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An owner-surrender to the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter in Louisiana, 13- year-old Goliath was brought to Gulf South Golden Retriever's attention by the caring Labs4Rescue folks who peruse the shelters to save their own breed. This compassionate and dedicated rescuer fell instantly in love with the great and gentle champion of a dog Goliath, claiming he had captured her heart with his playful ways and sweet spirit. Not wanting to see him languish inside the desperate confines of a shelter, our rescue teams collaborated and he was released into our care, fortunately. There is no dignity in an older Golden -- or any dog, for that matter -- to have to endure such an existence!
Neither the shelter vet nor the clinic's DVM who examined Goliath after his release to once he was released believe he can be 13 years old, one placing him at 7 years old and the other veterinarian at ten! All I'm certain of is that he has a heart of GOLD and he's so appreciative and easy to have in my home. This is no easy feat with two foster puppies, two geriatric cats, and my own two rescued Goldens I adopted from GSGRR.
It's astounding how someone can simply relinquish a pet they have had for over a decade to a shelter, and while I may never understand the rationale for such disregard of precious life, what amazes me equally as well as how resilient, forgiving and loving these animals are after the neglect and abandonment. It's that hope that fuels our rescue mission, because we are certain that each and every one of our rescue Goldens deserve another chance, and should never have been put in the position to require rescue in the first place!
Goliath has a lot of loving left to give and a lot of living left to enjoy! Watching Goliath be so tolerant and patient around the foster puppies explains the wisdom and appreciation for life he's acquired over the years, but it also makes it easy to recognize the puppy that still exists in him.! Out of all the toys in the yard and the house, he is intrigued by the smaller puppy toys, and engages the little ones in gentle and easy play. Goliath can often be found running gingerly around the yard, barking at the air, savoring the simple things life has to offer like basking in the sunshine and the night stars! Those are two of his favorite things. He's a delight on evening walks!
It's clear that he doesn't always hear so well, but there are certain tones he responds to immediately. The clap of a hand gets his attention, but I am mindful to do it at a distance as not to startle him. Hold a biscuit directly in front of him and it's easy to discern that his close vision probably isn't what it used to be, but when my four-leggeds and I have our "kibble catching parties" every night, he never misses a single tiny morsel tossed in his direction. In fact, he is the reigning champion of the week So, he's just like us humans: when we age, we become much more near-sighted. Have they mastered Lasik for dogs, yet? (BIG WINK)
Goliath deserves to be in a home where he can get all the attention and time he enjoys. He sleeps a little later and more frequently than the rest of my crew, and in his Golden years, of course I allow it. He's patient and likes to
eat slowly, but his appetite is strong and hearty. After he fuels his little 54lbs spirited body (he's a nice small Golden) he runs around the yard and his tail just NEVER stops wagging! Investigating every inch of the yard the puppies have traversed is another favorite pastime.
Having been in my home for nearly ten days now, I feel confident that Goliath would do well with older children who were very compassionate and respectful of his age, understanding that his hearing and vision aren't as astute as perhaps in his earlier years! (He actually slept the entire time I vacuumed my office, but a soft whistle and his eyes were opened immediately!) Quickly approaching younger children might startle him, and I don't
recommend that as a potential home for him. Although, when the puppies crawl on his head, and into his bed, he either closes his eyes and allows them to continue or falls asleep and chooses to ignore them. He's one easy and generous Golden!
Goliath loves people and is in need of a special forever home. He's a happy-go-lucky superior senior, and if you are looking for the dignified grace of an older Golden, please inquire about Goliath!
He walks wonderfully on a leash, enjoys toys and is a leisurely kind of guy. Not high maintenance at all, but does require a lot of love, and that's only because he's earned it! Goliath also enjoys the company of my two cats, who will often be found perched beside him during one of his afternoon power naps!
He's heartworm negative, up to date on shots, and an all around healthy and happy boy who runs and plays, just a bit slower than he used to! Goliath has a fabulous disposition and is one special Golden!
GOLIATH IS FREE AT LAST TO BE LOVED AND TO LOVE! He needs a special family to shower him with the love he deserves. Fair warning, though, you must be ready to be watched constantly by his adoring eyes that shout "THANK YOU" with each glance. Ask yourself also if you can tolerate the constant and exuberant swish of his tail when he sees you; it's like he has this incredible need to express his gratitude for being loved! He's energetic and eager to please, a well-balanced and wonderful senior dog!