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Old 08-06-2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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Oops, I did it again!

I adopted another Golden Retriever this past month -- Chappy. I am just so pleased to have another wonderful addition to our family. And, as you can see from the photo below, he get's along well with Cody, our other Golden Retriever.
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Old 08-06-2006, 06:38 PM   #2
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Congratulations! He looks very happy! Thank you for rescuing a dog in need. My second Labrador, Samm, is a rescue and has fit ino my household wonderfully. Be sure to post pictures often!
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Old 08-06-2006, 06:38 PM   #3
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While I'm a labrador lover, I've always liked the golden retrievers as another choice in dogs. Great looking dogs!
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Old 08-06-2006, 06:46 PM   #4
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...Thank you for rescuing a dog in need. My second Labrador, Samm, is a rescue and has fit ino my household wonderfully...
Chappy is our eighth rescue Golden Retriever. I swear by rescue dogs as they are already house-broken and, contrary to the popular proverb, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks", they are highly trainable regardless of their age. It is always fun to watch their personalities open up over time as they relax into their new household.
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That dog looks like it's realizing it's found a real "home". It's great that you are willing and able to take rescue dogs in. Congrats to all of you. It just makes the world seem a bit nicer when people adopt someone else's unwanted ball of fur and provide them with the love they should have had all their life doesn't it?
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Karma to you for adopting another dog! I love goldens almost as much as my lab! Be careful, you could wind up with 3 dogs before you know it, like me .
BTW, here is a picture of our 14 year old little dog bandit with the 3 year old big sister Gracie. Bandit rules!
All three of our dogs were unwanted. Bandit from the pound. Smokie was a breeding mistake and Gracie was with a family that ignored her and left her in the back yard. They are 3 very happy girls now. Lots of love!
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Another Rescue Dog

This dog is the best and we can't understand how anyone would want to get rid of her. We were told she is a golden lab/beagle mix. Looks like she may have some dachshund as well. She's great around kids and never snaps. And she doesn't drool which is always a plus.
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Richard -- Bandit looks at least part Corgi. No wonder she rules the roost!!!! They are cattle dogs (no, not sheep!) and have no problems telling the big dogs what to do. Yes, we have a corgi -- sheds like crazy but a dear, dear friend.

Congratulations yukionna -- I've followed your pet posts for quite a while. We're proud for you and your sheltering arms (Hmmm.... like an old hotel name, how many Airstreams are called "The Sheltering Arms"?).
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We are not sure what Bandit is and she will not tell us. She is 14 yrs old, 15 lbs, has long hair (does not shed), can not hear anything and loves to chase 85 lb yellow labs.
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Thank you for rescuing another dog. That is such a nice thing to do and brings so much happiness into your home.
Here is a picture of my Cromwell a rescued Field Springer at his happiest.
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:44 AM   #11
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Thank-you for all the good karma in this thread!

On a related note (i.e., rescue animals), I just wanted to share that I just don't understand how someone (other than elderly or disabled), can wake up one day and decide to part with their pet.

If anyone can explain this point of view to me, I am listening and would like to understand. On the other hand, if you didn't part with your pets, I wouldn't be blessed with such wonderful additions to MY family.
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Old 08-09-2006, 01:08 PM   #12
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On the other hand, if you didn't part with your pets, I wouldn't be blessed with such wonderful additions to MY family.
Exactly! In my case with Samm, someone elses loss is Kai and my gain. Still, I really don't understand how anyone can consider a pet to be treated as a disposable commodity. Sadly, in the laws eye, pets are seen as property and not as family.
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Old 08-09-2006, 01:25 PM   #13
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I too find this amazing, but you know the people that give them up probably shouldn't have had them in the first place. The dog becomes untrainable, unbearable, etc usually because the owner didn't have time to deal with them properly, walk them, play with them, love them. In our case Cady's previous over said "She's hyper and gun shy." On the notes he left on her info sheet is said she chased the cats and ran over the kids. We found out later he kept her in a 10x10 kennel all day then brought the very energetic German Shorthair into the house to relax and bask in his presence. Instead she tried to burn off her energy.

For us she has been a joy, a cuddler, and the best hiking companion. We run her everyday and have never seen her run over a child. She sits and lets them approach her, then she waits patiently until they are done petting her to get up an leave. She and the cat have found a happy medium between chasing and antagonizing. We have come home to find them sleeping on the couch together.
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:41 PM   #14
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Some dogs are let go because the humans life changes. Illness, age or a move that does not accomodate a pet. On the other hand some are jerks. Our pound hound had two previous owners. The first was abusive and the second returned him to the pound as he was to shy(?) When we saw him on doggy death row he had warning signs on his cage and the attendants tried to talk us out of choosing him. They said he was to shy and unmanagable and what could we do to "normalize" him when the last owner couldnt. They also admonished us that they would not take him back for free when we gave up on him. Funny part of this is when we went looking for a dog we agreed no labs. We love labs but they are fence hoping nieghberhood wanderers. Of course this dog is a 85 lb. male Yellow Lab. The upshot is after six months of affection and patience he became a "normalish" dog. After two years he is a happy goofy pooch who won't leave the yard without one of us with him and a real joy to have around. He still has his problems but his nightmares are now rare instead of regular. Want a dog? Go to the pound.
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giving up pets

I once had to give up a dog, my golden retriever. We lived on an acreage in the Rockies and were moving to Toronto. Sandy was used to hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, in fact doing everything with us and our 3 kids. The thought of him penned up in a city-sized backyard with all of us gone all day was just too terrible. Fortunately we had friends with a similar family--small kids--and active, outdoor lifestyle who had just sadly lost their Akita. They were very happy to take Sandy and he made the transition very well. They had him for 8 or 9 years and gave us regular updates on his progress.

The only thing that saved me from being completely heartbroken about giving him up was that I knew the family who took him, had seen how well they treated their last dog, and was in touch with them all the time to hear how he was doing.

Now we have 2 black labs who go everywhere with us. The next litter of pups will be interesting in the trailer!! Although we did take all 8 of the first litter out on our boat with us and Mom & Dad, and all did well.
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The only thing that saved me from being completely heartbroken about giving him up was that I knew the family who took him, had seen how well they treated their last dog, and was in touch with them all the time to hear how he was doing.
Great story...thanks for sharing. The previous owners of both my Goldens do check in periodically to see how they are doing so I know they really do care. Additionally, I email them photos and stories periodically.
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Almost adopted a third!

I tried to adopt Rex, a bassett hound - golden retriever mix, but someone else adopted him before I sent in my request. I just fell in love with this guy from his photos.
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Wonderful!

I had a lifelong fear of dogs until I was 50 and realized there were so many friends/family with dogs I liked. A friend who is an AKC obedience trial judge was retiring her Bailey from the ring at 9 (UDX!) and we became her new family. SHe has been my shadow and joy these past 5 years. (She is now a registered therapy dog.) Her health is still very good except for cataracts, but 14 is getting up there. I know we will always have to have a dog in our home now. Thanks for the comments re rescue. There is a great group in MN that I have run across and will contact them when the day comes. For now we are a one-golden family. B is very much an alfa female and I don't see any point in messing up her world at this point.
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We're suckers...

And our families know it. All our pets are recycled from our friends and family.
Cookie, our Peek-a-Poo, was my father's dog, and we took her when he could no longer take care of her. Baby, our recently deceased Flame-point Siamese, was Marie's mother's cat, and we took him in when, like my father, she became ill and could no longer care for him.
Daisy, our latest, is a Chiweenie (Daschund-Chihuahua mix), is from my sister-in-law, where she moved does not allow pets.
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We did it again also

It's a happy time around our house and Airstream again. We lost our beloved Chesapeake Bay retriever , Gina, in May so it has been a long summer. We had never taken a single trip in the trailer without her. Seems like any dog friendly place, is a great people spot. I'll never forget our stay at the KOA in Ouray, Colorado. They made sure we had an all grass spot by the creek so Gina would enjoy her stay.

Our new guy is "Vinny" a 7 week old Chesapeake who is from Cursan Kennel in Neshkoro, Wisconsin. He loved the 4 1/2 hour ride home. I can hardly wait to get him on the road with the Airstream where he will be the chief greeter and tour guide.
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