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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Featured Dog: Muffin

A happy looking medium-sized black dog with floppy curly-haired ears

HI, there! Little Ms. Muffin here. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Whew, that was a blast, right? Pretty decorations, holiday music, presents everywhere, meeting new people, and let’s not forget the delicious food! But alas, the New Year has come and that’s why I’m writing you. My New Year’s resolution is to find a new furever home! I have been working so hard these past few months to become the best dog I can be. Now it’s time to put it into action.

Little bit about me. I’m an 8-year old Flat-coated retriever/Spaniel mix. My brother Duke and I came into GRRA in May because our owners needed to move into an assisted living facility which doesn’t allow dogs. We lived outside for most of our lives with very little human interaction, so you can imagine how scared we were of new situations and people around all of a sudden. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the attention and was friendly in return, but I felt more comfortable with a fewer number of people that I could approach myself. I was also scared of loud noises and thunder. And since I lived outside, I was not potty or leash trained.

I tell you this not to discourage you, but to let you know that I have prevailed! With the help of my wonderful foster, I am now quite the lovable companion. Most important, I’ve passed Housebreaking 101 and am now potty trained – YES! Not only am I happy about that, so are my foster’s floors . I also walk well on a leash now and have learned that thunder is not so bad. Well, it’s still a little scary, but when I wear my thundershirt and find my safe spot in the shower I’m cool. Not to toot my own horn, but I have come a long way and am proud of the confidence I’ve built since coming into GRRA!

another photo of the same very cute black dog standing with her head cocked to one side

Here’s what I would like in my new home…

  • Owners that understand my past and are aware that **sometimes I need a little time to warm up to new people and situations**. If there are children in the home, they should be old enough to be respectful of that.
  • **Another dog would be nice to have to keep me company.** I admit that I like to be the boss and maintain my personal space, but I do like other dogs and with the right companion I’ll fit right in.
  • **A fenced yard** would be great to keep me safe and sound. Fun fact, when I see a squirrel, the Flat-coated retriever and Spaniel both come out and I first point, hold, then bolt after them!

BONUS! Our generous friends at Susie’s Senior Dogs, a non-profit that helps promote and support the adoption of senior dogs, have already paid my $450 adoption fee! That’s right folks, you don’t need to worry about anything… just take me home and let the cuddles begin. It’s a steal, too, cause I’m worth a million bucks ??.

So, as you all write out your New Year’s resolutions – get organized, eat better, spend less, etc. – how about this one? Give Muffin a loving home. You won’t regret it!

Yep, another cute photo of the same cute pup but this time she's sitting and looking happy!

Patiently waiting,


If you are interested in learning more about Muffin, please contact your adoption consultant, or email!

Featured Dog: LaShay

Hi, my name is LaShay, and it is my pleasure to introduce myself to you! I’m a female 5-year old Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix. You can tell by my picture that I’m German in the front and Golden in the back. I was with my previous family since I was 6-weeks old. Recently, my mom has been having serious health issues and is not physically or financially able to care for me and my three doggy siblings. Sadly, she had to re-home all of us. And that’s when GRRA came into my life!

It’s definitely been a huge adjustment leaving the only home I’ve ever known and having to start all over. I must admit, I’ve been pretty scared and cautious of all new people that I’ve met so far. I was very upset being held in a kennel at the vet’s office, and that’s when everyone learned that being confined in small spaces is not my thing. After spending a couple of days at the vet and then my foster home, my fear of new people became more evident.

I know my foster family is trying to help me improve on this, and guess what? I think it’s working! When we are home, I am on high alert when new people enter. But I prefer it if a new person will just ignore me and let me go about my business of sniffing and greeting them on my own terms. After you pass my sniff test, I’m a whole other dog wanting your love, pets, and treats if you got ‘em. I even met 20 new people at Thanksgiving dinner and was just fine. Another thing that makes me feel better is if there is another confident and friendly dog around to show me that meeting strangers is not so bad. We are now venturing out of the house to see how I manage new people. To be honest, I’m more comfortable warming up to people at home, but I’m slowly improving in public places.

Other than the above, my foster says I’m a wonderful and loving dog. Once I bond with my new person, I am completely loyal and just want to be close to you. A ‘velcro’ dog if you will. I even prefer to have you around even when I eat. You and my trusty ball. It goes everywhere with me. So, get ready to play some fetch!

Here are some of the things on my wish list for my new furever home:

  • Quiet home with dog savvy owner(s). I’ll need a patient, nurturing owner who understands my needs and will be patient with me as I continue to learn how to trust new people. Older children 10+ years old would be fine if they also understand this. I would really love it if someone could be with me at home for most of the day.
  • Other dogs. I could be an only dog, but a respectful, confident dog that won’t want to play too much or get into my space would be a plus. Preferably not a dominant or puppy dog. (I haven’t met any cats yet.)
  • Nice and easy introductions. Slow, calm introductions on my own terms to new people as you read above.
  • In-home dog sitter. When you go out of town, I would like an in-home pet sitter since I don’t like being in a kennel or boarding facility.
  • But now I'm looking for the most important thing and that’s to find a home to call my very own! I miss being part of a family, and I’m ready to find my furever family. If you think you could be it, please let GRRA know!



    If you are interested in learning more about LaShay, please contact your adoption consultant, or email!

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