Thursday, December 17, 2009



Hey Hounders,
As y'all probably know (if you're not a first time visitor) all of us here, including mom and dad, are involved in rescue. We work with Ms. Carol and Mr. Skip at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary in Delray, WV. We've been blogging as part of the Dogs With Blogs (DWB) network for 2 years this coming March. A lot of the DWB bloggers that we follow are also involved in rescue work, most a lot more so than us. Ben and his family, Mogley & Bella and their family, Lucky Luke and his family, Khyra and her mom, The Brat Pack and Kona and M&S; these bloggers and many more that we've slighted by not mentioning them, are doing their part to help rescue abused, neglected and abandoned dogs everywhere. A lot of people shy away from rescue because they "don't have any money" and they "can't afford to donate." Fine, these are difficult economic times and such situations are totally understandable. But what about doing things to help that don't involve money. How about "donating" some time and labor; it's a labor of love. One of our blogger friends fosters rescued Golden Retrievers out in Golden, CO. Mogley and his family work with Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR). They have been fostering a senior female named Agnes since early this month. You can, and should, read all about Agnes at Mogley's blog - A Dog's Life, the real story. Tuesday night Agnes, who had bone cancer, had to be put to sleep and she went to The Rainbow Bridge. Mogley made this post to his blog to thank everyone who had responded to his post about Agnes going to The Bridge. We were, and still are, in shock about Agnes' death. We responded back to Mogley. These two posts tell what rescue is about. It shows that little things matter and that loving and caring matter the most.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Agnes, reflections on what might have been!

Thank you to all who left comments and messages of support following the passing of Agnes. Your best wishes are well received and were needed by us. In reflecting on Agnes and her brief stay here, we wanted to share some thoughts with our readers. We realize that most of the readers are already rescue workers and volunteers, but just in case you are not a rescue volunteer, please read on.
Agnes was picked up in Pueblo, Colorado, wandering free, dirty and matted, with no tags or collar. No tags or collar usually means an "on purpose stray", one who was set lose on the edge of town because it was sick and there was no room in the owners lives for an old, sick dog, even after 10 years together.
Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies was notified that an older, ill Golden Retriever was available at the pound in Pueblo. A volunteer driving team made a trip of 200 miles to bring her to the rescue in Golden Colorado. They said they had never seen a more matted, dirty dog in their lives. Once at the rescue she saw the groomer and the vet. She tested heart worm positive and she had to be treated for heart worm which is no easy battle for an older dog (10+), especially where she had gone untreated for some time. Agnes also had issues with her rear hips and legs, she was not walking well and tried not to get up and down more than she had to. She was put on several meds to help her hip pain and to help her weather the heart worm treatment. The rest of the story you have already read in the blog.
The real hero's in her life are the volunteers that rescued her from the pound in Pueblo, groomed her, took her to the vet and helped her along the way. They gave us the chance to foster her and to provide some comfort to her in her final weeks. We are grateful to all the team that helped her on her journey. It may not have been as long of a journey as we had hoped for, but it was a journey that made her life better in her last days.
We continue to have nightmares of might have happened if the rescue and its volunteers had not intervened. She could have died alone on a concrete floor in a chain link run. What keeps the rescue workers going is the knowledge that there are hundreds more lost dogs that we still need to reach, we need to transport and groom, give them medical care and a warm home while they seek new homes. Hundreds more sleeping on concrete floors with chain link for walls, but even worse for a Golden, no human hand to give head pats, no human voice to give comfort.
We only fostered Agnes for weeks, someone else had her for over 10 years, and let her down. We hope we let her know that humans do care, a dogs love and loyalty is not wasted.
Our thanks go out to all the volunteers that work in rescues all across the country. If you don't volunteer at a rescue, take time today to use your Internet connection to search and find a rescue near you.
Donate time and money to help another Agnes find a warm home, help another Agnes die with dignity.
Thanks for all you do.

Mogley G. Retriever

This was our comment back to Mogley, Bella, the Chauffeur and the House Keeper.

The Bumpass Hounds said...
Hey Mogley, Bella, Chauffeur and House Keeper,
We are all still in shock here. Agnes came so far on her journey. Her situation is a lot like our late brother Gordon. He lived with a family until he was 7 years old and then he started to go blind; a preventable blindness if he had been treated our vet told us. But for whatever reason he was dumped at a shelter and spent about 3 years bumping around. Y'all know that it extremely unusual for a dog to "survive" for 3 years in the normal pound and shelter environment. Obviously Gordon's personality and a sympathy factor for his blindness kept him alive. Fortunately he made his way into rescue. Once in a rescue situation a dog's chances at life go up incredibly. Gordon came to live with us when he was 10 and totally blind. Our first blind rescue. Mom and dad read all sorts of stuff and were worried that they couldn't handle a blind dog's needs. Heck, Gordon was fine here. The girls loved him like a father. We all helped him find his way around the yard and house, but he quickly mapped everything out. He had 5+ GReat years with us and since he had moved to Bumpass with us, he was a plank owner Bumpass Hound. Agnes would have been a lot like Gordon. She would have thrived in a loving and caring furever home and we have proof. You all gave her that gift; it was an early Christmas gift that she actually got to open and enjoy, the best one that she ever received, life in a caring and loving furever home and she thrived. Non rescuers will always question if it was worth the effort, time and expense to try to save Agnes. Just the fact they ask such questions reveals them as non rescuers. You didn't try to save Agnes, you did save her. She wasn't a stray struggling to survive. She was in a home as a family member. She was saved, she just didn't have to move on to placement. Is it worth the effort to save a dog's life? Ask any of the volunteers involved in Agnes' journey through rescue, short as it may have been. They'll all respond immediately without having to think about it; YES it is worth it. Most would feel bad that they couldn't have intervened years earlier. We are proud to say that we are rescuers and we are proud to have an acquaintance with other rescuer such as y'all. DWB has opened our eyes to how universal our feeling are to other rescuers throughout the world. We all rejoice when one is saved and we all mourn when one is lost. We guess that we are all one GReat big family doing what we can together. People reading your post that aren't involved in rescue should do as you say Mogley; get involved. An hour a week at the local shelter cleaning kennels or walking dogs, driving a segment of a transport, simply sitting with a shelter dog to provide socialization. There's no such thing as doing too little unless you're doing nothing. Sure, money helps buy necessities but it doesn't buy the needed caring. You don't need money or an SUV to help, all you need is some time and a heart that' willing to help. Mogley, we are so honored to know a family that cares as much as you guys do. Like Tiny Tim said; "God Bless Us, Everyone."

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRR) has moved into the #1 position among the West Virginia shelters and we've advanced to #123 overall in The Animal Rescue Site monetary grant voting this morning. Right now AHGRR is in a position to be awarded a $1,000.00 grant for being #1 in the State of West Virginia. But that could be lost if our supportters don't continue to vote each and every day from now up to, and including, the 20th of December. How devastating that would be to Ms. Carol and Mr. Skip who give so much of themselves to help homeless dogs find their furever homes. We only have five days of voting left, counting today, to go. So we need you all to help AHGRR stay on top to close out this quest. We'd like to win the top spot in West Virginia. It would be a lot of help if y'all could solicit support from others to help us achieve our goal. Again we ask that you please consider appealing to your social network friends on Facebook, My Space, etc. Our mom simply asked her Facebook friends to vote and she got all positive responses. Please do it for the homeless pups during this Christmas Season of love and charity.


Please go to this website:
The webpage can sometimes be 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

To simplify things, you can actually just select "WV" in the state drop down menu and type "Capon" in for the City. 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, just five days from today. 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...


Agnes and her story soooo touched our hearts...

It was like seeing how Merdie khame to life with LOVE!

All of us just need to do what we khan as we khan...

PeeEssWoo: Mom says means a lot since sometimes we wonder...

Huffle Mawson said...

I don't know many of the others but Khyra and her mum are amazing!

I am having trouble with your blog lately. Nothing seems to load properly and it's hard to read the posts. I don't know what's going on.

Gus said...

We say THANK YOU to everyone involved in rescue. My foster mom was wonderful (even when I didn't like her scotties) and without her, I would not have had a chance to get to know all of you. Rescue, breed specific or not, is a wonderful thing.


Mogley G. Retriever said...

Thank you for being one of the most supportive blogs on rescue that we have found. You guys are great. Thank you for helping us get the word out. You don't have to have money to give a homeless dog a word of praise or a pat on the head. Many of our volunteers just take the newly arrived homeless for walks or just give them a comforting word.

Thanks again.
Mogley G. Retriever

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

What a great great post dear friends!!!
We want say a big big THANK YOU to all the people involved in rescue!!!
We're thankful to have our furry babies in our life...and we can't imagine how many sweet dogs are living abandoned all around the world....without hugs...and someone who love them!!!
It's so sad....
Thanks for sharing with us Agnes story....we're very touched....and mommy is crying a lot....
We're happy she found someone who love her during her last days....
WE LOVE YOU dear friends...and we're very honored to met're people very very special with a big big heart!!!!
Thank you for all the wonderful things you do for all those unlucky dogs!!!
HAve a wonderful day!!

JackDaddy said...

We were very moved when we read about Agnes. I hope more people will help other puppies (and kitties) who need help as well!


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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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