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My name is Mickey (and Magic)!

Hovawart Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Mickey (and Magic)
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Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Facts about Mickey (and Magic)

  • Breed: Hovawart
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 2016-135
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Important Note

Mickey (and Magic) is best friends with Magic (and Mickey). Please adopt both of them so they can stay together!
Mickey and Magic are very bonded brothers who were adopted from Sunshine as 4-month old pups. They came back to our rescue in late October at the age of 8 after their human Mom passed away. Their Dad had to sell their home, and Magic and Mickey could not go along. They are believed to be Hovawarts, which is an uncommon breed where the golden-colored dogs can look amazingly like Goldens. http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/hovawart/


Sunshine’s Magic is black, while Mickey is golden. Magic and Mickey have known love and good care all of their lives. Several years ago Mickey lost his vision and surgery to restore his vision was unsuccessful. Magic became Mickey’s “seeing eye dog” and he now guides Mickey! Although a bit overweight, they both have a nice moderate energy level and get very excited about going for walks. Mickey follows Magic closely when outside on the leash. They played mostly in a fenced yard and had not had regular leash walks in the past. In their former home the boys carried on confidently and happily, with Mickey’s blindness not hindering him because he was in familiar surroundings. They love people, lived with cats, and get along with other dogs. They are perfect car riders and sit quietly together for the ride. Our SGRR volunteer, who drove them to the vet clinic, told us, “They are very sweet and loving. Mickey was on the go as he got out of the car. I would not have noticed that he is blind right away, as he wanted to explore and walk. Mickey definitely needs leash training, while Magic is better on leash. They are beautiful dogs with their thick wavy coats.”

Magic and Mickey have been examined by our vet and it was discovered that Mickey had glaucoma. To relieve this painful eye condition, Mickey had a procedure called an enucleation, where the eyeballs of the dog are removed. In spite of how upsetting this may sound, it is a fairly conventional procedure that dogs adjust to very well. Mickey was no exception - there is such a difference in his demeanor! Freedom from pain has resulted in a wagging tail and hugs to his favorite vet tech at the animal hospital.

The first night following surgery, Mickey and Magic needed to be separated. The bonded brothers “spoke” to each other with barks of reassurance. After some time at the vet clinic, they have settled down into a routine. They love being petted and sit together without competing to take treats gently. Magic is like a teddy bear with a sweet face, and a thick, fluffy coat. Golden boy Mickey will be back to his handsome self with his golden waves once his fur grows in over his surgery site. Medicine to treat Mickey's skin and ear infections is also helping him feel so much better.

Like Disney characters wishing on a star, Magic and Mickey are wishing for a forever home with a quiet, consistent atmosphere. Many kind people have provided homes to blind dogs and say they are amazing in their ability to adjust, moving around easily when furnishings are left in the same place, listening for a familiar tap or whistle to locate their human, and “mapping” their home with the help of mats placed near their important things like a food bowl or door. Magic and Mickey also help each other, with sweet Magic willingly stepping aside for his brother.

When Magic and Mickey’s wish comes true and they have a home in which to receive love and a consistent home routine, they will be just fine. They need a chance, and for that wish upon a star for it to come true. If they touch your heart, please ask about them. They would do best with a fenced yard and older children. These boys are a joy, and are longing to have their own humans again.

If you have already been approved for adoption through SGRR, please contact the Adoption Committee to be considered to adopt Mickey (and Magic).

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!

About Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a network of volunteers based in New England who are dedicated to saving and finding homes for Golden Retrievers and Retriever Mixes in need. We have volunteers throughout the North East including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont; as well as volunteers in the South East.

We work to save homeless Golden Retrievers and Retriever Mixes from shelters, municipal pounds, and dogs released directly from owners who can no longer care for them.

We do our best to assess each dog's medical needs, temperment, behavior, habits, and exercise needs. Each dog receives necessary vet care including all vaccinations and are spay/neutered before adoption if old enough. Heartworm testing is performed and if positive, the dog is treated. We then carefully select homes based on the needs of each individual Golden.

Everyone of our volunteers has a desire to save as many homeless dogs that we can. Individually, we can only rescue so many dogs in need. As a group, working together, we can help more Golden Retrievers and Golden Mixes find their forever home.

Our common thread may be our appreciation for the Golden Retriever, but if we could, we would save all dogs in need.

Our group is always in need of additional volunteers and fosters to help in the process which can be extremely rewarding. Other ways to help would be to make a monetary donation. For information on volunteer work, fostering, or to make a donation, please go to our website www.sunshinegoldenrescue.com Your help will be extremely appreciated!!

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our available Goldens and Golden Mixes are listed on our website, www.sunshinegoldenrescue.com

Anyone interested in adopting one of our available dogs must complete an application online.

We do not have a facility to visit our dogs, but once an applicant is approved and a possible match is determined, approved applicants will be given information on how to contact the rescue's foster for details or to schedule a meeting.

Our Adoption Process...

The application process helps us determine what type of Golden would be best suited for the applicants'life style.

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. 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. As stated above, the dogs receive basic veterinary care. 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.

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.

Applicants with no dog ownership experience may not find they are a good match for one of our Rescues. Rescue Goldens come with 'baggage' and very little training so they require people that have an understanding of the nature of dogs and a willingness to work and seek help with one of our Golden Rescues if needed.

The adoption process has proven to be very successful for all. Our goal is to place rescues in their 'forever' homes and to do so, we need to determine is the best match not only for the dog but for the adopters. The Rescue's Committee determines what type of home the Golden needs and what type of dog would fit best in the applicants' homes. This has proven to make all involved very happy.

For more details or to complete an application, please visit our website at www.sunshinegoldenrescue.com

For those applicants that are willing to wait for the right 'match' and not shopping around, please feel free to apply and get pre-approved.