Monday, December 21, 2009




Mom and dad got home yesterday afternoon at around 4 PM. Dad got the Jetta in the yard but won't be getting it out again for a while. The Suburban is also stuck for a while. Fortunately the Rescue Wagon Bronco is operable and is the only vehicle now in an "up" status. There is about 2 feet of snow everwhere and the roads are in terrible condition. We are all but stranded. Dad said they didn't hit any snow until they got to Richmond but that it got worse and worse as they approach home. They stopped counting the abandoned cars and even saw a overturned SUV in a ditch about 2 miles from our house. Boy were we glad to see them. We'll cover our reunion later this week.

Dad went to "retrieve" Radar last night from sissy Sarah's house at about 5:30 PM but shortly after he left mom fell down the inside stairs to the basement when going to let the Newfs back into their kennels. She got hurt bad and had to call dad on his cell and he had to come back home without Radar in order to take mom to the hospital. They left about 7:00 PM for the emergeny room in Fredericksburg and they didn't get home 'til about midnight. Mom broke both her ankle and her foot. She is in a splint and has crutches which she doesn't know how to use. Dad has to take her to an orthopedic surgeon this afternoon to have the breaks set and cast. What a Christmas bummer. All this occurred without any shoveling or clearing having been yet in our yard, steps or porch. So mom and dad were a mess when they got home.
We hope all is going better for y'all at your house.

Homer J. here with a Christmas wish that other dogs less fortunate than us can have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I was a shelter dog and mom and dad adopted me out of AHGRR so I know all about the loneliness that shelter and pound dogs endure this time of year. Christmas is a difficult time for shelter dogs. Everyone is involved with the hub-bub of family togetherness and shopping and all; there's no time to think about those out-of-sight, out-of-mind homeless dogs that are over populating the shelters around the country. Isn't Christmas supposed to be a time for giving unto others? Isn't it is better to give than to receive? Well here's your chance to play Santa to a homeless dog, a pup who has seen better days and really doesn't realize why he isn't laying on the carpet in front of the roaring fire with his faithful master or mistress. Teach your kids or grandkids about Christmas by giving them sponsorship of a homeless dog. Many of these dogs once had happy homes but fate placed them in a pound or shelter. You can give the gift of love to a homeless dog at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary just by providing sponsorship for any dog or a dog of your choice. It's as simple as buying off of eBay. Please visit the AHGRR website at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary . Almost Heaven is always being called upon to help Golden and Golden Mixes that include many Seniors and Special Needs dogs. They seem to always be swamped with requests, and have been able to accommodate all requests for help for the purebreds, and 99% of the requests for help for our Golden Mix Orphans. In order to assist more, an AHGRR alternative is to board some these of dogs (some are already in boarding) until an adoption or foster home is available. Boarding is costly and funding may limit the number of dogs that they can help. These are dogs whose owners are sick, have passed away, have had life changing events happen, or some have simply been dumped and left to die through no fault of their own. If you would like to help save a life ... and can afford to assist with boarding expenses ... AHGRR (and the furkids) would be most appreciative of your help! The cost to board ONE dog for a week is $ 35.00 - $70.00, depending on the facility available to us. Presently, AHGRR estimates that each new dog we commit to taking in may need to board for at least 2 weeks. AHGRR will gratefully accept any financial assistance offered. If you live in the D.C. VA, MD, PA, WV area and you think you are cut out to be a "foster parent", please contact AHGRR - they'd love to work with you. Most importantly, anyone can provide sponsorship and you can donate through PayPal using the website "donation" button or mail your sponsorship donation to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Drawer D, Delray, WV 26714. I hope that you feel guilty enough, or charitable enough, to make a Christmas sponsorship donation.


Here are just a few of the Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary dogs that are looking for a furever home and sponsorship. Can you please help at least one of them?


8 - 10 year old Lizzie was abandoned on a country road. She's a great girl who will undergo dental treatment soon. She doesn't have a lot of teeth left, but she does just fine at meal time - - - - - - This girl will chase kitties. She's an older girl who just wants to find that forever home she so truly deserves. Lizzie is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.


Buddy is about as cute as a Golden Retriever can get. He was heartworm positive when he came to us, but has been successfully treated and is now ready for his forever home. Buddy is probably 8 - 9 years old, and would prefer to be the only pet as he doesn't like to "share". He is an active fellow that would enjoy long walks, hiking, and playing fetch. Buddy is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.

Bubba and Toby have lived together their entire lives and are very bonded. We have decided that they need to be adopted as a pair. Please consider giving these two wonderful old boys a second chance. 9 - 10 year old Toby's owner had some bad luck and could no longer care for him and his brother, Bubba - so they are looking for a new forever home to live out their "retirement" years. Toby is very spry for an older dog, and loves to go outside and play and go for walks. He is housebroken and gets along with other pets. This wonderful old boy would be a terrific addition to any home and family. Bubba does have some arthritis, but seems to be handling the meds for it very well. Once he gets going, he is a ball fetching machine and LOVES to go for walks. He is housebroken and gets along with other pets. This grand old gent just needs a soft bed, a tennis ball, and love! Both Bubba and Toby are up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.


3 1/2 year old Toby is such a good boy. Toby is housebroken, does well on leash, and is a very nice looking boy. Toby is a special dog looking for a special home. We would prefer that he be an "only furkid" and that he have a conventional fenced yard. Toby, Too is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.


13 year old DJ would love to find a home where he could just wander around on one floor - - - he's a bit arthritic and too many stairs (one or two might be OK) are just too much for him any more. DJ gets along with other dogs and would fit into most only home situation. DJ is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.


8 - 10 year old Justice is simply a sweetheart of a dog. He's a good looking, sweet dispositioned boy that is lively and always looking for fun, fun, fun. Unfortunately, that fun may lie on the other side of a fence, so he will need a 6' fence, invisible fence, or someone willing to take the time to leash walk him (and he is soooooo worth the effort). Justice is up-to-date with routine shots.


Voting ended Sunday, December 20, at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Winners will be announced Wednesday, December 23!

Along with everything else going on, we had connection problems last night that were weather related (our antenna farm was snow covered) and don't know how things turned out but mom and dad voted on a laptop from Florida at 2:30 AM yesterday morning and said that AHGRR was still #1 in West Virginia. Dad was worried though because AHGRR has slipped back to #105 overall on Saturday after being #103 on Friday. Hopefully all you guys that had good Internet connections remembered to vote yesterday and we're able to keep AHGRR #1 in WV.
No matter what the outcome, we want to sincerely thank each of you that played along with us on our quest and took the time from your busy schedules to help us out by voting. Considering that we really didn't join the effort until the 6th week of the contest we did remarkably well, that's the power of the paw.


Anonymous said...

OMC!!! We are so sorry to hear that your mommy fell and hurted herself! We are sending her LOTS of Get Well Soon Purrayers!!!

Sierra Rose said...

Oh no!!! We are so so sorry to hear about your mom! Please help her carry stuff, and give her lots of hugs and kisses, ok pals!?
We wish you the very best for this season.
Looking at the goldens looking for forever homes...Toby and Bubba have been looking for quite some time, no? We hope all the special pals find their forever homes and that special love!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Gus said...

OH S&*T! We hope the visit with the orthopedist goes OK this afternoon, and are worried about your Mom and Dad driving...but this is one of those "have to, must, gotta" situations. Around here we refer to our condition as SNAFU, but this is beyond F.

And OMD, who is cooking Christmas dinner and when is Radar coming home.


JackDaddy said...

Here's sending all the get well wishes that I can so that Mom will get better. I'm so sorry this happened during the holidays (although I don't guess there is a good time for it to have ever happened!)

I hope all the puppies find a good home quickly!

Anonymous said...

I am horribly sorry about you accident, especially at this time of year. Sometimes the Universe has a way of slowing us down whether or not we want to - hopefully this will be a path to some deep blessings you so richly deserve.

Mogley G. Retriever said...

Snow? The weather has been so nice here in Denver that we are moving the bannana trees back outside. Sure.

Our snow blower is gassed up and ready to go if you want to borrow it.

Sorry about falling down the stairs. Humans have only two feet so that is a 50% reduction in mobility, not good! If humans had four feet like most of us, it would only be a 25% reduction in mobility, much easier to live with.

Mogley G. Retriever

Bob said...

Oh what a terrible thing to have happen to your Mom. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope her visit to the orthopedist goes OK.
We feel so bad that this had to happen, especially right before Christmas (actually it is not good anytime)
We hope Almost Heaven gets a lot of takers for sponsoring those that need homes at Christmas.
We voted right up until the deadline , we hope it helped. Poor Radar will he get home before Christmas????
Tell you Dad to take it easy, and you guys all help your Mom & Dad.
Sending warm healing gentle Hugs to your Mom.

Hamish & Sophie

Hamish & Sophie

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Oh no! We're sending lots of Sibe Vibes for your mom. You might want to give her some Happy Hearts too because those have healing powers.


Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so very sorry to hear about your mom! How awful for her!
We are praying for the best for her!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

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

Sorry to see the news about your mom -

WE are furry glad to see your pawrents made it bakhk safely through the snow -

I've got the paws khrossed fur those special GR's to find GReat homes!


Jan's Funny Farm said...

So glad your folks are home but so sorry about your mom's broken bones. Hope all goes well and she heals quickly.

The Thundering Herd said...

So sorry about your mom. None of you tripped her on those steps, did you? We have been known to do that.

The OP Pack said...

How horrible - after that terrible drive home and the mess of the snow. Poor Mom, crutches are such an annoyance. We send our very best wishes for her to manage to get around somehow - maybe a wheelchair is in order for a while. We will keep you all in our prayers and thoughts and hope things are better soon.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Fin said...

OMC your poor Mom! Purrs and hugs to you all but especially your Mom of course.

Huffle Mawson said...

Oh no poor mum! I hope she will be okay. You must all look after her now.

MAX said...

We are really sorry to hear about your mom's misfortune. Gee, that's terrible! Hope she isn't in too much pain. Sending lots of love to you all. Hope things work out for you somehow. We wish we were closer to help you guys.

Clive said...

We were so sorry to read about your Mom! We hope she manages the crutches okay and is not in too much pain!

We're thinking of you all.

love and woofs
Clive and family

julieandcj said...

Sorry to hear about your mom's fall and broken bones. She will need all of you to be extra good and not trip her up by getting underfoot.
We are currently fostering 2 dogs for AHGRR. What would we do without Carol and Skip and their dedication to rescuing dogs.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We are sad to read about your mom getting hurt but happy that is wasn't worse then it is. And we ar glad that they made it home safe. We are sending her lots of purrs and prayers to heal up quickly!


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