Golden Ribbon Rescue
July 2018

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Newsletter Editor:
Dorian Olsen

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Jeroen Naus

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Gold Ribbon Rescue
PO Box 956
Austin, TX 78767
512 659-4653

A Message From Our President...
Margo Biba

Dear Friends,

Thought you'd get a kick out of seeing five of the nine dogs currently at our house. In the photo, left to right: emaciated Irish Wolfhound foster Bella, #16-007 Rosebud, Irish Wolfhound Ginny, #18-036 Radio, and #16-108 Skeeter. Not pictured: Goldens #15-084 Rose, #12-138 Bijou, and #11-094 Wheeler; plus our little mixed breed fellow #18-072 Uncle Sherm. I am thankful every single
day for the opportunity to live with these fine rescued dogs.

Hats off to our GRR transport volunteers - they've saved many lives over the past 20 years.
  • Who could forget zooming to the Mexican border to nab Palm Valley Animal Control dogs, moments before their scheduled euthanasia?
  • Zipping to Laredo, to pull seriously ill or injured Goldens from the shelter?
  • Rushing to San Antonio Animal Control to rescue one Golden, and then discovering two more?
  • David and Lisa Savage transporting dogs to GRR by private plane?
  • Pat Capin phoning from shelters north of Austin, "I'm heading your way - no problem - I have a good book on tape to listen to."
  • The big caravan to the Houston airport, to pick up 14 Goldens from Istanbul, Turkey?
  • Carey and Dennis Gunthert's flights to Mexico City, to accompany desperate Goldens to Austin?
  • Driving a mobile home to West Texas, for a load of Goldens?
We so appreciate our adrenaline junkies, who will drop everything to help those in need.

#18-114 Macy: Sometimes we bring in dogs who appear extremely healthy, and then we are broadsided by severe health issues. Macy is just that sort of girl. As an owner surrender, she appeared peppy and healthy. Things went downhill fast. On a Tuesday night, Converse Animal Hospital in San Antonio diagnosed Pyometra: a life threatening infection of the uterus which can happen to females who have not been spayed. Macy was rushed to an emergency hospital in Austin and started on IV fluids and antibiotics. Wednesday morning, Macy had emergency surgery at Manchaca Village Veterinary Care. In the meantime, she was diagnosed with heartworm disease, an ear infection, and two intestinal parasites: hookworms and giardia. The good news: surgery was successful and the other health issues can be cured. GRR's swift action saved Macy's life. Your donations made Macy's treatment possible.

How to Support GRR:

  • Our annual Tree of Hope has launched. Click here to go directly to the fun graphic, which allows you to add ornaments and presents to the Golden Retriever Christmas tree. Funds raised go toward medical care for our marvelous dogs.
  • Donate your unused dog medication, heartworm pills and flea/tick preventative to GRR for our foster dogs. We'll spend almost $15,000 this year to purchase medications, so this will help GRR. Email me at to arrange.
  • When shopping on Amazon, go to Amazon Smile and click on support GRR. There is a link in the Amazon section which will direct a percentage of the sale to GRR.
  • Attend GRR events! This year our Holiday Party will be at the home of Robin Early and Emily Oliver in San Antonio on Sunday, December 16th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This party is always a favorite - good food, good friends. RSVP on our home page.

As Ever,

The next Board of Directors meeting is January 13, 2019.

Do you have questions or comments for the Board? We value your input as members and volunteers. Please send a note to and include Questions For The Board in the subject line. We hope to hear from you!


Letter From the Editor
Dori Olsen

Rusty Olsen

Hello to you all!

'Tis the season of peace and joy and I can't help thinking of all of the poor people in California, Florida, Georgia and Alabama who lost their homes in the wildfires and Hurricane Michael. It's terrible to want to help and feel so helpless. Good friends of mine lost their home in the Malibu fire but, thankfully, they and their dog are fine. During this holiday season, if you are so inclined, please remember all of these unfortunate people in your prayers or in the positive thoughts that you send into the universe.

Hudson is enjoying the holiday season immensely and having oodles of fun with Judy. Hudson@Home will return in the January issue.

Don't forget to RSVP for the Holiday Brunch on the 16th! It was so much fun last year! See you there!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

This Month's Contributors

Lonni Swanson
Dawn Marie Rae
Jeroen Naus
Reid Meyer
Chrissy Hammond
Rick Gilpin
Debra Fabrac
Paula Ellis
Hara Cootes


Upcoming Events

Tree Of Hope 2018

The Tree of Hope is our annual online holiday tree that your donations decorate with ornaments, lights, presents and Golden angels. The 2018 online holiday tree is a wonderful way to honor a family member, (two- or four-legged), friend or special occasion for the holidays. It’s a meaningful, easy holiday gift for all Golden lovers.

This year, with your donation totaling $250 or more, you will receive the Guisachan DVD - the 150th anniversary of the Golden Retriever in Scotland. For more information about this celebration, and to donate, please visit the Tree of Hope. The DVD is also available for purchase on our home page and at our Holiday Party on December 16th.

Jason's Deli Gives Back - San Antonio

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
25 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX
(across 410 at San Pedro)

Jason’s Deli is giving back with their Commit To Eat program. Just mention GRR at the register and Jason’s will give back 15% of your purchase. We have to have 20 ‘Commits’ before the 17th of December to receive the donations. Stop by while you shop for holiday gifts between 5pm and 10pm. Give back while you eat. It’s that easy! Click here to Commit!

GRR's Annual Holiday Brunch 2018

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time:11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 205 Geneseo
San Antonio, TX 78209

Robin Early and Emily Oliver are graciously opening their exquisite San Antonio home for the Annual Holiday Brunch on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Come and celebrate the holiday season with your GRR friends while enjoying delicious food and champagne. Bring your favorite side dish, salad or dessert. Dress is holiday casual. Please contact Pam Phillips or Paula Ellis if you have silent auction items to contribute. Thank you for supporting Gold Ribbon Rescue.

We hope that you will join us! Please RSVP here. 


Help Wanted

Foster Coordinators (FC): Foster Coordinators are a critical role within GRR. This key position serves as the primary point-of-contact for fosters, the medical team and the matchmakers for each dog in foster care. As the number of dogs coming into GRR foster care grows, we need more FCs. If you have been a GRR foster mom or dad and would like to learn about being a FC, please contact Louisa Chandler.

Respite Volunteers needed:
We are in need of more respite families to help out with keeping foster dogs on a short-term basis while the fosters are traveling and/or are on vacation. This is a great way to provide socialization for your dog, try out fostering, enjoy playing with and caring for a short-term foster. Volunteers must have gone through the regular adoption/foster screening process, including a home visit. Please contact Robin Early if interested.

GRR Website Content Coordinator:
GRR needs assistance to add, edit and publish website content. One to three hours a week.
Requirements: Working knowledge of content management systems such as Drupal or Wordpress. Hands-on HTML skills. Working knowledge with image editing, such as Photoshop or InDesign or similar products. Good writing skills. Optional: familiarity with CSS and Javascript. Please contact Dawn Marie Rae for more details.


Why Senior Dogs are Best

Everyone loves puppies, but we have a special place in our hearts for seniors. Here’s our top 10 reasons why:

#1 – Less Exercise Required
As dogs age, they tend to slow down, which means you won’t have to take those 10 mile walks just to get your dog to settle down. Senior dogs are perfect for those who can’t physically exercise their dog or don’t have as much time for physical activities.

#2 – No Chewing
Most senior dogs have left the “destroying everything in sight” far behind them. Instead of having to “puppy proof” your house every day, you can just enjoy your dog. Plus, your dog will be smart since he may read the paper instead of chewing it.

#3 – With Age, Comes Wisdom
There is something about the eyes of a senior dog. Look into them, and you see a depth of knowledge well beyond their years on Earth. They just draw you in and make you think.

#4 – Already Trained
A lot of senior dogs come all trained. This means you spend less money on training and can spend more on treats (the dog won’t complain!).

#5 – Babysitters
Senior dogs are great “babysitters.” If you are bringing home a new puppy, your older can help teach them “doggy manners” as well as the ropes of the house. Some are even good at babysitting two-legged babies!

#6 – Cuddle Bugs
Since they require less exercise, there is more time for cuddling! Senior dogs make great lap or snuggle buddies.

#7 – Grateful
While puppies and adolescent dogs tend to blow you off, senior dogs are grateful for the things you are doing and the love you give. A senior dog lets you know that they appreciate all that you do.

#8 – Calmness
Senior dogs tend to be calmer than a puppy or younger dog, making them better to have around our own children, elders, or people with physical limitations. You are less likely to get jumped on or knocked over by a senior dog.

#9 – Known Personality
Unlike an eight week old puppy, you can see the personality of the senior dog (does he like kids, cats, or other dogs? Does he bark excessively, etc), taking out the anxiety of ending up with a dog that doesn’t fit your needs. In fact, these are some of the main reasons dogs end up in the shelter, so getting an older dog reduces the risk of adding to the homeless dog population!

#10 – Saving a Life
If you are adopting a senior dog, the best thing about it is the fact that you are saving a life. Instead of living out the rest of her days homeless, you are giving her a warm, love-filled home to finish out her life. What could be better?


Meet Annie Bananie (18-070)
Hara Cootes

Annie, or as she is known by her foster family “Annie Bananie”, is an 11 year-old sweetheart. Annie came to GRR’s care in July with several benign tumors that needed to be removed. Her surgery was successful and she is now recovered.

Annie’s foster family says they are still waiting for Annie to have a bad habit. So far she only plays with and chews on dog toys, is house trained, sleeps through the night and even sleeps in late on weekends. She does not know what counter surfing is and never touches anything in the pantry that is left open 24/7. Annie is a velcro dog. Whereever her family goes, she follows except for going upstairs. Annie goes up and down outside stairs but will not go to the second floor of her foster’s house. Annie is a dream on a leash, gets along with cats and other dogs and rides well in the car. Annie does not get on furniture but, if she is hoisted up on her foster’s bed, she will sleep there cuddled beside her family with a smile on her face.

Currently Annie is home alone during the day while her foster family works outside of the home. She sleeps a lot and is an absolute couch potato. As a result of Annie’s surgery, she has a swollen vulva and a small pocket in her urethra. When she pees, urine is trapped and drips out after. To mitigate this her foster family has her in washable diapers. Her favorite is her pink flamingo set. The vet believes it may take up to 6 months to improve and some dripping may be permanent.

Annie would love a forever home for Christmas!


Update on GRR's Incredible Senior Dogs

Bella (18-071)

Our GRR seniors Bella and Boots have been adopted and are loving their new parents and forever homes and Bentley has found his forever home as a permanent foster! Click on the links below to read all about our other available seniors. They are all so wonderful!

Gia (18-011) is around 10 years old.

Boots (18-025) IS ADOPTED!

Benji (18-069) is around 10 years old

Annie (18-070) is 10 to 11 years old.

Bella (18-071) IS ADOPTED!



The Guisachan Gathering 2018

Documentarians John May and Christopher Cornwall (ardent rescue supporters) are offering Golden Retriever rescues like GRR a special price on their DVD on the 150th celebration of the Golden Retriever at the Guisachan Castle of Lord Tweedmouth.

At only $15 each, these make wonderful gifts - for yourself or another Golden lover! Order your Guisachan Gathering DVD here. They will also be available for purchase at the Holiday Brunch on December 16th.


The GRR 2019 Calendar - The Perfect Gift!

The holidays are coming and what better gift for your favorite Golden lover - or for yourself - than our 2019 calendar. The calendars are available now for $24.95. You won't want to miss this edition because of our Goldens that are spotlighted on their special days. It's a Golden Fest! Order your GRR 2019 Calendar here. They will also be available for purchase at the Holiday Brunch on December 16th.


Meet Benji
Reid Meyer

Benji is a sweet, 10-year-old golden mix who will be the best addition to any family that is lucky enough to end up with this perfect pooch. She has more social awareness than most humans, and is equally prepared to nap the day away with you or go on an all-day adventure. Benji loves each and every human she meets (kids included!) and loves to be around other dogs as well. Her first love seems to be people, but she plays well with any and all dogs we’ve ever been around. She’s on her best behavior at home, never having to be crated whether we’re home or not, and she does not go snooping around anything that isn’t hers. We’ve never heard her bark, and she will let you hug her entire body for the softest hugs you’ve ever experienced. All in all, Benji is the kind of dog you only see in movies because she’s just that good.

Benji would do great with a family that is casually active daily (walking, trail walking, tailgating) and we’d love for her to be with another dog if there will not be someone at home to be with her. She would be a great teacher for younger dogs and a great companion for adult dogs.


 In Loving Memory - Tucker (08-058)
Debra Fabrac

Hi! My name is Tucker (formerly Trucker) Fabrac. My GRR journey began April 11, 2008 when my rescuer, Tracy Wencka, found me dehydrated and near death under a truck in San Antonio, TX. When I got to the vet, I was diagnosed with parvo and mange; I almost didn’t make it.

It took several weeks for me to get strong enough to move in with my foster parents Pam and Dean Phillips. For the first time in my life, I was loved and started to play!

Around my four-month birthday, I met my new mom and dad. It was love at first sight! Debra and Michael Fabac took me home to meet my new sisters Maggie and Riley. They are with me in heaven now, and oh how I love being able to play with them again every day.

When I was four years old, my family moved to Ohio and when I was seven, we moved to Colorado. I loved living in Colorado because that is where I met my new sister Willow. She’s a collie who would chase me and herd me. We would go on family walks twice a day and all our neighbors would comment about how cute it was that I carried my own leash.

My and daddy told me every day how much I was loved. They even made a list of all the cute things that made me so special:

  • The way I would prance around the house as my food was being prepared.
  • How unbelievably happy I became each and every time I got to go on a walk.
  • How I helped my daddy on a walk by carrying Willow’s leash (and my own).
  • How nervous I would get around children, especially when they insisted on petting me!
  • The way I would slam my body against the furniture to scratch my face.
  • My sweet and soulful eyes.

My mommy and daddy will be forever grateful to Gold Ribbon Rescue for helping me get such an amazing start in life. My heart became so full from all the love and fun I had in life.

In a sad irony, I had to say goodbye to my family on November 4th because a cancerous tumor had grown on my heart. My mommy and daddy held me tightly as I made my journey to heaven. I miss them every day, and cannot wait for us to be together again…and I know we will.


Merry Christmas!
Photo courtesy of Robin Early

Ariel 13-082 and Romeo 12-166


Christmas Cautions

Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights -- oh, and who could forget the Christmas tree (if you do decide to put one up this year)? Let's take a look at some simple steps that will allow your pets to join in the holiday fun this year, while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room.

Christmas Tree Tips:

  1. Place your Christmas tree in a corner, blocked off from your pet's wanting eyes. If this doesn't keep your dog or cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil, a plastic drink bottle filled with knick knacks, or anything else that creates noise on the tree's bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.
  2. Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet's reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.
  3. Do not put lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, they are a burning hazard. Additionally, your dog or cat may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire.
  4. Ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths, or other parts of your pet's body.
  5. For those buying a live Christmas tree this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet's intestines if ingested.

Other Great Holiday Item Tips:

  1. Did you know holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs or cats? If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your pet cannot reach.
  2. Edible tree decorations -- whether they be ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings -- are like time bombs waiting to happen. These goodies are just too enticing and your pet will surely tug at them, knocking down your wonderfully decorated spruce.
  3. Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantels, out of your pet's way -- there's no telling where a wagging tail may end up. Homes with fireplaces should use screens to avoid accidental burns.
  4. To prevent any accidental electrocutions, any exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house.
  5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.
We at petMD don't want to ruin all your holiday decorating fun. By all means, go crazy sprucing up your home and wrapping presents. But make sure you do in a way that is safe for your pet(s) this holiday season.


Waiting For Santa...
Photo by Amy Sebesta

Maya and Iris


This Dog Food Recall is Critical
Source - Whole Dog Journal

What you need to know about the Nutrisca and Natural Life Pet Products voluntary dog food recalls.
By Nancy Kerns,Whole Dog Journal

On November 2, the FDA announced a voluntary recall by Nutrisca pet food. Three sizes of a single variety of Nutrisca dry dog food, Chicken and Chickpea, was found to contain dangerously high levels of vitamin D. The FDA also announced a voluntary recall by Natural Life Pet Products, whose Chicken and Potato dry dog food in 17.5-lb. bags was also found to have dangerously high levels of vitamin D.

  • 4 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 8-84244-12495-7
  • 15 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 8-84244-12795-8
  • 28 lbs Nutrisca® Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 8-84244-12895-5
The FDA also announced a voluntary recall by Natural Life Pet Products, whose Chicken and Potato dry dog food in 17.5-lb. bags was also found to have dangerously high levels of vitamin D. The affected lot was distributed to retailers in Alabama, California, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • 17.5 lbs. Natural Life Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food Bag UPC: 0-12344-08175-1

Nutrisca and Natural Life Pet Products are made in Joplin, Missouri. Nutrisca is a line of foods made by Dogswell. Natural Life Pet Products was purchased by Dogswell in March 2015. Dogswell, in turn, was purchased by Whitebridge Pet Brands LLC in April 2017. Whitebridge also owns Cloudstar and Petropics, maker of Tiki Dog and Tiki Cat.

From the FDA Dog Food Recall Release:

“[The company] became aware of the elevated levels of vitamin D after receiving complaints from three pet owners of vitamin D toxicity after consuming the product[s]. An investigation revealed a formulation error led to the elevated vitamin D in the product.

“Consumers should stop feeding the products listed above. Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D when consumed at very high levels can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Consumers with dogs who have consumed the product listed above and are exhibiting these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.

“Consumers who have purchased the product[s] affected by this recall should dispose of [them] or return [them] to the place of purchase for a full refund.

“Consumers with questions may contact Natural Life Pet Products at (888) 279-9420 from 8 AM to 5 PM Central Standard time, Monday through Friday, or by email at for more information.”

We don’t share every dog food recall – but an elevated level of vitamin D is pretty serious. Vitamin D toxicity can cause a buildup of calcium in a dog’s blood (hypercalcemia), which in turn causes the nausea and vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination.

“Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin (i.e., stored in the fatty tissues of the body and liver) that is vital in regulating the calcium and phosphorous balance in your dog's body. It also promotes the retention of calcium, thus aiding bone formation and nerve and muscle control. When ingested in exorbitant levels, however, vitamin D can cause serious health issues.


Happy Hanukkah!
Photo by Lynn Turner


Dangerous Holiday Plants

Dangerous Holiday Plants for Pets

Animals will often chew plants to get some roughage. For dogs this is because they are omnivores and actually enjoy plant foods. Plant roughage can be a good source of vitamins and can be helpful for passing food through the intestines. Cats are strictly carnivorous, but eating plants can benefit them by helping to bind hair in the stomach and carry it back out when they hack the hair out through their esophagus and mouth. However, animals also eat leaves for reasons we do not always understand. This is especially true for pets that are kept indoors most or all of the time, since they have not learned which plants taste bad and should be avoided, or they do not have enough access to plants and will chew on whatever is accessible.

There are some types of decorative plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. In some cases, only mild indigestion and discomfort will result, in other cases, the toxicity can lead to more severe health problems, and even fatalities. If you are planning to bring holiday foliage into your home this season, you will need to know which plants are safe, which should be kept out of your pet’s reach, and which should be avoided entirely.

Poinsettia Plant Basics

A lot of people have been led to believe that the poinsettia plant is deadly for pets and children, but this is actually an unlikely occurrence. The poinsettia plant’s brightly colored leaves contain a sap that is irritating to the tissues of the mouth and esophagus. If the leaves are ingested, they will often cause nausea and vomiting, but it would take a large amount of the plant’s material to cause poisoning, and most animals and children will not eat such a large enough amount because of the irritating taste and feel from the sap.

However, if the plant has been treated with a pesticide, your pet could be at risk of becoming ill from ingesting the pesticide. The size of your pet and the amount of ingested plant material will be the determining factors for the severity of the poisoning. Young animals—puppies and kittens—are at the highest risk. Severe reactions to the plant or to the pesticide it has been treated with include seizures, coma, and, in some cases, death.

Holly and Mistletoe

Holly and mistletoe are also popular holiday plants. These plants, along with their berries, have a greater toxicity level than the poinsettia. Symptoms of illness form ingesting these plants include intestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea, excessive drooling, and abdominal pain.

Mistletoe contains multiple substances that are toxic to both dogs and cats, including toxalbumin and pharatoxin viscumin (Lectins, Phoratoxins). Mistletoe is well known for causing severe intestinal upset, as well as a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure, breathing problems, and even hallucinations (unusual behavior). If a large enough amount of these plants are ingested, seizures and death may follow. The leaves and berries of holly and mistletoe plants, even the dried plants, should be kept well out of your pet's reach, or kept out of the home altogether.

Lilies and Daffodils

Both popular gift items at this time of year, plants in the lily and daffodil family can be toxic to pets. In cats, Lilium and Hemerocallis genera lilies are the most dangerous. Eating even a small amount of the plant will have a severe impact on a cat's system, causing severe symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues, arrhythmia, and convulsions. Daffodils are also toxic to both dogs and cats, especially the bulbs.

Continue reading about Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus and, of course, the Christmas tree.


Tomlinson's Pound4Pound Is On!

When you gift a bag of pet food for donation during the 2018 Pound4Pound food drive at Tomlinson's, your kind gesture will help feed homeless pets in Central Texas rescue and shelter organizations, including GRR. The drive ends on Christmas Eve.


GRR Monthly Status Report: October 28 - November 25

Came into care: 18-099 Cardiff, 18-109 Max, 18-110 Memphis, 18-111 Bailey, 18-112 Roy, 18-113 Abby, 18-114 Macy

Adopted: 18-084 Cheeto, 18-085 Ruffles, 18-086 Ham, 18-090 Capri, 18-091 Lettuce on 10/27, 18-072 Uncle Sherm, 18-093 Chex, 18-088 Apple, 18-087 Pringles, 18-083 Fig, 18-071 Bella, 18-079 Daisy, 18-061 Teddy, 18-094 Cagney, 18-095 Lacey, 18-021 Oliver, 18-100 Kinsley

Currently in Foster Care: 29 Dogs - 11 available/available soon, 11 foster pending adoptions, 7 permanent fosters


Thoughts, Prayers and Remembrance

Our Rainbow Bridge: November 2018
Rest in peace, our friends and companions.

Tucker (Trucker 08-058)
Gio (Gold Nut 11-026)
Bailey (18-111)
Max (Maximum 10-079)
Kix (18-006)


In Memoriam - Dr. Jessie Buel

We are so sorry that Dr. Jessie Ann Buel, DVM passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Dr. Buel was a veterinarian at Spicewood Animal Hospital in Austin and she cared for many of our GRR dogs.

She entered Texas A&M University and graduated cum laude with pre-veterinarian Bachelor and Masters degrees followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She then began practicing in Austin. Dr. Jessie loved her profession, and most of all, she loved her animal patients and served them with great compassion and care.

We extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends and thank her immensely for her wonderful care of our GRR dogs. She will be missed.


Meet Our Preferred Partners!

Click here to view our preferred partners that help us with our mission to save our beautiful Goldens. We are truly grateful for their relationships and support. We thank them for all they do for GRR everyday, all the time!


GRR Facebook Group

At the request of the GRR Facebook Group, we're beginning a list of dog-friendly stores, so if you have an establishment to add to the list, please send an email to the newsletter editor.

It would be a good idea to call ahead to the store that you're interested in, just to be sure that dogs are allowed at their location. Some establishments may be subject to mall requirements that do not allow animals.


  • Macy's
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe's
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Home Goods
  • TJ Maxx
  • Petco
  • Petsmart
  • Tomlinsons
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Thom's Market (Central Austin)
  • Estilo Boutique (Central Austin)
  • Hemline (2nd Street District, Austin)
  • Luxe Apothetique (2nd Street District, Austin)
  • Tarrytown Pharmacy (Central Austin)
  • Free People

We will keep an ongoing list at the end of the newsletter. FYI: The BringFido website gives you more information for hotels and restaurants in your specified area.

Thanks to Shannon Bennett and the Facebook group for this great suggestion!