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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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17-09 Gracie

Hi, everyone!  This is Gracie checking in with big news: I have been adopted by a wonderful couple and their cat, Sophie!  I can’t tell you how lucky I feel since GRRIN took me in and made sure I found my perfect forever home.  It all started out when I went to live with my awesome foster family which included three great kids and two playful dogs. They made me feel so happy, safe, and confident. They even took the time to check on me after my adoption and promised me I would love my permanent family. Boy, were they … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Mary Jo & Greg
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17-07 Buffy

Hi, my name is Buffy. I am a little different than most of you, as I am a Labrador Retriever, not a Golden Retriever. However GRRIN accepted me into their adoption program so I could find a new home. I have a great new home with Bob. He is retired and is home most of the time. We have a lot of fun. I have a large couch all to myself, which is great for lounging and naps. My new back yard has lots of squirrels and birds, which are fun to chase. So far they are faster than I … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Bob
  • #17-07

17-04 Cosmo

Riley here, formerly Cosmo but Mom say’s Riley is a much better name for me and I like it! My new Mom and Dad are “foster failures” because they took one look at me and knew they could never let me go. Mom and Dad tell me what a good boy I am because I know sit, shake, lay down and stay and I’m learning new tricks all the time! I never have to go in a kennel because I don’t do bad things when I am alone. I am an only child but it’s ok with me because I … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Chelley & Mike
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17-06 Reggie

I met these really cute girls at the vet office one day. Their mom looked at me and knew my name was Reggie. My “paw”some foster dad Scott had brought me back to the vet for another check-up because I had some medical issues when my family surrendered me, particularly, I chewed all the hair off my feet because I had some allergies. The little girls petted me and gave me lots of attention. Their mom said she had been following me on the GRRIN website because their family wanted to get a second golden. She then said that they … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jon & Michelle
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17-03 Murphy

Hi guys! Remember me? Murphy? I am so busy these days! I have a new home. I also have a mom and dad, Hally and Chad, and 2 doggie sisters, Emma and Daisy. It is really nice to have playmates. One sister likes to play a lot! She helps me burn off a lot of energy. I am still young and so is she. We just go and go and go! I don’t stop until the end of the day when I go to sleep ON TOP of my mom! That is the best!!! I love having a super family. … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Chad & Hally
  • #17-03

16-16 Nala

Update for Nala: After several months of special care in her foster home, it has been decided that Nala should remain with her foster parents indefinitely. We believe that she will thrive by staying in the same home and continuing to receive physical therapy treatments. Nala attends many GRRIN events – we hope you will get to congratulate her in person! Hi There! My name is Nala and I am about 9 years old.  I was found as a stray, but I am living the good life now in my foster home with my doggie brother Marley and my doggie … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Gary & Connie
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17-01 Cooper

2017 has been good to me! I got a new family and a new name. It turns out that there was another Cooper right across the street from my new home, so my family decided to change my name to Charlie. I like it! It fits me! My new family is great! It includes a mom, dad, brother, sister and 2 cats to keep my company. I am learning my place in the family; I am the youngest one here. I am learning the rules and learn quickly. I know tricks; sit, lay down and shake. I am a bit … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jason & Margaret
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16-11 Mollie

Mollie is settling into her forever home beautifully. She is one of the rescue dogs from Turkey and we often wonder what her life was like there. Then again, maybe we wouldn’t want to know! We are very grateful to everyone involved in saving these wonderful animals. Thank you all so much! Mollie is learning voice and hand signal commands and is a quick learner, especially when treats are involved. She loves her morning truck rides to the lakes and her afternoon walks in the park. She also loves to be groomed which is a good thing because she likes … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Ken & Micky
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16-25 Finn

Happy New Year 2017! I was adopted by Marianne and Glen on December 12th, just in time to go to two Christmas gatherings where I was a big hit (they say they can take me anywhere). I had been in a couple of foster homes because I was surrendered by my original owner. I love people and I love my new forever home, where I have the run of the house. My parents are retired and home most of the time, which I really like. They call me a perfect dog all the time and tell me how much I … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Marianne & Glen
  • #16-25

10-77 Bailey

Bailey here! I was adopted by Terry and Christina back in August, but I’m just now finding time to send out my update (gotta get those holiday cards in the mail!). You can see from my GRRIN number (10-77 means I was in foster care back in 2010) that I’ve been in and out of the system, but it’s not because I had bad owners, “life” just happens sometimes. Thankfully GRRIN will always take in one of their own and give them another chance. I even got to stay with my former foster mom! It didn’t take long for a … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Terry & Christina
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16-08 Zoey

Hi everyone! Are you ready for Christmas? Well, I already received the greatest gift a few months ago when I was adopted by Michael, Nicole, and their kiddos. I was surrendered to GRRIN because I started to have seizures and my family didn’t have the right environment for me. I missed them but started living with a really great foster family. Jeff and Tori evaluated my health and made sure I got along with their three children. I even got to play with the resident Golden brothers – we had a blast! It didn’t take too long before Michael and … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Michael & Nicole
  • #16-08

16-24 Peaches

Change is good, but sometimes it can be very scary. My change came on Halloween night 2016. I left my two and half years, lifelong living environment to become a family member of GRRIN. Everyone was very nice to me, but everything was very new to me and it was very scary. I went to live with my foster family, Chris and Janez and their resident Golden Sayde. They were so patient with me. I learned to live indoors, go in and out of doors, eat around people and other dogs, ride in a car, play ball outside, and go … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Doug & Kristi
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16-23 Sparky

In January Sparky joined our family. He is the third golden retriever in our family and fits in beautifully. He enjoys the cats and loves to sleep on the bed. He is a lover and a great addition to our family!

  • Adopted by: Robert & Jill
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