Red River

Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR number: 15-133T

Type of Surrender: Istanbul puppy mill

Sponsored by:  Red River is being co-sponsored by Lisa, David & Emily Savage, in memory of Goldie Savage and by Bob and Leigh Tate.

Status: Medical Hold

Age: 8-9 years

Weight: 65 lbs.



Red River is the portrait of calm, cool and collected.  Unlike some other Goldens who show their “over the top” excitement at being GRR rescues, Red River maintains his calm adult Golden composure.  He continues to reveal in pets, rubs and any and all expressions of love.   Indeed, he is the ‘poster boy’ for an adult Golden!

But relaxed as he is, he really LOVES to go on long walks.  He can be a speed walker too if you want.  He is not a barker, in fact the only time he has barked is when his dinner was not delivered as promptly as it could have been.  He merely gave a soft “Roo-Roo”-Bark as a gentle hurry up reminder.   He shows his appreciation for his newfound care, which is profoundly different that his prior life in a puppy mill.  Now he even gets car rides, and he has demonstrated he has very good car manners.

He has proven himself to be trustworthy inside the house (pantry door closed).  Now he has his own doggy bed, probably for the first time in his life.  He sleeps though the night and is totally house trained.  He even ventures outside in the rain when nature calls.   He seldom jumps, even when excited and is very gentle with children.


This sweet gorgeous guy will stay by your side, love you unconditionally and never leave you lonely.   He would love to be your only dog but he’s good with other dogs too, he just seems to prefer his human companions.  So if you want a BFF, he’s your guy!

(Red River is part of the Turkish Golden Rescue Program which carry a $600 adoption fee.  Click below to learn more about this fascinating program.)


Personality: Red River is the picture of calm, cool and collected.  While other Goldens were showing their “over the top” excitement in being GRR rescues, Red River showed his adult Golden composure as he very gratefully acknowledged the constant pets and rubs awarded him since arrival in Texas.  He just loves to be scratched on his back and practically goes into a trance when he is being petted.  To announce that he is ready for pets and back rubs, he will walk halfway between your legs as a very direct hint!

By all accounts, Red River appears to be the poster boy for an adult Golden, since he relaxes when he has the opportunity, is the ultimate quiet companion, and lives to be where his humans are.

But make no mistake, he does LOVE to go on walks.  And can he ever walk! The only time so far that he has barked is when his supper was taking longer to prepare than he could stand! He gave a “Roo-Roo-Bark” as a gentle hurry up! He actively shows appreciation for the newfound care, so radically different than his life in the puppy mill. In the short time since his arrival, he has behaved admirably in the foster’s house with other dogs as well, acclimating to the crew with calm self-assurance.

Red River now has his own doggy bed, likely for the first time in his life, and he loves it. He sleeps through the night, and is house trained, even venturing outside in the rain when nature calls. He is a very good car rider, and his foster was quick to point out that Red River did not try to sit in the driver’s seat like several past rescue pups. Great manners.

Every Golden has their own unique personality. Red River is the epitome of a gentle, intelligent adult companion, and is ready to shower some lucky family with his deep appreciation for a new forever home. 

Ideal home: Red River would most like a quiet home life, which includes regular walks and sharing quiet times with you. A home with multiple dogs is fine, but no word yet on Red River’s feelings for cats. More details to come as he interacts with his GRR foster parents.

 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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