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!
We are a girl scout troop in Oakland and as part of earning our Pet Badge we made dog toys that we decided to donate to lab rescue. Three members of our troop have adopted labs from lab rescue in the last year. The girls had a great time making the toys for the dogs and hope they enjoy them.
Happy endings for GGLRR are happy beginnings for our family now that we have Charlie!
Our little guy is doing very well. It took a few days for him to get adjusted to his new home, new faces and new surroundings but he’s certainly a part of our family now. Full of energy and eager to please present their challenges but we already can’t imagine what our home was like without him.
Liz and the folks at GGLRR have been super! Great guidance and follow-up to make sure Charlie is fitting in well and that we are also fitting in well with him. We know puppy adoption through Rescue is somewhat rare so we’re thankful to GGLRR for connecting us with this little guy.
The days ahead for Charlie will include hikes, campouts, driving trips and other adventures with our family. We hope he’s as excited about that as we are (but first – crate training and housebreaking)! ☺
The Psefteas Family
Lightning has been in our home for over 3 months and he is so comfortable now. At first it took him a while to get used to the house rules, but now he is well behaved and the best companion. He frequently spends time with my grandfather when me and Pedro are gone or if my grandpa just feels like having a friend for a little bit. Lightning gets so excited to see him and you can tell it's a special bond. Grandpa takes them to play some fetch at least once a day. Lightning goes a few rounds but quickly gets over it.
It will be a year in April since our sweet girl Luna joined our family. She came in to our lives at a sad time when we had lost our lab-mix Poke after 7 years together. I was compelled to write a year later as Luna has brought us so much joy and laughter, and I can not believe it has been a year! Thank goodness for GGLR!
She has turned back time for our 12 year lab-mix Shadow, and he is playing and happy in a way we have never seen.
Luna has a sweetness about her hard to describe. She smiles and wags at strangers and I see how it just melts their hearts; mailmen, exterminators, plumbers too, not just the friendly neighbor down the street! It has made me rethink how I react to people everywhere I go .... and how impactful a genuine hello can be. Luna acknowledges people in a way that says "Hey, I like you and I don't even know you!" and "You look like you are really special!" What a beautiful thing!
So thank you GGLR and Liz for bringing us together with this angel, and for all the love and kindness she received from her previous owner Linda, as it helped encourage her wonderful, gentle nature. I only hope my husband, Mark, and I can pay it forward and create moments of happiness for others like Luna does and that it gets passed on, and on and on ... no wagging tail required!
Sparky came home to stay with his forever family on Halloween. From the moment he walked through the door, it was like he’d always been here. He is such a mellow, happy, lovable guy and his excitable “spark” really comes out sometimes, which makes his name all the more fitting. When my husband and I first saw him online, we knew we just had to meet him. Sparky was described as “special needs” since he was born missing a rear left paw. But, the only special thing about him is his lovable nature and awesome disposition. The absence of his left rear paw does not slow him down in the slightest. When he’s able to run off lead with other dogs he can keep up with the best of them! We have an expression around here that Sparky has never met a stranger. He is a friend to everyone that he comes across. He is especially fond of our two-year old daughter and a few of her playmates in the neighborhood. Our nightly bath routine with our daughter is a riot. He has to be right there with us at all times and loves the water. I don’t know who has more fun at bath time, Sparky or our daughter! We really believe we've hit the jackpot with this guy and sincerely thank everyone at GGLRR for all that they do. Our growing family now feels complete with Sparky in tow.
It took us more than a year to get over the loss of our beloved springer spaniel, Buckley. But, when it was time to move on, we contacted Liz at GGLRR and checked out many attractive candidates for adoption. After exploring several possibilities, 10 year-old Maggie looked like a good match so we made arrangements to visit her at the foster home of Kaleen and Carter with their family dogs Cheeto and Beau. On the day we met Maggie we were sure we wanted her and she seemed to want to be with us.
We adopted Maggie in May 2014. She came to us testing positive for heart worm. We knew this before hand but we wanted to help her through this ordeal. The recovery period was 3 months and required periods of restricted activity. GGLRR generously helped with medical expenses and our local vet clinic provided expert care. During the treatment period we were able to make our annual 3 week trip back to our family’s summer cabin in northern Minnesota. Maggie was a great traveler. She seemed to be very comfortable in the back seat hammock with her head resting between the two front seats. Her smiling face and gentle nature caused many strangers to strike up a conversation. Maggie’s heart worm treatment has been completed and she is now free of the parasite.
Our bond with Maggie has become stronger over the weeks. She is sweet, gentle, calm, and loves attention plus she is great with other dogs and loves kids. She has taken to living on a farm like she was born to it, roaming the fields and following us around. Maggie loves car rides, so much that any open car door is an invitation to jump in. She also likes to have a favorite toy or kong in her mouth almost constantly. She has recently discovered that sleeping on our bed is really comfortable which makes for cozy sleeping for three. The other evening our neighbor had guests over for a house warming party. We stopped by with Maggie to say hello. Because we had another engagement, the hostess asked if Maggie could stay for the party. We reluctantly agreed and apprehensively went on our way. Sometime later that evening we phoned the neighbor to see how Maggie was doing. “Maggie”, she exclaimed, “is the life of the party.” Maggie, the party animal. She is a blessing.
Hi, My name is Sam. I was rescued by GGLR and have lived with my forever family for almost six months now. I’m such a happy dog!!! Let me tell you about my new life.
I live with two kids and their parents. I love my kids and they love me! Although, sometimes we all get in trouble (just a little bit) with the Mom because the kids are supposed to be getting ready for school and instead we’re all rolling around on the floor in one big, wiggly, happy, puppy heap! The Dad lets me cuddle in bed on most mornings. He also lets me on the couch when the Mom’s not looking. I have my own fluffy bed and toys and a nice sunny porch I can lie on and watch birds in the vineyard whenever I want. But they never ever leave me out there when they leave. They let me back in as soon as I ask and, when they have to go somewhere without me, I stay in the house.
But its not very often that I’m home alone. My family takes me almost everywhere with them! In the mornings, I take the kids to school. A lot of mornings, the Dad and I walk my girl to school. I like that. The Mom is home with me most days. We go on walks or run errands (unless its too hot for me to stay in the car) and then go pick up the kids from school. I like that! On Tuesdays, when we go through the carpool lane, there’s a teacher who gives out dog treats!
I even get to go on vacation with my family! We’ve been to Los Angeles and Tahoe. I loved Lake Tahoe and going hiking. In Los Angeles, I met lots and lots of new people (they all loved me!) and made a few new dog friends too.
There are horses that live here too. They have been very patient with me. They didn’t get at all upset when I jumped up to touch noses. There’s one that’s more my size – my family has tried to explain that she’s a pony but I’m pretty sure she’s really just a big dog. I don’t understand why she won’t play with me!! But she’s nice. She just stands really, really still when I forget and jump up to put my paws on her side. Sometimes I just get too excited!
My family has worked hard with me on my training. I know “Sit”, sort of know “Down”, and am still working on “Come” (I get distracted a lot!) and “Stay”. The only bad thing I do is once in awhile I bring them things that I’m not really supposed to. Currently, I’m really into socks. But my family always tells me what a good dog I am and how much they love me. I get pet and cuddled and played with constantly!
Thank you so much to GGLR for rescuing me and finding me this wonderful family. My family would also like to thank you for allowing them to adopt me. They were pretty sad when they lost their 15 year old Lab, Fred, back in January. But they say that their house is happy again since I’ve been here. I’m also sending some pictures of my new life.
Just wanted to let you guys know that Max is doing great. We play fetch daily and he is running about 10-12 miles per week. We went to the vet for a check up last week and he weighs about 66 pounds.
Vaccinations are up to date and he is off the pepsid. He has a huge appetite and has had zero issues with vomiting since we've had him. All in all he is doing very well.
Riley's ears have been improving. We are cleaning them out in addition to the drops. We just finished the last of the ear drops over the weekend.
He is doing well and getting settled in. Yesterday was the first day our kids went to school since he has been with us. He was all excited as we gathered at the door because he thought we had a fun outing planned for him. :( but he was also thrilled when they came home.
Attached are a couple photos. He is quite active for an 8 year old. We are working on making sure he doesn't pull up when he is out for a walk or run on his leash. He loves to swim! He "chases" a ball or anything into the water but doesn't bring it back. Just happy to be in the water.
We have been looking for our newest family member for a while and happened to meet this sweet girl who we immediately fell in love with and named Hartley. Hartley came from a field with her mom and three siblings and ended up here where she is surrounded by two older labs and three kids who love her very much. She is very friendly and loves her play time with the kids and other dogs. She loves to roam the property, explore, chase our other dogs (and make us chase her) and cautiously greet everyone who comes to meet her. Hartley is adapting to crate training well and loves a routine. This energetic puppy luckily gets plenty of play time and enjoys her down time as well. Her puppy class will begin after her last set of shots and we hope to teach her more commands and manners. From where she came from, she is doing exceptionally well and learning quickly!
We feel like she came to us at the most perfect time and was truly meant to be with us.
Steve, Jenelle, Sienna, Kaia, Rylan and our four legged family members, Jersie and Brodie.
Lola is one lucky dog!
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We feel so lucky to have Mimi in our family. Initially, we were convinced that a puppy was the way for us, and we went to visit her four puppies. But Mimi was the one we ended up falling for! She is enjoying her life with us. She has been resting a lot while healing up from a rough time on her own with her puppies, as well as a stomach issue and being newly spayed. In the past two weeks of having her we have seen huge progress! She's a tail-wagging, treat-gobbling, happy girl! She loves taking hikes and being with people. She did great on a visit to the school where I work, soaking up the love of a bunch of middle schoolers! We can't wait to continue to work with her and help her be the happiest Mimi she can be. Thank you GGLRR!
Erin and Andrew
Athena is doing spectacularly well! We just finished a basic training course on Friday and Athena passed with flying colors. She loves to practice all of the exercises we've learned. I can't wait to take her to the intermediate class. She still comes to work with me several times a week. My colleagues love her. On Thursday we were walking down the hall to my office and four doors opened simultaneously--my colleagues all wanted to say hi and pet her.
Athena and Isla are having a great time together. Isla calls Athena "sister." We really love this dog so much and can hardly remember what life was like before we adopted her. She is so sweet and goofy and so much fun. And she is such a good girl. She now lies on her rug during dinner time and stays for long stretches as long as I give her a treat every ten minutes or so. I traded in my Accord for a station wagon so it would be easier to take her places. She is truly a part of the family.
Her eyes are great. Her last check up went well and we are due for another one this week. I will let you know how it goes. It is very easy to give her drops. She knows she'll get a green bean so she always wags her tail when we say "drops." She is down to getting drops in the morning and then again in the evening. She seems to be able to see very well. We are switching over to the ophthalmologist in El Cerrito for this next check up.
Thanks so much for checking in. We are so lucky to have this amazing girl in our lives. She is happy and healthy and doing just great. I've attached a few pictures below. I'll send some more when I give you the update on her opthomology appointment.
I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and send a picture of our Lady. We just love her to pieces. She has been a light in our lives. She is such a wonderful girl.
Pictures from our walk this morning and JoJo with her best buddy ball on one of her best buddy pillows!
A happy beginning for me when Marshall traveled north last month to three acres and a permanent home - a lovable boy at 12 years, snores all night, enjoys five small meals a day, has stopped growling at cows, discovered green ball which he now frequently carries in his mouth, never wants to be separated from his human yet on the rare occasion of being alone, he is a perfect gentleman - so lucky for me that Marshall became my better half!
Just one of the best - I'm crazy about him - He does think he's a puppy or at least doesn't know how much he weighs because whenever I am sitting, he wants to be on my lap! sending pictures
My husband and I really wanted a lab and decided our kids were old enough and the time was right. When we first read about Rocky, I thought he might be too big. But then we met him. He was friendly, affectionate, calm, and easy going. As a tall family ourselves, we realized he would fit right in! And he has.
Every morning I take him on a long walk along the shoreline in Alameda, which he loves. We are working on resisting going after squirrels, but he is friendly with all the other dogs and people we pass. He wakes up to belly rubs on his tummy and lives to be petted. Between myself and my husband and two kids, he gets a lot of that!
When we first got him, he had no interest in toys or balls at all. Wouldn't even look at them! After giving him a treat for every glance or touch at a toy, something clicked the other day and he ran for the ball! Now he enjoys chasing and retrieving the ball, which is adorable.
Rocky gets us out enjoying nature. We've always loved the beach and the forest, but haven't always made the time for it. Now we do and are so happy Rocky is in our lives. He's already given us so much love, its our privilege to care for him.
My family had several pets, but I never had a companion of my own. When my husband's pet passed away, we needed time to heal from the loss. After discovering the GGLRR organization, and reading up on Hank, I immediately fell in love with him. Knowing that Hank had served the first part of his life as a service dog, I was on a mission to provide Hank a well deserved retirement family and home. When Hank arrived into our lives, for the first time in a long time I felt really happy knowing that i have rescued a life of a dog.
Hank is a constant companion. He is not a pet but our newest child. Everyday he plays with his ball at the nearby park or in the backyard. Although he still retains some of his training he has quickly learned to be himself. He is definitely loved and is very happy with his forever family. Huge thanks to Liz and Janet for playing a big part for bringing Hank into our lives.
The Mata family
Things are going great. The boys were really excited! She is settling in quickly. Other than the initial barking by our dachshund the dogs are getting along well.
The boys named her Shasta and she has already mastered sitting on command (voice & hand signal) and is doing pretty good with coming when called. We are working on stay and she is getting a lot of practice on walks with a leash. She is a very smart girl who wants to please.
We did have to move the lower ornaments up the tree a foot higher because she liked to take them off. So far no big chewing incidents but it's still early. 😉
On our walks she has encountered other dogs/people and she has done great. As you can imagine once the word was out we had a new puppy there have been lots of kids coming by and she gets excited but hasn't been jumping.
She really is a wonderful dog and we are so thankful to have her!
Thank you so much for allowing us to bring Timber into our home! After the death of our beloved Ashes in February, we feared nothing could take his place in our hearts. But Timber has filled that empty place and is a beloved member of our family! He is the kindest and friendliest dog ever. He loves to run at the beach and in the mountains and enjoys visiting all of his friends at our local park. Timber is very comfortable and happy now in his new home and never lets us too far from his sight. After a busy day he likes to lay down next to my feet in the living room for his nightly loving session.
The Folan family
Frisco is part of S.F. SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy program. He works twice a month visiting various facilities.
Retirement homes, hospitals, law school for finals week. Everyone loves his visits and Frisco loves the attention.
Starting in January he will participate in the children reading program weekly.
His allergies are much better he no longer is on steroids. He takes Apoquel daily. His fur is grown in and his coat looks great.
He’s 8 yrs old and still acts like a puppy. Our other dog Cali and he are best pals.
Buck and John
We celebrate having Ginger for six months today! She reminds us to wake up happy every day! Thanks for all you do, Liz!
Rocky (formerly known as Rossi) and I bonded really well, *really* fast. As advised, I tried to keep his world small, but this big boy likes to eat life with a big spoon and doesn't settle for less. We went to work on day 2, had an emergency vet run on day 6, chased each other in an open park (no leashes attached!) on day 8. His obscenely energetic tail (also known as the jackhammer) boosts my spirits every morning. We start the day with a long cuddle session, end with a relaxing massage and play a lot of fetch in between. Rocky brings joy to the world around him. Also, his toys. No one enters our office or house without being greeted by Rocky, carrying his plush whale to play. His idea is that if people are just standing there talking, at least someone has enough spare brain power to toss the toy for him to retrieve.
In addition to being a fetch maniac, he is a running buddy, cuddle bug, babysitter, poop machine and the best friend one can ever have. Rock makes his mom proud by being the fastest runner at the beach or in the park, and a little bit ashamed by being the sneakiest ball thief. He puzzles everyone with his ball-detection abilities, seemingly randomly disappearing in a bush, only to return seconds later with a ball in his mouth. Try to be mad at him - you can work past his wide smile only if you have no soul. Some of his other skills include smelling salami from a distance, napping in the most inconvenient spot possible, running away from the vacuum cleaner and scaring the bejesus out of neighborhood squirrels.
For Rocky, everything we do together is an adventure. Unload groceries from the car? OH MY GOD, THE BEST THING EVER! Walking around the block? YOU WANT ME TO COME WITH YOU?! REALLY?! Going to a beach? MOM! WHY ARE YOU SO SLOW?! Every day, he reminds me how exciting ordinary things can be and how little we need to be really happy.
Rocky & Sanja
Talk to any dog owner who is a true dog lover and theyʼll tell you that their dog is the greatest.
Why should I be any different?
When I found myself teary eyed at the prospects of showing my GGLRR foster dog Zeus to his potential adopter, as any good meaning foster parent knows, the writing was on the wall.
He was all set to go to a really terrific adopter – a retired police officer with the canine unit, to join his pack of two. He would have round –the-clock human and dog companionship and live in a house with a great big fenced in yard. Liz will concur that we couldnʼt have asked for a better situation.
I gave myself the peptalk before opening the email to schedule the visit, and there it was: because of a change in circumstances, this gentleman was no longer able to take the dog (literally overnight, he had inherited his daughterʼs Rottweiller).
Through providence, and literally overnight, “Jake” (new name) was to become a member of our household ...and a model citizen at that!
All about Jake:
Nicknames: The Dogpark Dude. Dances with Bears, Mr. Big. Mr. Overachiever
Favorite car ride: anywhere!
Favorite Movie: The Deer Hunter
Favorite small game: a tie between lizards and flies
BFF: Max the bull terrier
Favorite Quote: “Please give me a job to do so I can be a good boy and get a Gold Star”.
SanFrancisco Giant most like him: Michael Morse
Favorite Sporting Event: a tie between Dogpark-ing and Boating
Pet peeve: being disturbed after bedtime
What he does when heʼs disturbed after bedtime: sighs and groans Favorite Toy: flipflops (ooooops)
Cutest thing he does: picking up flipflop and running around the house with it when he wants to go out. If no flipflop available, heʼll pick up nearby object, usually of the great outdoors theme like a hat or the leash (no chewing and he drops when told ;-) ) Springs up and down with all fours like a pogostick when we come home (youʼd have to see it to believe it – weʼve seen him clear about 18”)!
Theme song : Theme from “Rocky”
Most embarrassing moment: a tie between when Eric and I read his papered name: “Bubba Bear Wiggles” and being caught “off duty” sleeping on the couch.
For as animated and active as he is outside of the house, heʼs just as quiet and even private around the house. Starting with when he came as a foster, heʼs always been a perfect fit for our family. The “abandonment issue barking” has subsided the more we come back, and as he gains the confidence to know we always will. ʻ-)
Sharron, Eric, Max and Carla
Thanks for reaching out. Annie is doing incredibly well. Krista and I were just remarking last night how she has lost all her fears. Krista was brushing her with the furminator, and said “she wouldn’t let me get this close in the first couple of months we had her”. Every morning Annie jumps on the bed and wakes me up with kisses. She still gets her almost daily hikes in the hills with her beagle brother. As Buster is getting older, Annie really helps him out with visual and aural cues. They get along so well.
Last week we adopted another 6-year-old beagle girl who is also now learning to lose her fears. Annie is being such a good example and taking good care of her. They sleep near each other every night. We have quite the fun little pack now.
It has been two years this month since we adopted Max from Golden Gate Lab Rescue. We had fostered for three years, all wonderful dogs with whom we fell in love, and then experienced the joy of seeing them move on to perfect forever homes. So why couldn't we let go of Max? Simply because he is so special and funny and wistful. He totally captured our hearts with his sweet goofy manner. Max is the pesky little brother to Santé, our older female Lab, sometimes peeing on her head in an effort to mark whatever she has stopped to sniff. He brings such joy to our grandchildren when they visit, and charms everyone he encounters with a demand for attention by flopping over in front of, or on, them. He bravely endures vet visits (numerous because he has residual dental problems and a penchant for accidents due to his inherent klutziness), and always has the whole vet staff smiling. He is afraid of being left out of whatever activity is happening, and happily treats even simple daily occurrences - walks, mealtimes, car rides - as new adventures. Sometimes his eagerness gets ahead of him, and he has been known to crash into the gate before it is open, or jump into the back of our hatchback before we have raised the door. He just picks himself up, looks a bit embarrassed, and continues on. Max is one-of-a-kind, our silly insecure boy, and we are forever grateful to Lab Rescue for bringing him into our lives.
Tom, Dale, and yes, even Santé
We met Sadie on Sept 13th with the intent of fostering her. We knew we had some work to do to make this little girl fit into her new surroundings. Tie downs in place, crate set up in bedroom, Kongs, Tuff toys, Busy bones in toy box.
Apart from her mother - busy with another brood of very young puppies - Sadie wasn't sure of anything and seemed afraid of nearly everything and everyone.
Until she met her new brother Jackson, he also a rescued Lab some four years her senior. Friendly enough, Jackson was a loner until Sadie came into his home and life. No two dogs have ever bonded more quickly.
Sadie is still afraid at times, but her confidence builds with every walk of the four/five she does each day, with every playdate with doting neighbor children, and with learning the security of the places that are hers in the house.
Sadie has, for sure, found her forever home and family. We are so thankful for GGLR in the work they do to find perfect homes for these wonderful dogs. It is an honor to be a GGLR volunteer and recipient of our new GGLR alum.
Kay, Chris, Jackson, and Sadie Dann
We love our babies – Moose and Rocki — brother and sister found in Fresno. Our family of four [Ben, Kelly, Alexandra (15), Grace(14)]cannot believe how wonderful this whole experience has been. We took a nice drive to Novato, fell in love with Moose and also fast found Rocki, and decided 2 would be better than 1. And, it’s true. We are in love. The pups have been home for a little over a week and are making themselves at home and their personalities are starting to show. Not only are they cute as can be, but they are good puppies, making sure they don’t nip too hard or too much, peeing outside mostly, and playing together all day long. GGLR has been a pleasure to work with, providing us with lots of great information and resources. I am so happy I found this rescue group and will tell all my friends about it. Most of all, we’re so happy to have 2 new family members, Moose and Rocki, and we look forward to loving them for a long long time.
Roxy (aka: Trixie, Jazzy) is doing well. I'm not surprised that Linda got rid of her because she is a handful but we love her. Tons of energy. Levi and her keep each other busy. She is actually bigger than Levi now (85 lbs. and a litter taller too). She tends to win tug of war between the two of them. Unfortunately she likes to eat the insides of toys and rocks (appropriately named ;) ) but so far we haven't had any issues.
Things are going well with Coco Wooster. She is the newest addition to our family. Our children Maddie and Henry wore us down. We had a lab, 7 years ag,o who passed away. Her name was Scout and she came from a breeder in Idaho. Ever since we lost her, our children have been asking for a new dog. We delayed as long as we could, but have finally adopted Coco through lab rescue. She is pure joy and such a sweet girl. Our kids are so happy and she seems to be thriving in a family with kids around and regular exercise. We have been so pleased with Liz and lab rescue. They have provided us with training and have answered all our questions along the way. It has been great for our kids to learn that we could rescue a dog and give her a better life, vs. going to a breeder. She had lost hair on her back and paws from fleas and it is just starting to grow back. They are seeing the difference we have made for Coco giving her a young family and it is great for us to see the compassion they are learning from this experience of rescuing a dog. Thank you GGLR and Liz!
We adopted Midnight about a month ago after seeing her on your website, then visiting her at a Pet Fair. She is just beautiful, a tribute to her foster mom, Tracy. We were told she had 2 litters of pups, and your fine rep Dave got us connected to 2 of her pups. Plans are in the making for a “family reunion”! Midnight is sweet, gentle and very well trained. She got to hang out with her cousin Hailey for the first 2 weeks, which helped her transition to a new home. She has great energy around other dogs, very playful and wants to have fun. I was asked the other day if she ever barks, and couldn’t remember! We are so happy Midnight is now part of out family, and are planning vacations around whether a place is pet friendly. Thanks Tracy, Dave and Candace and all who do such great work for Lab Rescue!
Our 4-1/2 year old yellow lab, Zeke started acting weird on Thursday evening, we took him to the vet Friday morning, we collectively felt like he must have ingested something. No signs of anything except for laying around and panting a lot. We took x-rays and he was treated for tummy trouble. By Friday evening he was having a bit of trouble getting up in the hind end…We put him to bed and thought if he wasn’t better, we would take him back to the vet in the morning. We woke up at 4 am to find that he was completely paralyzed from the waist down. We rushed to the emergency clinic where they diagnosed him with a stroke or slipped disk. Neither situation was a good one. Zeke had a stage 4 heart murmur from birth and would likely not withstand anesthesia. Either diagnosis required an MRI and likely a major surgery which he would very likely not handle. With the suggestion of the vet, we had to make the toughest decision of our lives. I had to leave on a business trip the next morning. This left both my husband and I with broken hearts and nobody to console one another. I decided that we must rescue a lab to help ourselves get through this, I started looking at GGLRR while on the road. Before I headed home, I told my husband how I felt and he said he had been doing the same thing….There was a fair the next weekend after I got back and…….
This is where we met Suzy, our sweet 2-1/2 year old black lab. We are so pleased with her, she has settled in very nicely. She is a bit timid but has come a long way in the 5-1/2 days that she has been with us. She has helped bring us out of our depression, I think we have done the same for her. She has become the queen of her new domain. We are looking forward to gaining her trust and transforming her in to an even more warm, loving and wonderful companion.
Suzy is not a replacement for Zeke, she is a new chapter in our lives and we are looking forward to many more chapters to this happy ending. Thank you GGLRR.
Bob & Phyllis
Happiness is! All on one bed sharing the sisterly love. They have really become house dogs. Very loving!
Tomorrow, July 9, 2014, will be three weeks since we picked up Chloe at her Foster's home in SF. She eagerly and readily jumped into our car for the ride home to her new, forever home in Santa Rosa.
Chloe made herself at home right away! It seemed like she had been with us all her life. I can't remember ever having an A-D-O-P-T-E-D (rescue) dog acclimating so quickly to us and our surrounds. It made our lives even easier than expected. She is the perfect dog for us! She is so mellow, obeys directions, walks beautifully on leash and when off leash, she comes immediately when I call her! She is a leaner, meaning she is quick to lean into us for pets, loves, whatever, just to be close. She has even done this with friends who have come to welcome her to our home!
Her manners are impeccable to a fault! I've come to find out that when she poops in our yard, she covers it up with nearby mulch!! I thought only cats did this! She is enjoying the neighborhood on our walks and when we go up to the Field for socializing with the other dogs, she has a blast, tearing around with all kinds, large and smaller.
Bobbi and Brian
He is growing , weighs 50 lbs and still has really skinny pointer body. He loves his food and is quick to learn for snacks. His new trick is getting the newspaper and bringing it to John, well he actually gets it brings it to the bedroom, kinda throws it at John and runs to the kitchen for the treat. But that is him nothing is slow motion.
He is doing good on the lead and learing not to wander when I walk him and Jett together. Altough he wants to visit everybody.
Everything is going well! Neeki is doing great; you would think she has always lived here! She's done with the antibiotics and yeast meds. Now, we are trading off days between Benedryl and Prednisone with baths once a week. She seems to be itchy in the early morning or late at night...likely as the meds are wearing off or have worn off. Her skin and coat continue to improve--she looks great and I think some of her hair may be growing back. We will see Steve again in a couple of weeks to determine what the next steps will be as we get closer to the end of the Prednisone. We are working on obedience and taking her everywhere. Right now, the goal is to work toward her Canine Good Citizen before pursuing her Pet Partners registration. Given how social she is with people she meets and her willingness to go into new situations, I think she will do great as a therapy dog when the time is right. Thank you for letting this wonderful girl come be part of my family, she is so dear, special, and very loved here. Attached is a picture of her with Alomar during our walk in Central Park in San Mateo on Saturday evening.
Kona is doing great, thanks for the check up! She has doubled her weight and is crazy busy! This pic is last week at the vet! She loves our German Shepherd...they're good buddies!
Through the last 40+ years our family has had dogs as part of our family. I am now a widow and also found myself without a canine companion. Thanks to Golden Gate Lab Rescue folks’( Dale Jensen) persistent concern for a senior dog (11 years young) named “Sugar”, I now have this gentle & sweet girl as part of my life. Dale monitored Sugar while she was held at the Contra Costa County Animal Shelter in Martinez. As soon as it was possible, Dale connected Sugar and I. She knew that Sugar would be a wonderful friend to someone like myself. She also knew that Sugar needed a home that provided safe love, care, and companionship. Thanks to the support from Golden Gate Labe Rescue (Kathleen Hirschfeld), Sugar had health exams and dental care. She has been with my family since April 1. She truly is a sweet gentle soul who loves to go for car rides, short walks in the neighborhood, likes to be wherever her “family” is, sit on the patio in the warm sun, wags her tail incessantly, and even “smiles’ when being petted. She is loved by my whole family, which includes 3 grandsons, 2 sons and 2 daughter-in-laws. I am so grateful that I have her. She has given us gentle and sweet unconditional acceptance/love as well as being a cherished family member. She has her forever home!
Rex is a wonderful happy dog, and has adjusted to our home. We walk him daily in the greenbelt, and he’s lost about 4 lbs. He’s been a challenge on leash, but we’re working with him. He had big shoes to fill after losing Twister, but we’re very happy to have Rex in our home. He’s really calmed down, and the entire family enjoys him. Can’t wait to take him to Carmel.
Marty & Jo Ellen
When my lab of 13 years died, I couldn't image having another dog. No dog could take her place.
I WAS FREE, with no responsibility, I could travel, not feel guilty leaving a dog behind. I wouldn't have to worry about being home on time to feed the dog.
So I travelled. I Was free....but something was missing....
After a while I knew it was time a new companion.
For a year and a half, friends would ask , when are you getting another dog.?
I would answer,the right dog will find me, I will know it instantly .
So I work on my specs
Must be a female lab (extra points for yellow) Between 6-8 years. In good health Must be the "laid back" variety of lab Must be a "recycled" aka rescue lab
Well, Daisy has been with me for three weeks now . She doesn't bark or jump up or beg. Loves to ride in car. Sticks with me "like glue". We are both having a great time as I show her new places to walk or just go to Ace Hardware to look at door knobs or to pick up "poop bags" at Pet Food Express
She is the light of my life and now we are both FREE.
At the end of February 2014 we lost our 14.5 year old Labrador. His name was Mojo. We didn’t think we could ever find another dog as great as him. We have two other rescued dogs at our house. Our Labrador is a 4 year old female and our German Shepherd is a 5 year old female. Even though we have two other dogs, we wanted to adopt another Labrador.
Well, with the help of Liz we found Coal. Coal is a 10 year old male Labrador (You wouldn’t think he could be that age, as he acts like a 5 year old). Coal blended perfect with our family and two other dogs. Coal is a loving gentle man. He hasn’t stopped wagging his tail since he arrived at his new home.
Within a couple of days at his new home Coal got into the routine with the other two dogs. He picked his bed inside our bedroom. He likes to sleep on the side of the bed where my wife sleeps. Susie tells me every morning, Coal stands up next to her side of the bed and give her kisses. Coal has approx. 15 toys. He has them spread out inside and outside. He always has a couple in his bed. He likes to rest his head on the toys when he is sleeping.
We started daily walks with Coal the first day he came to our house. He started walking about 20 minutes before getting tired. Today, he is walking 60 minutes. He loves his walks and also loves to ride in the car. We have a built in pool in our backyard. Of course Coal likes to swim 7-8 times a day.
We found the perfect dog for our family. We were a little apprehensive about adopting a 10 year old dog, but Coal has shown us that age doesn’t matter.
Danny & Susie
Our newest family member, enjoying the day. She is 8 and a half years old, adopted from Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue. She has settled in beautifully!
Patricia and Gerard
My name used to be Rudolph, then Harley, and now it’s Barley. I not sure what beer is, but I was told they make beer out of Barley. I hope they don’t use me for beer. I’m a handsome 93 pound Chocolate Lab, so I think my new name suits me. Three weeks ago my new Mom picked me up from my old family in a car with no roof. Boy was it great riding in the backseat with my nose over the side of the car. When I arrived home I met my new Dad and big brother Shafer. Shafer’s not quite as big as me, but he’s an 11 year old Golden Retriever mix who was also rescued. I was used to sleeping in a garage, so sleeping in a house with my new parents and brother was very strange for me. I don’t think I slept much the first night since I just wanted everyone to play with me and give me scratches.
I have a nice big dog bed that I really like sleeping on. And if I’m tired, that’s where I go to nap. When Shafer and I hang out in the back yard, I love curling up in the dog house with my blanket.
Since coming to my new home, my Dad takes me running most mornings. When I hear a loud beeping noise, it’s time for me to wake up Mom and Dad so I can go running. The best part about my new home; there is a big giant bathtub in the back yard and I’m allowed to go swimming in it. My Mom has a bucket of balls that she throws into the pool, and one by one I retrieve the balls out of the pool. My Dad says I swim with a purpose like a high speed motor boat. I’ve tried to jump in off the sides a couple of times, but for now, I like the steps. Shafer just sits and watches me swim and run around the pool.
My other favorite thing is going to the school and playing fetch. I can run really, really fast, pick up the ball and run back to my Mom and Dad in no time at all. I have to sit before they throw the ball, which is really hard to do because I’m so excited. When I’m tired, I just keep the ball in my mouth.
Almost every night I get to go for a walk with my new pack. I’ve learned that when shoes and leashes go on, that means a walk. I get so excited that I take Shafer’s leash in my mouth and pull him around the house so he’s ready to go for a walk.
I’m inside the house a lot when my Mom and Dad are home. But I get really excited, want attention and lots of lovin’ so am still learning how to not bark and just hang out like Shafer. Sometimes when Shafer’s getting scratches, I’ll just butt in and take over the “scratch” position. I just can’t control my urges for affection. But Shafer’s cool and will wait his turn. He says he was like that with his older brother Calvin, so he understands. My Mom says I’m like a bull in a china shop, but I’m learning how to be a better inside the house dog every day.
Eating is another favorite past time of mine. When I first arrived at my new home, and my Mom gave me biscuits, I opened my mouth wide and grabbed the biscuit along with my Mom’s hand. Now I’ve learned that when Mom or Dad says “gentle”, I know to take the biscuit in my mouth like it’s an egg. Shafer doesn’t like food as much as I do, so at first I thought that if Shafer didn’t eat right away, he was letting me eat it. But now when Shafer eats his biscuit, I stand there and watch, but don’t try to take it from him like I did 2 weeks ago. And since Shafer doesn’t eat his breakfast or dinner as soon as he’s fed, I now know that’s his food and not mine.
My parents keep telling me that I have to be a good Carmel dog. Shafer told me that next month we get to ride in the car without a roof to a town called Carmel. We all stay in a nice hotel with lots of other people and dogs, swim in the ocean, play with other dogs, and fetch balls. I can’t wait and am sure I will be the perfect Carmel dog by then since I’m so smart. I’m so happy with my new pack and want to thank my old family and GGLRR for allowing my family to adopt me.
Colby, often called Colby-dog, has definitely settled into his forever home with us! He had a bit of an adjustment in the beginning with being allowed indoors and living with two cats, but he quickly got the hang of things and I feel like I hardly remember life without him around! He is AMAZING with our two young children (4.5 and almost 2 years old) being a wonderful, loving and extremely tolerant companion to both of them. At times, he thinks he’s a lap dog, and when you sit down on the ground, he thinks that you’re there for him to sit on (not easy when he weighs in over 70 pounds!) but all he’s looking for is love. Being so big, we sometimes forget that he’s young and still acts like a goofy puppy which gives us some good laughs.
In true lab fashion, he loves to be in the water. He will retrieve a stick from the water till your arm hurts from throwing! We are working on his recall (which he shows amazing potential with) and he should be ready to walk/hike off leash soon. He has learned not to chase the cats and what toys are his and which are not. He is so smart and loving and just wants to be with his people.
Thank you to the GGLRR for helping us find the right dog for our family. We are so lucky to have him and are so thankful for all that the volunteers do to help all of the dogs that are looking for their forever homes!
The Colacchia Family
Even though it has only been a few weeks since we brought her home, Misty has already become part of the family. She is such a love! She immediately "adopted" our two youngest daughters as her little sisters, and she wakes them up for school each morning with kisses and wags, and a few tail-thunks on the door to make sure they are awake. She also offers to share her toys with them - such a good role model! And what excellent manners she has at dinner time - she just settles right down and takes a nap until we are done. Also in the good manners department, she walks down the stairs at heel, just as calm as can be. We think she is perfect. Our youngest girl said “When I dreamed we had a dog, Misty was my dream dog! Can we really keep her?”
Misty has been loving her trail walks and hill hikes, with so many friends to meet, especially if there's any water along the way. And we have discovered that any time we turn on the hose, it's playtime for Misty - she just loves to get wet! She is always happy to ride in the car - of course, we are usually going someplace fun for dogs. But so far her all time favorite activity seems to be going to the beach (what luck – just like us!) Prancing around in the waves and playing ball-chase in the sand sent her straight back to puppyhood. Did I mention she also knows the Snoopy dance? This is a happy, happy dog, who makes all of us smile and feel happy every day.
We send our thanks, and much appreciation to everyone at GGLRR who helped us find such a wonderful dream dog for our family!
Greg & Di
Raider is the best lab ever! If it weren’t for GGLR, and especially Liz Frome who worked with me and was patient, I wouldn’t have this wonderful boy. He’s 8yrs young and such a handsome lab mix. He gives kisses and snuggles. He is “matched” to my lifestyle perfectly. I don’t know how you guys at GGLR do it and I’m the lucky one. After having other wonderful labs in the past, I knew I wanted another in the family again. We are a “lab” family. And then I saw Raider’s picture and read about him, and I thought “he is just the one!” Raider is awesome, smart, affectionate, behaved and everyone in the neighborhood loves him … gets along with all their dogs too! He’s good in the house, in the car, just anywhere. His previous family was good to him and loved him, and it shows. He is a “gentle giant.” His training is very good and I’ll keep up with it, although, we still are practicing our “heel.” Thank you for this sweet guy.
It's been quite busy here in the Lubey household with Walter as our newest family member. I cannot describe how awesome he is. We have named him Walter. He knows his name. He is probably the most best loved and favorite dog at the doggy park! Everybody absolutely loves him! He's so friendly and sweet. I have trained him to share his water with the other dogs. At home, I pet him and touch his food when he eats and drinks to make sure he does not become protective of his food or aggressive with other dogs or when children visit, he will be gentle if they happen to touch him while he's eating or drinking.
I take him to the Rocky Memorial Dog Park here in Petaluma. It is acres and acres of grass to just run, play and make lots and lots of new friends. He has quickly become quite adjusted to playing with other dogs and has caught on quickly to the social graces of the doggy 'playground.' Ray also walks him after work and plays frisbee with him in the backyard. We need to get a lighter frisbee because he cannot figure out how to pick it back up so 'we' fetch it - it's good exercise. He's so funny! And Ray is totally in love with Walter.
For some reason, Walter is fascinated with Ray's socks. He goes into our bedroom and brings out one of Ray's socks every single night and gently gives it to him. Who knows?! But it is adorable. Ray puts it away and it's just become some odd routine that Walter seems to really enjoy. Bonding?
I am also training Walter. He is such a good boy! He NEVER tries to run outside when we open the front door to get the mail or to bring our flag in each night. He sits, sit/down, sit/down/stay. The rest, we’re still working on. His attention span is nil. He just loves going in the car. Any errands I run he is right there with me!
We have found our 'forever' dog and could not be happier. With hugs and appreciation for choosing to let Walter be a part of our family! He is a lovely, sweet, affectionate, goofy, silly, character and we just love him so much.
Kathie and Ray Lubey
My husband Mark, our existing dog Shadow, and I welcomed Luna to our family, with the special assistance and care from Liz Frome and the Golden Gate Lab Rescue team, on April 4th. The process was amazing! We saw Luna on the website, made contact with a very enthusiastic Deb, got the lowdown on how the rescue worked, and found out the GGLR team would be visiting a PetExpress near our home the very next weekend! We met Luna and walked and chatted a bit with the representatives there, and we could just not stop thinking about her. Liz orchestrated a play date with Luna's owner and it was a wonderful experience for all. Shadow and Luna got along, and Mark and I, well we were hooked. Luna's owner, Linda, had to make the difficult decision to give Luna to another family when she found out her grandson was highly allergic. We all bonded over this special little lady, and we are extremely grateful to her for the loving home she provided Luna and that she chose us. Luna came in to our lives after we experienced the sad and sudden loss of another dog, Poke, to lung cancer. Luna makes us smile and laugh every day! She fills our home and our lives, including Shadow's, with her infectious joy. The old boy (Shadow is 11) is actually playing again! We can not thank GGLR enough for the focus, care and attention they provide when adopting out these incredibly special dogs!
Finally we have a good family picture of my husband and me with Jack (Yo)..He is really a happy guy and eager to learn. Thanks again for this great family member.
Marc & Lera
We are so happy that Annie has joined our pack. She is such a sweet and gentle girl, but she has quite a funny personality. She is a big goofball! We knew she had some trust issues with men before being adopted, but those disappeared within a week living in her new home. She absolutely loves her new daddy. Whenever he is working in his home studio she comes in and demands his attention. She gets along with her new older beagle brother, Buster Brown, and three older cats. Her mommy loves to take the pack for a hike in the hills almost every day. Annie is so good off leash: she checks in constantly on long walks and comes back immediately when called. She has gained back all the weight she lost from her shelter trauma, and is just the happiest dog ever. We can tell she truly appreciates her forever home. Huge thanks go to GGLRR for rescuing her and allowing us to adopt her.
Brett and Krista
Buddy was thinking about you and asked me to send the attached photo to enjoy. He now controls the remote control and watches reruns of Lassie when I'm not at home, which is rare.
Buddy continues to live in "luxury" and goes twice weekly to doggie daycare when I'm at work. The other days he hangs out with either me or Victor running errands and literally following us in every room. We like to refer to him as The Supervisor. We didn't think we could love a dog as much as the two we lost several years ago but Buddy is our heart!
Kathy and Victor
Chunk! Chunky, Chunky Monkey, Chunker, Chunky McChunkerson... The many names we can call this awesome 4-year-old puppy are endless. After a few weeks in his new home Chunk has adapted well to a new pattern of pre-dawn walks, midday romps and evening ball sessions. Like most labs he appears happy with any attention and he follows me around the house so much that sometimes I try not to get up because I don't want to disturb him. For his new training regimen he's been great on the leash and we're learning recall and leave it. He's great with leave it and needs a lot of recall work before we can confidently take him to the beach or dog park. Two bonuses that we didn't know about Chunk during the initial home visits are that he is a winker, ie he occasionally winks one eye at you; and he crosses his front paws when he sleeps. Both are traits we find very entertaining.
Thanks to his foster home family and all of the GGLRR folks for setting us up with the info and a dog well-suited to our lifestyle.
I'm definitely lucky to have adopted Chunk because he is really enthusiastic and fun and a classic "labr-adorable" dog.
Jake has been doing great he has now gone through the last portion of duck season and is starting to make retrieves on his own and does far better than i could ever ask or expect for him to be doin with owning him for such a short period he also points for upland birds that he has gone out for twice but hes still figureing out he has a nose. Jake has been going to work with me at least three days a week where he swims in the pond and likes to go around the park on the train "pic attached".Jake is an absolutly wonderful dog i get compliments on him everywhere i go and almost daily. Thank you for all of your efforts in placing these dogs in good homes.
Sweet, gentle, funny Ace joined our family about six weeks ago and we couldn't be happier! He charms everyone he meets and gets a whole lot of attention. He loves to ride in the car, go to the beach, and walk on local trails, but I think his favorite thing is to walk to the elementary school and pick up our youngest daughter after school.
We've been practicing recall and playing hide and go seek, which everybody enjoys. His tail is wagging pretty much whenever he's awake, so we think he's happy to be here. Thank you so much for finding him for us and us for him; we are grateful every day.
Hi my name is Allie (formally known as Rosie),
My brother and I were abandoned in a field at 7 weeks and luckily I was found by an amazing rescue (Golden Gate Lab Rescue). Unfortunately my brother did not make it, but I pulled through with the big help of the rescue. They brought me into Bishop Ranch Veterinary center where I was diagnosed with a prolapsed rectum since I was straying so much since I had really bad diarrhea. Luckily Dr. Miller was able to stitch everything up and start me on some antibiotics that helped out. After I was done with my procedure, that is when I met my future owner. It was love at first site. She had just lost her dog after 12 amazing years and I knew that is was definitely time to cheer her up with my bubbly personality. Luckily she came in contact with Liz from Golden Gate Lab Rescue and allowed her to foster me and see how things would go at home. The moment I got to my new foster home I knew instantly that I had to give those adorable puppy eyes because this was for sure going to be my future home. My magic worked and I went from being a homeless 5 lb puppy to a very fortunate active 35 lb pup that loves my new family. Thank you so much to Liz and everyone at Golden gate lab rescue for helping me find my home.
There is not a day that has gone by that my boys haven't said, "I'm so glad Mason is part of our family! I love this dog!" These things are said with good reason - Mason is making a great family member! I think he loves having two boys to play with. He's been with us just over a week and with each day is more and more comfortable with us. He has become a "regular" at the local dog park. It's a joy to watch him run full-throttle after the ball.
Olive is doing great, she loves to play with Buzz (our other pup), and go for long walks with me and David. During the week she splits her time between my and David's offices.
We had her spayed a month ago and she recovered very quickly. Also we signed both pups for a puppy obedience training to teach them basic manners.
Scout is doing very well!!! She is definitely a part of our family. She gets a hike every day and loves to swim when the kids are in the pool. Her temperament is great. She enjoys playing but when the family is mellow, she curls up in a ball and sleeps near us.
We are all doing great. Charlie has settled in and we can't imagine a time without him.
He has been on a grain free diet for a couple of weeks and the difference is amazing. He is almost puppy like. He enjoys the dog park and trying to get his treats out of the Kong.
He leaves the chickens alone, they have all been able to hang out in the garden together.
His paw is healed and a new nail is growing back.
All in all a match made in heaven. We are all happy to have him as part of our family.
Nyla is doing great! She is such a joy and quite the cuddle bug.
Luna is great, with official 'wild child' energy.
Clay and Sarah
We adopted Penny in October 2013 and she has been a great fit for our family. When we first brought her home she was timid, but she has become energetic and outgoing, becoming one of the most popular dogs everywhere she goes. She and Anna (our 16 month old daughter) became fast friends and Penny is very gentle and patient with Anna.
Another quality we love about Penny is that, while she seems to have endless amounts of energy, she is equally happy running or playing with her toys as she is laying at our feet and just hanging out.
Penny is the perfect dog for us and has been a fast learner who loves her daily jogs and cuddles by the fireplace. We look forward to giving Penny a happy and loving home for many years to come.