Labrador Retriever Rescue
Photo courtesy of Joyce and Harry (part of the GGLRR fam)
July 2020 Newsletter
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Saturday, July 11, @ 11:00am (PST)

What: GGLRR Virtual Pet Fair
When: July 11, 2020 @ 11:00am (PST)
Where: Zoom Webinar (details below)

Register in advance for this webinar: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Photo courtesy of Joyce and Harry (part of the GGLRR fam)
By Harriet Meyers
May 21, 2020 |
With warmer weather comes the chance to fire up the grill and enjoy a cookout. Dog owners may be tempted to let their dog have a taste of the delicious grilled foods. However, many cookout foods are not safe for dogs to eat. Here are a few tips on foods to watch out for:


What's better than a nice juicy grilled steak or barbecued ribs or chicken wings? But sharing these with your dog is a dangerous idea. Dr. Jerry Klein, AKC chief veterinary officer, warns that you should never give your dog cooked  bones of any kind. They splinter into shards that can cause choking and serious damage to the dog's mouth, throat, or intestines.

Raw Meat

Raw steak or hamburger patties can contain bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to dogs, as well as people. Keep a careful eye on the meat as you prepare the grill because the aroma will definitely get your dog's attention, and he may try to sneak a tasty morsel.

Hot Dogs

Hot dogs often contain ingredients that are not good for dogs, such as sodium nitrate, which has been linked to cancer; monosodium glutamate (MSG); and sugars or artificial sweeteners. Hot dogs also contain seasonings, such as garlic and onion powder, that are toxic to dogs. The biggest problem with hot dogs is salt. Feeding your dog even one-half of a hot dog would probably put him way over his daily sodium limit, and too much sodium can lead to  dehydration and high blood pressure. Another issue with hot dogs is that they are a choking hazard.


Garlic and onions can cause stomach upset in dogs, and sometimes have even more serious side effects. Raw or cooked, fried or powdered,  onions, and the rest of the allium family (garlic, shallots, leeks, and chives) are all harmful to dogs. Onions contain a toxic compound that causes a breakdown of red blood cells, leading to anemia in dogs.
Ketchup, while not toxic for dogs, is best left off of the foods you share with your canine pal. In addition to tomatoes, commercial ketchup typically contains garlic and onions, cinnamon, sugar and salt, preservatives and chemicals - and many of these ingredients can have detrimental effects on dogs. Mustard can upset a dog's stomach and cause vomiting.

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a summertime staple, and although a small amount of  corn won't hurt, you should not share your corn on the cob with your dog. There is a risk that he will choke on it, and if he ingests the cob, it can cause a serious intestinal blockage. So, unfortunately, it's not a food you should allow your dog to gnaw on.
Read the rest of the article HERE.

GGLRR Masks:
The Ultimate Accessory for Your Next Dog Walk!

GGLRR masks are IN!  
Order yours now before we run out; they look great and make you smile!  

There are TWO adorable options (see above): 1) Paws and 2) Yellow Lab Smile.  You can mix and match with the other style.  They are $6 for one or $5.50 for more than one.  It is $5.50 for shipping.

Email your order or for more information.

3-year-old neutered male Chocolate Lab mix, 93 lbs. 
Kota is on stray hold wait through Solano County Animal Services until June 30, after he was picked up as a stray in Benicia.  His owner has been notified but has not responded and does not appear to want him back.  A good Samaritan cared for Kota for the first two weeks.

He is a Ferdinand the Bull in a china shop but can settle into a home routine.  Kota is very gentle when taking treats (knows "sit"), has a good appetite, and responds well to correction with positive feedback.  He's house trained, not a digger, not a jumper, and seems to only bark when he feels it is necessary (not all that often).  He can be stubborn, but has a burst of energy where he just wants to run, and loves being with his humans.  He needs a home with the patience and guidance to help him blossom into his full potential as a great family member.

Kota is neutered and chipped.  Kota had three seizures in just 24 hours at the good Samaritan's home; after being taken to SAGE Concord, was treated for epilepsy and put on a phenobarbital regimen.  No more seizures.  Seems to still be groggy and a bit uncoordinated - may be due to the new phenobarbital regimen.  Will need recurring vet visits to ensure anti-seizure med protocol is on track.  Kota is located in Novato.

Contact Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, 

GGLRR Partners with DogsBOND

Lab Rescue/GGLRR has recently partnered with the dog-loving creators of an upcoming board game called Dogs BOND. Yes, you read that right - a board game! Not only is this a fun, family-friendly game created by dog people for dog people, Dogs BOND will donate a portion of game sales to partnering rescues like us!

We really like the mission of Dogs BOND. The creators are bringing dog lovers together, from all walks of life, to raise awareness of the needs of rescue dogs in a fun, educational way.

The game is currently under development, and Dogs BOND will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign to get it finished and available for sale. Kickstarter lets people pledge money to a project, and if the goal amount is raised, the game will be produced; if not, those who pledge will not be charged. Until the game is finished and selling (like hotcakes - or should that be dog treats?), Dogs Bond can't make those donations to rescues like ours. The more they grow, the more they'll be able to contribute.

To learn more and help support this project check them out on their website, join their mailing list, "Like" them on Facebook, check them out on Twitter, and take part in their Kickstarter, when it launches. Helping Dogs Bond helps Lab Rescue!
Call for Photos for the GGLRR 2021 Calendar!
   We are now accepting photos for the 2021 GGLRR Calendar, with lucky Labs to be chosen to grace the pages of the calendar, while raising much needed funds for GGLRR.

If you would like a photo of your Lab(s) to be considered as one of the photos in GGLRR's 2021 Calendar, please send submissions through September 1, 2020 including:
  • Photo(s) per guidelines below;
  • Your name and the dog's name;
  • The month/year the dog was adopted from GGLRR;and,
  • Email to GGLRR at

Photo Guidelines: 

* The calendar is an annual fundraiser for GGLRR, and we feature Labs that have been adopted through GGLRR.
 * Photos with multiple dogs are welcome, but all dogs shown in the photo must be from GGLRR.
* We encourage people to use settings showing the fun people have with their Labs in beautiful Northern California settings (beach, mountains, hiking trails, Golden Gate bridge, etc).
* You may include as many GGLRR-adopted Labs in the photo as you want, but please no people, text, or copywritten backgrounds.
* Professional photographs will be accepted if submitted by the photographer who can provide GGLRR permission for unlimited usage of the photo as listed with the submission.
* Please do not use watermarks or other text since photo info and credits will be added consistently on the calendar.
* Each owner may submit up to 6 photos of the same Lab.
* Please submit as high of resolution as your camera permits (8 megapixel or higher preferred).
* Photos should only be sent in .jpg or .png format.

We only accept submissions from the dog owner and by emailing the photo, you are giving GGLRR permission to use the photo for the calendar or our website.
Christmas in July?  Help support our cause if you're shopping online!
We are now part of Amazon Smile's program online. Anything you buy on Amazon, you can also buy on Amazon Smile and a small portion of your purchase will be donated to GGLRR. Just go to Amazon Smile and designate "Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc" as your selected charity. It's so easy to do and it would mean a lot to the Labs.  
GGLRR also has an Amazon Wish List! 
If you are on Amazon and want to buy something for the Labs, please check out our WishList!



"Shyler has been with us for a month and has settled in nicely.  He is so sweet and loving.  He has given me many kisses.  he's a hit with our neighbors (with social distancing of course).  It's sweet how he loves to be with us....When he's ready for bed he goes into our bedroom and onto his bed.  We've enjoyed our walks.  He's a great walker....I'm so thankful to all of you for your dedication and love you gave to Shyler before coming to his forever home.  Shyler is such a wonderful dog. "

All the best and thank you!
Sarah, Ted, and Shyler


"We realized that today marks a momentous day in Suki's life - the one year anniversary of her arrival at the Modesto shelter and the start of her journey to us!  So, clearly an update is due!

In a nutshell, Suki (aka Suki McMuffin and Princess Suki Pups) is doing great and blossoming into a truly wonderful companion.  She's very smart and active and the perfect addition to our family.  Shortly after she recovered from her spay, she graduated from basic doggy school and has since learned a bunch of other commands and tricks.  She's quite a fast learner and rarely gets into trouble or mischief (now!).

As we hoped, Suki has joined us nearly everywhere.  We've taken her hiking, camping - even rock climbing!  Before the pandemic, she even joined us for violin lessons and at our gym.  And while we're very proud that she just learned how to swim in our local stream, we are now realizing that this means we are led there on every walk and that the garden hose cannot be used on anything but her!

It's been a joy watching her trust and affection for us grow.  She's developed a wonderful bond with her human sisters and is super affectionate with our younger daughter in particular.  Suki has evolved from watching everything from the sidelines to insisting on being in the middle of everything, including board games and laundry.  Not the best yoga companion as you might imagine, but we wouldn't have it any other way."

Thank you again for rescuing her!  We adore her!
Manju and Kyle


Charlie Girl

"When my husband and I decided it was time to get a Labrador that we had always dreamt about having, GGLRR was the first place we looked.  I'm so glad we did, because that's where we found our sweet Charlie girl!

The adoption process was very thorough, thought out, and organized and Charlie's foster family was amazing - we're still keeping in touch many months later.  

Charlie has filled our world with such love, goofiness, nose kisses, tail wags and so much more!  We are grateful every day that we adopted our family member from GGLRR."


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