My name is Brutus!

Golden Retriever Dog for adoption in Minnetonka, Minnesota - Brutus
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Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota

Facts about Brutus

  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
My, is he handsome or what?! Brutus is a nine-year-old Golden Retriever whose sweetness will melt your heart. However, he has a condition that may unsettle the faint-hearted, so please read on before you apply to adopt him.

Having spent the majority of his life in a dog run with minimal interaction with humans or other animals, Brutus developed some kind of a nervous condition that makes him run in circles. A behaviorist has determined that it is not a severe problem, because it is different from the typical obsessive spinning she has seen in some dogs; and a neurologist judges that the circling behavior is likely due to a brain lesion, but to determine a more definitive cause would require exams such as an MRI and spinal fluid tap. With the lack of progression of his symptoms over the previous months, we have been given reason to believe that the symptoms will remain static. We are glad that his condition is unlikely to worsen!

So, what does this mean for his forever family? According to his foster family, the circling behavior is easily managed. Brutus responds very well to just being held on a leash or putting on the Gentle Leader. Keeping him calm is key; when he relaxes, the circling stops, but when he gets anxious or excited, the circling intensifies. Another helpful thing is to have a calm, confident dog as his companion.

His circling behavior aside, Brutus is your typical Golden Retriever: sweet, affectionate, and playful. He is well-behaved in the house and knows not to demand attention all the time. His family does need to learn his cues when he's asking to go out, or he'd have accidents due to his nervous drinking.

Brutus is being fostered in the Twin Cities metro area, and his adoption fee is $175. Please contact us for further information on Brutus. We are committed to helping you to care for him successfully.

Please see Brutus's webpage for additional updates and photos:

About Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota

About Our Rescue Group...

RAGOM has been rescuing pets since 1985! We are a 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization.
RAGOM’s mission is to rescue and rehome unwanted, abused, neglected, and displaced Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes, and locate permanent homes for them. We advocate responsible pet ownership and support animal abuse and neglect prevention programs, as well as spay/neuter initiatives.
Rescued dogs receive comprehensive medical care including a complete veterinary exam, updated vaccinations, and a microchip, and each is spayed or neutered prior to adoption. While in RAGOM’s care, dogs live as part of a family in loving foster homes where they are fed, groomed, socialized, and begin to learn basic manners. Foster families provide ongoing temperament assessment for each dog to determine what qualities should be present in an ideal forever home, and then match the dog with an approved adoptive family.
Donations and new volunteers are always welcome!

Come Meet Our Pets...

RAGOM holds several adoption events each month. For more information about upcoming Meet and Greets, please visit our calendar at .

Our Adoption Process...

RAGOM requires interested adopters to complete an application online or by mail (application fee is waived for those referred by, and have a home visit (references, pictures, and/or a video visit may be used in place of a home visit for those applicants who live outside our standard territory). Adopters must sign a contract and pay the adoption fee by check or credit card at the time of adoption. All dogs, including puppies, are altered before adoption.
RAGOM is an all-volunteer organization. We try to respond to all inquires within 48 hours!