The November/December issue of GRREAT News is available for downloading.
GRREAT's 2011 Business Meeting
Please consider attending
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January 22nd at the Ashbury
Methodist Home Campus in Gaithersburg.
This meeting is an excellent opportunity
to meet the GRREAT Board of Directors as well as other GRREAT members. You will
learn about our 2010 activities, plans for 2011, and how GRREAT goes about the
business of rescuing Golden Retrievers each year. And two new officers
will be elected for the new year.
The GRREAT Holiday Wrapping
It’s that time again. The weather is turning colder and the Holiday season is fast approaching. Once again, GRREAT has teamed up with our local Borders and Barnes & Noble stores for a fabulous fundraiser! We'll be wrapping gifts for donations at several book stores in Virginia and Maryland at various dates and times from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Enlist here.
From November 23rd through December 19th, Jim Poor, dog photographer, will be offering a special to GRREAT members. You can see his work at www.jimpoor.com. He will charge $50 for private sittings in his Fairfax home studio with 50% going back to the GRREAT. $50 is for up to two pets, $15 for each additional pet. Humans are free with their pets. Holiday and formal settings available.
Contact Jim at Jim@jimpoor.com or 703-347-4332 for details and to schedule your session.
The 7th Annual GRREAT Walk
It was a grreat event, with beautiful weather and lots
of happy dogs and people. Thank you to all our sponsors,
volunteers, and walkers who helped to make this a wonderful
Blue Buffalo has voluntarily recalled certain dry dog food because of possible excess Vitamin D that can affect the health of some dogs. Dogs reacting to the higher levels of Vitamin D may show signs of lethargy or exhibit unusually frequent water consumption and urination. If your pet has consumed the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The affected products are certain packages of:
The manufacturing dates of the recalled products are listed in Blue Buffalo Recall — Vitamin D
Consumers who have purchased any
of the products being recalled are urged to return it to the place of
purchase for a full refund, or contact the company at 877-523-9114 from 8 AM
to 8 PM Eastern Time or visit the company web site at
Blue Buffalo — Discover the Best Dog Food and Cat Foods with our Pet Food
Comparison Tools for more information.
Please Spend $1 Now to Save the Lives of Dogs
(Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank) will be forced to close their doors Nov. 1,
2010 if they do not have an influx of money to pay their $500,000 debt. The
debt was incurred because of the declining economy.
Hopefully, your dog
will never be in need of blood products, but if he/she is, EVBB will be
there to help if we all help EVBB now.
Many of us have the ability to open our hearts to a Special Needs Golden, but not necessarily our homes, so GRREAT has initiated a “Sponsor Me!” program.
Of the 250 dogs we take in every year, many require extensive medical attention before they can be adopted into their forever homes. Unfortunately, there are some whose medical conditions and/or age make them unadoptable, and they must remain in GRREAT foster homes on a permanent basis. The medical needs of these Long Term Foster dogs are provided for by GRREAT for the rest of their lives, and the love, attention, and daily care they deserve are provided for by their forever foster homes. Each year, an average of 3-4 dogs become Long Term Fosters; some are considered hospice care dogs, and others may live comfortably for several years.
We invite you to look at our
Special Needs Dog page to learn about each of
our Long Term Fosters, and to consider becoming a sponsor for one (or more) of
them. As you read about each of the dogs, just click the
button to select those that you wish to sponsor. You can sponsor a Golden with a
one-time donation, or you can set up ongoing support through a monthly donation.
Become a part of ensuring that these dogs will live in comfort and dignity for
the rest of their lives.
There are many families in our area waiting to adopt Goldens but GRREAT is in need of foster homes who can provide a temporary home for these dogs (over 250 every year), usually for a 3-4 week period, during which time the golden can be evaluated and cared for medically, its behavior and temperament can be assessed and then the foster family can match this dog with the right adoptive family from the hundred or so approved applicants that we have. GRREAT pays for all pre-approved medical expenses, provides leash, collar, heartworm preventative, and will gladly work closely with you should any questions arise. If for some reason the foster dog just doesn't seem to be able to acclimate to your home, we will move the foster dog. You are not stuck with a dog, nor do you have to take a dog if the timing is not good for you.
If you would like to be part of the solution to the problem of the thousands of dogs that are killed in this country every week because of lack of homes, this may be the answer for you!!!!! Just send Denise Malczewski an e-mail and we will contact you with more information.
Virginia "Golden Retriever Rescue"
GRREAT and our partner to the south, Southeast Virginia GRREAT, are gauging interest in a
Golden Retriever Rescue license plate for Virginia drivers. The basic
program requires 350 prepaid applications. As 501(c)3 organizations, our
rescues qualify for Revenue Sharing. With our combined memberships, we
should be able to meet this criteria. Plates authorized for revenue sharing
cost $25 annually. Personalization is an additional $10 annually. Revenue
sharing provides $15 of every $25 paid to the DMV to be shared with the
qualified organization after the sale of the first 1000 plates. If you are
interested in this program, please contact
Lona Gordon. (Note:
Golden Retriever Rescue plates have been available in Maryland for several
years. Here's how to get one.)
Update Your Contact Info…
All GRREAT dogs should microchipped (if not, you need to get that done as
soon as possible). But a microchip doesn't help your lost dog get home
if GRREAT doesn't have your current contact information. If you have
moved or changed phone numbers since your dog received his chip, send your
updated information to email@example.com.
Then we'll be able be able to contact you if we are notified that your dog
has been found by someone.
We are pleased to announce a new fund to honor your special pet that has
gone on to the Rainbow Bridge. This memorial fund will allow you to pay
tribute to your dog, cat, or other special critter, and at the same time
help our GRREAT Golden Retrievers find their forever homes. Please visit the
Forever Friends to read about Gus
06-212, the first forever friend and all the other friends that are listed.
While you're there, you can find out how to list your special forever
It Takes Dozens of Volunteers to Keep
GRREAT has no paid staff. Everything we do to help homeless Goldens in
the mid-Atlantic area is done by volunteers. Some of our volunteers
spend several hours a day and others much less. Can you afford some
time each week to be sure all of our dogs find new homes? Check out
our updated volunteer page to see if there isn't
something you could do to help.
Your Donation Dollars at Work
Peaches 05-140 came to us at the young age of 2. Her family loved her but they had learned that she had an expensive digestive condition and they realized they could not afford or handle the treatment. GRREAT committed to her care and began the medical regimen necessary to help her. Shortly after she came to GRREAT however, it was discovered that her condition was much worse, complicated by a poorly functioning autonomic nervous system. She was taken to a specialist in August 2005 and again in October 2005 who was able to help us come up with a system of medications, special diet, and feeding schedules in order to manage Peachey's conditions. He warned us that it might not matter how hard we tried, that Peaches might succumb to her illness sooner than we hoped, but we endeavored to try as long as she had a high quality of life. And she did. Peaches lived, and loved, and romped, and played. For almost a year, we managed to keep her condition under control. In November 2006, Peaches suddenly became ill and was rushed to the animal hospital where they were forced to perform emergency surgery to save her life. Always a danger with her condition, her intestines had become impacted. Peaches quickly recovered from her surgery and bounced back to her exuberant self where she has remained for several months. As we learn more about her condition and ways to manage it, we hope to avoid this terrible crash from happening again. We know that we are racing against time but Peaches has a strong will to live and a joyous energy that touches everyone around her. Until there is no hope, until her quality of life is diminished, we must keep trying. Because of your past and continued support, GRREAT is able to offer sanctuary to Peaches and to other Goldens like her. Goldens who might otherwise have suffered or been put down long ago. Every little bit helps so please consider making a donation. One-time or even small monthly donations go a long way. And please, don't forget to renew your memberships or become a member to ensure that we are able to continue our good work. Thank you for reading and hope to see you at the Bark-B-Que where Peaches will be ready to greet you. Read about more of our Special Dogs.