Permanent Guardianship

Sometimes a Golden Retriever will be rescued by GRINinc with either known or unknown medical concerns that prohibits that dog from going into our adoption program. We consider these dogs to be members of our Permanent Guardianship Program. Our mission is to assist seniors and special needs Golden Retrievers which includes grave and often incurable/terminal disorders. GRINinc wants to make sure no Golden Retriever is left behind. We invite you to meet some of the members of our Permanent Guardianship Program.
Bentley

 

Bentley is an 11-year-old Golden that came to GRINinc when he was 10 ½.  He was in bad shape being underweight with a matted coat and infections in his feet. His owners had allowed his nails to grow into his paws causing infection which then went into his bones most likely causing his illness, kidney disease. Bentley was obviously neglected and his previous family decided they didn’t want him any longer and were going to take him to the shelter or put him down.  Fortunately, a family member took charge, knew that Bentley deserved better and contacted our rescue.  Bentley will remain under the care of his Internist, Dr. Riordan, to monitor his kidney disease but with medication and a special kidney diet, he is thriving.  The kidney disease remains stable for now.

 He is a very happy, handsome boy that loves his walks, resting on the couch and "sunbathing” on the lanai. He definitely loves life, and has brought great love and joy into ours.  ~ Pat and Jim J.

 

We cannot thank Pat and Jim enough for accepting this wonderful golden boy into their home.  Pat and Jim have been invaluable long-time volunteers for our rescue.... from transporting to participating in fundraisers to adopting GRINinc dogs.  Bentley is in our Permanent Foster Program where his foster family will keep him until he decides to leave this Earth and GRINinc will continue to support his medical care along with the generous support of his present family, Pat and Jim J. 

Update on Bentley-On January 4, 2018 Bentley was helped to the Rainbow Bridge after succumbing to a chronic kidney disease. He was a true fighter during this battle, with a spirit of a young pup instead of an "oldie goldie". We believe that his spirit and the wonderful, loving care from his foster parents, Pat and Jim J., attributed to the many extra months Bentley graced all of us with his sweetness and 'loving life" antics! His veterinarians, Dr. Laura Riordan and Dr. Stacey Huber made sure that Bentley had outstanding care during each step of his illness. Bentley will be greatly missed by many that he gently touched with his loving soul and his famous "paw" greeting! Rest In Peace, our Bentley.

Thank you to Jim H., Marcia M. and Pat/Jim J. who helped to sponsor Bentley's specialized veterinarian care. 

 

Baxter

 

Sometimes a Golden Retriever will be rescued by GRINinc with either known or unknown medical concerns that prohibits that dog from going into our adoption program. We consider these dogs to be  members of our Permanent Guardianship Program. Our mission is to assist seniors and special needs Golden Retrievers which includes grave and often incurable/terminal disorders. GRINinc wants to make sure  no Golden Retriever is left behind. We invite you to meet some of the members of our Permanent Guardianship Program.
 

It seems that there will always be rescue Golden Retrievers that need extra care and love. Age isn’t always the factor in that equation. Sometimes it is medical needs that seem to overwhelm folks. That is how Baxter came to be part of our Permanent Guardianship Program.  He was just 4 years old and in dreadful shape when he was abandoned at a kennel by his family.

Normally GRINinc does not take in dogs that young, however, Baxter sounded like a dog with special needs that was requiring expert examination with a specialist for his eyes especially as well as his skin concerns. Baxter definitely fit our criteria for intake. GRINinc had him seen by many veterinarians including specialists and it was determined that he has cataracts and cysts in both eyes requiring eye medications needing to be applied in each eye twice a day along with special food and medications to keep his skin allergies under control. The eye condition requires periodic vet visits with an ophthalmologist for follow up

Fortunately, the Denslow family has stepped up to care for, monitor, and love Baxter. They are a wonderful, conscientious, loving and dedicated foster family within our rescue and have gone above and beyond in their concern for him over the years. Baxter has been with them for quite a while and will continue to be their permanent foster dog while GRINinc covers Baxter’s veterinary care.  
Just recently Baxter and family experienced one more obstacle to overcome. He was diagnosed with oral melanoma. The tumor has been removed; he is back to his old self and is doing very well.  This melanoma is being treated with a vaccine specifically designed to treat melanoma. Regular visits to our network veterinarian and the oncologist are necessary. Baxter is now through his series of vaccines. We know of several GRINinc dogs that have used the melanoma vaccine with great success.

 

The Denslow family continues to maintain a positive attitude with the importance of letting Baxter enjoy his life in every way he can!  Despite his issues … a more loving dog, there is not and a more loving permanent foster home there is not. Baxter is a very special “special needs” Golden boy.

UPDATE:  November 28,2020  We learned from Baxter's loving family that he had passed away peacefully in his sleep after a battle with cancer.  He just had a birthday !  He will be missed by ALL of us with GRINinc and by his family...the Denslows who welcomed Baxter with unconditional love so many years ago.

 

If you would like to sponsor Baxter by making a donation to his medical care, please mail the donation to GRINinc P.O. Box 770291 Naples, FL 34107-0291 with a note “Baxter” in the memo. GRINinc treats our dogs like "gold" by continuing to do all that we can to give them the best possible outcome and a second chance at life. 

 

The cartoon was created by Anita V., a most generous supporter of Baxter!
A special thanks to Anita V. and Pat & Jim J. for their heartfelt support to assist with Baxter's on-going specialized vet care.

 

Baxter represents our current Permanent Guardianship dog(s). However, prior to Baxter GRINinc also was there for Handsome, Major, Cali, Harley, Teddy Bear, Haley, Phoenix, Summi, Archer and Lucy and many others.

 

Of course, our Permanent Guardianship Program would not be in existence without our many donors who so graciously and generously provide financial support. Another very important ingredient is our dedicated foster families who graciously and lovingly open their hearts and their homes to these special needs senior Golden Retrievers. There are too many to mention…a heartfelt thank you to all of them.

A special thank you to Dianne and Stan K. for sponsoring Baxter's current, ongoing care through a generous donation made in the memory of Spirit, their GRINinc golden who passed away in July 2019. A few years prior, Spirit, "tolerated" Baxter as "Bax" parked his paw for a long visit at Dianne and Stan's household while Baxter's foster family traveled out of the country. Baxter wanted to play...but Spirit maintained that regal, quiet manner of his while his household was taken over by the exuberant Baxter!

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