Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota: RAGOM is a 501(c)(3) organization, rescuing Golden Retrievers and re-homing them through adoption since 1985. Serving Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Adopted Dogs

I've been Adopted!

Gulliver 16-187TD
(Fostered in Lake Elmo, MN)

"Enjoy your new travels, Gulliver!" -Indy Stanisz


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Date Posted Fence Kid Friendly Another Dog Cat Friendly
9/12/2016  Not required
 Not tested
Not tested  
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.


Adoption fee: $600


Gulliver is a 3-year-old beautiful boy from Turkey. He was found being housed and kept safe off the streets at a private vet’s office. The vet was not able to keep him and so looked for a rescuer for him.

He made the transition from Turkey to our home in Lake Elmo amazingly easily, when you think of all the shocking changes he must have experienced after a very long flight and then another trip from the Chicago airport in a van. He is a beautiful light color; on his “passport,” the color was described as “champagne.” The vet said his color is often called “English cream,” and people import Goldens from England with this popular color.

He has that great Golden personality. He rarely barks, wants to be with the people all the time, and will follow FM (foster mom) from room to room. He comes when called and knows his name. He is playful and happy, although sometimes he looks a little sad. It is unknown what landed him on the streets in Turkey, and we do not know what he went through. He has a few scabs and some scratches on his nose.

Medically, he checked out fine, although he came with some parasites and a cough, and the vet prescribed medication for both. According to the vet, he is a little underweight, and his coat, although beautiful, is dry - the vet suggested adding fish oil to his food. He was negative for tick-borne diseases and heartworm. He is now completely up to date on vaccines, etc. He has been recently neutered.

There are really very few downsides to Gulliver. He and the RD (resident dog) play well together; he rides in the car happily; and he takes food and treats gently. He will sit for a treat. After a very short time, he is now handling the stairs. It took him just a day (it was obvious he had never seen stairs before). He is usually calm and peaceful, but every once in a while, he will get so excited, displaying his happiness with you that he is tempted to jump up and mouth a little. I just say “no” and turn away, sometimes more than one turn, and he stops. He is housetrained, although we need to pay attention to the way he indicates he needs to go out, which is a little vague. He walks towards the door, but does not bark. He also thinks it is great fun to rearrange items in the house – but does not seem as interested in chewing them. The main idea is the attention he gets when the item is taken away - a little game of chase is the most fun.


Here are a few more photos of Gulliver as he has become more comfortable here in this country. He has learned the English “sit,” his name, and “come” – and probably more I can’t think of. The first time we went out to the backyard and it wasn’t raining, he wandered around, and then as if it finally hit him, he ran gleefully and rolled and rolled in the grass. Happy dog. He has free roam of the house now, even at night, and parked himself in the hall between the people and the door – I remember our last Golden did this, too.


First, Gulliver would like to thank Indy Stanisz for the support and encouragement with a paw print. It worked to get him to the last leg of his travel that began in the streets of Turkey. Gulliver went to his forever home with a new Dad who works from home and is going to teach him to catch a Frisbee. We are going to miss him. (See pic below!) He is such a sweet boy, so willing to please and always wants to be with the people. Thank you to everybody who worked and donated to bring him here - cast of thousands!


I think Gulliver (16-187 TD) is enjoying his new life in Brooklyn Park, MN so far.  We'll see what happens when there is white stuff covering the grass.


Thank you to all the wonderful folks at RAGOM and the great work they do, and thank you for allowing me to bring Gulliver into my life.  He's a very smart, happy, and goofy boy.  When he gets excited and wants attention, he rubs against me like a cat.  So every pair of pants I own are coated in fur.  Totally worth it!  I'm starting to think that maybe he would like a playmate, but sshhh… I haven't told him yet.

Tom D.