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is nothing in the world cuter than a Golden Retriever
How can you resist this face????
But for many of us, it’s the senior
Goldens that tug at our heartstrings.
Those beautiful white “powdered sugar”
faces; the wisdom that radiates from their beautiful brown
eyes; their gentleness and devotion.
While it’s true that we may not have as
long a life together, every second of every day is a
blessing that we willingly embrace. Quite honestly, I can’t
imagine my life without a senior Golden…or two!
Eileen McFadden, Editor
Several GRRI volunteers have agreed to
share their feelings about the senior Goldens in their
and I started adopting senior dogs - not by choice - in
1998. Bill’s father came to live with us and brought his
11-year-old Golden, Missy, with him. We had just adopted a
19-month-old Lab mix, Stanley, from a shelter. Missy was
an old, pampered princess from Ohio who had spent 11 years
living with the same loving family as an only dog. Stanley
was a wild boy, found eating out of garbage cans in
Princeton, NJ. It was love and friendship at first sight.
They played and snuggled for the next year and a half and
when Missy died Stanley was very sad. We have been adopting
senior dogs ever since.”
Carolyn Decina reports that Allie,
adopted at age 7, went into her house and took her own
self-guided tour and settled on the dog bed in the kitchen.
Allie was happy and content from day one. “Insta-dog” was
how Carolyn described it and she wouldn’t trade Allie for
all the puppies in the world.
Pam Patton wrote that she will “always
have at least one senior in my house”. She has had 3
seniors and says “they are the best dogs I have ever had.
They give you unconditional love and they are happy to be in
a home. It is so much fun to see them romping on the beach
or playing in the yard like puppies.”
Mroz and 11-year-old Marcus are a team after he came to her
as a foster. Marcus relaxes in the house until he hears
activity in the kitchen; then he moves quickly. Anne says
“we hear the tags on his collar rattle and then we see this
sweet face peer around the corner. We laugh every time even
though we know what to expect. It always warms our hearts
and makes us giggle.”
and Brad Slamp say they have a special place in their hearts
for seniors. They adopted Sammie when she was 9 years old.
She had been kept in the basement of her surrendering
family’s home and was filthy and underweight. Sammie was
fearful in the beginning but 4 months later she had passed
her CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) and Therapy dog tests.
“Our Princess Sammie was a diamond in the rough and she
shined when given the opportunity.” Sammie died when she
was 15 years old “but she will live on in our hearts
forever.” Robin and Brad adopted another senior, 10-year-old Rusty. Rusty is still an energetic and happy boy and is
Do you have room in your heart for a
“Old Gold surely does shine
Special thanks to GRRI volunteer Olivia
Bergner for submitting this article.