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Our First Golden Retriever Foster Dog

My wife and I have started fostering Golden Retrievers.  To be a foster parent all you have to do is provide love and food and help them find a new and loving home.  You can go to to look at all of the dogs that need new homes.  You can also sign up to be a foster parent their too.  This is a great thing to do.  You get to help dogs that need love and a little help and you get all the affection a dog can give.

Would you like to help a Golden in Need by Fostering?  GBGRR needs caring, patient and responsible Golden lovers to join our foster home team by opening their homes and their hearts to our rescue Goldens.  A key component to our Rescue program is the foster home.  The principle behind fostering is to provide the dogs entrusted to our care with a home environment to expedite their mental and/or physical rehabilitation and to evaluate their habits and behavior.  This allows GBGRR to place the dog with the new family and improve the chances of lifelong enjoyment of the dog and the new family.  Click here to read our most frequently asked questions about fostering.  Also, click here for 10 great reasons to foster a Golden.  If you would like to open your heart and home to a Golden in need or have additional questions about fostering, please give us a call at (281) 480-4942 or email to  

This is Chevis' Bio and I will keep you updated on his progress.

Hi, my name is Chevis, but my foster Mom calls me Chevy Chase because I am a handsome, sweet clown!  I came to Houston from Louisiana Humane Society.  I am approximately 3 years old, very well behaved and have not had an  accident in the house.  I figured that doggie door out day one!  I know how to sit and love tennis balls.  I get along great with other dogs. I am current on vaccinations and will be going to the vet on 6/20/07 to be neutered and checked for heart worms.  We'll update my bio after my visit to the vet. 


Chevis and his Ball

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Comment balloon 20 commentsDanny Frank • June 22 2007 09:07AM


Cute dog, that a great thing you do. I would love to get involved with stuff like that but I get to attached to the dogs. I had one and only 1 dog which was a shepard mix and I had him 13 years he was like my kid and it was the worse thing I ever had to do 6 years ago putting him down. It was like losing a kid.
Posted by Leo Namiot, Great Low Mortgage Rates...Check Them NOW (Canopy Mortgage) almost 12 years ago

OK Danny, here's the million dollar question, will you be able to give him up?  I did foster care for years when I was in Virginia, then again here in Florida.  The only time I was able to give up my foster babies, was a mother cat and litter of kittens because I was moving.  I cried so hard for days, I decided never to foster again.  But of course I did and but of course the animals stayed with me.  I no longer foster, wish I could, but I know the outcome and I have enough emergency back up animals to last me the rest of my life!  Bless you for taking in dogs in need.  If everyone were so kind we wouldn't have the homeless animal problem we do in this country.

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago
That's awesome Dan. I'm so glad to see other realtors fostering dogs. I've fostered a few dogs for the Las Vegas branch of Golden Retriever rescue. They're a great breed and make a wonderful pet. I'm adding you to my associates list and will keep you in mind if I have any clients in your area that need a realtor.
Posted by Jacqulyn Richey, Las Vegas Real Estate (Prominent Realty Group) almost 12 years ago

Hi Dan, on behalf of Goldens everywhere thanks for taking Chevis in to your home:) He looks like an absolute darling - but then, I have never met a golden I didn't like. I am sure he will find a great home but in the meantime he looks pretty happy where he is.

Stephanie (and Zak and Zoe - my 11 year old goldens)

Posted by Stephanie Heron, Weeber - Dressing Rooms (Dressing Rooms LLC) almost 12 years ago

Terry:  Yes I will... I hope.  Because it is all about helping them.

Jacqulyn:  Yes it is a GREAT thing to do.  If just a few of us put forth a little effort, we could help a lot of things in this world.  We all need to find a couse in live and just give a little bit back...

 Stephanie:  They are a great bread of dog.  My wife and I just married last July.  She had a Golden and I had a Dachshund.  This was my first Golden.  But not my last.


Posted by Danny Frank, The Real Estate Expert (Heritage Texas Properties) almost 12 years ago

I've Fostered and then we just started adopting. Now we have 2 cats and 13 horses, a two German Shepherds and a mutt.  ( of these pets 9 are adopted.)  This is the least amount we have had for 7 years. Time to cut back tho and relax a little more.

Goldens are wonderful but I have never owned one although I grew up with the neighbors dog- a female Golden. 

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) almost 12 years ago

Golden is the best! I have a 12 yr old golden , black lab- sweetest and most loyal dog ever! We also have an English Builldog- he is a clown and stubborn streak a mile wide !    :-)

Thank you for your dedication to finding these perfect pets perfect homes!

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) almost 12 years ago

Golden's are the best, I have three Golden Girls of my own, Sammy, Max, and Murphy.

Fostering is such a wonderful way to volunteer. I volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence. The organization in based in California and it is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. It has been extremely rewarding. It so nice to see other with the same heart and passion.

Posted by Carrie A. Maniaci ( almost 12 years ago

Danny, That is such a wonderful gift you are giving to these sweet pups. Chevis is so handsome... I am sure a great home will be found for hom!


Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago
Danny, I saw your blog about fostering Golden Retrievers.  My husband and I just picked up our first foster this last Friday from G.R.I.N. (Golden Retrievers in Need), a wonderful organization here in NE Ohio.  His name is Buddy and I have already fallen in love with him.  The poor thing is heartworm positive and will need lots of rest for at least six weeks.  He will be ready for adoption at that time and I just don't know if I can give him up!  If we keep him, we won't foster others (we currently have our own Golden).  How do you do it... I mean giving them up?
Posted by Christine Hart Howlett, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE (Painesville and Eastern Lake County) about 11 years ago
It is so hard to give them up.  My wife and I are on our 4th Golden.  But we both know if we keep one, we will not be able to help any others.  We have two of our own dogs and 3 on a full time bases would be hard...
Posted by Danny Frank, The Real Estate Expert (Heritage Texas Properties) about 11 years ago
Best dog I ever had was a Golden. From puppy to her departure to the rainbow bridge 14 years later, Sheena (yes after the Ramones tune) was the BEST dog I ever had bar none. Great for you fostering! My wife and I tried fostering with Col. Potters Rescue. We as they say, failed fostering 101. We've had Brutus, a Cairn Terier about a year and a half now. Great dog!Now we just assist in the transportation when called upon. Even then I always want to grab one or two for us. Thankfully, the wife denies those requests. Anything anyone can do to help these animals in need is terrific!
Posted by Scott Geary, Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source (Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc) about 11 years ago

Well... We are now foster failures... My wife and I have adopted Toby.  He is a 2 year old male and is just a GREAT dog.

 Toby Keith Frank

Abby & Toby


Our new family...

Posted by Danny Frank, The Real Estate Expert (Heritage Texas Properties) about 11 years ago

Scott, I think we're going to flunk too!  Buddy, our foster is such an awesome dog.  He's everything our Dudley is (our current Golden), except he could be a runner if we let him.  I realize if we keep him we won't be able to help others, but keeping him and giving him a good home isn't so bad either.  Dudley is getting up in years, so we can foster others when he goes to the Rainbow Bridge.  Buddy is definitely a keeper.  Because he is heartworm positive we will have him for at least another four weeks.  I'll let you know what we decide.  Our Golden and Foster Golden

Our Foster Golden

Posted by Christine Hart Howlett, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE (Painesville and Eastern Lake County) about 11 years ago

Dudley and Buddy are both very handsome and they look to be very attached in the picture!  Cheers to you all!  I agree that keeping him is still a good thing.  Since we are in Texas so many of our rescue dogs need heartworm treatment and we have gone through it with several.  If you have any questions we can help with, just let us know. 

 You can still help the rescue without fostering.  As we decided that we were the perfect fit with Toby, instead of fostering, we are now helping with the adoption team with our local rescue.  Good luck to you all!

Posted by Anonymous about 11 years ago

UPDATE to my 2/26/08 comment! 

Well, we did flunk Golden Retriever Rescue 101.  Dudley and Buddy are now brothers and both are doing very well.  My husband pretended to kick and scream about the idea of having two permanent furry children, but I saw right through him.  He gave in much too easily when I proposed that we keep Buddy.  When you see a grown man down on the floor hugging a dog, it's pretty much a dead giveaway.

Posted by Christine Hart Howlett, Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE (Painesville and Eastern Lake County) about 11 years ago
What a beautiful Golden.  Thank you for helping goldens in need.  I have adopted 2 goldens now from Rescues in my area.  I have a 3 year old "Simba" - named by a 7 year old after Lion King.  Simba is the light of my life!
Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate about 11 years ago
I do not know how you could give up such a great dog.
Posted by Carol Bartles (Apex Real Estate Company LaPine) about 11 years ago
I have helped with Poodle rescue and my downfall is that I want to bring them all home and keep them here which is definitely NOT possible.
Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) about 11 years ago

 Hello Dan,

My wife and I have both fostered and adopted many Goldens, as well as other breeds including a retired racing Greyhound. We now have Buddy a 3 year old Golden ( got as a puppy ) and Angel a Terrier Mix 1 year old we recently adopted to keep Buddy company as our Greyhound passed..

Goldens are wonderful gentle giants. Buddy is 3  (80lbs) and still thinks he is a 15 pound puppy.

You are doing a wonderful thing. Keep up the good work.


Posted by Jeff Wodtke, Northwood Realty Services (Northwood Realty Services) about 11 years ago