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March 30, 2018   No Comments

Eat your Veggie’s

March 29, 2018   No Comments

Have doggie Behavior Questions? Ask them to a Trainer! Saturday, April 28 @ 1pm

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 28th at 1 pm at the Charlotte Hall Library. We have invited Donna Poudrier, Certified Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT) and owner of Think Like a Dog training to do a 30 minute talk on “What a Trainer Wants Dog Parents to Know” and then do 30 minutes of questions and answers with us providing questions in advance.

The cost is free for rescue members. There is a $5 charge for non members.

Please RSVP and send me your questions by Saturday, April 21 to  This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered.


March 27, 2018   No Comments

March 27, 2018   No Comments

Flying with Your Pets

Thousands of people travel by air with their pets daily. With all the tragic headlines on pet loss and misplacement with airlines this past week, it has created huge anxiety for many pet owners. Be informed and proactive about flying with your pet. A good place to start is on the website of your intended airline regarding their policies and rules of pet travel. Often there is a contact phone number for a “pet travel specialist” to help you. In cabin or in cargo? Size and weight restrictions? Carrier requirements? What is the weather like at both ends of the connection in case of delays—too hot or too cold? Does my pet need a health certificate from my veterinarian? Does my pet need a sedative? What special requirements for Hawaii or international flights? Definitely need to plan ahead months in advance. Do not wait till a day or two before  your flight to get these details.

Here are some additional tips:

-Before traveling, accustom your pet to the kennel in which it will be shipped. Make sure that the door latches securely.

-Do not give your pet solid food in the six hours prior to the flight. A moderate amount of water and a walk before and after the flight are advised.

-Do not administer sedation to your pet without the approval of a veterinarian, and provide a test dose before the trip to gauge how the pet will react.

-Be sure to reserve a space for your pet in advance, and inquire about time and location for drop-off and pick-up.

-Try to schedule a non-stop flight; avoid connections; and the heavy traffic of a holiday or weekend flight.

-When you board, try to tell a pilot and a flight attendant that there is a pet in the cargo hold. The airlines have a system for providing such notification, but it doesn’t hurt to mention it yourself.

-For overseas travel (including Hawaii), inquire about any special health requirements such as quarantine.

-Write your name, address and phone number on the kennel, and make sure your pet is wearing a tag with the same information. Consider purchasing a temporary tag showing your destination address and phone number. Bring a photo of your pet, in case it is lost.

March 26, 2018   No Comments

2019 GRRSM Calendar Photo’s Needed

Submission Guidelines:

1. Deadline for submission is May 18, 2018.

2. One main picture for each month and one for the front and back covers will be selected by the board at our May meeting. Main photos must include a dog adopted from the rescue. Other dogs can be in the picture.

3. Photos will be selected based on composition, quality, and emotional appeal.

4. All photos submitted must be horizontal (landscape) in orientation. Holiday themed photos are always needed. (Valentine’s Day, St Pat’s, Father’s Day, Christmas, etc.)

5. Digital images are required. Please follow these guidelines:
a. Set your camera to take photos at the highest resolution possible.
b. If possible, name your image(s) with dog’s name and your last name. If sending more than one photo, number appropriately. Example: RustyJones01.jpg, RustyJones02.jpg, RustyJones03.jpg.
c. No more than 5 photos per member. Submit your image(s) in jpg format as an email attachment to Please do not crop the picture or make the file smaller to email— send the largest, original file.
d. Include a note in the message body with pertinent information (owner’s name, dog’s name ) and include the DOG’S NAME in the MESSAGE SUBJECT so we can match your picture with your information. You will receive a confirmation of your submission. If you don’t receive one, assume it did not go through and please re-send.

6. Only GRRSM dogs are eligible for the large photos. Goldens of members who were not adopted through the rescue may be used for the medium size photo on the page.

7. No humans in the photo please.

8. Photos must be previously unpublished, non-professional images; no copyrighted photos accepted. Photos become property of GRRSM and reserves the right to use pictures submitted in our newsletter, on our website, and in other publications

9. You may also purchase a 3 x3 inch personal ad and advertise your business (does not have to be dog related) to golden lovers. Contact Barb Saylor at for more information.

Questions or problems?

March 24, 2018   2 Comments

March 24, 2018   No Comments

Please Send Healing Energy and Virtual Hugs

Millie Huey, the oldest golden I know, has been diagnosed with a cancerous spleen tumor that has been bleeding.

Please send Millie healing energy.

Please send her mom and dad, Jean and Al Huey, founding members of the rescue hugs.

Miss Millie became a model pup after failing her behavior assessment at Tricounty and at risk of euthanasia without Jean and Al saying they would adopt her.

March 22, 2018   7 Comments

Menia is Ready for her Furever Family

Menia is a 3 year old golden retriever rescued from a slaughterhouse in China.

She came to the rescue underweight and now weighs 56 pounds.

She has been great with other dogs, people, kids and cats.

She’s great in the car and has already been on a trip to Ocean City.

She’s healthy, but did have an ear infection when she came to rescue.

She likes bones and is getting to know toys.

She carries her foster dad’s socks around and as you can see, she’s the dog at the shelter who likes to carry her food bowl.

She would like a physically fenced yard, a canine companion and someone home part of the day.

For more information call 855.477.3728 or submit an application.


March 22, 2018   3 Comments

Spring Time Hazards

From Dr. Karen Becker, each change of season presents safety hazards for your companion animals, and spring is no exception.

In fact, the beautiful weather you and your pet enjoy after the cold winter months and before the heat of summer can cause you to throw caution to the wind as you race outdoors to soak up the sun and fresh air.

I encourage you to slow down just long enough to insure your beloved pet doesn’t become victim to a springtime menace.

Indoor Springtime Hazards

  • Easter candy and decorations. Even though Easter has passed already this year, you may have a number of things Easter-related stilly lying around your house that can pose a danger to your pet. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats and other furry pets. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity include restlessness, panting, increased urination, muscle spasms, vomiting and diarrhea.

And while chocolate is the most toxic candy, you should keep your dog or cat away from all types of Easter goodies, including sweet-smelling candy wrappers.

Lilies can be fatal if eaten by your pet.

The plastic grass used to line your children’s Easter baskets can cause serious gastrointestinal illness for curious kitties. You should also keep ribbons, bows and other colorful enticements out of the reach of your pets.

  • Unintended access to the outdoors. Before you throw open your windows and doors to those warm spring breezes, make sure all your screens are in place and that they are in good shape and well-secured.
  • Spring cleaning chemicals. If you use chemical cleaning supplies around your home, be sure to keep them out of reach of your pet. Commercial cleaning products, almost without exception, contain chemicals that are toxic to your dog or cat, so make sure to follow label instructions carefully and store products securely away from your pet.
  • Home improvement hazards. If you’re planning a renovation project around your home or yard this year, keep in mind that many of the chemicals and supplies you’ll need can be dangerous for your pet.

Paints and solvents can be toxic, and building supplies like nails, insulation and certain tools can also pose risks. Read the labels on all products you plan to use to see if they’re safe for pets. The very best way to keep your dog or cat out of harm’s way is to confine them to an area of your home well away from the project area.

Outdoor Dangers to Watch For in Warmer Weather

  • Seasonal allergies. Just like you, your furry companion can have allergies to the plants and pollens of springtime. And a serious allergy in your pet is nothing to sneeze at, as your dog or cat could have a potentially fatal reaction known as anaphylactic shock. If you suspect your pet is suffering from springtime allergies, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian.
  • Yard and garden hazards. The insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers many people apply in the spring to bring their lawns and gardens back to life are full of chemicals that are dangerous for pets.
  • Pretty poisons. Before you stock up on seeds or visit your local nursery, make sure you know which plants, flowers and greenery are toxic to your pet if ingested.
  • Warm weather parasites. Work with a holistic veterinarian in your area to decide what kinds of parasite preventives your pets need to keep them free of fleas, ticks, heartworm and other parasites throughout the spring and summer months.
  • Driving dangers. As much as your pup may love the feel of the wind on his face, it’s not a good idea to allow him to stick his head out the window of your moving car. And it’s an even worse idea to put your pet in the bed of a pick-up truck for traveling.
  • Exercise injuries. If your dog has been inactive during the winter months, be sure to start slow and help him rebuild muscle tone before he’s allowed to engage in strenuous outdoor activities.Taking a few precautionary steps and exercising common sense can insure a healthy, enjoyable spring and summer for you and your furry buddy.

March 22, 2018   No Comments