Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Amber Has a Very Merry Christmas

Santa brought me the most wonderful family for Christmas! I am never letting them out of my sight.
And a kitty cat too!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Why We Rescue

Hi, My name is Sidney and I am a flat coated retriever mix. I was a stray who was picked up and brought to Dekalb Animal Control Shelter. I stayed there for about two months and the people there thought thatI might never be adopted. Not only was I an older dog, but I just plain didn't know how to be a dog! People, cars, loud noises, sudden movements, all sent me into a terrified frenzy.
The shelter sent out an e-mail to rescue groups asking them to rescue me from a sad, lonely, old age. The good folks at Adopt a Golden took pity on me and decided to take me in. They discovered I had heartworms and needed someone to foster me while I was treated. That was when my luck turned. An older couple whose children were grown were looking for a dog just like me. They already had two small older rescue dogs and I went to stay with them.
I was really scared at first but those two little spoiled rotten dogs seemed to be pretty happy and I got to sleep on a great fluffy bed right beside my new mom and dads' bed. Well, it's been six months and I am heartworm free, and hike everyday in the woods with my new mom and one of my siblings. Who knew there were so many critters to chase!
If I get really dirty, I have a long hot shower with lots of sweet smelling shampoo, and oh, those massages my mom gives me! I like to go sit by the shower door hoping she'll think I'm dirty and give me a shower. We all went to Charleston SC for Thanksgiving, and I got to stay in a really neat hotel and run onthe beach.
Life is good!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Butch's Family Says Goodbye and Thanks

I just had to thank you. Three years ago we adopted the most wonderful dog from your organization … his name was Butch. He was 10 years old and the sweetest boy we could ask for. We had just lost two Goldens that year and were not planning on taking on another dog … because it hurt too much to lose them. So, we thought the next best thing was to foster and give someone else the pleasure of having a wonderful pet.

Well, 2 days after Butch arrived I knew we could not let him go. For 3 years and 9 months he gave us so much pleasure. Last week, he lost all feeling in his legs. The Vet tried but there was nothing to be done, so we made the hardest decision to put him down. I can rationalize this by saying he lived to the ripe old age of 13 years 9 months, and did not have a sick day the entire time. The day before he died, he had his daily run in the woods and enjoyed his dinner just like always. But it is still hard.

I just had to thank you because you made our time with Butch happen. And for those of you who think it is too painful to adopt a senior golden, you are wrong. There are never any guarantees in life. We bought a puppy at 8 weeks and she was diagnosed with Lymphoma at 4 years. We went through chemo with her and extended her life by 2 years, but we lost her right after her 6th birthday. Counting Butch, I have had 3 goldens that lived until their 13th birthday. So, you can never tell what will happen. And just knowing the joy you can bring these seniors is worth every minute you can spend with them.

I have attached two pictures. The one of Butch at the beach is my favorite...it also made you calendar this year "Mr. July".

Thank you,

The Butler Family

Friday, December 4, 2009

December Orphan of the Month - Neo

Our December Orphan of the Month is Neo aka Neopolitan Dynamite is a two-year-old male Great Pyrenees. He was found wandering the streets and without food. Despite a tough beginning, Neo is a sweet boy. He is a typical Great Pyrenees -- he protects the family, loves to play and has a huge heart. He will make a wonderful addition to any home! Watch our video of Neo playing:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thank You to our Birmingham Friends!

Lorraine, Barbara and Jennifer have hearts of gold! They held a wine tasting and silent auction this weekend at Pleasure Is All Wine in Birmingham. Today they let us know they are sending AGA a check for over $5,000!! This donation is in memory of their wonderful goldens Rusty and Abby.

From all our orphans, adoptees, supporters, volunteers and board of directors, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fair and Augusta

Hello Adopt a Golden Atlanta –

I wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much my life has changed in the past 6 months. If you remember, I was a skinny, heartworm positive, gal – missing a lot of hair – rescued from a shelter near Augusta. You called me Savannah, took me to a great doctor who treated my heartworms. Then, a great mom and dad asked to foster me through my heartworm treatment. They picked me up on a Friday during the Master’s Tournament. . . and by the time Angel Cabrera won on Sunday. . . I had won as well by winning a place in their hearts forever. Mom and dad have a niece named Savannah, so they started calling me Augusta – since I came from around there and was happy to hang out and watch the Master’s Tournament with them.

In addition to mom and dad being the greatest, I also have an older brother Fairchild (we call him Fair around the house) who was also rescued by Adopt a Golden Atlanta, and three cat siblings. . . Mom and dad say Fair is acting a lot younger than his 9 years now that I am around to keep things exciting!

I love my family and all of the great things we do together. Mom and dad have taken us to the mountains a few times so that Fair and I can swim in the lakes and hike up to see some pretty waterfalls. We also go for lots of walks and have a great big back-yard for exploring. Now that I am healthy and my hair grown out, mom and dad can’t take me for a walk without being told what a pretty girl I am. . . I sure do love the attention!

Well, I should probably go. It is about time for Fair and me to go for a walk. I asked mom to include a picture of me and Fair hanging out last night – I’m the one in the front.

Thank you Adopt a Golden Atlanta. . . without your help and the work of all of your volunteers, I would not have the life that I do today. I am one happy girl and thankful to be living the golden life!

Lots of licks and love,


Friday, October 30, 2009

November Orphan of the Month - Bailey

Bailey is a seven-year-old Golden who was found at a shelter. She is friendly, loyal and she loves to play with her toys. She is housetrained and she is really a love! Bailey has one issue - she can be leash aggressive with other dogs. With work and a confident owner we are sure Bailey will be fine. Watch Bailey play at her foster home!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Duchess Enjoying the Chesapeake Bay

They say my name used to be Truffles and I was found wandering all alone in the north GA mountains. Glad I don't remember any of this!!! Thanks, AGA!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October Orphans of the Month - Kendall & Ranger

Kendall & Ranger are two best friends who have been together their whole lives. Kendall is a pure Golden who is 12 years old and Ranger is her "adopted brother" who is also 12. They are both loveable, laid back, crate trained and get along with other dogs and cats. Ranger has tested heart worm positive but is currently not exhibiting any health problems. These two are looking for a home together without stairs.

Check out this video of Kendall & Ranger enjoying some quality time with their foster parents!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Golden Girls In Baltimore

The nicest lady from AGA drove us all the way to Baltimore to our new home! That was a fun ride (for us)! They call us the "Golden Girls" and we like that.

We are all doing very well together as a new family. Our new parents say they fall more and more in love with us every day. They call us "Hyper-Hannah" and "Mellow-Maggie" because we have such unique personalities. They fear they are spoiling us rotten but we've assured them that this is not a problem to be worried about!

Thanks, AGA, for helping us find our forever home and for going the extra mile (er, miles and miles) to get us there.

Friday, September 11, 2009

September Orphan of the Month - Kolada

Our September Orphan of the Month, Kolada, is a four-year-old purebred female Great Pyrenees. She was brought to Adopt A Golden Atlanta after her owner passed away. While this is a very confusing time for a dog, Kolada is adjusting very well at her foster home. She plays well with other dogs and cats and loves to chase tennis balls. She is quite the cuddler - just looking for a family to make happy.

Watch Kolada in our Orphan of the Month video while she hangs out with her foster brother, Mulligan.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Coach and Sadie

Wow, a new home and a new girlfriend who adores me! I'm a very lucky boy. Thanks, AGA!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Have a Plan for Your Pet

The video below from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is about being prepared for disasters. This is especially important for Georgians near the coast during hurricane season. Have a plan for your family and pets when bad weather threatens your area.

You may recognize the Golden at the end of the video. That's Hobbs, a former AGA Golden who was adopted last year. He certainly steals the show!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Roman Writes In

Hi, everyone - This is Roman just checking in to thank you for everything because I love my new forever home. I have a teenage human brother who is my bestest friend, and a 7-year-old human sister who I loooove to play with. My Mom and Dad take me for lots of walks and hikes, and they even have a cool cabin in the mountains where we all go to chill out. I have all the chew toys and beds and crates a Golden boy could ever want. In obedience training I am the top of my class! I get so excited to "come" that I practically knock over my Mom. I have even learned not to steal food off the counters. Everyone says I am a beautiful boy, and I say "aw, shucks, that's because I came from Adopt a Golden!"

Here is a picture of me with my brother and my Dad on a hike on the Ocoee River. Can you see how happy I am?

Lots of Love and Licks,

Monday, July 27, 2009

Marley Mae After Three Years!

This is Marley, Marley Mae to be exact. I can't believe it has been almost three years since I was adopted. You may not recognize me since I lost 40 pounds! I look pretty good if I say so myself! I have been very busy. My Forever Dad takes me on trips in the RV, and every winter we go to Florida where I spend my time chasing lizards and armadillos. We have been to South Dakota where I chased the prairie dogs, and last summer we were on an island in the middle of Lake Erie. WOW! Was that ever an adventure! In between all my trips, I share my home, toys, and my Forever Dad with orphans from Adopt A Golden Atlanta. I have helped 15 orphans on their way to their forever homes. I tell them how sad it was for me, being locked in a basement with a doggie door to go outside and a big bag of food to eat all I wanted. No wonder I was fat! No one loved me. They see how happy I am now, and I tell them they will be just as happy! Here is a picture of me laying in the cool green grass in the shade enjoying a sunny afternoon. Life is good!!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Land of PureGold Foundation Rescue Story Contest

To thank the wonderful folks who provide intake, foster, and adoptive homes to orphaned dogs, Land of PureGold Foundation is hosting a prize-filled contest. They are asking for irresistible tales that capture your dog's wonderful 'rags to wags' transformation. You know, those truly compelling stories that reside only in the heart.

Folks need to communicate just why their rescue dog deserves to be King or Queen for the Day. Cece Kent's gorgeous Cambridge collar and matching lead — a set valued at $180 — will be awarded to the grand prize winner. Other wonderful prizes from the Foundation Store will be given to the top ten tales.

Click here for contest details and how to enter your story.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Two Years Later with Cagney and Laci (aka Moxie and Charity)

We were just little pups when our Mom and Dad picked us out. Even though we're not "real" sisters, we are now!! The last two years have been fabulous. We go to the lake and swim and we play non-stop. We love each other so much, even bringing toys over as a little gift. We both love to sleep on the bed at night! Mom and Dad say they are so grateful to have us in their lives, but we are the grateful ones. Thanks for saving us, AGA!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thanks for the love, Johnny Cash

I am very, very sad to report that Johnny Cash has crossed the rainbow bridge. The decision was made with a very heavy heart. Johnny developed very painful arthritis, went deaf, went partially blind, and was often very confused.

He was the best thing that could ever happen to Payton and me. He made us laugh a million times, was there for a million snuggles, and life just seems empty without him. I can't log onto my computer without thinking of all the laptop power cords he tried to chew through. I can't walk into my closet without looking at my pair of old boots that he proudly would carry around the house and gnaw on. His tail could knock a table clear over. He was our permanent vacuum during supper. He was the watch dog on all nights, except those terrible thunderstorm nights. He kept us safe and made us smile. We are better people because of him.

Towards the end our daily walks got shorter and slower. Car rides weren't near as much fun as they had been for him. On our last walk yesterday, we walked very slowly and I talked to him about what a life saver he was to me. When we got to the vet, Johnny climbed into my lap, laid his head down, and slowly started to breathe shallow breaths. He was telling me "Mom, I am ready". He was ready to go chase the tennis balls my husband will throw in Heaven to him.

Thank you for bringing Johnny Cash into our lives. We are better people because of him.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Samantha GP All Grown Up

It feels so good to be loved. Thanks for bending the rules, AGA, and saving me even though I'm not a golden retriever!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July Orphan of the Month - Zeus

Zeus is an 11-year-old male Golden Retreiver who found his way to Adopt A Golden after his owner passed away. He was well cared for and loved and it certainly shows through his great manners. Zeus is good with cats and other dogs. He deserves a great forever home!

Friday, June 5, 2009

June Orphan of the Month - Buster

Our June Orphan of the Month, Buster, is a five-year-old Great Pyrenees with a big heart. He lived his whole life with a family who had to move out of their home into an apartment and the big guy couldn't go with them. He has been treated for heart worms and is gaining weight. He loves going on walks around the neighborhood with his foster and knows to heel. Buster pants and paces during storms but just needs to not feel confined when the thunder rolls. Crates would not be a good thing for this big guy. Visit our website for more information.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day from Adopt A Golden Atlanta!

Live simply.Love generously.Care deeply.Speak kindly.Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.Take naps.Stretch before rising.Run, romp, and play daily.Thrive on attention and let people touch you.Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.Be loyal.Never pretend to be something you're not.If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it..When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

No Ordinary Fish Tale

Just checking in to share some photos my mommy took of me today! We've moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and there are all sorts of rivers and spots that I'm actually allowed to be off leash...I can swim and play as a free dog. My sister Sierra went to somewhere called the RainbowBridge..I haven't seen that bridge yet but I'm sure she is having so much fun there playing in the flowers and swimming just like I do. I'm glad she is happy there because i miss her so much but glad she is notsad anymore, I don't think she felt very good. I guess since she's gone, and my new daddy Andy wants some fishing company, he brings me EVERYWHERE now..I love riding in the car and fishing with him, I'm really good and I stand super still to not scare away the fish he tries to catch. Look at this pretty trout I helped bring in today!Life is good, thank you for finding my forever home!
Sunny Baxendale

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two AGA Pups!

What does "two peas in a pod" mean???

We love you, AGA!!
Nelson (Jackson) and Drake (Jake)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gunther Poses for the Camera

Sometimes I think my name must be "Sweet Boy" cuz that's what they always call me.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday and I turned 2. I have no idea where the expression “terrible twos” came from because I am having a blast. First of all, thanks to AGA I lived to see my 2nd birthday. I was on death row when I was 3 months old, headed for the gas chamber, when I was rescued by AGA. I would have to say things have turned out pretty well.
After spending time at a great foster home I was adopted and now have an older (and he thinks wiser) golden brother named Landon and two humans whom I have tricked into thinking their job is to attend to my every need. Most days I swim in my pool and when I’m not swimming or going for walks I play and/or bug Landon and watch over my property, as you can see from the picture.
So far I have met many deer - man they run really fast and can jump really high - a wild turkey who ran really fast when I chased him, many squirrels and chipmunks, and most recently a really BIG snake. It was difficult to strike up a relationship with the snake, what with all the screaming from my female human. Geez, you would think snakes are dangerous or something.
So in closing just wanted to let you know that I am doing great and to thank for saving me.
Best regards. Hunter Gambino

Thursday, April 30, 2009

We Love our Volunteers!

Thanks to Ellen Courter from Bullard Elementary School and Claire Williams from McClure Middle School, who raised $200 by having mini garage sales. Here they are with our treasurer, Bill Hamblin, handing over the dough. Come out this Sunday from noon to 2 at the Buckhead Petsmart and help us add to it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

May Orphans of the Month- Bogey & Caddie



Bogey and Caddie are two six-week-old Great Pyrenees mix puppies. They have the brighest blue eyes you will ever see and are extremely laid back for puppies. Bogey is the boy and is distinguishable by the black spot on his back and his crooked tail. He thinks its best to sleep with either a paw or ear in his water bowl. Caddie is the girl and can be described as smart, intuitive and playful.

Check out Bogey and Caddie playing together at their foster home!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vote for Adopt A Golden Atlanta Daily!

Visit The Animal Rescue Site and vote for Adopt A Golden Atlanta in the $100,000 Shelter Challenge. They are giving away $100,000 in grants to rescue organizations and shelters now through July. You can vote daily so follow this link and help AGA get to the top of the list!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Orwell's Baby Brother

Mom's a little annoyed that I taught Wade his first word - "dog" - and he uses it 100 times a day. I mean she's glad that I'm so sweet and patient with him. And she knows how much I love to cuddle with him. She just kinda wishes that he would say "mama" one of these days.

Thanks, AGA, for rescuing me and giving me this great family to love!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cooper (AGA Thunder) Sends a Note

Hello to my Friends at AGA,

You know me as Thunder but I am already responding to my new name Cooper. I have made great friends with Kona…..he’s a great guy! We eat together, go out together and sleep together. I can’t understand why that cat who lives here still runs from me. I am such a lovable guy! He’ll come around! My new people are great…I follow them all over.

I got my cast off and went on my first stroll of the neighborhood…..I got lots of love from the neighbors. My fur is growing back too! Things are going really well for me.

Thanks for jumping in and taking care of me before my family adopted me.

Attached is a picture of Kona & me watching the neighbors’ cat.

Licks & Paws,