Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR Number: 17-084

Type of Surrender: Stray from Palm Valley Animal Center

Status: Available

Age:  10

Weight: 95

Leo has been in a GRR foster home getting healthy for a while now, so we know much about him.  He is one of sweetest, gentle Goldens you can find…..and he’s quite handsome.

Leo has some lower-back issues, but he’s fine as long as he doesn't push it. Leo is not a jogging partner but he needs regular walks and moderate exercise.  He’s great on leash and his foster dad walks him twice a day, about 20 mins each time.

Personality: Now on to Leo's wonderful personality and  nearly impeccable behavior. He is completely housebroken and can be trusted to be left alone when no one is home. He LOVES other dogs, but may be a cat chaser, but his foster is unsure about that. He's a good car rider, but does need assistance getting in and out. Alas, he doesn't retrieve and has not had the opportunity to try out his swimming. He ddoes not retrieve, but he loves to play and is very gentle. He's very good on the leash and stays in a perfect "heel." He's very high energy on his walks.

Leo is very well-behaved in the house and around other people, especially after he has had a chance to get over the initial excitement of meeting someone. He gets excited when it's meal time and may urge you to hurry up with a little bark during meal prep time.

He loves to be brushed and to get any kind of attention you are willing to offer. Overall, his foster dad describe him as calm and sweet - a people lover - as well as liking other dogs.

Ideal Home: Since Leo loves attention and people, it would be nice if his forever family had someone who was home all day for him. Leo would not be a good match for someone who's looking for a jogging companion. He is strong now and very happy with neighborhood walks and light trail hiking. The most important thing for his forever family to know is to be careful lifting / putting him in a car. He shouldn't jump up or down, as a caution. His foster dad tries to help him down and give him a soft landing spot, if possible. If he ever needs a medical procedure with anesthesia, the owner should caution the vet staff to be gentle lifting him.


Leo Update - 10/26/17

Leo is coming along just fine. He's added some much needed weight since coming in to GRR because he is taking steroids to follow up his heartworm treatment. He's got a great appetite and loves his treats. Even though he's eating more and gaining weight, he's still nice and fit. Leo is also recovering well from a respiratory infection he came to his foster home with, with a just a bit of coughing now and then.

Leo may be a big boy, but he's very gentle when he plays, not even daring to "play-bite." He loves the attention he gets when he plays and, oh boy, does he REALLY love to be brushed! He's got a lot of energy (which is what keeps him in such good shape). Leo gets very excited to go for a walk, but is very sweet and calm once the walking starts. Leo has become a shadow to his foster dad, following him everywhere he goes.


When Leo came to GRR after being picked up as a stray in McAllen, he was a sick young boy. He had a cough and upper respiratory infection. While sweet and loving, he was very lethargic and didn’t eat much, weighing in at 44 pounds. The poor guy’s ear flaps are scarred and he had an ear infection, which is something he may continue to have issues with. Leo did test positive for heartworm, so he will not be available till November after he’s completed his treatments.

Personality: Here we are 3-4 weeks later and Leo has gained 16 pounds and is feeling much better! Leo has begun to thrive in his foster home where he is in loving hands. He’s not had one accident the house, which means he is trusted to be left alone in the house rather than crated when no one is home. He’s very laid back in the house, enjoying just being able to chill. Such a change from life on the streets! Leo barks a little when his foster dad leaves the house, but when he realizes that dad will be back, he calms down.

Leo gets excited when it’s dinner time and will give foster dad a little verbal encouragement to hurry up during dinner prep. Once the chef has served him his meal, he calms down and eats very gently. He’s still a bit lethargic, so he hasn’t felt up to a lot of play, although he does have moments when a little rough-housing seems in order.

Leo is nice and calm in the car and is excellent on the leash, staying right by his foster dad’s heel. When he’s walking, he seems to be able to muster up a lot of energy. He loves his walks! He tolerates having a bath outside in the yard, probably because all that rubbing and scrubbing feels good on his skin!

Leo is an affectionate boy and his foster dad says he has an outstanding personality. He’s beginning to learn the basic commands like sit and stay and he comes when he is called. He absolutely loves people and is tolerant and trusting around children.

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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