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My name is Bernie!

Posted over 2 years ago | Updated over 7 months ago

Adoption process

Submit Application


Home Check


Approve Application


Meet the Pet


Take the Pet Home


Pay Fee

My basic info

Labrador Retriever
Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg) (when grown)
55 lb (current)
Pet ID

My details

Checkmark in teal circle Good with dogs
Checkmark in teal circle Purebred
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

This is Bernie... our sweet Doodle boy!

Bernie came to GRRAND from a shelter in late November. He was in terrible condition upon intake and required shaving due to such deep mats. He was also quite unsocialized and has needed a lot of behavioral support to become ready for adoption.

We’re so excited for Bernie to be able to continue on the next leg of his journey to finding his forever home! This affectionate boy now loves to jump up and give hugs to his caretakers He will need a family with the time and patience to continue helping him come out of his shell to see all the great things in the world and to give him the attention and exercise he desires.

He needs a secure home with an above-ground fenced yard because he could be a flight risk. Bernie resource guards and since he cannot be retrained to change this behavior, he needs a home without any kids, grandkids or children visiting the home. With his resource guarding behaviors, Bernie does not like it when other dogs or people get around his food (or favorite things) so he will need to be fed separately from other dogs however, he does love to play with other dogs and does great with them! We do not believe he should go to a home with cats.

Interested families will have the support of our trainer to help understand Bernie and get him settled into his new home

If you are interested in fostering Bernie, please complete a foster application:

If you think Bernie may be the dog for you, please complete an adoption application:

Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs

Contact info

Pet ID
Louisville, KY 40222

Their adoption process


Submit Application

Reference and vet check is done after the application has been submitted.


Home Check

A home visit is scheduled if the reference check has met our policies.


Approve Application

If the home visit is approved and the adoption contract signed, the adoption coordinator will contact to discuss dogs in our program.


Meet the Pet


Take the Pet Home


Pay Fee

Additional adoption info

GRRAND requires that the dog is returned if it doesn't work out or if circumstances change and the owner cannot keep the dog. Also, there is a follow-up team that will contact the adopter after the adoption to assist with any questions.

Adoption application

More about this rescue

Early in 1994, members of the Greater Louisville Golden Retriever Club began to see the need for an organization to rehabilitate and find homes for displaced and abused Golden Retrievers. A number of folks in this club began organizing an ad hoc rescue group. As the number of rescues increased over a period of months, this “wet behind the ears” group came up with a name and in 1996, incorporated the organization now known as Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND). The rest, as they say, is history!