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Della Golden Retriever & Great Pyrenees Mix Kiowa, OK

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
  • Golden


Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs.
Prefers a home without

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Meet Della

Della's Story
-By Della, a 5-year-old, 102lb female Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix.

I am not like the others. At least I didn't use to be. I actually had a home and was loved. I was spoiled and someone's baby girl. My owner took me for walks, my owner took me on trips, and my owner gave me lots of yummy treats. In return, I was always waiting for them to come home. I was always ready to give them a kiss and would greet them with a wagging tail. Sometimes in the evening, we would go into the yard and play. I would run zoomies around my owner and they would jump around too trying to avoid me. After zooming around for a bit I would turn my course and go straight for my owner and all but jump in their arms! It was one of my favorite games. All was as it should be. It had always been us and it always would least that is what I thought.

It was a day like any other. My owner woke up, I followed them around the house, we went out to potty...or rather I did..then we came back in and my owner fed me. There was something off about my owner that morning but at the time I couldn't figure out what. I decided not to worry. Afterward, we went on a short walk, and then instead of settling back in for the day, my owner started getting the car ready. I was always a fan of road trips, so I was excited. I eagerly hopped in the car and off we went. I was trying to guess where we were going but was also happy to just be along for the ride. We ended up arriving at the animal shelter. I know about it since I had a few of my doggie friends come from one. I finally figured out the surprise! My owner was adopting a friend for me, I would soon have a brother or sister!!! I happily walked into the building and was looking around. I kept looking at my owner, waiting for him to finish that paperwork so we could go welcome a new member to our little family. After signing the paperwork, my owner handed my leash to the shelter staff. I thought that was strange, was he letting me find my new sibling all alone? (This is called denial folks, on a deeper level I started to realize something was wrong.) When my owner gave me a kiss and head rub and started to walk away, that is when I knew. That is when I knew that my owner would leave me alone and that I wouldn't be getting a sibling. That is when I felt a crushing pain. I watched my whole life walk away. I didn't even know what to do. I just watched. I watched them get into the car, and I watched them drive away before I was taken to my new room. It wasn't much of a room, just a small kennel that would only temporarily be mine. There were soo many dogs and I heard the shelter staff talking about how some tough decisions were going to have to be made. Since I didn't have an owner coming for me, I was at risk. I must have made an impression on the shelter staff though because they fought for me. They fought for me when my owner didn't. They reached out to this rescue hoping that they could take me in. A foster family stepped up and before I knew it I was on my way to a new beginning.

I am used to being spoiled and I want that again. I want to be inside and I want to be right next to you all the time. I am on the laid-back side and spend most of the day sleeping. I have not shown any interested in playing with toys and am uninterested in playing fetch. I am usually most playful when outside. When I get excited I still love to do the zoomies, and will try to play with you like I used to with my owners. I will sometimes come crashing right into you, so definitely need an owner who can handle that kind of play. I don't do it all the time, but when I do I am running free with my tongue hanging out and wearing the biggest smile! I do tire quickly though, after a good play session with you, I will make my way to the door to go in. If you take too long, no worries. I will open the door myself. Yep, you read that right! I can open the sliding door on my own, a pretty nifty trick right?!

Once inside, I am a total angel(then again I always am ;).) I am potty trained, but not kennel trained. The reason being is that I do wonderful with having free roam of the house. Even if my foster family is away, I can be trusted not to destroy anything or have accidents in the house. I may look Golden but I have a lot of Great Pyrenees traits. One of those traits is that I can be vocal. I will bark at the TV if I hear something strange and will bark when the other dogs do. If I see something off outside I will also bark, I take my role as guardian very seriously! Oh, and I almost forgot...I am not a fan of Alexa and will bark at her too! It is just unnatural for her to be living in the radio! While my house manners are good, I do not feel like an apartment would be my best match. I LOVE to do zoomies outside, I don't do them all the time but I still want the chance to do them whenever I feel like it. I am also a bigger girl and on the more vocal side which usually doesn't always sit well with neighbors.

Speaking of neighbors, while they may not enjoy my barking I am still happy to say hello to them! I am friendly to all, and will happily give them tail wags...and a select few will even get a kiss! I do well with other dogs and am friendly with them. I haven't engaged in play with them yet so may not be the best fit if you are looking for an actual playmate for your other dog. I have met the cats and I do not appreciate their teasing remarks. I will try to give chase to tell them what I think about their snide remarks but my foster won't let me. While I have never hurt a cat, she keeps us seperated just in case since I am quite interested in them. That works just fine for me though, if the cats want to be rude I don't need them in my life. I have not been around any super young kids but believe I would do fine with them. Perhaps, they should be on the older side though because I am a big girl and while I am a sweetheart sometimes forget my size. For example, my foster was sitting on the couch and talking to me. I got so excited that I ended up jumping in her lap! I don't see myself as a 100lb+ dog and rather a small little lap dog. Another time, I got excited and wanted to give my foster mom a hug but while I would like to say I am gentle and graceful...I am more uncoordinated and kinda forceful with my hugs. I will give you a kiss though to try and make up for it.

I never ever saw the betrayal coming from my owner. I am sure they had their reasons and for whatever reason didn't see that I was worth fighting for after 5 long years with them. I hope that things go well for them and that their life has somehow improved now that they let their best friend go. However, I don't think that I can ever forgive them. That is the kind of betrayal that cuts deep, and then to know I could lose my life and still leave hurts. While I never wanted it..never expected it to go this way at least now I have a chance of finding what will hopefully be my forever home and not just an "until" home.

If you are looking for a big and lovable girl to make you smile and be your loyal companion, I hope to see you apply to adopt me at

Once you have submitted your application, it will be sent on to my foster family for consideration.

I am being fostered in Sand Springs, OK but please don't worry if you are out of state. I am okay with traveling. I ride well in the car and would totally be up for making some food stops along the way ;)

My adoption fee is $250.00.

That will include my DHLPP, Rabies, and Bordetella. I will be micro-chipped, have a fecal done, be de-wormed, be spayed/neutered, and will be current on heart-worm and flea/tick prevention

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