Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Dad was out clearing the stairs this afternoon and he brought Radar and me outside with him to play in the snow. We were having a great time in the snow and dad was busy with the shoveling and all. Last night I came outside to do business and there was a strange little guy up at the top of the driveway. I went up and we introduced ourselves. His name is Max, just like our Max, except he might weigh 30 pounds. We had fun until dad called me in and Max went off down the street. Well this afternoon I noticed his scent trail and decided to go see where he lived. I went all the way down to the cul-de-sac circle at the end of our street and then down a long driveway towards the lake. I could smell Max's scent up on to the front porch of a house. So I sat down and made myself comfortable while I waited for max to come out again to play. Low and behold, meanwhile back at the ranch dad can't find me; evidently he didn't see me leave. Dad and Radar walked all over the neighborhood and then dad drove the rescue wagon all the way out to the highway and back looking for me. He cruised the neighborhood twice and then started walking again. He met a man that thought he had seen me way up the other end of the development. So dad went for another 2 mile walk looking for me. Meanwhile a lady came out of Max's house and read my collar tags. She went back in the house and I could see Max inside. We barked at each other but the lady came out by herself and started walking up the street and called for me to go along. She took me back up to my house and rang the doorbell. It took monster boot broken ankle/foot mom a while to come to the door and when she opened it Homer and Jubal dashed out of the door and into the front yard. I went inside and mom called Jubal and he came back inside. Homer took off up the street. The nice lady, her name is Susan, went off after Homer and got him about a block away and brought him back to mom. Then Susan walked around and found dad looking for me. They both came home and then Susan told dad that she was glad to help and that now she didn't have to do something called a treadmill workout. I don't understand what the big fuss was all about. I had a nice walk but I didn't get to play with my new friend "Little Max."

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 grand kids 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. Others are listed on PetFinder.com under Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, WV. Can you please help at least one of them? God Bless You, Everyone.


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 heart worm 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 TODAY, Wednesday, December 23!

Along with everything else going on, we had connection problems the other 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 Sunday morning before starting to drive back home 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 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...

WOW!!! What an adventure! Too bad you didn't get a chance to play with Max. Maybe that Susan lady will bring him offur to play one of these days! We hope those other woofies ALL find happy furrever homes furry soon!

JackDaddy said...

Oh my! Please do not go off like that again. I had a puppy that did that once at night during a lightning storm and it scared me to pieces!! I was having to go through the neighbor's back yards in the dark and rain!

But, I'm glad you made it back home.

Clive said...

Shame you didn't get to play with Max but you must have given your Dad a big scare!

Hope your Mom is managing okay on the crutches!

love and woofs

Bob said...

Oh Sophie; you must have scared you Dad a lot.We hope you get to play with Max in the future but please don't walk off by yourself.
Hope you Mom is feeling better and able to get around, all be it, slowly.

Hamish & Sophie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Sophie, you really scared everyone. We feel sorry for broken ankle/foot opening the door for one wayward "child" and having another escape.

We're sorry your rescue didn't win.

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

Adventures khan be fun BUT they khan also be furry furry skhary!

I hope woo get to play with Max sometime!


Gus said...

WoooooooHOOOOOO...we are so proud of you guys for coordinating the effort, and glad that we could help.



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