Do you remember our Golden Retrievers who flew to America a few weeks ago?
Here are 3 of them, enjoying their new home abroad! On the left is Nian Zong (now Graham). He was a little possessive of things that he would carry around in his mouth. He had a bad start in life: we think he escaped slaughter, but now his insecurities are behind him.
Huang Gua (now Gabby, top right) and Lunar (now Galloway, top left) are Golden mixes. They wouldn't have been given this chance in China (because they aren't pure Goldens) so Golden Bond Rescue opened their arms out to them both.
With your donations and the help of our partner Asian Dogs Rescue Allies, Golden Bond Rescue in Oregon kindly took these 3 and all of our Goldens who flew there.
Goldens in kennels and crates in Beijing before being shipped to the U.S.
VIDEO OF GOLDENS UNLOADING IN LA FROM BEIJING
GROUP OF GOLDENS AND VIDEO AND PICTURE OF PARK, REST STOPS AND GRAHAM AS THEY TRAVEL TO OREGON
Thank you to Golden Bond Rescue for helping transport this group of dogs!
VIDEOS OF VANS ARRIVING IN PORTLAND,
OREGON, NEW FAMILIES MEETING FOR FIRST TIME
FROM Graham’s Forever Family:
We adopted Graham, our Golden Bond 4-year-old XL Golden, because we were looking for a younger playmate for our girl, Mabel; a young, rambunctious lab, and because our old guy, Bud, just couldn’t keep up with her anymore. Graham became the perfect mix of playmate and calming influence for Mabel (and for us). He and Bud also became fast friends, as Goldens often do, and we often found them side-by-side during their naps. Unfortunately, only 2 weeks after Graham became a member of our family, our precious Bud passed. We said it was as if once he knew that once Graham was here for Mabel, Bud said “It’s OK for me to go now.”
As with many rescues, we had no background on what Graham had been through before making that long trip across the Pacific and into our home (and hearts). We were told he didn’t like anyone reaching into his kennel and had nipped at a couple of the Golden Bond volunteers during their trip from LA Airport. We were cautious but never hesitant after hearing about those issues. We have worked with rescues as fosters and knew that these pups often bring a lot of emotional baggage. Because we got that heads-up from Golden Bond, we took our bonding with him very slow, and since that first night, he has become Velcro dog to both me and my husband, snuggling on the couch, laying at our feet, or trying to climb into our recliner with us, because like most pups, he has absolutely no regard for personal space, and has no idea how big he is.
Graham came into our lives at just the right moment. He is a mixture of puppy and laid back Golden, which is the perfect balance to our wild Mabel girl. They play and snuggle, and he sometimes lets her know when enough is enough. He’s smart as a whip, has discovered a love for strawberry tops and my homemade doggie treats. We are thankful that he came into our lives and are looking forward to many wonderful, happy years ahead.