Monday, October 7, 2013
Great news from As Good As Gold, another happy ending for a Sato!!
Happy Tails by Dorelle Ackermann
"As Good as Gold" aptly describes Nala, who traveled 2,000 miles to bless my family with her presence. How is it that a street dog from Puerto Rico can be so gentle, calm and trusting? How can she be so beautiful with such a lustrous coat? How can she already be potty trained and has adapted to life in the suburbs? Well, she's as good as gold!
If you are reading this newsletter, I don't need to explain how a dog can capture your heart within minutes of meeting her at her wonderful foster home with Tracy Zavos. After her initial fears were overcome, she sat next to me leaned in and looked up with her trusting brown eyes. It didn't matter that I thought I was quite content with owning one golden (my other golden crossed the Rainbow Bridge last January). I knew I couldn't ask for a better match. What a joy to see her courageously face her fears and overcome them. Her first trip to PetSmart was cautious. On her second trip (she's too cute not to have her own designer collar and leash) she pranced right in to the store. Her first night sleeping with my daughter required a boost up on the bed; the second night she hopped right up, sprawled out in the middle of the bed and took over the pillow as well. She's working at winning over Maija (my 7-year-old golden) by joining in a little Frisbee play, but not quite ready to plunge into the local pond to retrieve it. I'm willing to bet she will be tops in her etiquette class, which we start on Friday. After all, she has the "street smarts" of a Sato and the "desire to please" of a golden. A winning combination.
Since meeting Nala (a.k.a. Queen), I've learned about the partnership between AGaG and saveasato.org. Together they have brought over 20 golden retriever/mixes from the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico to our area. What is incredible to me is the dedication and commitment of so many volunteers that made this happen. How fortunate I feel to be the recipient of this sweet pup and the efforts of so many.
I am recommitting to supporting AGaG through service and donations. Each
bottle of wine, candle or calendar purchased contributes to saving a golden and enriching the life of a family. Where else can you enjoy a murder mystery or dinner at the zoo and be supporting such a worthwhile cause at the same time? I can certainly step up and "Strut My Mutt" which is another winning fund raiser for AGaG. And, although there is a core group of volunteers that donate an incredible number of hours, the few hours that I donate as a transporter for goldens add up when multiplied by dozens of people that also "give what they can".
After I read an article about Serena featured in "Tails from the Backseat" in the newsletter a couple of months ago, I decided to apply for a golden. Serena was also a Sato dog from Puerto Rico. Was it fate that I didn't get Serena, but got another Sato dog? Perhaps, and perhaps this article on Nala will inspire you to apply for a golden. I hope so.