This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) in Dallas, TX.
Note: This is the first in a series of three Golden Retriever rescues that I’ll be publishing.
From the Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) website
Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) was incorporated in 1997 with a mission to rescue, care for, and place in permanent loving homes, Golden Retrievers in need in the North Texas area and to educate the general public about responsible pet ownership as well as the special qualities of the Golden Retriever breed. We focus on cities in North Texas and the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) including Dallas, Fort Worth, FT Worth, Allen, Arlington, Burleson, Carrollton, Cleburne, Colleyville, Denton, DeSoto, Flower Mound, Garland, Grapevine, Irving, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Weatherford, Benbrook, Mansfield, Keller, Southlake, North Richland Hills, Forest Hill, Terrell, Waxahachie, Ennis, and others.
We are an all-volunteer rescue organization, with NO paid employees. We do not own nor operate a shelter or kennel space and instead place all of our dogs in loving, volunteer foster homes until the dogs are adopted. Foster families care for the dogs of as if it were their own dog for the period of time it takes to find a permanent home. Many of these dogs have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Our foster Families provide their foster dog with quality dog food, toys, basic training, stability, and, most of all, love. The love they provide is a large part of the therapy the dog needs in order to adapt successfully to his or her new forever home. GRRNT covers all medical expenses for the foster dog.
More than 90% of our total budget goes directly to the dogs for veterinary expenses. The hard work and countless hours of our volunteers enable the growing success GRRNT has experienced since 1997.
Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)
Seniors Available for Adoption
Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from the Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT).
Esther is an 7-year old female who is extremely loving. She has a calming effect on those around her, and her foster family can see her as a therapy dog. She is very energetic, and loves to play with toys that squeak. Esther is about 20-lbs over weight will need a low calorie diet for a while. She loves to explore and is very smart. Esther enjoys our daily walks, and she gets along very well with other dogs. She knows basic commands, but needs some work on walking on a leash, she will try to take you for the walk.
Esther is well behaved in the home. She is house trained and has not chewed on anything but dog toys. She will tell you when she needs to go outside. She does have an issue with lighting and thunder and will wake you up in the middle of the night to say she is afraid, but she calms down very quickly when you reassure her. Esther would make a great pet for a family with young children and will make a wonderful companion for anyone.
Note: Esther is an owner surrender to GRRNT due to a change in her family’s circumstances. She is settling into her foster home and we will know more about her soon.
To learn more about Esther, click the link to her Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Adoption page
Zoe is a 9-year old Golden Retriever that is a lovely older lady. She is house-trained, knows basic commands (sit, shake) and walks well on a leash. She is currently living with 3-Golden Retrievers and gets along well with all of them. She does need a slow introduction to new dogs, and takes a day or two to accept them. She likes other dogs once she knows them and wants to play with her housemates, however, Zoe is not a dog that can be taken to the dog park. Zoe takes treats very gently, and enjoys chewing on bones. If you leave a tasty morsel out on the counter within reach she is happy to help herself!
Zoe does not like to be confined. She would not do well in a home where she would be left alone most of the day or a home that wanted to utilize a crate. When confined, she will do in anything in her power to escape. She currently stays loose in the home with her foster siblings while the family is away, and she doesn’t have any issues with that arrangement. Zoe does not board well, and will need a family that either plans to take her with her when they travel or that will have someone stay with her at their home.
Zoe knows how to navigate stairs like a champ so two story homes are not a problem. She is a very affectionate girl with little concept of personal space. If you are looking for a velcro dog, she’s your girl. Zoe currently sleeps in bed with her foster family and demands pillow access in the bed. She’s even been known to go get her own pillow and pick her spot on the bed!
This girl loves attention and will nudge her nose up to you if you spend too long on the computer. She likes to remind you that it’s belly rub time. She enjoys spending time outside chasing the squirrels but hasn’t shown any interest in fetch. Zoe currently lives with a 5ft chain link fence and doesn’t make any effort to scale or jump it. She is capable of doing so if she desired, so any physical fence will be sufficient for this gal. Zoe loves water and would adore a home where swimming would be available. Zoe has a very nice energy level for her age and loves to play. She would love to go on regular walks and outings with her forever family. Zoe rides extremely well in the car and loads herself right up.
Zoe does have thunder storm phobia, and she will need to take some prescription medication help her through thunder storms. Thankfully, the medication does work and she has been able to calm down when the weather turns bad. Zoe is happy to be your alarm system if someone knocks at the door. She has quite the bark! But she quickly calms down once the danger has passed or visitors have entered.
We think Zoe would do best in a quieter household without kids or young grandkids visiting. She can get anxious when the home is bustling with activity. Initially we thought Zoe would need to be the only female dog in the home, but she is currently living peacefully with a younger female dog, and has been comfortable with a couple of other female dogs that visited overnight. With calm and slow introductions to other dogs Zoe does just fine in a multi dog home. We feel she would do best with another dog for companionship, and making the right match will be important. However, no kitty siblings for this girl. This gal is looking for her retirement home to live out her Golden years. Zoe has lots of love to give and will brighten your life for the rest of her days.
Note: Zoe was adopted from GRRNT a few years ago, and recently returned due to a major change in her family’s circumstances.
To learn more about Zoe, click the link to her Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Adoption page
Duke is a sweet boy who has lots of love to give to the lucky family who adopts him. Don’t let the white face & gray fool you. Duke is bubbling with energy, warm and friendly. His fur has been trimmed but will grow out into that long silky coat you expect on a golden. Light and graceful, going on walks are one of Duke’s favorite activities. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen him jumping up and down while standing up on his hind legs.
Duke is well behaved but doesn’t seem to have a good grasp of common commands. He will come when called and has a strong understanding of “no.” Treats work well as a positive reward as does enthusiastic verbal praise supplemented by rubbing him. You will find him very eager to please. He loves being scratched, rubbed and petted. The antler and a stuffed animal are his favorite toys. He has shown interest a couple of times in climbing on the furniture which we don’t allow. The only exception is when it is thundering as he has thunder phobia. When it is thundering, he likes to lay quietly on the sofa next to you. He needs a little comforting during storms. Otherwise, Duke sleeps peacefully on his bed which is placed near his foster parent’s bed.
Duke is great about letting you know when he needs to potty. When he becomes excited and in your face, you know it is time to go outside. Very short spurts in the backyard are fun for him. He has never wanted to spend longer than 15-minutes in the yard by himself. When he was new in our household, he was a little shy and really appreciated having someone go outside with him. Waiting patiently, Duke is very good about letting you wipe the water & mud from his paws before entering the house. We even blew him dry one day after spending time in a soaking rain!
Curiosity runs strong in Duke. He likes to explore everything inside and out. He is even interested in the laser light toy we use with the cats, sometimes trying to catch the light. Our cats are his friends and family. When one has gone out, he searches the house looking for the missing kitty. If a cat runs into the house Duke will chase but is easily stopped by voice command. He’s just doing what dogs do–chasing running animals.
Duke will be happy in an fairly active family. He would do well with cats and other dogs in the household. He will enjoy daily walks and lots of attention from his forever family.
Note: Duke was picked up as a stray by local animal control. The shelter treated his very infected ears and asked GRRNT to help find him a new home. Duke is just settling into his foster home and we will know more about him soon.
To learn more about Duke, click the link to his Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Adoption page
Daisy was an owner surrender to GRRNT. She was a very sick little girl and needed emergency spay surgery for a uterine infection. She is recovering in her foster home and getting lots of TLC. She also has heartworms, and will need to undergo treatment once she is well enough. Daisy will not be ready for adoption for a couple of months. Please check back on her progress.
To learn more about Daisy, click the link to her Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Adoption page
Senior Permanent Fosters
Here are some, but not all of the Permanent Fosters Dogs currently available to Sponsor from the Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT).
Pippen is an 8-year old Golden Retriever Mix. Unfortunately, Pippen is Heartworm Positive and has Spondylosis.
To learn more about Pippen, click the link to her Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Sponsor page
Oliver is a 10-year old Golden Retriever.
To learn more about Oliver, click the link to his Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Sponsor page
Callie is a 15-year old Golden Retriever. Unfortunately, Callie has a Heart murmur, Vestibular syndrome, and some Large fatty masses.
To learn more about Callie, click the link to her Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Sponsor page
Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) contact links
To learn about all the dogs, that the Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) has available for adoption, click the following links:
* Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Website
* Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Facebook
* Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Twitter
* Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – Golden Oldies
* Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – All Golden Retrievers Available for Adoption
* Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) – All Permanent Foster Dogs
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