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"You saw through the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage."

Senior Life Program

We greatly appreciate families who open their homes and hearts to Senior Goldens (9 years old and older) in need. 

If a family adopts a Senior Golden, the original adoption donation is perpetual if the family wishes to adopt another appropriate Senior Golden from us after their first Senior passes on.

Read on for more details...

Senior Goldens hold a very special place in our heart.  They have lots of love to share and want a home where they get the TLC which they deserve. 

Love A Golden Rescue has been privileged to meet quite a few Seniors.  These include
Rosita who was found as a hungry stray who was tearing open bags of corn at a feed store to have something to eat.

Alex who was surrendered when his owners got new furniture. 

Stoney who was a stray at a shelter. 

Dinah whose owners divorced.

Lady whose owners moved out of the country.

Wendy whose owners moved to an assisted living home. 

Dublin whose family no longer had time for him. 

Holly whose original owner was a car accident victim. 

Please check out the currently available Seniors on the Available Girls and Available Boys web pages.  You may find a new family member there. 

Some families are reluctant to adopt a Senior, fearing the inevitable loss will come only too soon and be too difficult to face.  It is hard to lose any cherished companion, but most families who adopt Seniors will say that they gain far more than they lose.  They will be left with cherished memories and with the knowledge that they have given a Senior the best possible gift--a loving home.  Also they are likely to have lots of todays filled with love and fun with their Senior. 

"I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance"     
   -   Tony Arata, "The Dance", sung by Garth Brooks

In recognition of the families who adopt Seniors, the original adoption donation for the first Senior will be considered perpetual.  After that Senior passes on, the family may adopt another Senior if an appropriate dog is available without another home visit or any request for an adoption donation. 

As an example of our program, Rosita was adopted and left many memories behind.  Her family then adopted Dublin who is fortunate to share his life with them now. 

Rosita Dublin

 "...Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh
and talk of me as if I were beside you... I loved you so - 'twas Heaven here with you."

  -   Isla Paschal Richardson

Please consider giving a Senior in need a little bit of Heaven on earth.  If you might be interested in adopting a Senior or have any questions, please contact us at adoption@loveagolden.com or fill out an on-line adoption application to start the adoption process. 

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

  -  from "When Tomorrow Starts Without Me" by David M. Romano

Tray's Poem

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.
A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw through the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

  -  Author - Leslie Whalen, in memory of her dog Tray


This Page was last updated on September 29, 2015 .

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