Simply stated, senior Goldens are fabulous companions! They are often overlooked by younger families and wait longer than usual to be adopted, yet offer so much to their new human companions. Just listen to one Seniors 4 Seniors adopter talk about his experience adopting from DVGRR:
After having our two Golden Retrievers, Doug and Goldie, cross over the Rainbow Bridge within six months of each other, my wife, Kathy, said “no more dogs.” I was willing to go along with her wishes until I met a senior Golden named Shirley.
I met Shirley at DVGRR’s Meet & Greet event in October 2011. Immediately, I was smitten. Who would have thought that a 12-year-old Golden Retriever would steal my heart so easily? With the help of DVGRR’s Seniors 4 Seniors Program, I brought her home! I was in a bit of trouble with my wife (only at first!), but it is so worth it.
Shirley has made herself right at home. She loves being in the house, as she was an outside barn dog in her previous home. She is learning all the household sights and sounds – the television playing, soda cans opening, vacuum cleaner running, and of course, her meals being prepared! She guards the house with great care by communicating when any children, animals or cars pass by. From day one, her favorite game was to steal one of our shoes and keep it close by wherever she is. Why, we don’t know, but it is just one of her adorable and lovable characteristics. Shirley’s presence in our home provides the opportunity for smiles and laughter every day.
I would not have been able to bring Shirley home without the Seniors 4 Seniors Program. The program provides a significant discount on the adoption fee. It also provides an annual veterinary check-up and financial assistance with heartworm, flea/tick preventative, and arthritis medications.
Senior dogs are special! Seniors become part of the dog rescue community because their families’ lives and status have changed. They already know how to give unconditional love. These senior Goldens need and deserve caring and loving homes. Kathy and I have received love and blessings from Shirley beyond what we have imagined. She completely enriches our lives!
—Tim and Kathy Reeves, Langhorne, PA