Little Amish Girls for the Taking
Pam, shown here with three little Amish Golden
rescues (left to right, Darcy, Gussie & Sheila), has been a supporter of the Land of
PureGold for many years now, our having helped her when she
took in a disabled rescue love named
Although Pam has been involved with Golden Rescue for many
years, she is now an official evaluator with
Golden Re-Triever Rescue,
Inc. of New Jersey (GRRI-NJ). Evaluators personally
evaluate the temperament and behavior of each Golden being
considered for the rescue's program. Experience and
knowledge of dog behavior is essential for this important
May 3, 2007
This morning I passed a sign which read "Golden Retriever
Puppies for Sale....Greatly reduced prices." I had to stop
in to check things out. I found three adorable, 11-week-old
females, healthy looking and friendly. The Amish breeders
wanted $200 for each which was reduced from $350. So, I
asked, "If I take all three of them, can you give me a
better price?" The man said his son was selling the dogs and
when he got home he would tell him about her offer, but he
was sure they could do better on price.
I left my phone number, went home and called the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever
Rescue (DVGRR) who told me they do not buy dogs. So, I decided to
purchase all three and donate them to
I must be totally mad. I don't know
why I stopped in to look, but I did.
A little later . . .
He just called me and I
made him an offer for all three. He took it! I have lost my
marbles, what is wrong with me? I have to be the
dumbest person in the world. I have never done anything
like this before, and why I did this I don't know. The NJ
rescue has already agreed to take them, but what was I
thinking? I guess what I was thinking was get these three
puppies into good homes, and out of the breeding situation.
That night . . .
After relating this story, Rochelle wrote the following
to me: "If you can name one of the puppies
Darcy for my little girl,
indicating to the rescue that the name needs to remain, I
will donate $50 to your cost for taking in the merry trio."
I also received money from my good friend Mary Jane
Rizzella, who had just lost her Gus
to cancer, as well as Golden friends,
Sheila & Bob Johnson.
May 4, 2007
I never expected
anything like the support I received from my friends. I
thought I'd only receive their words of wisdom. I was in
tears as I read about their graciousness. Of course, I told
Rochelle I would print the name of Darcy on her intake
papers. And, I was going to make sure that the rescue knew
the name was not to changed. For Gus, one of the girls would
be named Gussie and the last gal would be named Sheila!
May 5, 2007
They arrived last night, what a cute bunch
of girls. They each have different personalities. I had a
rather quiet night, and this morning they are up and
playing. I got them toys yesterday and collars, so they are
happily playing with all their toys.
I have filled
out the paperwork and each one has a name. Gussie will be
the bigger of the three, she is brave, Darcy will be the
next to smallest little red girl. She is very very sweet,
and just a little shy. Sheila will be the smallest red
girl. She has no problems and is basically the pack
This morning when I came downstairs, they
were all up on the couch that is in the basement I wish I
would have had my camera. They all got off very quickly
like they knew it was not allowed, but I didn't care. They
get transported tomorrow and I can already see that when
they get separated, l Gussie and
Darcy will be upset. Sheila, though, will be fine. Sheila has some skin issues
on her muzzle which may be related to the fact that, they were being fed out of a plastic dish.
She was treated for a skin infection. She is really
scratching. That is why I want to give them a bath this
Here are some video clips of the girls sunning themselves
outside after their baths:
May 6, 2007
Here are some wonderful photos of the
three puppy girls.
Flower Girls Gussie
(closest to pot) and Darcy
Darcy Enjoying a Stick Delicacy
Golden Gussie on the Run
Golden Pupper Explorations
May 8, 2007
I have updates on the girls. Sheila
went to the vet and they did a skin biopsy and will know what is
going on in a few days. Her foster mom says she doesn't even know
she has stitches, and has learned to sit for her treats.
She also is on antibiotics.
Gussie did have a rough first
night, but they all are going to
have an adjustment period. Darcy girl also is doing well. She, too, will have some adjustments. I am encouraged that
these three girls are going to be given a great opportunity at a
wonderful life. That in itself is very rewarding, and we all
should feel good about that. I will probably be able
to get updates from the foster moms about who is going to
Gussie's foster mom found out yesterday that her
older Golden boy has a tumor in his rectum. She will be
taking him for a consultation with an oncologist. She is
pretty upset about that, but the fact that she has Gussie is
helping her keep her mind busy. And, her boys really seem
to enjoy her.
May 12, 2007
Well wanted to let
everyone know that Sheila was adopted. She actually was
adopted by her foster family. Two more to go.