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A Golden Thank You From Golden Beginnings

Golden Beginnings would like to thank all of our supporters, members, friends and volunteers who help in so many ways, day in, day out, to make our rescue mission a reality.

In our first ten years, we have saved well over 2,000 dogs and placed them in loving homes. None of this would be possible without your help. We'd like to extend a special golden thanks to the following supporters, whose generous hearts of gold make such an impact on the success of Golden Beginnings:



"We want to thank Betsy for all of her support over the years. We will miss you."
Betsy Stevens, co-founder, with her husband Dave, of the much-loved
Golden Retriever Camp.


The Bayou City Boys

Chris Mannery,
Bayou City Seafood n' Pasta
4730 Richmond, just inside Loop 610

Surfer, entrepreneur, and proprietor of our favorite seafood restaurant, Chris Mannery and his beautiful boys, Justice, Thor, Zeus, Nanook and Glacier, support GB events, and Chris donates delicious food to our dinners and receptions. His amazing generosity is matched only by his amazingly tasty seafood, and both are tremendously appreciated by our entire group.

Chris Mannery and the boys at the GB picnic



Kathleen and Ricky

Kathleen and Ricky Connaugton
of Hollywood Frame Gallery
2427 Bissonnet, Houston, 77005

Kathleen and Ricky are tireless in their support of animal welfare and other worthy causes, and GB is so fortunate to have their support. Our events at HFG are always huge success, thanks to the graciousness of our hosts, and their reputation for knowing how to throw a FUN party is well-deserved.



Jim Tweedy with with Joanie P.'s Pecos,
the inspiration for
Golden Retriever Self-Portrait

Artist Jim Tweedy
Jim is well-known in in the canine world, especially for his "Friendly Doggies" series.

Jim, who is represented in Houston by Hollywood Frame Gallery, has created three great works of art for Golden Beginnings: Golden Retriever Self-Portrait, In Goldens We Trust, and Golden Retrieverville. The originals were auctioned off to benefit GB, and the prints and t-shirts have become incredibly popular, and understandably so!

"Golden Retriever Self-Portrait"


Rob Eppolito

Rob is in video marketing, not a web designer, but when he heard that GB was interested in developing a new, improved site linked to our database for instant updates, this busy dog-lover donated countless hours of his valuable time to make our dream come true.

Rob owns Video Mojo, a video production and video marketing company.  If you need to market your business or product, watch the short video below.


About Rob Eppolito, Video Mojo




Brad's dog Dodge

Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches

GB adopter Brad Roe is a principal in Gainer Donnelly & Desroches, a CPA firm with a commitment to their community, and thanks to his nomination, GB was awarded an important grant by the firm, which disburses a portion of their receipts to charities.




Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet, Houston TX 77005

Murder by book is our favorite dog-friendly, independent bookseller. They have hosted or sponsored a variety of great book events to benefit Golden Beginnings, with more to come.
Visit them at 2342 Bissonnet, Houston TX 77005.




David with the newest member of his pack, GB's one-eared Van Gogh

Author David Rosenfelt

David is a GB favorite. His Andy Carpenter series features the smart-mouthed attorney and his beloved golden Tara. David presented his latest book , "New Tricks" at a GB event in August 2009. Not only was it a great fund-raiser for GB, but a love match was made: David fell in love with our one-eared senior Van Gogh, who will soon join his household of Goldens in California.




Lisa Scottoline

Best-selling author Lisa Scottoline

Lisa is a golden lover too, and a supporter of GB!

In her Rosato & Assoc. series, which revolves around an
all-female law firm, golden retrievers are recurring characters.


Lisa Scottoline visits with GB volunteers
and Goldens!"



Thanks Thanks to Randy Miller of Designs by Miller for his support of Golden Beginnings. Randy creates beautiful custom wooden pet memorial boxes, as well as Golden signs, custom furniture and cabinets. A portion of all sales made to Golden Beginnings volunteers and supporters, is donated back to Golden Beginnings.





Our friends at the beautiful, full-service Meadowlake Pet Resort are offering a discount of 15% on any one service (grooming, boarding, daycare) to our new adopters, within 6 months of the adoption date.


Janet Huey Donates Heartworm Treatments For 2 Golden Beginnings Dogs

Janet, who has been a long time rescue person in Houston and is the owner of Pet Stuff Resale, buying and selling new and used pet supplies, www.petstuffresale.com. Janet recently made a generous donation of 2 heartworm treatments to Golden Beginnings dogs, Isabeau, who is currently in the second half of her treatment and for Charlie, who will begin in the next 2 weeks.

Janet was able to win a $5,000 award from the Pepsi Refresh Project where she submitted her idea to use the award to buy the drug Immiticide to treat heartworm positive dogs in Houston. In order to win, Janet had to call upon folks to vote for her idea and well, a lot of folks voted and her idea was one of the winners! As Janet says in her pet stuff resale blog, www.petstuffresale.blogspot.com “This is a major medical problem for dogs and expensive to treat. The sad situation is that it is so much cheaper to prevent than to treat. The burden falls on shelters and rescue groups to in essence, clean up after ignorant or noncompliant owners. In the current economy, many fewer dogs have been able to be saved, so the grant potentially has literally been a lifesaver.” We can certainly agree with that!

On Janet’s blog she shows photos of some of the dogs who she has helped and have already come through treatment thanks to her efforts. So far, over 14 dogs have been helped and we are so lucky that Amy Kelley, who works at Kingsland Vet and who fostered Isabeau for GB, is a friend of Janet and was able to request her help for both Isabeau and Charlie.

Janet truly is a lifesaver! We thank you Janet from the bottom of our hearts!



A huge and heartfelt Golden thank you to
Jim Burwell & Leila Martin

Several weeks ago, GBGRR received a call from Jim Burwell of Jim Burwell’s Petiquette. In our 11 ˝ years of doing Golden Retriever Rescue in the Houston area, we have referred many of our adopters and other folks in need to him. Jim is famous for his exceptional training skills, his uncanny ability to communicate with dogs and is well known as the Houston Dog Whisperer.

Over the years, Jim has helped us with a few of our “problem” dogs. Ten years ago, my very first foster dog for GBGRR was a young golden girl named Ginger. It turned out that Ginger had some problems with food aggression and aggression with small dogs. Ginger went to live with Jim for a while so that he could work with her “issues” and she is still with him today. It was immensely gratifying to see the grand and gracious lady she has become with his love and expertise.

On July 17th, Jim and his wife, Leila, attended our Board of Directors meeting and presented GBGRR with a check for $15,000.00. Jim said, “Being able to make this donation for Golden Seniors and special needs Goldens feels especially gratifying for Leila and me. It feels good to be able to make a significant difference in the lives of these Goldens who rely on us and trust us with their health, safety and well being.”

A huge and heartfelt Golden thank you to Jim Burwell and Leila Martin of Jim Burwell’s Petiquette for their kind and generous donation for the senior and special needs Golden Retrievers in our program. GBGRR deeply appreciates your trust and faith in us as we continue our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for Golden Retrievers in need


Thank you Heidi & Pete & Cricket for your lifetime membership donation!

On August 1, 2010 Heidi & Pete celebrated their 1st anniversary with Hoot! 

GB would like to thank our friends at
Chef's Buddiez for their support, AND for the best treats in town!

USBones.com Donates 25% of your purchase to Golden Beginnings - Thanks to USBones.com for their support of rescue!

This wonderful site has a great selection of bones and chews, ultra-premium treats and foods, supplements, and shampoos. Just select Golden Beginnings from the pull-down menu and place your order. Our friends at USBones will make a donation to GB's rescue efforts.


Thanks to Del Monte Foods for their generous donation to help Golden Retrievers as well as other dogs and cats in need in the Greater Houston area.

GB also received much-appreciated grants this year from:


The PetCo Foundation

The Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club

Houston Pet Set

The Hope Fund

Dr. Laurie Noaker, Chief of Staff, and all the GREAT vets at
Veterinary Emergency Referral Group Inc.
8921 Katy Fwy, (713) 932-9589) and The Hope Fund

New adopters can receive discounts of 50% at Petco. Ask us for your PetCo Adoption booklet, and take it, along with a copy of your adoption contract, to your local Petco and you'll save 50% on everything your new family member needs. And sign up for helpful monthly pet care tips at  www.petco.com/adoptions

Subaru of America

The Golden Guild

Orvis, Houston

The Golden Retriever Camp

Reagan Stevens of Premium Pet Products

Animal Tales

Bones 2 Go

Natural Pawz

Dr. Patricia Cooper, Cooper Animal Clinic. Holistic vet
5211 Kleinbrook Drive, Houston Texas 77066.

Charles M. "Bear" Dalton of Spec's Fine Wines

Jane and Robert Cizik

Dave Arnold and Karma Burford

John Gill and Mary Radspinner, Melody's Traditional Music

Anne McGuire, Vintage Goldens

Auburn Kennels

Meadowlake Pet Resort

Laura Gibson, Furrst Place Obedience

Lynn Trafton, Happy Tails Obedience

Captain C.R. Maher of FishGalvestonBay.com

The French Alliance