ATD Therapy Dog Testing at Goldstock

Alliance of Therapy Dogs is a national therapy dog registry with 14,000+ members in the US, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories and Canada. It is a goal of ATD to provide registration, support, and insurance for members who are involved in volunteer animal assisted activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes. Our objective is to form a network of caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike. -- ATD Mission Statement

The following items are things you will want to bring with you to your initial test that you have scheduled with the Tester/Observer;

  • ATD Member Application
  • Release of Claims Form
  • Current year ATD Test
  • Rules Review
  • Required for testing - copy of proof of rabies vaccination
  • Required for testing- proof of negative fecal exam done within the last 12 months. (signed & dated VETERINARIAN OR CLINIC section on application or written proof)
  • 4' or shorter leash and ATD approved collar
  • Water for dog (available)
  • Bag for clean-up (available)
  • Paper towels (available)

The ATD test will be given on Saturday, September 3rd but the time is yet to be determined, we will notify you once a time slot has been confirmed. If you would like to take the ATD test at camp please fill out and submit the form below so we can get you on the list of participants.

Please make sure you have all the forms needed to take the test. They are highlighted in blue in the list above and you will need Adobe Reader to download and print them. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed, please download now.

Golf Cart Update and PRICES

GOOD NEWS -- WE WILL HAVE ENOUGH CARTS FOR EVERYONE that previously sent an e-mail reserving a cart. If you did not previously reserve a cart and are interested in a golf cart, please email Marie Sciscione at and let her know if you want a two seater, four seater or utility cart and she will let you know if there are any carts left to reserve.

The pricing is the SAME as last year;

2 seater -- $164.50
4 seater or Utility -- $185.50

So for those of you who are serious about renting, please submit your name to Marie at the address above, who will be driving, and the type of cart you want, i.e. 2 seater, 4 seater, etc. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR PAYMENT YET. She just needs to get a head count to see how many carts we will need. Remember, if you can't follow her simple instructions, you cannot rent a cart. Until payment, no one is guaranteed a cart."

Finally, Marie is a VOLUNTEER and rents a cart just like you. She does this as a friendly service so that we all, including her family, can get around camp as easily as possible. Remember, there will be about 50 of us with carts, so be mindful of the required safety of these carts and know that they can overturn easily.  This is supposed to be a very relaxing weekend-don't rush anywhere!

Goldstock Admin

Goldstock 2017 . . . Getting Close

I'm so excited to welcome all the "newbies" that have already registered...can't wait to meet all of you, and especially your pups.  After all, Goldstock is really all about them!

Just a reminder, all "golden hearted" dogs are welcome...not just goldens,  and not just rescues.  After all, last year's Sweetest Dogs were a "gorkie" and a everyone is welcome, as long as you remember we're all about helping rescue and the dogs that are not as fortunate as the ones who get to vacation at Goldstock.

For those of you who have not yet registered, our website is:, and you can register on line.

Although Goldstock is mostly fun and new friends, the most moving evening is Sunday, when we have the Candle Ceremony.  Huge thanks to Katie Dyer who has put the beautiful booklet and slide show together for us for so very many years.  Here's all the info from Katie:

I am again compiling the Candle Ceremony booklet and slide show. 

Candle Two remembers those pets who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge since last Goldstock. If you have a pet in this category, please send a photo, dates (birth and Bridge), and who your pet is remembered by. Try to keep the “Loved by…” to one or two names.

Candle Three is for pets who are ailing. Do not send a photo.

Candle Six honors members of our human family who have passed on since last Goldstock. Please send me a photo, birth and death dates, and “loved by…”

Candle Seven offers healing thoughts to members of our human family who are ill. Please send me the person’s name, who is honoring him, and what the condition is.

Please send all info to me at

I will post the slideshow and candle ceremony booklet on line close to Goldstock. Please do NOT ask me to send you a booklet.

Katie and Team Fur

Please email me at this address: if you have any pressing questions.  Please be patient with me, as I don't always get back to people as quickly as I would like to.  I actually still have a full time job and spend most of my free time at our local shelter.

Stay tuned....

Gail Lustig
Founder of Goldstock