for us, someone from the Animal Foundation called Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Nevada. They immediately came and got her and took her to their vet. Our name had just come up to the top of their list, so they called us. (This is several weeks after the extensive interview and house inspection). We rushed over to the vet's office, and immediately fell in love this undernourished puppy that GRRSN had named Tina. We preferred a Hawaiian name, so we came up with Kela (pronounced Kayla) which in Hawaiian means to excel. She has lived up to her name. She is a fantastic dog that we love very much. When we brought her home, she just went wild with her new found freedom to run in our large yard. The story doesn't end there. About a month after we got her, she was being a silly puppy and running around the yard at full speed. She hadn't learned how to stop yet, and 45 lbs of dog slammed into the side of my wife's knee, tearing the meniscus, and the ACL. After a night in ER, two months in a wheel chair and four months of therapy, she was able to return to hula dancing. What irritated us about it was friends and family that kept asking if we got rid of the dog after that. Not a chance -- it was an accident, and Kela needed a good home, which we have given her. 2 1/2 years later, we still consider ourselves fortunate to have such a loving dog. Kela is an important part of our family. You have my permission to share this story on the air if you like. We can't give enough praise to GRRSN. They have found great homes for Golden Retriever's all over this Valley. I hope you can one day feature them on your show. Check out their web site at www.grrsn.org and the blog at www.grrsnblog.org.
Story by: Jim Cannell
TEBOW RENAMED OSCARrr
Oscar is getting along great with his big brother Miles. He does everything Miles does. We have had a few minor mishaps but Oscar is training us. He has the goofy golden grin and loves to play. Oscar knows when it is bed time and goes to sleep on his own bed, which is right next to our bed. He has already learned not to go in the pool without permission. We couldn’t have asked for a better golden.
Thank you very much,
Coleen & Kurt Gleim
Dogs need dental care, too!
February is Dental Month.....
Unfortunately, dental hygiene for dogs is sometimes overlooked by even the best dog owners who don't realize that dental hygiene is just as important to their dog's overall health and well-being as proper nutrition, exercise, routine grooming and vet visits.
Poor dental hygiene leads to tooth decay, tooth loss, oral pain, gum disease and last but not least, the dreaded "doggy breath." However, the bacteria that cause these problems can also affect other parts of the body, like the heart and kidneys. The most important thing is to address dental disease as soon as it is detected, no matter how minor. To inspect your dog's teeth, lift the lips all around the mouth, looking at the front and back teeth as closely as possible. Be gentle and use caution. Your veterinarian will also take a look at your dog's teeth during routine examinations, so make sure you visit your vet at least once a year for wellness check-ups and contact your vet if any problems arise. Watch for the following signs:
- Bad Breath
- Reluctance to chew
- Increased Salivation
- Red or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
Dog dental care should be part of a daily routine - meaning brush your dog's teeth - Please ask your vet how to do this and what to use-DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE!!!!
Professional dental cleaning by your vet is periodically required; some dogs need dental cleanings one or more times per year, while others can go longer. Be certain to follow your vet's recommendations.
We adopted Maddie about two weeks ago. She had led a terrible life. All of that has now changed, and she is being treated like a princess. She is a cuddle bunny and full of energy. Maddie has changed our lives as well, as we lost our beloved Gracie to cancer in September and went into a deep depression. We are now a very happy family again, and are sure that we are the lucky ones to have found such a precious Golden.
Thank you for everything! GRRSN is a wonderful organization.
Julie & Paul Kraig
LINCOLN IS MAGNIFICANT
hi - we adopted a Golden, Lincoln, from you a few months ago (we previously adopted another one from you Simon (originally named Simba), approx 4 years ago. Lincoln had been abandoned by hiS family in Utah and lived on his own for a couple of months before being picked up by animal control who were one day away from shooting him (their so called legal version of euthanization) before you guys saved his life.
Lincoln is magnificent. Thank you so much for saving him.
I think the best way to show you thanks and how awesome he is are just by a few pictures: first one is the day we brought him home - had him go in the back yard and of course he went straight to the pool and sat on the first step
Second pic of him we call "joy to the world" - you'll know which one it is when you see it. We took him on his first "road trip" this fall and stopped at a sand dune and with my cell phone snapped this picture.
Third pic - he is the cutest thing in life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There's so much more good stuff to say but I am such a procrastinator and have been meaning to send you this stuff for a while so am just going to send it now.
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU ALL DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tracy & Kim Gilsbach
Jed and Moses
Here's Jed and Moses on a holiday hike on Henderson Mountain. Moses was adopted from Best Friends in April 2011.
When making your New Year's resolutions this year, keep your dog in mind
Sticking to the plan can be difficult - especially if you are only accountable to yourself. Try incorporating your own goals with a plan to improve your dog's quality of life. Making small, positive changes in daily routines can make a big difference for both you and your dog. Plus, you will be reinforcing that special human-canine bond. Here are some ways to get started. Happy New Year!
Getting more exercise is probably one of the most common resolutions for people. Some of us want to lose weight, others just want to be healthier and more energetic. Your dog also needs plenty of exercise, and he too will reap the benefits. Obesity in dogs is becoming more common, and lifestyle has a lot to do with it. With proper diet and exercise, you can help your dog lose weight or prevent weight problems down the road. Try increasing the amount of daily exercise that you and your dog get. If you think you are getting the right amount, or you just don't have time for more, you can just change it up. If you take your dog for a daily walk, try running or powerwalking instead. Or, change around your usual route and play some intermittent games of fetch.
There are many activities you can do with your dog while exercising at the same time. Try walking, running or hiking with your dog and see how much better you feel. Some activities provide more exercise for your dog than for you, but are still a fun way to bond. Play fetch with a ball or disc, visit the dog park.
Above: GRRSN dogs make New Year's resolutions--
Gracie (L) will work on not begging for French fries
Caleb (R) promises to take his thyroid medicine like a good boy, and stick to a diet a nutritious weight loss kibble and go for regular walks.
Dog Food Ingredients & Nutrition
Sad News from the Millers
It's killing me to write this letter, but our beloved Shelby passed away early Thanksgiving morning after becoming ill Sunday and
having to have emergency surgery. It was just too much for him to handle and he went to the Rainbow Bridge.
Shelby came in to our lives in early March of 2008. It was quite by accident. We had just adopted our other Golden, Relay, three days earlier. Kathy from the GRRSN contacted us to see if we could foster Shelby (whose name at that time was "Rocky") for a few days while they looked for a new home for him. Shelby was only six months old and had already been in three homes. We agreed and Kathy brought him over. He came into our home like a bolt of lightning. He and Relay wrestled and played like they had known each other their whole lives. My wife and I looked at each other and knew that we had to keep him. Without delay we called Kathy and told her to stop looking for a home for him, as he found one with us.
The first thing we did was change his name to Shelby. Rocky just didn't fit. As we got to know him (and he got to know us), We also came up with several other names for him, including "The Fair Haired Boy", "Our Big Baby", "Bo Bo", and our personal favorite, "Mama's Boy". He really loved my wife (Joanie), and she loved him more than anything. Shelby grew from a clumsy puppy in to a gentle giant, tipping the scales at 125lbs, however he still thought he was a lap dog. I can't tell you how many nights I had to spend on the couch because he would crawl up in bed with us, stretch out and kick me out! What a nut! When I would come home from work, he would greet me at the door, nuzzle up to me and literally push me in to the kitchen so I could give him a treat. Shelby was just over four years old and left our world way too soon.
We love and miss him terribly. (So does Relay).
Travis and Joanie Miller
O'Malley Murphy (Formerly Archie)
O'Malley Murphy...the luckiest Irish canine who thru adoption, only knows love!
Sgt. French Fries Lenz (Formerly Augie)
Sgt. Lenz is so happy to be home with his family including the newest member Sgt. French Fries Lenz (formerly Augie). Brandy calls them father and son.... so precious! Brandy says Sgt. FF was a little scared of her husband in uniform, but it looks like he's gotten over it!
Dear Golden Retriever Rescue
Thank you so much for helping us find the new addition to our family Brandy. Poker and Brandy get along so well, it's like they have always been together.
Sincere David and Yulia
Sincere David and Yulia
Christmas Gift Wrap at the GAP in the Galleria Mall
GRRSN thanks the GAP for a successful shopping day!
GAP at the Galleria Mall, 1300 W. Sunset, Henderson, NV 89014
Caleb and Penny
That's Nancy with them in the back yard. Penny is relentless in getting attention as Caleb is in chasing a ball or anything else thrown. Most polite well behaved dogs we have ever had; very well trained. it's hard to believe they weren't adopted, but lucky for us they weren't. Everybody comments that they are so sweet and adorable.
We can't thank you enough for having them at the right time
Mark C ashmere
Naked Kenny By Nancy Wegis
Back when my husband Tom and I had just started dating, we had gotten to the place in our relationship that it was time to meet the parents. I also wanted my parents to see Tom's home, to me, it would show them that he was a responsible guy, being a homeowner and all. Tom also had two wonderful dogs Harry and Snowy and I was very excited for Mom and Dad to meet their future grand-doggies!
My very Catholic and conservative parents had just flown into Las Vegas from Seattle so we picked them up at the airport, loaded them into the car and off we all went to Tom's house.
After a quick tour of the downstairs we all sat down and were chatting on the couch in the living room getting to know each other. Things were going very well up to this point when suddenly Tom's roommate came waltzing down the stairs completely naked!
Apparently Kenny never got the memo and had no idea that we were all coming over.
Tom suddenly yells "KENNY!" at which point, Kenny said hello to all of us and then just kind of stood there with this stupid smile plastered across his face. I wasn't sure if he was frozen to that step out of sheer embarrassment or if he was actually enjoying his little slice of voyeurism.
We all were starring at Kenny's well you know, personal parts in shock, we knew we shouldn't stare but somehow our necks were all stuck in the same position looking right at Kenny standing there in his glorious birthday suit.
None of us could look away, we wanted to, but we just couldn't. It is almost like driving buy a terrible car accident, you really don't want to slow down and rubber neck but you do, we all do. We just can't help ourselves. We don't want to look but we have to look, and look we did!
Suddenly, Harry the lab came to the rescue of all of us and ran up the stairs to great "Naked Kenny". Harry magically placed his chubby black body perfectly in front of Kenny and covered the offending body parts. That was of course until Kenny turned and headed back up the stairs...
So, "mom dad, how was your flight?", I meekly asked.
The moral of the story is, if you are going to have naked roommates, get yourself a dog and remember size really does matter. Ahem, the size of the dog that is!
I was disappointed that we were not able to make the BBQ. We adopted Cammy a year ago when she had just turned 2. Now she is 3 (Birthday Oct 2) and she is such a joy. She makes us laugh every day with her enthusiasm and silliness. She and our 6 year old yellow lab are inseparable. I would have liked to have seen Cammy interacting with the other goldens at the BBQ.
Thanks for all of the great work that you do.
Julie Callan and family.
Received your letter of 8/27 and have been trying to sit down and reply and sent pictures. Our boy Sammy is a handsome lovable dog. We hear this from everyone who sees him. As you can see by the pictures Sammy has made friends with a Newfoundland (Nordstrum) and a little black terrier dog (Rocky). Rocky runs like a rabbit and Nordstrum and Sammy, believe it or not, get worn out. Sammy loves the pool and is in it more than we are.
Bill & Sally Brennan (and Grandma).
Cammy and Family
I was disappointed that we were not able to make the BBQ. We adopted Cammy a year ago when she had just turned 2. Now she is 3 (Birthday Oct. 2) and she is such a joy. She makes us laugh every day with her enthusiasm and silliness. She and our 6 year old yellow lab are inseparable. I would have liked to have seen Cammy interacting with the other goldens at the BBQ. I've attached 2 photos. One is Cammy getting the newspaper. That has become her job every morning. She loves picking up the paper and bringing it into the house. The other picture is of Cammy and our lab, Sunny, taking a nap together.
Thanks for all of the great work that you do.
Julie Callan and family.
Therapy Humans In Training....
This very lucky girl with the bright green cast is being pulled around the neighborhood in a wagon lined with a comfy dog bed.
Nikkie recently broke her toe and was looking quite depressed after the cast was put on. Her wonderful humans Deb and George, (mostly Deb I would surmise) bought her a wagon and now she travels in style!
Rumor has it that the neighbors are buying tickets to see George pull his dog around in the wagon! I am pretty sure that is why Nikkie is smiling in this photo.
Do you have a pampered pooch? Would love to share your stories.
Winter AKA MAXX
Making a House a Home
It took many months for us to move beyond the passing of our first Golden. Retirement allowed us to launch ourselves into a flurry of travel and boating. The years passed and so did our boat and travel trailer, sold finally with some regret.
We settled into the activities provided in our Sun City community, but we knew something was missing. Not that over the years we handn't talked about getting another dog. We even went to the shelters and came home broken hearted. Then, as fate would have it, we saw an article about rescued Goldens.
Your Winter has become our Maxx. Named after the first Max and looking so very much like him. But we can detect some differences. Our new boy has some issues that make us sad. Someone has taken the playfulness out of him. But we are seniors and it has proven to be a good fit. He is quiet. He never chews or messes. He is gentle with children, grown-ups and small dogs. But he can hold his own with his rambunctious friend down the street.
He has bonded with us and we with him. He is always underfoot. We must be careful now where we step. While his toys remain unplayed with (not that we haven't tried), on occasion he appears before us with a ball in his mounth. His soft brown eyes sparkle, his tail sweeps through the air like a sultan's fan. We get all excited and praise him while knowing he is only doing it to please us and get attention. We then play his version of keep away for a minute or so, and then it is over. But it is enough to make us all happy.
Our house has become a home again because Maxx lives there.
ZAC and JAKE
Attached is the Weisbein Therapy Dog Team of Michael & Samantha Weisbein Handlers & Zac & Jake, the therapy dogs.
We are Volunteers at Summerlin Hospital and spread happiness, love, and cheer to people who otherwise might be lonely, sad or slow to heal. Did you know that pet visits often spark good memories of a person's own pets? Dogs often can reach people and children who have withdrawn from the world. It's been suggested by science that petting a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote healing.
ZAC & JAKE are almost always guaranteed to produce smiles and laughter.
We love giving back to the community...
Happy Summer to you.
After looking at the website, I decided to share a couple of pictures of Murphy. We do not have any human children of our own and Murphy is always soooo happy when my niece and nephews come to visit.
Attached are a couple of pictures of Murphy in our pool.
Howard & Jackie Kramer with Carmel - now about 4 yrs old in the middle, and Buddy - our daughter's Golden Retriever Rescue dog from about 4 years ago, now about 8 yrs old. Note that one the picture on the right - Carmel is belly up and now Buddy is in the middle.
August 19 will be 2 years that you matched us up with Carmel. She is our 4th golden over the past 25 years. Each one has had their own distinct personality. She is sweet, beautiful and has us wrapped around her "paws". Thank you for a "perfect match".
Howard and Jackie Kramer
ENJOY PICTURES FROM OUR BBQ
Reunion Bar-B-Que Fundraiser
Saturday, October 1, 6:00 PM
Doggie District Pet Resort
3223 N. Rainbow
THANK YOU TO OUR BBQ SPONSORS and VOLUNTEERS
Doggie District Pet Resort
Albertsons on Charleston and Town Center
Red Rock Harley Davidson
Tony Pace Show
Suncoast Hotel and Casino SC Prime
Spencer Springs Animal Hospital
Mon Cheri Dog Grooming
Sun City Animal Hospital
All Dog Solutions
Donna Schneider Sellpro Realty
Fremont Hotel & Casino
Nala's Pet Sitters
Sandra J. Tueller
Buddy renamed Kirk
Hello to Everyone at GRRSN,
My family and I adopted Buddy (Kirk) last January and he quickly became a member of the Sider family. Sorry it's taken so long, but we wanted to share some family photos. Buddy has a great heart, loves everyone, and is truly a joy in our family!!!! We thank you for helping him to find a home, and for adding to our family!
Prada renamed Sugar
Hello! We, the Lowe Family wanted to share some pictures of our little Sugar. We love her so much and she is an amazing companion. When we first got her she had just gotten fixed and her name was Prada. She didn't really respond well to Prada and she was just so loving and sweet so we renamed her Sugar. We have a 2 year old and a now 8 month old and they absolutely love Sugar. Kayla our 2 year old and Sugar wrestle pretty much all day long. They are best friends. I can't tell you how much that means to parents to see a dog become best buds with their kids and become a member of the family. Sugar is our third daughter :). Thank you for helping place her in our home. We love her. Hope you enjoy the pics.
Sarah, Jeremy, Kayla, Kenzie, and Sugar Lowe
Wish you were here! For more Swim Party entertainment
Adopting a Senior Golden
Dear Tammie ~
I want to thank you for checking in on Whitey! He has quickly found his way into our hearts and is most certainly a stunning addition to the neighborhood. I am quite certain his presence is driving up home values as we speak ;-) As we spoke on the phone last weekend, a comment you made resonated with me, “If your experience can get just one person to consider adopting a senior Golden that would be great,” or something like that. I immediately began wondering if I could write something with a focus on convincing readers to be open to the possibility of adopting a senior pet. Additionally, I want you to know how extraordinary the work is that you do and you are making a difference every day! What you and GRRSN have accomplished in terms of Golden rescue is magnificent. Thank you for taking in our Whitey and countless others. We are so grateful to you and GRRSN.
Several Reasons (excuses) Not to Adopt a Senior Pet, and One Good Reason to Take a Leap of Faith!
As my husband, his grandma, our daughter, and I approached the District at Green Valley Ranch, it was clear this wasn’t going to be an ordinary day of leisurely shopping. Rather, my husband and I began to mentally prepare for the child chasing that would ensue once our three year old Emily made her way to Mutts on Main Street. Miss Emily didn’t disappoint. Enthusiastically, she took off in the direction of the largest, friendliest animals she could find: Golden Retrievers. Plopping down, she grinned and giggled as she gleefully accepted a warm welcome that included tickling tails and slobbery kisses. While we managed to do some shopping, we were sure to stop back at the GRRSN booth before we left so Emily could bid her new friends a fond farewell.
Over the course of the next few weeks and months, my husband and I discussed at length the many reasons it wasn’t necessary to adopt a Golden, or any dog for that matter. Between my profession in school administration and my husband’s as a CPA, we have received a good amount of training in decision making over the years and we consider ourselves experts (ha ha). It was clear: we are not candidates for adopting.
A myriad of reasons (excuses) supported our conclusion:
1. We both have a full time job.
2. We have a precocious three year old.
3. Our four legged, 13 year old son, Buddy, would not appreciate sharing his home.
4. Our lives are already filled with hobbies, chores, family, and friends.
5. Um, we have never had a big dog and don’t know the first thing about Golden Retrievers.
Now that we had that out of the way, we continued to check in on the many beautiful Goldens posted on the website and were always celebratory when one would be adopted. Somewhere along the way our top five “reasons” (using the term loosely, of course) for not adopting a Golden were overshadowed by the one reason we should: it’s not about us. What became increasingly clear is that our three year old daughter possesses the wisdom and compassion that we had somehow lost track of in our efforts to make “sensible” family decisions. Miss Emily looks at our senior Golden, Whitey, and sees pure love and friendship. She doesn’t care about head shape, fur color, size, weight, gender, or age. She has no concept of time and, as it turns out, neither does Whitey. She’s blissfully unaware of his age, and fortunately, so is he. What she intuitively understands and has conveyed to us without even knowing it is the undeniable fact that when we concern ourselves with the well being of others, rather than worrying about what’s convenient for us, our lives are enriched.
If you’re considering adopting any type of pet, not just a dog, or a Golden, please take advantage of the many benefits a mature pet offers:
They’re often potty trained.
They’ve graduated from the chewing stage.
They’re grateful for the simple joys of life: a roof over their heads, food in their bellies, and companionship.
Their loyalty is unparalleled.
You’re saving the life of an animal that most likely will not get adopted otherwise.
Through Whitey, we will be blessed for Emily to experience the responsibility, love, and pride associated with making pets a part of the family. On a larger scale, someday Emily will understand the selfless gift she offers to her senior Golden: unconditional love. She sees what’s important: his heart and his loyalty. Someday, hopefully many years from now – too many to count, she will also learn what it means to lose her best friend. Thankfully, her many warm memories will serve as a source of comfort and her resilient spirit will inspire her to yet again use her big brown eyes to convince us that another old man with big brown eyes will be just perfect for us!
Entertainer Tony Pace Donates Blankets to GRRSN....Thank You!
The blankets are from Tony Pace, an entertainer here in Las Vegas. He's performing at the Clarion Hotel & Casino. For the shows in the last week of July, he sold tickets for $5 in exchange for blankets for animal shelters and rescues. Our organization was recommended to Mr. Pace by Carol McCabe-Joy. Th
Tilly and Winston (Klyde)
Here is a photo our beloved Tilly and (Klyde) Winston. They have so quickly become the center of our lives. Tilly and Winston go to the dog park every day and love socializing with the other dogs and humans there. They are the sweeetest, most loving and obedient dogs ever!
Thank you, GRRSN for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful organization!
Shelly and Mel Mitchell
This is the story of DUKE Dettrey.
He is a God given addition to this family and we “LOVE” him dearly. He was a gift to our 19 year old daughter and they go hand in hand, everywhere she goes he goes, except he won’t be able to go to College with her when she leaves, but she has already said she will be calling daily on Skype to see how he is doing. Just wanted to let you all know. We will forward more pics as they come.
The Dettrey Family.
Hi! It's me again.....Remember "Bella".
I am on the road again.
If you can help GRRSN help me, place my name on the donation. Thank you
Despite a multitude of wishes, hopes & prayers from Bella's numerous friends and kindhearted strangers, she became fully incontinent again several weeks after her laser surgery. The Urethral Cuff procedure, which we were hoping to avoid, has been scheduled for Monday, August 1st in San Diego, CA. Thank you all for your continued support during Bella's epic journey. We will continue to post updates on her progress.
UPDATE August 2: Bella was so sad today, she just put her head in my lap and whimpered. She wants to be out of there. We leave tomorrow for home. As soon as Bella is healed we will need to return to Dr. Ross so she can inflate the Urethral Cuff. The end of the journey....
Attention all Golden Retrievers
Tell your human parents that all your friends will be attending the Golden Play Date!
Pam from Just Like Home Doggie Hotel and Grooming is allowing our golden babies to play at her new outdoor play facility for FREE! "BYOT" Bring your own towels for the Splash Park and please be willing to sign a "play at your own risk" waiver when you come. We are meeting Tuesday, July 19th from 5:30-7:00 and every week after that.
Spread the word!
See you all soon!
Melissa and Norton
July 19, 2011
Just Like Home Doggie Hotel and Grooming
4872 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
Telephone: (702) 558-5689
Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada is in the News!
Channel 13, The Morning Blend 9 am to 10 am Monday July 25, 2011
Click here to view the video!
Check out the pictures from the Channel 3 , Sunrise Newscast Saturday July 23, 2011
Debbie Pietro with Golden Sundance along with Nancy Wegis and golden Sachimo discuss how wonderful it is to adopt a senior golden.
Sachimo with the Cheer Leaders from the Las Vegas Locomotives UFL Football Team ..interviewed prior to GRRSN.
Picture upper left....Saidie (GRRSN Alumni and Champ) We’re very grateful for the smooth way in which GRRSN helped us adopt our first Golden Retriever, CHAMP.We were looking for just the right companion for our young son, one who wasn’t too wild, non-aggressive, and would simply “be there” for him (and us) as our boy grows up.We found all of that and more in our sweet-natured, easy-going retriever.Champ has weathered our son’s affections like a “champ”, patiently sitting through stroke after stroke along his coat.We knew we had made a good choice when our little one leaned back to watch Mickey Mouse, and found he was lying back on ol’ Champ.Together they enjoyed the animated adventures and have been stuck at the hip since.Thanks again to GRRSN for helping us find our son’s best friend.
What a joy this little boy turned out to be! We have had him now for about 5 months and he has brought nothing but happiness and delight into our lives. This kid is SWEET like SUGAR. He went on his first big car trip with us a couple of months ago and half the time we forgot he was with us because he was so quiet. Our last Golden, Gus yelled at just about everything… but this little guy…..didn’t say a word! What a pleasure! Of course we didn’t mind Gus’s barking either.
Calvin gets us up every morning at 5:00 a.m. to take him for a walk. We never miss a day. You can’t fool him either, there is no pretending to be asleep. After our walk its breakfast and a short car ride. Yes, EVERYDAY! This boy is spoiled rotten but we love doing it.
After dinner it’s off to the couch where Calvin gets his belly rubbed and rubbed and rubbed. I think we’re getting blisters!!!
We could never thank you enough for finding our new Golden Boy. We love him dearly.
Steve, Debbie & Calvin
PS. I am just about ready for another!
Here is my angel, Shamrock, on his TV debut for golden retriever rescue of southern nevada! He was asked to be a 'senior representative' to encourage senior dog rescues and show how loving a senior angel can be. I am so proud of him! We just filmed this this morning. His grandma Jackie is pretty darn proud too!
Sharon "mom", and Shammy
Meet Mabel...Before Her Rescue
When you tell people that you volunteer with Golden Retriever Rescue, more often than not people respond with the question "How many Golden Retrievers could possibly need rescuing!?"
People mistakenly think that Golden's are exempt from abuse, neglect and plain old indifference from their owners. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
Meet our girl Mabel. Her after picture will appear on the 'Waiting for a Home' page soon, and thanks to our Intake Director, Jennifer, she will look beautiful. A typical, happy, Golden Retriever. She'll have a bio that states that she gets along with other dogs and cats, loves people and would make someone the most wonderful companion, and because we strive to keep our site upbeat and positive, you would normally never see the "intake" picture. However, sometimes it seems that the reality of rescue should be shared, and such is the case with our little angel Mabel.
Mabel is a beautiful Senior girl who ended up at Lied. We don't know her story, but one look at her and you can see what her life up until now has been like. A dog does not end up in this shape by spending a weekend running stray on the streets. Mabel has to have been neglected for years.
How could someone have looked at her day after day, hair matted to the skin, an open wound on her leg and not done anything about it, and who could have just thrown this girl out? What is even more unthinkable is that Mabel probably loved her owners with all her heart... even though they did not seem to love her.
Thankfully, her suffering is behind her. Mabel had her vet check and even with everything she's been through she was all smiles! Her leg has been cared for and Mabel was given a clean bill of health. Her beautiful coat couldn't be saved, but it will grow back in no time and she will look and feel better than she has in as long as she can remember. Luckily, because of our wonderful volunteers, her foster family will love her until she finds her forever home... which brings up another reality of rescue to consider.
Because Mabel is a Senior she will be passed up... often, by most people who (understandably) only want to rescue a young dog between the most popular ages of 6 months to 3 years. This is sad for our seniors, and ever more so for the people who wont give them a chance considering Golden's only get better with age!
If you have thought about adopting, please, keep your heart open to the possibility of rescuing a senior and put aside the worries standing in your way.
True, you wont have as much time with them as you want, but do we ever have as much time as we want? Does it make it easier to loose an animal just because you've had them for 15 years?
Yes, It's hard to loose them but we guarantee the heartbreak of saying good-bye will be overshadowed by the happiness and joy they've given you and we promise, you wouldn't trade even a second of the time you had with them.
We agree, it is hard on children to loose an animal, but what better lesson to teach a child than the importance of putting your wants aside to help someone who really needs you?
Considering a dog like Mabel is a chance to make such a difference and it will completely change the life of another. How wonderful to be maybe the first person to show an animal what it's like to be part of a family, or what it means to be safe and loved!
You will get 100 times more from these special "less desirable, harder to place" angels than you will ever give... and please remember, Mabel, and Jack and all of our seniors have no idea how old they are. They think they'll be with you forever, and there's no reason for them to think any different. As humans we can deal with that part of the story.
Mabel has been adopted. Meet Mabel's new family. Another happy ending.........
By Tammie McNeill
Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada Alumni Saves Owners Life
Shaker is a hero to his whole family
In January of 2009 at 11 - months old Charlie came into rescue as a typical barking, drooling, counter-surfing puppy who was not house broken and who had very little training. He was adopted and renamed Shaker and his whole new life began. Here is a story about Shaker and his owner that shows the devotion and loyalty and frankly the uncanny ability of some dogs to recognize life and death situations.
This story is told by Shaker's owner
This particular story starts in September 2009. I had torn a ligament and tendon in my ankle and was treated conservatively, which failed to relieve to relieve the chronic pain after 4 months. In January, it was determined that I needed surgery but that was also about the same time my wife broke her wrist when she was knocked down by a group of playing dogs at the dog park. So my surgery was delayed.
I finally had surgery on April 5th and was in a splint for 2 weeks, followed by a cast for a month. The cast was removed on May 20th, and I went back to a support boot and crutches. On Monday May 24th, I had my first full work day of just using the crutches and the boot, and I started having some chest pains near the end of the day. By the time I got home at about 8:30, I was exhausted and it was all I could do to get from the car to my bed. By around 1 AM the pain was a little worse, my pulse was rapid and I was having some shortness of breath. At this point, I could't sleep and was lying there debating upon if I should wait until morning, or go into the emergency room right then. That was when the oddest thing happened. Shaker got up on the bed, which is not usual for him. He very rarely gets on the bed, and if he ever does, he strictly lies at the foot of the bed. But this night, he walked right up and over my wife and laid his head on my chest. Then he would not move from that spot no matter what we did or said. Now, I have heard many stories of dogs doing amazing things, and have even had clients whose dogs were able to detect oncoming seizures, hypoglycemia, cancer, etc. so I took this as a sign. I woke my wife up, we put the kids in the car, and she drove me to the emergency room.
Apparently, during the time that I had the cast in place, I was forming blood clots in my leg. When the cast was off and I had more movement of my let, the clots started breaking free and were moving into my lungs. On that first full day of work, a large clot broke off and went to my lungs. When the doctor did the CT scan, the found numerous clots throughout my lungs, as well as something called a saddle thrombus in both lungs. In order to understand what was going on, a small anatomy lesson is in order. Basically, when the large pulmonary artery leaves the heart to go to the lungs, it splits into 2 parts, one going to the right lung, and another going to the left. Each of those in turn splits into 2 smaller vessels that go to the top part of the lung and the bottom part of the lung, and then to smaller vessels, etc. There was a large clot in the vessel that splits into the top and bottom part of the lung on both sides. Therefore, the clots were blocking a large portion of the blood flow to both of my lungs. In the emergency room, the started me on IV blood thinners immediately and transferred me to ICU. I spent the next 6 days in ICU followed by 3 days in intermediate care, before being transferred to a regular hospital room. I am in that room as I am writing this, so I cannot relay how long my total hospital stay was, only that it is not yet over.
I have been seen by several specialists while here. All of the doctors just kind of shake their heads in wonderment and tell me the same story...with pulmonary emboli like I have the most common symptom that is seen is sudden death. They tell me that by all rights I shouldn't have made it to the hospital at all. They tell me that only the fact that I came in when I did saved my life. And I tell them that the only reason that I came in when I did, rather than waiting, was the attentions of our Golden Retriever, Shaker. Shaker saved my life. Isn't it strange how things work...as a veterinarian I spend my life saving animals' lives, and then one of them saves mine.
I will hopefully be able to return home to my family in a few more days, and I am greatly looking forward to seeing them all, including Shaker and our other GRRSN adoptee, Rusty. I will be on blood thinners for about 6 months, and it will take a few weeks to a few months for the clots to fully dissolve. They will arrange for a home care nurse and physical therapist for a while and with luck I will be able to return to work in a few weeks....maybe sooner.
Since I am hosting this blog for GRRSN, I have felt that I should always remain neutral, not get too opinionated, not really say what I want to say...
This current situation of their latest intake has really pushed some buttons inside me and, unfortunately, it has not been the first time and sadly will not be the last.
So today, I open my big mouth! It really has been kept closed for way too long!!
I just cannot wrap my brain around the fact that some people on this planet think it is perfectly okay to euthanize their pet because it is an "inconvenience." Of course, they may come up with more clever reasons; most probably those contrived reasons are merely to relieve themselves of any guilt that they may feel.
Most often it happens with the senior dogs. As a proud owner of three senior dogs (13, 10 and 9) and one senior foster (13!), I cannot say enough wonderful things about my elderly pets.
They are past the chewing stage -- well past, they are housebroken, they are calm, they are loving and beyond all of this, so completely loyal. They look to us for just the most basic of things: a soft bed, a bowl of food, gentle walks and a good belly rub every now and then.
So next time you see a senior who needs a new home, why not consider adopting one. Yes, their time with you may be short, but it will change your life -- I guarantee it. Especially when you realize what a beautiful thing you have done for this old dog.
Our senior experience with a dog to be euthanized because of old age is as follows:
There was a lovely Golden named Gracie whose owner had passed away. The daughter stepped in and brought her mom's three dogs and one cat to the vet's office. Two of the dogs and the cat were offered up for adoption. The Golden, as the daughter explained, "was just too old and should be euthanized." Of course, my fabulous vet did not kill this dog and instead took it upon herself to keep Gracie at the clinic until she could find her a new home.
Well, in I walk one day, most probably picking up meds or something for one of my pets, and Dr. S asked me to come and take a look at Gracie. By this time she had been in a cage at the vet's for four weeks. During this period, they had treated her for an ear infection, trimmed her overgrown toenails and had completely shaved her down due to severe matting. Other than outwardly appearances, this dog seemed very healthy. She asked if I would consider giving Miss Gracie a new forever home. I said I would ask my husband and let her know later that day.
Well, of course, my fabulous husband said yes and off I went to pick up our "new" (old) dog.
The only picture we took of Gracie
Gracie immediately fit in with all of our other animals and was just as sweet as can be. Now here is the tragic part. She collapsed four weeks later and we rushed her to the vet. Bringing her in on a stretcher, the attending vet looked at us and said, "this dog is dying." I said I know.... but I had to know why. Dr. S was closed for the weekend and I felt out of respect for what she had done, she deserved Gracie's full medical report. So $600.00 later and a DVD to bring to her office on Monday, we were sadly informed that she was riddled with cancer.
We had to say goodbye that day to our dog, Gracie, who blessed us with the final four weeks of her life.
I would not have traded those four weeks and I believe Gracie would have chosen to live them as well. We spoiled her rotten and loved her unconditionally. She ate well, made new dog and cat friends and I even sewed her a dog jacket to keep her warm since her fur had all been shaved.
The day she died, I cried and cried and could not get off my couch. The grieving I felt for her was as if she had lived a lifetime here with us. I know that her last bit of time on earth, albeit short, was loving, warm and comfortable.
Remember -- love is not measured in minutes, hours, days or months. Memories can be created instantly and doing the right thing will definitely make you a better person.
These animals are a gift to us from God. Let's step up to the plate, point our moral compass in a direction of compassion and do the right thing by them and make the rest of their short little lives the best they ever had.
Turd Takers! Turd Takers! TurdttTurTURD TAKERS!
Does your dog dine on this? Read more........
Coprophagia, what???? I can't even pronounce that! I have seen it too many times to mention and I do know what it means, but I digress here.
Just now, I finished feeding my beautiful dogs dinner and immediately went out to clean up after them as I always do. We have at least two, dare I say three doggies that like a little something, something after dinner. This has been going on for a number of years. We have tried all the tricks in the book from pineapple to meat tenderizer. I honestly think nothing works.
So, out I go to the side yard and what is my adorable white, cute poodle doing but digging in and not with her paws. This is the same cutie that sleeps with me every night, cuddled right near my face! Offering sweet little kisses at will.
So of course I go over to scold her and what do I see, but turds all over her head! It was as if she waited under the big dog and these wonderful warm treats appeared to fall from the heavens bouncing off her head and into her adorable little mouth! It was like the doggie turd version of the movie, "The God's Must Be Crazy". GROSS!!!!!
Of course I hustled her into the house and scrubbed her now not so white head.
Tonight little Jojo you sleep with Daddy!
By Nancy Wegis
THE GREAT HAIR DEBATE
Recently we adopted a fabulous "Grandpa Golden", named Sahcimo and until this very minute, I would have easily debated with my Sister Laurie and probably anyone else who had the time for a cup of Joe and a lively spirited discussion over this topic, "who sheds more"???? My Lab's or your Golden's?
|Chelsie, Emma and friends Edmond's Beach WA
My Sis, owns two Golden's Emma and Chelsie and my husband and I have had many breeds including, two Golden's, two Labs, a Chesie, an Airedale, an American Eskimo and a small Poodle mix. Of course not all at one time but oh so close! You get the picture...
I recall just telling her earlier this week that I thought our Lab's shed way more than her Golden's, in fact, I think I was quite proud of this fact. In hindsight, our first Golden, Gracie came to us shaved down and passed away before her fur even had time to grow out. With that in mind, I guess I really didn't know what I was talking about.
Well just now, I was outside with Sachimo and it was like a giant molting fur fest, I mean we've had him since February 15th and he really wasn't shedding and then out of nowhere the fur was falling off him at an alarming rate!
With each swipe of the slicker brush he would do sort of this "old grandpa man wiggle" and a half hearted leg scratch. I would flip it over and inspect the brush, WOW! look at those chunks of hair...and what if I go backwards? Oh my, bigger chunks! I wanted to show someone the hair, I wanted to shout to the world, "LOOK AT THAT CHUNK!, LOOK AT THE HAIR!" Should I run across the street or around my neighborhood and show everyone? Would they be as amazed????
As I emptied the now fluffy slicker brush, I thought to myself how can he still even have hair, all the while the pile of hair next to me on the patio furniture kept growing, taller and taller. With glee I kept brushing and brushing my old grandpa man and with equal contentment he kept doing the "old grandpa man wiggle".
But the hair kept coming off, some on me, some on the brush and some even floated over onto my Black Lab Harry, who now was becoming a Red Lab, hmm, should we change his name perhaps??? Get him genetically tested? Do we have a new dog breed here?
Sachie's hair left his body with such unsurpassed speed that even the most expensive and high end vacuum would admit defeat and quietly roll away to it's own special corner of the garage. Hanging its mighty suction hose in disgrace, wanting its bag changed but to embarrassed to say so, quietly begging to be returned to the store to leave this house of harry horrors. "The factory in China never told us about Golden's" the vacuum thought... Ah the store, where I sat proudly in a clean box on a clean shelf, (with marginally good lighting), free from dog hair and proudly announcing to the world how fantastic I was.
But I say to you Mr. Vac, you must stay and help me, I beg you. We now live with a Golden, I NEED YOU!
I admit, I have lost the debate and must now accept my punishment of a life of lint rollers, masking tape, damp wash clothes, hair grabbers, hair snatchers, hair catchers and yes Mr. V always just an arms length away.
God Bless our Golden's, America and you Mr. V!
By Nancy Wegis