Congratulations to Susan DeDeyn, the GRRA February Volunteer of the Month! Susan began volunteering in 2003 when she was shopping at the local Petsmart and saw GRRA holding the monthly Adoption Day at the store. A lifelong golden lover and owner, Susan was immediately attracted to the organization and offered to volunteer. Susan was an adoption consultant for many years as well as a voicemail volunteer, home check volunteer, retriever taxi driver and parade volunteer. While doing all of those things, Susan also began hosting most of the GRRA holiday parties. Chances are likely that if you have attended one of the parties in the last fifteen years, you experienced a truly “golden” experience at Susan’s home. Not only is Susan an amazing hostess who has offered her home to GRRA for a record 10 times, it is decorated “to the nines” with everything golden. When people visit her house for the first time, they are amazed at all of the great golden decorations on display! In addition to hosting holiday parties, Susan continues to volunteer at Adoption Days, do home checks and retriever taxi.
Susan has had 8 golden retrievers over the past 40 years, the last 5 being rescue goldens. Currently, Susan has three goldens: Cash, Chloe and Holly. They made a cameo appearance at the 2017 party much to all of the attendees’ delight! She said that she truly feels like rescue dogs make the best pets because they know how special they are. Many of us in rescue, as volunteers and adopters, can attest to the same thing. Sharing this experience with other people is something Susan found to be very rewarding. She elaborated, “When I worked on adoptions, it was always great to stay connected with the adopters and hear how well the goldens were doing.” In addition to knowing she helped make a difference in the lives of GRRA goldens and their adoptive families, Susan has also enjoyed working with and getting to know her fellow GRRA volunteers stating, “It’s a great group of people to be involved with.” Many of her fellow GRRA volunteers feel the same way.
Susan shared her favorite Betty White quote, “Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a golden retriever, one's life and one's outlook is never quite the same.” One other great golden quote Susan has in her kitchen states, “No matter how bad things get, the happy face of my golden retriever makes me smile.” Thank you, Susan, for spending your time to help others experience these great things with a GRRA golden! We truly appreciate all you do for GRRA and our goldens.