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Golden Retriever Rescue

Updated on March 19, 2015

Why Golden Retriever Rescue?

If you want to adopt a dog, then a golden retriever rescue just might be the perfect place to find the best canine pet ever. Learn here why goldens make excellent pets AND about how to find and adopt one from a golden retriever rescue organization.

Goldens are extremely intelligent and well-known for their loving, affectionate temperament. They make excellent companions and tend to be quite gentle around children and other animals. Spend some time training your golden and you won't find a better canine buddy for participating in almost any dog sport.

Golden Retriever Rescue Centers exist literally all over the US. Golden retriever rescue organizations are reliable to be very honest and caring toward finding the best match for both the golden and for you. You might consider a golden retriever rescue organization to adopt a golden rather than going to an expensive breeder. While there are many responsible breeders, please do not even THINK of bringing home a golden from your local pet shop. You will find reasons for that below, and much better ways to adopt a dog.

Here you'll learn all about how to find a golden retriever rescue when you adopt a dog, about crate training golden retrievers and retriever training books and a very unique collection of pictures of golden retrievers.

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What to Expect at a Golden Retriever Rescue

The 'adopt a dog' process for rescued goldens

You fill out an application, letting them know you have interest in being a forever home for a golden retriever. There is a screening process which includes at least one home visit from one of their volunteers. They will want to know about other pets and family members, type of home you live in, etc. Unlike breeders or pet stores, they are very careful about placing these dogs. There is a $25 application fee. This is not refundable but does apply toward fees for adoption when that is complete. It is a process that may take awhile, especially if you want a specific type of golden, for example a female puppy. If you are willing to adopt an older dog or have no preference male or female, that will likely shorten the process by quite a bit.

Finding Golden Retriever Rescue Orgs - How to Find Retriever Rescue - It's EASY!

Just click any of the links below to search golden retriever rescue organizations all across the United States. The websites links below are maintained by the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club of America, a not for profit organization.

Raising Golden Retrievers - What to Expect

Your life with a golden retriever...

A full grown golden might weigh anywhere from 70-90 pounds, which is NOT exactly a small dog, yet there are certainly bigger breeds. Males generally weigh more than females and might be a bit more of a challenge to train. When it comes to dog training, there may be no breed that responds to training easier and more quickly than a golden retriever.

Devoted golden retriever lovers would agree that the only potential issue with being owned by a golden is the fact that they do shed a lot. However there are remedies for that. See below for remedies for shedding and excess animal hair.

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Golden Retrievers and Family Life

A golden retriever can make a perfect family dog!

Golden retrievers are often used as Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs, and the main reason for this is that they are so highly intelligent. While this intelligence is a very good thing, you still must invest the time to take your golden through a basic obedience class and train him or her as a well mannered member of your family.

Even if the dog come to you already obedience trained, it is best to repeat this program so that you can communicate and build a bond of trust with your dog. Obedience training is as much for the owner as it is for the dog. Goldens also tend to be very gentle and loyal. They are great with small children and a loved family member.

Golden Retrievers are devoted to family life so when you adopt a dog, consider a golden retriever only if you plan to keep this sweet canine inside your home. They are not good outdoor kennel dogs.

A kennel is good to use indoors while training, but with consistent training you will soon be able to trust your golden in your home. It is up to you whether you want to allow your golden in your bed or on your sofa (I don't), but inside your home and among the family is a must.

Watch this Golden JAM! - Priceless! Guitar lovin' golden retriever

Golden Retriever Adopts Tiger Babies - Incredible TRUE STORY on this video

Golden nurses baby white tiger cubs!

They were abandoned when mom died.

True Stories about Golden Retriever Rescue

Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories About Golden Retrievers
Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories About Golden Retrievers

Heart-warming true stories about goldens who were rescued and about the people who love them. This collection of stories will clarify the unconditional love and forgiveness capable of a golden retriever rescue dog. If you are considering a rescued golden, you might really enjoy this read. A portion of proceeds from every sale of this book is donated back to golden retriever rescue groups.


Why You Should Avoid Pet Stores for Getting a Golden Retriever

Before you go to a pet store to adopt a dog...consider this:

The cost of providing veterinary care for an animal kept in a pet shop usually will exceed the animal's commercial value. So the animals may be left to suffer or even die from untreated illnesses or injuries.

Pet shops that sell animals contribute to the already overwhelming problem of overpopulation in shelters and rescue groups. Very often the conditions that seem cruel and inappropriate in pet stores do not actually violate any laws of the state in which the store is located.

Buying a puppy from a pet shop at the local mall is supporting puppy mills that raise goldens for profit only. Please consider another alternative.

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Is a Golden Retriever Rescue Free?

No, but MUCH cheaper than elsewhere

A golden from a rescue organization will cost a very small fraction of what you would pay to a breeder. The rescues are not for profit organizations, and most are operated totally by volunteers. The golden retriever rescue organizations may do some fund raising, but that alone does not cover their costs for such things as food, boarding and medical care for the rescued dogs.

The average cost to adopt a dog from a rescue might be around $200, compared to about $1500. for a golden retriever puppy from a breeder. A reduced fee may be requested for senior goldens (over age 9) at a rescue organization. All fees or donations to rescues are tax-deductible toward this not for profit organization.

Golden Retriever Dance Video!!! - A favorite video among our collection of pictures of golden retrievers

Priceless! Gotta SEE this!

Who'd have thought

that training a dog to dance like this was even possible?

Very entertaining.

Reasons NOT to Adopt a Golden Retriever!

Yes, there are a few...

1) You want a dog who will stay outside.

2) You cannot stand dog hair or you are a clean freak. A well-trained golden is quite clean, but they DO shed a lot (find an easy solution to shedding below).

3) You are a couch potato and hope your dog will just be the same.

4) You are searching for a guard dog. Goldens are friendly almost to a fault, and might even want to play with an intruder.

5) You see that tiny 10 pound puppy and pray he will stay that same size. Not!

6) You think dogs make great nannies for small children and/or a lesson in responsibility for older kids.

7) You think maybe the ideal place to get a golden is the pet shop at your neighborhood mall. Definitely not!

The Perfect Tool to Eliminate Excess Hair in Your Golden - No More Shedding!

FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Dogs, Large
FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Dogs, Large

Pricing on Amazon for a FURminator tends to be about half or less than some retail stores.


How to Deal with Excess Shedding

Goldens DO shed a lot, but there's a simple solution. After being owned by two goldens for over 20 years, I've tried MANY ways to deal with excess dog hair.

For one thing, I give my golden haircuts regularly. If not, your dog will grow LONG hair around the belly area that will sweep floors and yards, gathering everything in sight. If not brushed regularly, this hair can also become very tangled and matted. So a few times each year, I trim this hair off of the belly and legs, especially in hot weather.

If you don't want to trim your own dog, visiting a good dog groomer regularly can solve the shedding problem, too. However that can be expensive and inconvenient. Also beware that many groomers use chemicals that are harmful to your dog. They may stop shedding, but are NOT worth the risk to your pet's health.

The FURminator gets to the undercoat and will pull FAR out more hair than other grooming tools. It was designed to reach the skin below the hair, releasing oils in the skin that benefits your dog and also results in a shinier coat of hair.

Furminator is preferred by groomers and recommended by vets for brushing all kinds of animals. It removes MUCH more fur in less time than any brush, rake or comb and without pain nor harm to the topcoat. The FURminator tool comes in 3 sizes, the large size best for an adult golden retriever.

Brushing with a regular wire brush helps some, but the BEST solution is to brush your dog with a FURminator. This tool is by FAR the best available.

"I Rescued a Human Today" Poem

Golden Rescues Human

I rescued a human today. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.

I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today.

Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past.

I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors So many more to be saved.

At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.

Let's Duel about Golden Retrievers - Sound off!

Where is the best place to adopt a golden retriever?

Golden Retriever Breeder

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    • tammy59 4 years ago

      I have purchased most of my purebreed dogs from breeders, but I was interested in training and showing my dogs. I purchased one of my Goldens online and later discovered that this guy was supporting puppy mills. I still have this Golden and would trade him for the world, but he has heath problems. My other Golden and Lab came from breeders as puppies. I also Foster Goldens too. My two that came from breeders have health checks,along with champions that go back several generations. I purchased them because I am interested in showing in obedience trails, but to me if your looking for a pet-breeders, rescues or shelters are the way to go, not pet shops or people selling their dogs online without a background check on where they got their puppies.

    • awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I just want to say that there are many wonderful caring breeders out there and some of my goldens have come from them. Yes the price is high but when you consider the thousands they spend having their dogs tested and certified against hip displaysia, and eye and heart disease, plus working hard to keep the good looks and beautiful temperament the breed is known for it's not that outrageous. Please don't confuse puppy mills with honest caring breeders!

      I am also a fan of the rescue groups having worked with them and some of my goldens (I have had 7) have come from them as well.

    • Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yes, there are some excellent breeders and not all are bad, agreed. My first golden named Leo came from an excellent breeder. At that time (late 80s) the cost was around $500 for a pup, now that cost is well over a grand for the same. If one can afford such this can be a decent option, however pet shops are NEVER a good option. They do not provide humane care and support puppy mills.

    • Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I just want to put a good word in for breeders. I know a couple of them and they are fabulous, hand-raising their puppies in the house when they're babies and socializing them with their kids. I love, love, love the idea of rescue organizations, but not all breeders are bad.

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      • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

        I'd pick the rescue myself.

      • Fran Tollett 4 years ago

        Rescue for sure. These dogs are wonderful.

      • Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

        While I have nothing against a fellow making a buck, there are too many stories about puppy farms and mistreatment by breeders. You'd think they of all people would know better. I know not all breeders are bad, but these "rescue" dogs are called that for a reason. Dogs are loving animals and don't seem to be able to understand why their people mistreated them. All they need is love and little TLC to come back to the loving pets God intended them to be. You know Dean Koontz (the author) claims that dogs are aware of God and that's why they are so happy and playful all the time.

      • Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

        I will always go to a rescue to adopt a new member of the family.

      • Bigdaddyguru 5 years ago

        You've got to love the smile on a Golden. Great site

      • ChrissLJ 5 years ago

        80% of all dogs who go into a shelter do not come out alive. To buy a dog when so many are being destroyed is beyond cruel and irresponsible. Adopting from a shelter or rescue organization is the only way to go.

      • Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

        Absolutely from rescue! Rescue dogs are always so much more grateful to have a home, I think... at least that has been my experience rescuing Miniature Schnauzers.

      • nightbear lm 6 years ago

        The rescue is such a wonderful option. These dogs need our love and they are so willing to give every ounce of love they have to you. We will be rescuing a golden soon.

      • Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        Not all breeders are bad. But I would chose a recuse before anything else.

      • lakern26 lm 7 years ago

        My first choice when adopting is usually an animal shelter, but I now see why a golden retriever rescue organization is definitely a better choice.

      • Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        The rescue organizations are much more caring & humane. As not for profit organizations, the cost is much lower than expensive breeders.

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      Golden Retrievers LOVE Water!

      Did you know golden retrievers are bred to be strong swimmers? and that they even have webbed toes? Yep, like a duck.

      Get your golden to a pond, lake, pool or beach - and do it often. They'll LOVE it and will benefit much from the exercise. Throw a tennis ball or a stick and that dog will chase, swim and retrieve it, over and over and over... the dog will likely last longer than your arm! :-)

      Goldens and Other Pets

      Goldens tend to get along fine with other animals.

      There may be some stand offs at first, but in the end it is most likely that a golden will warm to your other furry friends.

      Watch this video to see a perfect example of just that. It is only about 3 minutes long and set to soothing music.

      Golden Retrievers are Bird Dogs

      Goldens are bred as bird dogs, and have a natural ability and inclination to chase down birds and ducks. So don't be surprised if your golden goes NUTS at the sight of a bird.

      That is just nature taking its course. Many golden retrievers are bred specifically for field trials from champion canine winners at this popular sport.

      Golden Retriever Fancy Dancer

      MUST SEE!

      Golden dancing,


      Dancing With the Stars?

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      About Older Golden Retrievers

      Golden Retriever Pictures: A Golden Oldie

      Goldens just get gentler and more loyal and affectionate with age. Around age 7 or 8 their golden muzzle (nose) will turn white, maybe not as attractive as that young gorgeous golden sheen, but nothing to worry about. In human years, your dog is now 50 or 60 years old, so some grey hair is showing up is all. They'll get more laid back, sleep more.

      About going for walks...even though the heart is definitely INTO it, the legs might not be able to take as much as in earlier years. After a few blocks, the dog might need a rest, especially if not used to walks on a daily basis, same as a human.

      That's my Sheba over there in the photo at age 13. She died shortly afterward, is deeply missed but is now surrounded by other angels. :-)

      Darcy, the Golden Retriever

      Watch the gentleness of this golden around young kids.

      These are children who have never met Darcy before.

      The unconditional love of a dog

      reduces our stress levels

      and increases our serotonin intake.

      Poem Dedicated to Golden Retriever Rescue

      One by one, they file past my cage. Too old, too worn, too broken, no way

      Way past his time, he can't run and play. They shake their heads slowly and go on their way

      A little old man, arthritic and sore, seems I am not wanted anymore

      I once had a home, I once had a bed, place that was warm, and where I was fed

      Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail. Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

      My family decided I didn't belong. I got in their way; my attitude was wrong

      Whatever excuse they made in their head. Can't justify how they left me for dead

      Now I sit in this cage, where day after day. The younger dogs all get adopted away

      When I had almost come to the end of my rope. You saw my face, and I finally had hope

      You saw through the grey and the legs bent with age. And felt that I still had life beyond this cage

      You took me home, gave me food and a bed, shared your own pillow with my poor tired head

      We snuggle and play and you talk to me low. You love me so dearly, you want me to know

      I may have lived most of my life with another, but you outshine them with a love so much stronger

      And I promise to return all the love I can give, To you, my dear person, as long as I live

      I may be with you for a week or for years. We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears

      And when the time comes that God deems I must leave. I know you will cry and your heart it will grieve

      And when I arrive at the Bridge all brand new. My thoughts and my heart will still be with you

      And I will brag to all that will hear, of the person who made my last days oh, so dear

      Author unknown

      A house without a dog

      is like a garden without flowers.

      True Story of a Golden who Saved a Soldier

      This touching story will make your heart leap and convince you of the power of love to heal.

      Golden retriever saves a life amidst the chaos of war. Touching true story of a golden retriever and a soldier.

      The incredible bond they form shows us an unforgettable reality not only the ravages of war, but the utterly astounding capacity of the human spirit to strengthen and rebound.

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      Considerations about Adopting a Dog

      How to be sure you are ready to adopt a dog.

      Unfortunately less than half of family pets live out their lives with their original owner. That's about 7 million animals entering shelters or rescues every year, many simply through the irresponsibility of careless owners.

      • Avoid an impulse decision. Don't be swayed by a cute canine without prior planning and consideration of this decision. Think about what's important to you in a pet. Before even going out to look for a dog, make a list of what you want (and do NOT want) and what things you can compromise on.
      • Listen to the rescue staff for advice and knowledge. While most pet stores simply view each dog as a potential sale, rescue workers are much more invested in every dog and sincerely want to find the placement that will work best for both the dog and the owner.
      • Do your research. Maybe you live in an apartment, and so think you cannot adopt. However many large breed dogs (especially older ones) will do just fine in apartment life. Older dogs tend to be sedentary and will be fine with just a short walk or two daily.
      • Prepare yourself for lifestyle changes. If you've never been owned by a dog, be realistic about changes in lifestyle that go along with becoming a dog owner. While it is much simpler than becoming a parent of a human baby, that dog will need some attention from you - daily.
      • Consider all pros and cons until you are sure you are ready for both the responsibility and the rewards involved when you adopt a dog.

      Katie - Adopted July 2012

      Katie - Adopted July 2012
      Katie - Adopted July 2012

      Retriever Readers Write! - Comments Appreciated!

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          TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

          Great page that shows your love for this breed of dog.

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          Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

          Lovely lens. I especially enjoyed the video about Isabella, the dog nursing the tiger cubs.

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          Amy Trumpeter 4 years ago from Oxford

          Gorgeous dog pics! I love the one with 3 tennis balls in his mouth!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

          Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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          Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

          @tammy59: That's interesting. I also foster for a local rescue and that's how I got my current golden, some call that a 'failed foster' but I call it a win.

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          tammy59 4 years ago

          I not only own two Golden Retrievers and One Labrador, but I also Foster Goldens for my local rescue group before we find them new homes. I am on my fourth Foster Golden since I just started doing this in May. I enjoy every day that I share my home with the Fosters.They have each touch my heart and make me want to do this until I can't do it any more. It is a great feeling when my fosters find new families to love them and that I played a part in it. I believe that all dogs are angels to their owners

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          Ibexing 4 years ago

          When I was a young child my parents had a golden retriever called Sandy he was a bit of a handful but we loved him so much... I enjoyed reading your lens.

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          Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

          Great articles, great pics about a great breed of dogs. The guy above was right, Golden's do smile. I also believe Dean Koontz to be right too. Maybe because I so desperately want to!

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          TapIn2U 4 years ago

          Beautiful photos! Golden retrievers are beautiful inside and out. Sundae ;-)

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          Ruthi 5 years ago

          Great reasons you've shared for adopting a golden retriever from a rescue organization.

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          SandyORiley 5 years ago

          Very nice lens. We had a lovely golden for 13 years, and now have a weimeraner that we fostered and fell in love with and adopted.

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          antoniow 5 years ago

          Very nice lens! Squidlike

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          Ashley 5 years ago from St. Louis

          I just created a lens about why to adopt (will be published in the next day), which led me to your page. This is absolutely great!

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          TaniaStar LM 5 years ago

          Amazing dog and lens, I have a 10 year-old golden retriever and he is sooo sweet :)

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          Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

          I support all organizations who rescue animals. Seeing pictures of your lovely Sheba in her heyday and how much of a family member she was, does a heart good. You were all lucky to have spent so much time together. Reading "I Adopted a Human Today" always brings me to tears. Thank you so much for the link to my dog adotion vest pattern. I'm linking back to your rescue too. Blessings!

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          GRM 5 years ago

          Awesome lens!

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          Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

          I love golden retrievers...they're such beautiful and smart dogs. Love your videos. :)

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          RinchenChodron 5 years ago

          Goldens are just the sweetest dog out there. They usually want to be a lap dog even tho they are too big. Great lens here.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          Beautiful. I love how the dog has three balls in his mouth.

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          jessy-simmons 5 years ago

          Love your lense! Especially agree with the quote that life without a dog is like a garden without flowers. Can't imagine what life'd be like without my Chester :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Returning to this Golden Retriever Rescue love with a little angel love....

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          tombonner 5 years ago

          Don't tell my current dog, but the best dog I ever owned was a rescued Golden Retriever. I know everyone thinks they own the best dog in the world, but in our golden's case we actually did..

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          dahlia369 5 years ago

          Beautiful, friendly dogs and wonderful lens!! :)

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          sousababy 5 years ago

          Deserves a google +1 and great to see a well-deserved purple star on this one!

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          sousababy 5 years ago

          Ohh, I just love this. Adding this to 'Living Articles on Squidoo' and featured within your devoted section of my newest 'Squidoo people with a good heart - Part IV.' Keep 'em coming,


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          awakeningwellness 5 years ago

          This is a wonderful lens on a subject close to my heart. I love goldens and have worked with golden rescue for many years, to me they are the King of dogs! :)

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          ChrissLJ 5 years ago

          I do love Goldens but currently only have smaller dogs (12 and 45 lbs). When my mini was younger, she had a good Golden friend who competed nearly every weekend in dock diving. He would do anything to have a ball playing with his pet humans.

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          PamelaDW 5 years ago

          This is a terrific lens. You did a great job of recognizing the special characteristics of these wonderful dogs while showing that they aren't a good fit for everyone.

          And thank you for pointing out the problems of pet shops and supporting puppy mills. I've been seeing Ebay pet classified ads on Squidoo lately and we need to keep reminding people that animals are not meant to be sold at pet stores on from websites.

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          TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

          Golden's are such gentle dogs. What a great cause. I featured your lense on one about my own dog adoption: Marvin's Story.

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          Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

          Congratulations on an amazing lens! Blessings to you today from a fellow rescuer and Squid Angel. Your passion for Goldens really shines through!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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          BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

          Just wanted to stop back by and say enjoy some Angel Dust on St. Pat's Day!

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          2woofs 6 years ago

          Great Goldie Site!

          I can vouch for the FURminator you mentioned, it's an excellent tool for the Goldie fur under control i've done a little review of it at my site

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          JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

          Golden Retriever rescues... Woo hoo!

          With Love and Gratitude,


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          Kelsey-Budden-16 6 years ago

          Wow! What a lovely lens! I loved the poems and the pictures! Good content on it as well!

          I wrote a lens about Golden Retrievers myself! If you are interested in checking it out, here is the link:

          Goldens truly are Angels, aren't they? :-)

          I think I will also lens roll this with mine!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          Congratulations on being listed on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase!

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          awakeningwellness 6 years ago

          Having been owned by 7 goldens in my life and also spending years working with golden rescue I have a deep love for these animals that are beautiful both inside and out...lovely lens about lovely dogs!

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          KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

          Thanks for sharing such good information. Congratulations on your purple star, and for being chosen for the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase. Happy new year!

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          greenerme 6 years ago

          Great lens and a great cause! Congrats on making it on the Giant Squid Showcase! Happy New Year!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Congrats on making the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase list with this wonderful lens about Golden Retriever Rescue!

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          Sure sounds like a nice breed of dog. Congratulations and all the best for 2011.

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          Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

          Your blend of wise advice and fun is irresistible! Add one lovable breed of dog into the mix and a compassionate cause and we have a true winner! Congratulations on making the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase with Golden Retriever Rescue.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Well, I loved this in February and I love it today! It is my pleasure to congratulate you for being on the Best of List for the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase, I am thrilled for you!

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          Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

          Congratulations on being one of the 45 on the Giant Squid 2010 Showcase. Very cool. :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Congratulations for being included in The 2010 Giant Squid Showcase by the SquidTeam! How cool is that! Happy New Year, Squidhugs from Kathy

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          nightbear lm 6 years ago

          I have been owned by two Goldens as well. Truly gorgeous and perfect animals. I will be getting another one when the time is right. My Isabel has to come first for now. (She is my paralyzed Belgium Sheepdog) My husband and I both really want another Golden.

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          Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

          great lens, I love doing captions x

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          Gamganny 6 years ago

          Beautiful and informative lens, we had a retriever growing up and what a great friend, Here's some angel dust and a blessing for Sheba

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          BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

          This is such a wonderful lens. I have featured it on The Best of Pet Rescue on Squidoo. Thanks for sharing all of this information.

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          awakeningwellness 6 years ago

          I have had 7 golden retrievers of my own and fostered several others and I can say without hesitation that they are the best dogs! Right now I have 2 goldens and they are not only my family but my best this lens :)

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          Jenmarie 7 years ago

          Lots of great information here, thank you for sharing!

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          Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

          @anonymous: Angelo...that's terrible! and very rare to hear of a golden biting a child. Try this link below and then click on the map to find the rescue nearest you.

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          Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

          Lovely lens! My family has been "owned" by two gorgeous Goldens, Misty lived for 13 years and our current beautiful boy, Yarrow (who used to be a guide dog), is still hobbling around at 14 years old :) 5 stars

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Can someone help. I have a beautiful male golden from rescue. He is about 7 and absolutely lovable. A 7 year old child who is moving into the niegberhood came onto our property and the dog bit him on the face. We did not know the family or the children but they want the dog destroyed. Does anyone know a rescue that would take him. He is a wimp and has never been aggressive to anyone else. Please we need help ! Thank you.

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          BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

          Informative and fun! Your golden Sheba is beautiful and you are both blessed to have each other. Lensrolling to my chocolate labs lens.

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          Holley Web 7 years ago

          An absolutely beautiful lens! I love Golden Retrievers along with all the other animals out there, but they are truly special. They do make wonderful friends :)

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Beautiful lens on some beautiful golden retrievers.

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          Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

          @AuthorNormaBudden: Yep! Danced on my desk and now have purple star footprints all over it!

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          AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

          So glad you received your purple star!!! This lens was so deserving of one...have you danced on the table yet? :)

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          marsha32 7 years ago

          Congrats on the purple star!

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          Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

          what a great lens. i love the dancing video. blessed

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          oztoo lm 7 years ago

          Lovely lens about a lovely dog breed.

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          AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

          My goodness! I came across your lens as part of a Rocket Mom critique session - but how can I critique perfection?

          Lensrolled to my Family Pets: Are They Important lens. I'm also going to recommend this for a purple star. You'll definitely find your lens listed here since angel wings have re-appeared. This is one of the best lenses I've read and I'm going to show it off at Twitter and Facebook, too.

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          Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

          What a beautiful lens! 5*

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          Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

          I've never met a Golden I didn't like. I rescued a mutt, though, that I found in the woods when she was a very little puppy and couldn't find where she'd come from. If or when I ever have another dog, it will definitely be a rescue of some sort. This is a wonderful lens. Love the poem.

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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          still crying from the poem! I love dogs too and Goldens are awesome dogs! My friend has one and he always wants to go home with me. But I have 2 little dogs and not enough room for him.Otherwise, no problem, I'd take him in a heartbeat. This is a wonderful lens! 5*

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          noxid25 7 years ago

          Really nice and informative lens! I had a Retriever named Beau, but had to give him away (to a great home) due to my eldest son's allergies. I truly miss him - he was the best tempered dog I had ever known! :)

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          Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Great lens. A couple of neighbors had golden retrievers. They are wonderful dogs.

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          lakern26 lm 7 years ago

          Oh, I want one, but I already have three pups, so I guess I'll have to wait ;-) This really is a wonderful lens and a fantastic way to get the word out about goldens and the rescue organizations dedicated to them. Well done!

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          Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

          My boys grew up with Maggie, our best-dog-in-the-world golden retriever. We still miss her after all these years. Love this lens!

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          Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

          Thanks for educating people on golden retriever rescue and about these beautiful dogs! Excellent and fun lens - - blessed by an angel!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I love this lens. I've been thinking about getting a pup to raise again. Goldens are beautiful dogs and so much fun. Maybe, just maybe...I'll get a Golden Retriever.

          Well, done, love the dance video.


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          The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

          Okay, maybe I am cheating here, I do not own a golden, but I love their personalities. And I just had to tell you what a great lens this is. 5*s

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          JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          We love retrievers, too! Sheba is gorgeous! Angel, my retriever, asked me to lensroll to her 3 lenses. 5*!

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          sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          i love this goldens.due to some domestic problems, unable to own one. lovely lens.5*

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I think Golden Retrievers are so beautiful and have heard that they are wonderful pets. I learned a lot about the Golden Retriever Rescue. Thank you. Lensrolling to Squidoo Pets.

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          ulla_hennig 7 years ago

          I love Goldens, but I am living in a flat in Berlin, and I am off to work every day. So I have decided not to own either a cat or a dog. But I like to look at them!

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          Joan4 7 years ago

          We do so love our golden. She is our second golden, and both dogs provided joy and love in abundance! What a precious loving breed!

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          Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

          @Heather426: Hey I think I just SAW your dogs on that quiz lens with all the pics, Heather. What fun!

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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          I do love Goldens! They are great! But I have 2 little dogs now, and like the "no shedding" aspect of them. Nice lens!