Here are some recent testimonials from adoptive families who were so thrilled with Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) that they took the time to tell us in writing. Feel free to express your appreciation to the many volunteers at GGLRR helping with your Lab adoption. If you want to share your story with other prospective owners, just send it to our web manager or your GGLRR Rescue Representative. Enjoy reading these happy ending stories for these lucky Labs and their forever families!
I would like to say that I appreciate all the work that all of you at Golden Gate Lab Rescue do to ensure that all these wonderful pets get to experience the loving homes they deserve.
We adopted our Luke with the help of Judy in July of 2010. He appeared to be very neglected as he was out of shape, dull coat with remnants of skin infection, ticks , thistles buried in his tail and a gray stain around his neck that might have been from being chained up. He would not walk on linoleum floors and after the dust of his newest surrounds settled, we discovered he had social fright . He would snap and growl at anyone other than us that would come near him or try to pet him. What a disappointment for us not being used to having an untrusting pet around our many family members and friends.
I had to change this as this was to be his forever home and we wanted him to enjoy every minute of it and all our friends and family.
I started my search for books that would educate me on how I could make him feel more trusting in his new surroundings and active social life to come. One of the books ,though heart wrenching, was very helpful on understanding abused dogs was the story of Michael Vicks, "The Lost Dogs".
This book helped us to be patient with what our new friend might be feeling inside and how I needed to approach it.
My very favorite book that I think that every Shelter and adopted animal should be sent home with or given information on is a book by Pat Miller called: "Do Over Dogs", (give your dog a second chance for a first class life).
Part of our training was to ask guests and family not to attempt to pet him and to let him make the initial contact if he chose. He would let them know if it was OK yet he would still have second thoughts and growl at times. So next step was to appeal to his love............."Food". He soon learned that every person and kid came bearing a treat and they were not so bad after all.
Now he freely approaches everyone happy and of course..........hoping that they come bearing tasty gifts.
He Loves the UPS and Schwan's delivery trucks. When he hears the sound of the rumbling diesel motors he barks and runs looking for his treat bearing delivery buddies.
He has come so far from when he first came home with us and started his new adventure.
He is now a very happy and secure guy and loves everyone and everything he does. He even made a trip to have his picture taken with Santa this year.
Life is full of new adventures for him everyday and we enjoy experiencing them with him.
I have included a few of his many pictures we cannot help but take of our big guy including one of his first trip's in Dad's Model A car. Now that's truly a "Lucky Dog!"
Thank you again for all of your devotion to all of these deserving Best Friends.
Wendy Slaney and Luke too!
We adopted Rex (never changed his name) in June 2010. He brings so much joy and love to our family. Thank you so much for connecting us with the family that let us adopt him. I have included screen shots of our christmas card and other photos of our boys below.
Chico is still part of my life. I love him more than life itself. Not sure how I would go a day without his bark, his tail wagging and his demands on my time.
I thank GGLRR for bringing this bundle of joy into my life.
I have attached a holiday picture of him.. he is such a ham
We adopted Roxie almost three years ago (will be three years on Easter this coming April) and we are all doing great. She’s the joy of our lives and it’s hard to remember life before her. She is such a great companion to my husband and I. Roxie goes to work with Doyle every day and she and I get our together time each morning on our hour long walk before work. We enjoy traveling with her and take her everywhere we can and she’s just a great travel buddy.
Thank you so much for the work you do. Roxie is our second adoption thru Lab Rescue, about seven years ago we adopted an eight year old yellow girl named Daisy. Unfortunatley we lost her to kidney disease when she was twelve. We didn’t think we could have ever loved a dog as much as Daisy but thanks to Lab Rescue we are in love again.
We rescued our lab, Abby, 3 years ago in January (her original name was Marilyn Monroe). When we rescued Abby she had some sort of injury and only has one eye so did her brother Joe Dimaggio. We get lots of questions from kids about her eye but she has no problems chasing the ball or birds, swimming in Lake Tahoe and playing with her toys. She has been such a joy & awesome addition to our lives. We love Abby very much & are so happy that we came across GG Lab rescue.
Thanks for all your hard work. Labs are truly the best dogs around!!
Hi from "Grace"- I have been with the Korn family for two years. Sadly, they don't feed me table food like my last family did, and I have lost about 15 pounds and am one of the only Labs my veterinarian has seen who has an ideal body weight. Everyone in the park refers to me as "puppy" but I am probably around 8 years old. Anyway thank you for asking about me.
Thank you for the work you do for us Labs!
We are doing great! Kona has been a wonderful addition to our family! He is a good boy and we all love him very much. We are so lucky that GGLR is there for those of us who want to adopt a lab.
Have a wonderful holiday season! A big thank you to you and all the other volunteers at GGLR.
Merry Christmas from Murphy adopted 8-4-12 from Golden Gate Lab Rescue. ( It is way beneath his dignity to be wearing an elf hat!)
This dog is an absolute lovebug!
Thanks to GGLR for all that you do for LABS!!!!!!!
Thank you for checking in on us....this is one more reason I am such a fan of lab rescue! Our experience all the way through has been great!
We adopted Jet from GGLR on Oct 30, 2010....and LOVE him!!
Here are a few pictures of him doing his favorite things...
Happy Holidays! And thank you for all you do for the dogs, and the lucky families who now love a lab!
Tifin and Charles Dillon
Thanks for checking in with us. We are in love with Abby, we rescued her October 2010 shortly after my husband's death and she has rescued us.
She is the best dog I have ever had. She's incredibly smart, friendly, loyal, loveable and turning out to be a great watchdog too. She kept a burglar from hopping in our yard earlier this year!
We enjoy taking her on hikes and to the Point Isabel dog park as much as we can. She went to puppy training when we first got her and then later we worked privately with a different trainer. Abby goes everywhere with us and is partof the family.
I attached pictures of Abby hanging out with her boys.
Our adoption could not have been more successful. Dudley is an integral part of the family and a wonderful companion for my special needs daughter. The service GGLRR provides is much appreciated. Recent photo attached.
I adopted the best dog in the whole wide world! And I tell EVERYONE to adopt from you guys. Attached is a recent Christmas photo of Reno. Good Boy.
Happy New Year.
Happy Holidays! Crush is great & we could not have asked for a better dog. He is our gentle giant. At 115 lbs., he is a total pushover. He loves his sister Hobie (chocolate lab) & Taco (rescue cat from Mexico). He is always at someone's side being a leaner. He thinks of my son as his boy & is always part of a play date when Conner's friends come over. We are so thankful we found each other & that he is a part of our family. He is everybody's buddy.
I've attached a picture of our boy Jake doing one of the things he loves! We honestly couldn't be happier with him, he is a true joy & blessing.
Shawna & Jim Aparicio
Nellie (formerly Nala) is doing fabulous. She has been a family member now for two years. I don't think we could love her any more! She and I go for a bike run at least two times a week of around 2.5 miles and she gets a walk EVERY night of about 1/2 mile.
We do a lot of camping and we have a meadow we camp at in the Sierras were she is off-lead all the time which she loves. During the heat of the summer she helps herself to our pool to cool down (it gets warm in Sacramento). If we knew of anything else to do to let her know she is loved, I don't know what it would be.
We are so thankful for GG Lab Rescue. Thank you again for this wonderful friend!
Hal and Adeline
I’ve attached a photo of Kody’s 1st Santa visit with his friends. He’s doing great and just bounces around with happiness every day. Our whole family loves him and strangers get big smiles on their faces as we walk by (well Kody prances by with a big smile on his face.) He is an amazing dog with a big heart.
Thank you for letting him join our family!
I wanted to give you an update on Acea (aka: Ford) We adopted him last year on December 17th, 2011. Acea has turned into a wonderful dog. He turned two years old on the 12th of December. He's the best dog I have every had. He is so sweet and gentle. He loves to be with us. He was a little shy when we adopted him but he has really come out of his shell. He meets people on a regular basis. Everyone who meets Acea says he's a beautiful dog and so well behaved. He makes me smile everyday.
Thank you so much for choosing us to adopt Acea. I know I was a little shy to commit and you convinced me it was the right thing to do... You were right... I'm so happy to have Acea in our lives...
Carole, Joe and Acea....
It's only been 4 months since we've adopted Luna but she immediately became the center of our family. She is smart, energetic, gentle and provides more love than we could ask for. She lives to hike, run, play fetch, play 'find' and of course, swim. She is perfect and we just wanted to say thanks to GGLRR for bringing our new best friend into our lives.
Dave, Courtney & Luna Gordon
Just wanted to let you know he has been an amazing addition to our family (photo attached)– thank you for all your help!
Just wanted to send some pictures of Kuper to you. He is doing great and we are so happy to have a dog in our home again. We nicknamed Kuper 'the love bug" because he is so affectionate. He loves to be near us and loves to cuddle. We are currently working with a trainer on leash manners. Kuper has responded really well to learning how to walk without pulling and healing. He is calm and well behaved in the house and has become a good car rider. We have introduced him to several other dogs and have had no problems with aggression-not even a growl. We recently took him with us to Lake Tahoe and he experienced snow for the first time-frolicking around like a puppy!
Thank you for finding us such a wonderful dog!
In July of 2011 I lost my childhood friend and furry soul mate, my beloved Niles, to mast cell cancer. I was more than heartbroken. So when my mom called me early one August morning to tell me to look at GGLRR’s website at Cooper, a young, handsome yellow Lab, I went to meet him, half skeptical but half hopeful that I could find another furry friend that was meant to be. I needn’t have worried, because the moment we saw that sweet boy bounding around the backyard it was like finding a long-lost family member. Our whole family bonded with him instantly, and ever since then he has brought so much joy into our lives. The path hasn’t always been easy - I recall a certain incident in which we returned from a play to find Riley amidst a pile of half-eaten clothes, DVDs, and even half a picture frame! - but he has matured beautifully, and learns faster than any dog I have ever known. He came to us knowing only “sit” (and boy is his response time fast!), and now knows pretty much everything including our own unique additions (somersault!). His vibrant personality has been a joy to discover. He loves to give what we call “human hugs,” jumping half onto our laps and burying his face in our chests with his arms around us, cuddling us like crazy. He not only can turn an honest-to-goodness somersault, but also loves to do an acrobatic version of play wrestling that always ends in a tired dog and a laughing audience. He tries to eat beards, stares at passers-by until they get uncomfortable, and still thinks his proper place is in our bed with us. It is truly a case of “who rescued who,” because though we know we have given him a happy ending, he has given me so much love and, in doing so, has helped heal my broken heart.
-Brittany (and all the Coffmans)
We've had Red for only 7 months, but he seems to have always been a part of our family. Thank you GGLR for being so patient with us and allowing us to wait for just the perfect dog. Red is loving, loyal, beautiful, sound, has beautiful house manners, and gets along well with other dogs and all people. I haven't a clue why this dog was once a stray. Who could have given up such a lovely companion. Here are pictures of Red enjoying his new life.
Thank you GGLR,
Paula and Bob Girolo
We cant believe we waited so long to get Holly and Boomer, because with them we feel complete. What's better than having a constant receiving and giving of love and affection between you and your dogs? Its hard to be in a bad mood once you take these two out for a walk because they are good natured, and amuse and excite everyone they encounter. They get plenty of walks during the day and wait by the window when we are out without them (if only every workplace and place was dog-friendly!). On the weekends, they enjoy long hikes and swims and baths in the front yard, and we all look forward to the weekends especially. Now that we have a newborn, they are just as terrific, and give a daily lick to the head of baby Lukas.
Great dogs, great process because of Liz's help, and very happy ending once their life took a temporary turn for the worse with the passing of their previous, and clearly very loving owner. Thank you also to their intermittent caretakers.
How do we begin to tell you what we have in Maizy! She can be so silly at times and very loving at other times. We have a 16 month grandson who loves Maizy and tries to cuddle with her when they are lying on the floor. She is truly protective of him both inside and outside the our house.
Maizy has been to obedience training and was the "star" of her class. She took commands very well as if she had been trained somewhat before. She loves to be with other dogs for playtime around the neighborhood. Maizy can't wait to go for her 2.5 mile walk each morning-heaven forbid it should rain buckets!
She tolerates her bath as long as there is a treat at the end. She also loves to eat! We do watch her diet. Her veterinarian said' "She's at a healthy weight". We have had nothing but fun watching her grow with us and fit in perfectly- maybe a little spoiled. We're grateful we have her.
Lee & Al Schlenker
"Norbert" has become one of our family!
He loves to do everything and loves people, dogs and cats too. He is very friendly and has never shown any aggression to anyone. How could he when everyone wants to pet him?
He is the most handsome of labs with that English look. There are always lots of oohs and aahs when he is out and about. He has traveled with us in our trailer to Oregon, Wash., Idaho, Montana and Nevada. He makes sure he will never be left behind by being the first to jump in the car whenever we leavea camp site or just to ride along to the store or post office or his specialty, "flea markets".
Now that he is a country dog, his nose has really come alive and he has discovered wild animals he never dreamed of and that apples drop from trees especially for him!
Our joy comes from just watching him be "Norbert". He is the Best.
Thank you Lab Rescue for making it happen.
Rich and Cecile
When we first met Cassie, Janet our GGLR rep said that she was the perfect dog. At first I thought she meant she looked like the quintessential lab -- she is a very beautiful dog. Then, when I heard her speak, I thought she meant her bark because she has the loudest, fullest, richest voice I have ever heard. It's amazing what comes out of this 60Lb lab's mouth. After we had her a few days, I thought that Janet was referring to her amazing intelligence - she learns things the first time and often our agility trainer has Cassie repeat the behavior because she can't believe it. Then, I thought she meant her insatiable curiosity. Cassie is fascinated by everyone and everything she sees whether it's a falling leaf, a bird flying by, a cat running across the street or a cow grazing on her patch. But now I think that while Janet may have been referring to these things what she really meant was Cassie's nature. She is the happiest, most loving and joyful, playful, mischievous, exuberant dog I have ever known. She gets the greatest joy out of everything whether its jumps and tunnels on the agility field, a bowl on the floor that she tosses in the air for her own amusement or its a crowd of people she's persuaded to chase her around the house for the toy she has rubbed in everyone's face. And she's so loving and affectionate. She nuzzles and kisses everyone, even people she's just met. She brings so much love and joy to everyone and every moment. She is the perfect dog and the greatest blessing. Thank you GGLR.
Kira is a smart, energetic, happy puppy who has brought joy to everyone in our family. No one is a stranger to her and she loves all dogs she meets and even gets along with the family cat! Thanks to everyone at Golden Gate Retriever Rescue and Kira's foster family, for helping Kira find her forever home.
Lisa, Mark, Sam and Jake
Was there a time when Sonic wasn't part of our family? It's kinda' hard to remember. He's really fitting in so well and his sweet personality is really beginning to shine through. Just thought I'd give you a quick update and some pictures. Felix, our wonderful tuxedo, has decided that Sonic really isn't too much of a threat so he's back to lounging on the sun spot just inside the patio door. When Sonic goes over to investigate Felix is only bothered if Sonic gets too frisky. A gentle swipe from Felix or a "leave it" from us is all it takes for Sonic to walk away. He really is a good dog!
One of the days last week I got home to find a small, empty container on the floor. The container had previously contained cucumber from one of the kid's lunches. I picked up the container and shook it asking, in a mock serious voice, who did it. Sonic was beside me at the time and the poor dog shrank away from me with his head down and collapsed on the floor to offer up his belly and a very frightened look. Poor dog is very sensitive. I doubt he even stole the food, that's more like Shadow (who later threw up the evidence).
On Saturday we took the boys and dogs to a fundraising "Mutt Strut" here in Union City. Last year we went with Shadow and had so much fun except the boys complained that we didn't have a costume for Shadow. This year Shadow had a pumpkin costume and Sonic was a horse with a jockey on his back. It's the perfect costume for Sonic who looks almost as big as a horse.The two dogs looked so funny. Shadow is so mellow that he wore the pumpkin top on his head almost the entire time (we took it off in the end because Sonic wanted to chew on it). Sonic was great. He didn't attack the jockey until the end after he won the "Big Dog" costume parade. Alan, who was leading him around, was so proud. Sonic also won the hot dog eating competition beating out quite a few Labs. (including Shadow). The event had so many dogs, lots of people and activity and Sonic took it all in his stride. What a good boy he is!
On September 22, 2011, we drove to Monterey and met "Henry" (your name for him), and brought him home with us to Santa Rosa. We were told that he was approximately 10 years old, and in good health after having surgery to remove a large tumor.
We renamed him "Hank", which seems to suit his very outgoing personality. Hank adjusted easily to us, our home, our family, and our friends. He is extremely affectionate, playful, funny at times, and enjoys life and living. He is more than a family pet. He is with us and adds to our enjoyment throughout the day and evening. We have had dogs throughout our 50 years of married life. Hank understands us and our need to have a loving environment. We understood when we met Hank that he was already a senior citizen. But so are we.
Thanks to everyone at the Lab Rescue organization. Hank is quite happy, and so are we!
Bobbi and Brian Adams
We met Lola on May 7th and it was love at first sight! She’s an extraordinarily sweet girl and has quickly become a loving family member. Her ‘sister’ Marley is extremely happy to have someone to get in to trouble with, splash in the waves and explore on long walks. Lola also loves her other ‘sister’, Nikki, who is a Blue Crown Conure parrot. She doesn’t care about Nikki so much as she does the food that Nikki likes to throw on the floor for her … they’ve quickly become close friends. Lola absolutely loves her morning belly rubs, rolling around in the grass during the day, playing with her new sister Marley, going on vacation with the new family and playing at the local dog park. We are so lucky to have crossed paths with Lola and we are extremely thankful to GGLRR, Lola’s foster family and our Veterinarian, Dr. Gilman for helping our dreams come true.
Ron and Barb
Life is great with Dawson in it! He is now helping me teach a veterinary assistant course. He just loves being touched even if it's with stethoscopes. I will send another picture of him hiking and sliding down a natural waterslide.
Thanks for joining us together we couldn't have gotten a better dog!
We just love our dog Oso! He has become a central part of the household and best friend to our daughters. He even goes on the hammock and jumps on the trampoline! Here is a picture with my daughter.
Thank you to Golden Gate Lab Rescue for placing Murphy with me! When I first saw Murphy at the Pet Fair in July, he was very small (for a male Lab) and had a host of medical problems including laryngeal paralysis. Honestly I was looking at another Lab that day, but did stop and gave him some loves. Lo and behold, Murphy came up on the website at the end of July and I fell in love with him. I did not know it was the same dog I had seen at the Pet Fair. After a series of phone interviews I was able to go over to Janet’s house (foster Mom), along with the GGLR Coordinator Debi, to meet him. As I knocked on the door, three Labs came barreling over to the front door to greet me! It was instant love with Murphy. He is a very loving and gentle Lab. My hope was that he would also become a therapy dog at my psychotherapy practice. Murphy was found by a Veterinarian wandering the streets of Lafayette. He was in really bad shape, emaciated, flea infested, filthy, with a host of medical issues. His story breaks your heart. Surprisingly, he was microchipped but the owners didn’t want him. He didn’t know it, but that was the luckiest day of his life!
The day after the adoption, Murphy did the following things in the next 10 weeks…I’ll just give you the highlights…ran through the screen, shredded a book, threw up on the comforter, jumped in my neighbor’s golf cart and drank his gin and tonic, ran away (I lost count), ate another screen, ran around the office with a styrofoam container, found a baby rattlesnake, jumped in my neighbor’s golf cart and ate his cinnamon roll, ate a bag of malt balls, ate a Halloween mask, knocked over Mom’s glass vase, ate a can of almonds, shredded my friend’s gift certificate, should I go on? Oh, did I mention he has to eat out of a cupcake pan, because he literally inhales his food in 5 seconds? But it slows him down quite a bit. Needless to say, he has boundless energy and his little personality has fully emerged! Yes, he’s a little mischievious, but what Lab isn’t? What I also want to say is he is kind, gentle to all that he meets, and is very loving. All he wants is to be petted and loved. He gets plenty of that! Rescue dogs are not perfect. They take time, energy, dedication, devotion, and patience to become the Labs they were born to be. I know, I did this before with my beloved Lab “Macy”.
Now to the good stuff…Murphy loves to ride in the golf cart. He loves to ride in everyone else’s too. If a golf cart goes by, he’s in it! He is extremely friendly and affectionate to everyone he meets. He will be at your side constantly giving and receiving loves. He swims every week at Lab Lake (the water district ponds). He has gained 7 pounds and is extremely handsome. He finally feels safe and secure. He knows his next meal is coming. He has couch and bed privileges. He is now the Lab he was born to be. I have had Murphy for 3 months, but it feels like I have had him his entire life! I adore this dog! All my colleagues can’t wait each morning to hear “what Murphy got into” each day. At the time of this writing, Murphy hasn’t chewed anything up for 4 days in a row! (lol)
It’s amazing how furry 4-legged creatures cross our paths when we least expect it and add so much joy to our lives. Thank you to everyone at GGLR, especially to Janet (who has a heart the size of San Jose), Debi (Murphy’s Wonderful Coordinator), and to Liz. Thanks to Dr. Krick at Whole Pet Vet for the wonderful care you have given Murphy. Having Murphy has tested me in ways I never thought possible! He is an absolute crack up! He is my gentle, loving handsome man!
Life with Rocky is great! He has been a part of our family for just over a month and have loved every second of it. I know this is debatable, but he could be the best dog in the world. He is such a sweet guy, and so well-behaved. He loves his walks, going to the dog park, hiking in the open space by our house, helping in the garden (picking tomatoes is especially a favorite of his), and joining the family on weekend road trips. WE love him so much, and judging by all the kisses we receive, I think he loves us too. Thank you, Liz and GGLRR, for all you do!
The Rasch Family
When I came to Golden Gate Lab Retriever Rescue, I was looking for a new owner to love. First I was sent to Diane, my foster mom's house. Boy was she nice! Even though she and her husband have three dogs of their own, they treated my like family, walking me regularly, feeding me yummy food, taking me to the vet--and giving me medications and frequent medicated shampoos for my itchy skin. I'll never forget their kindness. Finally came the day to meet Bob, and the minute I saw him I thought to myself--boy, does he ever need some love! So I went right up to him and leaned against his leg, and I guess he liked it because he reached down and petted me right away! About ten days later he came back, and off we went in the car--on the way, I rested my head on his shoulder, because I thought he'd like it. Something tells me he did :-) Once I was at his house, I quickly became comfortable there, and went about my task of making him happy, happy, HAPPY! And sure enough, it worked--he started smiling more and more every day, and now he seems truly joyful. And that, folks, is why they call it Lab Rescue!--Buddy
We can't believe it's been just over a year since we first brought Jackson home! We have had many adventures over the last year...trips to Tahoe in the snow (he loves it!) and during the summer to play in the water. He absolutely loves the water, but has to be encouraged to dive in. He cracks us up as he paces back and forth across the dock until he gets up enough courage to jump in. His absolute number one favorite thing in the world (besides us, of course) is the ball! He will shake and quiver with excitement any time he sees a ball (even if it is out of the window of the car) and would literally play ball until he passed out if we let him. He has become a very good walking/running companion and has gotten over most of his anxiety issues that he had when we first brought him home. He is our very special, loving, crazy, quirky dog...and we are grateful every day that we decided to adopt him through GGLRR. We can't thank GGLRR enough for all that you do to help find these wonderful dogs the special homes that they deserve. It is amazing that you not only work with such patience and dedication to find new homes, but you continually follow up to make sure that everything is going okay with the adoption. Thank you for all that you do!!!
Cooper is doing so well and is such a happy guy! We take hikes every day and when we get back home, he heads straight into the pool for a swim. He loves retrieving his "bumper" from the pool and bringing it back to us and could do this for hours! He also gets along so well with his little (but older - now almost 14!) brothers, who love sitting out on the deck with him. We are so happy to have Cooper in our family...he is such a sweetheart.
Suzy, Todd, and Adriane
Just wanted to send you a quick photo of Buster - he had his 2nd birthday yesterday and is loving his new toy. We are SO happy with him. He has matured into a wonderful boy - playful, friendly, loving, and of course, curious. He seems to be past his puppyhood and no longer gets into mischief (crate has been stored!). We all adore him. He follows our boys around the house, always wanting to know what they are up to. Thank you so much for all you do for these Labs!!
Lisa & The Dowells
Both Emma and Rico ((Chico) doing well. Emma truly loves to swim – and she’s gotten Chico (Rico) into the swim of it as well.
I wanted to write and tell you that we could not be happier with Sammy. He is such a handsome and playful boy. My two boys Zach and Nick love him very much and my wife and I think he is a great fit for our family. Sammy gets to go to the park for his daily runs where he enjoys chasing the squirrels and playing ball with us.
We were told Sammy had problems with other dogs but we have not had one problem yet, in fact he does excellent when we come on to another dog. Sammy got to go on his first trip to our beach house where I was curious as to what he would do when we took him out to play on the beach. Sammy loved it! I don't know who was harder to get of the water Sammy or my boys? He played with them and swam in the ocean like he was a pro. We are looking forward to taking him camping next month and look forward to wonderful adventures with our boy.
It has just been a little over a month since we got him and we have loved every minute with him. I have attached some pictures of Sammy with my boys at the beach and in our yard. If you want you can share Sammy's story on GGLR. Our family couldn't be happier. Thank you GGLR!!
The Merten Family
Scout is doing AWESOME.... ! He is such a big part of our lives.... I've attached a new pic for your records / site etc.
He is such a joy and we couldn't be happier with him.
Reggie is doing very well and adapting to our home nicely. Last week we finally got him to get on the first step of the pool all by himself (with the help of a few treats of course!). I'm thinking he'll be a swimmer in no time now! He's quickly becoming quite the retriever too.
He is such a joy and we couldn't be happier with him.
It's been just over a year since we adopted Cinnamon Joy, and the silly girl has brought joy, love and many laughs not only to us, but to friends, family and neighbors.
We had hesitated about getting an older dog (it was thought that she was 7-8 at the time of adoption, but we'll never know); however, she is a puppy at heart! She is healthy, active, extremely well-behaved and well-adjusted. Two of her favorite things are to get belly rubs and give kisses!
She loves car rides....one day I turned around after emptying the trunk, and found her sitting in it with the look of "next adventure" in her eyes!
She also is a big "helper" (at least in her mind) and always seems to worm her way right into the middle of whatever we're doing.
Cinnamon Joy is a dream dog and a happy, beloved member of our pack - thank you, GGLRR, for bringing us together!
Judy and Rick
We adopted Rosie on April 7 and she weighed 78 lbs. She is now 62 lbs. She is a wonderful, friendly, affectionate dog and is now a beloved member of our family. She had never seen stairs inside a house before, which we realized only when we got her home from Monteray, and she refused to go up any of the 4 flights of stairs from our garage to the top floor of our house. It took only 24 hours for her to feel comfortable about that. She also had never been in the water before and she is now swimming happily in the SF Bay and in a small lake in Sonoma. Retrieving the ball is not her favorite thing to do but she is getting better at it. All in all we are thrilled with our new doggy and send a big THANK YOU to all of you at GGLRR.
Judy and Wylie Sheldon
We adopted our yellow lab, 6 year-old Kobi, from Golden Gate Lab Rescue in April. My husband Terry is retired, and at home most of the day, and I thought he should have a dog to keep him company. I wanted him to pick out his own dog, and he picked out Kobi. During the adoption interview, Sylvana noted that I did not seem very excited to be adopting a dog, and I told her he was going to be Terry’s dog.
Well, Kobi is just so adorable, and happy, and interactive and playful, not to mention handsome, that I couldn’t help falling madly in love with him. He has given Terry and I the chance to be parents and we both just love our boy. He and I walk daily, and take weekend hikes in Garland Park, where he swims in the Mesa Pond and in the River, and he has been to Carmel Beach several times, and has enjoyed being in the ocean as well. Attached is a picture of us at Carmel Beach.
He is so very well behaved, and he has adapted beautifully to our four cats, who have also accepted him into the household, as evidenced by trusting him enough to walk around near him.
Thank you, Golden Gate Lab Rescue for making it possible to open our home to Kobi. Terry and I believe Kobi is truly a delight and a joy to have around.
Best regards- Ute
Thank you for Nala.
In the last 3 months, she has finally 're-homed'. For the first half year, she seemed to be always looking around, noticing our presence, but not really paying much attention to us - sort of like she was expecting us to disappear. Then something finally clicked and she just seems to want to sit in front of us getting 'face time' - getting petted and generally mushed-on. Now she seems to be keenly interested in where we are and will almost always be found where ever Mary is. She is totally relaxed now, as you can see in the picture. Again, thanks.
Rachel has been with me one month today and she is the sweetest, most intelligent, obedient, best companion anyone could ever hope to spend their lives with!! I thank Judy for pairing us and will forever be in your debt for the kindness you and Debbie with her family have shown to me and to Rachel. These are but a few of the photos of this dear dog! can never praise her nor GGLRR enough!! The way she has adapted and adjusted in such a short time is remarkable. She has lost about 8 pounds, her frisbee is her favorite, and I love her dearly.
Rachel and Karen
We met Lola on May 7th and it was love at first sight! She's an extraordinarily sweet girl and has quickly become a loving family member. Her 'sister' Marley is extremely happy to have someone to get in to trouble with, splash in the waves and explore on long walks. Lola also loves her other 'sister', Nikki, who is a Blue Crown Conure parrot. She doesn't care about Nikki so much as she does the food that Nikki likes to throw on the floor for her ... they've quickly become close friends. Lola absolutely loves her morning belly rubs, rolling around in the grass during the day, playing with her new sister Marley, going on vacation with the new family and playing at the local dog park. We are so lucky to have crossed paths with Lola and we are extremely thankful to GGLRR, Lola's foster family and our Veterinarian, Dr. Gilman for helping our dreams come true.
Thank you so much for everything!
Ron and Barb Nikki, Marley, Lola
Audrey has been with me seven months now, and has become a wonderful addition to my family! She has fully integrated herself into the neighborhood and has learned to nicely greet her fellow dogs while on walks, and waits patiently outside the local coffee bar, letting small children and others pet her while I get my coffee. This is a dog who LOVES to play - and constantly wants to play ball, frisbee, grab-the-rawhide-bone, you name it! Audrey is a very social dog and loves to meet new people. Her BFF, Bodhi--my brother's chocolate lab--is a wonderful running companion. Still not sure why she barks at police cars...oh well, something to work on.
And as you can tell from this photo, she loves the new deck furniture!
Thanks Liz, and all the volunteers at Golden Gate Lab Rescue...Audrey's and my life have been enriched enormously by finding each other!
Trevor loves his home and is becoming a calm and confident dog. His personality is flourishing. Trevor loves his beach walks and hanging out on his huge lawn playing fetch! We love him! Thanks GGLR for such an amazing funny guy!!!
Jackpot and I are having a great time! He is such a wonderful boy. He made himself at home immediately and is loving city life. He loves walking the stairs to Coit Tower and playing ball, or just holding his ball and people watching, in Washington Square Park. He loved his first outing at Crissy Field, and stealing other dogs balls - so we are working on that. I am so happy to have him and he is such a happy dog! Thank you so much for the work you do to place these amazing dogs into homes. My experience with GGLRR has been such a good one.
Things are going great with Kona. He has adjusted very well to our home-in fact, he may think that he runs the place sometimes =) We are still working on his leash manners, but he gets better and better every week. He does well in the yard when we are at work, and coming home to a happy pup that is so excited to see you never gets old! He has a few doggy playmates that he gets along with very well. We are looking forward to the long weekend coming up, as we are taking him to the Russian River for the first time. Can't wait to play with him on the beach!
Attached is a photo of Kona's graduation day from puppy school. The improvements he made in 6 short weeks are pretty outstanding.
Kona is a happy, healthy, loving boy and holds such a big spot in our hearts. We just adore him!
Kristina and Eric
Please let the mother and daughter that were sitting with Jasper know that they were very nice and thank them for recommending us. We decided to change his name to Smokey, and he's settled in real good with us. He has excellent house manners, is real sweet, and always wants to be where the people are. He gets along great with the girls and is perfectly content to lay next to them as they play. We've found that he still has a playful side and each day needs his moment to run and play fetch. He loves riding in the car and every time the garage door is opened he thinks we're going somewhere.
I think she's right at home! Thanks for everything.
We just wanted to let you know that Buddy is still doing great. Attached is a picture of him up in Idaho in early March. He had a wonderful time playing in the snow and playing with his dog friends there. He is a fabulous dog and we love him very much. Hope everything is well with you and thanks again for allowing us to adopt him!
Robin and Skip
I wanted to send along a picture of Simba on his one year anniversary with us. He is such a part of the family it is hard to remember life without him! He is an amazing dog and we are so grateful that you placed him with us. He is a well-behaved, eager to please, ball-loving, patient and trusting fellow, so great with the kids (15,11,6). He gets lots of love, attention and exercise, and still loves the car. He has mellowed a little since we got him. He is a perfect match for us.
Thank you for this amazing gift! I recommend GGLR all the time to anyone who asks. People comment on Simba all the time and I always tell them where we got him.
This dear dog is a joy! He is an active, happy, playful boy who charms everyone! And, as you can see, he is very handsome – I remind him of this often!! He posed for this picture after a wonderful run along the beach and romping in the ocean (fog cover over the beach in the background). He loves to swim and hike and play ball so I’m getting plenty of exercise which is just fine! I’m amazed at how bright and connected he is, so responsive, so easy to train. And, best of all he is the perfect companion and I simply love him! My thanks to all at GGLR for the wonderful work you do, for the fine attention you give to these dear animals, and to all of us as we go through the process of meeting and adopting our ‘new family member…’
We lost our 18-year old lab Zelda in late 2011, then lost a parent, and honestly needed to wait a bit before we felt ready to make an addition into our home. Billie (formerly Amy) is exactly what the doctor ordered. So sweet, affectionate, and contrary to original reports, she CAN run. Couldn't be more brilliant and beautiful.
Huge arm-flailing-delirium thanks to Judy and Sylvana, and apologies to the fantastic foster family...as this is a Giants household.
Don & Jacquie
She seems to be adjusting rather well to the family! She loves the girls and has fallen asleep on the rug in their room a few times. Her cone is making her a bulldozer right now so our 2 yr old is going to need some time getting used to her, hahaha :) We were hoping to get her out this week and work on her leash discipline but we are under orders from the vet to keep her in the house, in the cone, and low key through Friday. We really haven't had a chance to enjoy her yet with her recovery but we are looking forward to it! I attached a photo of her (complete with cone!) from Easter.
Thanks again, Rob and Jen Purnell
I have been with Frances for a month now (my how time flies when I’m having fun!) and I love it here. I know she has a big backyard, but I would much rather stay in the house right next to her. So I only go out when necessary – you get the picture. As soon as Frances began fostering me, she started me on a plan of three gentle, short walks every day. We can now walk for one hour without stopping and while she walks her quick pace, I jog right next to her. What fun! The only bummer is that I'm on a diet but I do get an occasional treat because Frances had to teach me how to accept treats softly instead of grabbing them with my teeth. Who knew? I've done a couple of typical dog things – you know, get into the garbage – but nothing seems to upset Frances. The first couple of times I thought she might hit me so I backed away but now I know that even when I do something that I'm not supposed to do, she never punishes me. I’m losing weight, too! Now that I've lost a little weight, I can jump in and out of cars easily so she even takes me to some of her appointments. When she was first recovering from her surgery, I never left her side. (If only I could have brought cups of tea to her.) I almost forgot to mention Jason. He loves me too! Actually, everyone who meets me loves me. I’m just that type of gal.
Thank you so much for finding me this forever home and my new BFF!
Buddy is a great dog - well mannered and very sweet. He is a very happy dog and really enjoys walking with me, chasing his ball, playing with his toys and exploring all the dog parks in the SF Bay Area. Buddy goes everywhere I go including where I work and he is now officially our office mascot. I couldn't imagine life without Buddy.
After the last of our first generation of dogs passed away in January, we found ourselves “dogless” and “labless” for the first time in over 16 years. We adopted Emma and Rico from GGLR. Both had been solo dogs, but get along wonderfully with each other and the 18 month old Border Collie-Lab mix we also adopted. Emma (age 8) had arrived somewhat overweight, but has lost the excess pounds through frequent walks and dog-wrestling with the 18 month old – and Emma is the instigator! She now moves with a spring in her step and is very playful. Rico (age 6) is simply a very sweet, and clever, dog who gets along with everyone. Thanks to everyone at GGLR for helping us find these two wonderful dogs!
Andy, Chris, Jenna & Amelia Downs
We just wanted to thank you , GG lab rescue , Laura and her husband (sorry I am at a loss for his name(you two are amazing people) who fostered Dash. As you can see Dash is already a very important member of our family. We love him! The kids came up with the word Dashrific. We also want to thank Dash's original family. What a Wonderful happy pup you raised, and we want to thank you so much for him. I can't imagine how hard it was to give up this special boy. You have our promise that we will love him with all our heart. Lastly the cat update- Dash and the cat are slowly warming up to each other. They just started tolerating each other in the same room, but they still have a way to go before there's wedding bells.
Matt, Liz, Jack and Ellie Green
Thank you for the email and for checking in. Everything is great with Bella.
Attached is a photo of our children and Bella. Below are quotes from each of them.
Matt: "Bella brightens everyone's day."
Gabrielle: "I am very glad that we have Bella in our lives."
Ted: "Bella is very cute and having her around makes me happy."
John: "I love Bella. She is the perfect dog for us."
Thank you GGLRR for the sweet, new member of our family, Bella!
Mark and Jodie Penner
Thanks for checking in on our family. Trinity is doing great. She just turned two and she is really a great dog. She is behaving so good now. Many wonderful classes and lots of reinforcing and lots of love seems to be doing wonders. I plan to keep up training work once a week for at least one more year. She and our family love walking with her. Living in Clayton we are spoiled to have great trails in every direction. She got to travel to Kennedy Meadows twice this year and also a ride to Yosemite. She loved the creeks. Again, thanks for checking in on us. I hope that this finds you doing well.
Jen and Mike Mann
We are so glad to have "Bella". She has been such a wonderful addition to our family and she is doing great. She is getting an over abundance of love from everyone. I attached a picture I took during one of our family hiking day trips she went on with us.
Everything is great with Henry! He is such a great dog and now that he has been here for 9 months he has truly settled in. He is such a character and does all these cute things. When we come home from having been out he greets us with a bark as he hears the car and then he runs to his toy box to find something to greet us with....and his whole body is wagging!
We are in a good routine and every day starts out with a hike on the trails (2 miles) rain or shine. We have a "chucker" and Henry gets to chase the tennis ball...something he loves more than anything! Needless to say he is in great shape and his weight is where it should be around 88 lbs.
Every evening after dinner he gets a Kong filled with some wet dog food that has been frozen. We call it his Kong popsicle: ) Another favorite he looks forward to.
We love having him part of our family...it's like he has always been here.
Thanks for sending us another email. I know you sent one earlier but time has just gotten away. Holly and Blake are wonderful. They have adjusted to our home, cats, and family very nicely. They are so obedient; we just love them. The attached picture is of them swimming in our pool. They are crazy for the water. It's a salt water pool so their skin and fur is fine. Holly often gets in the pool in her own, it is like she does her own cardio. It's awesome. Our boys walk them daily and play fetch with them every day after school. I do worry about running Holly too much because her back legs are a little arthritic, but you wouldn't know it. She's a powerhouse and beats Blake at fetch nine times out of ten. They have been to our vet. Blake's ear infection is totally clear and both of their immunizations are up to date. Mike has more pictures on his camera of the dogs at his parent's property. They love, love, love being out in the country.
Adopting these older dogs was the best decision for our family. They're mellow when we're gone and ready to play after school. Thank you so much for your advice and helpfulness. If you communicate to the former owners, please let them know that Blake and Holly will have a good retirement with us.
Luci Del Rio
Thanks for checking in, Liz. Everything is going very well with Taiko (Hank). He's the popular kid at his dog park, sharing his toys and everything - we go running there and back almost every day, or we go on a bike ride through Annadel. He's learned all his commands and hand signals perfectly, and even some tricks like getting the paper in the morning and dropping it on mom's bed, and he'll walk off leash right behind me when we're able to. He still pulls a bit on the leash when he's excited or sees a dog he knows he can play with, but that's a minor inconvenience that we're still working on. He does chase the cats when outdoors, but he totally ignores them and lets them walk all over him when we're inside, so we just don't let him outside by himself, and that solves that. Not that it's much of a problem because if we're inside he wants to be with us, curled up sleeping most of the time! Attached is a picture from my cellphone - I'm trying to get a picture of him for the newsletter, if he'll hold still for a moment. Did you know he has a mild seizure problem? He's only had two so far, very short, not grand mals or anything, he just locks up for two minutes and then is a little discombobulated for an hour. His vet says he might grow out of it since he's young and they're very minor, so we're going to wait and see if they increase in frequency/intensity before evaluating him for epilepsy and starting him on medication. Other than that, he's beautifully healthy says the vet.
Thank you again for all the work you do with GGLRR, we couldn't be happier with our new friend. Perhaps we'll drop by the next event or something, so you can see how well he's doing, our silly, shiny, smiley boy.
Waiting for Scott. The most beautiful coat ever! So, so soft. We are settling in well. Boo loves Scott. A good girl. Smart too! Picks up her commands quick- meaning the cats really, really don't care about you. And they don't. If she's nice she can sniff a butt or three. The cats are willing, just don't be pushy about it.
Boo is already a member of the house.
Charlie is doing great and is becoming more comfortable with his daily routine. He loves his new rubber Kong Bone and will sniff anything and everything just to see what it smells like. He is really rambunctious but still knows when it is nap or bedtime. Recently Charlie has learned "shake," "wait," and "come," in addition to his old tricks (sit and chew the shoe). Everyday he is becoming more and more comfortable with his doggy friends, Buck and Flabby Abigail the bulldog.
Attached is a picture of Handsome Charles at work with me; he likes to lay by my chair and rest his head on my feet! What a good boy. He told me that he wants to thank Liz of GGLRR and Colleen at Kings Castle for helping him find his new pack leader and best friend.
All my life I have always had dogs. I first fell in love with Labs when a neighbor was looking for a home for one and gave her to me. We became "joined at the hip" for the next 14 years. After losing her and thinking I could never love again, I adopted Lexie. I am so grateful to GGLRR for the happiness, joy, laughter and unconditional love she brings me every day.
Milo is officially one of the boys now and we could not be happier! He is bringing our family so much joy. He is sweet and playful and so smart! We feel so lucky to have him as part of our family. Thank you for introducing Milo to us!
Our 14 year old lab passed away in September and we could not wait to get another dog to fill the loss of our best buddy. We decided on GGLR, as a puppy would be too much to handle. From the second we got Brooklyn, she fit right into our home. I can't believe what a well-behaved, sweet and loving dog she is. I do not have to do one ounce of training with her - so amazing! She is fabulous with our 2 boys and loves playing with them and her ball. Thank you Liz, and everyone at GGLR for all that you do for these incredible dogs!
I wanted to write and tell you about Lily and how she is doing now that she is almost 8 months old! Lily came to us as an 8 weeks old puppy on July 31st. Our youngest daughter suggested adopting a new pet, as our beloved dog is soon to be 14 years old. My husband found GGLRR on the internet and he saw some puppies! He called Liz right away and she was so helpful in getting us to see the puppies at the kennel in Petaluma! We were able to visit with all 8 puppies and see their sweet personalities. We got to bring her home 2 days later!
My daughters’ theory was that the older dog, Cala, would be able to help train Lily. She was right! Lily has learned so quickly and is a joy to have in the house. She has revitalized our older dog from one who sleeps the day away to being much more active. They play and “wrestle” together all of the time. Lily watches what Cala does and imitates her behavior. Lily watched Cala retrieve the morning paper for weeks, and now she is first out the door and returns with the newspaper in her mouth and drops it in front of the “treat cabinet” every morning, expecting her reward for a job well done!
Lily was easy to leash train because she could see what was expected of her by the way her “sister” behaved. Lily is wild for reflective lights and will pounce on any reflection of any shiny surface. One of her favorite things to do it to “chase” the beam of a laser flashlight up and down the hall. She is very friendly and she greets everyone who comes to visit with a wagging tail. The multitudes of teenagers at our house love her! In fact, we all do! I have to say that Liz was there for us every step of the way, asking if we had any questions, and providing information for us. She checks in by email to see how the dogs are doing. For Christmas, we got our girls GGLRR calendars for their rooms so they can see the beautiful dogs every day!
Ford, aka... Ace is doing well. He is a wonderful dog and a lot of fun. He is still a little shy... but coming around... Thank you for choosing us to be his parents.... He's doing great with the cats. One kitty wants to cuttle with him which Ace isn't sure about but he does let the kitty walk next to him and put his paw on him. The other kitty wants Ace to know he's in charge... He meows at Ace all the time and Ace just walks by...
Wanted to give you a new update on Autumn. She passed the grandkid test! Had both sets of kids here over the holiday and they all fell in love. There was no lack of exercise during their visits and she got lots of licking done. She also has a new buddy named Jack, a young black lab, that likes to run through the sagebrush at top speed with her. She took her first swim in Steamboat Creek and chased her first jack rabbit. We're into week 4 of obedience training for adolescent dogs. What a difference -- Wayne and I are impressed how fast we are getting trained!
Let's hope it is a great year for GGLRR and many adopted dogs. I am sending you two photos of Cooper, one with our grandaughter at a sleepover at our house and one on patrol in his backyard. He is healthly and playful and getting better the longer he is here with us. We walk everyday and meet other dogs at the park.
John Harrell & family
All's going great with Jake. Below is a pic of him in harvest time.
We are a family of two dogs, but this summer we lost our almost 15 year old Boston Terrier. It was a heartbreaking experience for all of us. Several months later, on a random Saturday afternoon, I got a wild idea to adopt another dog to friend our 13 year old labrador, Bogie. I found the GGLRR website through some online research and began reviewing the available lab page almost daily. I found a wonderful yellow girl, but after discovering some major health concerns, she was adopted by her foster family. I was a bit disappointed, but I knew there were other dogs out there that needed us.
Along came Snoopy. I was scanning the available page and saw this handsome, stocky bullmastiff/labrador mix -- a mastador, if you will. I knew instantly he was the right fit for the family. I connected with Liz and next thing I knew, the family (including Bogie) was headed up to RWC to meet this big boy. And big he was. And sweet as pie. Three long days later, Snoopy came to Willow Glen and joined our family -- and forever he will stay. I will admit, his first few days were a bit erratic, but expected for a nine year old dog who lost his family only a few short weeks earlier. After a couple days of adjustment and realizing he was here to stay, he began to settle in and get comfortable with the family. I am happy to report that he and Bogie seem content in their new brotherhood, and the kids enjoy his big presence and love (minus the occasional wagging tail whippings). We are in love again.
Thank you to Liz and GGLRR for introducing us to such a wonderful pet.
Mousse is a great dog!
He's a very fast learner. He learns new commands in one day. I've run out of things to teach him, now its all just tricks. He has come a long way from not knowing a single command. He hikes off leash with us, and has gone on several trips with us. He gets a lot of comments on how cute he is, and how well behaved he is.
As you requested, here are a few photos of Bailey. He is a fantastic dog - we adore him!
Paula and Sandy Reinman
Roy and Nakota finally meet. All is well here. Walks need work.
Zephyr is doing great so far.
I am attaching a picture of our family on his homecoming day! As you will see, we were ALL full of smiles.
Thank you again for making this possible. We are so happy!
Mary Jane Morrison
Happy New Year! I just wanted to send you a quick note (and photos) to let you know that Stella (formerly Starbuck) is doing great. She has lost all that excess weight (she's now 77 pounds, down from 90!) and she's looking and feeling great. She loves coming with me to work, and every morning she does a tour of the office to get belly rubs from my co-workers, before settling in and snoozing under my desk. We take her hiking which she loves, and she's also made herself very comfortable on my couch (she actually sleeps like that - on her back, snoring loudly!).
As we celebrate the first anniversary of Dakota's adoption, we give thanks to Golden Gate Lab Rescue for bringing such a wonderful dog into our lives. We appreciate the efforts of Liz Frome and the other volunteers to find a "perfect match" in Dakota for our household and busy life style. He has become a relaxed, happy and loving member of our family. He loves hiking with us on mountain trails. He loves romping on the beach. He loves riding in the SUV around town. He loves interacting with all of our friends and their dogs. And he loves his new little sister, Kirin (on his left in the photo), a two-year old yellow lab in the Guide Dogs for the Blind breeding program. If Dakota could talk, we know that he would say, "Thank you GGLR for rescuing me and giving me a new life." And we would like to thank GGLR for rescuing us. Dakota brings joy to our lives each and every day.
Stephen A. Mansfield
We have been having great fun with Maxx! As you know, he has endless energy and we are finding all kinds of ways to help him use it all - from several walks a day, to frisbee, to catch, to keep-away. He's even gone in our pool twice. He's also had a couple of playdates with Ken's sister's Labradoodle. After they play, we have one tired dog! He's such a good walker, and is pretty good at most commands. Really, the only daily challenge, is keeping him from chewing on things but we have seen progress! Anyway, we just love him!
We brought Bear into our family in June of 2010. He is our absolute best friend. Bear loves to ride in the car, or just hang out with us, and get his ears scratched. We want to thank GGLRR for all of the great work they do, and most of all for helping us find Bear. We're still trying to decide who rescued who. And a special thanks to Bear's foster parents, Tom and Dale. Wishing that 2012 will bring many more potential rescuers the happiness that we have found !
The Johnson/Cumming clan
We are a family of 4 (boys are ages 7 and 8) and we adopted our English Lab "Teddy" at the beginning of September 2011. Our new family motto is: "Life is better with Teddy".
When Teddy came to us he was significantly arthritic, but still mobile, and quite overweight. Since he's been with us, Teddy has lost about 8 lbs., and we credit it to all the exercise and love he gets. :) We also have him on some great arthritis medicine that seems to be working. He has slowly been working up to longer walks and just this week walked a mile with my husband to his office. Go Teddy! He has visited the eBay offices (where I work) and spends one day a week at Room77, my husband's work. The other days I work from home, so Teddy is with his people nearly all the time. He thrives at the beach and we've taken him there a number of times to romp in the sand. We completely lucked out with this dog. Who rescued whom?
Here's a photo of Teddy, smiling in a big pile of our gingko leaves. He loves leaf piles!
Sue, Kevin, Owen and Wyatt Fliess
I wanted to give you an update on Buster, who we adopted in June 2011 after we lost our 12-year-old Lab to cancer. He had a broken leg when we adopted him from GGLR. Although it didn't heal perfectly and he has a slight limp, it doesn't slow him down. Buster has bonded very well with every member of our family, from our 3 and 5 year old sons to our 9 year old Lab/Great Dane, Zoey. He has taken to sleeping at the foot of our bed, all 105 pounds of him! My husband gets up early to walk him to the dog park to play ball - they both look forward to these early morning romps. Buster surprised us with his quick attachment to our family - even off leash, he does not stray far. He is a wonderful dog - friendly, happy-go-lucky, without an aggressive bone in his body. Our 3-year-old loves to feed him breakfast, and Buster will sit and follow his instructions. It is the cutest thing to watch. He wants to be with the boys at all times and supervises them in the yard. He has brought life back to Zoey, who had a very tough time when her friend died. She is playful again and plays tug with him. Buster joins me once a week at work at the Alzheimer's Association and loves all of the attention. This past December, he joined our family tradition of heading to Half Moon Bay to cut down our Christmas tree. Off leash, he ran around with the boys and stayed close. He loved it!
Buster does have one bad habit. He lives for food and will eat any and all food he can get his paws on. We had one scary incident in November, when he broke into our pantry and ate a toxic amount of raisins. Luckily, we discovered this shortly after ingestion and were able to get him treated. After spending the night in the hospital and two additional days receiving IV fluids, he recovered fully. We learned our lesson and don't allow him to be in the house unsupervised. He is now crate trained and we don't have to worry about what he is getting himself into!
We love Buster and are so happy he came into our life. He is the perfect addition to our family. Thank you to GGLR for giving Buster a chance and for allowing our family to adopt him.
Lisa Dowell & family
The story of our sweet girl Zoey can't be told without mentioning our yellow lab, Ginger, who died this past September. Ginger came to us from another family when she was 6 months old and was our girl for nearly 15 years. Her last weeks were spent in sun spots in the family room and in the backyard. She was the sweetest soul I have ever known and was in my mind, our one and only dog. I think Ginger had other plans for our family because a few months after she passed I began searching for yellow labs. I knew it wasn't to replace Ginger but to honor that space in our hearts and in our home that only could be filled by another sweet dog. When I saw Zoey's picture on your website I KNEW she was the one. My husband Will said "I would consider that dog." Zoey has been with us now for 3 weeks. She is a joy and a love. Ginger would have adored her. She is smart and perfect, and special in her own way. She has gone from 42 pounds to 51.7 pounds and our vet said we need to need to keep her at this weight as she shouldn't get any heavier. She is on a special diet for her diarrhea and seems to be feeling much better. The vet said it may be anxiety - she has been in so many places in her short life that she cannot yet be confident that she is our forever dog. We know without hesitation that she is here to stay and I think she is beginning to know it as well. As I type she is chewing on her toy bouncing around the room.
Zoey loves being outdoors and especially loves Del Valle and dog parks. Like Ginger, she will be part of our vacations and will be with us in Tahoe, at the beach, on picnics, etc. We are so grateful for her and for her sweet presence. My 12 year old son has never known a life without a dog, and Zoey has taken to him in a way that warms my heart daily. My son learned to walk by pulling himself up on Ginger - he is so happy to have another loyal, loving dog. This time he can take a role in training, feeding, etc. We are so grateful to you guys for rescuing our girl in Bakersfield and for posting her pictures and information. We are also grateful to her foster mom, Melissa, who took such great care of her. We love our girl. Attached are a few pictures :)
Hi Liz, Kathleen, and Frances, I wanted to give you all an update on our dog, Jake, who we adopted from GGLRR in November. He has done so well at our house, it feels like he has always been a member of our family! We had a wonderful Christmas, which was all the merrier with Jake around, he loved to wear his jingle bell collar and has been "playing" tetherball with the kids (their present from Santa) every chance he gets. Our vet had us take him off the seizure medication to see if he was still having seizures and he did indeed start having them again so he is back on the meds, probably for life. The epilepsy doesn't slow him down at all though and the vet expects him to live a full life with no adverse effects. He has been enjoying daily runs with my husband and we have also taken him on many hikes and trips to the beach (which he loves more than anything in the world!). Since we both work from home, he gets lots of attention and the kids and their friends adore him, he is the favorite dog of the neighborhood! Jake is so loveable and we feel so lucky to have him, thank you ALL for the kindness that you showed to him, for saving his life, and for allowing him to find his way into our lives... for that we will be eternally grateful.
Ella and Posey had a big love-fest the night we got back from working with the trainer;)
I wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how well Scout is doing, and how much we love him being a part of our family !
He is such a loveable dog and has a really tender side to him. His days typically start at 5:30am when he is ready for his breakfast and wakes me up by nudging me with his nose, and if that fails, prodding me with his paw.... He loves to drive in the SUV to take the boys to schools and to pick them up, and looks for them as they come out of school.
Scout is getting plenty of exercise, running 4-5 miles every other day, and taking in a hour and a half walk on alternate days. He has also put on a little weight and is now 78lbs and looking very healthy ! He has taken over the house with a Bed downstairs and upstairs, and a bed in his crate, he also loves to jump on to the boys beds to wake them up in the morning !
Scout's training is coming along. He knows not to go in to the kitchen, living room, or jump on our bed. His toilet manners are perfect. Sit and Lie down are very good. He comes when called (with treat), and we are still working on stay !
Maisy McLeod, adopted June, 2011
Jack joined our family in late September, and his favorRIGHT place is the the dog park!
In fact, he would cry when he saw another dog on the street or in another case when we were driving. So, we decided ANOTHER DOG would be the answer.
Connie arrived at our house as our Christmas Gift! (Jack's Christmas gift, I guess!) They are inseparable!
What a happy 2012 for all!