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!
From the first day we brought Maddie and Molly home it felt as though they were always a part of our lives. We had family over that afternoon and they could not believe how comfortable and relaxed they both were. When my brother, his wife, and my nephew walked in that afternoon Maddie and Molly greeted them at the door tails wagging and after a few sniffs and licks they joined the family in the living room and settled back down on their beds. They were in heaven when my nephew gave them each a Bully stick. They are getting to know all the neighborhood dogs and even the wildlife. The other day we had some wild turkeys that came to say "Hello" in the front yard - well - Maddie and Molly decided they wanted to get better acquainted and when my husband's cousin came over they made a beeline past him through the front door and ran up the hill to make some new friends. Our hearts stopped and within minutes they were back at the front door! They are doing very well in obedience class - we are so proud of them! They have definitely found their forever home in our house and in our hearts!!!
Jim & Kathy
Drake is simply the best dog we could have ever hoped for! He is a perfect fit for our family. He is so gentle with our girls, is learning how to fetch, and definitely has made himself comfortable on the couch! We are looking forward to many happy years with Drake in our family.
Thanks for this great opportunity!
While she has an independent streak in her likely from her days as a stray, Luna has settled in very nicely with us. She has maintained her happy and playful disposition from the day we met her and she picked us. Luna loves to visit the dog park and off leash she is playful and agile. Debbie B did a great job during and after the adoption, and we are Luna's forever family.
Thank you GGLRR!
It is hard to believe that two months have passed since Lucky came to live with me. I am so happy to have him.
He has adjusted really well and enjoys hanging out in the backyard after our walks. We have been exploring all the trails around our home and I am pretty sure he has sniffed every inch! My friends also love him and he loves all the attention.
Thank you again for Lucky and have a wonderful summer.
Through a friend, I was introduced to the Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue and specifically, to an 8 year old female chocolate lab. I began the adoption process and now am a happy new "mother'. We are constant companions, bonding easily and quickly. I have no doubt that she and I are absolutely right for each other and I know I will love her the rest of her life..and beyond.
We picked up our chocolate lab on Feb 14th. My wife refers to him as her 70lbs of chocolate she received on Valentines day. His name was Casino and we changed it to Frisco, he didn't seem to know his name anyway. He's 7 years old, looks like he's 10 and acts like a 2 year old puppy. We also have an 8 year old female yellow lab. After 3 months they have finally begun to play and bond. I'm retired and spend most of the day with the dogs. Frisco puts a smile on our faces and we laugh out loud daily. He likes to take personal items of ours to his bed, such as shoes, socks, shirts, coats, lunch bag etc when he is left alone. He doesn't damage them. He likes to sit at our kitchen table. He will sit there for 10-15 minutes at a time. If you leave your chair he will sit in it like he belongs there. He once fell asleep and fell off the chair. Frisco is constantly by our side with what looks like a smile on his face. My wife has always said that a rescued dog appreciates a 2nd chance. We have had many dogs over the years and Frisco is one of the happiest. When we adopted Frisco we knew he had serious skin allergies. He's on a special diet. He's still on steroids, 1 per day. He's not itching to the point of hot spots but still quite a bit and constantly when we try to stop steroids completely. Thanks again for your hard work and dedication to helping Labs. It is greatly appreciated!
Buck and John Caine
Rudy is a very happy dog and has adjusted to our routine extremely well.
Nancy is taking him to an obedience class to socialize Rudy with other dogs and to have Rudy get used to his Halti. Most of the time Rudy will walk with a slack leash.
He has gotten to know most of our neighbors and their dogs. Looks forward to his 2-3 walks per day. Currently he weighs 85 lbs and now has a waist. Our grandson says he looks like he is wearing a fur coat that is too big for him. (There is some loose skin left over from his heavier days.)
He is a wonderful companion for us.
Thank you for rescuing him!
Vern & Nancy Tucker
Buster, aka Rigby (his new name!) is doing wonderfully! He has blossomed into the social butterfly of the neighborhood, and has several local dog friends that he loves to see on our greenway. We go either hiking or to the dog park with him every weekend, and he is such a joy. We really can't even remember what life was like without him! He is our constant companion, and is just unfolding into a happy, loyal best friend. Every week we see new milestones, and it's such a remarkable journey.
He has also made tremendous progress with his nervousness. He only shakes in more extreme settings now, such as a vet visit (we got his teeth cleaned). We've been working with him on the leash obedience, and he now minds well even on a flat collar, and is well behaved off-leash at the dog park. He and our cat coexist without issue, which is wonderful. He learns a couple new tricks a week - he is so smart, it's unreal! I feel like we just lucked into a dog who is a perfect fit for our family.
I've attached a couple of pictures from a recent hiking trip. We couldn't be more thrilled with our adoption - thank you so much for letting us take this sweet guy home!
Whitney and Phil
Bo is awesome!! He has almost graduated from puppy training. He is a fab hiker and gets in 3-5 miles per day. We are so lucky to have found him.
Thanks for checking in Michelle and fam.
We love Casino! He makes us laugh. He likes to sit in chairs. I've enclosed a few photos. He drags blankets, towels, and clothing into his bed. He has not bonded with our other dog as we had hoped they would. He is a good boy, very affectionate. We are hoping to manage his allergies without steroids. We have him on a prescription food (Hill's ZD) and we bathe him often with a medicated shampoo. Our main concern is his bladder control. Sometimes he wets his bed. We put a towel on the couch because he has leaked there also. He is not urinating on purpose. We take him out frequently and tell him to go potty. It seems that he holds it. Since we do not have grass or bushes in front, just cement and brick, we take him for a short walk around midnight, just before bed. This seems to help. Thanks for all you do for GGLRR!!
John, Kathy (aka Buck), Cali, Casino, and Mighty Joe (the cat)
We lost our Max last year. It was a difficult time and we missed having a really big dog in the house. Since I couldn’t save my Max, perhaps I could save others. So with the support of my husband, I started fostering for GGLRR. I knew I could care for them just like they were my own, but could I handle the emotion of letting them go after I bonded with them? A resounding YES!
First there was Finney, the 7-year old black beauty who would lean and melt like butter every time you petted her. Coffee, the big gruffly 10-year old chocolate that bunny hopped and had a thunderous snore. Abby, the sweet and mischievous black 7-year old who looked at you with those innocent eyes and then counter surfed. Dugan, the 18-month old gorgeous chocolate lab who caught a cough (and my heart) and then got pneumonia, but I nursed him back to good health. I helped to save just a few. Each one found a wonderful family. Each one filled my heart with joy. There’s no greater reward.
We all want to find that “perfect” dog. I think we would have travelled across the country to find the perfect dog for us. But is perfect really possible? What is perfect?
Perfect is when you see the dog the very first time and just instantly know he’s the one. Perfect is when you just can’t stop smiling every time you see him. Perfect is when playing ball with him brings you joy. Perfect is knowing that you saved him. Perfect is knowing that he saved you.
Yes, I found my perfect dog with GGLRR. Meet Dugan, my 18-month old chocolate lab.
Jennie & Baren
I just wanted to give you an update on Guinness. As you may not remember we rescued him in May of 2011 shortly after we lost our 12 yo girl Shamrock. May 7th we will have had him for 2 years...here is his update!
This is the sweetest most handsome soulful boy I've ever met!
Each day my boys and I are greeted with little nibbles...his signature display of affection. What can I say we are all completely smitten with him. For the first 4 months or so he woke up like clock work at 4:05am. It was impossible to get angry with him because he was so happy and excited to start the day. I ended up feeding him at this hour - probably reinforcing the behavior. Nonetheless, I eventually decided to crate him because he was getting in to the garbage if allowed free reign of the house at night. We continued with the crate at night for several months but eventually I needed him in bed with me!!! He ended up transitioning well to this and he now shares the nights between my boys room in the early part of the evening (happily leashed to the bunkbed) and our room in the later part of the night were we are sure to keep our door closed.
I am happy to report that Guinness has finally become "our" dog this past summer. We have a creek behind our house with a gate thru the back fence for easy access. I am pleased to report that I can take him out to the back creek and he actually comes back. For the first month or so Guinness did get a good run like I could tell he needed - of course I took him out jogging everyday but I could tell by his athletic build he needed much more. I summoned up the courage to get on my bike with him next to me...I discovered I was able to be "safe" on the bike as long as I kept him behind the front tire. And wow you should see him RUN - amazing. He is such a good looking animal. So for many months we did this in the mornings and evenings. This was a tough year having to exercise him on leash but i did it happily and eventually outlasted him and he is now finally coming back when taken off the leash. This allows us both the freedom to let him explore off leash and has been wonderful. You should see him run up and down the creek beds and thru the water. Often times all I can see is his happy brown wagging tail...love that dog. I hope that you are all doing well. I cannot thank you enough for bringing this amazing creature into our lives. Saying that we adore him is the biggest understatement ever!
You are all making the world a better place and I for one very much appreciate you.
Regan, Terry, Trey, Dane & Guinness (and Callie his white lab girlfriend)
All is going perfectly well here. We adopted Annie, a senior chocolate, 2 months ago and she's settled in beautifully with us and our other 2 labs.
It took us a little while to find Claire but it was worth the wait! She is so sweet and likes to follow us around the house. Our two year old daughter calls Claire her best friend, and it has only been a month since we adopted her. Claire has made friends with the labs on our block and one of them likes to give her a toy when we walk by his house. Here are a couple of pictures of Claire falling asleep with a toy in her mouth and lounging outside with our daughter. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and grateful for everyone at GGLR for helping us find her.
We successfully adopted a beautiful yellow lab from GGLRR about 2 1/2 years ago. He was not MY first lab but the first for our family and was perfect. Below you see a picture of Jerry in Tahoe on the beach with our 3 children. The two years we had him were perfect but, unfortunately, he died of bone cancer last fall. The trouble with love is that it hurts when they are gone! Some time has passed and we are ready, again, to find a new lab. Our ideal age is 3-4, we have an active lifestyle and he/she will come with us to baseball, soccer, weekends away, etc. I will go ahead and fill in a pre-adoption form but also please just keep us in mind as you run across new dogs.
Annie is doing great and is, as you know, just a giant cuddle bug. I can't see how any family would give her up, she's such a good and pretty easy dog! She has some mild anxiety (likely from being in a new home) which we're treating with Reconcile and consistent training. And of course she has the normal elderly issues like poor liver function, etc., but she's down to 69 pounds (from her original 84) and surely that feels better for her. I give her 8 pills a day to keep her healthy and comfortable, but she takes them all easily in her food and tolerates them well. Annie is a normal almost-12-year-old, very happy, sweet dog!! She loves to snuggle on the floor, and she's best buddies with my puppy, JoJo ... where one goes, the other follows. They are "thick as thieves," as my husband says, and love to walk together and nap all day long together.
Hello you two! I thought I would send an update on Hank, who has now been with us 1 1/2 years. As I've related before, he is the best! He's warm, loveable, loving with family and friends and makes everyone who comes to our home feel special.
When we picked up Hank in Monterey, we knew he had some fatty tumors and that was perfectly okay with us. As time has progressed, he has developed arthritis which sometimes limits his walks, but he can always manage to jump around, being excited to know he is going for his neighborhood stroll.
Along with the fatty tumors, he has now developed hard tumors; cancer. His disposition has not changed a bit, although, he does have his "down" days and it pains us to see the saddened look on his face, because we know he would rather be playing in the yard or inside. Fortunately, these times are not yet the norm.
We are so grateful to have him with us. He gives us so much love and licks and he still does his best to get up on our bed come nighty-nite time!
Anyway, I thought you would like to know what's happening here. We are hopeful he will still have a long time with us. As with all of us, we take life a day at a time, happy to be with each other.
We have meaning to checking with you for a while, so I am so glad that you contacted us. Molly is fantastic! And we both love her dearly. As when she first came home, Molly's tail is always wagging -- so much so that her tail muscle is huge! She is a super affectionate girl who loves to be the center of attention. Good thing we can indulge that! Since I work from home, she spends most mornings laying beside my desk while I work. In the afternoon, she likes to bask in the sun in living room. She goes for a walk or a hike almost every afternoon, but Molly's passion is fetching balls in the surf. Her favorite beaches are Albany Bulb and Point Isabel, but she gets the occasional trip to Dhillon Beach, Chrissy Field and Big River Beach in Mendocino.The attached picture was taken on Dhillon Beach.
Our Bella is the sweetest little black lab. We couldn't have hand picked better. She has blended with our family so well. She was a little rough at first with the dog we already had, but her and Buster have become best of friends. She's decided she's his protector, and she follows him where ever he goes. Here are a couple pics of her first Snow Day that we took this weekend. She is a great traveller and likes to go everywhere.
I thought I'd check in with you and give you an update. Max is doing really good. I have been working with him every day and he is getting lots of exercise in the form of hikes and dog park trips. He goes for walks on a leash and is easy going. He likes to play fetch and gives the ball right back to you. He is good with other dogs at the park and has become a very well liked dog to have around. Everyone smiles when they see him come around due in part to his excellent behavior and his easy going manner. He sure has a lot of energy but redirects very quickly. We sure are glad we adopted him and he became a member of our family.
Hard to get a good shot of three constantly moving targets! But we all love Daisy and she is the perfect dog got our family!
I can’t believe it’s been 2 years this January since we brought Bob home. He is doing great. He fits in perfectly with our family and I couldn’t imagine life without him. I am attaching a picture from our walk yesterday. We climbed on a playset at the park and my hubby snapped a pic.
Kind of sums it up. We are very happy.
Thanks again for bringing us together!
And Morgan and Benny and Bob.
We adopted George in Feb. 2009 and Yes the adoption is successful!
George makes sure that my husband and I get our daily walks, me AM and my husband PM.
George is the class clown and he goes to "Doggie Day care" for 1/2 day on Fridays and everyone knows his name. George did not have the best doggie social skills when we first got him so taking him to "Doggie Day care" once a week at the Los Gatos Dog and Cat hospital has been a real benefit.
MY teenagers just adore George and he is family.
Thank you for all your time and effort on helping find homes for all these dogs. George is sure a treasure.
Nicole and I adopted "Big Foot" from GGLR/you in Petaluma 2 years ago this coming March. Thought I'd send this pic to you and say Happy New Years from Cooper in N Las Vegas on an early morning trail run.
I hope you, and your golf game, are doing well.
I can't believe we have had Sadie going on three years (this Mother's Day - 2013) and how we have been so blessed to have her in our lives. Except for airplanes, she goes everywhere with us. She loves the ranch, loves the motorhome, loves jeep rides, her daily walks (she snores), I love how she reminds me if I am late for a treat or I am not on time with her cuddling or belly rubs. She has enriched our lives immensley. Looking back over all the critters (from horses to dogs) we have had over the years it seem like rescue animals are the most appreciative. I am not sure if this is a figment of my imagination, but it seems that way. Sadie still has trouble sometimes making it outdoors to do her business, but even when she can't we always look at each other and recognize she tries.
Once again, with words and a small donation we want to thank you for your work and all you do to bring safe and loving homes to these little guys and gals that give back times over the purest form of unconditional love.
Thanks for checking in. Our two GGLRR Labs (Shadow and Sonic) are doing well. We adopted Shadow (5 years old) two years ago and he's so much part of the family that we couldn't imagine life without him. He's a wonderfully sweet, mellow Lab. (with a slightly mischievous side). Sonic (almost 2 years old) came to us at the end of August. He's a very strong, loving, active, young Lab. who needs lots and lots of exercise. Luckily for us all he gets lots and lots of exercise and so is a happy, mellow boy at home. He's still a work in progress and we're still learning new things about him (like he probably had never been exposed to those blow-up holiday lawn ornaments - the first few times he passed our neighbor's waving Santa he almost lost his life. We also found out that he's not the best patient at the vet's office) but he is a wonderful addition to our family and overall a very good boy especially considering his age. Kathleen has been wonderful during and after we adopted Sonic. She's emailed me great suggestion for training Sonic and passed along a few good training articles.
Attached is a picture of our boys (Sonic in the foreground and Shadow behind, waiting for my husband to throw the ball for them. Yes that's slobber all over both dogs muzzles).
Have a very happy New Year, and thank you so much for helping us find such wonderful dogs,
Kevin, Cole, Alan & Vanessa McDonnell.
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!
Hi Liz, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. You had mentioned sending pictures of Xena and Buffy, here's one in the backyard. They are just the sweetest dogs ever and I love 'em, love 'em, love 'em. It was the absolute best Christmas present to wake up with them Christmas morning. Thank you.
As you can see Ringo has made himself at home here in Prunedale! He loves the beach and his new pal Callie.
Derek and Kim Pierce
Hi all.....just wanted to send Merry Christmas Greetings from Kane.....who had his picture taken with Santa on Saturday. His 'wish list' includes Kong toys, ziggys and lots of doggy treats. Actually when thinking about what he might want for Christmas, we were reminded of that fact that this time last year his only wish was for a 'forever home'. We are thrilled beyond measure that we found each other, and that we can provide that for him. He is absolutely perfect (well, not perfect...we did discover his mischievous side....he loves to steal socks and dishtowels! Not sure if it's the stealing or the chasing that he prefers :) We love him more and more every day, and realize how fortunate we were to have decided to look at Golden Gate Lab Rescue at the exact time that he was listed.
I still read the listings and it breaks my heart that so many wonderful dogs are still looking for homes. I wish we could take them all! We really appreciate the work that you do, and I continue to tell anyone and everyone looking for a dog what a great experience we have had with a rescue dog. Our hope for you all is that the number of dogs needing a home declines in 2012. In the meantime though, we did want to express our gratitude, tell you how much we love Kane, and wish you and your families (real and furry) happy holidays.
Julie Morse (& family)
A year ago today we met Geri in Los Gatos so we could adopt Roxy. Thank you so much for letting us be her forever home. She loves to play fetch, is a great listener, and has been a joyful addition to our family.
I have attached a few pictures of her in the yard playing today with her new chew toy.
I am writing to let you know how wonderful my dog is! I adopted Enzo (you knew him as La-La) back in April and he was a spazzy,aggressive bundle of fuzz. You set us up with a fantastic trainer who gave us tools to shape him into the loveable and amazing pup he is today - you wouldn't recognize him! On this card, he is the boy on the right. My old man from the blind school is on the left, Newley. They bring phenomenal joy to our whole family and you and GGLRR will always be in our hearts. Thank you for your help in completing our family. Always, Annette Seabury
So it has been a year since my wife and I adopted Meli(she was briefly named Elle) from your rep in Seaside California – We could not believe that anyone could abuse such a sweet little girl. She was 27lbs when we got her, unsure, skittish and she seemed sad that she had been separated from her litter. Within weeks her personality began to show, she gained weight and became a very happy little girl. Now at 45lbs(ideal says our vet). We now have a spoiled monster on our hands! She is still the sweetest little lab I have ever seen, gentle, playful and never sad. Attached photo is after a big day at the beach – A very tired but happy dog,she is like a little kid! Thank you for doing what you do; we are truly blessed with our little Meli.
Oso (Bear) is doing great! We just got back from Mendocino (Stevenswood Inn is dog friendly, BTW) and he is a tired but happy boy. He loves his hikes at Smilin Dogs, and comes in to the office to see his friends Bella and Murphy. He and baby Rory have bonded (see pix) and we are a tight little pack.
Thank you Lab Rescue for my wonderful best friend. Pretty Girl. Adopting a senior dog from you after the devastating and unexpected loss of my 2 labs was a savior for myself. I would encourage anybody looking for a loving and fun companion to seek out Lab Rescue and think "Senior dog."
Everything is great!!! We are absolutely LOVING having Abby in our lives:) Our boys are so happy when they are playing with her! It feels as though she was meant to be with us:)
It is really wonderful having Boo Boo with us. She is a very happy dog, obeys all requests and loves it here! In the morning she gives small nudges to me and then goes into a vigorous roll and wiggle on her back complete with adorable sounds which have earned her the morning nickname "Snarfalita." We have a terrific time taking walks at the Marina or on Mt. Wanda or just in the neighborhood. She is wonderful with our cats and all people. I can't believe I get to have her in my life. Thank you so much!
Just a quick note to share a picture and tell you how great Bob is doing since we adopted him in January. He has become a true member of our family and we love him so much. Bob and I walk everyday and our newest adventure is bike riding while he trots along side me. The picture shows the "walkydog" we bought that keeps Bob safely tethered to my bike. He took to it like a duck to water and loves going for jaunts around our neighborhood and on trails. I really wanted a dog that was my best friend and I got that with Bob. He follows me around the house, goes for rides in the car, watches TV in bed with me and keeps me active with our walks and bike rides. He and our other dog (12lb Benny) have forged a great friendship. Benny is the boss and Bob adores him and doesn't like to let him out of his sight for long. Bob is very mindful of Benny size and we have never had a problem with him being too rough.
Sedum and I are having a wonderful time with each other. She has blossomed into quite a girl; not the timid girl I brought home. All the neighbors think she is wonderful also. She had a little trouble riding in the car when I would stop to shop. She would howl as I left the car and while she could see me walking away. She has just about over come this as she now knows that I return. Don't know if she had been left in a car or it was a new venture that she had not done before.
Sedum and my Mom's dog Annie get along well and enjoy racing each other around Annie's yard.
Jackson (Rosco) has become such a special part of our family. We brought him home in August and had a few adjustment issues in the beginning, but we were lucky enough to find a wonderful trainer who helped us to give him the structure and confidence that he needed to settle in to his new life with us. We also really appreciated the support of GGLRR during that period. All of the effort that we put into working with Jackson has been rewarded..both for Jackson and for us! He is such a sweet, quirky, loving, smart boy that has brought so much love and joy to us. We know that we have brought the same to him!! He makes us smile every day when he sees us as his whole body shakes with excitement. We've joked that we should have named him "Thumper" for his loud, thumping, happy tail. His face is so adorable...he just melts our heart sometimes. He always wants to be wherever we are and will curl himself into the tiniest ball just so he can lay under our feet when we are sitting on the couch at night. He loves his daily walks (he has worked hard to become a good walker!) and playing ball. We recently took him up to the mountains and he absolutely loved it. We're excited to take him up to see the snow this winter! It is always fun to watch him when he experiences something new. We are so happy that when we decided to bring a new lab into our lives that we turned to GGLRR. Our lives just wouldn't be the same without our fabulous Jackson!!!
We picked up Enzo in January 2011. We have previously adopted from the GGLR 2 labs in the past and wanted to adopt a companion for our current lab Holly and let’s face it…a companion for us too! We lost our dear Buddy 2 years ago and were finally ready to open our heart and home again. When we decided to adopt Enzo, we knew he came to us with some issues as his previous environment was…not ideal. What we did not know was the brevity of the situation and what we were about to experience.
It took months of daily interactions before Enzo would even come out of a room. We were considered the enemy and his intense fear of us was almost more than we could handle. He cowered in the corner and did everything to make himself invisible. Our friends were shocked to see such horror. This dog was so broken in the worst way, I was not certain we were equipped emotionally to get him through this. It took months and months before he would even begin to trust in us that we were not going to harm him. Meals, sleep time and personal attention all had to be done in a private room. Finally, after 8 months and a great deal of patience, love and commitment, Enzo will eat in the kitchen with Holly, his tail wags endlessly and he even gives and receives hugs and kissesJ He walks well on a leash and gets along with all other dogs. We are thrilled and celebrate every milestone he makes and give more and more love to him. He now plays in the house with Holly (I can tell this by the amount of toys strewn about when I get home from workJ) and he has begun to roam freely in our backyard.
Not every story is a picture perfect happy ending with dogs frolicking and playing in the sunny green fields… ours is happy in that Enzo knows that nobody will ever abuse him again and that we are patient and will continue to give him many hugs and kisses and let him take his time to come around. I know Enzo isn’t the only dog ever needing adopted that has emotional issues, but I do hope other families take the chance we did because the reward has been incredible. We cannot change the world of dog abuse and neglect by our one adoption, but we just changed the world for Enzo.
Jim and Stephanie Gentz, Holly and Enzo too!
My daughter took this photo of us recently while sitting on my deck. We think it says just about everything anyone would want to know about our relationship. When I had to call the Vet to let my dear Jude go (he was a beautiful Yellow Lab/Greyhound mix) I thought I would never find a dog to really replace him and I was told that I should have waited longer to get another dog (about 6 weeks) but I felt lost without my companion so contacted Labl/Ret. Rescue, Inc. It seems that Chloe, aged approx 6 years, was picked for me so perhaps Jude had a hand in that. I certainly thank all members of Golden Gate Lab/Resscue for their efforts on my behalf and think Chloe would add her 'woof to that as she is now sleek and shiny.
Its hard to believe its only been a little over two months since little 9-pound Zara came home with us – we can’t remember what life was like without her! Zara is now a very head-strong but fantastic 30-pound, 4 month old puppy! She makes us laugh everyday with her antics - chasing her tail in circles, wimpering because our cats don’t want to play with her, doing the “crazy puppy run” around the yard, and of course her very loud snoring – there is never a dull moment.
Zara is doing great in puppy training and can sit, stay, lay down, heel on the leash and is working very hard on not jumping on people she meets. She also LOVES going to puppy socials to play with other puppies.
Now that Zara is fully vaccinated, we take here everywhere. We just returned from a trip to Lake Tahoe where she got her first experience with water. While she would only go in up to her chest, she enjoyed splashing around and playing with the other dogs. We're sure its only a matter of time before she is a full-fledged swimmer.
We talk often about how lucky we are that Liz answered our phone call about Zara during the GGLRR anniversary walk – it was definitely fate that brought us together and we are truly thankful that we have Zara in our life now and to GGLRR for all the work they do. We get compliments all the time on what a great personality Zara has and how lucky she is to have us for a family, but really, we think we’re the lucky ones!
Kerry, Nat, Peyton, and Zoe
Things are going well....as well as they can with a 5+ month old lab! Very active, very chewy as you can imagine. Jake has about doubled in size since we first met...he is certainly going to be a giant. He will be neutered the middle of this month and I'm told he should be kept calm and quiet for two weeks! Sure, I responded. They laughed and said that's how everyone responds. I have attached a picture. He has the most expressive face imaginable and is very, very smart. He's doing great with "sit" and "stay," working on "come" and "shake." He is starting to love the Carmel beach and is delighted with all other dogs, regardless of whether that delight is reciprocated (by dog or dog's person). He did very well with all our summer visitors, including a three year old that looked at him eye-to-eye. He has a good heart and a very active body!
Debbie & Jim
Since March, my life has been blessed by the presence of a beautiful silky black lab, then known as Suzie but soon renamed Maní ("peanut" in Spanish). I adopted Maní as a seven-month-old adolescent puppy, looking for a companion that would both keep me company while I practiced and composed from my home as a working musician but who would also get me out of the house for her walks... The change in my life has been indescribable and every day, I'm newly delighted by her antics. She's flowered into a beautifully-behaved dog with a real sense of humor, and is both affectionate and social with dogs, cats, and humans alike. She's proven to be quite a foodie, loving apples, arugula, and heirloom tomatoes, and is also quietly protective of my home. When I practice on my piano, Maní likes to lay her head on top of my feet as I pedal away, something that makes me laugh to no end. I know that when she is a little older, I will be adopting another lab from GGLR!
Isabel, now Bella, has adjusted very well and we just love her! I know labs are characteristically mellow and tolerant, but what she puts up with from our toddler is beyond impressive. She "gives rides" and gets toys rolled over her on a daily basis and doesn't even flinch. She just about wiggles right out of her skin in anticipation for her long morning walk and greeting all her new doggie friends, and she's a neighborhood favorite with the humans. She's been camping and hiking with us, and was a champ. Thank you Liz for finding us a perfect match!
Sophie joined our family in March, 2011, a little eight-week-old puppy from Angel's litter. She is the first dog we have ever owned, and we couldn't have asked for a sweeter, smarter, more loving dog! Sophie is part Labrador and part McNab Border Collie, and we really see a bit of both in her. She loves three things the most: people, other dogs, and a shady patch of grass, and not necessarily in that order!
Our whole family (Mom, Dad, two sisters and Sophie) attended beginner and intermediate traning classes, which have been a great education for our family. Sophie really enjoys the challenges of training, and we are having a lot of fun learning together! Sophie has a lot of puppy energy. She loves chasing balls and going for long walks, and especially enjoys chasing water from the hose and bubbles blown by her two "big sisters." We are very thankful to GGLRR for the opportunity to adopt such a great dog!
Hi, Lab Lovers
Hard to believe that Rufus' 8th birthday is fast approaching. Rufus has officially been a senior dog for 2 years but he still looks and acts like a big pup. Attached is a picture from his first day home with me and another of Rufus now, on the brown bed hanging out with his new housemates, Sheila (yellow lab) & Lulu (black pup). Every night before going to bed, I still stroke Rufus' ears and tell him what a wonderful lab he is. Thanks GGRLL for giving me the best friend ever.
On a hike with his GGLRR foster mom, recently rescued Kobe was struck in the face by a common native resident - a rattlesnake.
Kobe was rushed to the vet and provided with immediate, lifesaving treatment including traditional anti-venom injection and a plasma transfusion. It was a long, painful ordeal but thanks to the generosity of GGLRR doners, Kobe received the full course of treatments he needed to make an amazing recovery.
And the good news doesn't stop there -- Kobe also found his loving forever home last month!
"Kobe is a beautiful, strong young fella, and is learning more each day," write new owners, Peter and Marie.
"Thanks to all who donated to help 'rattler', as he is a very special boy!"
During recovery, one of Kobe's favorite toys was reported to be a squeaky stuffed rattlesnake - let's hope he sticks to the fake ones in the future!
Congratulations Kobe, Peter and Marie -- plus special thanks to the many hands and hearts who touched Kobe's life during his incredible rescue journey.
Henry joined our family in May, 2011 a little over 3 months ago. He is the most amazing, special dog. Not only is he very handsome, but loving, gentle and gets along with everybody...people and dogs. Every person that meets Henry comments on how beautiful he is. We are so lucky to have him and I think it's mutual. He talks to us with special grunts and growls, gives lots kisses and sometimes thinks he is a lapdog as he gets half his body up in our laps. He is a 90 pound dog! Every morning he gets his 2 mile walk on the trails off leash and never gets out of our sight. Greets every dog he meets with a wagging tail. Later in the day we always make time for some ball playing. He loves to fetch the ball and brings it back and drops it in to my hand. He can do that game for hours. I can't say enough good things about Henry. He settled right in to his "Forever Home" and I truly believe whatever journey he was on he was meant to end up here with us. We are so grateful to you Liz for getting him out of the shelter and to Wendy and family to have fostered him so beautifully. Thank goodness for GGLRR and all that you do. With joy and gratitude, Barbara & Pete
Thank you all so much for finding our family the "perfect" dog!!! Dawson is everything we were looking for in a dog. He is so sweet and lovable. He is good in the house alone as well as potty trained. He has even won over my 12 year old husky mix in just two weeks. He got my old dog off the couch and now they play together in the backyard. We really needed this fresh young adult dog to come into our lives. My family has been through a lot of loss this year and we were desperate for some new life in our house. Dawson had a loving daddy who just didn't have time for him. We needed him as much as he needed us. His new life includes 2 mile runs in the morning, trips to the dog park, and weekends at the cabin! The picture is him jumping into the lake after a ball. He has brought the smile back on our faces. The way he bounces through the house with a toy in his mouth. Or how he cuddles with you after a hard day. We didn't rescue him, he rescued us! Thanks again. Pam
Dear GGLRR, I am writing to you about Piper, a 6 year old lovely, blocky headed, English girl who came to us for fostering in March. Piper was very sick and would have died without GGLRR's help. She had heartworm, ear infections, an untreated wound, skin allergies, her hair was coming out by the handful, and her bones were sticking out. Piper has an amazing spirit- despite her illnesses, she was basically a sweet, optimistic dog who just wanted to be loved and cared for. GGLRR saw to it that she got the vet care that she needed. Over the the last 5 months Piper has been healing beautifully, getting her energy back, and learning how to play with toys. During that time my lab Teddy and I have been falling in love with her, and we adopted her. They are getting to be true partners in crime! Teddy is on the sweet and timid side, Piper is sweet, smart and bossy, they have a blast, as do I. Piper has discovered swimming! So thanks so much to all in GGLRR, there were times I needed advice and when I asked for help, I got lots of support and information. I will be ready for another foster in a month or two, Piper and Teddy will be fabulous foster siblings for another lab in need. I am attaching a photos. I am truly delighted to be part of such a great organization, hugs and many blessings to all, Janet
For years our 12 year old daughter had been asking for a dog, but my wife was reluctant because she has never had a pet. We have many friends who have dogs, and she enjoyed visiting with them. However, she never understood how dog owners become so attached to their pets. Well, after reading about Nicki through GGLRR, and visiting her and the foster family, we took the plunge. It really helped that the foster family could tell us what Nicki was like. It also helped that Nicki was the right dog for our family. It was a difficult transition for us for the first two weeks, but after a month everything was different. Nicki is now truly a part of our family, and my wife has come to realize how attached you can become to an incredible dog.
Liz, Thank you so much for helping us find Mattie, who we adopted on June 11th. She is a beautiful, smart, loving, eager-to-please, energetic daredevil . . . and since she's just five months old, will be keeping us on our toes for awhile. She's adjusting to our household very well, and already feels like a member of the family. Our 20-month-old lab, Gemma (who we adopted from GGLRR in Dec. 2009), is thrilled to have a little sister to play with. Mattie and Gemma have already become good friends and play together for hours every day.
We are so blessed to have received not one, but two wonderful companions from GGLRR. Gemma has such a sweet spirit, and I call her my little hug bug, because she would love to be a lap dog. She has matured into a wonderfully behaved dog who listens well (even off leash), but is a high energy dog who wants lots of activity. A playmate like Mattie is just what Gemma needed!
Mattie is a wonderful addition to our family. We enjoy sharing our lives with two wonderful labs!
Janet & Tim
We fostered a couple of dogs for GGLRR then came Lulu. Lulu wins the "best girl ever award". She is affectionate, listens well, quiet and a world class fetch player. We could not have asked for a better sister for our lab Toby. Lulu is a living testament to not only rescuing dogs but also to the joys of fostering and finding your perfect dog(even if you might not think you are looking-they find you!) Thank you for all you do.
Joan, Brad and Toby.
Well, what can we say, Hank fits in perfectly! It was a month on Friday that we picked him up and he has come so far. He cracks us up every day.
Hank is very comfortable being in the backyard while I am at work for 4-5 hours. Initially he would try and dig out, but within a few days realized that I came home. That was the first week and then he got over it. At first he would not go outside for anything unless you went out first and walked far away from the door, now he goes out readily and relaxes and chases the squirrels in the morning. He still has shown no interest in the pool. On our walks he passes by sprinklers and he avoids them to no end.....until this morning!! When we came home and opened the gate, he was still leashed, our sprinklers were on. We walked by and he leaned into them (it was 6:30am and already HOT!) So I kept him leashed and did a circle and walked by again, this time he walked right on the lawn through the sprinklers - again he would avoid them to no end. I then took his leash off and he ran over there and ran through the sprinklers and laid down in the center of the lawn, and I think he was smiling while he was cooling off. I think he also realized that it feels good and he likes it! Thank goodness, with all the heat he has been inside with me in air-conditioning, but now he can run and play on the lawn.
He is walking fairly well on a leash. I take him in the morning and Mike takes him in the evening. The first 15 minutes are tough with pulling so we start and stop a lot, then he settles in. I have been trying to run with him, but only make it a few blocks before a squirrel runs across the street and there is no holding him back!! :)
He is a quick learner and eager to please. The kids cannot wait to get up in the morning and see him and cuddle with him. I do think that we waited for the right dog to come into our home.
Thank you Judy and thank you to Lab Rescue for all you\they do!!
Lisa, Mike, Ashley, Michael and Hank
Thought you would like to see this photo of Miranda being walked by a friend with her dog Zoe. Miranda is on the left; she kept up very well in a long walk with Zoe, an active six-year-old.
Best dog I've ever had (except of course for Butterscotch, my previous dog, who was a Lab mix). My vet says she's in great shape, except for a minor thryoid deficiency, and I should get her teeth cleaned soon.
Can't make it to your 'walk-a-thon', but maybe I should consider a photo for your 2012 calendar -- I think Miranda is an outstanding example of a senior Lab. As a friend of mine says, "female black Labs are the BEST!"
Best regards, and Miranda might say Woof! one of these days, very quiet dog, otherwise very much present.
Taffy (now 5 years old) originally was rescued by a family in Pueblo, Colorado. Four years ago, they had found Taffy and another Lab wandering around, hungry and alone. When no one claimed Taffy at the local shelter, they adopted him. Taffy was about a year old and had been treated poorly before they rescued him. Taffy had four wonderful years with his new family and two other dogs. This winter, when his family was posted to Monterey, Taffy discovered he could escape their 6' fenced yard to visit the ranch behind the house. Taffy thought the cattle might be in need of more exercise and loved to chase them. The rancher thought otherwise and threated to shoot him. Reluctantly, Taffy's family contacted GGLR, knowing it was the best and safest option for Taffy's future.
Since moving to San Francisco, Taffy has slowly adapted to city life. He was treated for heartworm during his first month here--a rough start. He has regained his ability to srpint at full speed along the beach with unfettered joy. He loves trail running and exploring the cool creeks along the way. We think he missed his calling as a bomb-sniffing or drug-detection dog. He can find our car, regardless of where we have parked it, hours or days after he has last seen it. He homes right in on it. We think his Monterey family had a dark-colored van. For his first month here, he sniffed the chassis of every large, dark vehicle along the street. Now he only finds our car, to ensure that he returns to His Rightful Spot on the couch and bed. All the better for snuggling!
We appreciate all that GGLR did to help Taffy's first loving family to find us. Thank you!
Here are photos of him with my daughter's puppy at the beach. Not quite worn out after an hour of sprinting!
I just wanted to take a few moments to tell you how important the work is that you do in rescuing labs and probably lots of other dogs. It seems obvious as to the benefits for the dogs when you find them their permanent homes; lots more security, protection from the elements, fresh food and water, medicine if needed, a bed (or in our case several) and mostly someone you can count on to be there to take care of you daily and when sick or hurt. And hopefully just lots more fun since they don't have to stress about "where to next?"
But, what is equally important is the benefit that humans realize when they adopt the right dog for them and their family. Since the moment Tom and Ellie met they have been glued to one another. She clearly loves him and he is smitten with her. Ellie came into Tom's life at a time when he really needed to find a canine companion to love, watch over and care for every day. They eat at the same time, sleep at the same time (both love naps) and go for car rides or mini adventures in the van together alone or with me and Charlie Brown.
Ellie has brought as much joy and satisfaction to Tom as Tom has brought security and protection to Ellie.
So thank you for doing what you do for so many animals and a BIG thank you for connecting us with Ellie.
(Tom C.’s wife and Elli's new Mom)
I have attached some photo’s of Callie, the chocolate Lab we adopted from GGLRR in March. She has been a great addition to the family, she loves to go to the beach and she has been great company for Chance (pictured as well) our yellow Lab. Chance was also adopted through GGLRR approximately 2 years ago. So we have what can be considered 2 happy endings!
Derek and Kim P.
Bruschi (Clyde) has pretty much settled into our household. He loves to go for his daily walks and hang our with the family. He always has a paw to offer for a shake. We're still working on some training issues to make our day to day lives easier, but we love him very much and are happy to have him in our lives.
It’s been almost 5 months since we adopted Bob and he has been a wonderful addition to our lives.
My husband and I are in our early 50’s and pretty active. We thought we might be a match when we met 7 year old Bob since we were all middle aged but still liked to get up and go!
Bob has a gentle and loving disposition and is very intelligent. With consistent reminders he quickly learned the house rules and some manners we felt were important.
Bob is always up for anything, a road trip in the car, a walk around the neighborhood, a hike at the park or a nap next to me while I read. We love him dearly and I think the feeling is mutual.
Thanks GGLR for helping us find Bob.
Beth and Morgan
Phoebe quickly became a vibrant part of our family. She is full of energy (always) but has learned to calm down once she is inside the house. She enjoys rough housing in the yard with her brother and then lounging in the sun for a snooze. She is a sweet and loving little girl
I just want to say how wonderful and blessed we feel to have added Candy (Tara) to our family and in our hearts. Since day one, she has been a perfect fit for our family and has easily adjusted to her new routine of lots of walks, hikes and belly rubs! She is beauitful, inside and out. Thank you and Judy for all your help in making our family complete!
Things are going well with Addison. We have learned a lot from working with Beth, and he seems to be getting used to us and is starting to trust us. He can get a bit too excited around other dogs, but we are working with him.
Addison is settling in well as a new member of our family! We are so glad we made the decision to get a rescue dog. He is very sweet and loves tagging along with us wherever we can take him. He is a regular fixture at all if our children's baseball and softball games and loves all the attention he gets from all the other spectators at the games. We have really appreciated all the support we got from Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue!
After just a couple of weeks, Ernie acts like he has been with us forever.
Thank you for finding a great dog for our family! We're so happy with Ernie
and with our experience with GGLR. You guys are fantastic.
Desiree & Co.
It's been just over 3 months now since Buster (AKA "Sailor") got his Forever Home, and we all feel so lucky to have him! He is such a great family dog, and loves to play. Our 6 year old daughter had a birthday party last month, and he joined right in. He goes outside with the kids and all the neighbor dogs want to play with him. He plays baseball with our 9 year old son, and is the number one fielder! He is very obedient and although he is a little food driven (typical lab), what he really loves is attention. And he gets plenty of it. That being said, we also make sure to give him some "independence" time as he has some issues with separation. We want him to learn to be comfortable being alone, and hope that over time he will realize he's not going to be abandoned.
Since Laura works from home, it's rare that Buster has to be alone for too long. We use a local doggie daycare when we will be gone for any extended period of time. He just loves going to play with his buddies. He plays hard, takes a nap, goes for a walk, and plays some more. He comes home pooped out, and takes his place on his mat or bed.
We can't say enough about how much the kids are enjoying Buster's presence. I'm not sure if he's happier to be here or if we're happier to have him. We're thrilled that he's a member of our family and look forward to many memorable years together. Many thanks to Sylvana and Cindy for matching us with our boy!
The W. Family
We love our puppy Lincoln (formerly known as Lucky)! He's playful, gentle and loves to cuddle. He's our 50 pound lap dog. He enjoys going for walks and runs, plays well with other dogs and gets along with our cat. We've been taking him to training classes for the past two months, and it's really paying off. He's becoming a perfect gentleman. Thanks again for your help in matching us up with him. Lincoln is the perfect dog for us, and now we call ourselves lucky.
J.P. and Janet
Kiki is doing quite well. We have behavior specialist helping and training us to make Kiki into a happy dog, that gives us pleasure and satisfaction. Her behavior is not quite perfect yet, but she made great strides towards it. Unfortunately she has some arthritis in her spine and her right front leg is slightly damaged, not too unusual for an elderly dog that was used as a breeder. But we like her and is part of our family.
Things with Buster have been going great! He is such a wonderful dog. He has been such a great, and seamless, addition to our family. He loves being around people and is very tolerant of our 3 year-old who love to use him for a pillow.
Grace is our beautiful girl and is adjusting wonderfully to our family. She loves her walks and our 4 year old grandson is her best playmate. We have alway had chocolate labs and she is just as sweet and loving as the rest. She has definitely filled the hole in our hearts. Attached are some photos one with her best friend my husband Randy.
This is June taking a nap with my son Josh. The puppies are the babies in
the family and have four parents doting on them. They love their daily walks
pon a nearby trail and also love to go to the dog park around the corner and
play with their friends. They have become well known in the neighborhood and
everyone is watching them grow. Next on the agenda is some schooling to
expand on and refine all the commands they already respond to.
Here's a couple pictures of Tucker. He's doing GREAT! learning lots of commands and trying to grow into his feet!
We are enjoying Sammy and he is very happy.
The L. Family
We are enjoying the company of ANSEL. He is a very compatible dog. We take him on walks daily which he enjoys. He is quite a chow hound and ALWAYS enjoys eating. We have found areas where we can walk him off leash. He enjoys running and playing, always stays within 30 feet of us. I have a fish pond and had to build a gate to keep him out of the pond Attached are a few photos of Ansel and the gate.
John and Diane S.
Cooper fits in perfectly with our lifestyle and we think he enjoys us as much as we enjoy him! He is a great dog who loves to go hiking, swimming, and chasing birds. We go running every morning at the park by our house where Cooper loves to retrieve his new duck toy. He is so calm when we are at home and a great companion dog, we are so glad we found him!
Brett and Emily
Brady is doing great with us. He's a happy, calm guy, and we're so glad we found him. I can't imagine finding a dog that fits our lifestyle any better. He has definitely found his forever home.
Thanks for your help and concern.
Thank you for asking about Molly. She is the love of my life and has from day one been the sweetest, most loving little girl. As you can see from the pictures Molly watches my grand son play and follows him around...much to his delight. She is the perfect dog and my entire neighbor hood looks forward to greeting her on our walks. I can't say enough about lab rescue and the incredible job you all do finding homes for these wonderful friends. Thank you again and Molly sends her love.
We couldn't be happier with our smart, loving, self-confident Poppy. She became a loved part of the family right from the start (well, one cat is still reserving his opinion, but we believe he'll come around). She spends the day with Chris while I'm at work. He takes her to his office and she has become the belle of the building. She loves to go romping in the ridge meadows near our house, and also loves to curl up at our feet during the evening.
We're very grateful to GGLR for rescuing our wonderful little girl, and for introducing us to her.
We feel so lucky to have found Posey and to have him join our home. He is a good listener and sweet with our kids and such a big love. What a wonderful addition to our family!
Buddha is an absolute gem. He is doing so well. He's been through one 5 week session of obedience school and did very well. He's still working on his doggy manners with other dogs while walking but is nothing but lovable and cuddly around people. We've also taken him to day care to socialize on many occasions and they report back that he does well with other dogs most of the time.
Myna is pregnant and Buddha is her little protector, well as little as 75 lbs of dog can be :). He behaves very well at home and absolutely loves getting new toys! We order them online and he can usually pick out which package are him. Once opened, he will prance around the house and backyard with his new toy until he eventually tires out and takes a nap with it. I've attached one such pick of the toy hammer he got today :).
Everything is great! We couldn't be happier with Hennessy. He has settled in nicely and seems to be secure now that he finally has a forever home. Our two children shower him with affection and have taught him how to play fetch. He loves our two mile morning walks and is excellent on the leash now, though he still wants to chase birds and squirrels. We took him to the beach last weekend and he had a blast playing in the water with other dogs.
He is incredibly smart and eager to please, and therefore has been easy to train. We absolutely love having him as part of our family.
We adopted Bella just a month ago. She’s 10 months old now and she’s such a sweetheart. She sits at my feet under my desk during the day, or on the couch in my office. When it’s time to play she and her brother Max (Ridgeback mix rescue) run around our yard like the best of friends! Max couldn’t have asked for a better little sister and we couldn’t be happier with the new addition to the family. Attached find Bella sniffing around some new landscape work while big brother Max looks on. Not pictured but omnipresent – slobbery tennis ball.
Beth and Zac C.
Lucy had a few ailments along the way, but nothing out of the norm for a puppy. She seems to be feeling much better now, and as you can see, is so sweet! She is a natural at playing fetch, but loses interest after a couple tosses of the ball. Today, however, she played much longer with a frisbee; I think she was more interested in chewing it up, but she always brought it back. We're eagerly awaiting the completion of her shots so we can take her out. Our family and friends adore her, and she is a welcome addition to our family. We can't wait for her to meet our other dog, Cody. He'll be returning home from Grandma's (my mom's) in a couple of weeks! Thank you!
Nice to hear from you. Everything is going great. We love this dog to pieces! She is a great dog and everyone who meets her says so. The picture is Lucy and her "brother" swimming in a pond up in the Shell Ridge open space. She loves our hikes up there, going for car rides or just hanging with us at home.
Thank you so much for letting her be a part of our family,
Charlie is a great addition to our family. He loves to go surfing with me and for hikes with all of us. We love the way he fit right in to our home, and we are really thankful for GGLR and the good work you all do.
Thank you from Ben, Melanie, Benji & Charlie.
We contacted GGLRR last September after we had put our lab down
due to cancer. She was 13 and a loyal and faithful member of our
family and I wasn't sure I could find another dog that could take her
place. Judy found our new girl Molly for us and we adopted her in
October. It was love at first sight for me--Molly is such a sweet girl.
She was a little overweight when we got her but with our daily walks
and her special diet she has lost about 13 lbs. and our vet thinks
she is just about perfect. She was at home the minute she walked
into our house and we can't believe we are so lucky to have her.
She loves when our grandchildren are over and she is always up for
a game of "tug". We have taken some basic manners classes with
her and Molly makes us look good--for a 1 year old she is very calm
and willing to please. We can't thank you enough for finding Molly
for us and we talk about GGLRR to everyone who is looking for
a lab. Molly has found her forever home with us.
Carl and Carol
My wife and I would like to thank Sylvana and Joan of GGLLR in helping us
find "Buddy" and bringing him to his "Forever Home" (September 2010). Buddy
is the sweetest Chocolate Lab with enough energy to power a small city. He
can go from a deep sleep to chase the ball in two bounces, smiles all the
time (especially for pictures), loves to play, and speaks to us through
various grunts and growls. We believe that he is part cat from the way he
pounces on tennis balls. Buddy takes me for walks every day and supervises
me around the house during the various "honey-do" projects. Pictures of
Buddy can be found everywhere throughout the house, work, and on our
computers. He's quite the percussionist too, since his tail is constantly
wagging and pounding away on walls, floors, furniture, legs, etc. We're
looking forward to swimming, camping, and hiking during the warmer summer
months. We are extremely grateful for the work your organization does, and
for bringing our Buddy home.
Thank you and warmest regards,
Kevin, Liz, & Buddy
We saw Oliver's picture (per you....just minutes after you posted it) and that weekend he was ours!
"...and they called it puppy love..."
We adopted Oliver (formerly known as Chewey) from you on January 22, 2011. It was love at first sight!! Oh my goodness! The energy from a puppy can be exhausting, but because of the energy, there is so much laughter in the house. Oliver is a character, one of a kind. His antics have us all rolling on the floor and playing chase around the house!
Oliver was meant to be in our family and we are blessed with his unconditional love!
The W. Family
Ginger came to us with a serious, deep wound at the top of her leg that had become badly infected. We had surgery to clean out the wound and repair the damage (and spayed her while we were at it). She was a stray in Bakersfield....is the sweetest dog EVER...is about 18 mo-2 years old, weighs 57 lbs. This wonderful couple, who have been looking for a yellow girl for a long time, adopted her immediately and took her home. She had been wearing a cone to keep her from going for the incision (which she did the instant the cone was removed) and her new family came up with the "shirt solution." Brilliant. Ginger is now really happy and is clearly doing well.
We brought Isabel, now Bella, (our niece is Isabel so that wouldn't work) home a little over a week ago. She has a perfect temperament, is a wonderful addition to our home, and has settled in beautifully. Our 18-month old daughter can't get enough of her, and loves to pet her, help feed her, and put on her leash, and Bella is always so patient with her. When our daughter wakes up in the morning and from naps she yells "doggie!" right away and wants to find her. Bella gets extra wiggly when she sees her leash and gives a little hop and a whine to let us know how excited she is for her walks. She is perfectly content to 'help' in the kitchen, monitor yard work, or lay at my feet while I work online. We're so happy to have her with us!
We love Jasper! He is the perfect addition to our family. We love to take him on long walks, to play fetch in the dog park and to cuddle! We are so happy with the adoption process.
We are so happy we adopted Charlie! He is such a love and so great around our kids. He is so good-natured and so eager to please. His manners need a little refining, but considering his rough start in life, that's to be expected. He has made the transition to our home beautifully, and it feels like he's been a part of the family forever.
We have had Laika now for 24 happy days. And every morning he wakes us up with his sweet face planted on the bed looking at us. He is so sweet tempered and fun. He really has captured our hearts.
He has been to the beach and loves the water and rolling in the sand. In the evening he loves getting on the sofa with us and enjoying a nice fire and some T.V.
Thank you for choosing us to be Laika's family. We will be sure he knows how much he is loved everyday.
Bengt and Nancy
Thank you so much for assisting us with the adoption of Jasmine (Gabby)! We fell in love with her immediately and she quickly became part of our little family. While she was shy at first, she really came out of her shell after a few days. She has a wonderful personality - she loves people and other dogs. Everyone compliments us on how pretty she is - we agree! She is learning quickly, she is house-trained by now and knows how to walk on leash and sit. We love exploring San Francisco's parks with her and can't wait to take her to the Ocean Beach.
We are very thankful to GGLRR for rescuing her and proving us with an opportunity to welcome her to our home!
Barbora and Ash
I just wanted to let you know what a joy Shadow has been in our lives. It has been almost a year since we adopted her. She is doing great! At first she didn't want to be left alone and would sit in front of the door so we couldn't leave. Now I tell her I will be back soon, and she goes and gets in her bed and waits for me or one of the kids to get home. She loves to walk and hike anywhere we go, be it beach, desert or snow. And when I am home, she is my shadow and follows me anywhere I go. She is loving and loyal to all of us. And very gentle with all the children in our neighborhood. Thanks so much for helping her find us. We are so lucky!
Our family adopted Lucky in late January 2011 and have been loving every moment with him. We waited awhile to adopt another dog after our last, and we could not have asked for a better fit. Lucky is such a loving, playful, funny big bear of a boy. It is great to have such a wonderful dog following after us. Our family has gained a walking companion, running partner, ball throwing playmate and it is awesome. My daughter smothers him with love and they are each others best friends. Thanks to Debra and GGLRR for what they do every day in finding homes for these wonderful dogs. I also want to say thanks to Lucky's foster parents Steve and Mellisa for allowing us into their home and seeing what a great match we all were for each other.
All Our Best,
The C. Family
Our new dog, Kane (formerly Kinsh) is an absolutely wonderful addition to our family! We've only had him for a short time, but we love him like he has been here forever. He is so wonderful, and although you described his personality perfectly, he has far surpassed our expectations. He is so affectionate towards all of us and is most happy when someone is petting, rubbing or scratching him. He follows us everywhere, and we love having him in our home. He is so calm and we have yet to hear him bark. Kane is getting all of the love and attention he deserves, and is providing all of us with much joy in return.
We want to thank Debra, Joan, and GGLRR for helping us to find the perfect forever dog for our family!
We are so happy with Casey and we think he is pretty happy too. We were very unsuccessful in getting him to sleep in his new dog bed last night. After seven attempts of getting him off the bed, we gave in on the eighth try. Pretty funny but we will have to nip that behavior tonight.
Thanks for everything. We LOVE him and he will have a very, very good life with us.
Hi Liz and Jim
Attached are a few cute pics of Bodhi from this weekend. We love Bodhi so much and are so happy to have him in our lives. Even though he's just a puppy, he is already so smart and learning new things every day.
Thank you both so much for all that you did to make this process so easy. I have been telling everyone I know about GG Lab Rescue, and hopefully a few of them will adopt!
I will send more pics as he gets bigger!
We can't thank you enough for matching us with Rio! He is so wonderful! Such a great addition to our family!
He greets everyone with a big body wage and is complimented all the time of how handsome he is!
The first day he came home it was like he has been here for years! This morning as I woke up our kids to get ready for school, he greeted them with a morning kiss!
We are looking so forward to many years with our Rio!
Thank you so much for taking your own personal time to do what you do!
~The B. Family
She has been perfect! Such a sweet sweet girl - we are in love. We are (again) so grateful to you, GGLLR and to the family who raised her. Her only flaw seems to be that she is not very photogenic! I am attaching the pix I think is best (we have shot dozens - like a new baby) but even it doesn't do her justice.
We absolutely love Jet! (previously known as Parker, adopted 10/30, fostered by Liz Lang) He loves running after squirrels, playing at the dog park, hiking, chasing waves at the beech...chewing his hedgehog toy....kongs...cuddling...working for treats. We took him
snowshoeing in Tahoe and he loved it! We are in dog training and he is learning so much. We graduated from the beginner class and will start intermediate next week.
What a great dog! You were absolutely right...thank you for matching him with us, we couldn't be happier!
He gets along wonderfully with people, kids, other dogs, and our cat. He still countersurfs, but we are getting much better about minimizing the opportunities. He is finding his big dog bark...and keeping us informed of passersby. Hope to work on that, now, too!
Thank you so much for all you are doing with the labs...and
specifically for matching us with Jet!
Happy New Year,
Tifin and Charles D.
Memphis AKA Max and Dallas AKA Madison or Maddie are doing great. They still are very close to each other although they will separate for attention from us. Max loves laying on the couch with Mary and Maddie loves laying next to me. They have really been a great addition to our lives. They are both very happy in their forever home.
Mark and Mary B.
Here are a few pictures of our sweet Harlequin. We have totally fallen in love with her. She is so sweet and funny. She is my new best friend never leaving my side and when I am not home she is right next to my husband or on his lap. J We are so happy that we adopted her and couldn’t imagine life without her.
Thanks again... we love our new old pup!!!
Jake has been absolutely incredible. And he is getting lots of love and exercise. Both Jake and the family are having a great time together. I included a few pics. Lastly, I can’t thank you enough for Jake. He has been an awesome addition to our family. This weekend we are going up to the snow to visit my parents, and I can’t wait to see how Jake reacts to snow.
Have a great day.
Brothers Gunnar and Chance were rescued from a shelter in Modesto several years ago, and they now live in the same neighborhood in Lafayette. They visit each other often and remain best of friends!
My husband Chuck and I adopted Rex from GGLRR back in January.
Rex has been an absolute joy in our household, and a great big brother to a new rescue dog, Eddy, whom we brought home last month. From the beginning, Rex has been fantastic. About one month after he came home, I broke my leg in a ski accident, had a few surgeries, then was home for a month and on crutches for three months. He kept me company during that time and was a great dog-nurse. He loves going to Fort Funston (though still unsure about the water!) and meeting other dogs. He and Eddy romp around the house, then fall asleep together on the doggie bed.
I can't thank you guys enough for bringing Rex into our lives.
Thanks much, and happy holidays,
Bella was adopted through Lab Rescue at a rescue day held at Petsmart
back in February. She has graduated beginner and intermediate training. She
is a blessing to our family and we could not imagine life without her. She
has already travelled to Santa Cruz, camping in Tahoe, and many other
places. She loves being around people. Thank you so much for bringing her
into our lives.
Dennis, Nellie & Bella