Our Gifted Goldens

Meet adorable Quazi, a golden "wanabee" that was rescued by Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary located in West Virgina. Quazi looks older than his age…..and Quazi’s owners just dumped him when he needed them most. He came into the rescue with a huge oral tumor that had been left to grow uncontrolled and unchecked. Quazi immediately went to a specialist as the rescue’s general veterinarian did not want to tackle this problem. Quazi’s tumor was removed by a specialist and he is doing well. His surgery cost well over $2.200 and the rescue says he is "worth every penny" as he is just a gem…a nice dog that deserves the best. Quazi is looking for a new home to call his own.GRINinc’s Gifted Golden Grant program assisted Almost Heaven with a portion of Quazi’s surgery bill.



When Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary heard about this sweet golden girl living outside they rushed to help her. As we all know, living outside is no life for a golden or any dog. Haley was very neglected ….physically and emotionally. Once she came into rescue her every need was attended to. Her ears were so badly infected that her ear canals were almost nonexistent from the constant infections, swelling and pressure. The only alternative was to have her ears surgically reconstructed…possibly leading to deafness however, the constant pain and pressure would be taken away. This procedure needed to be performed by a specialist so the cost was well over $2000. Golden Rescue In Naples, Inc. was there to assist Almost Heaven Golden Retriever rescue with the cost Haley’s operation. Haley is now recovered and ADOPTED by a wonderful family.



Samson, a very handsome  young golden ,was turned into Triad Golden Retriever Rescue of NC by his owner. At 7 months of age he suffered from a disorder of his cartilage which had already affected his shoulder joint. At  this young age, Samson was limping and having difficulty with the normal activities of a young golden. The rescue decided to have a surgery done to improve his condition. The extensive, expensive surgery has been done and he is doing very well . He is in no pain. The problem now is keeping him calm. Now that he has no pain he wants to be a puppy. The Vet said it will be about a month to see if the surgery is a success. As of now everything is going well. He is putting weight on the leg. Samson is in a foster home that can help with the recovery.  The foster family has expressed a desire to adopt him once the rescue releases him from their medical responsibilities. Lets hope and pray that this surgery will be successful and Samson can go on to enjoy a very long, happy, pain free life! GRINinc's Gifted Golden Program has generated a grant to assist Triad Golden Retriever Rescue with Samson's surgery.  Samson was adopted 2/9/2012.



Here's Albi, a stray that got picked up in Hendersonville, NC and immediately was rescued by Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue. Albi is estimated to be about 10 years old. He's had a ton of tests and medications to try and control urine leakage problems. Maybe that is why someone let this poor boy to fend on his own? Albi is a very nice boy, does have some energy and friendly with all. He is very laid back and gets along well with children and other dogs. Albi is learning on how to play with toys...it appears he doesn't quite know what to do with him. Thanks to FGRR, Albi is enjoying life in his foster home! GRINinc's Gifted Golden Program was there to help with the large amount of veterinarian services to improve Albi's quality of life. 



Nikki is a true golden.... Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue  saved this old soul's life. Nikki is 10 years old.  When she was rescued Nikki was in very bad health and still had health issues but she is doing better.   Nikki is heartworm positive and she pants so heavily that it can be heard all over the house . She coughs and sometimes struggles to catch her breath. She has severe ear infections but that is much better.  Nikki is on antibiotics, blood pressure medication. She was thought to be in kidney failure but special food and medications have improved that situation. In spite of her ailments, Nikki will retrieve a ball or Frisbee. She loves toys, treats, her bed and people. She appears to be very happy in her foster home . The foster homes said she is one of the best foster dogs they have ever had. They are very attached ...she is a wonderful dog who continues to overcome challenges. FGRR will continue to pay for her extensive veterinarian care and GRINinc's Gifted Golden program has awarded a grant to help them  with her mounting vet bills.  Nikki deserves to be comfortable and happy for however long she has on this Earth. 



Sadie is a very sweet well adjusted dog. She came to Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue after living outdoors for 10 years.  From what the rescue was told she spent all her years outside as a yard dog. Sadie is heartworm positive and suffers from severe skin issues.  After extensive medical treatment for her heartworm disease and her allergies she is greatly improving and learning what its like to be part of a household!  It did take some time and patience to get her to come in the garage, walk up the stairs and to walk through the door frame to enter the home. She does it all NOW without an issue. She loves to jump up in the foster homes  bed and snuggle! Sadie knows many commands such as...sit, go lay down, lay down, shake and sit pretty. Sitting pretty is her favorite thing to do. Sadie is house trained. She loves the ball and squeaky toys. She will shred a stuffed toy in seconds. GRINinc's Gifted Golden Program helped Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue with Sadie's medical bills. Sadie was adopted 1/10/2012.


Waggy is considered a special needs Golden Retriever. His owner released him to Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue based in South Carolina. Waggy spent his time in an outdoor pen and when his elderly owners went into a nursing home he came to FHGRR. He showed strange behavior ...the rescue thought it was a medical issue... perhaps a seizure? Then they thought neurological issue...his strange behavior also  prompted testing/lab work.  FHGRR ran several medical tests and all came back negative. Waggy went into a foster to adopt situation and the  strange behavior continued so a  trainer was called in. Waggy is doing well now. The rescue is just not sure if it's an abnormality or just that he wasn't socialized and being penned outside probably the owners never saw weakness in  his legs and his behavior. Waggy remains a "mystery" but he's with a very committed couple that adore Waggy and he's attending socializing/obedience classes and thriving... GRINinc's Gifted Golden Program was there to help with Waggy's extensive vet bills. We are very happy he is doing well and we thank Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue for taking in Waggy and going above and beyond to help this golden boy. Waggy was adopted 1/10/2010.


Abby is a lucky golden girl! She was rescued by Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland just in time.  Abby came in with multiple lumps which unfortunately turned out to be mast cell tumors. All five are Grade II tumors and were removed. Can you imagine the veterinarian bills? GRINinc was there to assist GRR of Southern Maryland by awarding a grant to help cover some of Abby's vet bills.  We know that Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland will do everything they can to arrest this mast cell disease so Abby can enjoy her life in a "golden way". Currently Abby is in a foster home and will be watched very carefully for new lumps.  She is not a candidate for chemo. The rescue is taking her to an alternative medicine veterinarian in the hopes that she can control this disease. We wish Abby and GRR of Southern Maryland our best. 

UPDATE: The wonderful holiday gift/news is that Abby was ADOPTED by an older, but active couple who are fully aware of Abby's cancer and are willing and able to care for her. Abby quickly won her new dad over and even climbed into bed with him the first morning as Abby's mom still goes off to work. However, Abby's new mom is a walker so Abby gets nice long walks along the beach and in the woods surrounding her new home every day.


Kodiak is a 5 yr old Golden Retriever mix.  His life, so far, has not been easy. As a puppy her brought into a group home and immediately tied outside and ignored. Kodiak had very little attention or interaction on a daily basis. A neighbor of the group home often fed him and gave him some attention. The good Samaritan eventually convinced his owners to sign him over to Neuse Golden Retriever Rescue in North Carolina.     He was severely emaciated and matted. Kodiak had a large ulcerated tumor on his shoulder which was biopsied and removed. The diagnoses is a soft tissue sarcoma Grade III. Xrays were clear and all of the cancer has been removed. Kodiak received absolutely no medical care prior to coming into the rescue.  Certainly the veterinarian bills are very high. Right now Kodiak is being taken care of a wonderful lady who owns a boarding kennel. He has a huge yard to run in and is loved. He may be a permanent foster dog for NRGRR because of his cancer.  They will stand by him no matter what and give him a great life for however long he has. GRINinc assisted Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue by awarding a grant to cover some of Kodiak's bills.   


Ivey found herself in a high kill shelter.  She was on the "urgent list" and unfortunately passed over by many rescues as Ivey was in terrible shape and certainly a senior .  Rescues cannot always help with the dogs that may cost them over and above in veterinary care. Enter G.R.E.A.T. of Jacksonville, Florida. Without hesitation, they pulled Ivey from death row and took her to their veterinarian.  Ivey has multiple health issues and the vet thinks she is in her "teens" and she has had a very rough life. Despite the high veterinarian bills,  G.R.E.A.T has stood by this precious  girl  with high hopes of improving Ivey's life. Her condition has greatly improved although there are a few medical concerns that need to be addressed like the poor condition of her teeth. Ivey will still need ongoing vet care but they are sure she will "rise like a Phoenix" as each day she becomes stronger and stronger.  She just craves for people to just touch her and give her love and she returns her love ten fold.  Ivey is in a loving foster home. GRINinc was pleased to award G.R.E.A.T. with a grant to help cover Ivey's extensive veterinarian bills. Ivey's story is what rescue is all about and Ivey is a poster "child" for GRINinc's GIFTED GOLDEN PROGRAM.

UPDATE 2011: RIP  -  I am sorry to say that Ivey passed away. She apparently got pneumonia and was unable to recover due to her many maladies and weakened condition. It is heartbreaking indeed and a great sadness to all of us but sometimes, no matter how hard we try, some things are just too difficult to fix.  Thanks again for being there to help. We are forever grateful and hope that you will find some comfort also in knowing that you made it possible for her to enjoy life even though it was cut short. She was a sweetheart and will be missed.

Judi Brown, President/Founder

G.R.E.A.T. Rescue of NE Florida, Inc.

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