GRREAT Times Summer 2022

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GRREAT Membership Meeting

Don’t Shave that Golden

A Good Time at Bubba’s 33

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

3 .. President’s Message

For more information, call our Hotline at 757-827-8561 or visit our web site at

4 .. Adoptions

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.


SEVA GRREAT disclaims all responsibility for omissions or errors.


Submitting Stories and Photos

6 .. Sandbridge Membership Meeting 8 .. A Trip to Jamestown 10 .. Don’t Shave that Golden

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!

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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 .. New Craze in Veterinary Medicine 16 .. A Give Local 757 Thank You 17 .. The Gang at Woofstock

Email to:

18 .. A Good Time at Bubba’s 33


20 .. Rainbow Bridge 22 .. Contributions 23 .. Membership & Volunteering 2

On The Cover: Here’s Lucy (Krom) looking straight at you.

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President’s .Message

Mark Your Calendar September 17

Neptune Festival Virginia Beach

October 8

Glen Allen Day 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

October 16

Fall Membership Meeting Newport News Park, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

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elcome to the 2nd half of 2022! What a great way to start the 2nd half with the announcement of the CDC revising their ban to bringing over dogs internationally – provided the dogs meet the new CDC requirements. They want titers to be done showing that they are protected against rabies – which we agree with. But they have a few more regulations that could possibly double our cost in bringing the dogs over here. So, we are weighing our options on the most cost-effective way to bring them here. Often, people ask us why we rescue dogs from Turkey. The short answer is that it is a win-win for us and the Goldens. It is a win for these poor dogs that have been thrown out onto the streets when their owner no longer wants them. Turkey has a huge stray population and Goldens do not fare well to “street life.” It is a win for SEVA GRREAT because the number of Goldens surrendered to us – and other rescue groups around the country – have dwindled. But adoptees willing to open their homes and hearts to this wonderful breed have not declined. We reviewed the average cost of bringing in Goldens from Turkey versus rescuing Goldens here and the costs are comparable. That is because most of the Goldens we get from Turkey are healthy. Many of the Goldens we rescue locally need to be spayed/neutered, have heartworms, or have other health or behavioral issues. That said, no local Golden needing help is turned away.


The 9 dogs we rescued from the horrific hoarding situation in S. C. are doing well. Several have been adopted out already and several more will go up for adoption shortly. Looking ahead, we will need help transporting the Turkey Dogs from the airport (Dulles or JFK) back to this area. If you are on our volunteer email list, you will be hearing more from Mimi about this probably mid-August. Please let her know if you are interested in helping. And we always need foster homes. If you are already on the foster list, you will hear more from Jane shortly. If you haven’t fostered in a while and would like to foster, please let Jane know. If you have never fostered but would like to start, please go to our website – www.sevagrreat. org – click on the “Volunteer” tab and then “Foster Home Application”. A book I read recently discusses how you cannot leave happiness to chance. You cannot just wish for it and hope you get lucky. You’ve got to work to make it happen. None of the wonderful work that happens with SEVA GRREAT would be possible without your help. The happiness we bring to Goldens and their new families would not be possible without you. What better way to start the 2nd half of the year with a prayer of thanks for all the good things we have been able to accomplish. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for the time and financial support that you have provided to make happiness happen.













Anderson – S. Myriah & A. Craig Branham

Carolina – Angela Woodruff

Apollo – Ellen & Mark Canestrano

Charlie – Kayla & Chris Matherson

Bo – Terry Sherman

Clemson – Cheryl Pearson

Cadie – Dinah & Allen Baker

Finnegan – Marcia & Mike Penny

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Dangers of Heat Stroke: • Collapse • Seizures • Coma • Organ Failure • Death

Signs of Heat Stroke:


• Heavy Panting • Difficulty Breathing • Excessive Thirst • Lethargy & Unsteadiness • Thick Saliva & Drooling • Vomiting and/or diarrhia • Bright Red Tongue and mucus membraines which turn grey as shock sets in LOKI




George – Brittany Allen & Nocholas Carrell

Runa – Melinda & David Black

Loki – Robert & Cindy Ryan

Sandy – Carl Jackson

Raven – Rachael & Jeff Stover

Sassy – Hank & Kathy Kofron

Roxie – Carl Jackson

Thor– Debby Allsbrook

Heat Stroke can occur in less than 15 minutes if signs are visible . . . often times it may be too late.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention! SUMMER 2022


Ruby & Khloe with Ross & Nanette Knapp

Bo & Terry Sherman

Barbie & Mary Connell

Charlie with Kayla & Chris Matherson

Hope riding a wave


It Was a GRREAT Membership Meeting at Sandbridge

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Our Grillmaster

Lucy Golda makes a new friend

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We Do Like Water This Trip was to Jamestown

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No river water . . . only the purified for me please

He likes it!

What a day!

Spring 2022


What’s Up Doc? by Beth Rodgers


he temperatures are soaring, and we humans are running for pools, iced drinks, or whatever else brings us relief from the heat. Surely your fluffball golden must be miserable under all that fur! Time for the “summer cut” and let’s get rid of that extra hair so the poor thing can cool off, right? WRONG!! No, never, don’t even think about it, and no way. Big no-no as a matter of routine to shave your dog for summer. You mean leave all that fur on? Absolutely! We often refer to the dog’s fur as a “coat,” but that contributes to a misunderstanding of how the dog’s fur really works. Of course wearing a coat in summer the poor thing must be dreadfully warm! So let’s dispense with the word coat for this discussion. Instead, let’s think of the fur in terms of what it does, and that involves its functions for insulation and protection. As you know with a house, insulation is important to keep temperatures stable. You set a desired temperature on your thermostat, and the heat and air conditioning systems work to create and maintain that temperature. The insulation helps to separate the inside of your house from the outside so it is easier to get the temperature to stay where you set the thermostat. Take away the insulation, and your mechanical systems are going to have a heck of a time keeping your house at the temperature you desire. The inside will always want to match the outside if there is a poor barrier between the two.


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The insulation function of a dog’s fur works in the same way. Dogs have a core body temperature that they must maintain for the organs to function well. Generally this is in the vicinity of 100 to 102 degrees or so, give or take. The fur is what protects them from external stimuli that can cause that temperature to be harder to maintain. Without the fur as insulation, the heat gets in more easily and the body has to work that much harder to keep things stable. Imagine shaving your head and being outside in the summer. Would it be cooler without that hair? Quite the contrary. You not only will feel the sun’s rays more intensely but you will be more subject to injury. OK, so you’re not shaving the dog down to the skin, so that isn’t a fair comparison, you might say. The physics are still the same. The sun and the heat can more easily affect the dog because the fur is not there as insulation to protect the dog from the external environment. Even if the temperature outside is lower than the dog’s body temperature, the sun and all the other environmental characteristics are now acting more directly on the dog because there isn’t that important layer of fur to insulate the skin. Dogs can get sunburned, and you may recall a time when you were outside in 90 degree weather, feeling the sun on your skin and thinking it felt a lot warmer than 90 degrees! Add to that experience the heat of pavement or a patio which are well over the ambient air temperature, and things can become dangerous quickly without some

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insulation or protection. A temperature of 90 degrees is barely suitable for a warm bath. But the sun hitting your skin with a 90 degree air temperature, or maybe more if you are near reflective or heat-absorbing surfaces? You will feel that! So will your dog, and it can be dangerous, especially for a dog without it’s normal protective layer of fur. Dogs like our goldens are designed well for maintaining a healthy body temperature. As double-coated animals, they lose their undercoat as the seasons change to warmer months. This loss of undercoat adjusts the insulation for them automatically. In the winter, they grow that back to provide more protection against the cold. You may have noticed how it can be snowing or sleeting like crazy and in spite of that 100 degree body temperature, the snow does not melt when it lands on your dog’s fur. That fur is doing a great job keeping that body heat regulated. Mess with their fur by shaving them and you have disrupted that crucial thermoregulatory mechanism, which is a fancy way of saying the dog’s ability to maintain the temperature essential for life. Thermoregulation. It comes built in to the dog and includes their fur as a crucial component. So do not shave your dog. Fur also serves another purpose, and that is protection from physical elements. Fur provides an additional layer of protection against injury to the skin such as might occur from a good roll in the grass. The topcoat, which is what

you see when you first look at your dog, also helps to repel dirt and debris and sheds water to some extent. Check that out the next time your dog is out in the rain for a short time. The top layer of fur will be wet, but the skin can still be fairly dry (depending on how long they are out and how hard it is raining. Some of my goldens didn’t know, or want, to come in from the rain so your mileage may vary). Good care for a golden includes recognition that both the fur and the skin are important to your dog’s health. There is a need to be vigilant year round about good skin and fur care. Summer provides its own reasons and challenges in that regard. You and your dog

may be outside more, playing in the grass, perhaps swimming or whatever summer fun you have in store together. Attention to cleanliness to remove contaminants (like all that wonderful pollen we have in Virginia) is important to keep the fur and skin healthy. Regular brushing and removal of mats will increase the effectiveness of the fur and the comfort of your dog. Keep the skin dry to help fight off hot spots. While tending to the fur, it is a great time to check for parasites like ticks and fleas; dangerous debris such as foxtails; and also lumps, bumps, or injuries to the skin. One of the best things you can do for your dog is catch a skin problem or a lump

or growth early. To help your dog through the hot summer months, provide plenty of shade and water and monitor their activity and their behavior. Goldens do not always know when to quit when they are having fun. Help your dog keep that system of skin and fur working well through good grooming and examinations to catch problems early. Shaving and removing that fur just because it seems like a good idea in the summer heat does not help your dog. Good grooming and assessment will. Besides, you’ll have some nice bonding time as you groom your dog, and your dog will be gorgeous with a gleaming and healthy thermoregulatory system.



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Homecoming Share your pictures and stories by sending them to They will be featured in coming newsletters, right here under Homecoming.

Louie’s mom and dad got married, and he was the Dog of Honor. Congratulations to Kara and Albert. Louie was one of the SEVA GRREAT dogs that was rescued from China.

Mojo, Onyx and Archie enjoying the ballgame.


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Lucy Krom really knows how to celebrate Easter!!

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There Is a New Craze in Veterinary Medicine . . . and We’re Loving It!


t seems like integrative medicine is becoming more popular than ever, with more veterinarians recommending it every day! Integrative medicine involves the fusion of conventional and alternative medicine. Conventional medicine will involve what you typically experience going to the veterinarian: diagnostics including imaging and bloodwork, procedures such as surgery, and prescription medications like NSAIDs and chemotherapy. Alternative medicine is a broad term used for a few modalities. Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) is an ancient modality that includes acupuncture, food therapy, herbal therapy, and Tui-na (massage). Rehabilitation and spinal medical manipulation (animal form of chiropractic), LASER therapy, homeopathy are also commonly considered alternative therapies. Integration of both styles of medicine provides many benefits for the long-term quality-of-life of your pet. Conventional medicine has made great strides in preventing bacterial and viral infections, repair of injuries, earlier disease recognition with diagnostics, and much more. Routine and regular veterinary visits are paramount to gaining the benefit of these advances in modern medicine. On the other hand, alternative medicine compliments conventional medicine where it falls short. For example, an older arthritic dog may benefit from NSAIDs for pain management and may improve significantly but still have hind-end weakness. This is where alternative options shine; acupuncture and herbal therapy can break down energy blockages in the body, bringing more energy to the hind-end. Rehabilitation can help to strengthen the hind limbs and medical manipulation can help prevent front 14

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limb compensatory issues. Conventional medicine shows its strengths with sudden or acute issues, whereas, alternative therapies are strongest with chronic issues.

Is integrative medicine right for you? This is a great discussion to begin with both your primary care and integrative veterinarian. Further advances in conventional medicine may be offered for pets that have battled chronic disease, but sometimes their progress can plateau. Reaching out to alternative therapies may be a great option. These therapies are considered successful in the treatment of arthritis, weakness, chronic skin/ ears and allergy issues, chronic gastrointestinal issues, and neurological deficits. Another consideration are those that have been diagnosed with cancer that are not undergoing invasive surgeries or chemotherapy. There are no limits to allowing integrative medicine to complement conventional therapies.

Some of the common services integrative veterinarians provide are:

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Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points along pathways called meridians. This stimulates nerve bundles under the skin to achieve a reaction across the body.

Medical Manipulation: Pet chiropractic care identifies any dysfunction in the vertebrae and joints and works to clear these issues to minimize stress within the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

Rehabilitation: Pet physical rehabilitation is the management and improvement of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions. This often includes exercises, LASER light, shockwave, and ultrasound therapy. Often recommended after surgery or injuries.

Food Therapy: Food Therapy is the use of diet to treat and prevent imbalance within the body. It utilizes knowledge of the energetics of food ingredients to tailor diets for individual animals. Ensuring a complete and balanced diet is imperative and should be done under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Tui-na: A form of massage that stimulates acupuncture points and meridians to promote the circulation of Qi and correct imbalances within the body. Many techniques can be taught for owners to continue on their own.

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine uses mixtures of compounds from plants and other substances found in nature to treat and prevent imbalances in the body. Finding doctors that practice both is helpful, but can be challenging and often it means finding two doctors who can partner in your pet’s care. Integrative veterinarians, like the author Dr. Cubelo, may work as a referral service specializing specifically in the alternative therapies, and work in tandem with your primary care veterinarian. Similar to going to the cardiologist for your heart and primary care doctor for vaccines. If utilizing both styles of medicine interests you, ask your primary care veterinarian for their local recommendation. In the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, Dr. Sharon Cubelo practices as a mobile integrative veterinarian with her practice Copper’s Integrative Veterinary Care, LLC. She attended veterinary school at Ross University, and followed up her studies at the University of Tennessee for her Canine Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) certification, Chi University for her acupuncture (CVA), food therapy (CVFT) and Tui-na (CVTP) certifications, and Integrative Veterinary Medicine Institute for certification in medical manipulation (CVMMP). She continues at Chi University pursuing her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and expects to complete this degree in 2025.

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Spring 2022


THANK YOU! Give Local 757 raised over $1.7 million dollars for local nonprofits in the 757 area code. We at SEVA GRREAT are proud to be part of this special community of nonprofits. This was our 7th year of participation in GIVE LOCAL 757, and for all 7 years, SEVA GRREAT has placed in the top 10 overall. This year competing with 201 organizations, we raised close to $20,000.

Special thanks to: • Tito’s Handmade Vodka for the second year of generously matching the first $5,000 in donations. • Bubba’s 33 Restaurant, for their all day Dine to Donate, donating 10% of diners’ food bill to SEVA GRREAT/GIVE LOCAL 757. We also want to recognize our six Peer to Peer fundraisers: • Sharon Leeman • Roni Sumner and Rosie • Archie Arch A Roux the Turkey Dawg • Tracy Schmid, Onyx and Mojo • Brett Meyer • Michelle Smith Together they raised $4,070. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, our success is because of YOU! Our loyal and generous supporters. We could not do what we do without you. With much love, from all of us, humans and Goldens at SEVA GRREAT.


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Rainbow Bridge Senior dogs deserve the best for the rest of their lives. The Mr. Mo Project saves senior dogs nationwide from living in shelters, or worse, being euthanized. We believe that senior dogs deserve homes too!

ROSIE A little over six months ago, Rosie came to assimilate into our family and easily became part of the team. She had been neglected and was painfully thin, but she was excited to learn the routine and be part of the pack. Over the next few months, Rosie blossomed. Her fur began to grow back in and reflected the sun for a gorgeous red shine. She enjoyed block walks and all the toys to play with at her discretion. Walking was fun with many new places to sniff, and she had her choice of four dog beds upon which to recline. Small meals were offered regularly, and Rosie was content. But all was not so peaceful inside of her. Blood work led to an ultrasound where an inoperable mass had overtaken her liver, and the cancer was moving into her lungs. A treatment plan was developed by her vet, and Rosie continued to enjoy each and every day. But while small battles were won, cancer was to have the final victory. At first Rosie gained weight. Her frame filled out a little, and a miracle seemed to be happening. Both traditional Western as well as Chines herbs were prescribed, and everyone was amazed at her progress. That would not last. But by May, the liver had stopped functioning, and by the first of June, she was refusing most food and water. She stayed close to me, but her eyes no longer sparkled. It was time. On June 6, I closed Rosie’s eyes as the gift of peace was offered and she became an angel. That Night the other three dogs and I gazed into the heavens looking for the brightest star that would symbolize her arrival. I held her tightly at the end listening to her snore in the final moments. Her weight had dropped to 48 pounds, but every ounce of her was filled with love. She passed hearing me telling her how much I loved her and feeling my gentle strokes over her body. Thank you for helping Rosie’s journey to peace. I will miss her forever.

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We extend our deepest sympathies to the three ‘mothers’ who loved Diego the most: Ann Czompo, Quanzhan Li, and Gamze Göksoy. Below is a tribute from his forever mom, Ann.

We adopted our handsome Hank through SEVA GRREAT and fostered by the Knoll family (their first) on January 28, 2011. He was an old soul in a young body. As my husband would say he checked all the boxes! We lost him recently on May 20, 2022 to cancer which was his fourth time getting it. He was a warrior! He will be dearly missed and definitely our HEART DOG️. Words cannot express how fortunate we were to be chosen to take care of this beautiful soul! RIP Hanky Pank

We offer our deepest sympathy to the Weber family on the loss of their golden boy, Zeke. Here is a tribute from his mom:

Diego (13 years old) had a tough life. He began his life in Turkey as a family pet for eight years, then was discarded when his family adopted a new puppy. He was neglected and abandoned, becoming a street dog, and fending for himself. He kept returning to his home, so the family took him to one of Turkey’s forests (Dream Forest), a dumping ground for abandoned pets. He went home again, then was taken to a shelter with a request that he be euthanized, a request rejected by the veterinarian. He developed a severe case of mange with open sores and loss of hair. Eventually Diego was taken in by a rescue and rehabilitated, made available for adoption, but without success for several years. A good samaritan arranged for him to come to the U.S. through the rescue, but he was adopted then given up. SEVA GRREAT (Southern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training) took him in for foster care during January 2020. In May Diego came to live with me and was adopted. He has been a wonderful companion for these two years, but he has been living and struggling with some overwhelming medical issues for a while. Today he was freed from these challenges as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

–Christine & Eric House

“Friday May 27th our dear Zeke crossed the rainbow bridge. Zeke was 15 years old and was the best boy. Zeke loved to go swimming and fetch a ball or frisbee from the water for hours and hours. He loved his family and his k9 companion with all he had and he was so loved in return. We miss him every minute of the day.” Zeke was known as “Reef” when he was adopted from SEVA GRREAT around 10 years ago! He loved riding in the Jeep, swimming, and playing ball. In addition to his human family, he leaves behind a doggie sister who misses him very much.

–Chelsea and Daniel

HOLLY Sweet, sweet Holly! A very beloved golden... who will be forever loved and forever missed.

Diego was a handsome, sweet, friendly, funny, charming fellow. I’ll never understand how this lovely dog was bounced around for years and didn’t land in a permanent home during those years. We’ve had great lives together. I love him and he will be greatly missed and remembered always. SUMMER 2022


Contributions Shelby Murphy

Ann Czompo

Brenda Barrett Thanks for all you do.

Steven Rowe In honor of our wonderful Wyatt.

Steven & Martha Reilly Jo Anne Vance

Cathy Seymour In honor of Maryanne Naegele’s birthday. Mary & Ron Matthews In honor of Junior. Maryanne Lambert In memory of Pete Lambert. John & Pat Donaldson Julie Mercer Nicole Metzger In memory of Boone.

Carl Jackson Tanya Gills I donate $100.00 for each mortgage loan I close to a non-profit animal rescue. The client chose SEVA GRREAT to receive the donation. Tracy Reed Kristin Pay Greg Eichinger Pamela Graham Anne Catron

Amazon Smile Program Are you holiday shopping online this year? You can help support SEVA GRREAT while you shop with the Amazon Smile Program. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to charitable organizations/SEVA GRREAT:

Peggy & Dave Main In memory of Max, our dear neighbor’s Golden, who was loved so much by the Janet and George Nicholas family. Heather Singleton In memory of Corey. Dennis Guy Birthday gift for a friend/ relative. David Pemberton This is for Rosie (RIP) , our Golden Molly (RIP) and Rascal (30 years since passing).

Skip and Terry Cole




Resilient Design Consultants LLC Resilient Design Consultants is a firm with a core belief in giving back. For every project completed, a portion of the fee will be donated to charities. This donation is given in honor of Wyatt, our beloved SEVA GRREAT Golden.

Margaret Roach

Joanne & Joe Moore In memory of Blondie, Morrison and Diego.




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Sabrina Holme Amish rescue expenses. Connie Brewer

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Your support/purchases through these links provide ongoing donations to SEVA GRREAT and help homeless Goldens find a home! (At no additional cost to you)


Click the link on our Home page, register your Kroger card. Each time you swipe your card at a Kroger store, SEVA GRREAT will get a small donation.



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.

Visit Sign in with your credentials. Select your charity/SEVA GRREAT, Start shopping. Thank you for helping donate funds to SEVA GRREAT!



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