Monday, July 21, 2014

My First Foster

We are so lucky to have a group of dedicated volunteers within VGSR who support all aspects of our dogs' needs.  While VGSR has a cadre of excellent foster homes, we need more foster parents who are willing and able to help us accomplish our mission of "rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing the German Shepherd Dog."

We wanted to share a first foster parent's experience, with our readers.  This is why we do what we do:

Sarena # 3367 was our first foster.  Sarena joined the VGSR family on the day she was scheduled to be put to sleep. The shelter named her Sarena, but it didn't fit. Since she had come back from the eve of death, right after New Year's eve, our family called her Evey. She came house-trained, terrified of garages and crates. She couldn't get enough of the carpet and sprawled out on it as if she had never felt it before. She loved children and relaxing on the couch, especially with someone cuddling with her. She had medium, soft fur that didn't shed, pie-balding on her legs which was stunning, she was a very petite GSD mix at 40 pounds and such a friendly girl. I couldn't believe she had been overlooked at the shelter. 

 Evey chose her forever home. She fell in love with her new family, immediately upon meeting them. Laying on both Kathy and her son, Gordie, they hugged and played and talked for an hour. The moment they left, Evey did something spectacular. She let me know that was her family. She sat by the door and wouldn't move when they left. Then, she ran to the window, and sat for hours, staring, hoping, waiting for them to come take her home. She knew. It was an incredible experience. I called Kathy that night and told her that Evey had chosen her family.
Kathy came the next day to take her home forever. She brought with her a collar with an tag engraved Evey; it meant a lot that she kept her name. Kathy sends me photos every once in a while,
the first being the first night Evey was home, sleeping on the carpet, so relaxed as if she knew she was finally, actually, loved and home. A wonderful volunteer captured Kathy, I, Evey and our pup, Champ, hugging for the first time, a year later at the reunion. Kathy sends me photos of Evey on vacation with them, hiking, celebrating the anniversary of her coming home, and videos of her having fun at the dog parks. There could have been no better fit for the first little pup who left a paw print on our hearts. 
Please help us help the dogs by becoming a Tournament Sponsor or an Auction Donor.  All the forms can be found on the right of this page, listed under Important Documents.  Thank you for your support.

Monday, July 14, 2014


We have a Cinderella story to tell.   

Remember Hilda?

Hilda was an 11 year old GSD left tied to a tree to die in WV? Sort of like Cinderella and her evil stepmother and stepsisters. The evil stepmother and sisters tied her to a tree. Fairy godfather saw her tied to a tree and did everything to get her out of the situation. Hilda (Cinderella) is picked up by animal control and VGSR invites Hilda to the Ball. Cinderella's Fairy godmother comes to the rescue. She gets Cinderella cleaned up and puts the word out about Cinderella.

Hilda and her new bestie! 
What a wonderful world!
Prince Charming hears about Cinderella and  takes her home to his castle where she lives happily ever after. 
Just goes to show you what can be done when you think there is no hope. Thank You to the foster for being her Fairy god mother.

There are many more stories no one hears about. The world is a better place due to all of the rescues Fairy god mothers and volunteers.

On behalf of all the rescued animals I say THANK YOU!

A note from Prince Charming:
Just wanted to let you know how Cinderella was doing and forward you a few pics!!
...she and sister did fine on the ride home yesterday!....she explored the house, found her favorite spot is sitting at the front door and looking out on the street!! fact she liked it there so much that when it was bed time, we set up her bed right in front of the door....took the dogs out for a walk at 11pm, and then Cinderella slept through the night....I think if she could she would really want to chase birds and squirls!!...we are keeping her walks short though and close to home so that we can judge how long her enery wil last.,,,

Thanks again
Prince Charming

We Need Your Support NOW!

It seems like we just had New Year's. 4th of July has come and gone. Soon the kids will be heading back to school and then it will be time for the VGSR Golf Tournament and Auction fundraiser. Will it be a success or failure? Will the dogs be the winners or losers?

I know if you're like me you keep saying I still have time -  I will register and/or submit my sponsorship tomorrow. TicToc. Tomorrow comes and you say I still have time. TicToc. Then 12 Sept is here and you wonder where the time went. You realize too late there is no more time.  You think that's alright. I am sure everyone else signed up. I'm sure others donated. I am sure others were able to get the sponsors.  One less will not matter. Tic toc. The event took place but not enough sponsors, golfers or volunteers showed.  Tic Toc. We have a call from one of the shelters. They have a GSD that is heartworm positive, rescue only, can you take her?  Sorry we can not take her. We can take in the young and healthy. Due to lack of funds we can not take any seniors, sick or those needing hospice. Tic Toc. What is to become of the seniors, sick and hospice dogs already in the rescue?

The above could easily happen. We need everyone to participate. We need sponsors, donations for the auction. volunteers for the event. Dogs for the event.

What are you doing to make this event a success?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


How many have really thought about saving a life or giving someone a second chance at life? What would you do to help? I thought about this today as I looked at some of the dogs that had been posted on my FB page.  A bonded pair that are 11 years young. One the hind quarters are beginning to fail and the other is still doing well. The owners dropped them at the shelter and the shelter staff posted hoping against hope someone would adopt. Then, there's the 5 year old male that was dropped at the shelter as the family traveled and was not home most of the time.

I know there are a lot of people out there like me. I cannot foster, my husband and the 2 pups would have my bags packed and locks changed if I were to bring home another dog. . So what can you do?
We are going to have the 7th Annual VGSR Golf Tournament and Auction fundraiser on Sept 12.
 We need your support.

The cost to play golf in the Tournament is: individual: $99.00
                                                                     foursome: $360.00
In addition, Sponsors are needed as well as items for the Auction.  All the needed forms are on the right of this post, under Important Documents!  It's easy.

Not only will you help VGSR continue to take in the young, old, sick and hospice dogs, you will have a good time with friends both 2 and 4 legged. We cannot do it with out your support.

The cost of the look of fear to gratitude in a GSD's eyes: Priceless
To see a Broken dog with no spirit to a dog with a sparkle in his eyes and smile: Priceless
The feeling you get when you know you helped to give these dogs a second chance: Priceless


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Two Reasons to Support VGSR's Golf Tournament and Auction

VGSR helps dogs of all ages, from the very young to the old.  VGSR's Annual Golf Tournament is our largest fundraiser of the year and we could really use your support. 
Here are two of VGSR's wonderful dogs that your support will help.  One is very young and one is getting up there in years.
The first one is Jack. 
Jack is a 4 month old with Patent Ductus Arteriosus, a congenital heart defect.  A blood vessel called ductus arteriosus connects the two main arteries of the body - the aorta and the pulmonary artery. This blood vessel should close shortly after birth, but for Jack that did not happen.  Jack was dropped off at a shelter because the owner could not afford to get Jack diagnosed or treated.  Because the blood vessel does not close, extra blood gets into the lungs and typically would result in death within the first year.  But it can be fixed with surgery.  And Jack just had his surgery thanks to VGSR!  Watch for updates on Jack on
Our next dog is Hilda.  She has not had an easy life.  If it were not for a good Samaritan, Hilda would still be chained in a back yard with just a tarp for shelter. 
Hilda is about 11 years old and spent most of it chained in a back yard.  She did not get the care and love she deserved and needed.  She may have degenerative myelopathy, an auto-immune disease, that will eventually leave her unable to walk.  Her sight may be slightly compromised but Hilda can still navigate.  Hilda is a very special dog with special needs. VGSR will ensure Hilda is cared for and loved for the rest of her life.
Thanks to donations to VGSR, both Jack and Hilda are getting the special care they need.  These dogs might not be alive today if not for VGSR.  VGSR is able to give dogs like Jack and Hilda the special medical care they need because of donations and fundraising.  Adoption fees do not even begin to cover the cost of fostering most dogs.  So we raise money.  VGSR relies on donations from businesses and individuals with 100% of proceeds going directly to care for the dogs.
Your support for VGSR's 7th Annual Golf Tournament and Auction is a really fun way to help dogs like Jack and Hilda as VGSR continues its mission to rescue, rehabiliate, and rehome German Shepherd dogs.  We hope you will join us on September 12 for a great day of golf, friends, fun filled auction, food, and dogs.  Just take a look at Jack and Hilda's faces.  And if you haven't already, now is a good time to send in your golf tournament sponsorship or golf registration.
Thank you for your support!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sponsors Needed!

Sponsorship is vital to making the 7th Annual VGSR Golf Tournament and Auction a success. We only have about 100 days before the BIG event!  This is our MAJOR fundraiser and we need your help so we can help our wonderful dogs.
If every reader sends in one sponsorship, it would be amazing!

Past sponsors have included every day people like you and me, dog boarding facilities, sporting good stores, golf instructors, dog trainers, veterinary offices, local businesses, friends of rescue, and people who want to recognize friends and family (two and four legged) with a sign on the golf course. Please get out there and talk to your friends who own businesses, talk to businesses you frequent, and talk to pet friendly or golf friendly businesses that would benefit from exposure at our event. Tell them about the wonderful work VGSR does every day - thanks to our volunteers and donated funds.   AND -  don't forget your own SPONSORSHIP!
Tell them about Deacon who came to VGSR after being left on the side of the road unable to walk - but he does now thanks to VGSR! Tell them about Fritz who jumped out a window and injured his front legs - but has now had surgery and is on the mend thanks to VGSR! Tell them about any of the dogs that have touched your heart so that we may continue to help more dogs!
Any level of donation is appreciated! For a "Best Friend" Sponsorship of just $100 we will place a sign on the course and well over 150 people will see that the sponsor supports their community, VGSR, and rescue! The sponsor form (See Important documents on the right of this Page) describes several levels of sponsorship available. If someone wants a sign and a foursome of golf - Puppy Love is for them!

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Coming!!!!

We are so excited to be able to share the news....

The 7th Annual VGSR Golf Tournament and Auction is coming.  Save the Date and make sure you participate in this CAN"T MISS event. 

Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course

September 12, 2014

This event has something for everyone - Golfers, Shoppers, Dog Lovers, Nature Enthusiasts and those who just love to support a GREAT cause. 
If you are a Golfer, get your registration in now.  Last year, this was a sold out event and we, unfortunately, had to turn away some late registrants.   We need Sponsors -  this is our major fundraiser and your donation goes to support the dogs we bring in to foster, rehabilitate and rehome.  We need Auction donations - we've had great auction items in the past and want to continue  the pattern. 

We hope you can join us!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

In gratitude



Please extend a HUGE thank you to the following BUSINESS SPONSORS of our 6th Annual VGSR Golf Tournament and Auction. Their support allows us to continue to rescue and rehabilitate many dogs in need. As indicated by the stars (******) below, many of our sponsors have provided support to the tournament since its inception. Others (*) are new to us - helping out for what we hope is the first year of a long relationship.
Thanks to all.

Business Sponsors
A1 Cooling & Refrigeration *****
Aero Engines of Winchester*****
Thomas A Gromling, DDS*
Helping Hands Veterinary Care, LLC **
House Spouse Home Repair/Jandor Homes, Inc.**
Infotech; Kevin Rogers**
Joe Lewis, Parking Service*
KSR Pet Care, LLC ****
Shear Elegance Pet Botique*
Spiker's Construction Management******
Stoneburner-Carter Ins. Agency******
TC Enterprises; Mike & Helene******
The LeMarr Group ****
The Luminescence Foundation****
Titan Moving & Storage****
Tom Muse Service Co., Inc.***
U Haul Company #795******
Virginia Pistol, LLC; Jim Johnson**

Friends of Rescue
Arch & Sharon Wells ***
Arlene Menendez*
Bob Gartner ****
Bonnie Kayser*
Brent Jacques ***
Darlene Costello ***
David S. Dwornik ****
Erica Stoecker ******
Gary Williams ******
Helga Davies ******
Hilary & Jonathan Kiell**
Jaye Blevins***
Jean Crosson*
Jerry & Sue Abbott***
John & Gayle Gulley***
John & Kay Fiocca******
Judith Kincannon*****
Karlane Kosjer*
Larisa Kirgan****
Lea Spickler******
Lisa & Vernon Welsted**
Mark & Pia Chapman*
Mary Ann & Al Short*****
Melissa Nielson & Edward R. Yawn****
Michael Creighton*
Mildred Wilson*
Nicole Regele*
Raymond & Vicky Viets ******
Richard & Susan Hunt***
Rick & Terry Catlett******
Samantha & Michael Whetstone*
Sandal LaRose**
Sandy White **
Sharon Knox*
Sharon Swan***
Steve & Sandy Schwalb******
Sue Huntt******
Terri Kellenberger**
Theresa & Jimmy Parker*
Ursula J. Landsrath & Kenneth C. Rietz**
William P & Antonette R Hottel*****
Willy Williams******

Thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated items
for the Auction, Goody Bags and Golfer’s Prizes

Cantina d’Italia
Joan of Art Custom Picture Framing
Kingdom Animal Hospital
Lantz Pharmacy
Macaroni Grill
Martins Food Store
Milwaukee’s Frozen Custard
Outback Steakhouse, Elden St., Herndon
Papa John’s Pizza
Petco, Front Royal
Wolfgap Vineyard & Winery

Friends of Rescue
Alicemary Leach
Andrea Schaeffer
Anne Guida
Bob Gartner
Cheryl Brewster
Debbie Osborne
Dena Goble
Doug Rink
Emily Chambers
Elizabeth McKenna
Ellen Riger
Helene Taylor
Hilary & Jonathan Kiell
Ines Scordo
Jo Heil
John Faith
Joy & John Bullock
Joyce Rathfon
Karlane Kosjer
Katie Vitali
Kay Fiocca
Lea Spickler
Lyn Laparan & David Upp
Mark Chapman
Mary Ann Short
Michael Creighton
Mike Clark
Mike DeLuca
Nicole Regele
Pam Lackland
Pat Callahan
Richard Grossman
Risa Lapidow
Ronnie Ward
Sandal McDonald
Sharla Ashby
Sharon Swan
Sherri Holliday-Sklar
Steve & Sandy Schwalb
Sue Garrison
Susan Farrell
Tom Phalen
Tressa Hendrix

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Last Call for Silent Auction Items - Golf4Dogs!

This year’s Silent Auction was amazing!  Lots of wonderful items to choose from - it seemed like we had something for everyone.  We do have a few items remaining which would love to their find forever homes.  If you or someone you know is interested in buying one or more of these items, please contact    Items are described below.

Item #1

Item #1  FINE ART
Signed Giclee (Fine Art reproduction on canvas enhanced with 23 K Gold and Silver)
Title:  IMPACT: OUT OF THE SAND TRAP - Legends of Golf: Lee Elder
Artist:  Mimi Stuart
Price:  $1000.   

Item #2

Item #2  FINE ART
Framed Print
Title:  Strawberry Time
Artist:  Pauline Eble Campanelli
Price:  $50.

Item #5

Item #5  FINE ART
Framed Water Color - Signed

Title:  Unknown (Signed)
Artist:  Eva Duhmke
Price:  $25.

Creature Comfort Inn -  A Premier Pet Resort, Strasburg, VA
$200 towards Boarding Fee
Price:  $100.

NOTE:  We will try to arrange transport or items can be picked up at any VGSR Front Royal or Winchester Adoption Day.  If it is necessary to ship an item, the cost of shipping will be added to the price.

BE GENEROUS!  Save our dogs!