Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

Gender: Male

GRR number: 15-130T

Type of Surrender: Animal Shelter in Istanbul, Turkey

Status: Adopted

Age: 4 years

Weight: (# lbs, followed by ideal weight if dog needs to lose or gain)

Personality: In the largest international rescue by any rescue group in Texas, Gold Ribbon Rescue is rescuing and rehoming orphaned Golden Retrievers from Turkey.  Most of these Goldens have been living on the streets of Istanbul, some in overcrowded shelters. Volunteers at many Istanbul shelters are working with Gold Ribbon Rescue as well as other golden retriever rescue groups in the US to help give these dogs a better life, including finding love and affection, a home to live in, needed medical care and a cushion to sleep on.

A note from Travis’ new family:

“On the Sunday the Turkey Goldens were to arrive, I was so excited to meet my new boy, I arrived an hour early at the meeting place! I sat there thinking about what he would be like. Would he be house trained? Would he get along with our other three? So, so excited! When I finally met him, he was more interested in the snacks everyone was offering, going potty, and generally sniffing everything in sight.

Once we reached Dripping Springs though, Travis and I had the first real chance of spending some one-on-one time, with him eating, us going for some walks, and me sitting in his pen with him. After he realized I kept coming back to him, he would lay in his pen and watch the door to see when I returned from helping the others. When he would see me, his eyes would light up and he would get really excited. The rest of that Monday we spent bonding and letting him know that I was always going to be there for him. We even got on TV when KVUE came that day. I got all teary eye! d talking about him on camera, not one of my finer moments.

There have been many “new” things that evidently Travis has never experienced. The automatic garage door opener is one. I push the button to open and he sits there and thinks I do magic by opening it. He is also intrigued by the dishwasher and the pantry. Everyday seems to be something new he learns about. With this though, comes some bad habits. We have caught him a few times counter surfing and pulling stuff out of the trash. He is learning though, that these actions are not acceptable. It is hard though to punish him when he sits there with those puppy dog eyes and looks at you as to say “I love you Daddy”. He follows me all over the house; lays out in the family room when I watch TV, or lays outside my home office when I work in there. Wherever he can keep an eye on me is where he is. He is truly a special boy.

That 24 hours spent picking up, and then working with, the new Texan Goldens, has forever made an impact on my life. It was such a wonderful sight to see all of those Golden smiles and their tails that were wagging a million miles an hour. It made all the lack of sleep and hard work worth it, and I would do it all over again - in a heartbeat. Travis has overcome many obstacles to make it this far, and now that he has, he will forever be a part of the Smith family. Welcome home Travis!”

Ideal home: Travis is with his forever home!

“To learn about the adoption process and complete an application, click here.   We do not guarantee the availability of the dog that you have expressed interest in as it may be matched to another waiting family.  However, there are always new dogs available as rescue is dynamic.  We appreciate your interest in adopting a rescued golden.”

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