Colleen crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 18, 2018
Colleen’s Success Story:
We have had Colleen for about 6 months now. She came from Taiwan in Sept 2016 and is somewhere between 8 – 10 years old. One of the most surprising things about her is that we were able to establish communication via Facebook with the shelter center in Taiwan that sent her to the U.S. They sent 40 pictures of Colleen right after she came into their center. It has been interesting corresponding with them and sending them updated pics from us.
Colleen has been a great dog for us. Teaching her English words vs. Chinese has been interesting! When we got her she had a bad bladder infection and after 3 different meds, she is fine now. We always wonder what kind of life she had in Taiwan. It seems she was a “puppy producer” mainly and no telling where she was headed once this was complete. We think she was chained up a lot because she has a scar all the way around her neck, not visible now because her fur has grown out a lot.
We have her on supplements due to her bad arthritis. She moves slow. But all these issues are okay – she has had a tough life and our goal is to provide a safe, loving environment for her the remaining years she has. We spoil her pretty bad! She is not used to affection but we provide plenty of that! She was used to isolation, that is evident. She had a “bubble” but we helped her get beyond this! She was not used to being a normal dog in many regards. Who has ever heard of a Golden that doesn’t know what to do with a ball?! We think she was “trained” also not to bark. We have heard her bark once and that’s it.
Adopting a senior Golden may seem to some to be a burden – we see it as a privilege to provide a quality life for these wonderful dogs who may have had a challenging life. Yes, there are some issues you have to work through, but it’s all worth it. To gently hold her head in your hands and see the comfort and love in her eyes is all worth it! Thank you GBR!
Colline was adopted October 30, 2016
Hi everyone here in the United States and Canada! I am Colline (#2728) a 9-year old female from Taiwan with a very sweet face who is trying hard to learn English and the ways of a normal dog. I have a permanent scar around my neck so it is thought I spent most of my adult life chained to one place to be a mama to many puppies. I was rescued in Taiwan from a shelter so we do not know my background and I would rather leave that all behind anyway and forget it.
My foster home is helping me learn how to be a normal dog. I am learning and doing well on house training, I am crate trained but now enjoy the comfort and freedom of a dog bed. The first 3 to 4 days I spent entirely on the bed, only going out when I needed to potty or eat
probably because this is all I knew, but now love the freedom of the house. I do sleep very nicely on my dog bed through the night and get up in the morning first thing to potty.
I get along with dogs and the people in Taiwan said I was fine with cats too but I have not seen one here. But I don’t have a lot of umph to chase one if I wanted to. I do have mobility issues as shown by x-rays of my hips and spine which show a lot of arthritis so I will need to be on supplements for this the rest of my life. I am currently on Previcox. I even limp a little on one front leg but not much. I can do a few stairs; my foster home just has two and if helped I can walk up and down a ramp into the car. I ride well in the car and am very quiet and good with the other dogs in this foster home.
The biggest and best thing I want to tell you about myself is that I am a sweetheart, a love, a kind soul, a endearing little dog of only about 63 pounds. I tell you all these nice things about myself because this is what my foster mom tells me all the time and wanted me to share with you. I love my life now as I have it, my home is quiet and calm, there are 4 other dogs here and we all get along very well. They are all older like myself so not real playful but then I am told I am so open to new things and learn so quickly that I think if I were with a playful dog, not pushy or too over the top, I would like that. So if you are looking for a dear older girl I hope you will think about me. I am pretty nice as you can see.
Loves to you all, Colline
Adoption fee: $200 plus $35 microchip fee