Goldie when she arrived at the shelter, 20 pounds underweight
Goldie was of course stressed out and in pain, but also excited and eager to make friends with everyone. Her tail was amputated, and she was given special food to help her gain weight. The vet estimated her at about ten years old. She gained weight quickly and became a healthy dog again. Once Goldie's amazing story of resilience and strength got out, it spread fast. The applications poured in from many different states, even one from Australia! Everyone wanted to give this beautiful golden retriever a second chance at a happy life.
That was a year and four months ago.
For a year and four months, this energetic girl has sat behind bars, wiggling her butt and waiting for someone to come take her for a walk...or better yet, take her home. People want to know why she is still there; why, if so many people were interested, hasn't she found a home yet? Goldie is a very special case. She cannot be around other dogs or cats, and she needs a fenced-in yard since, given the chance, she will immediately run away. Due to the trauma Goldie has been through, she is no longer housebroken (who knows, perhaps she was always only kept outside), though the staff believes she is a smart girl and will be able to be trained. Because of these limitations, nearly all of the applications had to be rejected. The few that were left came to meet Goldie, expecting to see a calm and lazy senior dog relaxing on her blanket. This description does not fit this girl! Though she is now eleven years old, she has TONS of energy - she will play fetch for hours! Once they met Goldie and saw how high-energy she was, they unfortunately changed their minds.
Goldie's other favorite pasttime is playing in the water - she LOVES it!
Now, over a year later, no more calls come about Goldie. No more applications for her are turned in. People have lost interest in her story. Where the shelter once spoke with the media about Goldie's progress and how far she has come, they no longer do this - there's nothing to report. Goldie has definitely come leaps and bounds since her arrival at the shelter, but after such a long amount of time, she has kind of plateaued. She still loves all the things she used to (water, food, walks, toys, treats), but I believe any dog would go rather stir-crazy if they had been in a cage for more than a year. Goldie has her days - when she is stressed out, her hair will fall out in clumps. She is a very happy girl, and the staff has done some amazing things with her. But she needs a home.
I know the perfect owner is out there - though that person hasn't come yet, there has got to be a very special home for this very special girl. I know that Goldie would be a wonderful pet if given a chance. "[Goldie has] pretty much been ignored and neglected her entire life. She's never known what it is to be someone's pet. She DESERVES a second chance," says a staff member who has gotten to know Goldie very well during her time at the shelter. If you think you could be that person for Goldie, or if you may know someone who is, PLEASE contact the HSNI. Consider this a personal plea...this girl deserves to see what a forever home truly feels like. If you can't adopt, please share...your shares can help Goldie get out of the shelter, which has been her home for far too long. Thank you so much.