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My name is Artemis!

Leonberger/St. Bernard Mix Puppy for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Artemis
Photo 1 - Leonberger/St. Bernard Mix Puppy for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Artemis
Photo 2 - Leonberger/St. Bernard Mix Puppy for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Artemis
Photo 3 - Leonberger/St. Bernard Mix Puppy for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Artemis
Photo 4 - Leonberger/St. Bernard Mix Puppy for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Artemis

I found a new home!
Plenty of my friends are looking
for one too. Find a pet to adopt.

Artemis's Info...

I am housetrained, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

Artemis's Story...
Adopted 4/9/14!!!

3/30/14 Update from foster mom - Artemis has continued to grow while in foster care. He is now 32 lbs of cuddly puppy love. He is a very sweet puppy with a quiet personality. He is not at all hyper and will likely grow up to be more couch potato than athlete. Artemis is doing well on housebreaking and can now sit on command. He cuddles in my arms while I test his blood glucose before he eats and never seems to notice his insulin injections. He would make a fabulous only pet, but loves other dogs and even cats. He is also very gentle with children. Artemis is hands down one of my favorite foster dogs! Don't let his diabetes stop you from adopting this very special puppy.

3-21-14 Update: You may think that I’m an unlucky pup since I was found abandoned and later diagnosed with diabetes. But I am actually one lucky guy! My best friend Lisa took such good care of me in Alabama! She made sure I went to all my vet appointments, even when it meant driving over five hours to make it happen, and even came to the clinic just to walk me. And Dr. Susan, the vet, even took me home on the weekend so I wouldn’t have to stay in the kennel. She said I was one of her favorite puppies ever! Once I was ready to travel, Lisa was worried about how to safely get me north when another friend, Susan, found me a ride to New York on a private plane! And Lisa’s sister, Jana, sponsored my connecting flight to get me to the NY flight! Now that’s having friends in high places! Susan even let me spend the night at her house where I got lots of attention and was able to get my insulin injection. Then she drove me to meet Michele in Connecticut and Michele drove me to Massachusetts where I met my new foster mom, Kay. Like I said, I am one lucky guy!

Now I am here in New Hampshire living on a lovely farm with chickens, and cats, and four other dogs. My foster mom Kay is making sure I get daily exercise, the right amount of food, and she monitors my blood sugar to be certain I am getting the right amount of insulin. I have to have it checked two times a day just before I get my insulin, and then I have to eat right away.

Kay says she has to find me just the right family who can keep me on a strict schedule for insulin and make certain I get the right amount of exercise every day. She is also making sure that if I get treats, it gets counted toward my food intake so it doesn’t throw off my blood sugar. It may sound like a lot, but I am a beautiful puppy who is going to grow into a very handsome dog, with just a little extra care. I think it would be great to be adopted by a family who has a diabetic in the household and really understands that I can lead a normal life as long as I am careful about eating right and getting exercise. You can read more about me on my very own bio page!

You can visit our website to see more photos and read more about me on my very own bio page Just click here.

MY ORIGINAL STORY: In mid-December, SGRR received a plea from Dothan Animal Shelter in AL about 6 pups who were found in the nearby woods. SGRR took in the pups and found loving homes for 5 of the puppies, including Kodiak who lost the use of his back legs due to a rare infection. But one little guy struggled and at a certain point, it appeared that he might not “make it.” But our volunteers in AL sought out the best medical care for Artemis and took him to various specialist to get his diabetic condition diagnosed and regulated. Now, this little teddy-bear of a pup is on the road to good health and is ready to be adopted.

We do not know for sure what went into his DNA, but when we look at him, we cannot help but think of the majestic Leonberger, with his beautiful black mask and similar coloring. He also has multiple rear dewclaws, commonly seen in Leonbergers, Great Pyrenees and St. Bernards. Part of the fun of owning a breed or unknown origin is the conversations that will revolve around, “What do you think he is….?”

Artemis’ diabetes is under control with good old-fashioned insulin, injected twice a day, 12 hours apart. This is a relatively low-cost medication; about $25 for a 40 day supply, plus syringes. Artemis eats regular puppy food to give him all the nutrition a growing puppy needs and he has put on 3 pounds in the past 10 days. As an adult, it is recommended that he is fed a diet of Hill’s W/D which helps minimize the fluctuation of blood glucose levels. Regular monitoring of his urine’s glucose level with over-the-counter dip stix should also be done.

In all other ways, Artemis is a typical puppy. He loves to play and do all the things puppies love to do. He has been doted upon by everyone who cares for him at the vet’s office and he loves human companionship. He is affectionate and a wonderful cuddler. Artemis is great with children, loves other dogs, and is even okay with cats. This is just an all-round wonderful puppy! If your specialty is TLC, please consider adopting Artemis. He promises to be your life-long, devoted companion in return for the little extra care that he requires.

Puppies require a great deal of time, attention and patience. We can only consider applications from folks who are home most of the day. If you have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact Donna to be considered to adopt Artemis. If not yet approved, please visit our website to lean more and to submit an online application. Click here to visit our website.

Please contact us with any questions regarding your application status.

PLEASE APPLY by submitting an application via this online link: Click for Adoption Application




About Our Rescue

Before being approved to adopt, all potential adopters need to complete our online application and participate in our pre-adoption review process. The process includes the completion of an online application, a reference from the applicants' vet, a phone interview, and a visit to the applicants' home. The application process helps us determine what type of Golden would be best suited for the applicants' life style. In some cases, the specific dog you are interested in may have found a home before this process is complete or further assessment may find that this dog is not the right match for your family. We are regularly getting new Goldens in need of a home, so we encourage you to apply and get approved so that when the right dog comes along you will be ready.


A contract is signed the day of adoption. Under the terms of the contract, all adopters are required to bring the rescue to a vet within 7 business days. The dogs receive basic veterinary care prior to adoption. If your vet identifies an illness that an adopter is not willing to treat, then the dog is returned and a full refund is provided.


The information provided on each dog is based on observations of our vets, volunteers, fosters and when available, trainers. While we do our best to report any and all issues, SGRR does not make any guarantees as to the health or temperament of any dog. Dogs evolve differently in different environments and we cannot predict with any certainty how the dog you adopt will act in your home.



Many of our dogs are fostered in private homes and we do not have a facility to visit. We are committed to our dogs before, during, and after adoption! The rescue retains title to the dog and can never be released or sold. Should the adopters no longer be able to keep the dog, SGRR must be notified so that we can take the dog back into rescue and place it into another home. We reserve the right to remove a dog at any time should we find the adopter is no longer caring for their Golden in a way we see fit. Adopters then have to agree to follow up visits as needed.

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Facts about Artemis

  • Breed: Leonberger/St. Bernard Mix
  • Color: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Age: Puppy
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male

Other Pets at Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Artemis, a New Canaan Leonberger/St. Bernard puppy was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Leonberger/St. Bernard for sale in New Canaan, or seeking a Leonberger/St. Bernard puppy from a breeder in New Canaan.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in New Canaan already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a New Canaan breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Leonberger/St. Bernard breeders who help with Leonberger/St. Bernard rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in New Canaan paves the way for another one to be saved.