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Shop Amazon and help ECGRR!!

golden-laptopDo you shop on Amazon.com?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support ECGRR every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to ECGRR.

Click below to shop Amazon and help ECGRR at the same time …

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AmazonSmile – ECGRR

 

 

Paws to Read Program

Calling all my fellow ECGRR Rescues!

pawsfriendship1-2My name is Bella, I am a 3yr. old Golden.   ECGRR placed me in my forever home August 2015.  For that I am eternally grateful and have a desire to “give back” to others.

I have recently been certified as a Therapy Dog through www.PawsForFriendship.org (PFF).  I hope to start the first Paws to Read program in the Bay County school system, an extremely successful literacy program already in schools around the state and the country.  My family wants to create an active chapter of PFF in the Panhandle.  I need my fellow rescues help as I cannot do this alone.  As Therapy Dogs, we provide comfort and affection to people of all ages, at schools , care facilities, hospitals, universities, any one in need of a puppy hug to brighten someone’s day.

If you are well socialized and has an owner who wants to share your gift please consider joining.  Certification is not hard or expensive.  PFF has 386 chapters around the world and is fully insured. PFF encompasses every level of Community Outreach, please go to their website to learn more.

If interested, please email doublegatorlodge@comcast.net as well as contact PFF.  Please help me brighten lives from all walks of life. I can’t do it alone!

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We just lost a very dear friend

karenKaren Rossi passed away yesterday.

Known to many as “Kay”, Karen was a long time board member,  a devoted volunteer, and for many of us a very dear friend. Her tireless efforts saved the life of many a golden. There are no words that can adequately describe her contributions to ECGRR or the large empty space her passing leaves for so many of us.

Despite the sadness, we are filled with wonderful memories of how she brightened so many lives – human and four-footed.

Please join us in keeping her family in your thoughts and prayers.

A Winston update …

Michelle writes …

Here is our New Year’s card (I chose to not do a Christmas one so we could announce our new family member!)  … feel free to share on the rescue website.  We are so thankful for Winston.

He is doing wonderful.  Winston had a great day yesterday (first day of normal life, Bryant at school and me at work) and he did wonderful.  He had all his toys waiting at the door when Bryant got home, ready to play.

Thank you so much for this gift!  He is very loved.

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ECGRR:  What a great new year for Bryant!

A Captain update …

Elizabeth writes …

…  the attached [is a] picture of our “Captain”, who we adopted through your wonderful organization in the spring.  I knew the boy had it in him!!!!  By now I am sure you heard through the grape vine that he passed Canine Good Citizen training as well as Therapy Dog International evaluations, and is our “newest” Therapy Dog Extraordinaire.  This was  from his first official visit yesterday at Thomas University in Thomasville, where he played with, hugged and comforted several college students in the midst of their final exams.  He was quite a hit, and had a ball to boot.

He is happy, well loved, well cared for, and a beloved addition to a family now.  Thanks for giving him a sixth chance.

 

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ECGRR: our thanks to you for giving this wonderful guy a loving home!!

A Pooh Bear update!

Dawn writes …

Wanted to update you on Pooh Bear. He is doing fantastic and has found his place in our pack family. We truly feel he is loving his furever home. He is the sweetest boy smile emoticon

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ECGRR: What a Pooh bear!!!

 

Tsali from the “Perry Five”

Darren writes …

Tsali from the “Perry Five” is alive and well living in a loving home in Pennsylvania. He now has a little sister Promise, he has a yard to run in, a bed to sleep in, celebrated Christmas with treats and toys and is a happy little boy

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ECGRR: Thank you Darren for giving Tsali a new life in a loving home!!

Click HERE to read the The Perry 5 story

ECGRR at Dog of the Day

candace_dogoftheday2015Our ECGRR folks had a great time at the Tallahassee Nursery participating in the Dog of the Day event on October 3rd .

The event featured dog rescues, dog supply stores and just about anything to do with dogs.  Other activities included live music and doggie contests – like peanut butter eating.

ECGRR foster dog Libbey was on hand with foster dad Mike.

A big thanks to Candace and Kerri for representing ECGRR at the event!

 

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Gift Basket Winner

gift-basket-09192015Linda Greenwood is the winner of the ECGRR Doggie Basket we featured during our Meet and Greet at the Responsible Dog Owner event in Panama City.    Filled with fun toys and treats, that furry member of her family is sure to enjoy it.

So how did she win?  By signing up for the ECGRR Newsletter when she visited our table.  Be sure to check out our table/booth at upcoming area events for your chance to win something similar.

Already subscribed to our newsletter?  No problem – you can still sign up to win at the next event.

Apollo update …

Kristie writes …

Thanks for checking in! Apollo is amazing! He is so sweet and good. He is adjusting well and has been the perfect dog.  We are very attached to him and thankful to have him.  He loves the ocean and swims like a fish…will send pics of this next time we are out.  Here are a few recent pics.

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ECGRR: Looks like one happy puppy!

ECGRR 2015 Fall Fundraiser

danny-happyfaceOur 2015 Fall Fundraiser (Sep-Dec) will officially kickoff with our participation at the Greater Panama City Dog Fanciers’ Association’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day 2015 on Saturday, Sept. 19th  9am – 3pm.

Our goal is $2,500 and during the fundraiser’s 3 month run, we’ll provide updates and tie it into some other events like Dog Daze in FWB.

This year we saw almost a 2x increase in the medical costs expended per Golden Rescued.  Your generous donations will help us recover!

Online fundraising for ECGRR 2015 Fall FundraiserECGRR is a volunteer run organization and a private non-profit that does not receive any government funding. We rely on private donations, fundraisers, and grants.  100% of monies raised goes towards the care of the rescued dogs including medical, food and behavioral training if needed.   Of that,  90% is used for medically treating these surrendered and homeless dogs including heartworm treatment and spay/neutering.

Our 2014 average expenditure on each rescued dog taken into our program was $694.  In 2013 the cost per dog was $362. 

While our online system is set for a $10 minimum donation amount, we have some suggested donation amounts that give an idea of what our expenditures are with most dog intakes.  These include:

  • $50 6 pack Heartguard Plus
  • $100 Pay/Neuter assistance
  • $150 Medical Exam/blood & fecal test/microchip/shots
  • $400 Heartworm treatment (low avg)

There are many, many other costs depending on the condition of the dog that can range from a basic bath and grooming (strays picked up by animal control can be pretty stinky!), treatments for worms and other medical issues such as:

  • eye/ear infections
  • skin conditions and allergies
  • removal of tumors (major and minor)
  • hip displaysia

Every donation helps us save these wonderful animals and find them loving homes.  Just click on the donate box above.

pawprint1Unable to donate? Please SHARE this post on Facebook, Twitter and email (see link boxes below). By spreading the word you can help save a furry kid. Thank you!

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

 

Dudley in Southern California

Jen wrote to us through Facebook:

Hi ECGRR – Just wanted to take a minute to update you on a former dog in your rescue. We already had two dogs and decided to foster a third. We got a call and received Dudley on August 28, 2009. He had been pulled from a high kill shelter in Chipley. Ten days into our fostering, we decided to keep him! He is the sweetest dog ever and compliments our family perfectly. We relocated home to San Diego in November 2010 and he has embraced the So. Cal. lifestyle. He loves the beach and swimming in our pool. He still loves his two furry brothers and our two legged kids who have grown up with him. So thrilled we were foster failures and added him to our family!

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ECGRR: The best kind of “failures”!

Crazy Daisy – July 4th

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Pam wrote to us through Facebook:

Just wanted to share pic of my Crazy Daisy for 4th of July. She was nervous about fireworks this year(she was fine last year) but we semi resolved issues & she is sleeping soundly tonight(even though fireworks are still going here at lake).

We are now on Twitter

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We have set up a twitter account
and invite all to “follow” us there –
link is on lower right of the page.

What will it do for us?  Not sure,
but have been told we need to
“tweet” …

… so be it.

Lily …

Alicia writes …

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This is our Lily girl we adopted from Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue in 2010! This a picture of Lily with us on our backyard swing from yesterday! Lily is a sweet & very spoiled little girl! She was fostered by a family & I found her on your website & we are forever thankful!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECGRR: We love these updates … look at the smile!!

The Perry “5”

A few days ago ECGRR received word of 4 goldens at a county animal control facility.  A breeder had gone out of business and had turned them over to the county.

Within a few hours, our great group of volunteers organized a plan to rescue the 4 … arranging short notice transportation, vet care and foster homes.

A few snags did come up.  There were actually five dogs and one was an eleven year old “tri-pod” (missing a leg).

The 3 males and 2 females were terrified when ECGRR  arrived to get them and it was a bit of a struggle to get them into the transport vehicles.  They were so scared that some buried their heads into the laps of the volunteers that were restraining them in the vehicles.  Everyone seemed to calm down after about 20 minutes and in typical golden fashion, started enjoying the ride.

After an initial medical evaluation and VERY MUCH NEEDED baths, the five were on their way to foster homes.

The photo to the right is three of the rescues:

Tsali (the tripod male) on left, Buffy is on the right, and Biscuit in the rear with the big yawn.

The official head count is:

Tsali – a 10 year old tripod male.  The sire of the pack.
Biscuit – a 7 year old  male, the most out going of the two younger males.
Pooh Bear – a 7 year old male.
Buffy – a  7 year old female.
Molly – an 8+ female

 

After medical issues are addressed and we have an idea of any possible behavioral issues, we’ll have these “kids” ready for adoption to some loving forever homes!!

Hats off and a giant thank you to the folks that made this all possible ….

• Autumn Rourke
• Kandie Evanchyk
• Bob Teer
• Kerrie Barloga
• Sandi Christi
• Lynn Guevara
• Kay Cunningham
• Neal Martin
and
• Carrie Perkins, Director of the Taylor County Animal Control

EVERYBODY CAN HELP ECGRR – In just 3 easy steps!

EVERYBODY CAN HELP ECGRR – In just 3 easy steps!

It’s summwanted-poster-captureer time and once again ECGRR finds itself overwhelmed with the intake of dogs and not enough fosters.

If you can’t foster,  We understand, but you can still help, and it is really easy.  All you need is a printer, some paper, scissors and tape.  Here’s how in 3 easy steps:

1. DOWNLOAD our new ECGRR WANTED POSTER and print out a few copies.  Optional – take some scissors and cut along the vertical dotted lines between the contact slips to make them easier to tear off –  that would be a big help.

2.  POST the ECGRR WANTED POSTER in locations for others to see.

A few suggestions:
– Coffee or break room where you work
– Community bulletin boards
Vet offices
Pet stores
Pet friendly businesses
anywhere dog lovers gather and talk dogs!
Please get permission from property owners/managers before posting at businesses

3. Give yourself a pat on the back – you just helped spread the ECGRR word  and our big need for fosters. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE WANTED POSTER

NOTE: The WANTED POSTER is in PDF format
and to be viewed/printed, requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Many computers already have it installed, but if you
require the reader, CLICK HERE
–  a free download.

If you live in the Florida panhandle and can open your home to be one of our foster homes – wow, that would be great!!  Just fill out our volunteer application to get started.

 

Panama City Women’s Bowling League raises funds for ECGRR

wpid-img_20150113_202534_873.jpgThe Panama City Women’s Bowling League routinely has a “charity night” where they raise funds for area causes.  This week they stepped up to help  ECGRR with a series of raffles that raised $325 for the rescue.

ECGRR President Bill Hyde was on hand to help with selecting winning raffle tickets and to personally accept the donation check.  CLICK HERE to read his blog entry with pictures from the event.

A very big THANK YOU to the ladies and for their support in helping ECGRR’s mission in rescuing these wonderful creatures!!

Honey Update

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Honey on her way home after surgery

We mentioned Honey as our New Years eve success story last week.  She came to us with very large visible tumors and, to be honest, we feared the worse.

This past Wednesday, Honey had surgery. She did well and the doctor removed a volleyball sized tumor and a grapefruit sized tumor from her stomach. She spent recovery time at the clinic and went home on Thursday.

The tumors were tested and were determined to be benign/fatty growths – not cancerous as we feared at first!

NOTE:  The first vet we brought Honey to, opined that she should probably be euthanized.  ECGRR didn’t see it that way!

 

 

Honey – a New Years Eve success story!

honey-adoptedA good Samaritan called us advising that Honey wondered into her yard on 12-23-2014 without a collar.  There was no reports of a lost dog matching her description.

Around 5o lbs, Honey has two large tumors. One on the left side starting under the arm that runs oblong past her ribs. This one does not seem to bother her other than it is heavy and may make her off balance. More concerning is the tumor is the one on her abdomen that  could be pressing on the stomach and intestines.

The person that called  agreed to temporarily foster Honey for us and transport her to the vet for an intake exam and shots. (Thank you Amy!!)

On 12-31-2014 we had an adopter come forward to make Honey part of his family and cover all her medical care.  What a great story to end the year with!