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Golden Rescue: Welcome Sam & Missy

Good morning! I have a heartwarming story to share today.


Back in February I shared that my parents lost their golden Sam. We were all heartbroken over the loss but my parents knew that after a grieving period they wanted to adopt again. I don’t ever remember a time when we didn’t have at least one dog when I was growing up. It was usually two and at one point, three (a boston terrier, a golden and a big loveable mutt…imagine that combo!).

I haven’t seen my parents since Christmas so I was very excited about this visit to not only see them but also to meet their new pups. Yes, you read that right…pups plural!


Meet Sam and Missy. My parents adopted them from the Golden Retriever Rescue of Birmingham. They are eight years old. Their owner passed away and his family put them in a kennel for two months before finally deciding to surrender them to the rescue. They lived with a foster family for two weeks before going home with my parents. My parents didn’t plan on getting two dogs but when they went to Birmingham to visit several different dogs, these two stole their hearts.


And how serendipitous is it that the male is named Sam? He’s a big, beautiful boy and weighs about 85 pounds. He’s very loving and playful. He immediately made himself at home with my parents.


It took Missy a little more time to adjust but she’s doing great now. She’s not as forward as Sam about asking for attention but loves it when you give it to her! She’s a big girl and weighs 93 pounds. My dad said at one point her vet records show she was over 120 so he’s been actively working to help her get to a healthy weight.


They have it made living at the beach! My dad walks them at least four times a day…7 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m…and usually an extra walk around 1 p.m. It’s great for the dogs and for my dad. I got him a fitness tracker for Christmas and they usually walk 5-7 miles a day total!


My parents live in a condo development on the beach and the pups have quickly become ambassadors of the place. They get tons of attention from both residents and vacationers. (This is Missy.)


I’m so happy for my parents and for these two gorgeous goldens! I am inspired by my parents strength in adopting senior dogs. It’s truly an amazing thing that they do. Just like Sam, these two pups deserve happiness, love and lots of walks and attention and I know they will have a great life with my mom and dad.

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  • Erika White June 11, 2015, 12:00 pm

    This warms my heart!!! Good for your parents for adopting! 🙂

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:34 am

      I know! They are amazing!

  • Allison June 11, 2015, 12:04 pm

    You have no idea how happy it makes me to know these to babes have a good, loving home. Thank you so very much for making your readers aware that adopting dogs saves their lives! xoxoxo

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:35 am

      You are so welcome. I’m so glad that my parents are adopt from the golden rescues and it’s something I am hoping to become involved with in the future as well! 🙂

  • Mary June 11, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Ah!!! They are SO cute! I think its great when people adopt two pets at a time, it really helps with the adjustment period and socializing…. The no kill shelter where we got our cat does this awesome deal where if you are over 55, and adopt an animal over 5 years old, the adoption fee is $5. AND it’s always adopt an animal, get one free. PLUS they have vets in the building, where they make sure the animals are fixed and up to date on all shots etc. It’s an amazing organization.

  • Kate June 11, 2015, 12:33 pm

    This made my day! It’s wonderful that your parents not only took in a senior dog, but TWO! You are good people. 🙂

  • Alexa @ The Mindful Maritimer June 11, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Oh my gosh how cute!
    My first dog was a golden retriever and my parents got her when I was baby so we grew up together. When she passed it was so hard but we ended up getting yet again another golden and she’s been amazing. They are my favorite breed by far <3

  • Renee June 11, 2015, 12:38 pm

    This makes me so happy. I adopted a seven-ish year old Golden from a shelter about a year ago. Best decision ever. So happy for these pups and your parents…. I love a good adoption story!

  • JennyV June 11, 2015, 12:56 pm

    How wonderful for both Sam & Missy and your parents!! What a gift!

  • Ashley N. June 11, 2015, 1:10 pm

    This is so special! It’s so nice to see senior dogs move into a loving home, especially a pair! My mom has always had black labs for as long as I can remember. She has two now, Simon & Henry and I feel like they’re my kids! 🙂 There is nothing like the love from a dog, it’s unreal!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 11, 2015, 11:01 pm

      So true!

  • Hannah June 11, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Your parents are AMAZING! What a wonderful gift to give those sweet pups. This warms my heart and made my day 🙂

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:36 am

      Thanks Hannah! I think it’s pretty special too.

  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks June 11, 2015, 1:33 pm

    What a lovely story! And those goldens have a gorgeous hue..

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:36 am

      Dani – I wish you could reach through the screen and feel their coats. They are GORGEOUS!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers June 11, 2015, 1:35 pm

    So glad your parents were able to give those two gorgeous dogs a loving home! <3

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:37 am

      Me too Julie! They are the sweetest! (All of them…the pups and my parents! 🙂 )

  • Allie June 11, 2015, 1:38 pm

    This is incredible and so heart-warming. Reading this post made me tear up! Love goldens <3

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:37 am

      Thanks Allie! I am so happy to share the story!

  • lauren June 11, 2015, 2:49 pm

    how sweet are they!! adopting a pet is so noble, my husband and i could NOT be happier with our choice to adopt our sweet girl ruby. even though she got skunked last night 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins June 11, 2015, 11:03 pm

      Oh no!!

  • Cassie Tran June 11, 2015, 3:07 pm

    So cute! Congratulations!

  • Jess June 11, 2015, 4:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Our family recently lost our sweet Olde English Bulldog, Georgia, and I read this post with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. All dogs deserve a loving family. I’m so happy these two sweet souls found their way to your parents!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 11, 2015, 11:07 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that. I think both sides equally benefitted from the adoption!

  • amy June 11, 2015, 4:14 pm

    they are so sweet!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 11, 2015, 11:08 pm

      We think so too 🙂

  • Bonnie June 11, 2015, 4:27 pm

    This is the second one of your posts that has made me tear up (the first was about Sam). These babies are beautiful and your parents are simply awesome. I am so happy knowing that they will have a lovely life at the beach. 🙂

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:38 am

      Thank you Bonnie! This whole exchange makes me so happy too. It’s perfect for all of them…pups and parents!

  • Jackie June 11, 2015, 5:28 pm

    Jen I love this! As a fellow golden owner this melts my heart. Your parents are such loving, awesome people to adopt these two pups. I hope to adopt another golden some day when I have a larger home.

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:38 am

      Thanks Jackie! And as a mom to two goldens, let me share that two are better than one! 🙂

  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life June 11, 2015, 9:51 pm

    They are both so beautiful and look like they will give and receive lots of love 🙂

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:39 am

      These dogs get no shortage of attention! 🙂

  • Janelle June 11, 2015, 10:02 pm

    Jen you look SO much like your dad! I had to do a double take of that one picture of him because I was shocked how much of you I see in him! Love it

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:42 am

      Haha! When we were growing up everyone always said I was a clone of my dad and never that I looked like my mom. As I’ve gotten older I look more like her but still mostly my dad’s kid! 🙂

  • Janelle @ Wholly Healthy June 12, 2015, 2:45 am

    This is so awesome. They both look so happy out with your dad!

  • Meghan @ getoffyourbuttandrun June 12, 2015, 7:14 am

    That is so wonderful your parents adopted two older dogs! Every dog deserves a home no matter what age they are. The next time we adopt we plan on getting an older dog as well. Have a great weekend!

    • Jen June 13, 2015, 11:43 am

      I know! There is a lot to be said for adopting older dogs. They’re calm, mostly trained and super sweet! Perfect for a smaller home or a home without kids or a lot of activity.

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