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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Rescue Romp 2018

Register now for the "Romp" for $20! At the gate-$25!

Happy Tales-Georgia


We lost our beloved Golden, Joey, in June 2016. After about 18 long months of waiting for life to calm down, we decided we were ready to be dog owners again. And we really wanted a rescue dog this time around.

Friends kept suggesting GRRA, so we started the process and quickly got a call from Amanda who took us under her wing. We went to our first ---- and turns out only ---- adoption event.

We were introduced to an 86 lb., 11 month old named Georgia. As rabid UGA fans, her name peaked our interest. Almost immediately, she absolutely stole our hearts!

She is a goofy girl who loves walks, sticks, and tennis balls. She is forever trying to make friends with the crotchety, old resident cat. She has brought so much joy to our lives. Everyone that meets her can’t believe she was a rescue.

Both Amanda and Georgia’s foster mom, Allison, were absolutely awesome to work with. My husband and I would like to thank Amanda, Allison, and everyone involved with GRRA for such a great experience and for taking care of our Georgia until she claimed us as her forever family!

Ellen Crosby


Dog of the Month -Sasha


Hi, I’m Sasha. I am just an all-around great girl! My foster Mom has this to say about me: “Sasha is a great dog, loves to play and is a lot of fun to be around!”. I’m well-behaved in the house and have great house manners (I’m house trained, don’t beg for food and don’t chew or touch things that aren't mine).

There aren’t any kids in my foster home but when I’ve met them while I’ve been out-and-about, I haven’t paid much attention to them. I get very excited when I see other dogs but I am gentle when I meet them. If there’s not another dog in my forever home, I’d love it if I could play with neighbor dogs or go to dog parks.

I’m great in the car and love to go for walks (sometimes I get distracted when I see other dogs, people, small animals, etc.) I didn’t know any commands when I arrived at my foster home, but I’m smart and will learn quickly.

I was a little skittish when I first arrived but I’ve gotten more comfortable and have relaxed a lot. I was afraid of the TV, but foster Mom has left it on so I can get used to it. I’m a lot of fun and will make a great best friend to a deserving and loving family.

Dog of the Month -Charlie


Charlie is looking for dog savvy foster or foster to adopt . Charlie is one of the hoarder dogs, and he has been with us since early March - he has come such along way.

He is a sweet boy that loves attention but you have to go to him to give it. He is still wary of humans but he knows he is safe with me. He will now let people approach him, pet him and give him treats. The trust he has in both me and my 2 dogs is huge. He allows me do anything with him however he does not like my husband the same which causes a trust issue on both sides.


Charlie likes a safe place indoors and does not like enclosed spaces. He loves to go on walks and car rides. I can now take him many places with us.
He has over the months gained a great appetite and loves his food.

Charlie does not have a problem with any other dogs. He feels more comfortable in the company of multiple dogs as he learns at lot from them. Charlie would be best suited in a home with 1 or 2 other well mannered dogs and no children as they move too quick for him.

Ideally, I would love Charlie to go to a home where there is a man in the house who is dog savvy and can teach Charlie that men are okay. Charlie has stayed with my friends for short periods of time. Both of these homes had dog savvy men in the home, and Charlie was perfect and no problem at all.

Amanda Dytor, Charlie's foster mom

2019 GRRA Calendar Contest

UPDATE: We're no longer accepting bids. Stay tuned to read about the winners!

Sorry for the rush, but the goal is to get the calendar to press and out in time for Rescue Romp in October. We have a Graphic Designer and a Marketing Specialist designing our calendar this year, so it should be spectacular! You are bidding on a Calendar month large photo, but we will assign the month based on the photo. In other words, if the dog is playing in the snow, it will likely be a winter month. In the pool wearing sunglasses and it will likely be a summer month. We may have room for a few runners up, so don’t hesitate to bid.

All the profits raised from the calendar will go directly to help our orphaned Golden Retrievers. Your donation is tax deductible.


  • A Golden Retriever, Doodle, or a Golden Retriever mix needs to be in your shot.
  • No people allowed in the shot.
  • Only high resolution digital shots can be submitted (Smart phone photos – email the “Full Size Render” option) . You can submit more than one photo for consideration.
  • No payment due at this time. You only submit your bid donation. You will be notified if your dog is chosen for the calendar.
  • All forms and photos due by Midnight Friday, September 7.
  • Bid payments are due from winners by Monday, September 17.


Answer the questions below and submit a high resolution file (1980×2520 – 5MP minimum) to

  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • Email Address
  • Dog’s Name
  • Dog’s Age
  • GRRA Golden? Yes No If yes, what was your dog’s GRRA name?
  • 2-legged family members
  • 4-legged family members
  • What makes you laugh about your dog?
  • What is your dog’s favorite toy?
  • What is your dog’s favorite treat or food?
  • Where is your dog’s favorite place to go?
  • What other things make your dog special?

Golden in a swing

Lucky's 8 Year End of Summer Bash

Lucky's 8th Anniversary End of Summer Bash, family and dog friendly fundraising event, sponsored by Cherry Street Brewing Company

When: Saturday August 25, 2018, from 6pm to 10pm Where: Outside Doghouse Pavilion and Lucky's Backyard, at Lucky's Burger and Brew in Roswell What: 2nd CUTEST Dog contest, with Lucky as the standing 1st place winner


Live Music by local favorite, 40HZ

Food and Beer Specials provided by Lucky's

Family Activities

Dog of the Month -Blanco


Hi, I’m Blanco. I’m a beautiful, sweet Golden/Great Pyr mix. I was in a shelter with a bad ear infection and poor coat. I was also underweight. My wonderful foster family had my ear treated, is feeding my good and healthy food and is giving me fish oil and baths to help my coat get to the spectacular one it’s meant to be. I’m well-behaved in the house and don’t care – or need – a crate since I’m house-trained and don’t get into things that aren’t mine. I would be best in a home without small children or other dogs. My foster observed that I seem fine with cats. I like to go for walks and look out the window on car rides. I’d love a fenced yard so I have a safe place to run around freely. My ideal home is one that had structure and a family that will give me the attention and love I deserve. In return, I’ll bring a lot of joy to a deserving family.

2018 Rescue Romp


Be thrilled by the perilous leaps of the dock diving canines,

Hear the live music,

Laugh at the dogs in the Doggy Costume Parade,

Be amazed at dogs participating in the Agility Course and Lure Chase,

Be mesmerized by the all-knowing Pet Communicator,

Join the Doggy Games (PAWcasso Painting, Musical Sit, and more),

Delight your tummy with delectable morsels from the Food Trucks, Vendors, Bake Sale and Doggy Barkery,

Take home memories with a Doggy Photo (printed while you wait) AND items from the GOLDEN GEAR SHOP.


When: Sunday, October 14 NOON-5PM Where: Canine Ranch, 165 Doug Smith Ln, Canton GA

Revised price! Tickets are $20 ($25 at the event) for adults, children are FREE!

Don't forget to visit the 2018 Rescue Romp event page to register if you're planning to attend.



Happy Tales - Samson


The email from Melinda Lahmers came late on a Thursday afternoon. I was just about to leave the house for lacrosse pick up.

It read......"I wanted to let you know that we have an approximate 8 week old blind male puppy. Please let me know if you’d like additional information ASAP......".

OMG! OMG! I would definitely be late for LAX pick up now!

I immediately called my 14 year old son into the room and read him the email. As I headed out the door to pick up my daughter, I asked Gabriel to Google "blind puppy care."


As I reached the middle school, I called my son and he told me a few things he’d already discovered online. Puppies who are born blind don’t know any different, so you don’t really have to feel sorry for them. That’s just the way life has always been for them.

Gabriel also told me that blind dogs seem to do better with other dogs around. Bingo! We already had a 12 year old male Brittany and an 8 year old Smooth Fox Terrier. Gabe said it’s easier for a blind puppy to navigate his surroundings if he follows the jingle sounds of their collar tags. Having other dogs in the home makes them feel more secure.


By this time, I was already on the phone to Melinda.

When I returned from LAX pick up, I had to take one more step...... I had to tell/ask my husband. He’s a softie, so I was pretty sure he’d be in.

After all, when we signed up to adopt through GRRA, he laid down the law ----- Must be a Golden Retriever and must be a puppy.


As a result, we had said no to a lot of other adoption possibilities which was really hard, but this one was not only an amazing opportunity but also a fit for our narrow parameters we had already discussed as a family.

At dinner that night, we voted on names for our possible new pup. We had a Roscoe and a Roxie and had fostered a grown Golden Retriever, Rufus, who instilled in us our love for the breed.

Several good possibilities were tossed about and then Gabe said “Samson” because of the strength of the biblical character due to his flowing mane. My husband Bill pointed out that biblical Samson was actually blinded at the end of his story.

Name picked? Check.

Gabe and I drove to Lori’s house that following Sunday morning. It was immediately apparent that sweet Samson had some semblance of sight. He sat and snuggled in the car right next to Gabriel all the way back to our house.

The introduction to Roscoe and Roxie went fairly smoothly. We watched closely for a few days and then began putting Roxie (his new best friend) in the crate with Samson at night so he didn’t feel alone.

Next came the challenge of the doggie door and the deck steps down to the yard. With a few days of training and some doggie treats, Samson managed going outside and down the steps to go potty. Success!

We learned to change the texture under his feet around the house where a transition would occur to give him an alert while walking. We had a mat by the doggie door and another at the top of the deck steps. He doesn’t even hesitate with getting around these days.

We are so happy with our sweet puppy and so happy for the gallant efforts GRRA took to rescue this very special Golden.

We can’t imagine life without him.

------Submitted by Julie Ann Rice


GRRA Notecards For Sale


Don't wait! Get a box of twelve blank notecards on heavy cardstock each featuring a delightful Golden Retriever! The cost of the notecards is $15.00 with $5.00 shipping or $15.00 if purchased in person at Adoption Day or GRRA events.

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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta
P.O. Box 7743
Atlanta, Georgia 30357

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