Hundreds Of Golden Retrievers (And Their Humans) Are Gathering For A Heavenly Event To Celebrate Animal Rescue

Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

Great news, dog lovers — we’ve found paradise.

For one glorious weekend, several hundred golden retrievers and their humans, are frolicking together in a beautiful place, to celebrate animal rescue.

Photo credit: Goldenstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

Goldstock Camp takes place every Labor Day weekend.

This is the event’s 19th year at Camp Weequahic, in Lakewood, Pennsylvania — a camp that’s normally for human kids, not furry ones.

Photo credit: Goldstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

The camp was built in the 1950s by the father of Goldstock Camp’s founder Gail Lustig.

It became home to this magical gathering in 1998.

Photo credit: Goldenstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

The weekend’s itinerary includes a doggy olympics, rescue dog parade, and a dog dance demonstration (!!!), plus fundraisers for golden retriever rescue groups.

This year there’s also be the premier of Dog Camp, a documentary — or, dogumentary — about Goldstock Camp.

Photo credit: Goldstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

Photographer Steven O’Byrne has been Goldstock-ing for 10 years now. He says the camp itself is incredible — and the wonder of it continues well past the weekend.

Goldstock doesn’t end after Labor Day each year,” he says. “Goldstock is not just an event, it’s a community that gets together once a year.”

Photo credit: Goldstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

Lustic tells Shelter Me that she got Goldstock started “as a get together for golden retriever lovers, and then thought maybe we could use it to raise money for rescue.”

There were some 60 people there, that first year.

Photo credit: Goldstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

The event has grown by a lot in the last two decades, but its essence has remained the same.

“The camaraderie and the love of the dogs, and the support for rescue,” says Lustig. “Two hundred or so people and over 300 dogs, enjoying 100 acres and a lake, all to help raise money for rescue.”

Photo credit: Goldstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

It’s not too late to sign up for Goldstock Camp 2016 — here’s the registration page.

Folks without dogs — and dogs of other breeds, who are honorary golden retrievers — are also welcome.

Photo credit: Goldstock Camp
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

Just don’t miss out. You’ll have a great time, and your grand-puppies down the road are going to want to hear all about what it was like to be there.

Photo credit: Camp Goldstock
Photo credit: Goldstock Camp

 

Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!

3 comments

  1. Chris Enrico says:

    Gail left out a lot of detail. The “east coasters” felt left out that year as the national specialty was held in Seattle. The late Helen Redlus attended and hilarity was the name of the game. The “east coasters” felt left out as it was all being described on the Golden@Hobbes list (which is still up and running). Some decided a golden get together back east would be a good idea and Goldstock was born.

  2. Kim McCurry says:

    Thank you so much for the great article Arin! Can’t wait to get to Goldstock 2016!

  3. Carol Thayer says:

    Thanks for featuring Goldstock. It is all you described and more.

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