Happy Tails

Our goal in GRRIN is to get every foster dog to their forever home. Each “Happy Tail” is a reflection of the caring effort shared by volunteers and the families who open up their homes to a rescued Golden Retriever.

Would you like to submit a story for your recently adopted dog or send an update for a former adoption? Contact GRRIN at webmaster@grrin.org.

20-09 Storm

I found my forever home! Check back to see my Happy Tail.

  • Adopted by: Paige
  • #20-09

21-02 Andy

This winter hasn’t been the best for Julie and me. I have been recovering from back surgery and we lost one of the greatest dogs we’ve had on New Year’s Eve, Barney, our adopted Golden who we got from GRRIN 10 years ago. The house was just too empty without him in our family. Luckily, GRRIN did offer us the opportunity to adopt Andy, a beautiful and affectionate 2 ½ year old boy just recently surrendered. Andy lived his life outdoors on a farm, coming into the house, as we understand it, for about an hour a day. Unfortunately he … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: David & Julie
  • #21-02

20-13 Lucky aka Lucy

What a blessing to have (Lucky) Lucy become part of our family.  She and our other dog, Sadie, became fast friends. To say Lucy is obsessed with playing ball is an understatement.  She’d play forever if we would! She loves walks but definitely wants the lead so we’ve begun working on the pulling. She always likes to be with us and is good at snuggling. We have fallen in love with her and we truly feel “lucky” that she has joined our family and fit in so well.

  • Adopted by: Rick & Joy
  • #20-13

20-10 Maggie

Talk about being in the right place at the right time! I’m Maggie, a GRRIN dog who was recently adopted. My foster folks, Grace and Sean, came into my life at a time when I needed a place where I could be the only pet (and top dog, of course!) in a loving home. I hit the jackpot when they decided to give me a forever home. I’m told I got into a routine with them right away – almost as if I’d lived there my entire life. Grace and Sean say I’m a really smart girl, super athletic, and … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Sean & Grace
  • #20-10

20-08 Daisy

Daisy has been adopted! We’ll post her “furever” story soon!

  • Adopted by: Denise & Jim
  • #20-08

20-07 Copper

Hello everyone! My name is Copper and I’m so happy to be in my forever home! My foster family fell in love with my goofy personality so they kept me. I’ve learned so much since I’ve been here. I was pretty nervous when I came but my brother Gunner showed me the ropes. We play every day! We love to play chase, wrestle, play tug of war, or just get attention! I love to chew on anything – my mom has to search for toys that I can’t destroy or eat. I like all of my toys and carry them … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Mike & Julie
  • #20-07

20-12 Sadie

When we first contacted GRRIN to become foster parents, we had a 13-year-old Golden Retriever named Mishka. Shortly after our home visit, Mishka passed away. Our family of 5 was heartbroken. Just 12 days after her passing we got a call to foster Sadie. She needed to leave her home due to no fault of her own. We wondered if it was too soon but wanted to help Sadie out. She came to live with us while we nursed her back from the injuries she received in a fight and she mended our hearts. Sadie is as happy to be … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Alan & Sara
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20-11 Sammy

Sammy has been a great addition to our family. His laid back demeanor is a contrast to our Vizsla Bodie. They both have boundless energy and love to play all day. When Sammy starts to get vocal he sounds a lot like chewbacca, which makes us laugh. Megan’s co-workers love to see Sammy’s tail make an appearance during their zoom meetings. It has been suggested that Sammy’s tail get its own Instagram account. We’ve started to do some additional training with Sammy to try and get him better at walking on a leash. He’s a smart dog so I’m sure … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Mark & Megan
  • #20-11

19-35 Murphy

Hi there! Murphy here! Still living the good life and acting like a boy half my age. After I had to leave my first home, I wasn’t sure where I was going to end up. Then, GRRIN took me in and put me with a foster family. Well, we thought it was going to be temporary, but it turns out that we’ve all gotten pretty used to each other and we’ve decided that we’d all like to keep it that way! I have officially become a permanent foster! This means that I will still be under the care of GRRIN, … Continue reading

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19-42 Lexi

Hi everyone! I am Lexi. As you have read on the Happy Tails story, that I came into GRRIN with my older “brother”, Kobe. I had always lived with him. We were a pair, for sure. Our original family was moving and could not take us with them. We were so lucky to come into the GRRIN family! We got to live with Amy and her dog, Lilly. Lilly was very good about giving us space and freedom in the home where she had always been the only dog. When we came into GRRIN, the vet found a big lump … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Amy & Lilly
  • #19-42

20-04 Faith

Faith was rescued from a breeder in Missouri on February 29th. She was initially very timid and scared of her older siblings (Dash and Maggie) and often hid under the kitchen table or in between your legs. After a few weeks, she become more social, leading to Faith and Dash becoming best friends. They are constantly playing with each other and wearing each other out. Although our intentions were to foster Faith, after a 3-month foster period (thanks to Covid), we couldn’t give her up! She was already a part of our family. Faith is always happy to cuddle up … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Nathan & Kaitlyn
  • #20-04

20-03 Hope

Hope is a very happy little girl.  She came from a breeder and had to learn how to be with people and trust them.  She sure loves to be loved on!  Hope is still tiny compared to other Goldens her age.  This makes her easier to hold and snuggle with!  She can even slide under the bed to sleep.  She does love it under there! Hope has come a long way in the six months since she came into GRRIN.  She has learned how to go on walks and not pull on her leash any more.  She loves to go … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jeff & Jackie
  • #20-03

19-38 Bubba

I have become a permanent foster! Thanks so much to GRRIN for making sure that I will always have a safe home filled with love.

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20-06 Maizy

Maizy just turned 8 years old and still as sweet as ever! When I first saw Maizy’s picture and read her story, I knew Maizy would be a good fit for our family. My girlfriend and I have one other dog named Buttercup, a lab/husky mix around the same age as Maizy. I knew in a way they would be ‘okay’ with each other until they built up their comfortability with each other. On day 1 and 2, Maizy was very hesitant in moving from two spots in the house. We couldn’t even get her to eat. We tried a … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Benjamin
  • #20-06

20-01 Riley (Formerly Roxie)

Riley recently got a lot of “NEWS”…..  a new, perfect home with a huge backyard, a new best friend (a golden retriever named Max), and a new name – Riley!!!!  We think that is the perfect name for her. When Riley gets happy, she bounces straight up.  Rumor has it that she has a better “vertical” than a professional basketball player!!! Riley is a very picky eater, which is ironic since her favorite toy is a stuffed fabric hamburger!!!  She does succumb to a chunk of cheese whenever it is offered, however!  Who can resist a good piece of cheese? … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jolyn
  • #20-01

19-26 Mack

Mack is 11 years old now.  He came into GRRIN last summer.  Mack had been alone a lot in his previous home, so he was not able to get out and exercise like he should have been.  He was around 110#, and with exercise and play, he has lost some weight.  That was a major goal for this boy.  He is getting around much better now and can actually climb stairs quite well!  Good for you, Mack!! Mack found his furever family in January, but he needed some surgery before he was adopted.  He had multiple lipomas removed, 2 growths … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Grace & Gavin
  • #19-26

19-37 Max

Max came into GRRIN with his buddy, Bubba. They had lived together for a long time but didn’t really get regular human attention. Foster Mom Kristen took in both dogs, her first foster! She almost immediately bonded with Max and he took to her as well. Over time and with the help of another foster home it was realized that it would be best if Max and Bubba each had their own home and no longer needed to be together. The happy ending is that Max is at his true furever home with Kristen where he enjoys chasing balls, rolling … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Kristen R.
  • #19-37

20-05 Scout

For the last 10 months, my life has been in a whirlwind. In March it was decided that I might be happier living in another furever home. A very nice GRRIN volunteer came to pick me up and he took me to the very best foster home. My foster mom and dad were terrific: they were friendly and made me feel comfortable, safe and happy. My foster fur-buddy followed me all around and would always lay right next to me. Because of the pandemic, I didn’t start meeting new families to find my new fur-ever home until late summer. A family came to meet … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Ryan & Jenny
  • #20-05

20-02 Rocky

We have great news – Rocky was adopted! Stay tuned for his furever story! Hi there, I am Rocky.  I am learning to be the best boy ever.  My favorite things to do are play ball, hide my toys so I can bark at them and give kisses! I am still a puppy so I am learning so many new things. I am a little goofy and sometimes a little clumsy.  My foster parents said I am doing great with house training and I haven’t had any accidents so I am pretty sure I have that one down.  I like … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Stan & Amy
  • #20-02

19-45 Ella

Early last year, our quiet little family decided we needed a jolt of excitement and enthusiasm in our lives. After finding Ella on GRRIN’s adoption page, we fell in love immediately. Ella was born with a genetic condition called cricopharyngeal achalasia, a condition that affects her ability to swallow correctly and can cause her to accidently inhale food or water. Because Trent is a veterinarian and Karen is in the medical field, we felt comfortable taking on the extra challenges and adaptations for her care. Ella joined our family in April after several weeks of anticipation. Quiet and reserved at … Continue reading

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19-08 – Rigley

Rigley was adopted by his foster family – stay tuned for his “furever” story!

  • Adopted by: Kevin and Robyn
  • #19-08

19-44 Gracie

Beautiful Gracie officially joined Barb & Bob’s Pack on January 5, 2020. Her previous family surrendered her to GRRIN in order to keep her safe – a dog in their pack could not learn to get along! Gracie’s two favorite spots in her new home are her fuzzy bed and as close to her mama as possible! She’s  learned to walk perfectly on a leash next to her brother, waits for her food, and has learned to “sit” and “chill.” She is naturally affectionate, quick to learn and owns that trademark Golden “smile.” She is  polite to other dogs, kitties, … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Bob & Barb
  • #19-44

19-24 Mollie Sue

Hi there! Mollie Sue here just wanting to tell you about my fabulous forever home with Mario and Linda! This is the BEST place ever! I spent almost all my life out on a farm having babies and then I somehow got away from that life and spent a little bit of time with a different family, but we all knew that the perfect home was just around the corner and sure enough, there were Mario and Linda, ready to give me the best life EVER! We had a big C-word scare when I first got here, but I had … Continue reading

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19-39 Tripp

Hello, from Tripp Foster Teske!! Yes, that is the name I was given when I arrived at my new home after being rescued last October. I was transported by a really nice lady from GRRIN and brought to a fantastic home…I had never seen a real home before. This other really nice lady carried me into this home because I was too scared to move at first. I now know it was her home, and I was greeted with all this love and attention. I didn’t know what was happening. Who are these nice people, why do they like me, … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Chad & Amy
  • #19-39

19-40 Hallie

Look at me…Hallie. Don’t I look really happy? That’s because after several months, I was adopted and now have my fur-ever home. Somehow, just before the holidays, I found myself alone and wandering the streets. Fortunately, I was found and taken to a shelter where it was warm, they fed me, took me on daily walks, and gave me medical care. The shelter contacted GRRIN, and wonderful volunteers came and picked me up and took me to my foster home. Immediately, my foster family knew they permanently wanted me to stay and named me HALLIE. But, I had some persistent … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Terry & Wendy
  • #19-40