Happy Tail: An emaciated Golden Retriever becomes a beloved pet

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After their 11-year-old Golden Retriever developed an auto-immune disease, the Haught family of Loveland, OH, realized their dog would only be with them for a short time longer.

adopted golden retriever photo

Read Sawyer’s adoption story in mom Kristen Haught’s own words.

“We knew we wanted another dog to help ease the blow when our beloved Silence would be gone, so we turned to Petfinder, knowing we wanted to rescue,” Kristen Haught says.

They weren’t in a hurry, so they browsed Petfinder for several months — but then when they saw Rigsby’s photo, they knew their search was over. They called Miami County Animal Shelter in Troy, OH, and made arrangements to meet him.

“When he came out, his tail was wagging a mile a minute and he was so
happy to see us,” Kristen says. “He was emaciated and had several cuts
on his legs. He couldn’t stop licking the kids and rubbing up against
them like he was a cat.” They adopted him and renamed him Sawyer.


“From the very first night, he has slept with my oldest daughter in her
bed and sometimes we can’t find her because she has a golden blanket
covering her,” Kristen says. And sometimes, when Sawyer gets tuckered
out, he goes onto the bed by himself.

The Haughts think Sawyer might have been mistreated in his former life
because of some of the fears he has, but he’s now safe with them, and
his life has turned golden.

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