Congratulations on your choice to adopt a Golden Retriever from the Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue.  You have made a decision that will change your life and that of this trusting, intelligent and special dog.  We appreciate your interest in this particular breed.  We hope that you will take a few days to get acquainted with your new family member and let him/her become comfortable with you.  Most likely the Golden’s contact with humans has not been all positive, however, Goldens are still trusting and always wish for the best.   Be sure to have fun with your Golden.  They need exercise and interaction with their humans.  Goldens are family oriented dogs and want to be with their humans as much as possible.   If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What Is A Golden Retriever?

The Golden was developed in Scotland and England in the late 19th Century for the purpose of retrieving wildfowl on land and water.  Its physical characteristics and its willing, adaptable, trainable nature have also fitted it for usefulness in many other endeavors.  The Golden Retriever is a “natural” dog, needing no surgical alteration to ear or tail, and no exotic grooming, to keep it looking characteristic of breed (as opposed to some terriers, poodles, etc.).  The Golden Retriever has a normal canine structure without distortions of leg, jaw or tail and is characteristically a health, sturdy, adaptable animal.  Basic grooming for a Golden Retriever should take no more than twenty to thirty minutes a week.

The Golden Retriever is in many ways quite a unique breed.  As a whole, they’re probably more suited to more people than any other breed and thus have increased tremendously in popularity in the past few years.

How Your Rescued Golden Retriever May Feel?

“Where am I and who are these People?”  Imagine being air-dropped, alone, into a strange country where nothing is familiar, you do not know anyone, the rules of acceptable behavior are unknown and you cannot speak the language…….”  This is how your new dog feels.  Please give him/her some time to feel like a member of the family versus a visitor.  Your new Golden is unsure whether this is his home forever, or just another stop along the way.  Your reassurance will help him.

Recommended Reading:

These following are some books that might help your family and your new Golden adapt to each other.

  • Second Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet by Carol Lea Benjamin.
  • Save That Dog: Adopting a Purebred Rescue Dog by Liz Palika.
  • Second Start: Creative Rehoming for Dogs by Jacqueline O’Neille.
  • Saved: A Guide to Success With Your Shelter Dog by Myrna L. Papurt, M.L. Paupert.
  • The Adoption Option: Choosing and Raising the Shelter Dog for You by Eliza Rubenstein.
  • Childproofing Your Dog: Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life by Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson.

All of these books are very inexpensive and may be found at or a local bookstore.