Fall 2017 Newsletter
Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland
Box 6
Great Mills, MD 20634

Button Sewers

Join us on Sunday, October 15th from 2 - 4 pm at Pat and Joe Johnson's home at 19202 Nelson Court, Valley Lee, MD 20692 to sew buttons on our famous homemade dog scarves. Needles, thread, buttons will be provided. Doris Wright, aka, Becky's Mom, makes them all year, but she needs our help with the finishing touch.
Dog scarves are sold at craft shows to earn money for our rescue pups. One is sent home with our pups when they are adopted during the winter.
Prizes will be given out to those who sew the most buttons on and refreshments will be provided. Please call Pat at 240.925.8817 or email to if you plan to come so she'll have enough supplies and food.

Chesapeake Grille
Let's meet for lunch on Sunday, November 5th at noon at the Chesapeake Grille in Dunkirk. During the week of November 5 - 11 all tips go to our rescue. Thank you to Glenda Spragg for coordinating this fundraiser.

Holiday Greenery Fundraiser

Literary Classics

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?  Thanks to Kim Adams we've again teamed up with Lynch Creek Farms who sells and ships beautiful wreaths, center pieces and more.  You select the delivery date and the item is shipped where you want.  Ordering is open now through mid-December.  There are some harvest items as well.  20% is donated to GRRSM.  

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Children's Book Collection

Holiday Volunteer Potluck/ Gift Exchange

Ho Ho. Ho. Join us on Saturday, December 16th from 11:30 - 1:30 at the Charlotte Hall Library for our annual Holiday Potluck and Gift Exchange. It truly is a potluck so if we all bring salads or desserts that's what we'll eat! We'll play a game or two and then do our gift exchange. Each person should bring a wrapped gift valued at $20 to $25. This is a great excuse to buy a cute dog themed gift as EVERYONE who attends appreciates gifts for their dogs or themselves. RVSP to or 240.925.8817 so we have enough chairs set up, paper products and drinks.
Journals and Supplies

Holiday Craft Shows

We will be once again be participating in two craft shows this year with ALL proceeds going to the rescue to help even more goldens in need.  Below are the details of each show:
NAS Pax River Craft Show
Saturday, December 2nd
9:00 am -3:00 pm
NAS Drill Hall
Barb Saylor Coordinating
This show requires participants and attendees to have base stickers and military ID to get into the base unless you catch a ride with someone who does have these.
Humane Society of Charles County
Sunday, December 3rd
Thomas Stone High School
Liz Pike Coordinating
This is a great craft show and we tried it out for the first time last year.  We liked it so much last year that we are going back.
Obviously the rescue will be very busy that weekend.  We will need folks to help at the actual shows with following shifts on each day:
7:00 am - 9:30 am - show set up
9:30 am - 11:30 am
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - this shift will tear down at the end of the show.
To help at the PAX River Show email Barb Saylor at
To help at the HSCC Show at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf email Liz Pike at
Of course we will also need to have crafts to sell at the show.  In previous years we have sold the following items:
  • Dog Scarves - our signature product
  • Coin purses
  • Tree ornaments
  • Dog themed kitchen towels
  • Dog Paw Stocking
  • Winter hats
  • Dog themed signs
  • No-sew throws - dog themed fabric
 The theme at our table is that we sell items for dogs and dog lovers.
We could really use more ornaments this year - dog themed.  Also, I am recruiting people who can crochet or knit to make winter headbands.  I can email you some images if you are interested in doing this.  Send emails to me at
I have an embroidery machine now and I wanted to see if I could embroider dog paws on the front of these.  I actually have a TON of yarn I would be glad to donate to the cause.
I know we have A LOT of crafty people in our rescue.  Please let me know if you would like to donate items to these event.
~ Barb Saylo

Membership Renewals

Membership renewal information will go out after Thanksgiving. Membership is $30 per family and primarily supports the administration of the rescue paying for web site hosting, post office box, telephone and liability and board insurance.
Families who adopted a dog during this calendar year are automatically members for 2018.
We have a good size core group of members who we very much appreciate. We will acknowledge all members in our February newsletter and at our annual meeting in February.

Our volunteer is still working on the rescue's 2018 calendar.  We hope to have it available at craft shows, the volunteer potluck and by mail. Cost of the calendar will be $10 if picked up and $12 if mailed.  A VERY LIMITED number will be printed. Watch the rescue's blog and Facebook page for more information.
Dogs Adopted
Twenty four dogs have been rescued thus far this year:

Shelia now Lily, Duffy now Sophia, Keje, Baby, Sydney, Maverick, Sookie, Indy, Max, Rafa, Zeki, Flower, Roxy now Cara, Lily, Zoe now Chloe, Rose, Lucky, Mae now Maizy, Charlie, Henry, Honey, Buttercup, Khloe, and Bonham now Alice.
Karin Carlson, Becky Minnich and Glenda Spragg foster most often this year.
7 males/17 females
5 seniors
10 under 2
42% repeat adopters 
Rainbow Bridge
We've recently said farewell to the following much loved goldens:
  • Max who was fostered by Sarah Tuck who helped him cross the bridge.
  • Maverick who fostered to adopt and helped him cross the bridge (and paid all expenses) Tim Smith.
  • Daisy Dill
  • Jake Cullen
  • Julia Stevenson
  • Rajah Bleakley
  • Cooper Cockrell
  • Charlie Doelle
  • Brady Hayter
  • Charlotte Dziewit
Volunteers are Super Heroes
Golden Retriever Rescue of  Southern Maryland is an all volunteer organization. EVERYTHING is done by one or more of our SUPER volunteers. If you'd like to get more involved we need volunteer super heroes to:
  • Do home visits with potential adopters.
  • Staff tables at events.
  • Serve on the fundraising committee.
  • Transport goldens from the shelter or give up family to their foster family.
  • Provide a temporary home for a golden in need.
  • Coordinate the annual meeting and volunteer potluck.
  • Create flyers, posters, newsletters, etc.
Training is provided. If you can help please call 855.477.3728 and leave a message in the general mailbox. VOLUNTEERS check this box daily. You can also send an email to as a VOLUNTEER responds to each email.