Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR number: 15-124T

Type of Surrender: A clandestine puppy mill near Ankara, Turkey

Status: Adopted

Age: 2 years

Weight: 56 Pounds

Background:  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. Istanbul’s struggle with a large population of stray animals dates back more than 100 years. Some people estimate that the number of stray dogs on the city’s streets exceeds 50,000 — not including the dogs that live in the city’s 30-plus animal 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.


Welcome to Texas pretty Pecos!  Pecos is learning the rules of what it’s like to be a mature adult in a new culture but she is really smart! Pecos lived with many dogs on a crowded farm; therefore she is very socialized but she hasn’t been in a home environment with other dogs yet. She’s okay with cats but she’s not sure she likes them too close to her face so she might give them a gentle warning with a growl. Occasionally she chases in play if kitties are spooked and runs in her line of sight, but she is not aggressive to them.

Pecos is cautiously and curiously learning what fun it is to live with a Texas family in a home environment.  Regarding the tennis ball, she'll bring it back and drop it, give it back or she'll run off and play with it for a minute. She retrieves balls and sticks when she feels like it and “usually” brings them back. And then there’s that “weird” thing we Americans call a brush, she’ll tolerate a little grooming but is still unsure, it’s not her favorite though. Pecos is working on walking with a leash so she pulls a little but is getting the hang of it. She jumps when excited or needy but is still learning the ropes. Pecos begs for food every once in awhile but if she is ignored she takes the hint and goes away; seems interested in table/counter but has not stolen food. She takes treats calmly and is very good inside of the house/car and  is rather curious of the pool but hasn’t yet taken a dip due to the cool weather.

Miss Pecos she loves to give “the paw,” especially when greeting her family; if you rest your hand on her head when she wants to be petted she will twist her head and lick you until you start. She seems to have mastered "sit" and now we're working on "down", "stay", and "come. Pecos is not only a pretty girl but a pretty smart girl!

Ideal home: Pecos  has high energy in the morning and afternoon; it slowly decreases as it gets later in the day as she gets tired. Someone who is home much of the time would be ideal, a fenced yard (no invisible fence), and children in the household 8 years or over.  One or more friendly dogs in the home is desirable.  Adoptees should also live in central Texas (no out of state adoptions). Because of the high transportation cost, the adoption fee is $600.

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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