Golden Ribbon Rescue
November 2018

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

The Gold Ribbon Rescue newsletter is published monthly. Articles reflect the opinion of the authors and do not necessarily reflect GRR policy. Gold Ribbon Rescue and its Editor(s) seek to publish accurate material, but neither assumes responsibility in the event of a claim of loss or damage resulting from publication.

A Message From Our President...
Margo Biba

Dear Friends,

October started out with a bang, with six dogs arriving in seven days – the intake team was working on overdrive. #18-107 Jade, age 6 months, was our biggest worry; Palm Valley Animal Center near the Mexican border alerted us to her as soon as she arrived at the shelter. She had a horrific wound on her left front paw; most likely she had been caught in a snare trap. Our transport team sprang into action, and within 36 hours, she was in GRR’s care. Manchaca Village Veterinary Care repaired Jade’s leg, and now dear Jade is living the easy life in foster care.

GRR’s Annual Meeting was held on 10/21/18, and in preparation, I looked over our financials. I thought you’d be interested in some of our costs so far this year:

  • Veterinary care: $106,006
  • Medications: $12,356
  • Training: $4,465
  • Microchips: $736
Our annual Gala event brought in $16,000, which went directly to the Extraordinary Golden Fund. The EGF covers big ticket medical procedures such as Jade’s surgery, and for training/behavior. We sure appreciate all of your generous donations to help these great dogs. We couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.

I ran the numbers for GRR’s past 20 years:
  • We have rescued over 3,000 dogs (300 have lived with me!).
  • Half came from shelters and half were owner surrenders.
  • We’ve spayed/neutered 1,600 dogs.
  • We’ve raised 20 – 30 litters of pups; some from shelters and others born in care.
GRR has had a hugely positive impact on Goldens in Central Texas. Gang, we do Good Work.

Help Wanted: Barbara Tankey has done an excellent job of writing compelling stories about our available dogs for the GRR website. However, she needs help! We have had a number of dogs come in and we want their stories featured on the website as soon as possible. Please consider helping with this critical task. If you are available to help, please contact Barbara Tankey for more information.

Donated dogfood: Treasurer Tim's dining room and my front room are still overflowing with donated dogfood, via Tomlinson's pet store. We are so lucky to have this food for our foster dogs! If you currently have a foster dog, or have fostered repeatedly in the past, email me in south Austin, Treasurer Tim Tierney in downtown/central Austin or Adoption Director Dawn Hinckley in Cibolo. We'll make arrangements for you to pick up the food or try to have a volunteer near you get it to you.

Stay tuned for our Tree of Hope campaign that is launching on November 17th.

As Ever,

Questions or comments for the Board of Directors?
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!

We're spotlighting our senior dogs in this issue and if you have never had a senior dog, you really should consider it. They're wonderful! My Molly (aka Mol Doll, Molly Dolly, The Doll, Mol Dog, Doll Face) lived to almost 16 years old and we still took four, very slow, 20-minute walks a day, right up to the end, and she still wiggled when she saw her leash.

Be sure to read Lisa Savage's beautiful article on seniors that she has known, Connie Sullivan's moving memorial about her senior, Sweetie, and the article on GRR's incredible seniors, complete with links to each available dog's web page. Your next baby may just be waiting for you!

Happy Thanksgiving!


This Month's Contributors

Lonni Swanson
Connie Sullivan
Lisa Savage
Judy Sebesta
Dawn Marie Rae
Jeroen Naus
Chrissy Hammond
Rick Gilpin
Paula Ellis


Upcoming Events

Tree Of Hope 2018 - Launching November 17th!

Our annual Tree of Hope is launching on November 17th! Stay tuned for more details about this important event. We appreciate all of your support that enables us to help so many Goldens.

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 Annual Holiday Brunch

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. Please contact Pam Phillips or Paula Ellis if you have silent auction items to contribute. Registration details are coming shortly. Thank you for supporting Gold Ribbon Rescue. 


Help Wanted

Website Dog Story Authors:
Write upbeat, enticing stories about newly rescued dogs and obtain photos for the GRR website using foster reports and contact with the foster. Approximately 2-3 hours per assignment. Desired turnaround time is 3 to 4 days from date of assignment. This is a critical position that enhances the chances of each dog for adoption. Please contact Barbara Tankey for more information.

Twitter poster:
Increase awareness of GRR, its activities, and adoptable dogs, including posts of currently available dogs. Promote GRR's fundraisers such as Amplify Austin, GoFundMe campaigns and social events. Miscellaneous interesting dog/GR facts, humorous, or educational posts, often via retweets. We currently post four tweets per day using a scheduling app so it's not real time posting and can be scheduled at your convenience. Time is usually no more than 2 hours per week. Please contact Eileen Joyce for more information.

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:
Must have Drupal, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and FTP skills to manage timely updates to our website re: fundraisers, events and general content changes. Approximately 5 hours per week depending on current campaigns. Please contact Dawn Marie Rae for more details.


Seniors We Have Known
Lisa Savage

Over the years, we have been fortunate to host a number of respite dogs. My usual guests were, by request, “senior males”, because that was who got along with my resident dog or dogs. So, I have had more than average exposure to the geriatric set, and I can tell you that they are something really special. By the time a golden retriever reaches senior status, they have a certain wisdom and peaceful demeanor, even if their energy level matches those of their younger housemates. We hosted a number of seniors who out-paced our younger dog on walks or surprised us with the spring in their step.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, though a few come to mind: Lady (OK, so she wasn’t a male), Jefferson and Homer, in particular. Homer (06-157) was a repeat guest, and his permanent foster mom Sue Bryant and I made our own arrangements when she had to be out of town. Homer had a number of health issues, making him a permanent foster, but he fit right in at Sue’s house and was a sweet guest in mine. Since we got to know Homer and he knew us and our routine, it was easy to be the “go to” home for his respite stays. One time, Sue called to let me know she was coming home a day earlier than expected, and I was really quite disappointed! Homer had a deep “woof” that he greeted you with, but he was especially vocal when he saw the sneakers and leash come out! I had to hide to put my walking shoes on so he wouldn’t wake the entire household before our morning walk. He was a good example of a man on the go when it came to walking, despite the infirmities of old bones and joints. He made our Goldie (GRR 2005), who was much younger, look like a slowpoke when we walked them together.

My favorite Homer story was when his eyesight and hearing were just about gone, but his NOSE had not failed! We walked out the front door and he made a bee line for some hedges. He confidently stuck his whole head in, quickly retracted it, and produced a live, flapping bird! I know he couldn’t see that thing, and I know he didn’t hear it, but that nose was still that of a hunter!

Over time, Homer’s health issues deteriorated, and Sue invited me to go with her to help him over the Rainbow Bridge. He was a trooper until the end, never losing his spunk and sweetness. Sue tearfully told me she thought perhaps she should “officially” adopt him at that time, before he left her, but I told her she already had… in her heart and in mine as well. He couldn’t have been more loved, official or not.

Now I do phone interviews, and once in awhile someone will specify that they are looking for a senior. It always warms my heart that the grace of a senior Golden can be recognized and sought after by those special adopters who have a heart for the mature ones and a home for the rest of a dog’s days. Surely the seniors who come into rescue are the most deserving of all, having been surrendered in their later years. They bring an extra measure of gratitude and love to anyone lucky enough to experience it.


Meet GRR's Incredible Senior Dogs

Bella (18-071)

GRR has been busy this year and our available dogs run the gamut from puppies to seniors. If you have never had a senior dog, you really should consider it. They are so loving and easy and if you're past the point of jogging and going for two hour walks, they're wonderful.

With an older dog there are, of course, medical issues that may arise, but this is true of dogs of all ages. For sheer companionship and snuggling, senior Goldens can't be beat! Click on the links below to read all about our available seniors. Their sugar faces are lovely!

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

Boots (18-025) is around 12 years old.

Benji (18-069) is 11 years old.

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

Bella (18-071) is 10 years old.

Bentley (18-078) is 9 years old.


The GRR 2019 Calendar - Available Now!

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.


Why We Don't Recommend Electric Fences
Whole Dog Journal

Why We Don’t Recommend Electric Fences (Shock Collars)

The industry calls them underground containment systems. The public tends to call them by the most commonly known brand name – “Invisible Fence.” I unfailingly call it a “Stupid Underground Shock Fence” (SUSF). Because that’s what it is.

Sadly, SUSFs are popular for several reasons:

  1. They are less expensive than a physical fence, easier and faster to install.

  2. Many homeowners associations prohibit physical fences (don’t even get me started!) .

  3. SUSF companies, other shock-collar companies, and trainers who use shock tools, have done a very good job of convincing many dog owners that these tools are effective and harmless, using deceptive terms such as “stim,” “tickle,” “e-touch,” and “electronic” to disguise the true nature of the shock. Incredibly, some even claim that they are using positive reinforcement when they use shock.
Most dogs learn to associate the boundary lines of their underground shock fences with getting “zapped.” Unfortunately, this makes many of them associate whatever they saw that drew them toward the boundary – other dogs, kids riding bikes, elderly pedestrians, etc. – with the unpleasant shock. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, when they begin to show anxiety or aggression in the presence of these stimuli (whether or not they are near the boundary, and whether or nor they are wearing “that” collar).

What Can Go Wrong with a Shock Collar?

SUSFs are, after all, legal to sell. They can’t possibly be that bad, can they? Yes, they can. Here are some of the bad things that can happen if you use a SUSF. I have seen the fallout firsthand and heard credible reports time and time again:
  1. Some dogs become very aggressive, associating the shock with whatever was passing by at the time: another dog, a skateboarder, a child . . . I had a lovely Golden Retriever client who was ultimately euthanized as a dangerous dog because of this. Even after the SUSF representative came out and “retrained” her by putting a second shock collar around her groin to keep her in the yard, this previously aggression-free dog continued to run through the fence and attack dogs and humans passing by. Her aggression generalized to other non-fence situations, and her owners ultimately decided they could no longer trust her.

  2. Some dogs are so traumatized by the shock that they are terrified to step foot into their own yards.

  3. Some dogs are so traumatized by the warning beep associated with the shock that other, similar beeps – such as the beep of a camera, microwave oven, smoke alarm, electronic watch alarm – will send them into a total panic. I had a Greyhound client who was misdiagnosed with separation anxiety for this reason.
  4. A SUSF doesn’t protect your dog from intruders (other dogs, humans) and hence puts her at risk from them (maybe an aggressive stray dog, a rabid fox who wanders into your yard, or a human with evil intentions), and puts innocent intruders at risk (a child, perhaps) especially if your dog has become aggressive due to the shock association.

  5. Some dogs learn how to run through the fence. Some ignore the shock in a moment of high arousal over a passing dog, car, human, or other exciting stimulus. Some will deliberately accept the shock as the price they pay for their freedom. Still others learn to stand in the beep zone until the collar battery dies from the constant beeping and the dog crosses the fence line shock-free.
Positively Not Positive Training

Despite what those who market them might try to have you believe, there is nothing positive about an SUSF. Certainly they do work to keep many dogs contained in their yards, but at a high price. Shock is a very strong aversive. That’s not even open to debate. Even if you’re convinced you’d like to try one (shame!), you won’t know until it’s too late if your dog is one of the many who suffers one or more of the above-listed problems. The potential damage to a dog’s emotional health and physical safety should put these products in the “Never, Ever” category for any caring dog owner.

Editor's Note: We thought this article was important to publish. It clearly explains why electric fences are not acceptable, per GRR policy. Many thanks to Rick Gilpin for contributing this article.


We Like Turkey Too!

Dogs love Thanksgiving, but not everything on the holiday table is good for canine consumption. We’ve rounded up some fun homemade dog food recipes for Turkey Day, plus a quick list of which foods to avoid for your dog.

No Bones About It

A lot of common Thanksgiving items are either too rich, too fatty, or too sharp for that doggy digestive tract.
  • Turkey Bones: These can splinter and cause damage to their insides.
  • Turkey Skin and Gravy: It’s just too fatty.
  • Chocolate: Poisonous for dogs, of course.
  • Stuffing: Since they often contain onion, raisins, and nuts, they can cause health problems for dogs.
  • Bread Dough: It can raise in their stomach or intestines and create blockages and other problems.
  • Left-Out Leftovers: If it’s been out on the table and humans are all done, it’s not a good idea to pass lukewarm leavings off to the pet. They’re just as susceptible to salmonella and the like, so use the same caution you would with guests on two legs.
On the plus side, let’s celebrate several healthy concoctions your dog is going to love!

Leftover Thanksgiving Hash

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup leftover skinless roast turkey meat, shredded
  • 1/2 cup leftover stuffing* or 1 piece toast, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared cranberry sauce
  • In a small pot of boiling, salted water, cook the sweet potato until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the sweet potato, turkey, stuffing (no onions, garlic or raisins) or toast and sage. Top with the cranberry sauce and serve.
*Do not use stuffing containing onions and/or garlic, which can be toxic to cats and dogs.

Note: Always check with your vet about which foods are appropriate for you to share with your pet.

There are more dog-friendly Thanksgiving recipes here.




The Lunchables - A Reunion Before Adoption!

Our delicious Lunchables are growing so fast and they are each developing their own sweet personality. The DNA results are in and surprise, they are half Golden Retriever and half quite a mix, including Great Pyrenees, Japanese Chin, Pekingese, and assorted sporting, herding, Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Hound and companion breeds.

These delectable puppies are so adorable! It doesn't seem possible that they are 8 weeks old already! Soon they will be off to their forever families and their new life. Their foster families loved them and nurtured them and now they're ready to fly.


Have You Been Petting Your Dog Wrong?

EH = Probably Not!

Petting a dog—it seems so simple, but you could be doing it all wrong. For many people, things go bad from the start; they unknowingly make a dog nervous or scare him away just by how they approach him. A lot of dog lovers can’t read a dog’s body language either, so they mistake fear for friendliness. And even if it’s a dog you know and love, you might be doing something against the rules. California dog behaviorist Beverly Ulbrich is guiding us through the basics to approaching and petting dogs, whether it be a stray or your best friend’s furry pal.

When you see a dog you don’t know, it’s important not to spook him as you approach.

“A mistake people make when there is a stray is to run after them to try to catch them,” Ulbrich says. “Almost any dog would run away from that. Even the nicest, most well-trained dog is going to be on edge and panicking because they are lost or in a strange place, so realize how scared they are.”
  • Be as non-threatening as possible, which means crouching down and even turning your body sideways. The main thing is not to stand and bend over the dog.

  • “If the dog sees you as bending over them, that is taken as dominance,” Ulbrich says. “If a dog does that to another dog—posturing over the other dog—the next move is humping. The dog could see bending over him as a threat and get scared.”

  • Once you are squatting down, extend your hand and let the dog come to you. If the dog comes forward wagging his tail, you can pet him. If he stands there, backs off, or pulls his head away, it’s best to leave him alone.

“It’s like a handshake between people,” Ulbrich explains. “If you’re reaching for a handshake and the other person reaches back and shakes your hand, you meet midway. You never go grab the person’s hand from their side.”

Pay attention to the dog’s body language, too. If his tail is stiff or tightly tucked, he’s uncomfortable. You can’t always trust a wagging tail, either—if hair is raised on the center of his back or his ears are pinned back and there is still some tail wagging, the dog is likely nervous and you should proceed with caution.

Nice to Meet You

When you’re meeting a dog for the first time, whether it be a friend’s dog or a dog in the park, follow the same non-threatening protocol as with a stray. Squat down, extend your hand out, and let the dog come to you. You should also be relaxed. “Make sure your body language is laid back and you are gently reaching out your hand, not overcoming the dog,” Ulbrich advises. “And because it is a new dog to you, still ask if the dog is friendly and ask if they have a favorite spot to be pet.”

You can also have treats handy, which usually helps! Another tactic is asking the dog to sit. “Once dogs hear that command, a lot of them will automatically do it,” Ulbrich explains. “It also gives you insight as to whether they are trained or not.”

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Judy Sebesta

Installment #5 These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…About Hudson

The Sound of Music is a favorite musical but, as a dog lover, I’ve always been bothered by the negative depiction of dogs in the song “My Favorite Things”:
“When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad.”

Sure, dogs bite, but usually for a reason, and not that often in the grand scheme of things (and likely even rarer for our favorite breed, the Golden Retriever). So, in an effort to counteract that negativity in an otherwise uplifting song, I thought I would list a few of my favorite things about my Hudson:

  1. His beautiful light golden color and liquid, slightly droopy brown eyes.

  2. He often crosses his front paws. Such a gentleman!

  3. The way he rolls on his back with a ball or toy in his mouth.

  4. He loves everybody, especially children. After having two Great Pyrenees who were quite suspicious of strangers, and two small dogs who were/are pretty indifferent about most other humans, it has been refreshing to have a dog that eagerly greets people, leaning against them or offering his paw for petting and attention. In fact, he expects it.

  5. He growls to show contentment and affection (although only with me). It took me a while to understand this rather backwards form of canine communication.

  6. Every time I feed him, I sing a happy song about mealtime, and he dances along, hopping up and down with his front feet in time to the music. When it ends, he sits and waits until I signal him to eat.

  7. The way he often smells like rosemary, because the plants are a favorite place to relieve himself and he usually pokes at them with his nose and brushes against them.

  8. He often falls asleep with a ball in his mouth, jawing on it like a pacifier.

  9. This beautiful spot on the back of his head/neck.

  10. Pretty much everything about him.


In Loving Memory - Sweetie (Darby 07-061)
Connie Sullivan

We lost our beloved Sweetie in August at the age of 15. She came into our home at four years old as a “foster” with the name “Darby.” It took about two hours for me to realize I could never let her go! Within that two-hour period of time, we observed her laidback, sweet, personality and we realized that her name should fit her personality. She fit in perfectly with our other GRR dogs – Zeus and Gidget.

Everyone loved Sweetie and she loved everyone and everything. Our newest cat, Gus, spent a lot of time snuggling next to her and “making biscuits” on her back. Everyone always commented that her name fit her perfectly. She never barked at a delivery person or the mail carrier. To her, everyone was her friend and she was especially fond of women. She helped raise our son’s golden retriever puppy, Chief. When Chief entered our house as an eight-week-old puppy, he immediately sought attention from Sweetie. When Sweetie was trying to take a nap, Chief would jump all over Sweetie and would chew on her ears as puppies do. She patiently let him have his fun, but when she had enough she would just take her big paw and put it on top of Chief and press him down to the ground to let him know that it was time to stop. He always looked at Sweetie as his adoptive mother and she did a wonderful job in that role.

Sweetie had only one speed and that speed wasn’t quick or fast. She took her time walking in from the backyard, never feeling the need to keep up with the other dogs. Even her tail wagged slowly! Sweetie loved lying on the deck looking out at the backyard, especially in the cooler months. She never swam in our pool, but liked to take quick dips in the shallow area to cool off.

Sweetie brought such happiness to our family and we miss her terribly. We were so lucky to have her as part of our family for 11years.


The Hearts of Gold Gala

On October 6th, we held the GRR Hearts of Gold Gala and it was absolutely wonderful! And Golden! The Lakeway Center was beautiful and was the perfect venue to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The food, by Food! Food!, was delicious, the guests were convivial and the auction items were to-die-for. There were several getaways and live auction items available including trips to Seattle, Asheville and an amazing country ranch/home outside of Brenham, TX. Pam Phillips did a yeoman's job auctioning the amazing auction items.

Pat Capin gave a moving speech celebrating our dedicated volunteers who have passed on and Margo gave an amazing history of GRR that covered from our beginning to where we are going. We celebrated 20 years of Gold Ribbon Rescue's successes and are hoping for at least 20 more. There are so many Goldens that need our help.

Many thanks to Pam Phillips, Paula Ellis and Kelly Topfer for organizing this wonderful event. And special thanks to Gail March and Judy Sebesta for the photos that follow.


Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Inside view of the heart

What is it?

DCM is a disease of the heart muscle that results in weakened contractions and poor pumping ability. As the disease progresses the heart chambers become enlarged, one or more valves may leak, and signs of congestive heart failure develop. The cause of DCM is unclear in most cases, but certain breeds appear to have an inherited predisposition. Large breeds of dogs are most often affected, although DCM also occurs in some smaller breeds such as cocker spaniels. Occasionally, DCM-like heart muscle dysfunction develops secondary to an identifiable cause such as a toxin or an infection. In contrast to people, heart muscle dysfunction in dogs and cats is almost never the result of chronic coronary artery disease ("heart attacks").

What are the signs of this disease?

Early in the disease process there may be no clinical sign detectable, or the pet may show reduced exercise tolerance. In some cases, a heart murmur (usually soft), other abnormal heart sounds, and/or irregular heart rhythm is detected by your veterinarian on physical examination. Such findings are more likely as the disease progresses.

As the heart’s pumping ability worsens, blood pressure starts to increase in the veins behind one or both sides of the heart. Lung (pulmonary) congestion and fluid accumulation (edema) often develop behind the left ventricle/atrium. Fluid also may accumulate in the abdomen (ascites) or around the lungs (pleural effusion) if the right side of the heart is also diseased. When congestion, edema and/or effusions occur, heart failure is present. Weakness, fainting episodes, and unfortunately, even sudden death can result from heart rhythm disturbances (even without "heart failure" signs).

Outside view of the heart

What are the signs of heart failure?

Dogs with heart failure caused by DCM often show signs of left-sided congestive failure. These include reduced exercise ability and tiring quickly, increased breathing rate or effort for the level of their activity excess panting, and cough (especially with activity). Sometimes the cough seems soft, like the dog is clearing its throat. Poor heart pumping ability and arrhythmias can cause episodes of sudden weakness, fainting, or sudden death as noted above. Some dogs with DCM experience abdominal enlargement or heavy breathing because of fluid accumulation in the abdomen or chest, respectively. Presence of any of these signs should prompt a visit to your veterinarian to determine if heart failure (or another disease) has developed.

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GRR Monthly Status Report: September 25 - October 24

Came into care: 18-101 House, 18-102 Orion, 18-103 Tilley, 18-104 Red, 18-105 Juniper, 18-106 Bryce, 18-107 Jade, 18-108 Mavis

Adopted: 18-079 Florence, 18-097 Bliss, 18-099 Cardiff, 14-008 Ransom

Currently in Foster Care: 43 Dogs - 27 available/available soon, 10 foster pending adoptions, 6 permanent fosters


Thoughts, Prayers and Remembrance

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

Sweetie (Darby 07-061)
Mavis (18-108)
Ranger (09-188)
Mac (08-166)
Bailey (10-023)


Howloween Fest @ Dog Boy's Ranch!

This past Saturday, canines and their humans enjoyed a morning of fun and fellowship at our Howloween Fest at Dog Boy's Ranch, starting with a costume contest, and then tons of play and swimming in the private dog park. Fun, fun, fun for everyone under the gorgeous blue sky and golden sun! Thanks to everyone who made it happen!


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!