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.

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

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
  • #17-09

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
  • #17-04

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
  • #17-06

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
  • #16-16

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
  • #17-01

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
  • #16-11

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
  • #10-77

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
  • #16-24

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
  • #16-23

16-20 Reily

Update! Reily is going to move to a permanent foster home where he will live the rest of his life in GRRIN’s care. Stay tuned for a new story and pictures. We are so grateful for foster families that love our Golden oldies!  

  • #16-20

16-21 Sammy

Hi – Sammy here!  I am so happy to finally have my furever home. In December, Jim and Jean took me into their home.  I am making some adjustments, but settling in well.  I still do not like to be left alone, and on occasion I did not realize that Jean was still home when Jim left, but once I realized this, I settled down.  Jim is my best buddy and we go for daily walks.  There were a lot of people over during the holidays and I was not used to that, so I have to learn to be a … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jim & Jean
  • #16-21

16-22 George

George here, checking in with all of you wonderful GRRIN people.  Thanks to all of you for finding me a great home!  I love my new buddy, Scott.  I follow him everywhere around the house.  I even go up a couple of stairs at night to go to bed.  It does take me a few minutes to get there, but I do it!  I sleep right next to him on the floor.  I can’t get too far away…no way! He taught me a new trick:  how to ring a bell to go outside.  Who said you can’t teach an old … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Scott
  • #16-22

Cooper 16-19 (AKA Jupiter)

I have a sister! Yes I do. She is just a little older than me. We are the best of friends. Her name is Charlee. We play together ALL day long! She is a beautiful girl. She has shared her toys with me and everything! I even shared the ones that my foster parents gave me with her too. I am an active boy. I love to go on walks. Charlee…not so much. My new mom and dad, Tasha and Brent, take me out a lot. It’s so great to get out and going. I am learning to be better … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Tasha, Traylor, and Brent S.
  • #16-19

16-18 Gunner

Who knew a Golden could be so active? Since I found my furever home, I have been a busy little bee. I am having so much fun playing with my new furry sister, Indie, and my human brothers. And I can’t forget that sly little cat, Toby, who keeps me on my paws. Every time I turn around, he’s trying to sneak by unseen. My mom and dad, Carey and Michelle, take me on long walks daily. I’m really good at walking on a leash and am also building up my endurance in walking long distances. It seems that I … Continue reading

  • #16-18

16-17 Summer

Hello there, it’s me Summer. I’m the one on the right! To my left are some of my new family members: Judi, Amanda, Lexi, and Cody. I have experienced so many new and interesting things during the last two months. After staying with my wonderful foster family for a month, a family saw me and knew that they really wanted me to join their family. Now, I have my furever home with Judi, Rob, Amanda, and my two furry Golden siblings Lexi and Codi. I have been going on daily walks, car rides, meeting new people and other furry friends. … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Judi, Rob and Amanda
  • #16-17

16-15 Carlie

Hi!  My name is Carlie. Well, that’s my new name. Nobody knows what my name was before I was found as a stray by a nice farm family. They took care of me for 8 weeks before giving me to GRRIN. They had looked for my owners with no luck. My GRRIN foster home is wonderful, with a mom named Carrie and a daughter named Emily. They like me so much that they want to adopt me, and I’m really happy about that. Thanks, GRRIN, for finding my forever home.

  • Adopted by: Carrie & Emily
  • #16-15

16-13 York

Hi, my name is York and I am a world traveler! I came to Nebraska with 4 other Golden Retrievers who lived on the streets of Turkey. In Turkey, I did not have a home and had to hunt for my own food, but some wonderful people picked me up to care for me and help me find a better life. With some help from GRRIN and its wonderful donors, I was able to travel to Nebraska to find my forever home. When I arrived, I was very skinny and was struggling with some allergy problems that affected my coat. … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Steve, Cindy, Michael, and Jason
  • #16-13

16-12 Valentine

Valentine’s mom is working on her furever story, but we couldn’t wait to share some new photos of Valentine with her new dog buddy Cooper! Valentine is doing very well in her home and sleeps in-between her humans every night, making up for lost time sleeping on the streets of Turkey.

  • Adopted by: Ben, Andrea & the kids!
  • #16-12