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Download the July/August 2011 issue of GRREAT News (7.6MB).  Highlights include:
  Annual GRREAT 3K Walk is Coming Up
  I Would Love to Foster, But… by Denise Malczewski
  GRREAT Bark-b-que wrap up by Mary Jane Shervais
Download the May/June 2011 issue of GRREAT News (2.2Mb).  Highlights include:
  25 Years of Golden Rescue by Mary Jane Shervais
  Holistic First Aid by Pam Grasso, D.V.M., C.V.A.
  Animals as a Reflection by Sherry B. True
Download the March/April 2011 issue of GRREAT News (6.3Mb).  Highlights include:
  Pick of the Litter by Jan White – Meet Honey, who is just about the sweetest girl on the block
  Cow Bells, Elk Antlers, Oysters and … Golden Yearnings by Robert Moore. – GRREAT things happen when two Goldens and their humans take a trip down south in search of a cow bell.
  Pet Retirement by Sherry B. True – Do you have plans in place for your loyal companions when you can no longer care for them?
Download the January/February 2011 issue of GRREAT News (8.5Mb).  Highlights include:
  Back Yard Breeders by Robert Moore, GRREAT Education Coordinator (and a self-confessed, on-time backyard breeder).
  Begging by Skip Nizer.  As we have probably all noticed during the past holiday season, dogs are the real pros when it comes to begging.
  And lots of pictures from the GRREAT 3K Walk and the Howliday Party. 
Download the November/December 2010 issue of GRREAT News (3.4Mb).  Highlights include:
  Service  Animals by Robert Moore.  Intelligent, Even Tempered, Reliable, Loyal and Otherwise Incredible, Golden Retrievers
  Goldstock 2010 by Georgie Bahler.  A jumble of people, events, dogs, and memories.
  Loving the Bond! by Sherry B True. Have you ever thought about why we are so crazy about our pets?
  A Rescued Dog is a GRREAT Dog by Anna Sapcariu.  An 8-year old member of GRREAT’s Young Donor’s Club tells why she thinks her rescued dog and GRREAT are special.
Download the September/October 2010 issue of GRREAT News (2.1Mb).  Highlights include:
  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
Download the July/August 2010 issue of GRREAT News (3.8Mb).  Highlights include:
  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 Service by 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 Special by Sherry B. True.  What is it about Golden Retrievers that just make you want to want to be like them?
  A Happy Ending by 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 HaleIn 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.
Download the March/April, 2010 issue of GRREAT News (7.4Mb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the January/February, 2010 issue of GRREAT News (10.5 Mb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the November/December, 2009 issue of GRREAT News (5.1Mb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the September/October 2009  issue of GRREAT News (6.4Mb).  Highlights include:
  The Indomitable Stevie. This tough little puppy has proven time and again that she will meet every challenge in her life with courage and determination.
  Sometimes it Takes a Village by Janet Hauck.  The story of some folks who are presently involved in huge challenges to rehabilitate Goldens they have fostered or adopted.
  Superior Intelligence by Skip Nizer.  The author’s adventures while trying to teaches Scout how to get into the family car on his own.
  Teaching the Teacher by Sherry B. True.  Dogs are our teachers in fur.
Download the July/August 2009 issue of GRREAT News (6.7Mb).  Highlights include:
  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?
Download the March/April 2009 issue of GRREAT News (1.7Mb).  Highlights include:
  How Lucky Can You Get? by Janet Hauck.  A family for 5 Goldens find a new friend–and a new sitter.
  One Just Isn’t Enough by Felicia Barlow.  Once person explains why, after losing a dog, she just has to find another.
  Here’s Reese (08-206) by Martha VanLandingham.  Here’s the story of the most recent addition to the GRREAT Special Needs dogs.
  The Short Strange Story of Buster by Skip Nizer.  Childhood memories of a female dog named Buster
Download the January/February 2009 issue of GRREAT News (4.1Mb).  Highlights include:
  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?
Download the November/December 2008 issue of GRREAT News (3.6Mb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the July/August 2008 issue of GRREAT News (3.1Mb).  Highlights include:
  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?
Download the March/April 2008 issue of GRREAT News (3.8Mb).  Highlights include:
  My Thoughts: A World Without Dogs? by Skip Nizer.  Have you ever thought what the world would be without dogs?
  Bringing Houdini Home by Joy Scrimshire, GRREAT Education Coordinator.  The story of Houdini, aka Copper, a twelve-year old copper colored Golden escape artist.
  Better Behavior Now – Lessons Learned by Liz  Hauk.  The key ingredients to help make your dog a successful learner.
  The Many Reasons We Love Our Goldens by Emily Bell.  Whether you have one Golden or a pack, you cannot deny there is no greater feeling in the world than coming home to a Golden.
Download the January/February 2008 issue of GRREAT News (2.4Mb).  Highlights include:
  Ry Noir, Private Eye by Bob Kurtz, GRREAT Microchip Coordinator.  Missing Dog Case Solved Thanks To GRREAT Microchipping
  Better Behavior Now – Attention Please! by Liz  Hauk.  Before you can improve his/her behavior, you need to get your dog’s attention.
  A Holistic Approach to Cancer by Pam Grasso, DVM.   While Western medicine might treat the cancer, holistic medicine treats that individual patient.
Download the November/December 2007 issue of GRREAT News (1.8Mb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the September/October 2007 issue of GRREAT News (393Kb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the July/August 2007 issue of GRREAT News (450Kb).  Highlights include:
  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. TrueQuestions 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.
Download the March/April 2007 issue of GRREAT News (629Kb).  Highlights include:
  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 CoordinatorGet 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.
Download the January/February 2007 issue of GRREAT News (2.8Mb).  Highlights include:
  Golden Resolutions.  Area dogs were polled for their New Year’s Resolutions
  Coping with the Loss of a Pet.  Reprinted with permission from Bottom Line Secrets a monthly general information newsletter.
  A Holistic Approach to Arthritis by Dr. Pam Grasso, MS, DVM, CVA.
  Finding a Good Dog Trainer by Sandy Diamond, GRREAT Education Coordinator.  Some tips on what to look for, and what to look out for.
Download the November/December 2006  issue of GRREAT News (672Kb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the September/October 2006 issue of GRREAT News (540Kb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the July/August 2006  issue of GRREAT News (446Kb).  Highlights include:
  Love my Garden, Love My Dot by GRREAT Education Coordinator Sandy Diamond.  Learn how to maintain your garden without endangering your dog.
  Sunshine’s RV Adventure: Alaska (Part II)   by GRREAT Dog Sunshine Moses (98-011).  Sunshine is a “full-time RV-er” with her forever family–currently in Southern California.

 

Download the May/June 2006  issue of GRREAT News (311Kb).  Highlights include:
  Jane and Champ by Jane Carter. A GRREAT dog helps his master through chemotherapy.
  Natural Solutions by Jo Bighouse, Merchandise Coordinator.  Many household cleaners can be dangerous to your pets.  Here a some natural alternatives that are pet-safe.
  The Truth about (Rescued) Cats and Dogs by Rachel Bagnulo.  A long-time foster for a local cat rescue decides to become a foster for GRREAT dogs also.
  Faux Pas.  Has your dog ever embarrassed you?  Done something outlandish?  Made you roll with laughter?  Here are some of those moments from GRREAT members.
Download the March/April 2006  issue of GRREAT News (1.1Mb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the January/February 2006  issue of GRREAT News (760Kb).  Highlights include:
  Jake and Kelly Go To Doggie Day Care by Meg Ellacott, Contributing Writer.  A look at some of the doggie day care centers popping up in Northern Virginia.
  A Trip to the Emergency Vet.  A listing of emergency veterinary  facilities in Maryland, Virginia and DC.
Download the November/December 2005  issue of GRREAT News (900Kb).  Highlights include:
  A Visit to Tylertown to Help the Katrina Animals  by Greg Russell and Jan Brown.  In September, the authors spent a week at a Mississippi staging area for rescued animals from New Orleans.
  Rest Your Paws at Restful Paws by Daria Tayler.  A visit to a dog-friendly bed & breakfast in Massachusetts.
  Estate Planning for Pets? Yes!  by GRREAT Vice President Sandy Diamond.  Suggestions to ensure your pet is taken care of if something should happen to you.
Download the September/October 2005  issue of GRREAT News (570Kb).  Highlights include:
  A Doggone Good Day by Meg Ellacot, GRREAT Member.  Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis offers a dog park, dog beach and a wide variety of dog-friendly family activities.
  Dealing with Pet Loss by Jo Bighouse, GRREAT Member.  Jo, who recently lost her 13-year old Golden, presents ideas on coping with the loss of your pet.
  “What Did He Just Eat?…” by Emily Pasterick, GRREAT Member.  A Snapshot of the Well-Known (and Not-So-Well-Known) Common Household Items That Can Pose a Serious Health Threat to your Golden.
Download the July/August 2005  issue of GRREAT News (748Kb).  Highlights include:
  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.
Download the March/April 2005  issue of GRREAT News (560Kb).  Highlights include:
   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.
Download the January/February 2005  issue of GRREAT News (484Kb).  Highlights include:
   Sunshine’s RV Adventure (Part I)   by GRREAT Dog Sunshine(98-011).  Sunshine is a “full-time RV-er” with her forever family–currently in Southern California.
  For Pete’s Sake by GRREAT Foster Home and Intake Coordinator Edie Galpin.  A GRREAT dog comes “home” to GRREAT 3 years later when his adoptive family could no longer take care of him.
Download the November/December 2004 issue of GRREAT News (463Kb).  Highlights include:
   What Every Child (of all ages) Should Know About Meeting and Greeting “Other” Dog   by GRREAT Member Skye Anderson. 
  Fostering in Retirement – The Pleasures and Perks by GRREAT Secretary Janet Hauck.  23 Reasons for Retirees to Volunteer as a GRREAT Foster Family.
  A Great Boarding Experience by GRREAT Member Skye Anderson.  How to find and chose the best boarding kennel for your dog.
Download the September/October 2004 issue of GRREAT News (1.4Mb).  Highlights include:
   A Perplexing Purloined Pooch Predicament   by GRREAT Member Robert Moore.  The story of a GRREAT dog which was lost and found.
  25 Easy Things You Can Do to Help GRREAT.


(Note:  GRREAT did not publish a July/August issue of GRREAT News in 2004)

Download the May/June 2004 issue of GRREAT News (610Kb).  Highlights include:
   Nursing Home Charisma (By GRREAT Member Robert Moore).  The story of how Jud’s visits to a nursing home as a Pets on Wheels volunteer changed not only the people he visited, but also his family.
  Touring with Tawney (By GRREAT Publications Coordinator April Fritz).  A review and comparison of four books on traveling with pets.
Download the March/April 2004 issue of GRREAT News (883Kb).  Highlights include:
   Being an MCI Center Volunteer (By GRREAT Member Susie Barefoot).  GRREAT volunteers raise money for GRREAT by operating a concession stand at MCI events.
  Our Beloved Valentine: The Greatest Gift (By GRREAT Member Nancy Gasko).  The story of a GRREAT rescued dog and his new family.
Download the January/February 2004 issue of GRREAT News (464Kb).  Highlights include:
   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.
Download the November/December 2003 issue of GRREAT News (450Kb).  Highlights include:
   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.
Download the September/October 2003 issue of GRREAT News (835Kb).  Highlights include:
  SPECIAL  EDITION:  A  Tribute to Senior Goldens!
Download the July/August 2003 issue of GRREAT News (420Kb).  Highlights include:
   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.
Download the March/April 2003 issue of GRREAT News (810Kb).  Highlights include:
   Celebrities & Their Goldens – a hilarious look at famous people with terrific dogs by GRREAT Member Emily Pasterick.
  Transfusion Medicine – understanding the basics of blood transfusions in dogs.
Download the January/February 2003 issue of GRREAT News (790Kb).  Highlights include:
   Managing a Dog With Arthritis – a compilation of information on various forms of degenerative joint disease.
Download the November/December 2002 issue of GRREAT News (1.2Mb).  Highlights include:
   22  Pet Safety Tips to Make the Holiday Happy.
  How to spend a Two-dog Night – internet author Bev Ryba explains the “rules” of sleeping with dogs in your bed.
Download the September/October 2002 issue of GRREAT News (1Mb).  Highlights include:
   To Chip or Not to Chip  –  GRREAT member Edie Galpin explains about embedded microchips–the new hi-tech way to identify your dog. 
  When You are the Retriever – what to do when you dog is lost.
Download the July/August 2002 issue of GRREAT News (930kb).  Highlights include:
   Hope and Darwin in New York on 9-11-01  Nan Schramm, who has recently relocated to Virginia and joined GRREAT,  tells the story of trying to get back to her family’s Goldens in Manhattan on 9-11.
  Hot Weather Hazards – a collection of articles on how to keep your Golden healthy in the summer heat.
Download the May/June 2002 issue of GRREAT News (660kb).  Highlights include:
   On the Road Again GRREAT President Dan Keppler gives advice on how to keep you Golden safe and comfortable when you go on vacation–whether the dogs travels with you and stays behind.
  Sitting Around – Skip Nizer tells of some of the thoughts he has about Golden Retrievers while he is just sitting around.
Download the March/April 2002 issue of GRREAT News (559kb).  Highlights include:
   Losing a Furry Friend – GRREAT President Dan Keppler tells how the grief of losing a pet can be made easier  through a number of web sites and books.
  Understanding the Ingredients in Dog Food – your best tool in choosing a nutritious dog food for you Golden is to be an educated consumer, according to GRREAT member Jo Bighouse.
Download the January/February 2002 issue of GRREAT News (447kb).  Highlights include:
   Winterizing your best friend – with winter weather still on the horizon, here are some tips for protecting your pets from chemicals, cold, lack of activity and other winter hazards.
  The Journey – a lovely essay about all the joys and advantages pets bring to our lives by Crystal Ward Kent.
  How Old Dogs Taught Me New Tricks – the joys of  senior dogs, as described by pet-loving humorist Leigh Anne Jasheway.
Download the November/December 2001 issue of GRREAT News (909kb).  Highlights include:
   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.
Download the September/October 2001 issue of GRREAT News (831kb).  Highlights include:
   Zest for Life – all Goldens have it!
  Our Throwaway Society – unfortunately, the number of Goldens needing homes continues to grow – by Dan Keppler.
Download the July/August 2001 issue of GRREAT News (1.9Mb).  Highlights include:
   Having Fun With Your Dog – things to do and local groups to join with your dog by GRREAT President Dan Keppler. 
  Canine Community Service – The Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank is the animal version of the American Red Cross’ blood bank – by Carol A. Harris.
  Dog Regulations for Atlantic Beaches  – a digest of the rules pertaining to dogs on some of the most popular beaches from New Jersey to South Carolina. 
  July 4th Pet Safety – precautions your can take on the 4th of July to be sure your pet is still healthy on the 5th. 
Download the May/June  2001 issue of GRREAT News (1.4Mb).  Highlights include:
   West Nile Virus, Your Pets, and You – information on this dangerous virus which is expected to return to the DC area and spread farther south this spring
  Autumn – a tribute to senior dogs everywhere by Christy Caballero.
  Where Do Pets Come From?  – based upon “a newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis.” 
  How Many People Does it Take to Rescue a Golden? – by Susan McKelvey. 
Download the March/April 2001 issue of GRREAT News (1.1Mb).  Highlights include:
   Scars: A True Story by Linda Taira Welch – a moving story about a dog who understands human emotions.
  Roger Caras Joins his Friends at the Rainbow Bridge – a remembrance of this renowned naturalist and champion of animal welfare by Julie Palais.
  GRREAT Annual Report for 2000 – All of the numbers and statistics about how much GRREAT does. 
Download the January/February 2001 issue of GRREAT News (1.2Mb).  Highlights include:
   Training a Dog the Easy Way, or 1758 Basic Commands – humor by Skip Nizer.
  Make it a Safe and Happy Valentine’s Day–for your Dog – Sweets for the Sweet; great for you, but potentially dangerous for your dog.  
  You Do Make a Difference – three stories telling how donations have saved the lives of GRREAT rescued dogs.  
Download the November/December 2000 issue of GRREAT News (1.2Mb).  Highlights include:
   Details on the GRREAT Howliday Party and this year’s GRREAT Christmas Cards.
  Fostering and Volunteering – it’s what makes GRREAT possible.
  Kong: King of Dog Toys – it’s also widely used for therapy and behavior problems.
  When It’s Time – the hardest decision a pet owner has to make. 
Download the September/October 2000 issue of GRREAT News (1.0Mb).  Highlights include:
   Humane and Human Causes.   President Doug Brown considers GRREAT to be both!
  The GRREAT Dog-Alog for 2000. 
Download the July/August 2000 issue of GRREAT News (1.2Mb).  Highlights include:
   Where Have Things Gone So Wrong – a guest editorial by a GRREAT Rescued Dog.
  Where There’s a Will (or a Trust), There’s a Way to Provide for Your Pets (by Julie Palais)
  The Old Man A Poignant Story of a Lonely Old Man and a Stray Dog (by Skip Nizer) 
Download the May/June 2000 issue of GRREAT News (1.5Mb).  Highlights include:
   Rescue Remedy – Flower Essences to Calm Your Dog (by Julie Palais).
  Genetic Engineering for Multiple Dog Owners  (More humor from Skip Nizer).
  Tips for Photographing Your Pets. 
Download the March/April 2000 issue of GRREAT News (2.3Mb).  Highlights include:
   Throw Away Pets – Believe it or not, some counties in some states have set up “dump sites” for unwanted pets!
  Cabin Fever?  Here are some places you and your dog can go.
  GRREAT Adoption Statistics for 1999. 
Download the January/February 2000 issue of GRREAT News (1.2Mb).  Highlights include:
   Keeping New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog.
  Fostering: One Dog at a Time – GRREAT always needs more foster homes. 
Download the November/December 1999 issue of GRREAT News (1.8Mb).  Highlights include:
   Pet Safety Tips to Make the Holidays Happy
  Orthopedic Surgery for Dogs describes the two most common procedures to correct hip dysplasia.
  Senior Goldens tells the stories of families who have adopted “Golden Oldies.” 
Download the September/October 1999 issue of GRREAT News (351Kb).  
   This issue highlights the Leo Fund which provides for advanced medical care of special-needs GRREAT rescued dogs.  
Download the July/August 1999 issue of GRREAT News (735Kb).  Highlights include:
   Children and Dogs: Protecting Them From Each Other
Lyme Disease in Dogs
The GRREAT Poetry Contest Winners
Download the May/June 1999 issue of GRREAT News (796Kb).  Highlights include:
   Hurricane Season is Coming–Are you Prepared?  Protect your pets before disaster strikes.
Lucy Becomes a Dog Person – When she married Robert, she not only gained two grown daughters, but also two dogs. (Part II)
GRREAT Volunteers Staff PetsMart Adoptathon in 19 Stores.
Download the March/April 1999 issue of GRREAT News (870Kb).  Highlights include:
   1999 Annual Report of GRREAT adoption activities
The problem of Pet Overpopulation–the reason GRREAT exists
Lucy Becomes a Dog Person – When she married Robert, she not only gained two grown daughters, but also two dogs. (Part I)
Foster Tails – The adventures of a first-time foster mom.
Download the January/February 1999 issue of GRREAT News (1Mb).  Highlights include:
   Resolutions for a Golden New Year
Once Upon a Time – A story about the importance of foster homes to GRREAT and other rescue organizations.
Download the November/December 1998 issue of GRREAT News (1Mb).  Highlights include:
   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.
Download the September/October 1998  issue of GRREAT News (591Kb).  Highlights include:
   Things We Can Learn from Our Dogs
Anthropomorphically Speaking – Does your dog take on human attributes?
Storm Warning – Is your dog frightened by thunderstorms?  Here are some suggestions
Golden Memories – The joys of fostering a senior Golden
Download the July/August 1998  issue of GRREAT News (811Kb).  Highlights include:
   How the Dog Got Its Wet Nose
When You Can’t Take Her With You – vacation options for your dog.
Pictures from GRREAT’s Annual Picnic held at Bull Run Regional Park on May 31st.
Download the May/June 1998  issue of GRREAT News (635Kb).  Highlights include:
   Dog Property Laws – A humorous look at what a dog considers his/her property.
Kibble Ingredients in Premium Dog Food – What are you REALLY feeding your dog?
GRREAT is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Organization – What does this mean to you?
Download the March/April 1998 issue of GRREAT News (1.3b).  Highlights include:
   GRREAT 1997 Annual Report – How may dogs, where they came from, and how much GRREAT spent on them.
Country Dog Sam Becomes a City Dog – An Oklahoma dog relocates to Northern Virginia.
Tick Season Arrives Early – What do you need to know?

 

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