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
"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
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.
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
Jim Tweedy with with Joanie P.'s
the inspiration for
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
"Golden Retriever Self-Portrait"
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
Mojo, a video production and video marketing company. If
you need to market your business or product, watch the short
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
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
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.
her Rosato & Assoc. series, which revolves around an
all-female law firm, golden retrievers are recurring characters.
Lisa Scottoline visits with GB
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.
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
Janet Huey Donates Heartworm Treatments For 2 Golden Beginnings
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
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
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
Donates 25% of your purchase to Golden Beginnings - Thanks to
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
GB also received much-appreciated
grants this year from:
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