Animal Success Stories

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Abigail Mary (formerly Abby) adopted April 25th, 2013 and Oscar, adopted October 2006 This past spring my husband Tony and I lost our beloved 16 year old basset hound, Cadie. Her death was devastating. Although we have another basset hound, Oscar, that we adopted from GGBR in October of 2006, Cadie had such a larger than life personality that the house felt empty. Oscar was not doing well as an only dog, and so we started looking for a second dog much sooner than expected. Right away, Tony fell in love with Abby's picture. She was one of three dogs we submitted applications for. After learning more about the personalities of the other two dogs, we decided they weren't a good fit, but Abby sounded like the dog we were looking for. After a number of weeks, we finally were able to meet her and bring her home. She turned out to be just the right dog for our household. It is hard to believe that she ended up in foster care because her previous owner was tired of having dogs, and was going to put all his dogs to sleep. Fortunately, someone overheard him complaining and rescued the dogs! Thank you for all the work you do, Kathleen Cahill Oh, in the photo of the two dogs, Abigail and Oscar are relaxing after socializing at the dog park.


"JUST LOOK AT ME NOW" Andy McWhinnie Hi, I'm Andy. I am now in my forever home but what a journey. I ended up on the street as a stray, no collar, ID or chip. I have no idea how or why that happened. When I was taken to the local shelter, I was so afraid. No one even knew my name so they gave me a new one and I like it. But no one ever came looking for me and finally my time was up at the shelter and I was going to be put down the very next day. BUT THEN A MIRACLE HAPPENED!! GGBR was notified and I was picked up just in time by my wonderful foster parents, Nancy and Judy. What a close call!! I have such a long life to live and came inches away from losing it. So the angels at GGBR came and scooped me up. There are so many wonderful people at GGBR who work their hearts out day after day to save us hounds. After a wonderful time with Nancy and Judy, I was introduced to my new mom, Vanna, a couple of months ago. From the very first minute of getting in the house, I knew I was home. I came right in the front door and I immediately felt like I had always been here, met my new brother Buddy (he's 16, a lot older than I am) and we ran around with each other, through the house, around the yard, until we were tired out. My mom took me up on the couch right away and held me.....I told her I would be the BEST DOG SHE'D EVER HAD! Buddy started grooming me and I even let him do that as much as he wants...I don't care. It feels good and makes him feel better :-) From the first day, I have thrived more each day. I have gained some much needed weight. I crawl up on the couch with my own step stool and I crawl up the little steps beside mom's bed when it's time for sleep. Buddy and I sleep with mom but she lets me sleep right by her head all night long and I snuggle into her so much that sometimes she needs to push me over during the night. I don't like being pushed around like that but I guess I should remember that it's also HER bed. Bud sleeps at the foot and he doesn't care where I sleep. I have a great life running around the yard with Buddy and take sun baths every morning. I get up on "my" chaise lounge on the deck all by myself...and stay usually a couple of hours. Mom is retired so she is home most of every day so I get lots of love, attention and treats!!! I plan to live a long and happy life here in Petaluma. Were it not for all my angels at GGBR (Nancy and Judy, Donna--who helped mom get all settled in with me, Sally, who got me into the system and Gloria who gave me a good reference)....there are so many wonderful people at GGBR who make sure each of us hounds gets the exact right forever home. I owe my life to them and love them all forever As I said, JUST LOOK AT ME NOW!! Love, Andy :-)


Archie is enjoying his new family and his new home in Fair Oaks. His skin condition has cleared and he has gained some weight. He is sleeping and eating well and enjoys taking walks and snuggling on the sofa! He seems very happy in his new home and it feels as if he has always been a part of our family. Thank you Golden Gate Basset Rescue for bringing us together. Archie has been a wonderful addition to our family! Robin & Ralph

Arnie (2011)

Arnie has been with us three weeks now and is settling in well. We have re-christened him Barney; it just seems to suit him. He's a character and makes us laugh all the time. He gets so excited when we come home, even from a brief trip to the market, that during the first week he'd jump on the dining room table. (Despite having been found with heartworm and pneumonia, he's now very strong and healthy.) He's become very talkative in the mornings and when he comes home from a walk. Like most bassets, he's a terrible watch dog, but we knew that before we adopted him. He loves to play fetch with any toy, but easily yields it to us. NorCal Beagles told us they thought he might be between 2 and 4 years old. We think he might be a bit younger. He's a constant chewer, and we've found more than few slippers, flashlights, and other household objects in his mouth. But, he's also very smart. When we say "no," he doesn't chew on the same object again. (He also has a houseful of rawhide bones, stuffed toys, and balls to play with.) He loves walks, so we try to walk him about one-to-two miles a day, and that helps with his high energy level. I work at home, and after a walk, he's content to nap on the floor next to my desk when I am on the computer. He's made friends with all the neighbors by escaping out of the front door, into their open garages and in through their back doors into their kitchens. Fortunately, we live in a quiet cul-de-sac with dog-loving neighbors, and his friendliness just wins them over. We owners are learning to be more vigilant about opening the front door. Barney has a beagle head and basset body. When he plays, he thinks like a beagle, but he has the lovable stubbornness of a basset and that desire to be a lapdog despite his 44 pounds. So although he still needs a bit of training (we're working on that) we're so glad to have him in our home. Barney's is intimidated by only two things: spray bottles and cameras, so we haven't taken many photos of him, but I've attached three here. Thanks again to both Golden Gate Basset Hound Rescue, where we first saw him a cross-listing, and to NorCal Beagle Rescue, which fostered him. Jeanie Wakeland


Mazy (previously Amber) has taken over the house. She grudgingly shares her castle with her previously adopted Basset brother Milo who is 4 years old. She bosses him around like a champ and he succumbs to her charms. Her personality has really come forth since being adopted in August. However, we have determined she has some aggression issues and we're diligently working to overcome. Mazy learns quickly and is a real love bug. She has also gained a bit of weight (she had Giardia) and our vet now finds her in perfect health. She loves to go for car rides, walks, hiking, and the dog park. However, I truly believe her favorite thing is just to follow her human Mom around the house. We have formed an unbreakable bond. We also learned quickly that she's very fast and extremely agile, especially for a Basset. I feel so fortunate to have her in my life and I can't imagine a day without her!!!

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