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Golden Beginnings Tree of Hope

Each year during the winter holidays, Golden Beginnings embarks on a mission to raise much-needed funds to cover surgeries, heartworm treatment, medications and spaying and neutering of all dogs currently in the organization. Historically, our adoption fees cover about 30-40% of these costs, and we rely on donations for the rest. The annual Tree of Hope enables us work towards covering our costs while giving you – our donors – the opportunity to contribute to a unique FUNdraiser! From gifts to ornaments to a variety of colorful lights, your contribution will adorn the beautiful tree below all through the season.We invite you to help us decorate the tree below with your generosity and help us reach our goal of $50,000.On behalf of all our Goldens, we thank you for your incredible support from the bottom of our hearts.
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Golden Beginnings Tree of Hope 2023 - Final Tree

Each year during the winter holidays, Golden Beginnings embarks on a mission to raise much-needed funds to cover surgeries, heartworm treatment, medications and spaying and neutering of all dogs currently in the organization. Historically, our adoption fees cover about 30-40% of these costs, and we rely on donations for the rest. The annual Tree of Hope enables us to work towards covering our costs while giving you—our donors—the opportunity to contribute to a unique FUNdraiser! From gifts to ornaments to colorful lights and more, your contribution adorns our beautiful tree all through the season.

Above is our 2023 fully decorated Tree of Hope. Thank you to all of our generous donors for helping us rescue more Goldens!

The Tree of Hope will be back next Fall, so make sure you are on our email list so you’ll get notified when next year’s tree is ready to be decorated!

Golden Beginnings Tree of Hope 2023 - 14
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Tree of Hope Personal Messages from our Donors

Lily Grace

Hope everyone has a prosperous, healthy, and blessed 2024. Thank you to all the GBGRR admin and volunteers for all you do to rescue and heal these beautiful dogs.

Candyce Beneke and Lily Grace – therapy dog!

Happy New Year to all! We are blessed to be heading into another year with our doggie Sherman 🙂

Jason & Shari Stevens

In memory of our beautiful Carly

Marlene & Lloyd Matzner

In memory of our sweet GBGRR alums, Sadie and Skyler, and in honor of our wonderful guy, Arthur!

David and Tamara Thompson

We miss you, Dixie and Lily.

Bob and Jean Stolting

In memory of Joy and Twinxie.

Sharlene Pruett

Two golden angels. One in loving memory of our late GB alum Lexi Lu (fka Poppy), who was lost 6/10/23 to cancer. And one for her big sister Liddy Lynn, who joined Lexi at the Rainbow Bridge in November. Liddy was also big sister to our current GB alum, Luna Lu (fka Nala), who has given us endless love and laughs for the last year and a half. We are forever grateful for GBGRR!

The Lockwood Family – Angie, Geoff, Luke, Liam & Luna

Thanks to the volunteers who help to enrich the lives of both furbabies and humans. Past and present gifts to us from GBGRR! ❤️🐾🐕

The Wu Family

Bill and Brenda Newton and all of our wonderful fur babies

Everyone here st Casa Davis wish everyone a Safe and Happy 2024.

Thor & Candyce Davis

Thank you for all your efforts to find fur-ever homes for so many goldens.

Maria Trevino

Thank you to all the volunteers, fosters and everyone in this wonderful rescue. We are so grateful for our current pups Katie (was Wendy) and Sadie and for our sweet Kylie, who has crossed the Bridge.

Gary and Lisa Jackson

In Loving Memory of Bobby, Hershey, Ginger, and Lewis. Adopting seniors and dogs with extra needs may mean less time together here on earth, but the bonds formed are forever. We are grateful for each sweet doggie we have had the honor of adopting from GBGRR, and we give great honor to Bobby who fought cancer valiantly. And in honor of McGee, our ambassador to all. Many thanks to all the volunteers that make up this amazing group.

Jason & Andrea Wagner

The Brownsville “dog catcher” gave you 30 minutes to pick him up or he
would be euthanised because his heart worms were so bad. I don’t know
how you did it, but we have the best dog in the world!!

Chloe Moore

For the many volunteers who make this all possible, and in honor of our newest addition, Jack.

Anne and Charles Backus

A Golden Angel for Cody, who left us much too soon.

Anne and Charles Backus

Sandy, Thank you for making our lives so very special….we miss you sooo much.
Give warm wags to Sophie, Bogie, Jack, Jeep, and TC
Missing you this Christmas. Joni, David, Smokey, Felix and Peach

The Dodson family

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Golden Beginnings family, including pups, fosters and adopters.

Jennifer and Charli Stolting

In appreciation for all the good work done by GBGRR. And in gratitude for my goldens Sadie Kay and Molly.

Brenda Taake and Molly

Charley Collins & the rest of her family

To all the Goldens whom has brought such joy into all of our hearts.
Love Ellie, Iris, Willow. In memory of Mr. chief, Lily sugar, and Miss Daisy.

Shelly and Luis

Thank you for rescuing and fostering Hamm! We are so happy he is part of our family!

Love, The Heimel Family

In memory of River, who left us too soon, and celebration of Mia and all of the dedicated people at Golden Beginnings who tirelessly help all the furbabies find their forever homes.

Linda and Chris Sotirake

From Lacie and Callie

Our next addition will be a Golden.

J. Weber

In loving memory of Gringo, our beautiful Golden angel. Merry Christmas to all!

From the Maeso family – Lolita, Chico, and Patricia

In memory of my precious Casey and Rex and thanks to you for bringing beautiful Jessie into my life now.

Joyce McCormack and Jessie

Skip and Heidi

Appreciate All the Volunteers Hard Work


Chloe, you took part of my heart to the Bridge. We love you and miss you this Christmas, and everyday…

The Best Family

Thank you to All the Volunteers of GBGRR. In memory our precious GB alumni Gus and Woody, in honor of our current GB Ben! ❤️🐾

Ken and Fran Braud

With gratitude for our loves Finch and Link and our sweet golden angel Gertie over the rainbow

Love from Finch, Link & Gertie N

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you Golden Beginnings for all you do!

From the Harveys- Stacia, Wynne, & Wally

Thank you for all you do and for bringing Mini into our lives!

Callie, Mikey, Pumpkin & Mini

Honoring all the GBGRR board members and volunteers who give their time and love so selflessly for goldens in need.

Love, Ann, Stuart & Ridge

In honor of Bud Alexander and Yogi (fka Harley)

Susie Lindholm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

From the Harris family

Happy Holidays!

The Pierce Family

Wishing you all many blessings and much love and appreciate and support for all that you do to make every day like Christmas for Goldens in need.

The Cottage at Chappell Hill, TX

Thank You Golden Beginning’s for giving us the opportunity to have Graham in our lives. Though he is at the bridge now he left us too soon we wouldn’t have missed those 5 years of having him in our lives. Copper our other Golden Beginning’s sweetheart moved back to Scotland with our two other Golden’s (his adopted sisters) and is thriving. This donation is in memory of Graham ❤️ and with thanks and love from Copper for all you do and his two sister’s Millie and Hoshi xxxx🐾🐾🐾🐾

From the Diplock Golden’s

In memory of our GBGRR alum Sassy and her fur-siblings Vegas and Sweet Tea.♥️🌈🐾🎄

♥️ With love ~ Megan & Denis Costello

Merry Christmas to all the Golden families!

For Cooper’s Family

In memory of Sandy, Remy & Rusty and honoring Bella & Starbuck who give us so much joy and love every day!

From the Martin family

Merry Christmas 🎄 to all of my applicants and the families who adopted my fosters. May your Christmas be blessed with joy, family and love

The Beaton Family

From Murf and his Dad

Thanks for all you do for Goldens everywhere.

From Grady, Riley, and our Honorable Golden Sterling.

Merry Christmas and cheers to 2024. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers. Hugs & kisses from Duke and Duchess-GBGRR Alum 2019

Love, The Sambrano Family

Crosby wants to help more goldens have their golden beginning! Merry Christmas!

Crosby, Rob, & Melissa

Thank you to all the volunteers that make this organization possible!
Merry Christmas!

Austin – GBGRR 2021 – and Lucy

The Thorn Family

In thanksgiving for our precious Goldens, past and present, Elgin, Sunny, and Kolby.

Rich and Nancy Bills

Waylon and Jack

In memory of our sweet Waylon and Jack. We have so many wonderful memories. Thank you GBGRR for all you do.

Jan and Gary

Merry Christmas from Leo, GBGRR Alum!

The Anding Family

In loving memory of our Jingles and in honor of our Sophie, both wonderful additions to our family from GBGRR. We are so grateful for all that you do for these precious babies.

Tres, Tania and Sophie

Thanks so much to an incredible rescue group! You are the best!

Lots of puppy Love, Micah

In honor of Hershey, without this organization we would not have had the privilege to experience the many smiles, laughs, and genuine love given by this extraordinary creature we are were blessed with in our family. May your spirit live on in the many other goldens out there! Love you buddy!

Alex, Eric, Emmi, Stitch, Sammy, and Oreo

In honor of Cheryl and Doug Yetz, Candy and Skye, and all the volunteers at GBGRR.

Cleo, Birdie, and The Gaitz Family

A golden will always be in our hearts.


Debra Escudero

Merry Christmas GBGRR! A big thank you for all you do.

The Steiners

From Tucker Steiner and family.

From the Doyle family

In honor of Rosie and Lucie , my GB girls who are now passed to Rainbow Bridge and in honor of all our dogs who make our lives so full and beautiful. Happy Holidays.

Trish Herrera

With much gratitude for all our wonderful rescue goldens: Liz, Alaska, and Shadow.

The Fowlers

Happy Holidays to all our volunteers, adopters, and supporters. Golden Beginnings could not exist without you. Thank you!!!

The Neale Family

Happy Holidays! We are so grateful to have adopted Sammy. He is always such a happy boy and so full of love. He brings us joy every day. A special shout out to his foster Candice! And in loving memory of our rebel Finney, who we lost way too soon, and our sweet Raison, who will always be in our hearts.

Blair & Faith Parker

Almost 7 years of joy with Shiloh, GBGRR is the best!

Pat Quigley

In loving memory of Maxi boy and Tootee aka Lenny. We miss you.
Wishing everyone at GB a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

The Tan family and Mason

Merry Christmas from Hunter.

William Brown

From the Hattman Family of Goldens

Stella Hattman

For Granddad, who loved all goldens.

From Christina

In honor of all the tireless volunteers at GBGRR who work so hard to ensure each Golden is loved and cared for. They have blessed us with two amazing Goldens —- Griffin and Addie.

Carol & Bob Boller

Many blessings to all the wonderful fosters and volunteers at Golden Beginnings

From Brandy, Gay and Colleen

In loving memory of Brady. Happy Holidays all!

Chryl and Al

From the Brown Family

Brinkley & Ryder Gregory GBGRR Alum

Thank you to the Lafferty family for fostering Misty and her eleven puppies.

Baxter Stokes

With gratitude for Lauri Neale and all of the volunteers that make GBGRR so amazing.

Cole and Millie Stokes

Cheers to all the wonderful volunteers!!

From the Lawrence Family

May all your Holiday Wishes be Golden!

The Lamberts – Earl, Susan and Max

In memory of Cinnamon Girl and on behalf of Zoe, Merry Christmas!!!!


Thank you GBGRR for all the work you do and the wonderful volunteers who make it possible. We would not have found our beautiful Bailey. May you all a beautiful holiday and a wonderful New Year.

The Glenn’s Jim, Cheryl, and Bailey

From the Enks in loving memory of Christie

The Enk Family

Merry Christmas!! Wishing all the goldens and their families a golden 2024!!

The Elkins Family – Jimmy, Karen and Mardi

For Ruby the sweetest and bestest golden ever. We love you so much

From the Weibles

In honor and in memory of our sweet Golden Beginning’s pup, Lexi. She was the love of our life and will forever live in our hearts. She also made many, many children happy serving as an animal assisted therapy dog at several hospitals in Houston.

Rob & Debbie Manning

From the Graham family, in memory of Casey and Kirby. Thank you for all you do for the Goldens in need!

The Grahams

Happy holidays to all the Goldens and their humans!

From Charlotte & Jim Dudley, and all our Golden pups from Christmases past, present & future

In loving memory of my beautiful boy Cedar. Thank you Golden Beginnings and all your wonderful volunteers for rescuing him and making this crazy 13 year journey possible. I want to issue a very, very special thank you to all the fosters of this group that make it work. You are truly a very special group of people, you have my respect, my admiration and love. THANK YOU!

Jeff Choat and Donna Rowe

Merry Christmas! Barbara, Harley and Vera

Barbara Taake

In honor of and in memory of Layla, the Princess of Houston

From Layla’s Family

In memory of our sweet Bella and in honor of Nelson, Kiwee and Rocco Grasso

Grasso Family

In celebration of Boone Galileo and in loving remembrance of Max.

The Pan Family

In honor of Jimmy Buffet and Gracie. We miss you!
Abbey and Belle

Abbey Gleichenhaus

For Tucker, Clancy, Dourado and Kasey – all shared our lives because of GB.

The Olsen’s

In loving memory of Penny and Prissy and on behalf of Ryder, we thank all the volunteers for GBGRR xx

Zoë & Emily xx

Great organization, thank you for bringing Hank into our life.

Hank (aka Benji)

Merry Christmas to all the GB family!

From Gigi and the rest of the Dautrich Family

Many thanks for helping to match us with Sulley (aka Ranger)! We hope many Goldens find good homes in 2024!

Happy Holidays,
Julie, Todd and Sulley Peiffer

From the Peiffers – Julie, Todd and Sulley

From the Goldens – Maddie, Maci and Micah

From the Evans and our beautiful girl Bella

Love seeing all these amazing pups living their best lives. Thank you for all you do!

Katherine Martin

Happy Holidays to a Wonderful Organization and Volunteers and to all of our loving Goldens! In memory of Barley and to our every loving Rudy who helped us through our loss, and brings us such joy!

From Bryan Thomas, Debra Cates, and Rudy

Annie and Hollie and Gracie

Thank you to all the volunteers at Golden Beginnings!

From Sophie and Izzy Smallwood

In loving memory of Demo and Buddy with honor to our sweet Trooper

The Volfs

Thank you GBGRR for our 2 fur babies Jimmy and Bunny! Merry Christmas!

The Childs

In loving memory of Tidwell. We miss you❤️❤️

Love, The Hitch family

I love to see what this organization does to help Goldens.

Debbie Slate

In Loving Memory of Stacy Holly

Thank you for all of our furry babies past and present and all you do for the goldens in need. In memory of Ally and Bella and happy holidays from our crew Cali, Darby and Freddy!

The Horiyes

From the Kelley’s – John, Joanne, Harley & Romeo

Thank you for Clyde this year! What a blessing! We also miss Friday every day. She was a sweet girl. Merry Christmas to all at Golden Beginnings and Golden families.

The Brink Family-Bob, Janet, Barney and Clyde

In honor of all the hard work you do! Happy holidays!

The Sims Family – Trevor, Cassie, Minnie & Louie


To Zeke and Elvis – gone but never forgotten! Lucia and David Hansen

From JouJou

In memory of Lance and Norman and in honor of Luke

From Mike and Karen Stewart

Happy Holidays to all of the incredible Golden Beginnings volunteers and adopters!

Jeff Paul

MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL in the GOLDEN Family and THANK YOU for introducing Gauge into our furry family!

The Hooke Family

We miss you Brodie❤️

Leslie, Hugh and Harley Jane Painter

Carter is the best dog ever! Thanks GB- Merry Christmas to all.

Thank you GBGRR for our sweet biy Jackson. Merry Christmas!

The Langstons

Elle W

In honor of my sweet angel babies in heaven, Bear & Tanner.

Amy Blevins

In memory of Lexie Gardner

In Memory of Lexie Gardner

Thank you so much for all the amazing work you do!

From Nick, Tiff and Otis

Thank you to all the volunteers for all you do to save these wonderful dogs!


The Arceneauxs – Josh, Melody, Evelyn, and Millie

In honor of the dedicated and compassionate GBGRR volunteers who work so hard every day: thank you! And, with the deepest love for our GBGRR Goldens who’ve crossed the Bridge: Finlay, Remy, Finley, and Goose. We miss you!

Lisa and Greg Harper, Golden Jake and Wroxy the cat

In memory of Opal and Ruby, the golden therapy girls, and in thanks for my GBGRR red golden Jade.

Carol Redel

Thank you, GBGRR for all you do. We love, love, love our little girl, Ginger.

Greg, Cathie & Ginger

So grateful for our therapy dog, “Rory, the Reading doggo” and in loving memory of Remy, who was also a therapy dog as a “Reading doggo”! #Remory Merry Christmas!

Joe & Esther Melnik and family

Happy Holidays from the Upton family and Ella!

In honor of Lego the wonderdog, our Director of Homeland Security. He brings us tremendous joy and laughter every single day and we couldn’t love him more. Thanks for all you do, GBGRR. Happy holidays!

The Harveys

In Honor of Peyton

Ducky Baber

In Memory of our Goldens, Cinnamon & Sugar & All Goldens

Mitzi Paschkes

In memory of our sweet boy, Chase. Thank you Golden Beginnings for the best gift ever.

Mike & Tracy Lindskog

In Memory of Bo, Flair, and Mandy. Also in honor of our new two year old boy, Flash.

Russell, Charlotte, and Chase

The Bennetts – Glen, Beth, Cooper, Mackenzie, and Dash (Cappy)

In memory of our sweetest boy, Eli.
Merry Christmas, GBGRR!

Kathryn & Zan May

Thank you for Peach. She is amazing.

The Duncans

In memory of my precious Patty!

In memory of our precious Samantha and in honor of our wonderful Bosco.

Don & Ila Knapheide

Thank you Golden Beginnings for the gift of Dexter and for all you do!

Michelle Evans

The Billigs

In appreciation of the most loving, loyal and beautiful breed of dog that God created!


In loving memory of my Sweet Golden Angel Molly!


Thank you for all you do for the sweet goldens! Merry Christmas!

Kathy Johnson

For Ziva and Annie & in memory of Riley

The Royals

Adoption day in 2020 for my sweet Henry. We both miss Cathy very much but we continue to love her!

Doug & Henry

Thank you GBGRR!! Kevin is loved immensely 💗

The McCartor Family

Thank you Golden Beginnings for our sweet Murphy. He is so loved!
Merry Christmas!

The Cones

In memory of Mindy

Adelaide Biggs

Thank you to all the GBGRR volunteers – we are forever grateful for our precious goldens.

The Beesons

Can’t thank Golden Beginnings for our Phoebe! She is the best!

The Scanlan’s

In loving memory of Shadow, Grayson & Claire.

Jerry & Carol Goodwin

We adopted our goodest furbaby, Moksha, from GBGRR. When we met him for the first time, we fell in love instantly and just couldn’t stop thinking about him. Mahima & Moksha have also been soulmates since Day 1 – they still play bitey face daily! ☺️ Couldn’t thank this community enough for their support and kindness.

From the Happiest Furbabies – Moksha & Mahima

Thank you GBGRR for all of the wonderful years with Dexter, Charlie and now Sunshine. Thank you for all that you do.

David and Linda

In loving memory of our GBGRR angels Finn, Rosie and Maggie. Our life is infinitely better because of them.

Keo family

Warm wishes for a Happy Holiday!

Dee, David, & Sophie Lawrence

A golden angel in memory of our Angel

Roy and Alice Lively

In memory of my dear friend, Ann Burke, who volunteered with GB as a Foster, Annual Picnic coordinator and managed the Tree of Hope Fundraiser for many years. She dearly loved the golden retriever breed and will be greatly missed.

Linda Barr

In honor of Lauri Neal. A rescue angel who gives everything she has to this organization and every dog who enters the program.

Cheryl, Candy, Skye & Birdie

In memory of Abby aka Destiny

Thank you for all you do for these precious babies. My Sundae Rose brings JOY to my home every day. She and Buddy are so dear.

Linda T.

In honor of GBGRR alums, Beanie & Sawyer…best buds, living their best lives!

Fran McTigrit

Thank you for all the goldens who have brightened my world at Christmas and all year! So grateful for Hannah, Fletcher, Joy and now Brody! God bless our goldens! Mary Caprio

Mary, Joy & Brody

Thanks for all you do!

Weatherby Goldens

Merry Christmas from Joan and Fenn.

Joan E. Sandstrom

With gratitude for all of the Goldens and Goldens-at-Heart who I have had the privilege to love. Thank you Homeward Bound for helping to save all of the precious souls who walk through your door.


In honor of Zoey… the greatest gift we’ve ever received, courtesy of GBGRR! xoxoxo

The Turcottes – Laura, Michael, Olivia and Zoey!

In memory of our honorary golden, Harley, and with thanks to all who volunteer to give these pups their best life!
Love, GBGRR girls Grace Kaylie and Stella

Steve & Kathy Clark

Thank you for being such a great part of our family. Happy Holidays!!!

The Hogg-Shebaro Family

In memory of our golden friends Abigail, Molly, and Galen and in honor of our sweet golden Maddie. Thank you GBGRR for all you do!

Dan & Sue Wisneski

Ann Ziker

In loving memory of our sweet sweet boy Rusty who crossed the rainbow bridge on November 15. Thank you GBGRR for all you do!! Dogs are a gift and we were truly blessed to have Rusty in our lives.

The Dundees – Lance, Michelle, and Will

Thanks to All of GBGRR’s Dedicated Volunteers

Boxleitner Family

In Memory of our ball loving boy Galileo.

Wishing all our GBGRR family a happy and healthy holiday!

Ragan, Daniel, & Lily

The Neillies

In loving memory of my sweet Henri and all the sugar frosted senior goldens.


Merry Christmas to all, as the GBGRR family is on a roll to wrap up a successful 2023, and charges ahead toward an even bigger advocacy for these most wonderful God’s creatures and the lucky humans entrusted with their love and care!

Linda, Eric and our GBGRRs – Vita, Nera, Chia, Rea

In memory of Elsa Louise

Love Luke and Anna Rey Benavides

This is one of my very favorite organizations. I just love the amazing care and love that goes into rescuing, fostering and vetting applicants so they can adopt. Even though we moved to Colorado, my husband and I will always support GBGRR. ❤️

Anne Halick

In loving memory of Jack and Bob Kimberly


Charlma Kile

For all the love and joy our Goldens have brought us over the years.

David & Betty Kubiak

From the Mansoors – Josie, Christy & Jeff

Merry Christmas from Mylo and Shiner. May the day be filled with Tennis balls and treats

From GBR Goldens Mylo, and Shiner

Earl & Debby Springer

In loving memory of my sweet Golden Angel, Gracie. Always and Forever you will be a part of me.

With love from the Merton Family

Making spirits bright!

Miss you, Abby.

Jesse Manley

Brad Bickmore

For Griff and Cooper and Bear

In loving memory of Val and Chelsea. Forever in our hearts.

The Brownings

We are so grateful to GBGRR for all that they do and for allowing us to adopt our senior dogs, Andy, Milo, and Lady. We have loved them so much!!!

Carole and Raymond

Thank you GBGRR for all our years of Golden happiness with Oliver, Molly and currently Dakota.

The Parrishes

Thank you to GBGR R for allowing us to adopt our senior dogs Milo, Andy, and Lady. They brought so much joy to our lives.

Carole and Raymond

We are so grateful to GBG RR, for allowing us to adopt our three senior goldens Milo, Andy, and Lady
They have brought so much joy and love to our lives our the years.

Carole and Raymond

Gina Mosley & Max

In memory of Mattie, and in thanks for Jenny & Cody.

Forrest Lacy

Thank you to Golden Beginnings for all that you do! Thanks to you, so many Goldens get a second chance at a wonderful life!!

Stefani, Robert, Oakley, Dylan, Griffin, Luke, and Meg