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My name is Mickeyand Magic!

Hovawart Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Mickeyand Magic
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Mickeyand Magic's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

Mickeyand Magic's Story...
Foster Update 12/12/16: What a difference in Magic and Mickey!! After two weeks in their foster home, they are happy and confident. Mickey has healed up from his enucleation surgery and his skin and ear infections are gone. It took about a week for him to “map” the house and yard and barn. Magic has been a loyal brother and helped Mickey adjust, both boys getting along great with the resident Golden and Chihuahua. During the first week Mickey would bark if he felt alone or insecure, and Foster Glenn learned that a short whistle reassured him. The other dogs seem to know Mickey cannot see and they stay near him. Dogs are just amazing!

Foster Glenn tells it best: They are so good! Mickey barks only to find out where I am to get his bearings. When Mickey sniffs his harness, he lifts his feet so I can put it on him! He loves to lay next to my chair and loves his chest and neck rubbed. As to getting around, he is getting more confident. He is still a bit skittish with the ramp to the deck and into the house. But from the ramp to the fields and back he is doing great. I guide him some but he gets better every day! After our walks we normally stop in the barn for a while. He has that part down pat. He knows when we are heading back and he will lead the way right to the barn door! He has also started giving kisses more which I like! Magic is such a love! He gets so excited for attention whenever I come home. It doesn't matter if I am gone hours or minutes! He fires the others up and starts talking to me! He spends most of his outdoors time following Daisy the Chihuahua. They are all getting along great and have full run of the house even when I'm working.

Their Story Magic and Mickey 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. 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. 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. Both of them 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 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!

Facts about Mickeyand Magic

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

Other Pets at Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue

Why Adoption is a Great Option

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