Memorials and Tributes

As much as we love them, the time comes when we have to let our special friends go. While they will live forever in our hearts, sometimes we want the world to know about them too. NGRR lets you create a lasting Memorial to those companions or people who made a special difference in our lives or the lives of those close to us.

NGRR also lets you create a Tribute to special friends, human or canine, to celebrate an event, or otherwise honor them.

There are two ways to create your Memorial or Tribute:

Simple Donation: Donate by cash, check or credit card using the online donation form. Select Memorial or Tribute from the dropdown. Be sure to complete the fields for an acknowledgment if you want us to send one. Follow through with all the PayPal directions if you use a credit card. We suggest a minimum donation of $25

Website: You can create a Memorial or Tribute with pictures and longer text to show up on this page like those shown below. Make a donation using our online donation form as described above. Follow through with all the PayPal directions if a credit card is used. Then in addition, send your text and images to [email protected] where we will create the  page for you. We suggest a minimum donation of $50.

A Special Gift

As a special gift to all the dogs who have gone before, one of NGRR's very special friends has a poem to share with us. Many of you have asked for a link to The Rainbow Bridge Story.

Those we miss we will always remember.

VOLUNTEER TRIBUTES

Kris Williams

Kris has been the ultimate of dog angels in our area.  As of now Kris has lost three dogs in the past year due to cancer and I just wanted people to know how much she loves these dogs and cares for them.  Every time she loses a dog, it is hard it know what to say to her except THANK YOU. 

Rosie Mann

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"In honor of my fabulous big sister, Pat Lynch, and for all the Goldens whose lives are safe and warm during this holiday season and throughout the year because of her talents and huge heart in creating the NGRR calendar each year. Her Wheaten nieces and I love her so much for everything that she does for NGRR."

Connie Koehler
Connemar Wheatens
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

 

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Dan Hershkowitz

Happy 50th Birthday to the greatest (rescue) golden retriever dad, Dan Hershkowitz!

Karen Lyons

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Badger Emery

Badger was an amazing, fun-loving Goldendoodle, who we all loved.  He brought us happiness, joy, sunshine and many laughs because of his antics!   Badger was a wonderful dog who loved his human family deeply and they loved him.   He lived a glorious life and one that was blessed.  We miss you.

Maureen and Chris White

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Vaughn Trimble

This donation is given in tribute to our dad, Vaughn Tribble. Vaughn is a loving father of a 1 year old golden retriever named Brody. He holds a special place in his heart for golden retrievers, and previously loved golden retrievers Kirby and Duffy. Vaughn loves the unique personalities of each one.

Alison Martin and family

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Ms Robyn Byrd

Robyn has been a devoted friend to Goldens for many years and we make this donation in appreciation of her hard work and dedication on the job. In honor of Robyn Byrd, a caring and compassionate person and wonderful colleague

Jeff Weiss

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Jamba Kessler

Jamba Kessler was a "once-in-a-lifetime" dog with an unmatched personality and zest for life. Martha and Rick first fostered and later adopted him through NGRR after he was rescued from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. As the hurricane came through, Jamba had gotten stuck on his home’s porch where he remained for 9 days before rescuers found him. “A wild boy with a personality that was endless”, he was always looking for the next great adventure even if that meant only a downtown walk. At age 10+, he was focused enough to earn 4 AKC obedience titles and was still attending class up to three weeks ago and loving it.

 

Although Jamba has departed this world, he will remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. Wishing RIP to Jamba and sending love to his "mom", Martha. September 2018
Love,
Dori, Morisa, Stephanie, Shahla, Yun-Ting

 

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Our most loyal and loved Cotton age 12 came to us as a foster at 4, he tried three homes and kept coming back to us, we are the lucky ones, he was a hoot.
Cotton was our most loyal friend he will be so missed. Sweet Cotton!
The Beard Family

In memory of our beloved best friend and family member Bosco. A dog who epitomized the Golden Retriever character in each and every way with his unconditional radiant love and loyalty. They say we can learn a lot from our dogs: patience, happiness, loyalty, love, trust and companionship…all things that our sweet "Bosco Boy" had. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about him and miss him.

Bosco: We miss your joyful trot, couch cuddles, wiggly greeting with a mouthful of toys, your big smile, wagging tail, and always having you right by our side. You really were the best dog a family could ever hope for...We were the lucky ones. We love you, Bosco, and will forever miss you. XOXO

Sincerely,
Tenaya Stine

 

 

 

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For the love of dear Henry, who kept our Monday writing group entertained, on our toes, amused, and laughing for years, from coast to coast...

He was a cherished mascot and a loving companion to our class, rain or shine.

Henry, our pens will flurry on and remember you always, sweet friend.

--Wight's Concord Creative Writers

 

 

 

 

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Sok (right) was a wonderful companion and epitomized the Golden nature.  An avid swimmer, his serious side came out when helping emotionally disturbed children deal with their issues.  He carried on a wonderful line of Goldens from his father, Abraham, and bred extensively with Canine Companions for Independence (Santa Rosa) and Guide Dogs for the Blind (San Rafael).

His son, Benjamin (left) was another energetic lover. Lymphoma cut short his life just before he was to start his breeding career.

Both are still missed after the years.

A special thanks and recognition to Dr. Ruth at CCI who was pivotal in both their lives and instrumental in bringing us together.

--John Graykoski 

 

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Daisy,

You could not have been more loyal or appreciative of our affection and care. You found your forever home, and we found pure love. Thank you for all your teaching. We love you.

Love,Mom (Susie) and Jim Glueck

 

 

 

 

 

Malcolm was loved by all and wherever he went…..at home, at the office, on vacation, or just walking down the street.  He greeted every person and every other animal with that golden smile and with the tail wagging.  He left us all too soon but everyone is a better person for having spent time with him.

 Thank you.

 --Joyce Shiarella

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We didn't have Shiloh for 9 year's she had us. Gentle and sweet, when he wagged his tail his whole body wiggled. And when you hugged him he would lean into you.  And he had  the most elegant prance.

Shiloh never let us forget to play, always eager to fetch or tug with his grungiest toys. He was king of the bubble chasers. Oh, and a skilled counter surfer without a shred of remorse for the occasional filched sandwich.

There wasn't a time when Max or I lay down for a nap that Shiloh didn't make a beeline to plop down beside us. That was just his job.  

And Shiloh was the best friend of Emily Rose, our Black Lab mix. They were inseparable. She misses him, as we will always miss him.

With gratitude to our loving companion.

Lucy, Max, and Emily Rose

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Lili Marlene, Loving memebr of the Nyren family crossed the Raibow Bridge on April 7, 2012 at age 10

 

Lili came to us through NGRR, an abandoned stray with a lethal infection, heartworm and evidence she'd recently had puppies. NGRR paid for her heartworm and other care and Lili became our fourth golden adopted throigh NGRR. She was special for her dainty and feminine nature, love of snuggling, and warrior princess nature when water or squirrels were sighted. In the mornings, she would jump into our bed and hug me while staring deeply into my eyes. Until late in life, she had no use for other dogs, until our fifth Golden, Sunny of Hollywood, taught her to play. She is deeply mourned.  Eve Nyren 

 

 

 

 

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In memory of Betty Barkus (nee Rovetta) January 31, 2002-July 7, 2010

Loving family member of Kris Williams, Trigger, and Simba

Click here for the full story.

 

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In memory of Belle, loving family member of Patty and Mike Zahares

September 16, 1994 ~ February 16, 2010.   Click here to read the full story

 

 

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Cutter, loving family member of Bob and Barbara Richards passed over the Rainbow bridge on January 8, 2010 at almost 14 years old. Click here to see his story.