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Wine & Design Fundraiser

Please join us for a night of painting, friendship, golden talk…any maybe some wine too.

Saturday, April 14 @ 630pm in Leonardtown,MD.

25% of each seat filled will be donated to GRRSM.  We will be painting the dog with kite design.  We need a minimum of 14 people to hold the event with a maximum of 24 people.

Please visit the following link, where you sign up and pay.  Please let me know if there are any questions.




February 25, 2018   1 Comment

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   4 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   No 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

Give and Receive When You Volunteer

I’ve been volunteering with golden rescue groups since 1994. Why?

Some days I’m not sure!

My dogs benefit for my volunteering as I stay current on the world of golden retrievers. I was 99% certain rescue pup Cora was taurine deficient as is the cardiologist today. My second golden was also taurine deficient. Supplements and she was fine as I expect Cora will be.

I’m a confident dog mom. I’ve learned what are big deals with canine health care and training, and what isn’t that important. So I don’t sweat the small stuff.

I make a difference. Romeo is no longer on a chain in snow like today. China pups were rescued from a MEAT MARKET for God’s Sake.

I meet and have wonderful dog loving friends. Just went on a cruise with SIX of them earlier this month. How many of us have friends like that?

I’ve adopted 5 goldens from the rescue – Riley, Ruby Tuesday, Madeline, Jasmine and Stanley. I helped a foster golden cross Rainbow Bridge before I ever had to help one of mine. I always felt badly than I let Bart die without a furever family, so I adopted Jasmine and Stanley, both seniors, before they crossed.

I learned that I’m far more patient than I thought I could be which makes me a great foster mom for pups with high anxiety.

I get to use my professional skills. I did a lot of training when I worked and am hosting a volunteer training this Saturday.

Those of you who volunteer with the rescue, why do you volunteer?

If you don’t volunteer yet, but have been thinking about it, join us for one or all of three volunteer sessions being held. Transport Training (1230), Home Visitor Training (130) and Foster Family Training (2:45 pm – 4:30 pm) this Saturday, March 24th at the Charlotte Hall Library.


March 21, 2018   No Comments

Can your pup “See” the Toy You’re Hiding with Its Nose

A new paper, published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, suggests that they do. Although the results are preliminary, they give us a rough insight into the minds of our companions when it comes to their perception of the world around them.

How Dogs Can “See” With Their Noses

The portion of a dog’s brain dedicated to processing smell is 40 times larger than ours, proportionally speaking, and they’re adorned with 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. In general, compared to humans, their sense of smell is at least 10,000 times better than ours – so it’s understandable that a dog’s world is driven by smell far more than ours is.

A pair of researchers – from the Max Plank Institute for the Science of Human History and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena – wanted to know more. “Although it is well known that dogs have an excellent olfactory sense and that they rely on olfaction heavily when exploring the environment or recognizing individuals, it remains unclear whether dogs perceive odors as representing specific objects,” their study explains.

For the purposes of their study, 48 dogs were recruited, almost evenly split between working dogs – those used by the emergency or security services, say – and family dogs. First, two toys that the dogs were particularly keen on were identified, and then the trickery began.

In each trial, a scent path was laid down by one of the toys, and the dogs were encouraged to follow it. Half the time, the dogs found the toy they expected to discover at the end of the road; the other half, the so-called “surprise condition”, featured the second toy.

The idea was that, if the dog had a mental image of the toy they expected to find in their minds, they would act somewhat, well, surprised when they found a different object. If they relied merely on smell and didn’t have said mental picture formed in their mind, then they’d just be content to have followed the trail.

Incidentally, the working dogs were better at the game at first, but the difference between them and the family dogs disappeared over time. All things considered, the authors concluded that a variety of dogs can picture what they can see in their mind, “independent from their educational background.”

More research is of course needed – after all, these conclusions are based more on reasonable inferences than anything more concrete.


March 21, 2018   No Comments

Double Banana Treats


  • 4 Cups Oat Flour
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
    2. In a small bowl, use a fork to mash 2-1/2 bananas. Slice the other 1/2 banana into 24 very thin slices to decorate the top of the treats, and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, mashed bananas and 2 eggs. Add more oat flour if the dough is too sticky to handle.
    4. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the treats and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
    5. Using your thumb, make a slight indention into the top of each treat, and lay a banana slice into it.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the edges start to brown and the banana slice feels just dry to the touch. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
    7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

March 20, 2018   No Comments

Paws 101

There are five distinct parts of a dog’s paw:

A) claws(4) , B) the 4 digital pads, C) metacarpal pad, D) dew claw, E) carpal pad.

1. Digital Pads

Digital pads are the leathery parts directly under the dog’s toes that leave those iconic pawprints. Dogs have four digital pads per limb, but cats and other animals have five or more.

These pads can range in color from black to pink or white— and one dog may have a combination of all three. Although they feel like leather, they are actually made of epidermis, an outer skin that’s the same as what’s on the soles of our feet. They contain fatty tissue which does not freeze, making them perfect for withstanding the cold, ice, and snow.

Digital pads also regulate the amount of water lost from the body, and serve as a defense against picking up viruses and bacteria from the ground.

2. Metacarpal/MetatarsalPad

If the digital pads are considered to be like our toes and fingers, the heart-shaped metacarpal pad is similar to our soles and palms. The metacarpal pad is just below and at the center of the digital pads.

Technically, they’re called the metacarpal pads when referring to the front paws, and metatarsal pads when referring to the rear legs. Like good walking sneakers, these cushion the stress caused by walking on the load-bearing limbs.

3. CarpalPad

The carpal pad is that stand alone gumdrop-shaped pad located higher up the leg. These are not used as load-bearing cushioning, but provide greater traction in times of abrupt stopping, such as during hunting or when sliding down slopes fleeing a predator.

4. Claw

The claw is what we have come to know as the nail. Claws are beak-like in appearance and are comprised of thick keratin, as is our hair and nails. Each claw is used for traction, digging, and grasping.

Elf at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe dewclaw shown here is the dark nail that does not make contact with the ground.

5. Dewclaw

The official name for that solitary nail situated between the metacarpal pads and the carpal pad higher on the leg, the dewclaw is part of a vestigial toe and is basically a digit that’s no longer used.

Dewclaws may be on both the front and rear legs, but are less common on the rear.

Dewclaws aren’t used for walking and most breeds don’t even let them touch the ground, that is unless your dog is a hard working breed such as a Border Collie, or actively running at top speeds to herd sheep or cows. In these cases, the dewclaw prevents the leg from turning, which may prevent arthritis or sports-related injuries.

Dewclaws don’t look like your dog’s other nails; they can often grow in a circular manner, which necessitates cutting so it does not grow into your dog’s skin. Most dogs don’t have the opportunity to wear down this nail on their own, so extreme care is needed to cut it to a safe length.

When dogs have black nails, it’s often difficult to cut their nails without causing blood loss from a nicked quick (the blood vessels and nerves that supply the claw). Unfortunately, the longer the nail grows, the longer the quick grows, making the distance before the quick shorter and more vulnerable to cutting and bleeding.


March 19, 2018   No Comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2018   No Comments

Foster Family Training

This picture touchea my heart as it is SO TRUE.

The feeling a foster dog gives you when they finally start to settle in and trust you to:

Feed them regularly

Give them fresh water

Tend their wounds or illnesses

And love them.

For some dogs, this happens almost immediately.

For others it can take a long time.

If you can feed, water, care for and love a golden retriever while we find a perfect family, please consider joining our foster family team.

Since we are a small rescue you can foster as much or as little as you like. The rescue pays all expenses. You provide the love and care.

An orientation to our foster family team is being held next Saturday, March 24th from 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm at the Charlotte Hall Library.

Call or email me for more information or to reserve a seat.

Pat Johnson, Intake, Foster & Adoption Coordinator, 240.925.8817 or johnsonpat@verizon.net

March 16, 2018   No Comments

ABC’s of Pet CPR

The American Red Cross’s ABC’s of Pet CPR

  • A is for Airway
  • B is for Breathing
  • C is for Circulation and Chest Compressions

A = Airway

If you find your pet unconscious and you don’t know the cause, it’s very likely he has choked on food, a toy, or a foreign object.

Open his mouth and check for a visible obstruction. Try to remove it, but take care not to put your fingers in the mouth of a conscious, panicked dog that might bite you. Instead, try to use a tool to remove the object – pliers or perhaps tweezers.

If you can’t see an obstruction or can’t get to it, use abdominal thrusts or back blows to try to dislodge it.

Place a hand on each side of the animal’s rib cage and apply quick, firm pressure in three to four bursts.

You can also place your pet on his side and strike the side of the ribcage firmly with the palm of your hand three to four times. Repeat these three to four count bursts until hopefully, the object is dislodged.

B = Breathing

If your pet isn’t choking but also isn’t getting air into her lungs, you’ll need to breathe for her.

If the animal is a cat or a small dog with a muzzle (nose and mouth) small enough to fit entirely in your mouth, put your mouth over your pet’s muzzle. Exhale and watch for the chest to rise.

If your dog’s muzzle won’t fit in your mouth, hold her mouth closed, put your mouth over her nose and exhale into her nostrils, again watching for the chest to rise as you breathe air into her lungs.

C = Circulation followed by chest compressions if necessary

If your pet is unconscious or unresponsive, check for a heartbeat where the elbow of the left front leg contacts the chest. You should only perform chest compressions in the absence of a heartbeat.

If you can’t detect a heartbeat, lay your pet on his right side. For an animal 30 pounds or smaller, place a hand on each side of the ribs where the elbows contact the chest. Squeeze or press gently several times in rapid succession.

For a dog over 30 pounds, you’ll need to cup your hands and place them over the widest area of the chest. Perform rapid chest compressions of one to three inches, depending on the size of the dog.

For an animal under 90 pounds, you’ll need to give one breath as described under B, above, for every five chest compressions so the animal is getting 30 breaths per minute.

For a giant dog 90 pounds or heavier, you’ll need to do one breath for every 10 chest compressions, which will give him 20 breaths per minute.

This is a lot of fast work in a short amount of time. If there’s another person available to help, one of you should do the compressions while the other does the breathing.


March 16, 2018   No Comments