Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR Number: 19-019

Type of Surrender: Owner Turn In

Status: Available Soon

Age: 11-12

Weight: 70 (needs to lose about 5 pounds)

"The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, "Na, na, la, na, na, la"

Well, technically Dixie was driven UP from the Mexican border but GRR folks WERE singing, and bells WERE ringing because Dixie had been slated for euthanasia, but that all changed once she was in GRR’s loving arms.

Dixie’s transport angel noticed that Dixie was wearing a little green card around her neck with a heart pierced by a sword and the words, in Spanish, “Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” She consulted a Catholic friend, who told her, "What Dixie is wearing is part of a scapular, which is something worn around the neck [typically two cards connected by a string], serving to remind the wearers of their commitment to live a Christlike life ... she only has one end of the Scapular, so presumably the person who put it there has the other end. Also, some might wear it as a form of protection...our Mother will take care of us. Basically, it sounds like they want the love of Mary to be with her.” Her transport angel said, “Not being a Catholic myself, I looked up ‘green scapular’ and read that it also ‘carries a promise of a happy death for Catholics.’”  We think that Dixie’s family loved her very much, could not afford to care for her at the end of her life, and put this card around her neck to bless her on her way. The biggest blessing? No signs of cancer whatsoever!

Personality: Dixie is an absolute darling and she settled right in to foster home. She is a total Velcro gal, sticking right by her foster's hip when fiddling around the yard. She does have some significant issues on smooth surfaces. She can hold herself upright, but it takes her a bit to get her legs under her. Dixie has osteoarthritis and is on medication to help with pain management.

Dixie freely roams the house and greets everyone she meets with a big smile (she has a beautiful smile) and wagging tail. Her foster home has a houseful of dogs already and she came right in to the midst of it all without a problem.

She was a little nervous in the car, but this is probably stress related and takes some getting used to. Dixie pulls a bit on the leash and is actually better without it! She doesn’t seem to be a “retrieving” retriever. Her foster thinks she may have trouble seeing the ball. She hasn’t interacted with other toys yet, but she is still getting used to her knew home. Right now, she is much more people-focused.

Her foster mom says she has no bad habits – “she is a creampuff.”

Ideal Home: Her forever family could be anyone who values a true Golden Gem. She is perfect. She may require a home with more carpet than hardwood or tile, since she has trouble getting up and down. Dixie just needs to be love and be loved for the rest of her life.



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