My name is Sandy (and Ben)!

Golden Retriever Dog for adoption in Los Angeles, California - Sandy (and Ben)
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Sandy (and Ben)'s Info...

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

Sandy (and Ben)'s Story...
Please read entire bio before contacting rescue. Courtesy listing! Please contact Janet Cook of the Angel’s Heart Dog Rescue at: and not the rescue connected to this page! The preferred method of contact is by way of e-mail.


Meet Sandy and Ben! (Each dog has a separate profile – please also look for Ben’s individual profile).

Sandy and Ben are a bonded pair who have been together their entire lives. They were surrendered to the Devore Animal Shelter when the family lost their home. Rescues cannot prove it by way of documentation, but it seems clear that Sandy is a pure-bred female Golden Retriever and Ben is a pure-bred male Beagle. They are both around the age of 5-6, no more. Sandy weighs 35 lbs.; she is a very pretty, and smallish Golden, a nice feature! Ben is a tri-colored, super cute Beagle, weighing 24 lbs. Both dogs are sweet and submissive, non-possessive, non-aggressive, very nice family dogs! Both are playful and enjoy treats, rawhides, and toys!

Here is some information specific to each dog:
Sandy: Sandy is somewhat active for a dog her age; she still acts like she is age two or three. You can tell that she wants to get involved in some fun activities! She will not want to just lie around all of the time doing nothing. I can tell that Sandy’s training needs and her brain were neglected in her former home. She LONGS to learn and be given some tasks and some mind stimulation exercises. But the great saving grace about Sandy is that she is SO smart. Goldens typically win all dog obedience trials, so trust me, she will learn fast and will appreciate new skills. Sandy is loving and gives kisses. She bonds quickly to the humans, and will ALWAYS be near you and will follow you if you get up to go to another room; this is just the way she is, a Velcro dog. She has never had a potty accident in my house. I crate-trained her here at the rescue, so she sleeps quietly in a 42 inch wire crate at night. Sandy is excitable though if we go to the vet or get out in public. She becomes somewhat excited about the outing and what is next, but it is not unmanageable.

Ben: Ben is a quiet, easygoing dog. He hardly ever barks unless he is warning you about something, and then, his bark sounds like a howl and a bark combined. He is more independent than Sandy, though he is also sweet and comes to check in on me to see what I am up to. He also likes to be included in what the pack is doing. He is not instantly clingy like Sandy is, but he is SO ENDEARING given about a week or so. As with Sandy, Ben’s training needs were neglected so he initially had some pee accidents, but this was NOT marking. He was actually going to the restroom (pee) because he did not understand (he was probably an outdoor dog). Note that Ben has not once marked his territory in my house. And, he is no longer going potty in my house, but knows to go outside (he squats; he does not lift his leg). He is now crate-trained and sleeps in his 36 inch wire-crate at night. He can entertain himself with toys (he likes the stuffed ones!) and I often see him carrying around a favorite toy in his mouth.

Both dogs: It is clear to this rescuer that both dogs had medical concerns that were not addressed while in their original home, so rescuing this duo meant raising money to address or resolve some issues. Sandy had Entropion in her right eye. This is when the eyelids grow inward into the eye. Because her eye was left this way, she had a corneal ulcer. Sandy’s eye is now surgically repaired and the corneal ulcer has healed. She does not need further medical follow up for the eye. This issue is considered resolved.

Ben has Glaucoma (common in Beagles) but we paid to have some surgical procedures done that really help his case so please read on! While Ben is BLIND in his left eye, I NEVER knew it. He gets around just fine and I have never seen him act unlike any other normal dog. Until I took him to the specialty vet, I thought that he just had a blue hue to his left eye. Dogs very much rely on their sense of smell and hearing, and Beagles have a great nose. Ben had a surgical procedure done to his left eye, called Chemical Ablation, that shuts down the aqueous fluid production in that eye, thus stopping the ongoing pressure build-up. So at present, there is no treatment required to that eye unless it gets occasionally inflamed and only in that event, would you give an anti-inflammatory drop. Now, onto his right eye: His right eye is totally fine in terms of vision! But the pressure was still slightly high in the good eye. So we paid for another procedure to that eye called Laser Ablation, and that slows down the aqueous fluid production, thus preserving the eye, though he will still always need ongoing medications (drops) in that eye. Ben had a complete blood panel, so from an internal medicine perspective, Ben is otherwise a healthy dog! Ben will have a complete dental cleaning under anesthesia prior to adoption. We are considering having Sandy’s teeth done too, if we have the donated funds.

Both dogs are spayed/neutered, have had all shots, including rabies, and are micro-chipped, front-lined and dewormed. I am looking for a home whereby the people will want to adopt both dogs and keep them together and love them both, and where the people will be responsible and diligent in ensuring that Ben STAYS on his medications (drops) for his right eye and not lapse in that responsibility. Ben is SO GOOD when I take him into the bathroom for his drops routine. I tell him, Come on Ben! and he follows me into the bathroom and lies down and stays very still. I do love Ben! Both dogs MUST be indoor dogs with outdoor access only for play or potty, or can go in and out at will via a dog door.

In the event that I cannot adopt the two dogs together, I will consider splitting them up at some point, based on the home presented, but each dog MUST have a dog companion within the home itself– there will be no exceptions to this so please do not ask. Thank you!

If you are interested in Sandy and Ben, please contact Angels Heart Dog Rescue at The phone number to the rescue is: 626-340-9316. There is no need to phone the rescue until you have first submitted an interest via e-mail. Please visit my website at: and go to the Adoption Tab to read about the adoption process; thank you!

Facts about Sandy (and Ben)

  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Sandy (and Ben), a Los Angeles Golden Retriever dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Golden Retriever for sale in Los Angeles, or seeking a Golden Retriever dog from a breeder in Los Angeles.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 Golden Retriever breeders who help with Golden Retriever rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Los Angeles paves the way for another one to be saved.