Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 Annual Meeting

"Maggie" watercolor © Susan Melrath

Here's the scoop on this year's meeting....
  • Meet this Sunday, May 5th at 1:30pm.
  • Venue is Kennydale Memorial Hall, 2424 NE 27th St, Renton, WA 98056.
  • Same as last year, less than 1 mile from Exit 6, off of the 405.
  • Dogs can bring owners, on leash. Short leashes, preferably. Keep in mind that some dogs don't appreciate enthusiastic greetings in closed spaces!

The meeting will be conducted in 3 parts:
  1. On arrival dogs and their owners will participate in obedience training, focusing on manners and good behavior in close confined spaces.
  2. We'll then conduct a blissfully SHORT business meeting, focused on the annual election of the Directors and Officers to the Board. We'll also vote to accept the Minutes of last year’s meeting.
  3. Finally, we'll receive some grooming demonstrations then participate in some hands-on grooming. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Annual Reunion Picnic

Summer is flying by quickly and August 19th will be here before you know it so remember to RSVP for the Reunion Picnic if you have not done so already. It's not too late! We've extended the deadline to August 10th.
All EGRR adopters, volunteers, members and their dogs are invited. EGRR will provide eating utensils, hamburgers, garden burgers, hot dogs and dessert. Please bring a salad or side dish to share and your own beverages.  Nick Thain, our volunteer with the funny accent from “down under” J will be back at the grill and those who went last year will attest to his excellent cooking skills.
We are most fortunate to be able to use this camp and we will be the only ones there!  It is located on the Cedar River and is very private. There is a covered picnic area, running water, bathrooms and includes a large sports field where an Agility course will be set up.  We will have some games like last year and other door prizes. A Booster Bath will be raffled with proceeds going to cover the veterinary costs of foster dogs.  The main purpose, however, is to provide a relaxing afternoon for you with your dogs among other Golden lovers. It is also a wonderful opportunity for EGRR volunteers to see the “fruits of our labor” - happy adoptive families with their wonderful dogs!

Here are the specifics:

Date: Sunday, August 19, 2012   Noon – 3 PM
Location: Lion’s Day Camp;  21230 SE 184th St.  Maple Valley, WA 

Send your RSVP to Pat Jordan at    
Please note that EGRR is also participating in Macy’s Shop for a Cause which will be held on Saturday, August 25th. Tickets for this are $5.00 and you are automatically entered in a contest to win a $500 Macy’s Gift card. EGRR receives 100% of the ticket sales (that’s right, the $5 you pay to attend this event goes entirely to EGRR) so it’s a “win-win” for everyone. Tickets can be purchased  on-line from our website  Gail Miller is heading up this project and she will also have tickets at the picnic that you can buy. 
Hope to see you all there on the 19th !!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"What We Love About Goldens"

"What We Love About Goldens" 22x28

We are excited about this fund raising project and want to let everyone know about an opportunity own a unique piece of artwork capturing the beauty and versatility of our beloved Golden Retrievers! The “What We Love About Goldens” poster is available for purchase onlinevia this IGRR link. This is a philanthropic project by the Des Moines Golden Retriever Club. Proceeds will be donated to: 80% Golden Retriever Foundation - April Fund and 20% to the Iowa Golden Retriever Club. Don't miss your chance to own one of these custom designed prints by the talented artists of "Sticks," an award winning studio based in Des Moines.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Annual Member's Meeting

Our annual member's meeting takes place Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm at the Kennydale Memorial Hall, 2424 NE 27th Street in Renton, WA. The agenda will include a business meeting with board elections, a presentation by Lee Cummings on emergency preparedness for your pets, and a microchip clinic under the direction of Kent Thomazin, DVM Of Animal Hospital of Newport Hills. The cost for microchipping will be $15 per dog. Please remember to keep your dog on a shorter leash and out of the faces of other dogs there.The floor is linoleum tile, so if you feel you need it, bring a mat for your dog. As always, we will have human social time for refreshments and conversation. Come meet our volunteers and learn about fostering and volunteering. We hope to see you there!

Click here for a map.

Friday, April 13, 2012

"Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers"


I wanted to pass on the following information to those who might be interested in and available to attend.  Monday, April 16, Holli Pfau will be a Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island from 5-6 PM for a book signing for her book “Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers”.

I have read this book and found it to be well written and very enjoyable.  The challenges she faces with her 6 Goldens are similar to what many of us have faced with our dogs and if you have ever done agility or obedience with your dog, you’ll really appreciate her stories.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see a chapter devoted to the National Specialty dog show that was held in Snohomish in 2007 and shocked to see my name in that chapter!

I appreciate Holli’s effort to help Golden Retriever causes including EGRR with the sale of her book.  I’ve been told that EGRR will also benefit from books ordered from them during this event. 

Happy Spring!


Nancy Kiesler
Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue
serving western Washington state

Holli Pfau, author of Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers, will be at Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110, on Monday, April 16, from 5 to 6pm. She'll be discussing and signing her books. A portion of all proceeds will go to Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue, serving Western Washington state.

Holli Pfau started her career in advertising and marketing, and was a success. But she decided to switch career paths, inspired by the lives, antics, and talents of her six rescued or second-hand golden retrievers. Now Pfau has written Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers to support the efforts of Golden Retriever Rescue and other dog rescue and adoption programs. Pfau's dogs guided her to a new career in animal-assisted therapy, deeper into wilderness adventures, and to relocation in the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, she added rally obedience and dog agility to her compendium of canine activities. In every case, the dogs led the way. Pure Gold is a tale of unexpected adventures and the richness of life with rescued dogs.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rainy Day Fun

In the summer time my dogs are outside running, swimming, fetching, etc. But this time of year when it's just wet and muddy, I admit I am not inspired to go out as much. But we do have some fun games for inside the house. The favorite is hide and seek. Once they're in a sit-stay, I take my pocketful of treats, find a hiding place and call them. They are determined, and don't quit until I'm found. 
Then we have a little party and do it again. 

Here's another fun activity that gets them all wound up. These fun treat-hiding toys are gaining popularity and you can find a great selection of them at All The Best pet stores, where you can even take your dogs and try them out. Watch Crosby playing with his favorite....

PS - Not a good idea to leave these games unattended. Also, best played one dog at a time!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Golden Retriever Uveitis

The Evergreen Golden Retriever Club is again sponsoring an annual screening clinic for Pigmentary Uveitis (also known as Golden Retriever Uveitis) at the Animal Eye Clinic on Roosevelt Way in North Seattle. This year's clinic will be held on Saturday, April 28th. The cost is $22 per dog. Registration is limited and can be made by calling the Animal Eye Clinic at 206-524-8822. Call any day except Wednesday and ask to speak to Leah. Once registered, you'll be asked to send in a check 
and they will send you information and directions to the clinic.

Every Golden Retriever from the age of four years should be checked yearly for this condition. This is a serious condition and is thought to be present in as many as 1/3 of all adult Goldens. If left untreated, the dog may develop Glaucoma, resulting in severe pain and blindness. The prognosis for dogs affected with this condition is guarded. With early detection and treatment, some affected dogs will go years without major complications or loss of vision. But more advanced forms of the condition sometimes fail to respond to therapy and vision cannot be saved. 

Please note that this clinic is for pet and rescue dogs, not breeder's dogs or dogs that normally get eye CERFs done.