When I lost my 13 year old golden, I missed her terribly but thought I would not miss cleaning the door glass and vacuuming dog hair constantly. After a year, I realized my life is not complete without a golden, even with associated messes. A friend introduced me to Heartland GRR and I found Scooby. When he came to live with us, he was a young, exuberant, and goofy dog – thus his name. His unbridled enthusiasm and energy may have been due in part to the fact that he had been confined for heartworm treatment for a month and he was so happy to be free. He was a talented counter surfer and strong enough to drag me on a leash. But eventually, after obedience training and lots of reinforcement, we learned to live happily together. He seemed so grateful and so wanted to please me, but of course, has done so much more. He is my loyal companion, exercise buddy, watchdog, squirrel chaser, floor sweeper, and bright spot in my life. He is also a therapy dog who provides unconditional love to patients in the nursing home and helps children who are struggling with reading. It’s hard to believe it has been 9 years since Scooby came to live with us and my sweet rambunctious pup is now a gentle old soul. We are bonded, he and I and I love him very much. Thank you to everyone at Heartland and Lenoir City Animal Clinic who helped make us a family.

Donna Losson

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