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.

21-12 Frank

Hi, I am Franklin (Frank), and I am one of the four blind goldendoodle puppies who were surrendered to GRRIN. My dad knew that mommy’s dream dog had always been a golden doodle (mommy always wanted to therapy train a goldendoodle, so she could take it to school with her each day). My dad also knew that if he told mommy about me, a goldendoodle who was born blind, that she would never be able to say no to me. My mommy is a special education teacher, so adopting a dog with special needs holds such a special place in … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Austin & Emilee
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21-06 Ellie

Hello, Ellie here. I am 2 years old and I just got adopted into my forever home with Wendy and Terri. They have a huge backyard and I spend a lot of my time zooming around back there. I have my favorite spot on the hill where I can sit and watch everything that goes on in my new domain. I’m pretty much the boss back there and the squirrels and rabbits know better than to invade my space when I’m on watch. I am also getting lots of walks where I see other dogs and people. I get very … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Wendy & Terry
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21-05 Gertie

Hello everyone! My name is Gertie and I am a 3 year old golden doodle!  I was recently adopted by my foster parents, Keith and Laura. My official adoption day was the exact same day as their wedding anniversary AND my birthday – June 24th. I figure I was the BEST anniversary present ever! Let’s see, 25 years is the silver anniversary and 50 is the golden …so 16 must have been “dog!” I have a brother and a sister whom I love. My mom says we need to buy a bigger car now that I have joined the family, … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Keith & Laura
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21-04 Maxie

We’re very happy to report that Maxie found her forever home! She quickly found a place in our hearts. Maxie is a big puppy full of energy and loves exploring our backyard. She seems to fit in nicely with the neighbor dogs, too. She especially loves car rides! Thank you GRRIN for everything you do and for bringing Maxie into our lives! We just love her!

  • Adopted by: Jordan and Renee
  • #21-04

21-03 Sam

I am home!!  It feels so good! I was a scared little girl when I came to stay at my GRRIN foster home. What a changed girl I am now!  I became very secure and confident with myself at my foster home. Mom and Dad helped me over my fears. One of my favorite things to do was to “counter surf” which I still try to do. I have taught Mom and Dad to keep food out of my reach! I have wormed my way into their hearts and they have fallen in love with me. I am quite the … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Jon & Sue
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21-01 Jax

Loving, caring, silly, attentive. Those are the first words that come to my mind when I think of Jax. We adopted Jax at the end of March and he without a doubt makes us smile every single day. He is such a joyful and wonderful 5 year old golden retriever. Don’t let his age fool you, at 5 years old he still loves to fetch, fit as many toys in his mouth at once, play tug of war, and steal hugs every chance he gets. We are so thankful to GRRIN and all the volunteers who helped in our adoption … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Nick & Colleen
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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
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20-14 Riley

Hello, everyone! I’m the distinguished golden Riley! Now happily settled in my forever home, my journey began when I was surrendered to GRRIN by Capital Humane Society in Lincoln. Despite my “maturity” and being a little stiff in the legs (gee, who isn’t??) the GRRIN folks immediately recognized my sweet attitude, how I loved life (and tummy rubs!), and knew they could help me find a permanent home. They did it! Before I go on, I must give a huge shout-out to my foster dad and his Golden. Thank you! Anyway, I have landed in the best family ever with … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Greg & Sarah
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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
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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
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20-08 Daisy

I am a very lucky girl. I’ve had two families who loved me and helped me become who I am today. Since I was a puppy, I lived with the only family I can remember. I learned many skills to succeed from them and being a smart girl, picked up on things very quickly. I had a good German Shepherd friend but sadly, he got old and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. After my friend left, two new dogs came to my home and I had a hard time getting along with them. Though it broke my family’s heart, they knew … Continue reading

  • Adopted by: Denise & Jim
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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