My name is Gilda!

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

I am already spayed, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.

Gilda's Story...
Adopted 3/24/13!!!

Gilda is an adorable 12-13 month old Golden Retriever mix who has had a rough start to her young life and is ready to begin anew with her true forever family. Gilda was adopted as a puppy from a shelter in Pell City, AL. But as she grew into a “dog”, her former owner no longer wanted her and put her on Craigslist. A second family purchased Gilda but they were not home most of the day to care for her and give her the attention she needed. After having Gilda for only 2 weeks, this family purchased a Golden puppy that the owner felt he could train his way, rather than work on training the dog they already had. Sweet Gilda deserves a family to share her life with and who will love and appreciate her for the great dog she is!

Gilda is the type of pup that, on her first day with you, you feel like she has always been a part of your life. Her sweet face, kind eyes and gentle expression will melt your heart. Her coat feels so soft and silky that you won’t want to stop petting her. And that is fine with Gilda! Being full grown and only weighing about 50 pounds, she is smaller and the perfect size for most living arrangements. She is wonderful with children and lived with 3 who were 11, 9, and 5. She also got along wonderfully with the family’s puppy.

Gilda is now in her foster home in New England and adjusting very well. Her foster Mom, says Gilda, whom they have taken to calling Goldie, seems to have a moderate energy level and needs much less exercise then the resident Australian Shepherd. A few quick trips outside and short walks and Gilda seems content. She does pretty well on a leash, except for a little pulling when their other dog runs. Gilda knows basic commands like sit, stay, down, and paw and even sits nicely to have her paws wiped after being outside. She is very tolerant of the resident dog barking in her face but does tend to hog the toys which she then delights in shredding! Because she loves to chew, we recommend more durable toys such as Nylabones and similar sturdier toys for her. The family describes Gilda as a sweetheart of a dog that wants love and affection but is also happy just laying quietly nearby. She likes to follow her foster mom around, perhaps to reassure herself that she isn't being left behind and at night sleeps peacefully on the floor of the master bedroom.

In thinking about the perfect home for Gilda, her foster mom says she would love to see Gilda in a home with someone who is home most of the time, or at least not away all day, every day at work. And while Gilda has been great with other dogs, her foster feels she really yearns to be someone's one and only and that Gilda deserves that and to know that she is loved and wanted. It was initially thought that Gilda might be OK in a home with cats, but she has started to chase them and bark so a cat free home will be best for Gilda, and especially for the cats! While Gilda has a moderate energy level, she is young and would do best with someone who is active and can provide her with the exercise, playtime, and attention she so enjoys. Love, time, and a little exercise are all that Gilda needs to feel secure and happy in her new forever home.

PLEASE APPLY by submitting an application via this online link: APPLY ON-LINE TO ADOPT through our rescue.

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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 Gilda

  • Breed: Golden Retriever Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Gilda, 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.