Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue (MTGRR) is a volunteer-operated, non-profit organization dedicated to new beginnings for displaced Golden Retrievers. Our purpose is to facilitate the adoption of displaced and unwanted Golden Retrievers; to provide a good quality of life for homeless Goldens; to reduce the abuse and neglect of unwanted Golden Retrievers through rehabilitation and adoption, and to seek to reduce the number of unwanted Goldens. Further, we provide public education by means of brochures, a newsletter and canine education events about responsible pet ownership and the Golden Retriever breed.
MTGRR is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.
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Featured Success Story: GRACIE
Gracie was a stray brought in from Trigg county in KY to the Christian County Animal Shelter (in KY). They thought Gracie was twelve or so, but our vet determined her to be nine to ten years old. Maybe they thought she was older because when she came to us after the shelter she was matted and thin. Maybe it was because you could tell she was sad because someone once loved her and she loved them, too, and now she was homeless.
Poor Gracie was in the shelter for two months before MTGRR had the opportunity to rescue her. Once released from custody in KY, Gracie was fully examined by an MTGRR vet, vaccines were updated, and then she was bathed and groomed. Gracie is currently sporting a more unique hairstyle for her Golden breed (see photo below), but she is okay with it, and knows her beautiful mane will look much better on her than the Rastafarian look she had when we found her.
Below are photos of Gracie at rescue. You can see that she is matted and thin, but happy that someone has come to save her:
Gracie with her "new look" following her groom after coming into the program (you can see how thin she is with all her matted fur shaved off):
While it did not appear Gracie was ever abused, we knew her previous life in the shelter and prior to that was not as kind to her as the life she deserves. Gracie was underweight and tested heartworm positive. Gracie started a “soft-kill” routine to get rid of the heartworms, and she shows none of the typical signs of the disease. Other than these two things, she is a healthy Golden.
Gracie is totally housebroken and not an “in your face” Golden, but does like to know where her people are and share the room with them sometimes. While she loves a good head scratch or tummy rub occasionally, Gracie mostly just wants to hang out with you. Gracie had her fill of the great outdoors, and prefers to spend her time inside with modern comforts.
Gracie does fine being left on her own for a few hours and does not chew, get on the furniture, break the potty rules, or demand constant attention, so we knew she would be a great fit for anyone looking for a low energy, constant companion with no surprises. We also knew that because Gracie is a low energy dog she would do best in a calm, low stress household, preferably without other animals. This true grace from above just needed to find that forever home that could give her the love, affection and life she so deserved.
Gracie was adopted by a great family who will provide her for the rest of her life with that forever home and family she was looking for and so deserved.
In August 2013, we received this great update from Gracie's family about how she is doing: "Gracie has become a hit with our family. Even the cats love her (see photo below)! She has increased her weight from 63 lbs. to 93 lbs. Our vet is very pleased with this and with how much better she is doing. We are still doing the slow kill program for her heart worms. She loves to go for walks down to the barn and back (we have 6 acres). Mostly she just likes meeting people and hanging out with us. She is sporting her summer haircut which she loves.
Here is a photo (below) we took last week. As you can see, she doesn't mind sharing her bed with Midget, our oldest cat."
You can see how great Gracie is looking (compare with before rescue photos above), proving what love can do. She is once again a happy and healthy member of a family, and we know she will be living the good life for the rest of her days and will never find herself homeless again!
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