Saturday, July 2, 2011

Angels Among Us

Arlin the GREAT! #600
Today, my mom went to rescue the 600th Golden Retriever for G.R.E.A.T Rescue. His name is Arlin and she came home and told me all about him! He was found on the interstate and was being held by Animal Control. He is approximately 11 years old. When my mom went to pick him up, she was taken aback by his appearance. He stood in front of her, shaking and cowering. His coat was filthy and brittle, his eyes had discharge, and his tail remained between his legs. On the way out to the car, Arlin crept very slowly....near the ground. He was scared of everything...especially noises and sudden movements. However, when my mom and Arlin reached our car - he jumped right in and sat down.

They then began the ride to the rescue Vet. Arlin watched out the back window the entire way. Once there, my mom said she sat in the backseat with Arlin for about 30 minutes. She told him he was a "good boy" and that he was safe and sound. When it was time to take him in to the Vet, she was able to take him in through the back entrance to ensure a more peaceful setting. While the girls at the Vet reviewed the paperwork and prepared to take him back for treatment, my mom said she sat down on the floor with Arlin. At that moment, he gingerly put his paw on her arm and lowered his if to say "Thank You - I'll be OK". He had become less fearful and even began wagging his tail. Arlin has definitely endured a rough life, but his Golden Spirit remains evident! Arlin will be a wonderful, loyal companion for someone very soon!


  1. So nice to meet y'all!! We love the good work you're involved in!!

    Boondocks and The Love Shack Pack

  2. Hello!!! I happened onto your blog and your post touched my heart this morning. We've been involved with Golden Ret. rescue for about 12 years now, and take in the senior Goldens. It's so sad when any Golden loses their home, but it's such a comfort to know that there are those like you out there to help these precious pups like Arlin find their way.

    I hope you're having a good weekend, and I hope Arlin is doing well!

  3. Arlin you have the beautiful senior doggie face. I am happy you are in a safe and loving home. Doggie lives are way to short to be spent in fear and unpleasant conditions.

    Yeah 600 rescues is absolutely pawsome!!!