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.

19-44 Gracie

Beautiful Gracie officially joined the Pederson 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, and … 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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19-42 Lexi & 19-41 Kobe

The story of Lexi and Kobe continues. Bonded pair Kobe and Lexi came to live with Amy in foster care in November. Both dogs settled in beautifully and showed typical Golden joy and energy, however an existing lump on Kobe led to a very serious cancer diagnosis. Kobe was able to spend two more months with his sister in a very loving home but sadly passed away at the end of January. Lexi and Kobe’s foster mom decided that Lexi should not have any more change in her life and officially adopted her in February. We are so grateful for … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Amy
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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
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19-29 Splinter

All I Want for Christmas is…my new, fur-ever home. And you know what? On a  cold, snowy Sunday before Christmas, I got my Christmas wish…I was adopted by my foster family Doug and Tanja. I also have a new Golden fur-brother, Ollie; he’s four months older then me and we are quite the dynamic duo. My foster mom and dad knew immediately that they wanted to adopt me, but I needed to have some training on how to be a well-mannered Golden. My fantastic trainer, Laurie, taught me so much: I know my basic commands and learned proper leash walking … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Doug & Tanja
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19-37 Max

Max has been adopted! Stay tuned for his “furever” story and new photos! Hello My name is Max. I’m quite the Senior. My foster mom says I’m the perfect gentleman and I do a great job of staying by her side all the time! I love being near people and being part of the family. I like to play with my toys and I’m pretty good with a tennis ball even for my age. I love being outside and rolling around in the grass, and I also like to go for small walks. I’m fine with dogs and cats. The … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Kristen R.
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19-06 Sophie

Guess who’s adopted! Sophie’s foster family officially made her a permanent part of the family. Sophie has progressed considerably and will continue on the path to becoming a “normal” dog with the help of her pack buddies and humans.

  • Adopted by: John, Brenda & the Pack!
  • #19-06

19-33 Ruby

Ruby Dooby Doo – Where are YOU? She is at here forever home with Keith, Laura, and her new golden doodle brother Koda – that’s where she is!!!! “Ruby Dooby Doo” (as her foster dad, Jon, named her) loves to wake up early to play. The sun is her alarm clock! “Jinkies”, Keith and Laura hope she outgrows this “being a morning pup” thing. She loves to play in her big backyard with Koda. They gallop and gallivant around until 7-year-old Koda just can’t take is anymore. She is definitely getting him into shape! Ruh Roh!!! Ruby has outgrown her … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Laura and Keith
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15-04 Bogie

Bogie has been adopted!! Stay tuned for Bogey’s Happy Tail. Bogie’s back! We have a saying, “Once a GRRIN dog, always a GRRIN dog,” and we mean it. When Bogie’s owner could no longer provide the detailed care he needed, GRRIN volunteers were able to step in immediately. Bogie first entered GRRIN in 2015 when his owner could not physically care for a dog with paralysis (his original story is below). Upon re-entering GRRIN, Bogie stayed at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital while GRRIN sent out a plea for a foster family that could manage the bladder expression needed for his … Continue reading

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19-36 Hudson

Hudson here, and boy what a busy guy I have been this fall. I came to GRRIN and met Andrew who was waiting patiently for an opportunity to meet someone just like me. What a great dad he has been, so I have to say I am really lucky. We go together like peas and carrots. I get to spend a lot of time walking my neighborhood, going on car rides, and playing tug and fetch in the yard. I also have an awesome bed by the front window where I can keep an eye on the exciting things that … Continue reading

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19-34 Neala

Hey, this is Neala checking in a few weeks after I was happily adopted by my GRRIN foster folks, Kaeleigh and Michael. I came to them as a VERY high-energy young girl and have since settled into a wonderful life that’s still fun-filled, but now I’m quicker to calm down and be chill. Kaeleigh and Michael figured out really soon that my favorite toys are tennis balls, hands down! I’m also super-keen on long walks (with ALL the smells!!), car rides (windows down, please!!), and sunning myself when it’s time to relax. I’m also extremely thoughtful. When my new owners … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Michael & Kaeleigh
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19-31 Shadow

Hi, Friends!! I just came in from the yard after running down to the fence to greet some walkers and running up to the other side to see my neighbor dog buddy. I dropped the ball so my people would throw it and I could run out to fetch it…again. Running and long walks are very fun for me now, because I can do it with no pain! I had a great home before coming to GRRIN, but my owner was facing a job change and extended time out of town when I would need a big surgery and a … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: John & Patty
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19-32 Rigby (formerly Remus)

Rigby (formerly Remus) won the Doodle Lottery with his forever family! Kelly and Bob love doodles and all of their silly doodle ways! Rigby joins big sister doodle Sassy, big (but little) doodle brother Milo and two human brothers. Rigby enjoys going for long walks and runs and snuggling up with his new family! He is so happy to have found his family and can’t wait to share in their Doodle adventures.

  • Adopted by: Bob & Kelly
  • #19-32

19-16 Charlie

I’m one of the many breeder dogs that were rescued by GRRIN this year. I’m also one of the many Charlies. But, make no mistake, I’m unique. I really was lucky that I got the best foster home. Marley and Marco taught me how Golden Retrievers are supposed to act. Tori, Jeff, and their family taught me that people can be trusted. The best part was that I got to sleep with my friend, Jonathan. I didn’t know it at the time, but Bill and Chris lost their last GRRIN dog over a year ago and were finally ready for … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Bill & Chris
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19-30 Harlow

Sometimes things are just meant to be! My first mom is such a great Mom and I love her so, she will always be my Mom but she had to work a lot and she felt so bad that I was alone all day for long days. So she called Golden Retriever Rescue of Nebraska and told them my story. She was so great to me, so unselfish and she put ME first. I did not realize that at the time, but as soon as I got to my new home I realized things were going to be ok and … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Lisa & Kim
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19-28 Shadow

Hello All! We are having too much fun! We have been adopted by Michelle who thanks our foster home for taking care of us for a little bit longer than planned. Michelle had knee surgery shortly after her almost 15 year old Nicki #11-22 passed away and was surprised to see us, the dynamic duo of brothers suddenly appear on the website. She put her name in expecting it to be awhile before GRRIN contacted her but she received a pretty fast response! I guess maybe there are not too many who are able to take on 2 new dogs at once! … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Michelle W.
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19-27 Ash

Hello All! We are having too much fun! We have been adopted by Michelle who thanks our foster home for taking care of us for a little bit longer than planned. Michelle had knee surgery shortly after her almost 15 year old Nicki #11-22 passed away and was surprised to see us, the dynamic duo of brothers suddenly appear on the website. She put her name in expecting it to be awhile before GRRIN contacted her but she received a pretty fast response! I guess maybe there are not too many who are able to take on 2 new dogs at once! … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Michelle W.
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19-23 Russell (Formerly Oreo)

Yes, my name is Russell. A very fine name it is. It used to be Oreo. My new family changed it because it fit me better. I turned 2 in June. I am still very much a puppy. I love to play and romp around with the kids and other dogs. I do tear up toys so I get mostly bones to play with and chew on. I love to go on car rides. I am really good in the car. I have good leash skills. I walk well when it is on me. Sometimes Mom and Dad will put … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Amy & Nolan C. and kids Graham and Flynn
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19-20 Zoey

Zoey lost her battle with cancer on December 30, 2019, but she had an amazing seven months with her foster family. They never thought twice about caring for Zoey and making her a “furever” part of the family, which is why her story will live on GRRIN’s Happy Tails pages. New Zoey update: We have sad news to share. Zoey’s cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. We can still hope for a miracle, but Zoey may not have as much time left as we had hoped for her. You would never know she’s fighting this disease, she’s her usual … Continue reading

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19-25 Boomer

Hi everyone! This is Boomer. I am loving my new home. My new golden brother, Seeger, is old like me. We are both hang-arounds. I do like to go outside and play. I have more energy than Seeger has and I am actually a little bit older than he is. No one can believe that I am really 13 years old! He has more arthritis than I do, and since I joined the family, he has gotten up and around and started moving better! We go and chase bunnies when we see them. I am helping him! What a great … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Ralph & Kari
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19-26 Mack

I have been adopted! Check back in later to learn about my new furever home.

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19-22 Doug (Formerly Halas)

I have just been running in circles celebrating everything. I celebrated my first birthday on August 27th and got so many presents! But, the best present was celebrating my first birthday in my new, fur-ever home with my new, fur-ever family: Shawn, Russ, Amanda, Abby, and my fur-sister Joy. My tail is still wagging with excitement and happiness. Also, my name changed: I’m now Douglas Halas…but, all of you can call me Doug. An added surprise to my celebration was going to a lake and going swimming. I had so much fun chasing the waves and swimming in the lake … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Russ & Shawn
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19-17 Jack

Hey Everybody, My name is Jack and I want to tell you about my wonderful experience thanks to the great folks at GRRIN. I was surrendered because of changes within my family structure and we had to move to an apartment. Well, my other mom knew I was too BIG for an apartment so she gave me up to GRRIN. GRRIN found me a great foster family who got me ready to go to my forever family. Rick and Joy helped me settle down and I got to hang with their dog, Sadie. Sadie was really chill, but I wish … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Glenn & Linda
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19-19 Milo (Formerly Chip)

I am always excited. But, I’m REALLY excited now. I have a new fur-ever home and a new name: MILO (I like it!). Everything happened so quickly. The wonderful GRRIN volunteers took me to my foster family, Mary Jane and Regan, and within a couple of days they felt I would be a wonderful addition to their family. You see, they already had a Golden the same age as me. We instantly became best playmates… people said we were “two peas in a pod.” So now I have the most awesome fur-sister, Maisie. We play constantly. We really like running … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Mary Jane and Regan
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19-21 Rocky

It’s Rocky here and I feel like a completely new, two-year old Golden. Being a breeder dog I really didn’t have much exposure to life experiences: playful fur-friends; toys; car rides; social events; and humans who showered me with affection. But, when GRRIN came and picked me up and took me to my foster home, I knew that my forgotten dreams came true. My foster parents, Jon and Sue, made sure I was always comfortable and felt secure. My foster fur-siblings, Harley and Bear, taught me how to play with toys and run free around the yard. We went to … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Gregg
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