William, an adorable one year old Golden mix, was picked up as a stray. The shelter was overcrowded so it was urgent that he be rescued. Soon after we got him, we discovered he had Sarcoptic mange, so we had to keep him confined. Poor little William just wanted to be held and petted after his experience of being left out on his own and then in a cage at the scary and noisy shelter. Once his mange was cleared up, he was able to join the foster family’s other dogs and was doing great – or so we thought. Then we noticed what we thought was a hot spot behind his right ear. The vet initially thought it was an infection, but antibiotics did not help. X-rays confirmed there was a complete blockage, and the infection had no place else to go to relieve the pressure except through the skin. William needed delicate inner ear surgery! Thankfully, he had a successful ear ablation surgery, recovered, and received a clean bill of health.
We were thrilled to get this email from William’s (now Billy) new family saying, “We’re leaving for a trip to the mountains in the morning. We couldn’t find Billy for a while. Keith found him next to his travel bag filled with toys, treats and his stuff. He’s now been staying next to it for 2 hours. Sweet, smart boy. He’s ready to travel.” After everything he went through, this boy got just what he deserved--a great forever family and a vacation!
William, now Billy, happily calls Woodbine, Georgia home sweet home.
Leo, an adorable 5-year-old Golden came to us when his owner had to rehome him due to life changes. On the small side, only 56 pounds, he was up to date on vaccines, neutered and heartworm negative. In other words, Leo was ready for his forever home.
Leo did great in his foster home who enjoyed giving kisses and hanging out. He still had random bursts of energy and loved to run around before settling down for a nap. Leo enjoyed wandering off leash so a fenced yard would be a real plus for this boy. Although he had no problem meeting dogs outside of the home, being the only dog would be the best fit for him.
Leo did have some issues with anxiety that the foster family worked on so his new family would need to be patient during his adjustment period and help him to feel comfortable and safe - something many dogs need when going into a new home.
This extremely cute guy captured the hearts of his foster family and now he has captured the hearts of his forever family and is doing very well. Leo has been adopted by a wonderful couple and he is now making his home in Charleston, South Carolina.
Hershey is a sweet 11-year-old boy whose owner passed away. Other family members felt they did not have enough time for him, so they asked Grateful Goldens to find Hershey a new home.
Hershey, your typical fireside Golden, is great with children and other dogs, is happy to lay around, and looks forward to a daily walk at a slow steady pace. His luck changed when he met a family who loves opening their hearts and home to seniors and want to provide them with a wonderful life for the time they have left.
Hershey is grateful to make his home in Hilton Head, South Carolina.