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My name is Cole!

Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Cole
Photo 1 - Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Cole
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Cole's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, in need of an experienced adopter, and up to date with shots.

Cole's Story...
Adopted 1/1/15!!!

Cole is a happy, fun, and loving Golden/Lab mix who was found as a stray in AL. He is about 2 years old and weighs around 65 lbs. He is a tall, lanky boy with soft, expressive eyes. While this adorable fellow is very eager to please, not much training came his way in his previous life and when Cole first came to SGRR, he did not know how to behave. He was bossy and used his teeth a bit too harshly. But Cole has been with two well-known dog trainers in CT and this pup has come along in leaps and bounds!

One of SGRR’s volunteers who has seen the “before and after” versions of Cole, sang his praises, “I can’t tell you how much of an improvement has been made with Cole. It is so reassuring to see how training can provide the means to help a dog. He was just so pushy, bossy, harsh, and I guess frustrated, when I first met him. He literally was leaping at people and now he isn’t. He isn’t using his teeth to take food and he is not being mouthy. When giving him treats, he will tap your hand once and then pull back and away from the hand until you give it to him. He does still scrunch his nose to sniff and when he does this, his teeth will show but it is not aggression. Just his funny face. Cole goes “potty” on command which is done by tapping his chest twice and then telling him “go potty” or “do business.” Cole also lays down on a mat, referred to as his “spot.” He has learned to stay quiet when on his mat as well. He wants attention but learned he gets attention when quiet. He is very good about staying even when off leash. Structure and training have been ideal for him. Overall, I feel like I met two different dogs. It was so good to see Cole relaxed and happy. “

Cole has learned trust and what is expected of him and what he can expect of his environment. Exercise is good for him, but Cole wants to work and needs a job. If Cole is adopted by someone who loves to run or hike, the daily routine should also include a refresher of Cole’s “training routine.” Training exercises reinforce his understanding of roles and expectations. Cole will need to spend the rest of his days with an adopter who understands dog psychology and the need for human leadership, where he can enjoy the good life as a subordinate pack member - knowing his human will always lead. Because of his needs, we will not be placing Cole in a home with children under 16. We are looking for a calm household with someone home more often than not, where the routine and expectations remain fairly constant. Cole and his adopter would benefit from some training sessions. Dog trainer, Eddie Simon (Danbury CT), has agreed to continue to work with Cole and his adopter - what a wonderful opportunity to continue with this successful training!

You can read more about trainer Eddie Simon via these 2 links:
http://www.countytimes.com/articles/2014/06/19/life/doc5399df81bf6b9174408313.txt
http://foxct.com/2014/06/13/eddie-the-dog-guy-a-local-dog-whisperer/

Cole has been fully vetted and is up-to-date on vaccinations. He is heartworm negative, neutered, and micro-chipped. Now he is ready to begin his new life with a family to call his own. Cole really doesn't ask for much –all he wants is to be a member of your "family pack.”

If you have room in your heart for an adorable 2 year-old Golden/Lab mix like Cole and have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact Donna to be considered to adopt Cole.

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.



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.



SGRR Adoption Fees (subject to change)**
Puppies under 6 months $650
Young dogs 6 months - 6 years $550
Young dogs - Special Needs $450
Senior dogs 7 - 9 years $450
Seniors dogs 10 years and older $350
Senior dogs - Special Needs $300
Young Bonded Pairs $850
Senior Bonded Pairs $750

**Please note: The fees listed represent a slight increase and are effective for applications received after June 1 2014. We regret the need to increase the fees for our dogs, but found it necessary due to the increased costs we are faced with for each dog's care and placement.



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.



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.


Please be a ray of light for this Sunshine dog and make a tax deductible donation toward medical and other expenses. Every cent of your generosity goes directly toward the care of a Sunshine dog.


Please click on the Donation link below to support SGRR!

Facts about Cole

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male

Other Pets at Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Cole, a New Canaan Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever for sale in New Canaan, or seeking a Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever dog 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 Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever breeders who help with Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in New Canaan paves the way for another one to be saved.