Remembering Goldstock 2002

My first Goldstock was 2002. I wanted to go 2001 but found myself having surgery. As I rested at home in bed on September 11, 2001 I thought I was watching a bad movie instead of Good Morning America. Our country will never be the same I thought. When I got to my first Goldstock the next September, I met Chris Selfridge, his young family and his search and rescue dog Riley from Johnstown, PA. Also their first Goldstock. Chris and Riley were one of the first teams to search for survivors. Chris asked I believe Doug Coulter if he thought we would like to see slides from their work. Of course we did as we all met in the activity center you could hear a pin drop. One of our NJ volunteers went to the bathroom and got a roll of toilet paper that we sent up and down the aisles which were full of silent tears. What they did for days and days was truly heroic. This is what we need to remember as Americans that we all make a difference in the world. It's one of the reasons I have Kesley as part of a crisis response team, to share her, even if it is the smallest gesture we can all give back to the world. After all isn't giving the true meaning of Goldstock.

Ruth Folkman Osman

Collins First Goldstock

Collins is a 2-year-old male Golden Retriever service dog in training from Central New Jersey. We heard about Goldstock through an article that the Huffington post had written and decided that we HAD to check it out for ourselves. Collins had probably the best day of his life as a daytripper at Goldstock 2016. He participated in all the doggy olympics and did tons of swimming and dock diving. We were so happy to win "best newcomer" at the recognitions awards. Everyone was so kind and welcoming to us! We are definitely excited to come back next year!

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Photo Credit: Catherine Chiou

Tri-State K-9 5K Run & Fun

As you may know, Kelsey and I are members of the Tri-State Canine Crisis Response Team. We are a non-profit organization that helps victims deal with emotional trauma brought on by a natural or man-made disaster or crisis. We do this with trained and certified teams of dogs and their handlers. These teams provide emotional support to victims and first responders in NJ, DE, PA and beyond. We recently sent six teams to Orlando to aid in the healing of those affected by the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. When not involved in crisis response work, we actively work with schools and universities, library reading programs, pediatric and autism programs, senior citizen centers, psychiatric treatment facilities, veteran’s homes, homeless shelters and group homes.

As a non profit, we must raise funds to support the work we do. To this end, we are hosting our first major fund raiser, the Tri-State K-9: 5 K Run & Fun at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, NJ on October 15, 2016. In addition to the run/walk, there will be an exciting and fun after race party. Features include a pet psychic/animal communicator, dog and human massage, DogVinci artwork, Sand Sled Dog Demonstration, AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing, Fantastic Children’s Activities, and much more. 

In order to make this event a success, we need a lot of help promoting it. If it is a cause you feel you can support, we would greatly appreciate if you could post this graphic to your social media accounts and/or share by email with your friends, family, and other contacts. If you would like to have some fun and learn more about Tri-State Canine Crisis Response Team, please go to www.tri-statecanineresponse.org to register for the event.

Thank you for your consideration. Hope we can count on your support.

Ruth Folkman Osman‎ and Kelsey