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Adopted Dogs

I've been Adopted!

Marley 08-532
(Fostered in Vermillion, SD)

Marley is a gorgeous, purebred, 4-year-old golden retriever. He was owned by a loving family who couldn't afford to get him back from Sioux City (IA) animal control. The animal control officer said that Marley didn't run away, but kept going to the bus stop to wait for the kids to come home from school!

Marley is absolutely fantastic with kids. His former family had a handicapped child and Marley was his best buddy. He's also been terrific with our five-year-old daughter. He loves to fetch and would happily play outside with her all day long.

He also gets along great with our fur kids. We have four other golden retrievers and Marley pings back and forth between them...trying to get them to play. Marley is a very social boy and would love to have another dog to play with. He even tries to get our cats to play, but they are less than enthusiastic. We are teaching Marley to leave them alone and he's catching on quickly.

Marley is highly intelligent and a very quick learner. He never wore a Gentle Leader before, but it didn't take him long to figure out that the Gentle Leader means that it's time to go for a walk. And boy does Marley love to walk! He's a very high energy dog who would make a super running buddy.

And last but certainly not least, Marley is completely housetrained. While we all know that there is no such thing as a perfect dog, Marley sure comes close!

Marley will go to the vet on 11/3 to be brought up-to-date on his vaccinations, microchipped and neutered. Once he's recovered, he will be ready for his new forever home.


After getting to know Marley better and having had a long talk with our vet, it has become clear that Marley needs a physical fence. Also, I found out that he sneaked out of his previous owner's yard by crawling under the fence, so the fence must be very close to the ground. He does not try to dig his way out and he does not try to climb a fence. While invisible fences can be wonderful for some dogs, this is not suitable for Marley.


Marley went to the vet and is now up-to-date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative, microchipped and neutered. He is slightly underweight at 62 lbs, since he should be closer to 70 lbs. But Marley is eating well and should gain weight without any trouble. And we were very fortunate that the vet who cared for Marley already knew him! Dr. R. said that Marley had been brought to her last year after having been hit by a car. Because of the accident, he lost a toe on his right hind paw; however, it doesn't bother him at all and isn't very noticeable. Dr. R. said that she was impressed at how Marley wagged his tail through what had to have been several painful bandage changes. She also provided us with his original vet records and we learned that both his dam and sire were AKC registered golden retrievers.

We've gotten to know Marley quite a bit better over the last week and have concluded that he has had some obedience training. He knows all of the basic commands, including "shake". We are particularly impressed at how well he responds to "no". My husband remarked that Marley is typically better behaved than our own dogs!

Finally, I'd like to clarify why I said that Marley needs a physical fence. I don't want to give the impression that Marley is a runner.  I would say he is more of an intrepid explorer, who might sneak out of a yard if he is bored or doesn't get enough exercise. The animal control officer said that he usually went down the same street, most likely trying to follow the kids. If I could let Marley off lead in an unfenced area, I do not think he would leave me. He is extremely attached to his humans.

Marley just wants to be loved and can't seem to get enough of it!

Marley has been adopted! He will have a fur sister and three wonderful children to play with.

I will miss him terribly, but I know he will be in heaven with the K. family.

Live well Marley!


The K. family sent this wonderful photo of Megan, Abby, and Elizabeth with their new dog Marley!  If a dog has dreams, Marley's have surely come true!