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!
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.