You guys obviously know that I am completely in love with my two 10 year old golden retrievers, Chelsea & Hampton. I talk about them all the time, and now that I don't live with them anymore, I make a point to visit them as often as I can. Thankfully my parents live just 10 minutes down the road from Josh and I and I can get over there easily.
When Hampton was a puppy we bought him from a reputable breeder in Tilsonburg. From day 1 he was coddled and cared for and my family gave him the best life we could. We even let him sleep in our beds when he cried in his crate at night- Something that every puppy training book will tell you never to do. Woops! He was fed healthy food, taken for walks every day, had a big backyard to play in, and was given (a little too much) attention.
Chelsea, on the other hand, had a completely different experience. As a puppy she was given to a spoiled kid in Toronto who decided he didn't want her anymore after she grew out of her 'cute puppy looks'. The kid's parents, not knowing what to do, chained her to a 3 foot rope under a tarp in the backyard and that is where she stayed for the next 3 years of her life. Finally, the neighbours decided they needed to do something about the poor golden retriever being held prisoner in the yard next door. They called the police for animal brutality who referred them to Golden Rescue.
Golden Rescue is an non-profit organization who takes in stranded, abandoned, abused, and unhealthy golden retrievers, nurses them back to health, and sees to it that the dogs are being put back into safe and loving homes.
When Chelsea was rescued from her home in Toronto, the volunteers were mortified at what they found. Because of 3 years worth of being tied to a tiny rope and not being fed properly, her muscles were gone. She couldn't walk, she was covered in mud, and the pads on her feet were bleeding. It makes me sick thinking about this. How terrible of a human being are you to let this happen to an innocent animal? How can you just forget there is a living creature dying right in your backyard?
After intense muscle therapy sessions, a healthy diet, and the extra-loving attention her volunteer caregiver gave Chelsea, she was ready to be put up for adoption. This is where my family comes into play.
We had just moved from Waterloo to our 120 acre farm near Sauble Beach. Hampton, thinking he was one of the kids, refused to act like a watchdog and bark when people drove up our laneway. My dad is a pilot so he is away often and my mom hated being alone at night without a dog who could protect the house. Her friend told her about Golden Rescue, so she decided to give it a try.
|Chelsea a few months after her rescue.|
A few weeks later, we brought Chelsea home to the farm. She was overweight, didn't know how to eat or drink properly and she had a terrible limp, but we all fell completely in love with her. Even my dad, which he would never admit. She and Hampton grew to adore each other, still unseperable to this day.
Now Chelsea and Hampton are both ten years old. Chelsea is the picture of health and the perfect watchdog, to my mom's delight. We are so thankful to Golden Rescue for saving and letting us adopt this amazing girl. Life just wouldn't be the same without her.
If you are considering adopting a dog, I would highly, highly recommend Golden Rescue. Please check out their website. You'll be doing something good and I guarantee you'll be happy with the results. Chelsea changed our lives for the better and we owe it all to them.
Ps. Any of my blog readers who decide to adopt from Golden Rescue in the future get a free photography session from me in Bruce County for the shoot of your choice (not including weddings). All you have to do is blog about your Golden Rescue experience and new dog, and send the link to me.