Beautiful Sasha Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Sasha. Memorial5.21.17I adopted Sasha from GRRAND in February 2007.  She was a five-year-old Golden mix, big and fluffy, and it was love at first sight.  She had a pink and black spotted nose and tongue, and a tail that wagged in a circle when she was excited, which was every time I came in the door or when she had a varmint cornered in the back yard.

She was such a good girl – never jumped on people or furniture and seldom barked.  When we walked, people would stop and tell me how beautiful she was and could they pet her.  She was always smiling and gentle.

Sash had to be put down on Sunday, January 8, 2017.  Everyone loved her, especially me.  I miss her so much.

Patricia Halloway

In Memory of Sophie, Our Beautiful Girl

Beautiful Girl Sophie

Beautiful Girl Sophie

We fostered Sophie in the fall of 2009. In December of the same year, we decided to adopt her.

Sophie was a 9-year old girl with a wonderful sweet golden retriever personality.

She was the Third of our GRRAND Crew of five to cross over the Rainbow Bridge in the last two years.  Sophie was 16 years old.  Words cannot express our loss.

Thank you GRRAND for allowing us to adopt Sophie and give us so much pleasure.



Dave and Linda Klotter
Maineville, Ohio

Sweet Girl, Emma Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Memorial Emma 5.9.17Four years ago today a stray Golden in Warren County was taken to GRRAND as a rescue.  Jerome and I had sent in our application and Gail Wunderlin completed our home visit to be able to adopt.  We knew as soon as we saw Emma’s picture she was the girl for us.  We went to meet her in Louisville.  GRRAND scheduled surgery for Em to remove a softball size fatty tumor from her belly, a vascular cyst off her rump and ACL surgery.  Emma went to stay with her Kentucky mom Bobbie Leslie for recovery following surgery.

We brought Emma home on March 17th, 2013.  She was a nervous Nelly; she was always on alert and looking out for her family.  She endured my dressing her up to celebrate each holiday.  She was the sweetest girl, and loved to give kisses and shake with her paw.  She learned to accept her new sister Lilly, and the two were good companions.  I spoke to the vet after he consulted with the surgeon.  Emma had a calcified abdominal mass, which was in a difficult location to biopsy.  Her liver enzymes were going up, and both doctors felt it was cancer.  Emma was going to get progressively worse and weaker, and not wanting her to suffer due to my selfish love and wanting to keep her here with me longer, I made the heartbreaking decision to have her put to sleep.  I got a McDonald’s cheeseburger and Dunkin Donut holes, and we said our tearful goodbyes.

Sweet Selsie Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Memorial Selsie5.9.17I had to let my wonderful GRRAND dog Selsie go on January 27, 2017 from the many issues that arise from being a senior girl 14 ½ years old.  She came to GRRAND in August 2006 at the age of 4 with the name Celsius.  I could never figure out naming a dog that!  I took her in to foster about a month and a half later.  I found that Celsius was too hard to say so I shortened it to Selsie and it stuck!  A few months later we both knew she’d found her forever home.

Memorial.Selsie2.5.9.17Selsie was not exactly what I was looking for in a golden but together she and I worked through her many anxiety issues and her chronic right eye disease (thank you to Dr Tolar for her caring and constant monitoring and treatment!).  It turned out that Selsie was just what I wanted and needed.  She was such a sweet dog and I really miss her.  Thank you GRRAND for rescuing Selsie and helping her find her forever home with me.

Mary Ann Meaney

Sweet Sophie Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge



We heard about GRRAND through our Vet when our first Golden died on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003.  Little did we know that 7 weeks later we would be adopting and bringing home a Golden puppy from GRRAND that was born on that same day.  We named her Sophie, but her birth name was Merrie, since she was born 1 week before Christmas.  We drove from Cincinnati to Louisville to pick her up.  I remember getting to the foster home and all the puppies in the litter were circling around my husband and I, except for one.  She was asleep in the bathroom.  Well, that little sleepy head was who I chose and she wound up being the most rambunctious little puppy!  Over her years with us we raised our 3 children.  She loved going for a ride in our van, walks, camping, hiking, peanut butter, cheese and popcorn.  Everyone who met and knew Sophie loved her.  She died of heart failure in our home on Thursday, Feb. 23 just before 6 PM. The pain of losing her and missing her is not easy, but knowing there are other sweet, loving dogs out there to adopt and give a home to makes it easier.

Thank You GRRAND for all that you do.

Stephanie and Charlie Moore Family