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.

18-10 Buddy

Hi Everyone. I have found my furever home with my new Mom, Jan. I could not be happier. And neither could she. She is retired and we are home together all the time. We are pretty much bound at the hip. We go for walks throughout the day. We go downstairs by the fireplace every morning and evening as I have met such great people who stop and have to make a big deal over me and everyone tells me what a good boy I am. (I already knew that though). She took great care of me while I was … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jan
  • #18-10

18-11 Carson (formerly Pancho)

Who’s the happiest dog in the world? Carson is, that’s who! Oh wait, his Golden brother Cooper and new mom and dad are over the moon, too. They write: Carson can be best described as a sweet, loving bear! He is very mellow but has no problem turning anywhere into a wrestling ring. He and his brother Cooper make a perfect pair because they are both young and are ALWAYS ready to play. However, together they are learning when it’s necessary to take a break. Our home truly feels complete! Thanks to Carson’s foster family, Scott, Kelly & Zach for … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Anthony, Josie & Cooper
  • #18-11

18-09 Snickers

Snickers…you might think that is a funny name for an eight-year-old Golden, but I am really getting used to that name. You see, somehow I got lost in the country amid cornfields, dirt, hot, and rainy weather. I didn’t remember what my name was because I didn’t have a collar on. One day while I was just walking around in the country, a wonderful man saw me. He picked me up and took me home with him where he gave me water, food, and comforted me, and he named me Snickers. He tried to find who my owners were; but, … Continue reading

  • #18-09

18-08 Charlie

It’s been six months since I was released. I did my time producing many litters of beautiful puppies for the commercial trade and now it’s my turn to kick up my paws and become a house Golden! I landed well with some kind GRRIN humans who felt sorry for me and wanted to help me be a real dog. They had two other Goldens living with them, kind Uncle Hudson and ornery young Daniel (The Boys). I had a rocky start with tummy trouble and being so very afraid all the time. I’ve slowly learned how to go in and … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Colleen
  • #18-08

18-07 Wrigley

Wrigley has been adopted and is enjoying his new forever family and Golden Retriever sister. Thank you to everyone who contacted GRRIN about adopting him! Hi everyone! Notice anything different about me? I’m a Doodle! Yes, GRRIN rescues Doodles like me! I look like a grown-up dog but I’m still just a youngster at ten months old. My first family loved me very much so I’m a snuggly, sweet and well-adjusted guy. I’m doing great with with my foster parents, their son, and the resident dogs. I just got my summer hair cut – what do you think of my … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Vonn & Sue
  • #18-07

18-06 Mattie

Mattie was adopted! Nine year old Mattie girl thrived in foster care with Danny and his dog, Cesar. Mattie was very friendly and relaxed when she met her new adoptive mom Kate and was totally won over when Kate sat on the floor with her to play with toys and cuddle. Kate has two teenage kids who are experienced with dogs and very responsible with them. There is also a very mellow male basset hound member of the family who gets along great with other dogs and will enjoy Mattie’s company. Thanks go to Danny and Cesar for their patient … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Kate
  • #18-06

13-20 Frosty

Update: Frosty was officially adopted on May 23rd by his foster mom, Marie! Welcome Frosty to GRRIN! He was originally fostered by our rescue group in 2013 when he was brought in at eight weeks of age with severe frostbite. He was born at a puppy mill in March during an exceptionally long and cold winter, and suffered permanent scarring to his nose and eyebrows, along with the loss of two digits on each of his front paws. But you will never a see a frown on Frosty’s face – he’s a typical happy-go-lucky Golden who doesn’t understand limitations. Frosty’s … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Marie
  • #13-20

11-35 Sam

Update from Sam’s family! (We LOVE updates!) Our family adopted Sam in August 2013. We thought it was time for an update! Sam continues to be a very special part of our lives. Our oldest boys are grown and out of the house. He keeps our girls running and loves to play! We recently found some dog toys (pictured) at Costco that are quite durable and last a few days rather than a couple hours with Sam! You can count on Sam to take care of whoever happens to be sick in the house and he tends to make the … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Susan & Dan, Nick, Jake, Gabi, Grace and Becca.
  • #11-35

18-05 Bailey

Bailey here!  I am still a puppy, but a very happy one!  I love my new home.  My new Mom and Dad, Cheryl and Mike, take great care of me.  They are helping me to learn to behave and get rid of my extra energy in good ways.  We go on long walks every morning and evening.  They even take me to a place that they call a dam site to go walking that has lots of good things to smell and see!  They even got me a thing called a kiddie pool that they put me into one day … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Mike & Cheryl
  • #18-05

18-04 Avery (now Izzy!)

Hi there, Izzy here! (My name used to be Avery, but Betty (my new person) said ‘new home, new name’ and Izzy is it!)  …Sometimes they call me ‘Dizzy Izzy!’ because I’m so darn happy and do this crazy-happy dance when my food is being put down. Too bad the newsletter can’t play videos! I started out at Betty’s house as a foster, and while there had to get some bumps checked and my teeth cleaned. Rudy, the resident Golden Doodle was a little jealous of me, but we worked it out. Then one night, Rudy and I got to … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Betty J.
  • #18-04

18-02 Lady

Lady has been adopted! Stay tuned for her “furever” tail! Lady is as happy and playful as ever. She has been tested to try to identify possible causes for her thinness. So far, the consensus seems to be she has an aging digestive system that has slowed down her metabolism that converts food. Lady is consistently sweet and cheerful, loves to go for walks, fetch toys, and rides very well in the car. She likes cats. She is engaging and likeable and will make a wonderful companion for a less active adopter who appreciates the special qualities of senior Goldens. … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Paul & Sharon
  • #18-02

18-01 Nala

Are you looking for Nala? Here I am in my new fur-ever home. I am so happy…there is a huge back yard where I can run around and, sometimes, there are deer on the other side of the fence. I also have been learning to share my toys with my new kitty fur-sister, Sally. And I look forward to my human best friend Grace to come over to play and cuddle with me. Every day, my mom and I go to the farm to feed the horses and see other dogs and farm animals. I can’t wait until I improve on my leash-walking skills with … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Laraine
  • #18-01

17-19 Rookie (now Doodle)

Home sweet home. That is where I am! Jim and Pam love me, that’s what counts. I am learning how to be a better dog, they say. I am greeting guests nicer now than before. I am not eating things that I shouldn’t. That is a HUGE step for me!! I had a belly-full of stuff when I came to live with them and the vet had to help me get rid of it. That was not much fun. Going on walks is fun. I am really glad that it is starting to get nicer out so we can go … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jim & Pam
  • #17-19

17-18 Maggie

Hi Everyone!  Maggie here.  I want you all to know that I am jumping for joy instead of jumping fences. Here’s what my new mom and dad said about me: Maggie was adopted in February and has been a great addition to our family. She is a 4-year old sweetie and has a lot of energy. Maggie has an older brother Ripken who is 10 years old. He is great at sharing his toys with his new sister. We enjoy her kisses and cuddles. She loves looking out our front window, going for walks, and playing with Ripken. We are … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Ben & Laura
  • #17-18

17-15 Charlie

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year from Charlie. I am so happy in my new forever home filled love and human siblings, I can’t stop wagging my tail. I had a fantastic time in my foster home with Dick and Amy who helped me with exercise to improve my agility (and I lost weight), they took me on walks to improve my stamina and guided me through proper socialization with other dogs. I feel 5 years younger! Best of all, they loved to play fetch with me. Dick and Amy provided the best care and and I am so happy … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Skip and Julie
  • #17-15

17-16 Ollie

Hey everyone, this is Ollie! Just wanted to give you an update since I was recently adopted by Mark. Boy, things are going great for me. I have a wonderful backyard to run and play in and I get to go on plenty of walks. When GRRIN rescued me I have to admit I had a LOT of growing up to do, mostly on the behavior side. I can be pretty energetic (make that rambunctious!) and had to buckle down and learn how to be a happy but well-behaved dog. My foster dad and his Golden taught me so much … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Mark
  • #17-16

17-17 Orville

Happy 2018 New Year! I must say that my holidays were just FABULOUS.  It all started on December 21, when a FABULOUS family thought I was just FABULOUS and adopted me. Wow…what a wonderful Christmas present: my very own fur-ever home. My dad and mom, Bill and Sara, two human siblings, an adorable Golden paw sister, Penny, and two cats really think that I am just perfect and they all show me so much affection and love and take really good care of me. I have so much fun playing with them, and we are anxiously waiting for warm weather … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Bill & Sara
  • #17-17

17-14 Duke

Jovial Duke has found his home with Cathy and her husband and two kids. They waited patiently on the GRRIN wait list until just the right dog came along. Duke is happy to be that dog. Duke is a five-year-old male who enjoys life. He was placed with GRRIN when his original family found that Duke was bored and lonely and would venture into the countryside where he found ways to get into trouble (mostly with chickens). He is anxious during thunderstorms but his new family has several potential options for helping him through stormy times. Duke adapted beautifully to foster care with foster … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Cathy
  • #17-14

17-13 Tweeds

Hello everyone, Tweeds here, just wanted to give an update on how things are going with my forever family. I love my new home. Kipp takes me for walks twice a day. He would say I walk really well except when I see squirrels and or rabbits. Then let’s say I can get a bit excited! There is a Cat in my new home and his name is Max, we get along extremely well but sometimes Max likes to sleep in my bed. You would think that little Cat could find somewhere else to lay down, oh well. Kipp and … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Kip & JoAnne
  • #17-13

07-56 Brinkley

I’m back with my original GRRIN foster family! It’s been a long, long time. They remembered me!! I am so happy that they decided to keep me and adopt me. I had a great life with my first adoptive family but they were not able to take care of me any longer. They knew it would be best if I came back to my GRRIN family. I fit right in with my foster brother, GUNNER. He is a bit younger than I am, but we have become best buddies. We run and play a lot! My arthritic hips are doing … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Mike, Julie, Steve, Suzanne, Gunner and CJ
  • #07-56

17-05 Bella

Hi, it’s me, Bella!  Oh my gosh have I had the most fun since coming to my forever home with my mom, Theresa.   Mom was pretty heartbroken when she lost her Golden Kandi, but when she met me, she knew I would help heal her heart! I have had visitors come just to see me, and they brought me treats and stuffies! I LOVE stuffies!  And mom takes me to parks and we take walks and go for car rides and I get anything my little Golden heart could ever want.  I have had a few issues with stealing off counters … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Theresa
  • #17-05

17-12 Millie

Are you looking for Millie? Here I am…in my new fur-ever home with my awesome new family. I love it here, and they really love me. I am having so much fun doing so many different things. I play ball, go for daily walks, go to a lake where I jump in the water and swim to retrieve a toy (so much fun), and I even go to work sometimes with my dad where I get to be the “official greeter.” And, when I come home, I cuddle up with my fur-sister Java. I am so happy. GRRIN was so … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Matt & Tiffanie
  • #17-12

09-59 Stella

As an  09-59 number, you’ll note this is the second time GRRIN has helped me find a wonderful new home!  Having been an only pet for many years, my family had to move and after a brief nurturing foster experience, I’ve been placed with long-time GRRIN volunteers Cheri and Jeff.  As you can see, it allows me a whole new pack to frolic with that also includes four indoor cats! There is plenty of room on an acreage in the Loess Hills area near Sioux City, Iowa.  They tell me that I fit in *perfectly* and am now celebrating my … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jeff & Cheri
  • #09-59

17-08 Frankie

I can’t wait to tell you my story…I’m FRANKIE and I’m seven years old and some say I am a real charmer because of my laid-back personality and good looks. I basically was an outside Golden, but once I went to live with my GRRIN foster family, I learned reeeal fast how great it is to live indoors. I can lay on the floor with my new paw-sister Layla; I sleep in bed with my new human sister Lily; and, sometimes I can even play ball in the house. Recently, I went to a big lake and there were lots … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Richard & Shirley & Layla
  • #17-08

17-11 Gabe

I’ve said I’d never do five things in my life and I’ve done them all. The fifth was adopting our latest rescue, Gabe. He was 18 months old when we fostered him and 18.5 when we adopted him; that’s the never part. You see, we’ve had adolescent dogs before and they were great dogs, but caused us to pull our hair out and regret giving up cigarettes. I in particular declaimed “never again will I go through a dog’s adolescence!” Yes, declaimed! I was nothing if not emphatic. We thought we were meeting a 7 yr old that day. But … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Karen T.
  • #17-11