A 501c(3) Non-profit organization run by a Board of Directors Serving the upstate area of South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and N. Eastern Georgia FHGRR, Inc. PO Box 9077 Greenville, SC 29604 Voice mail 864-234-9739 Fax 800-660-8554
Hello Members, Well, as summer comes to a close it is and, no surprise, it has ushered in an onslaught of intakes. From puppies to seniors, goldens are in need of being rehomed in record numbers. Owner releases are up considerably due to our uncertain economic times and rescue organizations all over the country are affected. With the end of summer, we’ve also see an increase in the number of heartworm positive dogs we take in. Heartworm disease could easily be prevented by testing our dogs annually and being diligent about administering a heartworm preventative each and every month of the year; yet we see so many dogs come to us who have been unprotected and need to be treated. Late summer also reminds us we are going into the time of year that storms pop up. A good number of goldens suffer from thunderphobia. Please be aware of weather forecasts, and be sure your dogs are secured indoors in a safe place and that they have proper identification on them. Dogs can and do get loose during storms. Don’t think it can’t happen to your dog... FHGRR also asks that you alert us if any of your contact information changes so that if your dog gets loose for any reason we have your up- to- date information should someone find your dog and call the FHGRR rescue phone number….FHGRR will be adding our link regarding thunderphobia on our home page to inform the public just how common this problem is with Golden Retrievers. Once again I’d like to take this time to thank all our volunteers for all they do. We have many opportunities to help. If you’re interested in fostering, contact me at If you’d like to know more about doing phone interviews or home visits, please contact Andrea Beeler at Maybe you’re not exactly sure what is available and you would like to speak with our Volunteer Coordinator Lisa ; if so, contact her at . We are so appreciative of all the help that is offered. Thank you, Jeannie Herrmann Foster Coordinator/President

Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue


Whole Foods Market 5% Day
Recently Whole Foods Market invited FHGRR to be the recipient of their 5% Community Giving Day. We thank them for allowing us to bring a therapy dog inside to share the message of rescue with their shoppers. You can tell Chase Dobson loves Whole Foods!! His Mom took a nice chunk of their day to spend time explaining what FHGRR can mean to a puppy who is injured and needs to have a leg amputated. And what can become of that puppy as he grows into a therapy dog who spends much of his time making kids feel better about themselves. Whole Foods donated $2316 to FHGRR. Anna and Hunter gave every shopper a copy of the business card and encouraged them to shop for the Goldens. Some very dedicated volunteers joined us to talk with shoppers. What a terrific day it was.

Chase & Anna


Lawson, Anna & Bennett

Odds n Ends
Please use this link below to sign up for the FHGRR Yahoo Newsgroup. You’ll get updates,event news, requests for transport help, etc. We do not send spam or junkmail of any kind. Because it is a password protected site you have to sign yourself up, we cannot add you.


If you have something you would like to donate please contact us. FHGRR could always use stamps, crates, break-away collars, dog beds, heart guard, frontline. Or you could donate a craft or basket for the silent auction for the reunion. Or your time!. Help out with an event. Or cash, cash is good!

FHGRR Board of Directors Jeannie Herrmann President/Foster Coordinator Andrea Beeler Rescue Director/Adoptions Coordinator Jane Van Berger Vice President Cathy Lagerman Intake Director Leslie & Brad Traylor Treasurer Melinda Hoover Secretary Debbie Croft Organizational Director Brian Loomis Development Director Barb Loomis PR Director Lisa Corrin Volunteer Coordinator Open Position Transport Coordinator

A very insightful comment from one of FHGRR’s adopters— “Perhaps this will help you realize and appreciate the wonderful contribution you make to our lives when you find dogs for us old folks. You not only find a good home for the dogs but you also make good homes for their owners. Thank you.”

THANK YOU JENNIFER WORKMAN FOR A WONDERFUL FRESH LOOK TO FHGRR’S WEBSITE and for managing the web site throughout the year!!


ELWOOD LAGERMAN Elwood was the original FHGRR test cat. Before Foothills Animal Hospital, and when Jim and I fostered over 80 dogs, those and other FHGRR dogs would come by for the Elwoody, Woody Woodrow cat test. He was a gracious feline volunteer for FHGRR, please remember him. He was born in our garage and quickly moved into our home and hearts and was our inside kitty for over 12 years. He was never a bother, loved Willa and really loved when we fostered the momma golden and all her puppies and cried when Jackson, the last one left. He was as good a cat as they come:) He joins his best canine friend, Willa and dear sweet Kramer at the bridge and will always be in our hearts.




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1.Belle Buckley 2. Sam 3.Soldier Heide 4. Nicky Griffin 5. Dewey Teevan 6. Luke Suit 6.5. Kirby Brittain 7.Lexie Lee 8.Rowdy Andrews 9 Bunny Loomis 10. Harley 11 Sierra Black 12. Sunny Urquhart 13. Gus Pauley 14. Carter Manos

Compiled by Barb Watkins


Canine Influenza Virus (“CIV”) is a contagious respiratory disease which spreads easily among dogs of all ages and breeds. It is NOT something that can be passed TO humans. CIV is highly contagious and therefore is especially worrisome in facilities where dogs are in close contact with each other, such as boarding kennels, day-care centers, grooming facilities and veterinary clinics. It is spread by dog-to-dog contact and also by contact with contaminated objects, such as shared leashes, shared water and food bowls and shared toys. It is particularly important to note that CIV can be carried on the clothing, hair and hands of human handlers. Therefore it is important that handlers in such facilities wash thoroughly between dog contacts and do not allow sharing of items that can become infected. If you think you have had contact with a CIV-infected dog outside your home, you should change your clothing and carefully wash up before having contact with your own dogs. The symptoms of CIV are coughing, sneezing and a runny nose, which can last for two to three weeks. Treatment is primarily support and comfort care, such as medications to make your dog more comfortable as well as fluids for hydration. If a secondary bacterial infection arises, a broad spectrum antibiotic can be helpful. It is very important that you get your dog to a vet as soon as you notice any respiratory systems of CIV. With supportive care, most infected dogs build up an immune response, but occasionally pneumonia will result, especially in dogs with an already-reduced immune response. This pneumonia has proved to be life-threatening in some cases, but it is important to note that the mortality rate for CIV-infected dogs is low. CIV was unknown until 2004, when cases began spreading among the greyhound population in Florida. By 2009, cases had been confirmed in 30 states. In May, 2009, the US Department of Agriculture granted a conditional license to Intervet/Schering-Plough for a vaccine against CIV. If you are interested in exploring this vaccine, you can contact your veterinarian.

Information Sources:, DVM Newmagazine interview with Patti Cynthia Crawford, DVM, PhD, Intervet.Schering-Plough Animal Health new release dated 6/23/09

Thanks to Dan and Susan McNamara and Metro Reprographis for the printing of Golden Guardians for FHGRR.

7 THE WOOF REPORT (click “home” to link with this website) all info from WoofReport.
Crate Idea!

"I take my dog’s big crate to one of those self-serve car washes to give it a good cleaning. It’s much easier than trying to wash it at home and the strong water pressure of the hose really gets the crate clean. I put it on the cement – thoroughly wash down the inside and outside of the crate – especially the corners, and pop it in the trunk to air-dry outside at home.
- Linda and Bruno
Phone Home. "The petsitter that cares for my dog Ruby when I go out of town has an ingenious idea for ensuring she can be reached if my dog goes missing or gets out of her sight. The last time she cared for Ruby, I noticed an extra tag on her collar after I brought her home. It was a tag our petsitter added with her contact information and that she belonged to a petsitting group if found alone. What a relief to see this was done. This way, if I’m ever out of cell phone range, there’s a local number on Ruby’s tags to help bring her home again."

- Lila and Ruby
Frosty Paw Makeovers! "I took your recipe for homemade Frosty Paws and made it even BETTER by making the "cups" out of dog cookie dough. I use various recipes from cookbooks for dogs, using alternatively rice flour, millet flour, even quinoa flour which has added benefit of being high in calcium. Any dog cookie or dog biscuit recipe can be formed into "cups" using a muffin tin and baked, and when cooled can hold the frozen treat. P.S. In my household we call the frozen treats with banana and peanut butter "the frozen Elvis"!"

- Miss Jan
Umm…Yammy! "I foster a lot of dogs and the majority of them love raw yams. I cut a raw yam in half and give a half to each dog. The treat is healthy, cheap, and cleans their teeth. They love the texture and the sweet taste."

- Nicole from Wonder Dog Rescue, San Francisco
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Barney D. Lamar Cheri/Michael English Buz Isham-Martin WBC Enterprises INC DBA Sama beds Grant Brittain Larry/Nancy Turner Ashely Byrd Peter/Lisa Larocque Kay Edwards Ed/Nancy Akers John / Linda Marshall Susan and Dan McNamara Susan and Jim Bufano Charmaine Turney Gayle and Downtown doggie Leslie and Brad Traylor Mira Jones Linda Lee Jane and Tony Schiavone Linda Dobson Kari Terry Camp Bow Wow Cat and Dog Trainers Workshop Bob and Melinda Hoover in memory of Gus Pauley Louise Mabry Elizabeth/Mark Wilson Karen/Cass Agerton Sheila and Gordon Urquhart for the White Face Fund in memory of Moose, Dakota, Skye, Baily, Duffy and Katie Urquhart Mike / Joyce Merkle Barbara Pharr Marian Duncan Andrew / Denise Alexander Heather Provost Karen Jackson Michael Johnstone/Ramona Martinez Anne L. Greer Therese McClone Margaret Goode in honor of our rescue Toby is a Sweetheart. Jane/Richard Zecher Karen Bjelland Bob and Melinda Hoover **In memory of Lexie Richard & Wendy Kimbel **White Face Fund United Way Dr. Herbert & Virginia Plauche Mr. & Mrs. H.F. Gallivan III Roy & Sandra Rockman Joe Barbour Thomas & Eileen Ash "Thank you for all your time & efforts with our Golden application. Richard (Dick) Purselle Calder & Glenda Ehrmann in loving memory of Lexie rescued by Linda Lee & Joe Augello. $2,316.45 from Whole Foods Market, Greenville Bob & Melinda Hoover in memory of Nicky Griffin Randy & Elaine Price -- Thanks so much for all you do .It's an honor to be involved with such a great, dedicated group! Wendy Kimbel and Richard Snider for the White Face Fund- monthly donations Sandy and Skip Dunham Richard Cushman in memory of Janet Cushman Jim Saxon David Hayes Brian and Barb Loomis Kelly Kuchar Sharon and Chuck Sitka Leslie, Brad, Anna, Bennett, Lawson Traylor Cathy and Jim Lagerman Andrea Beeler Bob and Melinda Hoover in memory of Dewey Teevan Lisa and Hunter Corrin Debbie and Andy Croft Jeannie and Norm Herrmann Sandy and Ron Teevan Barb Watkins and Pete Rogers Barb Prevatte, Maggie and Ragan Joanne and Russ Alderman Marti Beals Sue Cox Jean & Tim McAloon in memory of Jonde & Carla


Bark For Life

pics from Bark for Life

a division of Relay for Life) held in

Whole Foods Market

Patricia Watkins, local author, came to Whole Foods and did a book signing for her book ‘BoydFriend’. $5 from eac h book sale was donated to FHGRR. $65 donation was the wonderful result!

Carolina Grier

Mike and Brad


Reprinted from Pedigree's newsletter "dog knows" March 2009

Dealing with separation anxiety

If you've ever come home to find that your otherwise well-behaved dog has destroyed furniture, had "accidents" on the carpet or whose howling is disturbing the neighbors while you're away, it's very likely that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. Dogs are one of the most social creatures on earth. They just love spending time with you, whether they're playing a game with you or just curling up next to you on the couch. So when it comes time for you to go to work or leave the house for long periods of time, it can make your dog lonely or anxious. There are a number of reasons why dogs suffer from separation anxiety: Fear of abandonment. This is especially common with rescued strays and dogs who have been adopted from animal shelters. A change in your dog's daily routine. Perhaps you've gone from not working or working part-time to a full-time job that keeps you away from the house for longer periods of time. Moving to a new home or other changes in environment. There's one main difference between a dog with separation anxiety and a dog who is just behaving badly. Dogs with separation anxiety only act out when they are apart from their owners. One thing is for certain, the symptoms for separation anxiety are far from subtle. As soon as your dog realizes you're about to leave the house, he may start whining. After you leave, he'll start barking, or even howling - you may not hear this for yourself, but you may end up hearing about it from your neighbors! When you do come home, you may find that your dog has chewed your favorite shoes, soiled the floor, scratched the door or window screen, or even destroyed pieces of furniture. Most of this damage will occur shortly after you leave the house. You may also find that your dog has become very clingy, following you around the house and never letting you out of their sight. In some extreme cases, dogs will even resort to self-mutilation, chewing excessively on their tail or paws. Separation anxiety is not the same as simple bad behavior and cannot be treated as such. Getting angry at your dog isn't the solution - in fact, it will create even more anxiety because your dog will associate your absence and return with punishment. Here are a few ways you can help your dog deal with separation anxiety: Review the 'sit' and 'stay' commands. First, practice the 'sit' and 'stay' commands with your dog as you move from one place to another. Reward your dog with a treat if he obeys. If he doesn't obey, try it again for a shorter time and distance. As your dog obeys, slowly increase the time and distance. Alter your habits. Do you have a set routine each day before you leave the house? Perhaps you jingle your keys, put your bag or briefcase near the door or kiss your spouse and kids. Your dog picks up on these cues, and associates them with your leaving. Try to mix up your normal routine by doing your usual activities in a different order. Practice leaving. Using the 'sit' and 'stay' commands you practiced with your dog earlier, do the same exercise again only, this time, go out the door and come back. Stay away for a couple of minutes at first, then increase the amount of time. You may have to take it slow for the first while. If your dog starts to get upset, go back to shorter periods of time. Repeat this exercise until your dog starts to trust that you will always return. Go for a walk. Taking your dog for a long walk before you leave will give your dog a reason to look forward to your departure. It will also help make him too tired to howl or destroy your home after you leave. With some time and a lot of patience, your dog will have a renewed sense of confidence - and you can be confident knowing that you can leave the house without making your dog anxious.



Membership Meeting.

FHGRR’s Annual Rescue Reunion and Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville, SC.
Due to many,

~This year’s fundraising at the reunion is especially important. ~This meeting is especially rewarding for all the volunteers. ~We’ll have a bbq meal with all the fixins.

many intakes FHGRR’s funds are low. We took in a large number of heartworm positive dogs and several who needed other extensive medical care. We have a chance to

see the rescued Goldens again, see how they look after good care and great food and love from their adoptive families. Fresh smoked pulled pork and

hamburgers. Coleslaw,beans,chips,dessert,tea, $10 adult/ $5 12 and under

~There will be some amazing Golden Goods. Beautiful handcrafted Goldens.

Amazing artwork and baskets for the silent auction. Fun and games for the dogs.

~A rescue parade and a ceremony honoring the memory of our precious ones
who’ve gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

Games - Individual Costume contest and best look alike dog/owner
costumes. We’ll choose from some of these for winners--Longest tail, tallest golden, shortest golden,oldest golden, golden who traveled the farthest biggest, bushiest feet,biggest paw , longest feathers , best woo woo bark , sassiest walk , best kisser


At the Reunion cont. FHGRR participates in community outreach.... help feed the pets of shut ins and the less fortunate … those who give their own food to their pets and go hungry themselves. Please bring bags of dog AND cat food so that we may support the Meals on Wheels program to feed the pets of their clients so that the clients eat their own food and are able to feed their pets. For each bag of dog or cat food donated you will receive one extra raffle ticket. Dry food only please.


FHGRR PO Box 9077 Greenville, SC 29604

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