Animal Success Stories
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About two months ago I lost my last Basset Brutus. He was a rescue also from the Monterey SPCA. He died of cancerous tumors that made him unable to use his hind legs. Yet he still dragged himself into my bedroom to sleep on his mat. He was 12 when he passed. With his loss i stayed more in the house and did not sleep well. All my neighbors missed Brutus as well. I tried to look at the Monterey SPCA but they seemed to only have chichuauas or Pit Bulls. So I found Golden Gate on the web. After much patience on all concerned I found Jemima. It was so nice to have Sue bring her down to Pacific Grove for a visit. After that one week later I drove up to Fremont to pick her up. She is so great in the car by jumping into the back seat and lying down. I take her to the beach and to the woods. Afterwards we go into my garden where she patrols the fence, greets other dogs, and chases squirrels. In the evenings I read in my small sofa while she snoozes next to me. At Bedtime she will sneak in when i am asleep and vaults into the bottom of the bed. In the morning I am awakened by a yawning yelp and a wet nose on my face. We are still working on separation anxiety whenever I have to leave the house. Because she is so clever and athletic I have been forced to rearrange furniture so she does not vault up on my desk and scatter my papers. This is having a good effect and I believe that she will trust me to return, When I do she gets a hug and her ears gently tugged. She also has learned the word snack. Right now she is asleep on the settee. Life is now good with Jemima. Thank you for all you do! Most sincerely, Ken Cuneo
Blu is doing great. He is growing more confident and content every day. I can't believe how well we have connected. From his early beginnings and great foundation with his wonderful foster mom, Sue Cole, to today, I feel truly blessed to be fortunate enough to share my heart and home with this special soul. He has already brought such healing to my life and I know that everything that needed to happen to bring him to the perfect place and time for me to adopt him was truly by design. Thank you all at GGBR, especially Donna Lim, for facilitating this incredible meeting.
We brought Romo into our home on September 29th in a foster-to-hopefully adopt situation. It didn’t take long before we knew we couldn’t give him up and that he was a permanent member of our family. At just over a year old, Romo still has many puppy tendencies (as I type he is alternating between chasing the kitty and dragging around his bed), and is still working on some behaviors such as getting on the couch and putting his paws up on the counter, table, and anywhere else he thinks something smells interesting! That being said, he is good natured boy who loves his daily walks, chasing his tennis ball (although not necessarily bringing it back), and being around us as much as possible. He is one of the friendliest dogs around, and loves walking by the elementary school to say hi to the kids as they yell “puppy!” All in all, we have a great dog and are extremely happy to have him in our lives. We are very thankful to his previous owner for taking such good care of him and to everyone at GGBR for helping us find our first basset!
Rox aka Winston Jr. to us, as he looks just like Winston used to, is doing wonderful. He is an amazing friend to my mom. They are very close. He follows my mom, Arlene everywhere. He loves to go for his daily walks with his adopted Bassett sister Lulu. Our friend Kathleen comes by almost everyday to take him for a walk and to let them play together everyday for a few hours. He knows what time she comes to pick him up and waits by the door! He loves to go for rides in my van when I take mom out, and watches out the window for her to come back. He will bark at you until you sit down, as he wants to visit with us, but if you stand he won't quit barking! We love him immensely and have found the perfect food for him. It is called Call of the Wild, is grain free, comes in dry and canned, so he has a mixture in his bowl of both. Thank you for pairing him up with my mom! Sincerely, Pam Kestler, Arlene's daughter!
Rufus caught a lucky break in life not once, but twice. Back in 2007 he was found abandoned deep in the woods in the state of Georgia. He had been out alone in thunderstorms and endured the sound of Fourth of July fireworks all by himself outdoors - alone in the dark. After two weeks he somehow made it to civilization and was spotted and taken in by a wonderful woman and her husband who nursed him back to health. Authorities tracked down his original owner (who had apparently abandoned him in the woods) and they said they didn't want him back. Rufus showed signs of having had been abused - with old breaks to his ribs. Fast forward a few years and Rufus and his new familiy moved to California from Georgia where he lived happily in the Bay Area with them for some years. Sadly, in July 2013, his new owners encountered personal circumstances that meant they could no longer keep Rufus. They wanted to be sure he had a loving forever home so they contacted GGBR and a foster family was found for him. He instantly won his foster family's heart and became a "foster failure". He now has an adoring basset "sister" - Daisy - who was a GGBR adoptee who found her forever home in February 2012. (Daisy also had a history of having been abandoned and abused - so she and Rufus are kindred souls). Today Rufus loves to go on long, fast walks and has settled in beautifully. The best part is - his is an "open" adoption. He still gets to see his prior owner every few months when he meets up with her at a park and she gets occasional e-mail updates about his antics. This was a mutual decision made by all parties concerned and it is working out beautifully for Rufus and his two loving Moms.
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