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From Calamity to Camelot...

From Calamity to Camelot… If a picture’s worth a thousand words, this one is priceless. In what parallel universe could two suffering strangers surpass all expectations and not only survive but thrive as a pair of bonded and cuddling couch buddies? Merlin, named for the sage in Arthurian legend, was struck by two vehicles on the streets of Turkey and staved off foes in the nearby forest with his ferocious bark and ability to play dead.…

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Categories: Healing & Hope

Cobi’s Long Journey…

We have now rescued over 3,000 Goldens in 29 years, there are many sad and bad stories but Cobi #2748’s story haunts us. This little girl came to us from a puppy mill and the best we can determine, she had no human interaction, love or kindness in her first six years of life except to be given food and water. She was a puppy-making machine, kept in a cage, and the only canine interaction she had was when a male came into her pen for breeding.…

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Categories: Healing & Hope

The light in his eyes was gone….

Every Golden story is different. Each Golden comes to us with their own unique circumstances. Some stories are unfortunate…some are downright tragic. We don’t know where Buddy came from and what his previous life was like, but we do know he had a difficult road back to health and happiness. This poor boy came to us with severe separation anxiety, which resulted in very destructive behaviours.  He was adopted twice and both times he was returned due to his destructiveness.  …

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Categories: Healing & Hope

A letter to my darling Miss M. ~ Mischa #2638

I know you can’t hear me, but if you could, I would tell you that you are safe and you are loved. I can only show you every day with cues, signs, consistency, and patience ~ everything you’ve taught me ~ that your life is good and you’ve been rescued from fear, isolation, and loneliness. Mischa, I promised to care for you when you came into my life and here we are one year later, going strong, you with your quirks and me with mine, flourishing in silence ~ an inseparable pack of two.…

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Categories: Healing & Hope

Jasper ~ with a heart as big as a national park

He arrived at Golden Rescue with little information about his previous life, as he was found wandering lost and alone in rural Ontario.  He was an 11-year-old senior citizen who desperately needed a new home, as all efforts to locate his former family had gone cold.  Typically senior dogs are sometimes looked over when adopters are searching for a new furry family member.  It’s often heart-breaking for our fosters and placement teams when they struggle to find that perfect family who wants to wrap their arms around a Golden who is advanced in years.…

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Categories: Healing & Hope

The Golden Life of Pal

He lives in a world of darkness.  He is not familiar with the people around him, the language they speak, the smells from his new home or the touch of those who care for him.  He is a baby and he is blind.  Every day is a learning experience that is not always easy, not always successful, filled with uncertainty and doubt.  This is the story of Pal ~ a four-month old Golden Retriever puppy born into the most unfortunate of circumstances that most likely would have ended his short life had it not been for Golden Rescue and the love of his new, nothing-short-of-amazing, forever family.

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Categories: Healing & Hope

A Message from Owen #2358

Dear Danielle and Colin This past summer has been the best ever. Honestly! It seems like we explored endless new places to have fun and I got to do stuff like fish, swim, run, dig, ride on a jet ski, eat great food (glorious food!), and sleep soundly in a comfy bed. How can I thank you for my awesome life ~ for saving me from despair, for healing my broken spirit and for giving me hope with a second chance.…

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Categories: Healing & Hope