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2021 GRRA Calendar Contest

2021 Calendar


It’s that time of year again, our annual calendar photo submission time. And, it’s a big one, Our 30th Anniversary Edition! Your Golden(s) could be featured in our 2021 calendar, and one lucky dog(s) will have his photo on the front cover.

Grab your camera and your furry family members… We are looking for great shots of your dogs (and their furry friends) posing, “Partying”, naptime, being goofy or serious, enjoying a special day or holiday, frolicking outside, lounging inside, or just sporting that great Golden “smile.”

The winners for the 12 monthly pages, cover and back will be selected by our calendar team. All photo submissions are posted (without identifying names) for our team to review and make their selections based on our calendar theme, the seasons and or special holidays. It’s a fun way for volunteers to be involved, and they enjoy trying to guess which each dog is. Of course, we’d love for every dog to be a monthly winner, but we can only select fourteen (14). However, we work hard to make sure that every photo we receive is used in the calendar in some fashion.

The calendar contest is an important fundraiser for GRRA and helps us raise money to provide for the care of every dog that arrives in our program. All profits raised from the calendar will go directly to help our orphaned GRRA dogs. Remember this is a fundraiser so be generous, your donation is tax deductible. We hope you’ll participate and enter a photo of your dog!

Please read rules carefully and if you have any questions email

Thank you and happy photo shooting!

Submission Rules

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2020.

  • Send us your best shots, with a minimum donation of $25 per photo or 3 for $50. Those that donate at least $100 will receive two free calendars and those donating $50/photo will receive one free calendar. All other calendars will be sold (beginning October 2020 for $15). Remember, this is a fundraiser and is tax deductible. We will be choosing one large photo for each month; however, we will also attempt to place a photo of each dog submitted into the calendar in some form.
  • If your dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge and you would like he/she to be featured on our Rainbow Bridge page, please submit $25 per photo. It should be a vertical/portrait photo. These photos will be produced in a smaller format, depending on how many entries we have.
  • Photos will be judged on composition, quality, and emotional appeal.
  • All photos submitted for the full month must be horizontal/landscape orientation. For smaller photos, please send in portrait format.
  • Digital images only. Please follow these guidelines:
    • Set your camera to take photos at the highest resolution possible.
    • You must name your image(s) with dog’s name and your last name. If sending more than one photo, number appropriately (i.e. MorganBaker01.jpg, MorganBaker02.jpg, MorganBaker03.jpg).
    • Submit your image(s) in jpg or tif format and send to us as an email attachment to Please do not make the file smaller to email – send the original largest file.
    • If sending your photos from a different email address than was used on the submission form below, please mention that email address in your message so we can match your photo(s) with your information. You will receive an email confirmation of your submission within 48 hours; if you don’t receive one, assume it did not go through and please re-send.
  • Please do not print out digital images; we need the original electronic file.
  • All dogs are eligible. (Other family pets may be included in the photo with your dog.)
  • No humans in the photo please — dogs and other pets only.
  • Photos must be previously unpublished, non-professional images; no copyrighted photos accepted.
  • Photos become property of GRRA and cannot be returned.
  • GRRA reserves the right to use pictures submitted in The GRRA Tribune, on Facebook, and on our website.
  • If your photo is selected for one of the twelve months, either cover, or the pocket, we’ll contact you and ask for a brief story about your dog and what they mean to you and your family. Stories may be edited for length.
  • Please submit a separate form for each dog whose picture or date information is included.
  • Winners of the twelve full pages, the front and back covers will receive a free calendar.
  • Calendar will be available before the holidays.

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Pay Via Mail

Prefer to pay by check? Send payment to the address below. Please be sure to include mailing address, phone number, and email address in case we have questions regarding your entry.

Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
Attn: Calendar Contest
P.O. Box 7743
Atlanta, GA 30357

Maggie Needs Our Help


UPDATE (July 11): There is another angel in heaven today as we lost our sweet Maggie to complications of idiopathic megaesophagus, the worst kind of megaesophagus, and there is no cure. Most dogs with any type of megaesophagus are in danger of getting pneumonia, and Maggie got it twice. We did everything we possibly could to save her, but she lost her battle as she continued to lose weight and got pneumonia the second time. Maggie saw a specialist several times, had many tests, surgery, and tried many medications but in the end she was too fragile and we just couldn't save her. Thank you to everyone who donated to her cause. Thank you to our medical team, her foster, and her doctors who fought so hard to save her. Fly free sweet angel at the Rainbow Bridge.

UPDATE (July 4): Maggie has had many tests run, referred to a specialist for exploratory surgery to determine if she had an intestinal blockage, or what the cause is of her intestinal distress.

Maggie is a beautiful 5 year old English Cream Golden Mix with the most expressive ears. She was sadly surrendered by her owner because she could not afford the medical care that Maggie so obviously needed to find out why she has been so ill. Maggie has a serious stomach issue that required many tests with a specialist, but still has not yet determined the problem. She can't keep food down and is going to require exploratory surgery to determine the cause of her distress. To make things even worse, poor Maggie is Heartworm Positive. We have already spent over $2,200 on Maggie and are looking to spend $1000 on her heartworm treatment, and another $4,400 on her surgery. We need over $7,700 so far, and it could be more depending on what they find during the surgery. We took Maggie knowing it was going to cost a lot to cure her, but we promised her owner we would do our best to save her.

Maggie was taken to the ER today and received more Xrays and more tests. Now they say she does has megaesophagus, esophagitis, and mild aspiration pneumonia. Essentially, the esophagus is inflamed and has lost its motility and ability to contract and move food into the stomach. They are starting Maggie on promotility agents, and keeping her on Sucralfate and Prilosec, and they will closely monitor the aspiration pneumonia. The vet said she could not see an esophageal stricture on x-ray, but that they may need to scope her on Monday to confirm. In the interim, Blue Pearl will direct treatment for megaesophagus and hopefully it will regress. Continue sending prayers her way.

We don’t want to lose Maggie and we are frantically trying to save her and restore her quality of life. Her medical bills continue to mount, so we have extended her fundraiser another 30 days. Although it is going to cost at least a couple of thousand more dollars than we originally asked for, we have not changed the goal amount. We are just trying to recoup some of what it is going to cost GRRA.

Please help us save Maggie and donate if you can.

Our Precious Daisy Pup Needs Open Heart Surgery

Daisy Pup has a stricture of the esophagus - caused by a heart vessel wrapping around the esophagus - making it very difficult to swallow (both food and liquid). The surgeons will need to perform open heart surgery - in an attempt to cut off the major offending pulmonary vessel - and thus restore possibly some of her ability to swallow. She may never be 100% normal, but it is our hope they may be able to reduce the amount of closure to the esophagus - to allow her to at least be able to get adequate nutrition from high calorie liquids.

Daisy Pup

We looked at this precious face, and we just could not deny her the chance of living her life expectancy with hopefully a good quality of life. All we have to do is raise the money to pay for it. If you are thinking of making a tax deductible donation to a non profit, we hope you will choose GRRA and help little Daisy. Our goal is $6,000.

Happy Tales - Nellie

They say a picture is worth 1000 words and when you see the before picture of Nellie, you know this girl was in dire need of saving. Nellie, a Golden mix, was seized in a cruelty case where she was chained and starved. This poor girl was never shown any love, yet she was very sweet with everyone. The GRRA team was determined to change her life.

Nellie - before

Toni Loper, a new GRRA volunteer with the intake team, took charge of getting this girl rescued. Nellie was her first intake. Toni worked with our incredible medical team, to secure a place for her at the vets during the Thanksgiving weekend – not an easy task.

Rick Knotts, in true hero form, provided the freedom ride from the shelter to the vets. Carin Miller was the medical team member assigned. Nellie was heartworm positive and

Carin ensured all medical needs were met, including a bit of a scare with Nellie potentially ingesting some foreign material. Carin arranged for Nellie to spend a weekend at Blue Pearl GVS. Thankfully no surgery was needed and with our monitoring and supportive care from Blue Pearl GVS Nellie recovered well.

Next step was to find a foster home where Nellie could heal, both physically and mentally. Dree Harris and her family stepped up to the plate and opened their home to her. Nellie was Dree’s first foster dog. Despite Nellie’s history of severe neglect, while in foster, she learned to trust humans and rely on them for reassurance. After almost four months, Nellie was ready to be adopted.

Dree worked with Wanda Prater, Nellie’s Dog Consultant, to find the perfect home. The Steedman’s were looking for a fur baby to add to their family and fell in love when they met Nellie. As you can see by the picture below, Nellie now has the life she deserves. Many thanks to our amazing volunteers and donors. It really does take a village!

Nellie - after

Donate to Jack's Medical Fund

Jack and Hudson are a bonded pair, currently in a foster home. When we first met Jack and Hudson they had been surrendered to a rural shelter because the owner could no longer afford to feed them. They were so frightened that they would not come out from the corner where they huddled at the vet. They were allowed out of their crates so they could be together because they seemed to need to cuddle with each other to stop shaking. Their first time outside off leash in the fenced backyard of their foster family, they huddled in the corner together under a bush, shaking. Foster dad had to crawl under the bush to assure them they were safe now and he would protect them.

Jack and Hudson 1

Jack and Hudson have come a long way, since being in a foster home and they are very attached to their foster family as well as to each other. Hudson is very dependent on Jack--it's uncanny how bonded they are to each other. Both were unfortunately Heartworm Positive. At age 6, Jack is a couple of years older than Hudson, and was such a strong positive that he has suffered some heart damage and a couple of days ago had an emergency situation where he had to go to Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists to have some fluid removed from his stomach and lungs to make his breathing easier. They did an echocardiogram, Chest xray, bloodwork, Lasix, cardiology consult, and new meds to add to his already $200+ per month med bill. Jack must have these meds each and every month in order to survive. We saved Jack because Hudson needs him and because he deserves this better life because his previous situation was unacceptable.

Jack and Hudson 2

GRRA has already taken care of their heartworm treatment at $2,000 for the two of them, and now we have more bills to pay. If you can spare a few dollars to help GRRA to help Jack, it would really be appreciated. We are not looking to move them right now. They still have a lot of healing left to do and their foster family is up to the challenge and is doing a great job.

Lost Dog - Help Find Wicket

Our Volunteer/Dog Trainer, who is also a teacher, had her home broken into about 12:30 3/22. Her dog Wicket is missing and she said Wicket was most likely stolen because she would not leave the house but would easily go with someone. If outside she would most likely go to a human. We are proceeding like a lost or stolen dog in getting the flyer out there in case Wicket turns up in another area. She is missing from the Buford, GA area. Please share her poster.

Wicket poster

GRRA Paws on the Path for Vato Hike IS CANCELED!

GRRA Paws on the Path for Vato-Roswell Old Mill Park and Vickery Creek Trail scheduled for March 29 is canceled.

Donate to Remington's Surgery Fund


Hi, I’m Remington. I’m a 9-month old purebred Golden retriever. I was purchased from a breeder by a family who ended up neglecting my needs as a typical, energetic puppy. I was kept confined on an apartment balcony or kept in a crate way too small for my growing body. They put me for sale on Craigslist and a family came to see me but realized that I wasn’t right for them due to the obvious neglect I’d been going through. But they knew they couldn’t keep me there (thank goodness!), so they rescued me from that situation. So, they turned to GRRA to find me a new furever home, one that will give me the attention, love, and medical attention I deserve.

After visiting Dr. Doolittle, I, unfortunately, have early signs of hip dysplasia. With me being young and it being caught early, I’m a good candidate for hip surgery in hopes to curb the progression greatly. Hip dysplasia is hereditary, but it may have been magnified by poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and being kept in that small crate.

My friends at GRRA have opened their loving arms to help me, but they need more help from GRRA friends, supporters, and members. It can cost up to $6800 for my hip surgery and rehab. Any donations will help, big or small! I appreciate your generosity!

Featured Dog: Muffin

A happy looking medium-sized black dog with floppy curly-haired ears

HI, there! Little Ms. Muffin here. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Whew, that was a blast, right? Pretty decorations, holiday music, presents everywhere, meeting new people, and let’s not forget the delicious food! But alas, the New Year has come and that’s why I’m writing you. My New Year’s resolution is to find a new furever home! I have been working so hard these past few months to become the best dog I can be. Now it’s time to put it into action.

Little bit about me. I’m an 8-year old Flat-coated retriever/Spaniel mix. My brother Duke and I came into GRRA in May because our owners needed to move into an assisted living facility which doesn’t allow dogs. We lived outside for most of our lives with very little human interaction, so you can imagine how scared we were of new situations and people around all of a sudden. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the attention and was friendly in return, but I felt more comfortable with a fewer number of people that I could approach myself. I was also scared of loud noises and thunder. And since I lived outside, I was not potty or leash trained.

I tell you this not to discourage you, but to let you know that I have prevailed! With the help of my wonderful foster, I am now quite the lovable companion. Most important, I’ve passed Housebreaking 101 and am now potty trained – YES! Not only am I happy about that, so are my foster’s floors . I also walk well on a leash now and have learned that thunder is not so bad. Well, it’s still a little scary, but when I wear my thundershirt and find my safe spot in the shower I’m cool. Not to toot my own horn, but I have come a long way and am proud of the confidence I’ve built since coming into GRRA!

another photo of the same very cute black dog standing with her head cocked to one side

Here’s what I would like in my new home…

  • Owners that understand my past and are aware that **sometimes I need a little time to warm up to new people and situations**. If there are children in the home, they should be old enough to be respectful of that.
  • **Another dog would be nice to have to keep me company.** I admit that I like to be the boss and maintain my personal space, but I do like other dogs and with the right companion I’ll fit right in.
  • **A fenced yard** would be great to keep me safe and sound. Fun fact, when I see a squirrel, the Flat-coated retriever and Spaniel both come out and I first point, hold, then bolt after them!

BONUS! Our generous friends at Susie’s Senior Dogs, a non-profit that helps promote and support the adoption of senior dogs, have already paid my $450 adoption fee! That’s right folks, you don’t need to worry about anything… just take me home and let the cuddles begin. It’s a steal, too, cause I’m worth a million bucks ??.

So, as you all write out your New Year’s resolutions – get organized, eat better, spend less, etc. – how about this one? Give Muffin a loving home. You won’t regret it!

Yep, another cute photo of the same cute pup but this time she's sitting and looking happy!

Patiently waiting,


If you are interested in learning more about Muffin, please contact your adoption consultant, or email!

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