After several months of researching for the “perfect” dog to fit our needs as 2 full-time employed empty nesters, we settled on Goldens. We had heard of Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta (GRRA) and decided to complete the application to get our first Golden.
We searched the website for dog after dog and then finally picked him from the picture. We could just tell Bear was the dog for us! We attended a GRRA dog adoption at the pet store where we finally got to meet him.
After going through the application process, we all agreed to a home visit with the foster parents bringing Bear to our home. He was like a 90 lb. baby --- full of energy and quite excitable.
The decision was made that we were chosen to be the proud owners of Bear. We promptly left and went straight to the pet store to get the necessary items --- food, brush, leash, treats, toys, etc..
Once at our home, Bear immediately bonded with us. Bear goes to work with Dan every day. The clients love him as well as the staff and neighbors at the office. Dan calls him "our Marketing Tool" in that he's actually received a few new clients just because we have a Golden as they are clearly loved by so many.
Bear will literally stand next to Dan when he's talking and will lean his head on Dan's leg. Bear follows Dan around from room to room and lies under his desk or behind his chair at the office.
I run Bear outside the office most days with two Frisbees . We cannot give him tennis balls anymore as he is completely obsessed with them and will not let them out of his sight!
We are surprised as to how much Bear prefers to be an inside dog as we previously had a dog that loved being outdoors all the time. Goldens just want to be with their people.
All he wants is the attention of everyone and for them to pet him non-stop. If you do stop petting him when Bear is not ready for you to stop, he uses his head to get up under your arm and urges you to continue petting him.
Bear also LOVES the water. We have taken him to a few lakes where he can wade or swim around, and he thoroughly enjoys it.
The whole experience of adopting a Golden with GRRA was very pleasant. All of the staff was helpful and easy to work with. The adoption process was expedient and everything came together in the end!
There is no doubt that Bear is the best dog we have ever had. We are sold on Golden Retrievers! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to love and care for him.
Sharie and Dan Williams