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Golden Beginnings Annual 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 to 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.

On behalf of all our Goldens, we thank you for your incredible support from the bottom of our hearts.

#c2912e Raised $29,600 towards the $45,000 target.
I want to decorate the tree!

Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue Tree of Hope

Tree of Hope Personal Messages from our Donors

Thanks for all the help for these sweet babies….Duane and Susie Steubing

Love from Jax, Callie, and Cassie

Thank you to all who support Golden Beginnings….
Wags to you and Merry Christmas
Sophie (angel now) and Sandy….the best 2 dogs ever!!

Wish we could have multiple goldens!

From Jim & Charlotte, and Baxter

Thank you GBGRR for Maggie. And for Chrissy who left us in 2016.

Ann & Stuart James

Thank you for all that you do to help so many golden babies. Merry Christmas! -Luke & Meagan Morris

L + M

In memory of two great Golden’s that blessed us with their presence for many years, Mandi & River Ranch Flare. Also in honor of our current Golden, Bo.

Russell & Charlotte Woodruff

In memory of Waylon and honor of Jack “aka” Barkley our current boy. Thank you for all you do.

Jan and Gary Alexander

Megan Hitch

In memory of Dirk & Dandy!

From your old friend

Joy Joanne Scrimshire

Thank you Robin and Brenda my foster mom. I hope you find many more great homes like mine. You are the best

Trixie Conner

In memory of Shiloh Patrick, Henri Craig, and Gunner Murphy. We miss you all every day.

Martha Murphy

In memory of my sweet golden Henri.


In memory of my mom, Laura Ketcham, who loved all her granddogs but especially the Three Amigos.
Bentley, Summer and Dylan.

Pamela Ketcham


I will forever be grateful to Golden Beginnings for my precious Trudie & Candy.

Cheryl Yetz

In loving memory of my sweet Bailey, Rusty and Bogart…. and eternal thankfulness to the compassionate and dedicated GBGRR volunteers without whom I never would have met my beloved fur friends.

Amy Kessler

Merry Christmas to Golden Beginnings Rescue. Thanks for everything that you do for these amazing dogs.

From the Goldens – Maddie, Maci, and Kaden

In memory of my sweet and handsome Joey.

Donna Hemphill

In Honor of my golden boy, Jack, and in memory of Max, Stormy, Duke and Harris. The memories never fade.

Hank Klein

In memory of my Angels that have passed and in honor of my two boys Duffy and Dempsy.

Patty & Tom

Merry Christmas to Golden Beginnings! We are so thankful for our new addition, Tucker fka Bug! Thank you for all you do to help these precious pups!

Love, The Quattlebaum Goldens – Josie and Tucker

With Gratitude and love we thank GBGRR for enriching our life with MAX. From the moment he walked into our lives, he was “Home” (2011). In our hearts, house, bed, hikes, shopping, restaurants, vehicles, vacations……… He is the soul and very breath of happiness in our, otherwise, quiet life. He is the emotional sponge who reads us at a glance and reacts with his heart (and lots of licks and dog hair). Our mantra in the Pan Family is “Me, You and Max”. Always and Forever, LOVE

The Pan Family – MAX, Vickie & David

In loving memory of Abigail and Molly, our very special goldens; and in honor of Galen, our current best friend. Thank you GBGRR for all you do to help all these special animals.

Dan and Sue Wisneski

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018. Thank You for what you do with the pups and for helping us find Nelson, a true blessing to our home. Love (Maria, Giovanny, Gian, Bella and Nelson)

Grasso’s Family

Special thanks to Alex Lafferty for fostering Ziva (fka Lindor) and to Mike & Nadine for helping me find my best friend!

Brenda & Kristin Royal

In memory of Riley Jane Royal (fka Buttons). We are grateful to Mike & Nadine and everyone at GBGRR who helped rescue her.

Brenda & Kristin Royal

Merry Christmas to all our friends and benefactors at GBGRR.



Thank you for rescuing Lizzie.

We love the girl and are aware every day that she doesn’t really qualify as a Golden. But when the choice was to put a six month old injured puppy down or give her life, GB rescued her. I will never forget that.

Susanne van Eyl

Giving blessings to the Golden’s with no home from Joshie, and in loving remembrance of Charli and Amigo.

David & Josh

Merry Christmas and a big Thank You to all the volunteers who helped us find our forever home!

Tucker and Shadow (fka Angus)

In honor and memory of sweet Reese who made Golden Beginnings events fun. He is forever in our hearts.

Christine & Brian

Merry Christmas from Fletcher and Mary! Life is dreary without a golden!

From Mary and Fletcher

Merry Christmas to all the wonder volunteers with GB!

Ken, Fran, Gus and Ben Braud

In Memory of Woody, our foster fail.
You will always be in our hearts old man!

Ken and Fran Braud

Thank you for our Goldie boy – BanGee

T, Karen & BanGee

In memory of my Golden Rusty and my Rottweiler Bear (who had a golden heart).


In Loving Memory of our Ginger and in Honor of her sister, Hershey, an honorary Golden as they were both rescued by this wonderful group so they could be kept together. Ginger filled our hearts with love as we cared for her through the end of her earthly life. Her soul was pure love. Run free Sweet Ginger – we can’t wait to see you again one day!

The Wagners – Jason, Andrea, Tony, McGee & Hershey

In Loving Memory of our Sweet Lewis, who was our loyal friend and companion. GBGRR Alum 2011 – 2017. We miss you Lew. Run free and can’t wait to see you again one day. You have our hearts forever.

Andrea Cloud Wagner

Merry Christmas!

Scott, Frances, Brooke, Scarlet and Kiya

Thank you to GBGRR for all you do for this magnificent breed. In honor of our current golden girls Naya & Maggie and in memory of Kiara & Ellie at the bridge.

The Lyons Family (Mike, Trish, Shannon, Naya & Mags)

In gratitude for Chloe.

The Best Family

In loving memory of Brandy and Honey. They are still missed.

Wanda Ager

For all the goldens waiting for their homes.

Ann Burke

In honor of Mike and Nadine for opening their home with fostering, and in honor of all the GBGRR volunteers, and, most especially, in loving memory of Tito.

The Cronin Family

In memory of our past Goldens, Demo and Buddy, as well for the love of our lives – Trooper. Thank you for all that you do for these loving pets.

Ted & Char

Thank you for all you do for our Goldens.

Ron & Amy McLain

Thank you to GBGRR for bringing us our fur-baby Anni (f/k/a Cindy) to bring Golden love back into our home after we lost our Abby-girl unexpectedly. She is the light of our lives!

The Chapin Family

The DeBoers

I will forever be grateful for your tender loving care of my sweet Charlie (f/k/a Jett). He brings so much joy! Thank you, Golden Beginnings. Much love to you all this Christmas season.

Christa & Charlie

In memory of our beloved Finlay, and in honor of our silly Goose! Thanks to GBGRR for our Golden gifts!

Lisa and Greg Harper

In loving memory of our sweet Golden boys, Dakota and Sundance. We miss you.

From the Mattsons

In loving memory of our Sam, a GBGRR Golden who was my special man.

The Steiners

In memory of my sweet Maggie who rescued me in 2000, and crossed the Rainbow Bridge in October of 2016, at the age of 16. Thank you to all of the volunteers of this wonderful organization. You are a blessing.

From Karen Kelley

In memory of Maverick

Daryll W. Williams

Dedicate this year’s “tree of hope” to my big boy Lucas, who had gone over the bridge a couple weeks ago. He is with his 4-legged angel siblings ( Henry, Copper, Rosie) running free. Will always miss you!

Love from Mommy and the rest of the gang – Chloe, Adam, Bruno and Juno

In Memory of Smitty, from Wesley

Jane & Bob

Thank you to all the volunteers helping these deserving affectionate dogs find happy homes. Thank you for letting me adopt one. You wouldn’t view this site unless you care, so that you all. In loving memory of our sweet Sadie Mae.

Chris and Fran

We have had Ollie and Molly for nine years now. What wonderful companions!

Norman & Mary Parrish

Thank you GBGRR ppl for so many years of true happiness with our Goldens Ollie and Molly

Goldens Ollie and Molly

In honor of Abby, for all the golden years you gave us.

The Manley Family

In Memory of our past Golden Angles Clyde & Burk and our current Angle Sydney

Craig, mary & Sydney H.

Thank you Golden Beginnings for bringing us our Honey – best Golden ever!!

Jerry & Kay Cox

In memory of our precious golden angels, Chelsea and Val. Every family deserves the joy you brought us.

Forever grateful for all you do!

Bethany and Chat Lenhart

ALL OF YOU are the most terrific people I know!!

Chloe Moore/GRASS

Thank you GBGRR for our Golden sweetheart Maddie, who makes us laugh every day.

From Matt, Erlina & Maddie Terwelp

Catherine Wiejaczka

In memory of those who have gone to the bridge before us. They may have left our side, but they will never leave our hearts.


Thank you Golden Beginnings for bringing Josie to us. She brings so much joy to every one she meets and happy endings like ours couldn’t happen without all the hard work you do. Keep up the good work!! Christy & Jeff

From the Mansoors – Christy, Jeff and most of all … Josie

In honor of Tidwell.

Love the Hitch Family

Merry Christmas to every golden angel that fills our hearts with love all year long!

Jack and Lucas

For all your good work, and in honor of sweet Seri

From Judy, Murphy, and Allie

Merry Christmas from Winston. This will be our first Christmas together.

Jeffrey J Stys

For all the wonderful people who help to rescue these amazing dogs!

From the Kubiak’s

For all the beautiful goldens who have made our world a happier place.


In honor of all the Golden Beginnings volunteers.

Lou, Kathy, Belle, Daisy & Max

Thank you for all of the dogs that you have rescued and found loving homes for.

All of your supporters in Cinco Ranch

Thank you GBGRR for saving my mom and me from the shelter! Life is good ~ Gigi


Thank you for all your great work. We are ENJOYING Chase so much. We will be forever grateful. Chase 11/22/16 – Gotcha Day!

Eddie & Anita Matsu & Chase

A golden angel in memory of our sweet Mattie, who passed away at 17 years old. Lights for our sweet Holly, and granddog, Harley, who continue to light up our lives on a daily basis. GBGRR will always hold a special place in my families heart.

Tom, Kathy, Laura, and Halie

May all the Golden babies that need to find their way into your rescue get the love, shelter and support to find their furrever homes. Y’all do great work!

Robert & Darlene Zizka

On behalf of Holly, who brightens our life every day!

The Cartwright Family

In memory of Shiner and Samantha who we miss so much.

Love, Mom, Dad, Harley, Grace & Stella

Many thanks to all of the Golden Beginnings volunteers, supporters and adopters who have made it possible for so many Goldens to have the loving homes they deserve.

Mike, Nadine, Brooke, Eliot & Pete

In honor of Amanda Gordon and all the amazing work she does with GBGRR, and in loving memory of Phoebe and Chloe.

From the Ayres Family – J, J, M, N & R

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for allowing us to help so many dogs. Merry Christmas!

The Neale family and our pizza gang!

Merry Christmas to all of our Golden Beginnings family

Randy, Robin, Gabe and Bree Miller