GREAT News – Spring 2012



GREAT News | G.R.E.A.T. Rescue's quarterly newsletter
In this IssueGREAT Events: Event recaps and events to come
GREAT Dogs: Read about GREAT’s available Goldens
GREAT in the News: A couple of GREAT Goldens in the news
GREAT Board Members: Look who has joined the GREAT team
GREAT Wish List: Items needed to help rescue more Goldens
GREAT Fosters: It’s GREAT to be a foster
Happy Tails: Courtney rescued after months spent wandering the streets
GREAT Links: Quick access to ways to support GREAT
GREAT Events

Event Recap
GoldenFest 2012 GoldenFest Saturday, April 7
If you were at the wonderful Dog Wood Park Jacksonville Saturday, April 7, you know the ninth-annual Goldenfest was a sea of smiling Goldens (and some non-Golden friends) loving the sun and welcome breezes, play time with others, yummy treats, cool pools and more! What a way to celebrate Golden lives that have been rescued and raise funds to assist even more!Our friends from Hurricane Grill & Wings Julington Creek generously provided an array of delectable wings for the Goldens’ families, and other friends there to join the fun and provide a variety of services included AAA PetSpotCity Dog PhotogVCA Briarcliff Animal HospitalGreen Cove Animal HospitalPet World and Southern Inspired Treats (SIT)Bruster’s Ice Cream of San Jose also provided ice cream for our furry friends.Certain Goldens strutted their stuff in Easter bonnets and showed their skills in retrieving tennis balls and newspapers. This year’s winners were:

Newspaper Retrieve Penny Nestore’s Bella Marie
Tennis Ball Toss Flora Veahman’s Emmie
Best Trick Jay Kamys’ Leo and Melissa Lawhon’s Morgan tied for 1st
Easter Bonnet Linda Maltman’s Goldie & Shellie

The silent auction was a flurry of activity as attendees had the opportunity to bid on over 100 items and the GREAT Store offered a variety of items for purchase including stuffed animal Goldens, Golden collars and leashes, and – the most-wanted items – new GREAT Rescue t-shirts! (Shirts will be available for purchase online in the near future, including the popular orange shirt! Stay tuned for details).

All-in-all, the event was a rousing success, raising over $5,000 for GREAT Rescue! Thanks to all of you who attended and those who were there in spirit. We’re already working to make the 10th GoldenFest even better!

Photos from the Ninth-Annual GoldenFest can be viewed onFacebook.

Bark in the Park Bark in the Park Sunday, April 15
We were very happy to attend the 3rd annual Bark in the Park at Orange Park’s Town Hall Park Sunday, April 15. It was a wonderful event benefiting the animal rescue movement. We met lots of new friends and Inga was able to show off her sweet personality in the hopes of finding her furever home.Check out photos from the day on Facebook.
Dog Lover's Day Dog Lover’s Day Saturday, March 10
GREAT had a wonderful time at Dog Lover’s Day Saturday, March 10 at Adventure Landing. We were proud to be a part of their Dog Adoption Fair to help raise awareness of the ongoing overpopulation of pets and make new GREAT friends while showing off our Goldens who loved all the attention.Check out photos from the day on Facebook. 
Scottish Games & Festival Scottish Games & Festival Saturday, February 25
Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival brought a “wee bit o’Scotland” to the area, including our beautiful GREAT Goldens.We always meet so many new friends at this event and this year was no exception. Our Goldens proudly represented GREAT Rescue and were one of many Scottish breeds in attendance.Photos from Scottish Games & Festival can be viewed onFacebook.
Upcoming Event
Show Some HeART Show Some HeART Late July
We are busy working on plans for the 2nd annual Show Some HeART fundraiser, a night of dog-inspired art to benefit the Goldens of GREAT Rescue in late July. This event was a great success last year and we are excited to unveil our plans for this year. Details to come.Artists and businesses interested in contributing to this silent auction, please contact for more information.View a video of last year’s event here.



Frazier Prancer 8-9 year old male
Prancer loves to go for walks and to chase the ducks at the pond. He’s is 8-9 years old, so he’s calm enough to just hang out with you, but is always ready to join you for a walk. Prancer’s foster Mom says he’s a good boy and is probably a Golden/Lab mix or a Goldador as folks say these days. He gets along with dogs of all sizes and shapes and finds cats fascinating, but doesn’t chase or bother them. They’re just fun to watch. Prancer is current on all vaccinations, heartworm negative, neutered and wormed.If you think Prancer would make a great addition to your family, to complete the adoption application and be sure to include Prancer’s name.Read more about Prancer at


Galen Galen 2 year old male
Galen is one very happy boy, especially since being rescued from an animal shelter by GREAT. He’s having lots of fun now in his foster home running, playing and exploring. Galen is best suited for an active family. He is right where the action is. He loves stuffed toys, snuggling and playing. Galen is about two years old, current on all vaccinations, heartworm negative, wormed and very sweet and friendly.If Galen would be the perfect match for your family, please to complete the adoption application and include Galen’s name.Read more about Galen at


Currently in foster care Available soon
GREAT currently has 14 dogs in foster care. Some are ready for adoption now and the rest will be ready in the coming weeks.Visit us on Facebook to learn when these beautiful Goldens are ready for their furever home!
GREAT in the News

GREAT was busy during the months of March and April spreading the word about the organization and GoldenFest! Some of our efforts even resulted in TV appearances.Kayla (rescued by and adopted through GREAT) appeared on WJXT Ch. 4’s the morning show April 6 along with her mom and GREAT Board Member, Jessica, and GREAT President, Judi, to talk about our rescue and GoldenFest. Watch an excerpt from the interview here.

Ginger (a GREAT foster at the time) appeared on WJXT Ch. 4’s the morning show March 16 as part of a segment with Southern Inspired Treats (SIT), Inc. Ginger did wonderfully and enjoyed a variety of handmade, orange treats that morning! See Ginger in action here.

GREAT job, everyone!

GREAT Board Members

Did you know GREAT Rescue is served by a board of directors with over 50 years of rescue experience? Our directors are the driving force behind the organization and love partnering with our volunteer and foster network to rescue Goldens. It can be a lot of work, but seeing one more Golden find a loving furever home makes it so worth it. Meet our board:

Judi BrownPresident/Founder 
Judi is responsible for new Golden intake, shelter liason, administration and finding Goldens in need and matching them with the perfect furever home.Janet RussacVice President/Volunteer Coordinator
Janet is responsible for coordinating our volunteer needs for GREAT events, promotions and administrative needs.Linda MuhlbauerFoster Coordinator
Linda is responsible for coordinating our foster needs to ensure every Golden gets a second chance for a GREAT life while living in a loving foster home.

Reed BrownTreasurer
As Treasurer, Reed ensures we meet all non-profit organization requirements, tracks GREAT’s financial status and pays all expenses, including medical bills for rescued Goldens.

Peyton TaylorPR Director
Peyton is responsible for writing and distributing press releases as well as finding promotional opportunities to help spread the word about our rescue efforts.

Jessica ConsiglioMarketing/Art Director
Jessica creates promotional materials used at events, quarterly newsletters, t’shirts, etc. and maintains the image of GREAT Rescue.

Gail HowaltSecretary
Gail records the minutes of every board member meeting, helps promote GREAT and its events as well as helping during events.

Kristie Kluba
Kristie is a GREAT ambassador, promoting GREAT’s rescue efforts and helping at events.

Sue Van Abs
Sue helps with foster coordination, promotes our rescue efforts and helps at GREAT events.

GREAT Wish List

GREAT has several items on its wish list that we need to help with the continued rescue of Goldens. If you are able to contribute any of the items below, please contact us at
Large collars
Fosters (short-term fosters needed for the summer as well as long-term fosters)
Golden transporters from areas outside of NE Florida
Webmaster to maintain and update GREAT’s website

GREAT Fosters

A big thank you to Linda Muhlbauer who has taken on the task of being GREAT’s new foster coordinator, helping us find and place dogs in safe and loving temporary homes while they are getting in tip-top shape for their future furever home!”Foster families are an integral part of our organization because – although our veterinarians provide tremendous medical care for our rescues – our fosters provide immense love, patience and attention, stability and personal interaction that dogs so desperately need coming from a myriad of situations, ” states Linda. “Fosters prepare the dogs for their upcoming homes in so many ways and because of that, each and every foster home is an invaluable resource for us.”

GREAT must have foster homes available throughout the year, so if you or someone you know would be a perfect temporary home for our sweet Goldens in need, take the first steps by contacting Linda and filling out the required foster form on our website.

It’s GREAT to be a foster!

Happy Tails

Courtney GREAT was contacted a couple months ago by Courtney Bowles. She was very concerned about a Golden she had seen roaming the streets in her area. Courtney spent weeks trying to lure the frightened dog close enough to her to bring the dog to safety. Finally, we got the call that Courtney had managed to save this dog and was ready for GREAT to step in.In honor of Courtney’s kindness and persistance, this lucky dog has been named Courtney. Courtney (the dog) has since been examined and treated by one of our rescue vets. She is 1-2 years old and recently had a litter of puppies. She is heartworm negative, spayed and current on vaccinations. We believe she has been abused or was hit by a car because of an issue with her tongue, which hangs out of the side of her mouth. She eats and drinks well, just makes a bit of a mess. The vet also found that Courtney has an extremely contagious respiratory illness and is currently on medication. Because of this illness, Courtney was kept in isolation at the vets office.

We are very happy to report that Courtney has found a wonderful foster family. A GREAT big thank you to Dave and Nancy Boucher for providing Courtney with a loving home while she gets well.

Follow GREAT on Facebook to get the latest updates on Courtney.

Do you have a GREAT Rescue crate? Many of our crates used for dogs in foster are unaccounted for. Please contact to let us know if you have one. Thank you!

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Since 2000, GREAT Rescue has matched over 650 wonderful Golden Retrievers with loving, responsible families. GREAT is affiliated with the Golden Retriever Club of America National Rescue Committee, is a 501(c) (3) NOT FOR PROFIT organization and has been selected to be a PURINA PRO PLAN “RALLY TO RESCUE” partner. Visit to learn more about G.R.E.A.T. Rescue.