Ashby, now Caspian, is relishing his new life and home!

When Jane called me and asked me to consider adopting “Ashby”, I took one look at his picture and my heart sank. He looked scared and miserable. Never one to pass on a challenge, I agreed to (at least) a visit with him at Sharon’s kennel. She said, “come visit Ashby and I will save you a visit to Cincinnati (to see another dog).

When we arrived, my daughter and I met Ashby. One blue eye, one gold eye and a playful spirit. Just one look and we were smitten.

We brought Ashby home and had a rough weekend. Ashby had been abandoned at a Walmart in Taylor County and had spent time in the shelter there and at the GRRAND shelter in Cincinnati before coming to Bardstown. He only weighs 27 lbs and is easily 15 pounds underweight right now (a month later). He is very timid–until he is not. He is quite the lady’s man, but any man will have to take his time and earn his trust. This boy can play a mean game of ball–for hours. He is charming, goofy and a big leaner and loves to sleep next to you. While his brother’s nose is a bit out of joint right now, I see them becoming allies against the mailman and any UPS delivery person.

I will never forget how he hopped in my car and smiled from ear to ear as we left Sharon’s. Work to do?  Certainly. Worth every minute? Absolutely.

And new house, new name. Ashby is now known far and wide as “Caspian”.


Sadie Mae’s Wonderful New Life

Sadie spent about six months of her life underfed, and abused by her owner’s boyfriend.  When she was outside (on the balcony of their apartment), neighbors shot fireworks at her.

Sadie was finally surrendered to GRRAND terrified, with fecal infused matted fur.  She had to decompress in the kennel for a while before allowing volunteers anywhere near her.

Once sent to a foster home, Sadie completely blossomed.  She was given the space to learn what a real home and real life is.  Sadie’s foster mom exposed her to lots of new situations and noises, and helped her overcome her fear of men.  Sadie was house trained, taught how to walk on a leash and ride in a car.  Sadie’s foster mom described her as gentle, affectionate, smart and confident.

Sadie was adopted, but sadly surrendered back to GRRAND after only three months.  Sadie was devastated and would have nothing to do with her new foster family, and forgot much of her training.  Sadie completely lost her fragile confidence.

Sadie has been with her foster family for 5 months now, and has bloomed once again.  She is loved, and she knows it!  She enjoys rides to the park, hikes in the woods, playing at the dog park, and tug of war.  She loves and protects her little 20-lb brothers, too.  Sadie’s new foster family has decided to adopt her.  She is now lovingly called Sadie Mae.

-Sandra and John Burke

Look at Lily! What a transformation!!!

Here’s the transformation you and GRRAND made possible for Lily (previously Dollie).

Above, please see her transformation captured in pictures…first at the time of rescue from an overcrowded shelter…then at trainer Alicia Noschang’s house (resolving resource guarding issues,100% successfully)…and then three months later in her forever home, in her new cable knit sweater, which she loves! What a difference! Today, Lily is a happy and intensely loved little girl!

I’ve never had a small dog before and I have never had a dog sleep on my bed. We started out with Lily sleeping in her crate, then in a dog bed at the end of my bed. Sometime in the last month, I started waking up with Lily nestled on my chest, sometimes under my arm. How did that happen ??

I can’t thank you enough! I still miss Emma, my 85 lb., almost 14 ½ year old first GRRAND Dog who passed away on Mother’s Day, 2020. I’m sure I’ll always miss her. She was with me since she was 7 weeks old. But my 16 lb. “Silly Lily” has certainly helped fill the big void.

With much gratitude for all GRRAND and its dedicated volunteers do, Lily and I thank you!


Chloe Belle Darden is the Happiest Dog in the World!

Chloe Belle Darden celebrated her 14th birthday on Feb 4.  When we adopted her she came with her AKC registration so we know when she was born. She has been with us nearly five years and she is still active but arthritis is slowing her down. She was our 4th Golden we had adopted from Grrand and with her was Simba (a male) who was our fifth Golden. He died at 13 and in June 2018 we adopted #6 (MIles).  We have no idea how old he is but he is a very good boy. So happy and pleased with all the Goldnes and thank you for all Grrand does to rescue all the dogs it can.

Bob and Vicki Darden, OH