to all who made our sold-out April 20 Wine Tasting such a
success, especially Chris Mannery of
City Seafood n' Pasta, Bear Dalton of Spec's, Nadine
Jolicoeur and the Natural Paws team, Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce
Padilla, Kim Hartz Photography, Marcy and Greg Brazaitis, and
all of our other sponsors. Thanks also to all of our volunteers
for this event, especially Gina Craig, Judy Daniels, Julie Dehne,
Elaine Barker, Cil Henson, Mike and Nadine Patterson, Kathy
Yarnick, Pamela Ketcham, Shari Patrick, Toni Ritsema, Kate
Martin, and Courtney Pommier.
GB's 11th Annual Picnic
Sunday, October 17, 2010, we celebrated 11 years of Golden
Beginnings with our Annual Reunion Picnic, a Golden Hayride in
our 'Pumpkin Patch' aka George Bush Park. This was our biggest
picnic ever, and hundreds of goldens and the humans who love
them had a great day. Highlights included the senior parade,
swimming and retrieving tennis balls, an amazing lunch, courtesy
of Chris Mannery of
City Seafood & Pasta, reunions with foster families,
coverage from all the local tv stations, grooming and advice
from members of the
Golden Retriever Club, consultations with canine behaviorist
Marcia Long, raffle, great treats from our wonderful friends
at Chef's Buddiez, not to mention the perfect weather!
GB at Meadowlake Pet Resort's Dock
We had a great outing on a September Saturday morning at
Meadowlake Pet Resort's beautiful 4-acre green campus and had a
fun introduction to the canine sport, Dock Dogs. Thanks to the
entire Meadowlake staff, especially manager Elisabeth Graven and
owner Carroll Robertson Ray. See us there on YouTube.
David Rosenfelt Book-Signing at
the French Alliance August 28, 2010
friend and supporter, author and dog-rescuer
Rosenfelt presented his latest novel, Dog Tags, to a full
house at the French Alliance, at a fund-raising event sponsored
by Bayou City Seafood n' Pasta, Murder by the Book, Gillman
Subaru, Hollywood Frame Gallery, Danny Clark Photography and
ChefsBuddiez. The event was a huge success for GB.
Our dear friend and sponsor David
Thompson of Murder by the Book passed away on Monday September
13. In addition to his many lovely qualities, his passion for
books, authors, Murder by the Book, and especially his wife
McKenna Jordan, this sweet man was an animal lover and great
supporter of our cause. He will be so missed.
Hotel Derek Yappy Hour July 21
The "Dog Days of Summer
Yappy Hour" at the chic and dog-friendly
Hotel Derek for
Citizens for Animal Protection and Golden Beginnings was a HUGE
hit and a wonderful fundraiser for our two groups. Guests
enjoyed specialty cocktails, delectable treats, and great
company-especially of the companion animal variety. Endless
thanks to Hotel Derek, and Hershey Grace and Shelby Kibodeaux of
GB at Reliant World Series of Dog
Shows July 2010
We met old friends and made
lots of new ones at the dog show. GB dogs and volunteers
participated in Freestyle, Agility, (where Lois and Keeley took
their 5th MACH!) Flyball, and the AKC Meet the Breed, and
educated the public about golden retrievers and rescue at our
popular booth. Our Jim Tweedy teeshirts were a sellout, and our
crowd-pleasing raffle featured the three golden retriever prints
he's done for us over the past 3 years. Thanks to Jim and to
Kathleen and Ricky Connaughton of Hollywood Frame Gallery for
the donation and their continued support.
League City's Annual Lighted 'Holiday in the Park
on Main Street in League City.
Saturday, December 5th
Saturday the 5th meeting location is the League City Church of
Christ Parking lot. All participants need to assemble at 4:30 PM
prior to the street closures when parade route is cordoned off.
GBGRR adopter and League City Councilman Neil Baron and his GB
dog will participate with us.
Adoption Day in Old Town Spring
Saturday, November 21st
Adoption Day at
Haute Dogs... in Old Town Spring. Look for this event on the
third Saturday of each month from 11:00 am to
3:00 pm at 26411 Preston Avenue, Spring, TX 77373. Owner Jessica
Logan has a great inventory of quality pet nutrition, lots of
other great dog stuff, and a wealth of knowledge to share. And
there's no better place to do your Christmas shopping for that
special golden! The "Old Town" is more charming than ever during
the Christmas season, so come visit us stroll around town.
10th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion Picnic November 15,
Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever
Rescue's Annual Reunion Picnic at George Bush Park is a free
event, where hundreds of rescued Goldens (and the humans who
love them) meet to play, romp, swim, socialize and have lunch,
and those dogs in their "Golden Years" proudly participate (to
many cheers from the crowd) in the "Senior Parade".
This year, 2009, was our biggest picnic ever, and the happiest
news was that we had over 40 goldens participate in the Senior
Parade. Kudos to GB volunteer Jennifer Nicholas who organized
the Senior Parade for the third year! Thanks to sponsor Chris Mannery
for the great food and to all the GB donors, volunteers
(including Red Cross youth), adopters and friends who
participated in the event. The goldens loved all the love and
attention lavished upon them all day, especially when the TV
news cameras arrived!
November 10, 2009
Thanks to the Dr. Rhonda Dixon of
Veterinary Emergency Referral Group Inc., the I-10 Emergency
Clinic, for her wonderful presentation on Canine First Aid and
Bloat on November 10. V.E.R.G.I. Chief of Staff and GB adopter
and supporter Dr. Laurie Noaker introduced her colleague. This
well-attended event, hosted by the GHGRC and Golden Beginnings,
was a benefit for VERGI's "Hope Fund." Golden Beginnings was a
recipient of aid from this fund this summer when puppy Tucker
and young female Jazz were both terribly ill and required
around-the-clock care for over a week, so we were thrilled to
help with a benefit for this worthy cause.
at The Urban Market!
November 8 ,2009
On Sunday, November 8, GB
Urban Market! You won't want to miss this upscale, outdoor,
dog-friendly event that's only held 3 times per year.
Imagine a beautiful day of
outdoor shopping at a high-end flea market with over 40 dealers,
all with unique offerings of furnishings, art, décor and more.
There'll also be gourmet food and coffee stands. Come visit our
GBGRR volunteers, especially the four-legged ones, who always
make our events fun.
Please note: there is a $5
cover charge to enter the grounds. Special thanks to Urban
Market organizer Jacki Sharbrough for her kindness and
generosity in honoring GB as the beneficiary of the event!
10th, GB participated in this annual Fall Festival, where we
educated the public about rescue, made new friends, and
organized a card-making booth to send messages of greeting,
support and 'happy birthday' to Joshua, the son of one of our
volunteers, and his unit, currently serving in Iraq. When asked
what he wanted for his birthday, Joshua replied, "My golden,
Tank!" Special thanks go to GB volunteers Kate M. and her
daughter Darcy, who organized a campaign to send golden wishes
to Joshua and his unit in Iraq. It was a great day, made even
more heartwarming by these efforts, which made us appreciate
(even more!) having our dogs in our lives.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
7:30 p.m. The
French Alliance 427 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Thanks to GHGRC Board member
Pauline Grennan of Canam Goldens (LINK IS
www.canamgoldens.com) for her entertaining and informative
grooming demonstration on September 29, 2009. Even the most
experienced groomers learned new tricks and tips and a good time
was had by all. Special thanks to five-year-old Page and
six-month-old Cammie who served as models. Thanks also to the GB
volunteers who provided the much-appreciated wine and cheese
Rosenfelt in Houston, August 2009
Author and dog rescuer
Rosenfelt returned to Houston last month for an event to
benefit GB on the occasion of the release of "New Tricks," the
latest in his Andy Carpenter mystery series, featuring the
smart-mouthed attorney and his beloved and perfect golden Tara.
David packed the house,
delighted the crowd, signed alot of books, and fell in
love...with our one-eared senior Van Gogh (and, as you can
imagine, it was mutual!) Plans were made for Van Gogh to join
David and his wife, and their 30+ dogs at their home in
California when they returned from vacation later that month. GB
President Cil Henson contacted her amazing cross-country network
of golden friends and soon the trip was arranged, door to door!
Beginnings at the
2009 Reliant World Series of Dog Shows