My name is Sugar!

Golden Retriever Dog for adoption in New Canaan, Connecticut - Sugar
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Sugar's Info...

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

Sugar's Story...
Adopted 4/28/13!!!

We've all heard the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." Dogs have gotten this bad rap since the 1534’s when, in his book on animal husbandry, John Fitzherbert wrote, “The dogge must lerne it when he is a whelpe, or else it will not be: for it is harde to make an old dog to stoupe.” Poppycock! Dogs are unabashed pleasers and learning a new trick to make their human happy is what they’re all about!

When Sugar first came to SGRR, she was very apprehensive about other dogs. Over the past few weeks, her foster family in RI has been working with Sugar and has made great strides in her acceptance of other dogs. Sugar and her foster family visited with a SGRR adopter and his dogs recently. While Sugar showed initial reluctance during leashed introductions, when the dogs were introduced in the yard one at a time, she did well with her new friends. They all got along great and were playing constantly as you can see in her video! Click to watch Sugar play with her friends! What a great example of how an adult dog can surely learn a new way to behave!

Sweet Sugar found herself in a shelter in Louisiana with her son when their former owner discarded these precious creatures. Another rescue group took the pup, but left Sugar behind - SGRR was more than happy to help find a home for this beautiful girl. In her former life, Sugar was a breeder dog but thankfully, her days of being a puppy machine are over. Since she has been bred multiple times, Sugar is selective about the dogs she keeps company with. Thus, we will seek to place her in a home with no other pets or in a home with a submissive canine sibling and a dog-savvy owner. Sugar is, however, WONDERFUL with children. At the clinic where Sugar had been staying, the vet’s 10-year-old son comes to play with the dogs. She adored this young boy and waited for him to come and play with her - when she saw him, she would light up with joy! Click to watch Sugar’s video. Also during her time at the clinic, Sugar was treated to a dental cleaning by kind vet! This stunning 4-5 year old lady has been showing off her pearly whites and her gleaming mile-wide smile!

Sugar has been living in a foster home in RI for the past few weeks and we have come to learn a great deal about this gorgeous Golden gal. Her foster mom reports that Sugar is completely house-broken and trust-worthy in the home. She loves to ride in the car and will lie in the back and simply enjoy the ride. Foster mom, Dori, said, “Sugar is sweet, lovable and cuddly. She is very docile in the house, happy to be on the floor or on the couch next to me at all times - I call her my shadow! She has the most incredibly soft golden-red fur. She doesn’t even mind taking a bath, but prefers to be toweled dry, rather than being blow dried. If we are eating, she won’t come up on the couch or try to jump up on the table. She will just sit and watch, without begging. When you give Sugar a treat, she takes treats very gently.“

Not much training came her way in her former life but Sugar’s foster family is working with her on her leash skills. Sugar is being walked with the gentle leader and is doing really well with it. She barks at the people who are nearby, but only because she wants to meet them. She is still leery of other dogs, but her fosters are working on re-training this behaviors by offering biscuits as a distraction. Sugar’s fosters feel she is making progress but her new owner will need to continue working with Sugar on this. They will need to continue to teach her what proper behavior is when meeting new friends and other dogs on her walks. Sugar is great with people and just slightly challenged with dog-to-dog interactions. She can learn and improve her manners with your help.

Sugar is spayed, heartworm negative, and fully vetted. The ideal home for this sweet gal would include a fenced yard for her to run around in. She is a true sweetheart of a dog who will continue to unfold in her new home and somewhere awaits her “heart person.” If you have what it takes to be Sugar’s owner, please apply quickly and help us fulfill our promise of finding Sugar her forever home.

DVGRR has provided a wonderful article for owners of dogs like Sugar who are selective about the dogs they keep company with - please visit our website at to read DVGRR's article.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Facts about Sugar

  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Sugar, a New Canaan 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 New Canaan, or seeking a 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 Golden Retriever breeders who help with Golden Retriever rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in New Canaan paves the way for another one to be saved.