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Hobbs is our fifth golden retriever and our only male. It's hard to say which has been more affectionate but Hobbs is in a league of his own. He is from Turkey and came to us 5 years ago. He has never done anything wrong and is just so happy to be living in what he thinks is Disney World! He is a true gentleman and a sweetheart. He loves other dogs but is more in love with people. At a dog park he says hello to his friends but he mostly goes from person to person and greets them. Then he makes them pet him and continues on to the next victim! He's a true natural therapy dog! Everyone that meets him falls in love He's just a pure joy! And we love him so much!



Souki came to us very sad, timid, and extremely overweight. Souki's owner surrendered her as he had to relocate and was unable to care for her. Slowly over time she came into her own and began to trust us. The first week she sat by our front door as if she was awaiting his return. We eventually gained her trust. Every evening we began short walks to help with weight loss. Almost 7 years later Souki is the most playful, energetic, and happy pup. She is always by our side wherever we go. Dog parks are not much her thing as she is a smaller stature golden and tends to be nervous around other dogs.

We are so grateful to LIGRR for our Souki.



This beautiful boy came to us from LIGRR four years ago. Prior to adopting us, Wrigley was with an owner who left him in a crate, day and night. As a result, Wrigley was very anxious and unsure of life outside of a crate. We brought Wrigley home to a backyard where he had plenty of space to run and play. He was timid and it took some time for him to embrace freedom. He was scared, but we were patient with one another. He learned to trust our love and affection. He grew to become a happy, loving, loyal dog who loves to run and play. This is a picture of Wrigley on Cape Cod, where he loves to splash with his 10 year-old human sister and 3 year-old Golden sister. We are forever grateful to LIGRR for believing in Wrigley and for believing in us.



Did you ever wonder how I got involved with Golden Retriever Rescue? About 25 years ago my family adopted a pit bull. She was a very difficult dog. I went to obedience class for a very long time to get her under control. I showed her in obedience matches because mix breed dogs were not allowed in obedience trials. A friend suggested that I adopt a pure breed dog to do obedience with. A few weeks later she told me about a Golden Retriever in the Smithtown shelter. Sandy came to live with me he was a very sweet dog. He and my pit bull were good friends. I attended an obedience match sponsored by the Long Island Golden Retriever Club. The rescue was there looking for volunteers I signed up. The rest is history. He was my first Best Golden.



We adopted sweet Kasey in 2013. It was Nov. 30th, our wedding anniversary and only a few weeks before the fatal car accident of my father in law. Kasey, from the very beginning, has had great affection for my husband and still loves to be with him as much as possible. It was as though she knew he was going to need her most. She came to us from a home who could no longer care for her, at age 4. She is still with us and it's 2023, so perhaps she was younger than was thought. She came trained not eating until we say " OK " , similar to what is seen with dogs trained to be with individuals with special needs. Her greatest love is food, so thank goodness she's not in charge of her own diet! She's the most amazing dog and ironically we live at a place, in the summers, for individuals with special needs. It's truly like she was an angel sent, specifically, to us. We will be forever grateful LIGRR brought her into our lives.