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My name is Stella!

Flat-Coated Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Stella
Photo 1 - Flat-Coated Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Stella
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Photo 3 - Flat-Coated Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Stella
Photo 4 - Flat-Coated Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Stella

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Stella's Info...

I am already spayed, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.

Stella's Story...
Update 1/31/16:
Raven and Stella are doing great! Stella fit right in almost immediately. She is so sweet and has really taken to my Golden, John. She now sleeps with John on his dog bed and will paw at him to get attention from him. Raven has taken a little longer and has spent time in the kitchen watching the other dogs laying around the living room. Last night she joined us and really seemed happy too. She found out that if she sits by my chair she gets a lot of attention and they both really love attention. They barked some at the peacocks on my farm the first couple of days but now that they see them all the time they just want to chase them like any dog would. They are very good in the house and save their energy for when we are outside. They love exploring and are good on a leash.


Update - 1/23/16:
Despite the blizzard conditions during their transport up from Alabama, Raven and Stella arrived to their foster home in CT! Their foster dad told us what complete sweethearts the girls are. "Mama Raven she came off the truck first and would not move until her Stella came out! Stella is a real lover and would make a great lap dog. They met my dogs, John & Jeb, and we are all hanging around my barn now and everything is just fine. What nice dogs they are!"

Not too long ago Raven & Stella’s days were numbered in a high-kill shelter in AL. But today they are in the safety of a foster home in CT while they await their heart-person, that special someone who will read their bio and fall in love with them!

Raven & Stella are a pair of “black Golden” mixes who were picked up as strays in Alabama by Mobile County Animal Control. We believe they are mother and daughter as they are closely bonded and highly resemble one another. Stella is always checking to see where Raven is so she can be right near her. Our best guess is that the pair are Retriever mixes of some variety; possibly Golden, Lab, and/or Flat Coated Retrievers - but whatever it is that went into their make-up, it produced two stunningly beautiful dogs

Raven is estimated to be about 3 years old and weighs 45 lbs. Raven has a square jaw and she resembles a cuddly teddy-bear! She loves affection, has a moderate energy level, and is the sweetest girl you can imagine. Stella is thought to be about 1 year old and weighs in at 41 lbs. Stella has a pointier face and the cutest ears that perk up when she is alerted to something. Just so adorable! She has a spirited personality and loves playing ball. This girls have gorgeous ombre coats that are predominately black with shades of reddish-golden mixed in, especially around their chest and neck areas. They are super soft and their lush coats are simply beautiful.

The dynamic duo are friendly toward the other dogs at the vet’s clinic where they are being boarded. They do, however, back off at the dogs who are noisy and bark at them, as if to say, “we come in peace!” They have no known history with cats. When our photograph met the girls, she reported, "Raven, the mom, was super sweet and calm. Stella, the daughter, was a little rambunctious but was still sweet and loved attention."

Stella & Raven are up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm negative, spayed, and microchipped. This bonded pair will be ready to travel north to their forever home in mid-to-late January. This is one super sweet and affectionate pair who are so ready to give back unconditional love to a loving adopter! If you would like to give these black beauties the best years of their lives, please contact Donna if you are approved to adopt through SGRR. If not yet approved, please fill out an application to be considered.

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Since the early 2000’s, animal rescue workers have noticed an increasing phenomena called “Black Dog Syndrome,” which is that black dogs tend to be adopted slower than dogs of other coloring. As a result, there are more black dogs in shelters, and black dogs have a higher euthanization rate – purely because of the color of their coat! In a recent survey done by the adoption website “Petfinder,” Petfinder member shelters and rescue groups reported that most pets are listed for 12.5 weeks on Petfinder, whereas, less-adoptable pets (such as black, senior, and special needs pets) spend almost four times as long on Petfinder.

You may ask, "what does this have to do with a Golden Retriever rescue?" SGRR often goes a step further than basic rescue, taking in dogs that might be thought of as “less adoptable” because of the physical conditions in which they are found. We have recently been taking in more and more of these special black dogs, many times considered to be golden mixes, into our rescue. We see an overwhelming interest in these “black goldens,” getting requests about them the minute we publish their picture on our site! Like all of our dogs, these pups are just looking for a family to look past their coloring and see their true “golden heartedness,” to love them and make them their own! You’ll be glad that you did.

Facts about Stella

  • Breed: Flat-Coated Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black - With Brown, Red, Golden, Orange Or Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 2016-02

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

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