What do you say about a pet that comes into your life when you don’t expect it? After mourning the loss of our beloved golden retriever about a year before, we never thought another dog could come into our life and make us as happy as we had been. But, we had to try — our house without a golden retriever is a lonely place. We submitted our adoption papers and told immediately it would be a very long wait due to a shortage of goldens and so many applications. That’s OK, we were willing to wait. Then, out of the blue, we got a call saying there was a dog who needed just the right home. His owner had died and he had never really been socialized, living in a trailer. His name is Irish. He is a 6-year-old male who exhibited high anxiety and was not doing well in some foster homes with other dogs. We knew Irish needed us and we needed him. Being retired we had the time and commitment to bring Irish back to a loving, socialized and calm existence. Yes, oh yes, we were eager to accept the foster-to-adopt program and bring Irish to our home. It just happened that day was March 17, 2016, St. Patrick’s Day. It was meant to be with a name like Irish.

Our Golden Bond contact for Irish, Jody, was more than committed to making sure Irish was put in a good home. She had obviously grown very attached to him and wanted to make sure it was a good fit. The day she brought him to our home he immediately came to us, tail in the air wagging at broad speed, a smile on his face and excitement galore. We had found our new family member. From the day we got Irish we could hardly wait for 2 weeks to adopt him. On April 3, 2016 he became a permanent member of our family. He has given us years of joy, companionship and unconditional love. Taking him places like the beach, the farm to run, long walks and car rides were a joy for all of us – from the first day to the last.

Irish was the love of the neighborhood. Whenever we would go to the mailbox or out for a walk he would look around to see if anyone was out to say HI. He loved everyone and everyone loved him.

We have never experienced such a common companionship bond as with Irish. We needed him as much as he needed us.

What do you say about a pet that comes into your life when you didn’t expect it? You say THANK YOU GOLDEN BOND RESCUE for finding us Irish. We will be applying with Golden Bond again in the near future.

Peace be with you Irish – you will always be in our hearts.