Tuesday, November 24, 2009



Dad volunteers to do transports for AHGRR, usually they involve an 8 to 10 hour drive because AHGRR is about 3 hours from our house. AHGRR, Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization based in West Virginia. Almost Heaven accepts senior or "special needs" Goldens from shelters, owner give-ups, and other rescues and is a refuge for those Golden Retrievers who otherwise may be labeled "hard to adopt" or "unadoptable" by ordinary standards. Some of our Sanctuary Goldens are only there until they become well enough to be adopted, or until that "special" home is found. Others will receive love and care at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. No Golden Retriever is ever turned away from Almost Heaven because of age or health. Each Golden there is considered a valued member of our "family." Young, healthy Goldens are also welcomed into our rescue. These Goldens are frequently housed in experienced Foster Homes where they receive any necessary medical treatment, including spay/neuter, begin learning manners (if needed), and are evaluated for placement. Almost Heaven and Carol Free also acts as West Virginia liaison for GRREAT. (Carol Free was also a founding member of GRREAT.) Mixed Goldens are accepted as long as space permits, and as long as the dog looks basically Golden, and has a Golden Retriever personality. Almost Heaven operates solely on private donations. There is always a critical need for donations. Food, medical care and supplies, crates, blankets, and of course, good old cash is always appreciated and gratefully accepted. Please keep in mind that AHGRR is a non-profit organization and that your donation will not only enable AHGRR to save more Goldens, it's also fully tax-deductible. We kindly ask for your support even if you are unable to adopt at this time. Almost Heaven gratefully accepts all donations. They also accept Paypal donations., please use the button in our blog's right side bar.

Last week dad received an email from Ms. Carol saying that there was a partially blind and deaf Golden Retriever at a shelter in Troy, VA and asking if dad could provide transport for the dog from the shelter to AHGRR. After determining that Troy was pretty much located on the way between our house and AHGRR dad said it would be no problem. Dad contacted the Fluvanna County SPCA where the dog was located and made arrangements to ferry the dog on this past Saturday. Ms. Amy, from the SPCA made all the necessary transfer arrangements with Ms. Carol at AHGRR and dad made the arrangements for pickup time and location. Ms. Amy was scheduled to be out raising money for the Fluvanna SPCA on Saturday morning so dad was to coordinate with Ms. Cheryl who would be at the shelter. Dad had a few morning errands to complete, but him and Homer J., dad's traveling companion, started out at about 10:00 AM. Homer J., Abby, Sophie and Radar are all rescue dogs from AHGRR. Our brother Gordon who has gone to The Bridge (he was 15 years old) was also an AHGRR rescue dog.

Here are a couple of pictures of the '95 Bronco that is our RESCUE WAGON for transporting dogs. There is a thick nonskid rubber mat in the back which is caged off from the front seat. For small dogs dad will set up a crate and strap it in the back. Just click on any photo to enlarge it for a better view.

Here's a photo of Homer J. all set to get underway as soon as dad quits taking picture. At about 11:00 AM dad and Homer made it to the Fluvanna County SPCA to pick up the senior Golden and ferry him to AHGRR

Ms. Cheryl was at the front desk waiting for dad and she had the Golden with her. She told dad that they had named the dog "King" and she told dad a little bit of the background of "King." King had been reported to the Fluvanna Animal Control as a stray and was picked up. The SPCA has an agreement with the Animal Control authority and King was turned over to the SPCA. They held him for the requisite 10 days to see if anyone claimed him; no one did. Then Ms. Amy had contacted Ms. Carol at AHGRR since AHGRR specializes in Old Gold. Here's a photo of Ms. Cheryl and King with the Rescue Wagon prior to boarding and another photo of King on board for the trip up to AHGRR. Dad says that Ms. Cheryl is a dog trainer and a very nice person. King seemed to be attached to her and appeared not too happy to be leaving the Fluvanna SPCA.

Dad, Homer and King started west on I-64 from Troy heading towards Stauton (home of the Statler Brothers) and I-81. They drove out past Charlottesville and up and over Afton Mountain. The photo on the left is the Afton Mountain area with the rock slide fence to stop falling rocks from rolling out into I-64. After about 45 minutes they joined I-81 headed north to Winchester (home of Patsy Cline). The photo on the right shows one of the many Lurray Cavens advertisement signs on I-81.

This is the same route that our mom takes almost every day when she goes to school. Mom is an LVT student at Blue Ridge Community College in Weir's Cave which is located alongside I-81. Dad took a couple of photos of BRCC as they drove by heading north. The photo on the left shows the large animal pasture and shelter located on the BRCC campus. The photo on the right shows some of the academic buildings. It is a really nice facility and mom really enjoys going to school there.

We'll continue the review of dad's ferry trip to take King from the Fluvanna SPCA to AHGRR tomorrow.


Maybe you've been asking yourself why are TBH&K such pains about this voting for AHGRR; they're always bugging us to vote. Well dad says that this picture he took on his Saturday Rescue Transport captures the scent (or was that essence) of it and pretty much says it all. We want your votes so that old senior Golden ladies and gentlemen, like King here, don't have to face the bleak future of the green needle at a well intentioned, but yet lonely and desolate, animal shelter. It is suspected that King was dumped on the street and reported as an abandoned dog when his elderly owner could no longer care for him. Fortunately the Animal Control Authority that picked him up turned him over to a caring shelter that held him for the obligatory 10 days to be claimed. When King wasn't claimed they contacted Ms. Carol at AHGRR to see if she could accepted King and, of course, she did. So our dad ferried him from the recovery shelter up to AHGRR. King has some major medical problems, probably due to his owners inability to afford proper veterinary treatment. Besides being partially blind and almost totally deaf, this 12 year old has serious ear infections and to top it all off, he has checked as heartworm positive. But he seems to otherwise be strong for his age. There will be a cost associated with treating King for his aliments and significant medication bills. A grant from The Animal Rescue Site would be used to offset these and similar expenses incurred to help these senior Goldens as well as to help feed the residents awaiting a furever home. That is why we want YOU to vote for AHGRR in the contest. Over this past weekend we were #4 in West Virginia and #249 nationally. This morning we are #3 in West Virginia and #223 nationally. With YOUR help we might be able to qualify for one of the grants being distributed among worthy shelters; AHGRR is worthy. Directions on how to vote are provided at the bottom of this post.
- Radar and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties
This Monday Mystery Guest is, as always, chosen from amongst our followers listed at the top of our blog. These are the clues so far:
1. The MG could be a barber shop singing group.

Today's Clue:
2. - The MG helps those that are color blind.
Life Question From Boru:
How the hell are you suppose to fold a fitted sheet?

Please go to this website:

The webpage is somewhat temperamental but the above link is correct. Please give the page enough time to fully load to "Done" before proceeding. Then we want you to enter the following red data into the boxes provided:
Shelter Name: Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue
Country: United States
State: WV
City: Capon Bridge
Then click on "Search." The page will then do its' thing and will end up showing the location of AHGRR: Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. Capon Bridge, WV 26714. And, more importantly, a "VOTE" button will appear. Click on the "VOTE" button. You will then have to identify a particular animal in a photo to confirm your vote; this eliminates machine voting. You then will be thanked for your vote to indicate that your vote has registered. You can cast one vote every day for your favorite rescue organization. Voting began on September 14th, 2009, and ends at midnight (PST) on December 20th, 2009. The more friends you can rally to vote for your favorite rescue organization, the better its chances of winning. Every vote, every day counts - shelters can pull ahead even during the last few days with enough support. Get people involved! The homeless pets awaiting adoption at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary are counting on us


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom is leaking now...

She knows all the emotions one experiences with the transports - especially the ones that touch woo in THAT way -

One that did fur her was Laska - she furst saw him at the Petkho in WINCHESTER ;-)

I81 has almost bekhome my mom's sekhond home!

Merdie sends some special GOLDEN FLOOF to VA fur your dad (and Mom fur letting him out of her sight fur a while)

Khyra AND Merdie
PeeEssWoo: The MG has us in a pikhkle!

Huffle Mawson said...

That was so sweet of your dad to do that transport.

The Thundering Herd said...

Here is hoping that the rock fence on I-64 is more successful than the one on our I-40 - still closed and will be for a few more months.

And we love the chain of volunteers that help dogs get home. As a family of rescues, we salute you.

Gus said...

Looking forward to more pictures and more of the story...

gussie and Teka

Bob said...

We really enjoyed looking at the photos of you vehicle, transport and pick up.
When we actually see these people that you write about it makes us feel more like family.

Hamish & Sophie

JackDaddy said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures. I haven't been back to Virginia in a while and they bring back a lot of memories!!

The OP Pack said...

We love to read about these wonderful rescue journeys. Kudos to your Dad for his help. We know who your MG is but we will be quiet for now.

Woos, the OP Pack

Tanuki Maxx said...

Thank you for sharing the stories!
Mommy is tearing up again..


Keisha said...

Hugs to ur Dad. :)

Sierra Rose said...

Hi ya pals! Fantastic transport mobile, love the Homer J. is co-pilot. King has such sweet face!
Voted for you again this eve.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose


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If you can, please consider opening your home to a homeless animal, preferably a dog or cat or other domesticated animal; livestock does better on farms and wild animals do better in zoos and parks. Your local Humane Society or SPCA or Animal Shelter has a wide selection of could be, should be, pets looking for new homes. If you can't adopt, perhaps you can at least become a sponsor. We'll show you how to help out Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRRS) on our blog page, but you can help out any organization of your choice, but please help; contribute or volunteer.
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So many Senior and Special Needs Goldens do not find "forever homes". Many of these dogs have above average medical needs and costs, are maintained on "special" diets, or have other extraordinary needs. Your donations can be targeted towards a particular Senior or Special needs Golden Retriever. As a sponsor, you will receive updates about your "special" Golden, and will be mentioned in our quarterly newsletter as the dog's sponsor. We also accept Paypal donations. Please keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization and that your donation is fully tax-deductible. Please just write the Golden's name in the memo line of your check or Paypal submission when sponsoring a Golden Retriever.


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