Featured Dog Archive


Rio- A forgotten hero

From the spotlight to the shadows.

Rio
Rio


Meet Rio- At first glance, she may seem like a regular 10-year old Golden Lab Retriever… But this lab has a remarkable story of service and struggle.

Rio is a retired narcotics-K9. For the best part of her life she kept drugs off the streets, saving countless lives in the process and making our home a safer place. Despite contracting Valley Fever in her younger life her record of service was exemplary and surpassed any other dog in her unit, so much so that she was selected as a PR dog for the Narcotics K9 Division.

During Rio’s service she became worryingly overweight - the cause is unclear, but unfortunately the outcome was all too clear… Jumping into a PD patrol vehicle Rio tore her cruciate ligament… The injury would prematurely end her career, and see her health rapidly decline.

This beautiful dog quickly went from the frontline to the backbenches. With a silent sigh she faded from the spotlight to the shadows.

Fortunately for Rio, the parents of her previous handler adopted her, unfortunately however Rio was in bad shape and the Police Department wasn’t obligated to pay for her rehab. At great personal expense Rio’s new mom Vickie and her husband Larry set to work on providing a healing home for her to undergo rehab. Vickie & Larry provided her with meds, a specialized diet and plenty of love. They were forced to keep Rio in a cage for her leg to heal, and after 5 testing months she was able to walk again- albeit with a limp and the help of a special leg brace. After the first year she had lost 30 lbs and was walking with greater ease!

Rio’s struggles didn’t end here however- neither did the expenses for a retired couple on a fixed income. Over the coming years the Valley Fever and Rio’s poor condition took its toll on her body and her brain; she began to suffer from tremors, inflammation all over her body, severely swollen gums and eventually, she lost her eyesight. Rio is also diabetic.

Out of their love for Rio and their generous hearts, Vickie and Larry cared for her no matter what the cost. From the day she came into their care they provided the veterinary care, the leg brace, the essential vitamins and supplements, the expensive doses of anti-fungal meds and so much more. In the last 4 years Rio has become increasingly dependent on them and it’s estimated that this caring couple have shelled out upwards of $10,000 on the care of this retired hero.

Now, they simply can’t afford to pay for the increase in vet visits that Rio so desperately needs, and have been forced to turn to the community for support. Rio has done so much for our community- keeping our families, our children and our neighborhoods safe … Now you can help us to offer her the same comfort and security that she once worked so hard to offer us. It’s time for this hero to be remembered, appreciated, loved and supported.

If you feel you can offer this retired hero support in her twilight years please donate at www.goldenbonerescue.org or by snail mail to the address below with a note "For Rio".

Thank you for helping us help Rio


UPDATE: With a heavy heart we say goodbye to Rio. She was given the retirement she deserved by the kind family that cared for her at great personal expense. We are setting up a K-9 retirement fund in her honor. All donations will go to her guardians to help cover some of the tremendous veterinary bills they accumulated.

We hope that one day soon there will be a resource for retired police and military K-9s. For now there is not. Our contribution towards this goal begins here, with Rio.

Thank you for your support, donations, prayers and good wishes in her memory. Please add a note in your donation "for Rio" so that we may know where to direct the funds.


Featured Pet

Trotter

Trotter
Trotter


Trotter was a pound pup adopted 11 years ago. Her 90 year old Mom now lives at a retirement home and is unable to keep her beloved companion. Trotter is dependent on walks for pottying and exercise and at 90 years old this is more than her mom can handle. So Trotter, cooped up too much has become too much of a barker for life in a retirement home. Management is willing to work with us until we find her a home with a fenced in yard and a family or parent that can love and care for her in her senior years.

Trotter is a healthy, spry senior Australian shepherd mix, a 35 lb black beauty with sable markings. Her tail is a beautiful plume which is usually wagging happily.

Her breed has a built-in bark-alert system. She’s a guard dog who barks at everyone who knocks on the door. She does not bite! Standard procedure is that she barks until the visitor is invited in and seated. That’s when her barking stops and curiosity sets in util the visitor leaves and she barks again. She gets along well with other gentle dogs. She meets them politely on her walks. Trotter LOVES her walks and is quite comfortable in the retirement home. She is wary of strangers inside the house with her mom, and polite when out and public. She's gentle and doesn't jump on people. She waits for permission to eat when her food is served. .

If you have a loving home with a bit of patience to help this sweet senior girl adjust after a lifetime with one family, Trotter will be a lovely, gentle and very devoted companion. She's quite active and agile for her age and would make a wonderful friend to an active senior. She stands at ready, watching her mom.

Please fill out an application on our website at www.goldenbonerescue.org. or email goldenbone4pets@outlook.com

928-567-8994


Featured Pet

Poopsie

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Poopsie came to us short term while his mom recovered from a terrible accident that smashed every bone in her face. She expected to take him back as soon as she recovered from multiple surgeries but life got hard after the accident and she has now found herself unable to care for herself let alone her 1 and a half year old, active dog.

Poopsie needs a home! He is a smart, agile, energetic, gets along well with other dogs. He is currently living in harmony with a half dozen other dogs of all ages and sizes. He likes to take the lead and would be happiest as top dog. He listens to commands and has dabbled in agility training during his stay with us. He is naturally athletic!

He would make a great dog for someone who wants a hiking companion, biking friend. Or for someone who loves to play fetch with their dog. He needs secure confinement and room to run. Although he can jump a 5 foot fence no problem he has chosen not to and will be a loyal companion when he knows he is home.

If you have a place in your home and your heart for Poopsie, please contact Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab or fill in an application

Dog Adoption

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Jake is playful. He loves to run and plays beautifully with other dogs. Gentle with people of all ages but not so good with cats....Jake would love a big fenced yard so he can chase a ball safely or play with dog friends or just hang around enjoying his home and family and visiting friends.

Jake is a very spry and active 7 year old love bug. He's neutered and current on shots. Ready for a forever family to love and to impress with his loyal devotion.

Dog Re-homing Dog Rescue

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Happy news! An amazing family has agreed to take in our Hank as a forever foster. We are thrilled that our beautiful boy has found a caring forever place to live out his days in happiness and comfort.

Because Hank is a forever foster Golden Bone will continue to pay for his medical care and any other needs he might have. We are able to continue our forever Foster program for special needs and senior dogs like Hank thanks to your generous donations and continued support. If you would like to help by donating to or sponsoring one of our forever foster dogs please click here- https://www.dogadoptionrescue.com/donations.html

If you are interested in becoming one of our angel families who provides a forever foster to a special needs or senior dog please click here - FOSTER

Working together we can help make the world a better and happier place for deserving dogs like Hank.

Hank had a gorgeous life till his mom became near fatally ill. She has recovered but has come through with a life threatening sensitivity to the pathogens of living with animals. Hank cannot go home. He's been in caring boarding for nearly a year in Wyoming and needed to make a move from the high altitude. Hank has Pannus in his eyes (being treated with eye drops) and has very limited vision. We expect improvements at lower altitude and with regular medication. He is now in foster with us.

This sweet senior is otherwise healthy and active at 12 years old. He loves people of all ages and other dogs, makes friends quickly, plays sweetly and wants so much to bond to so someone who will love him and care for him the rest of his life. Hank is gentle and complying. He watches closely to understand what is expected of him. He is well trained, walks beautifully on a leash, will stay when he's told, come when he's called, meets strangers and other dogs gently and politely. He loves outings and travels well. Hank is happiest following his person around and he will settle wherever you are, at ready to follow your commands. He is precious.

Hank copes very well with his limited vision even in unfamiliar places. He loves being outdoors and would enjoy a spacious yard and gentle walks in nature. He doesn't like being left alone and has developed a bit of separation anxiety with all the changes he's been through but he is adaptable. He has not been destructive when left alone, just very anxious.

Hank is altered, current on shots and ready for his loving forever home.

If you have a place in your home and your heart for this very special, loving senior friend please fill out an application or via Facebook or email

goldenbone4pets@yahoo.com.

Happy news! An amazing family has agreed to take in our Hank as a forever foster. We are thrilled that our beautiful boy has found a caring forever place to live out his days in happiness and comfort.

Because Hank is a forever foster Golden Bone will continue to pay for his medical care and any other needs he might have. We are able to continue our forever Foster program for special needs and senior dogs like Hank thanks to your generous donations and continued support. If you would like to help by donating to or sponsoring one of our forever foster dogs please click here- https://www.dogadoptionrescue.com/donations.html

If you are interested in becoming one of our angel families who provides a forever foster to a special needs or senior dog please click here - FOSTER

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Working together we can help make the world a better and happier place for deserving dogs like Hank.



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Left by the side of the road at 10 weeks old with severe scabies (sarcoptic mange). These pups were brought in by animal control to be euthanized because of the very contagious nature of scabies and the severity of their infection. Our vet felt they could be saved and called to see if we could help. These pups were taken into isolation foster 4 weeks ago where they received care around the clock by their dedicated foster mom. We all had to take extreme measures to insure foster parents, their dogs and all the volunteers working with them were safe from contamination.

Today, only four weeks later these pups have had their second negative scraping which means they are no longer contagious. We will be keeping them a few more weeks to insure they do not reinfect and to work on strengthening them after their heavy round of medications.

We are accepting applications on them now and will be posting them individually over the next few weeks. Right now, we're just happy they're healthy pups.

You can keep up with their progress and learn more about these pups on our Facebook page or their Facebook page here.


Emma

Golden Bone Rescue is working to raise several hundred dollars for Emma, a Bernese Mountain dog with hip dysplasia. Treatment plans include a course of adequan which will allow us to postpone surgery until we can strengthen her back and legs. The first month will consist of loading her up once a week with the shots which cost around $50, then we will taper off to a monthly shot until we can evaluate for surgery. Without treatment she will not have the ability to bear weight on her back legs in 18 months to 2 years. We have a fantastic rate for the surgery of $400 but we want to get her strong and sturdy first.


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