Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs   Toll-Free 866-981-2251   e-mail​            September 2017
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101 Reasons to
Adopt a Golden!
reason #27
“Labor Day is for Relaxation, and we’re the ones to teach you!"

We need your help to find Janet and Michael  foster homes.
They are 4 month old brother and sister lab mix puppies.  We are not requiring that they stay together and they can each go to separate foster homes.
They are both very sweet, active puppies, and love to play.
Unfortunately both are still living in the kennel.
If you can help Janet and Michael please contact our foster coordinator Diane Knego at or

Greta is a super sweet girl who loves being with her foster family and gives kisses whenever possible! She is friendly and affectionate and enjoys meeting new people. She is good with children and shows a lot of patience, even with the very little ones. She is content to relax inside, but also loves playing in the backyard or just lying in the grass by herself. She is housetrained and not destructive when left alone, and she knows some basic commands. She is energetic and absolutely loves going on walks, but will need someone to teach her how to walk on a leash without pulling. An above ground fenced yard might be best for Greta as she runs, jumps and barks at other dogs when they go past their fence and an invisible fence may not contain this for her. She is still learning how to get along with other dogs and will need a home where she is the only pet. She would love to find her forever family!!


Give For Good Louisville is an online giving day hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville and created to support the nonprofits doing great work in our community. Previously known as Give Local Louisville, Give For Good Louisville is our community’s biggest day of local giving, and GRRAND is one of the nonprofit organizations participating. Join GRRAND on September 14, and help us raise as much money as possible in 24 hours to support our rescue work.



The annual GRRAND Affair presented this year by the Sam Swope Family Foundation will be held on Friday, November 3, at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.  We need your help to make this event a success. Can we count on you?


Sponsorships begin at just $250.  Each level provides increasing benefits, including tickets to the event and logo/name displays.  Please review GRRAND’s Sponsorship Package to select a sponsorship level right for you and/or your business.  You can then complete the Sponsorship Form on Page 5 and return it via mail, or you can purchase a Sponsorship online at GRRAND’s Giving Center


The GRRAND Affair committee is accepting donations for the live and silent auctions.  Please contact Rachel Swope at if you have an item that would make a great addition to GRRAND’s auction. We could use gift cards, baskets, tickets to sporting events, vacation packages, artwork, jewelry, etc.  If you have an idea, please reach out to Rachel Swope, and we can arrange to pick up your donation. 


This year GRRAND will be raffling a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize.  Raffle Tickets are $25 each, and you do not need to be present to win!  Purchase your $25 Raffle Tickets now.  The winner will be announced at the GRRAND Affair on November 3.

4) Picture Your Adopted Loved One in the Rescue Slide Show

During the Live Event, a slide show of GRRAND rescued pups will be displayed for the audience. If interested in having your rescued dog within the video, please email photos to Julie Thurman at



Get your team ready for trivia night on Friday, September 22, to benefit GRRAND at Saints Pizza Pub & Sky Bar! Doors open at 6:00 PM. Trivia will begin at 7:00 PM. Your $20 entry fee will include pizza, pasta, salad, dessert, AND more fun than you've had in a long time! Teams can have up to eight members. Please email GRRAND's event coordinator Michelle Schulten at to register your team.



The annual golden gathering will be held on Sunday, October 1, from 5 – 8 pm at WagsPark, 3810 Church Street, Newtown, OH 45244. This will be a private GRRAND event.

WagsPark is Cincinnati’s biggest private dog park – three fenced acres of fun where dogs can run, play with other dogs, and splash in the spring-fed lakes. Many GRRAND members already know how great WagsPark is, but if you’ve never been there, here are just some of the fun things for you and your dog:

  • Lake Wags, a spring-fed swimming lake with clean gravel banks and an official competition dock diving board
  • Doggie-Dodge Dancing Fountain for wet fun and cooling off
  • A doggie play set with multiple levels, ramps, decks, and bridges
  • Speed and agility courses
  • Pet drinking fountain, paw wash station, and Multi-Mitt pick up bags
  • Giant TV screen
  • And, for humans only – there is a bar! (All tips will benefit GRRAND)

This event is free to GRRAND dogs and their families – including their furry siblings. GRRAND will provide hotdogs and hamburgers for the grill, and WagsPark will show a dog movie on the big screen, all while your furry GRRAND dogs have a blast in the park. We hope you can join us and experience the fun!

**Important: If you are not already a current WagsPark member, you will need to provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations. A brief temperament test may also be required for all new dogs. These admission requirements are in place to help protect our dogs and to ensure that everyone enjoys a safe, relaxing time together.

Don't forget that GRRAND has a convenient “Wish List” of items routinely needed at the kennel that directly help GRRAND dogs and those who care for them.
GRRAND is particularly looking for the grooming items for the new kennel. 
You can find GRRAND’s wish list on Amazon. It’s simple and easy, and Amazon will send the items right to GRRAND so donors do not have to bring them in or send the supplies themselves. Put your Prime membership to good use and help make a difference for GRRAND dogs awaiting placement in a foster home.

Simply go to and select Lists, then Find a List or Registry. Search for GRRAND to view the wish list of much-needed items. When you are ready to checkout, just select GRRAND’s Gift Registry address to make sure the items are shipped to GRRAND.

Cooper Memorial Letter

We lost our Cooper almost a year ago. I thought it would get easier with time, but my heart is still broken, and I feel like a huge part of me is missing.

I lived in a condo downtown, worked sixty hours a week and traveled all the time. I didn’t have a yard, was never home and hadn’t even cared for a fish. But I knew something was missing – a companion to spend time outside with, something to get me away from work, a reason to be a fuller person.

A friend suggested adopting a dog with GRRAND. Shannon Baker visited my home, introduced me to her golden boys and told me all about rescuing with GRRAND. Two weeks later I walked into Sara Fick’s house in Lexington and met her 10th GRRAND foster, Cooper. I sat on her living room floor, and he came right over and laid his head in my lap. I knew right then I’d found what was missing and took Cooper home that night – I didn’t even have a bed for him, so he slept on a kelly green cotton quilt from my guest room.

Cooper absolutely loved living downtown. I took him everywhere I could – bars, trails, roof decks, the firehouse, my office, shops and even Morton’s Steakhouse – people said it looked like he was always smiling thanks to all the affection and attention in the city. He made me want to leave work earlier, he motivated me to spend time outside, he was immediately my most loyal companion and I knew we made each other happy. Cooper loved kids, following me everywhere, road-trips, eating paper and attending parties.

Four years after rescuing Cooper, I met my husband and we moved to Cape Cod. Cooper gained a dad, a big yard, an ocean view and a cat-brother. He sailed, swam in the ocean, rode with his new dad in his work truck and ate sandy crabs. He learned to share my attention when we had his new human baby brother, Mac. Watching Mac and Cooper play together for a year brought me the most joy.

Then, right after Mac’s first birthday, Cooper became sick and I had to make the toughest choices. I am grateful for tremendous support from my GRRAND friends and our vets from Cincinnati and Cape Cod who helped me know it was time. Cooper was my something missing, helped me become a fuller person and prepared me to be a caring wife and mother. Next to the blue ocean on a sunny day, I was able to hold Cooper in my lap wrapped in the green quilt he slept with since the night I brought him home.

We love and miss you, Cooper Morton McClelland Mohre