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Fall 2016

Cody’s Forever Home • Raising the Great Family Dog • The Benefits of Play • Peanut Butter Alert

CONTENTS GRREAT Times is a quarterly publication of SEVA GRREAT, Inc., an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for homeless Golden Retrievers.


For more information, call our Hotline at 757-827-8561 or visit our web site at To contact the newsletter editor with suggestions, comments, or send materials and photos for inclusion, send an e-mail to, or write Attn.: Newsletter Editor, PO Box 8014, Yorktown, VA 23693.

4 .. Adoptions


5 .. Oceanfront Penthouse Raffle 6 .. Codie: Part 4

SEVA GRREAT disclaims all responsibility for omissions or errors.

8 .. The Serious Benefits of Play

Submitting Stories and Photos We have decided to make “homecoming” a feature in each newsletter to feature dogs that have been adopted from us over the years. Send us a picture (identify everyone in it, please) with your dog’s name, when you adopted it, your name and a few words or more about your dog. Full length stories are welcomed, too!

3 .. President’s Message


10 .. OCD Nightmare


11 .. Peanut Butter Alert 12 .. Homecoming

When you submit your pictures for publication in print, please submit an original digital image of no less than 300 dpi. If you aren’t sure of the dpi, send the original and we’ll check the possibility for use. We can make pictures smaller but we can not make them larger. Don’t worry about the file size; if you can send it, we can receive it. If you can’t send it, let us know. We’ll show you a way that it can be sent.

14 .. Raising the Great Family Dog 16 .. Membership Picnic 18 .. Holiday Leftovers & Your Dog’s Health

Email to:

20 .. Neptune Festival



21 .. Rainbow Bridge 22 .. Contributions 23 .. Membership Application


Kennedy is one of our “Turkey Dogs.” You can find SEVA GRREAT goldens available for adoption at



President’s Message

Sunday, October 16 Yappy Hour at Keswick Vineyards Keswick Sunday, November 6, 1pm General Membership Meeting/Elections James City County Recreation Center 5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg

GRREAT Elections

Thursday, December 1 Fundraiser at Shorebreak Pizza and Taphouse 2941 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach Saturday, December 10 Toyland Parade Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown Sunday, January 29, 2017 Holiday Party James City County Recreation Center 5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg


Check our website for updates and exact locations and times of events.

We are currently seeking candidates for the 2017 Board of Directors:

Check back a week before the event to confirm.

PRESIDENT – actively seeking candidates

GRREAT ADS GRREAT Times is now offering advertising space. Rates per issue for various size ads are: Full Page = $150 1/2 Page = $100 1/3 Page = $75 1/6 Page = $50 A discounted rate for multiple issue placement is available Email requests, size and specification questions to Every effort will be made to put your ad in the desired issue. GRREAT Times is published quarterly the second week of January, April, July, and October. Deadline for submitting an AD is the 1st of the month prior to the publication date.

rom intake and fostering to home evaluators and transporters, SEVA GRREAT has the best volunteers! And from that pool of awesome volunteers, individuals have consistently stepped forward for 25 years to take leadership roles within our rescue. New ideas and new thinking have moved this organization forward and made it what it is today.

It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all regular and special meetings of SEVA GRREAT and the Board of Directors, to appoint all committees (except the Nominating Committee), and to give such supervision to the affairs of the organization as may be necessary to effect its purpose under its Bylaws or as directed by SEVA GRREAT or its Board of Directors.

VICE PRESIDENT – incumbent Jane Krom is running for a second term It shall be the duty of the Vice President to assume and carry out the duties of the President in the event of his/her absence or in his/her inability to act.

TREASURER -– actively seeking candidates It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and have charge of all funds of SEVA GRREAT and be the primary interface with designated financial institution(s) for multiple accounts. The Treasurer shall pay all bills duly approved by the Board and keep books of accounts of all the receipts and expenditures. The current financial software is QuickBooks. The Treasurer shall make a report, showing the receipts, disbursements, and cash balance on hand at each regular meeting. The Treasurer shall provide information and filings to governmental authorities as required, including tax returns. This position requires a knowledge of (or willingness to learn) laws, regulations, practices and procedures associated with the financial management and accounting for non-profit organizations. (continued on page 9)

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Carlos & Deborah Secrist

Hayes Hill



Michael & Heidi Evans

Teallia & Nathan Singleton


Tyler Stewart & Karen Johnson


John & Susan Callamore


Danny & Maria Kear


Terry & John Sherman


John & Susan Callamore


Cheryl Lynch


Karla & Darren Drake




Cindy & Jerry Caravas

Your Odds of Enjoying this Oceanfront View Are Grreat!

Win A Week at an Oceanfront Penthouse Raffle to Benefit our Goldens Only 250 Tickets will be sold at $20 each Have your morning coffee on the extra-large balcony and delight in views of the waves, dolphins and beachcombers. Ocean sounds will lull you to sleep in the oceanfront master bedroom at night. This is a one-of-a-kind OBX penthouse at Oceans North Condominium (Mile Post 10.2, Nags Head, NC) with 3 bedrooms, a loft with twin beds and 4 full baths. Wonderful privacy and spectacular panoramic views. Available October through May. For additional information and details, visit

Tickets will be available at these and other events: May 14 – Spring Membership Meeting and Beach Party at Sandbridge June 5 – Yappy Hour at Keswick Winery September 11 – Fall Membership Meeting and Picnic at Newport News Park October 16 – Yappy Hour at Keswick Winery January 2017 – Holiday Party/Kick-off Event Tickets will be available from SEVA GRREAT members also or by emailing

Drawing to be held at SEVA GRREAT Holiday Party Winner need not be present to win. Subject to availability non-prime season.

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Part 4:

by Michelle Touw

Cody’s Forever Home A

whole year had passed since we lost our Timber and were waiting and looking for the right fit for our family. When I read Cody’s adoption profile and saw his picture I knew he was the one- an energetic 1 year old male mixed breed. During the interview and home evaluation we were warned he was smart and fast. Now reading and learning more about his early days in foster care I can see why! We learned quickly he could jump a 6 foot fence, open kitchen cabinets and could make a vertical leap onto the kitchen counter. He also showed us his eagerness to please and a lot of affection. We were so fortunate to have Barb give him excellent

Cody and Adam



Part 1: Time for A Long Nap by Quan Li, the adventures of Codie, ran in the Fall 2015 edition of GRREAT Times.

Part 2: Codie: Naughty and Nice by Debra Hubbard, ran in the Winter 2016 edition of GRREAT Times.

Part 3: Codie: His reputation Preceded Him. And, Codie changed the spelling of his name to Cody.

training which helped us to manage his strength and energy in the early days. We brought him to doggie day care shortly after he came to stay with us knowing he loved the company of other dogs- but shortly after leaving him- he jumped the fence and was running down Hampton Boulevard. Gladly the staff at Muddy Paws safely caught him – and were great about allowing him to come shop for treats and visit the day care with me for several weeks until he learned it was a fun place to be, and he happily goes there about 2-3 times per week now with zero repeat escape attempts. At Christmas time just before a long trip – when suitcases were being packed and UPS was delivering many last minute items – Cody became nervous and jumped through the screen porch ( sorry UPS guy)! When I came home from work he was waiting and looking guilty- but safe and sound on the front porch for me. He is already starting to mature but is still the fastest dog at the park and has even chased a squirrel UP a tree. He is excellent at walking off leash and responding to return calls MOST of the time. Recently we kept a friends dog for about 1 month and Cody became the enforcer of the “house rules” (like no jumping on Mom when she comes home –and no stealing food off the counter) by corralling the other dog away or barking and growling at the bad behavior. He was excellent about letting our guest be a part of the family and was very happy with her – and after a few days of adjustment when she went home-he seems happy being the center of attention again. Cody has really captured our hearts and is an important part of our family now. We are grateful for all the hard work, love and care that SEVA GRREAT has put in to helping animals transition.

Squirrel chasing

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The Serious Benefits of Play


ncorporating various forms of play into your dog’s daily routine is vital to helping him develop a healthy, loving personality. Playing and having fun helps to eliminate stress from you life—and the same holds true for your dog. In fact, incorporating various forms of play into your dog’s daily routine is vital to helping him develop a healthy, loving personality.

The Benefits of Play Here are some of the ways that playing and having fun is important: PHYSICAL HEALTH. Active play helps keep your dog’s heart healthy, keeps the joints lubricated, and improves his overall balance and coordination.


MENTAL HEALTH. Games with rules force your dog to use his brain, not just his body. This can help keep his mind sharp and focused. SOCIAL SKILLS. When your dog plays with other dogs and other people, it helps improve his overall social skills. He learns basic rules and how to play by them. BONDING. Even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, playing with your dog helps strengthen the bond between you. YOUR HEALTH. What better way to alleviate the stress of a busy workday and get a bit of exercise than to come home and play with your dog? It’s a win-win for both of you.

that you’re the boss. You decide what games should be played and you set the rules. This helps establish your credibility as the pack leader. It also helps keep your dog from getting overly excited and out of control while you play. If your dog does become difficult to manage, simply put a stop to the game until he calms down again.

How to Play with Your Dog

When you start out teaching your dog a new game, keep it simple and go through the game slowly, until your dog fully grasps the rules. Also, wait until he fully understands one game before you teach him a new one, otherwise it will end up confusing him.

There are right ways—and wrong ways—to play. The most important thing to remember is


When you’re teaching your dog a new game, reward him when he does well. Remember, rewards don’t have to be just treats. You can also reward him with his favorite toys or lots of hugs and praise.

GRREAT Elections (continued from page 3)

SECRETARY – incumbent Sharon Leeman is running for a second term. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep a complete set of minutes of every meeting of SEVA GRREAT’s Board of Directors and a record of all matters which shall be so ordered. The Secretary shall attend to all correspondence, issue all notice, and shall have the custody of the files and documents of SEVA GRREAT. If you are interested in being a candidate for any of the Board positions, or if you have questions about the positions, please email and tell us your position of interest. Candidates should submit a brief biography including your experience with Goldens and our rescue and any qualifications you'd like us to consider. Nominations will be accepted until midnight (Eastern Time) on October 19, 2016.

Playtime Tips • Avoid games like keep away, wrestling, or tug-of-war. Those games encourage biting or dominant, aggressive behavior. • Stay in control of the game at all times. Show your dog that you’re the pack leader, not just another member of the pack. Retrieval games are good at teaching control.

Elections will be held during our General Membership meeting in Williamsburg on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

• Don’t include your body or clothing as part of any game. • Incorporate the SIT or DOWN and STAY commands in every game. You decide when it’s time to end the game, not your dog. The best time to stop the game is when your dog is still eager to play. • If, for some reason, your dog doesn’t seem to understand the game at some point, go back to the beginning, or simply leave it and try again a few days later. Don’t get angry if you’re dog isn’t “getting it” right away. Remember it’s supposed to be a fun experience for both of you!The Serious Benefits of Play

Send Us Your Photos Do you have a SEVA GRREAT dog? We would love to see what you are doing. Our alumni seem to be having very exciting lives. Share your pictures, including captions, by sending them to They will be featured in the next newsletter under Homecoming. And if you have a story to tell, we and the other Golden lovers would enjoy reading about it. So, send those stories with your photos also. We love pictures of newly adopted dogs with their new families, too!

Thank you for considering this opportunity. Leadership roles do require commitment and time, but the rewards are, well... GOLDEN! We are also seeking volunteers to fill nonBoard level positions across all areas of the rescue: INTAKE FOSTERING ADOPTIONS / HOME VISITS FUNDRAISING MARKETING AND EVENTS If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please email us at, and we will put you in touch with that team.

Joanne FALL 2016


An OCD Nightmare

by Roni Sumner


6. I also tried redirecting the behavior with

hat is that on her foot?” I asked Ally’s foster as I observed a raised wartlike area on her paw. The foster shook her head; there had been so much wrong with the almost ten year old sweetheart that it would have taken a book to list and explain what the SEVA vets had found. John and I wanted to adopt another senior in Giddy’s honor, and Ally fit the bill. Internally I knew that we would have a difficult road ahead of us, but when she climbed into our car and would not get out and when I saw John melt with love at that act I knew she had found her forever home. So it came to be that Ally joined Roxy and later Max and began the happy phase of her life. Our vets examined her, and over the next few months we removed horrible hanging skin tags, tumors the size of balloons, got her on eye drops to combat the total lack of tears, maintained the proper thyroid balance, and worked on her skin issues. Yet the paw, and later all but one paw as well as the legs, because the nightmare that we could not fix. Ally had an obsessive compulsive disorder known as lick granuloma or acral lick. The vet working with Ally shook his head and glumly told me that this was a difficult situation that often could not be resolved. The problem probably started as a small skin sore, but Ally had kept licking and biting the area causing it to thicken and spread outward. Over time she had become obsessed with the action which was now deeply ingrained in her mind and gave her some form of pleasure. Goldens along with five other breeds were very prone to this condition, and a cure was almost impossible. There were several things we would try to do which were as follows:

1. She wore a Comfy Cone for six weeks to try and break the cycle. That did not work for she resumed the self mutilation soon after she had regained her freedom.


verbal corrections and offering a chew treat. That, too, was unsuccessful.

7. A change in diet was also suggested. Ally was put on a no grain white fish diet with salmon oil supplements, but that did not ease the problem either. My heart broke for Ally as she continued to lick and chew and bleed then heal then start a new spot and repeat the cycle. What had caused this? Was she not enjoying her new home? X-rays had shown there was no bone or joint problem in the area, and the vet explained that it was psychological. So what were the causes? There were several possibilities.

2. The area was bandaged, but she would try to chew the area anyway then went on to damage two other paws then the upper parts of her legs. At times she looked like a race horse ready to run although I tried to make it fun by buying brightly colored wraps.

3. Next came the socks. We started with children’s socks, but she would walk out of them. After that came dog socks, but she would pull those off. I never tried the type that I have seen that goes over the shoulder since that would involve both the front legs and one of the back ones.

4. Topical creams, steroids, and antibiotics were used. The steroids did help, but later treatment for arthritis meant she could not take them any more. Apoquel was introduced, and that really helped a lot until the last few months of her life.

5. A new form of laser surgery has recently been introduced where an instrument removes the tissue by vaporizing the surface layer. That was not available when we were going through this nightmare.


1. Boredom. Ally had been left crafted in a garage from puppy hood until she was turned over to rescue, so chewing on herself became a source of control and entertainment.

2. Separation anxiety. Goldens love their people and are not happy being left alone, so once again the licking/chewing might have started to ease her tension then became an unbreakable habit.

3. Foreign objects sometimes can get lodged deeps inside the skin causing the behavior, but this was not the case for Ally.

4. Bone or joint pain could also be the culprit. X-rays showed no sign of cancer or problem in the area affected although she had problems with the hips and the back. Lick granuloma is indeed a nightmarish OCD situation that is close to impossible to stop especially with an older dog. I still feel that at some level I had failed Ally for not being able to stop her from the self mutilation. She was loved, she was a special girl with a unique personality, she is missed terribly, but I know in dog heaven she is running free with no pain.

What’s Up Doc?

Peanut Butter Alert A new type of peanut butter (and other nut butters) is being sold with less sugar, but now includes xylitol as a sweetner. That is what is used in sugarless gum and it can be deadly to dogs. Many people use peanut butter as a dog treat, or to fill a Kong, or disguise medications. If they use this type of peanut butter with xylitol, it could be very dangerous

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Share your pictures and stories by sending They will be featured in coming newsle

One of Ginger’s favorite thing to do is going to the Zoo (aka Petsmart) –Quan Li

While Riley, Ritzy, and Molly all enjoy a good breakfast, Molly especially savors her. Eating at top speed as always, her bowl slid under Ritzy, and she simply followed it,eating underneath him. He did not seem to notice! Truly these three are great friends! –Kristen Goldbach

Roxy Sumner says that no tennis ball is too big for her to play with!

Ritzy’s and Riley’s girls spent an entire day creating a special treat designed in their honor for their Gotcha Days!




This is Ike now Boomer and his new fur ever family . . . the Evans family.

them to etters, right here under Homecoming.

Blondie . . . hard to recognize her now that she’s so filled out, except that smile of hers is unmistakable!

This is Noel Hartigan, another one of the Christmas puppies from four years ago and Kodi’s sister. -Frances Hartigan

Meadow is now a member of the Singleton family

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Raising the Great Family Dog


By Aaron B. Clayton Copyright Karen Pryor Clicker Training, Reprinted by permission.

In clicker training, one focuses on creating conditions where success is possible and then builds on that success. We ignore, rather than punish, the mistakes that go on while we learn.


aturally, you want to raise a great family dog—one that can hang with the family at home, greet guests calmly, play nicely with all the other dogs and avoid the bullies, go to the lacrosse games without pulling you onto the field of play, and maybe even charm the mother-in-law into pet-sitting when you head out on vacation. Training your family dog using the clicker training approach is particularly family friendly. Here's why. Everyone's a teacher The joy and work of raising a family dog should be a great family experience. Uniquely, with clicker training, young family members grasp what to do and can easily participate. Clicker training doesn't rely on strength or physical control. Children seven and older often have an excellent sense of timing and "feel" for the process. Children as young as five or six can give cues. The very youngest children can, with their parents' help and 14

supervision, deliver treats and praise. Flexibility for a dynamic household Busy family, hectic lives. That's your life. Yet, a lot of people will tell you that consistency is key to effective dog training. Huh? I suspect that if your dog can only learn in a consistent environment, you are in big trouble! Sure, if you and your family members all behave identically and have the exact same routine every day and always use the same cues, your dog will have to process less variation and will probably learn faster. But that's not your life, is it? So, what you need is a dog that's flexible and easygoing in all kinds of environments and learns in spite of all the variation. Flexibility, not consistency, will be more important in your household because your life is full of variation. None of your kids will ask your dog to "sit" in the exact same way. But your dog ought to learn all of the ways they ask and, with clicker training, he will. One of the fun things


more experienced clicker trainers like to do is "swap" dogs and show that their dog will "work" for anyone! Clicker training's long reach The behaviors you practice in clicker training your animal will spill over into other areas of your life and the lives of your kids. In clicker training, one focuses on creating conditions where success is possible and then builds on that success. We ignore, rather than punish, the mistakes that go on while we learn. One of my daughters routinely thanked her elementary school teacher for providing extra comments on homework. This teacher asked me how it was that my daughter had decided to thank her for making these extra comments. Apparently, in 20 years of teaching, no student had ever taken note of the extra effort this teacher had made to write extensive and thoughtful comments on kids' homework assignments. So why did my daughter do that? She instinctively knew that if she recognized

Any talk you hear of needing to dominate your dog and show him who is boss is pure bunk. There's no legitimate science supporting that claim. You control the rewards your dog enjoys. That's all you'll ever need.

the teacher for the effort, she'd get even more helpful feedback. And, of course, she did. Clicker training at home, brought to school. You can learn even more about human-human applications of these same principles at www. The sure path to safe play Any family dog should be "bulletproof." Kids should be able to poke him. Babies should be able to crawl by him. Understand, I am not advocating the unsupervised play of toddlers with a one-year-old Australian shepherd, or any breed. What I am saying is that your dog should be calm and tolerant of touch; he should not feel he needs to guard his food and he should be willing to share his toys. Fear and confusion in animals often lead to aggression. Boredom leads to destructive behavior. Clicker training keeps your dog's mind engaged, which helps fend off boredom. There's no punishment so there's no training-induced fear. If your dog is temperamentally shy or

fearful, you can shape his personality through clicker training to become more confident and calmer. (P.S. Any talk you hear of needing to dominate your dog and show him who is boss is pure bunk. There's no legitimate science supporting that claim. You control the rewards your dog enjoys. That's all you'll ever need.) Build the extraordinary family bond Most dogs are naturally people-friendly and chances are you've chosen a breed that enjoys human companionship, but you no doubt envision a relationship that's bigger than companionship. It's about loyalty, fealty, and chivalry; your dog will protect your home, watch over your kids at the playground, find your way home out of the dark woods, snuggle next to you while you're camping, give you a doggie kiss when you've had a bad day, and know to leave you alone when you have the flu. The path that gets you on track and keeps you on the path to reaching that relationship is clicker training. A deep bond with your dog will be based on mutual understanding, caring, and

respect—and those values are inherent in the clicker training process. Each time you and your family teach your dog through clicker training, you send a clear message. Over time you and your family will send thousands of messages that each help your dog understand what it is you want. In a process that's not yet well understood scientifically, the cumulative impact on your dog of all that clear and respectful communication is greater than the sum of the individual messages. Neurons make new pathways in your dog's brain, his synapses fire, and then, one day, you find yourself quite amazed and reassured that your dog now is making good decisions in ambiguous situations, that he easily enhances the world you all live in together, and that he acts to give you what you want and need without you even having to ask for it. Extraordinary. You have a great family. Go ahead and raise a great family dog.

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Our Membership at Smiles

Sparky Jack




Getting down to business

Picnic Newport News Park


any thanks to all for making our SEVA GRREAT picnic a big success! It was awesome to see so many families and adopted dogs - none of which would be possible without the amazing efforts of our hard working volunteers/board members. While we missed some who couldn't attend, we’re thankful for those that could! Huge thanks to all for bringing the food and doing all the set-up/clean-up, etc. It was SO wonderful to see Blondie today, and also introduce everyone to Sadie. Clearly she doesn't let her brace bother her! Hopefully, today helped our supporters understand the special needs of so many of our rescued goldens. During the day, several people expressed thanks for all that SEVA GRREAT does, and one supporter called us "angels." That is something we can all be proud of.

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Holiday Leftovers and Your Dog’s Health T

is the season when friends and family gather for savory meals. As you sit around enjoying the feast, chances are your dog is making laps around the table hoping someone will take pity and “accidentally on purpose” let some food scraps fall to the floor. You and your guests may think that this is harmless, but the fact is that some foods can be harmful—even lethal—to dogs. Take a look at the meal you’re serving and it becomes obvious that holiday food is usually very rich and fatty. This can lead to diarrhea and tummy distress for your dog. Remember, this type of feast-worthy food is a far cry from the healthy diet you feed your dog.

• Never give your dog poultry bones because they can splinter easily and stick in the esophagus. • Make sure your pet can't access food left on counters or tables. After you've cleaned the kitchen, take the garbage out and dispose of it in a secure place where no pets can get into it. • Don't let your dog lie on the kitchen floor where food is often dropped. If he is not

Holiday Meal Safety List L-R, Laurie Sudo, • Keep reading your dogspecialist away from chocolate—it and volunteer can be fatallibrary to pooches. Bowls of candy, or coordinator at Great pieces dropped by guests or children, may Neck Library in Virginia pose a real risk to your pets. The darker the Beach, Rosie Mae and chocolate, the more dangerous it is. Allegra Havens.



trained to stay out of the garbage, use a can with a lid, or keep it out of your pet's reach. Dogs are capable of amazing feats when food is involved. • Consider keeping your dog in his crate when you’re serving holiday dinners. If you want your pooch by your side at the dinner table, make sure he has a full belly by feeding him his favorite dog food before you and your guests eat. And help keep his mouth occupied, give him a doggie treat or chew toy.



Consumption of chocolate can cause agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate, tremors, seizures and even death.

These nuts can cause severe lethargy, increased body temperature, vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness and the inability to walk.



Tinsel, ribbon and similar decorations can cut up the digestive tract and cause intestinal obstruction. Ornaments should be kept off low-lying Christmas tree branches.

ALCOHOL Alcoholic drinks may cause vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lethargy, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and seizures.


If your pet can reach them, they may be a fire hazard if knocked over.

GRAPES, RAISINS, AVOCADOS, ONIONS AND GARLIC These can cause lethargy, lack of appetite and vomiting.


Sugarless gum and artificially sweetened treats may cause vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, seizures and liver failure.

Pets may experience vomiting and diarrhea. Fatty foods can also promote pancreatitis. Swallowed bones can cause stomach perforation and painful constipation.



Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias may cause irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and heart arrhythmia in both cats and dogs.

If chewed, live electrical cords can cause burns in or around a pet’s mouth, difficulty breathing, seizures and cardiac arrest.



2016 Neptune Festival

Junior Volunteers helping GRREAT’s goldens 20

Rainbow Bridge

Mike with Emmett and Leo

ts o L g s Makin of Friend

BEAR We fostered Bear for 11 months. He was such a handsome Golden and absolutely loved going on walks, where he pranced like a show dog and did lots and lots of sniffing. We will miss his very strong nose nudges letting us know he wanted to go out, plus his typical good cheer and friendliness. Farewell, good boy. I hope you felt our love for you.

–Chris and Dan Walker

CRUISER (formerly Teaser)

Cruiser was loved so much by everyone who knew him!

–Scott, Becky, Jack and Joshua DeBolt




W.S. and Elizabeth Mitchell

Ann and Andor Czompo

Charles Gresham

Charles and Connie Rogers In memory of Shirley Minnix Robertson

Kathy Speece In honor of Max



Linda Dusenbury In memory of Dr. J. Thomas Owen


Karin Pettinger Jo Vance

Ellis and Judith Owens In memory of Darlene Hinkle who loved Goldens

Harrison and Mary Owens In memory of a wonderful doctor, Dr. J.T. Owen

Deborah Debiasi

Heidi Speece In honor of Buddy

Judy and Don Dyer In memory of Dr. J. Thomas Owen, with deepest condolences

GOLD Shirly Dimmick Jim and Pauline O’Connell








Shirley Cool


Golden Oldie Love Dog Fund (GOLD Fund) is used for medical expenses, food, equipment, or adoption costs of rescued Golden Retrievers estimated to be ten years or older.

Carl and Lizbeth Jackson



via the links on our Home page (At no additional cost to you)

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign #3456 Every purchase through the AMAZON link on our Home page ensures a donation to SEVA GRREAT (generally 4-6% of purchase, based on monthly volume of sales)

Combined Federal Campaign #88796



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2 To leave a message for the President 3 To give up a Golden Retriever or get more info on our intake process 4

For Information on Golden Days and other events.


To check on the status of an adoption or foster application.


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SEVA GRREAT Contact Information President Joanne Even Vice President Jane Krom Treasurer Jim O’Connell Secretary Sharon Leeman Event Coordinators: Southside: Jane Krom Peninsula: Linda Thomson Richmond: Jennifer Dauzier Microchip Coordinator Robyn Beasley Intake Coordinator Rose Bennett Foster Coordinator Katie Show Adoption Coordinator Robyn Beasley Membership Jacob Kay Volunteer Coordinator Quan Li Board Member Largo Elston Merchandise Jennifer Dauzier Fundraising GRREAT Times magazine

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GRREAT Times Fall 2016  

Southeastern Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training

GRREAT Times Fall 2016  

Southeastern Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training