Special Thanks to
Pet Paradise Resort--

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A fantastic contribution!

GRRH has been offered several free spaces at the new Pet Paradise Resort opening at 14500 JFK Blvd. near George Bush Intercontinental Airport as a partnering arrangement between our two organizations. In all the markets that Pet Paradise operates in, currently 5 resorts in Florida and one in New Orleans, they partner with a few select rescues to become better known in the community. Their web site, www.petparadiseresort.com, shows photos of their first prototype resort of which the Houston location is an exact replica. The resort can accommodate up to 350 dogs in various levels of luxury, and they have a pool and spacious play areas. So far, we have used (6) six spaces for dogs who are completely vetted and up to date on their vaccinations, but for whom there is no immediate foster family available. Their absolute first customer was our GRRH boy, Valentine, and he is loving all of the attention he is getting from the great staff there. Thanks again to Pet Paradise Resort for assisting GRRH !!

NEWS FROM GRRH FEBRUARY 2009 Our progress in January, 2009:

15 goldens were adopted to wonderful homes this month and 13 new dogs taken in so we had 18 dogs in foster care at the end of the month. Especially rewarding was the adoption of Marley, the golden boy in the photos below, who had been with us since July 2008 and was a very fearful boy, unable to enjoy himself with other dogs. Sandy Bennett worked with him weekly at Pet Paradise and taught him boundaries and basic obedience. This gave him structure and confidence and he was met by adopters who appreciated the need to continue this training as a lifelong commitment. A great match! Look at him now with his new family and new pal Bailey!

EVENTS - save the date! Go For The Golden, Texas Hold'em ** Texas Hold'em Poker Challenge Sunday, March 29, 2009 5-9 pm Luigi's Ristorante Italiano - 12779 Jones Road

All proceeds go to Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston (GRRH), a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. Your donations are tax deductible. Please check out the web site, www.grrh.org, for more details and get in on the fun! Orvis Houston - January 17 & 24, 2009. (Every 3rd and 4th Saturdays 11am to 1pm) Thanks to this event being posted on the GRRH website so many families came to visit the dogs. Below is a photo of Briley (on the left) and Marie with Katie Hyde. Briley is a golden/Pyrenees mix who was a very big hit and was adopted the next day. On the 24th, Maxie, Harley and Missy all met pre-approved adopters and were adopted. Maxie is shown receiving the "golden love" in the photo on the right. Orvis Woodlands - First Saturday of every month 10am to 1pm. Orvis Woodlands has moved to unit 500 in Market Street and GRRH will be there on February 7,09. Health alert - Cocoa Mulch This product has been on alert for some time but is again being sold at Target and Home Depot with no warnings that it can be fatal to dogs. See the link explaining the hazards to your dog at http://www.grrh.org/13Health/health.htm#CocoaBeanMulch
and at http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp ). Training Tip - Setting Boundaries Most owners who turn in a dog to GRRH because the dog is "too much dog" have failed to set boundaries for their pet and failed to work with them to turn them into the ladies and gentlemen we know they can be. This is true of adopters who turn back dogs and, in some cases, fosters who send a dog back for the same reason. Sandy Bennett, Training Coordinator recommends that Setting Boundaries is the way to enjoy the behavior of your dog. The first step towards achieving this are the Sit and Stay commands - work on a reliable, solid and immediate "SIT!" so that he can be distracted from unwanted behavior and replace it with rewarded behavior. Use this any time unwanted behavior surfaces. A second way to set boundaries is to work on the "STAY!" command as this holds them in your control totally and is the ultimate boundary for your dog. Any dog achieving a good stay is listening to you and respecting your control over him. Try it daily and you will see gradual but lasting improvements.