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Abandoned Like a Bag of Trash, Rescued Like a Loving Golden

By Jim Kober – Director of Content

Courtney at intake (Photo by Love a Golden Rescue)

Courtney’s entire existence was in or around a pen. She received little to no human attention. Being stuck outside by herself made for a horrible life. When her owners moved they abandoned her like a bag of trash. The new people who moved into the house tried to make it work with Courtney, but their German Shepherd was too aggressive toward this gentle girl. Thankfully, the new residents called Love a Golden Rescue, and they took her in.

What a beautiful groom! (Photo by Love a Golden Rescue)

Courtney’s transformation began with caring for her fur. When she came to Love a Golden, they had to have her shaved down. Courtney’s fur was in terrible shape. She’d probably never been brushed or groomed. Now, she is one gorgeous girl.

Getting into rescue completely turned her life around for the better. She is thought to be nine but is quite active and could be younger. Courtney tested heartworm-positive and was preparing for treatment with her premedication. Two weeks after coming to Love a Golden, the team thought she came into heat. When the bleeding stopped, her behavior changed. It was apparent she wasn’t feeling well. This old-girl-with-a-young-attitude was lethargic and wasn’t eating.

Recovering from surgery (Photo by Love a Golden Rescue)

The rescue was concerned, so they rushed Courtney to the vet. A half an hour after arrival, she was in surgery. It turned out she had pyometra, a life-threatening condition. Had she still been living in the pen, no one would have known her condition. If she had stayed in that pen, Courtney would have died.

Chowing down on food donated by’s Rescue Bank program (Photo by Love a Golden Rescue)

Courtney recovered from surgery and for the next two months was treated for heartworms. Despite having to recover from the operation and despite having limited activity during the heartworm treatment, this golden had a great outlook on life. Once the heartworm treatment was complete, Courtney had a wonderful forever home waiting for her. She is now adopted and shows her joy with tail-wagging and sloppy kisses.

FOREVER HOME!!! (Photo by Love a Golden Rescue)

“Her treatment was incredibly expensive. We are thankful to’s Rescue Bank for the food. Getting dog food through this wonderful program means we can use the money we’d normally allocate for dog food to pay our vet bills for dogs like Courtney. We take in a lot of senior dogs and find they often need extensive vet care. Courtney has a second chance at a good life—the kind of life every dog should have. Love a Golden Rescue can only help needy dogs like Courtney if we have the funds to pay for their medical care. Groups like help us help more dogs—dogs that are desperate for a loving, caring home.”

– Love a Golden Rescue

Did you know for every dollar donated to Rescue Bank, a rescue group saves $17 in food costs that they can use to save more lives? Save more dogs like Courtney by clicking here!

by Jim Kober, April 4, 2019