Beginning in 2017 we quit publishing a printed newsletter. Instead, we made an environmentally friendly change by posting the latest news and updates on our website and Facebook pages. You may continue to visit this page to read or download archived copies of our newsletters from 1998 to 2016.
Download the Quarter 4 – 2016 issue of GRREAT News below.
Hide and Seek by Robert Moore. Have you ever played Hide and Seek with your best friend?
Who’s Crazy? by Skip Nizer. Skip asks “Am I crazy for having a dog? Two dogs? Or more dogs?…Are you crazy”?
One of our Best Decisions by Mary Collings, Intake Coordinator. Mary started out providing transportation to get Rock to GRREAT and ended up adopting him.
Including Your Best Friend in Estate Planning by Robert Moore. Depending upon particular circumstances, many of us will rest easier knowing our Best Friend will be taken care of according to our preferences
C. Marwlowe Moore Yodels! by Robert Moore. “I have read somewhere that dogs may bark, growl, yip or howl, but only a Besenji, a barkless African dog, can yodel.”
Being of Serviceby Skip Nizer. Three dogs with different jobs, different life styles and all happy.
Pet Obesity by Sherry B. True. Did you know that an estimated 50% of domestic cats and dogs in the United States are overweight? Obesity in animals can lead to diabetes, heart disease, joint damage and many other health related issues.
All About Acupuncture by Pamela Grasso. Acupuncture is a system of medicine that is more than 4,000 years old.
Download the May/June 2010 issue of GRREAT News (3.8Mb). Highlights include:
Yes, We Are Specialby Sherry B. True. What is it about Golden Retrievers that just make you want to want to be like them?
A Happy Endingby Skip Nizer. “It’s nice to know that a group that I am associated with does good work and makes families happy.”
What We Learn from Our Dogs by Janet Hale. In Memory of Champ, Our Precious Golden Retriever and what he taught us.
Throw Away Fido’s Dog Food Bowl! by Skye Anderson. One question people ask their dog trainer is what to feed Rover. But a more important question t hey should ask is HOW to feed Rover.
Dangers in and Around Your Home by Mary Collings, Intake Coordinator. Spring cleaning time is here and that can mean potential dangers to our pets if we are not careful.
The Transformation of a Golden Retriever – Ben’s Story by The Bakalich Family. It was only two weeks after placing our GRREAT foster dogs, Leah and Kane, into their forever home that I realized, and finally accepted the fact, I will always have a Golden in my home.
A Snow Story by Skip Nizer. Skip is still feeling the effects of global warming–about 20 inches of snow still covers his yard except for the foot path he made for Toby.
A Poem for Jake:Farewell to Our Pupper by Jan Brown and Greg Russell. In memory of Jan’s long-term foster Jake (08-147)
Why Animal Communication is Important by Sherry B. True. Communications is important to all of us whether we are human or animal. It is our way of sharing our feelings, thoughts and emotions.
GRREAT’s International Rescue Dog, Buddy. A GRREAT rescue story that starts in Serbia.
A Holistic Approach to Arthritis by Janet Grasso, DVM. Arthritis is a common disease in all animals. In Goldens, we often think of the arthritis associated with hip dysplasia or cruciate tears, but arthritis can be found in any joint of the body.
Designer Top Dog: Who is Sara England? by Skye Anderson. Delightful Dog Artist creates whimsical, cute, carefree, lighthearted dog prints
You are What You Eat! by Sherry B. True. Whether it is our own health or our animal companions’, the old adage of “you are what you eat” is true.
A Tale of Rescue by Louise Davidson. “The Comeback Kid” travels from Tennessee to regain his health with the help of GRREAT.
What is Holistic Medicine by Janet Grasso, DVM. Most holistic practitioners use a natural approach to healing such as homeopathy, acupuncture, Reiki, massage, herbal medicines, chiropractic adjustments, flower essences, and nutritional supplements.
Do you have a PFAK by Skye Anderson. Every home needs at least one pet first aid kit (PFAK), especially if you have a dog or cat.
The Name Game by Sherry B. True. Be careful of what you name your pet because they will take on the energy of that word.
Doggie Concierge by Skye Anderson. At least one hotel in New York City has a “Pooch Relations” person on staff to help you be sure you dog enjoys the Big Apple as much as you do.
A Look Back at GOLDSTOCK 2002 by Phil and Janet Hauck. Getting ready for the fifth trip to Goldstock, the authors reminisce about their first experience there.
The Importance of Microchipping by Jeff Twining. GRREAT’s new Microchip Coordinator talks about why he takes his volunteer job so serious.
Amazing Animal Instincts by Skip Nizer. When you take the time to watch your dog, or any animal, you can see some amazing things that they do and a display of compassion that we wish all humans had inside of them!
Download the May/June 2009 issue of GRREAT News (2.8Mb). Highlights include:
Every Day is a Gift by Mary Collings, GRREAT Intake Coordinator. A family focuses on quality of life when their Golden is diagnosed with cancer.
Perks and Perils of a Pack by Janet Hauck. How one family manages to keep up with their pack of five Goldens.
The Energetic Ripple Effect by Sherry B. True. Do dogs sense the current economic hard times?
Honoring the New Year by Sherry B. True. Begin a new tradition this year whether it is with paper, digital camera or a video camera. What better way to honor your animal companions then by keeping notes or a journal just about them?
Howlelujah! by Liz Hauck. Dogs vocalize in many ways. So what does it mean when your dog makes that noise? And should you do anything about it?
Ry Noir and the Triple Escape Caper by Bob Kurtz, GRREAT Microchipping Coordinator. A tongue-in-cheek story about how a Golden PI helps lost dogs find their way home because they had a had been microchipped.
My Thoughts: Holiday Gifts by Skip Nizer. Here are some GRREAT ideas for gift-giving.
Keeping Your Golden Healthy by Pam Grasso, DVM. Dr. Grasso talks about four key items to keeping your dog healthy: food, vaccination, medicine, and exercise.
Kuma and Zoe: A Story About Cancer by Alan P. Alborn. One family’s experience with canine cancer. The author hopes his family’s experience may help should your family we confronted with cancer in your dog.
Lower Yourself by Liz Hauck. Are you seeing a new behavior you’re not sure about? After checking out his health, try looking at, listening to or smelling it from your dog’s point of view.
For the Love of Goldens: The Benefits of GRREAT Membership
My Thoughts: Doggone Memories by Skip Nizer. Do dogs have memories?
The #3 Rubber Ball by Mary Collings, GRREAT Intake Coordinator. Rocky wouldn’t settle for one ball in his mouth. He had to have two–and then one slipped down his throat.
Road Trip, and More, with Nick, 07-239 By Jane Landis, Steve Hopson and Sandy Diamond. GRREAT helps in the rescue of Oklahoma puppy mill Goldens.
The Journey by Crystal Ward Kent. When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey–a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also will test your strength and courage.
Download the May/June 2008 issue of GRREAT News (3.2Mb). Highlights include:
Take It Outside by Liz Hauck, Liz says she feels like soccer mom to her dogs.
National Health by Dr. Pam Grasso. There are a few essentials that you should always have on hand when you travel with your dogs, whether just out for a walk or camping in the wilderness.
My Thoughts by Skip Nizer. Not all dogs are heroes, hunters, searchers, trackers, bomb sniffers, etc., but all are service dogs. Their service is their nature; their nature is to be a friend of man.
What Is a Microchip, Anyway? by Bob Kurtz, GRREAT Microchipping Coordinator. Since 2004, GRREAT has been using microchips to identify all GRREAT dogs. But what is a microchip, anyway? How does it work?
Keeping Our Mature Goldens Young at Heart and Mind by Joy Scrimshire, GRREAT Education Coordinator. We need to take special precautions to optimize their health and well being as they enter and go through their senior years.
Better Behavior Now – On Your Mark!, by Liz Hauk. Using reward markers to improve your dog’s behavior.
What is Homeopathy? By Pam Grasso, DVM. Another in a continuing series of articles on various systems of medicine.
Belle: My Amazing Story by Lesleigh Cook. Every GRREAT dog has a story about how they came to be rescued, but this is one of the most unusual ones.
Time for Goodbye, by Sherry B. True. How do you know when it is time to let your pet go?
Acupuncture By Pam Grasso, DVM. Learn about this 4000-year old system of medicine.
Pet Message by Jo Bighouse. Your pets can benefit both physically and emotionally from a massage. Massage increases blood flow, reduces muscle atrophy, calms an anxious animal, and strengthens the bond between a pet and his caregiver.
Reading This Article Could Save Your Dog’s Life by Joy Scrimshire, GRREAT Education Coordinator. “Bloat” is the second leading killer of dogs and Goldens are among the breeds most at risk.
Help for Goldens with Thunder and Noise Phobias by Sandy Diamond. It is unclear what causes dogs to be sensitive to storms and/or fireworks, but a number of different treatment options are available these days.
I Don’t Understand, humor by Skip Nizer. Dog are funny creatures. They are a lot like women, the more I am around them and the more I watch them the less I understand them.
Got Fleas? by Jo Bighouse. Helpful tips to control these pests naturally.
Microchipping FAQ by Bob Kurtz, GRREAT Microchipping Coordinator. GRREAT requires that all adopted dogs by microchipped. Here’s more information on the process.
Better Behavior Now (continued) by Liz Hauck. Easy ways to provide environmental enrichment for peak mental and physical health for your dog.
Download the May/June 2007 issue of GRREAT News (440Kb). Highlights include:
What Should I Feed my Dog by Dr. Pam Grasso. A discussion of diet, in light of recent recalls.
Animal Communication Why do it? Just Ask Your Animal by Sherry B. True. Questions always abound when people are considering talking to an animal communicator.
Fun with Your Golden: Rally and Fieldwork by Bob Kurtz, PVGRC President. Opportunities for GRREAT members to have fun with their dogs
Summer Fun by Joy Scrimshire, Education Coordinator. The summertime gives us more opportunities to take our Goldens (and other pets) along with us to enjoy time and activities with them.
Better Behavior Now by Liz Hauck. Easy ways to provide environmental enrichment for peak mental and physical health for your dog.
Second Chances: Reflections on Fostering and Uncovering the Power to Change Lives by Emily Pasterick. Fostering a Golden into a new life both inspires and is inspired by the Do More energy.
Get Ready for Spring By Joy Scrimshire, Education Coordinator. Get everyone ready for Spring and plan all of those outdoor activities.
A Holistic Approach to Seizures by Dr. Pam Grasso, MS, DVM, CVA.
PVGRC Offers Ways to Have Fun with your Golden By Bob Kurtz, PVGRC President. The Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club is GRREAT’s sister organization, with a focus on different aspects of the Golden Retriever breed.
Hope and Darwin by Nan J. Schramm. The story of two Goldens who lived just a half block from the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Xylitol Warningby Jo Bighouse. This artificial sweetener found in some sugar-free chewing gum, candy and baked goods is much more toxic to dogs than previously though.
Does your Golden (or Other Pet) Need Pet Insurance? by Mary Collings, GRREAT Intake Coordinator. One of the common reasons people want to give up their Goldens to GRREAT is because they cannot afford unexpected medical expenses, such as costly surgeries due to illness or injury.
Caring for you Senior Golden by Sandy Diamond, GRREAT Education Coordinator. Understanding what changes are just normal courses of aging versus what changes are treatable afflictions common in older dogs is important.
Can Dogs Really Sniff Out Cancer? by Meg Ellacott, Contributing Writer. The author found the topic of dogs trained to sniff out cancer fascinating so she did some research.
My Miss Kelly and Pet Partners® by Meg Ellacott. The Human-Animal Health Connection at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.
Being a Leader by Jo Bighouse. When you bring a dog into your home he becomes part of your “pack.” As a pack animal he expects someone to be a leader.
Emergency Animal Rescue: Volunteer Next Time by Julie Palais. When disaster strikes, animal welfare organizations need more than just donations. You can volunteer your time on the front lines if you have the necessary training, background and have made the necessary personal preparations.
Sunshine’s RV Adventure: Alaska (Part III) by GRREAT Dog Sunshine Moses (98-011). Sunshine is a “full-time RV-er” with her forever family–currently in Southern California.
Preventing Heartworm Disease by GRREAT Education Coordinator Sandy Diamond.
Golden Retrievers; the Gold Standard of Therapy Dogs by Bill Price. A wide variety of opportunities exist for those who would like to share their Goldens as therapy dogs.
Feeding Your GRREAT Dog by Sandy Diamond, Education Coordinator. A listing of emergency veterinary facilities in Maryland, Virginia and DC. One of the requirements to adopt a Golden through GRREAT is to agree to feed the dog a premium dog food. But what does this mean?
Aromatherapy for Animals by Jo Bighouse. Both animals and people can benefit from this ancient form of healthcare.
Chyann & her 10 Little Gifts by Jim Nelson, GRREAT Foster Mom. Chyann was dumped in at a Virginia shelter–only eight months old, malnourished, afflicted with worms, and very pregnant.
What Should You Feed Your Golden by Jo Bighouse, GRREAT Member. The term, “you are what you eat” applies to our pets as well as to ourselves.
Searching for a Lost Dog by Sandy Diamond, GRREAT Education Coordinator. The summer months give us plenty of opportunity for fun adventures with our Goldens. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many dogs are lost. Here are some tips to make sure your dog is safe, as well as how to search for your dog if he does become lost.
Download the May/June 2005 issue of GRREAT News (650Kb). Highlights include:
Winnie’s Story by Robin Robinson, GRREAT Member and Foster Mom. A GRREAT family battles canine epilepsy.
Ben’s Luck of Irish Party by Terri Jones, GRREAT Foster Mom. While recovering from FHO surgery, GRREAT dog Ben is guest of honor at a St. Patrick’s Day party.
Boat Safety 101 by Kim Campbell Thornton. Teach your Golden basic boating skills so Goldie can join you on fun outings.
A Letter from the President. Kim Wiff writes about ensuring your dog is safe when accompanying you on vacation.
The “E” in GRREAT by GRREAT Vice President and Education Coordinator Sandy Diamond. Sunshine is a “full-time RV-er” with her forever family–currently in Southern California. Learn about GRREAT’s education efforts.
GRREAT Annual Business Meeting Highlights. Learn about GRREAT’s accomplishments in 2004.
Book Suggestions by GRREAT Member Harma Nyhoff. An overview of some recently published dog-related books.
Rollei’s Story-Laryngeal Paralysis (By GRREAT Member Linda Taira). Linda recounts the diagnosis and recovery of Rollei, as he struggled through Laryngeal Paralysis, a condition that endangers the ability to breathe in Golden Retrievers.
Lumps, Bumps and other Growths (The Dog-tor is In, column by volunteer veterinarian Dr. Ron Spikloser). Is it just a mark of old age, or something more sinister? Dr. Ron gives us a review of what types of skin growths to be concerned about.
Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc (By GRREAT Member Carol Free) .One of GRREAT’s founding members talks about realizing her dream for a Golden sanctuary for seniors and special needs dogs.
TPLO Surgery in Large Dogs with a Torn Cruciate Ligament (By GRREAT Member Will Buklad). Will takes us through Sandy’s TPLO surgery from injury to recovery in this funny and informative article.
From Puppy Mill to Peace at Last, Calle’s Story (by GRREAT Member Shelley Hunsberger). Calle’s foster mom tells the heartbreaking story of a beautiful Golden with several disabilities, who travels from a puppy mill in Mississippi to GRREAT.
Download the May/June 2003 issue of GRREAT News (630Kb). Highlights include:
Sharing the Love: Therapy Dogs (by GRREAT Member Julie M. Palais). Does your dog have what it takes to do Animal Assisted Therapy? Sundance’s story may help inspire you to become Delta Society or TDI certified.
Supporting Our Troops by Caring for Their Pets (by GRREAT Member April Fritz)–In these uncertain times, the pets of our nation’s military need our attention. Find out how you can help the beloved animals of those in service.
What Your Donations Help Support – GRREAT members are very generous with their donations and, in this article, President Dan Keppler explains the many things this generosity allows GRREAT to accomplish.
Serving at Ground Zero – pictures of some of the many dogs who worked hard to find survivors at the World Trade Center. Naturally, these pictures feature working Golden Retrievers.
Dog Owner’s Fitness Program – who needs any of those expensive exercise machines that we see advertised on TV or newspapers every day? Your Golden can serve the same purpose.
Hip Dysplasia – What you need to know about this genetic condition.
Fostering – The Real Story (from the perspective of the foster family’s own dog).
What you See is NOT Always What You Get – Senior dogs are often referred to as WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get), but this is a story about a senior dog that turned out to be MORE than he appeared.
How to Photograph a Puppy – A humorous look at how to get your dog ready for his/her entry in next year’s calendar photo contest.