Would you consider adopting a senior dog?

While our young dogs have an overwhelming amount of applicants, it’s our senior dogs that can be continuously overlooked.

For example, our mini-Doodle puppy, Sage, had over 15 applicants in about 12 hours and DouDou, a one year old Golden Retriever, had 14 applicants in less than 12 hours. There were so many wonderful people who wanted to make Sage and DouDou a part of their families, but unfortunately only one family can be chosen, even though so many more families are deserving. It’s very disappointing not to be chosen and that’s a feeling our senior dogs experience too.

Would your family consider adopting a senior dog? In 2019, Ragom had 28 senior dogs (age eight and older) in our care and so far in 2020, we have had 15 seniors in our care. While puppies are wonderful in so many ways, the same can be said for senior dogs. Senior dogs have so much love to give. Seniors require less activity than younger dogs, are house trained, are calmer (and love to lay on the couch and snuggle or sleep) and are so grateful to be a part of the family.

See below for a few of our wonderful senior dogs that are available for adoption. Could your home be their forever home?


Princess and Buck (Bonded Pair)
Princess – https://ragom.org/dogs/princess-20-188/
Buck – https://ragom.org/dogs/buck-20-187/


RAGOM Goldendoodle training after adoption
KC (Casey)

Why dogs rescued from commercial breeding need to have another confident dog in the home

As you’re scrolling through RAGOM looking for your next fur baby, you might notice the “another dog required” stipulation on some dogs’ bio page. Sometimes that’s because the dog simply prefers a canine companion and can be more successful in a home with a buddy or two. Other times, it’s because the dog has come from a commercial breeding facility—businesses focused on the production and sale of puppies.

Dogs that come from breeding facilities have experienced life very differently from other dogs. Most have endured psychological stress throughout their lives and have never been socialized or exposed to the normal things a family dog experiences every day.

So initially, navigating life in your home is filled with many scary experiences. These dogs are fearful of almost everything—doorways, stairs, televisions, loud noises, hardwood floors and even the sound of the washing machine. All dogs from these facilities exhibit some level of fear—the severity depends on their personalities and past experiences.

While some dogs respond quickly to a nurturing home environment, others require months or years of rehabilitation. Dayle, who has become known as somewhat of a breeding dog whisperer, has fostered more than 100 RAGOM dogs since 2007. “Many dogs have been returned to RAGOM in the past because they were adopted out to people who didn’t have another dog, and the dog never left its safe spot, never came out of its shell,” says Dayle.

Research finds—and RAGOM’s experience supports—that the single most important factor in rehabilitating breeding dogs is a role model: a confident medium-to large-sized dog who is social with humans and other dogs to help the former breeding dog navigate and become accustomed to their new world.

Here’s why:

Meet Josie and Maya

Josie & Maya

Josie and Maya are real-life success stories of the impact a role-model dog can have on a breeding dog rescue. Adopters Al and Maryann, who had previously adopted Bear from RAGOM, knew they wanted to add to their pack, so they returned to RAGOM to adopt another Golden.

Immediately upon seeing Josie’s face online, they knew she was the one. They met her at foster mom Dayle’s home and spent quite a bit of time getting to know Josie. In April 2018, they brought her home, having no real understanding of what adopting a breeding dog entailed.

As breeding dogs often do, Josie found her safe spot in Al and Maryann’s home. Four months after adopting Josie, Bear unexpectedly passed away. Al and Maryann were devastated. But in those few short months, Bear had taught Josie so much. She had blossomed into a strong, confident dog. Could she possibly be a role-model dog for another breeding dog? Everyone was so impressed with how Josie came around in such a short amount of time, and how she no longer acted like she came from a commercial breeder. The answer was yes! Josie was ready to share what she learned about how to “dog” with a new breeding dog friend.

So, in September 2019, Al and Maryann brought home Maya, who was also fostered by Dayle. It didn’t take long to realize Maya was more fearful and nervous than Josie ever was. Maya hid in the utility room when people came over, refused a leash and insisted on eating off the side of her bed (Maya’s safe spot). Al and Maryann knew they—and Josie—had their work cut out for them.


Baby steps

Fast forward 15 months. With time and patience, Maya has blossomed. Now when people come over, Maya joins the party. Her tail wags freely rather than staying tucked under her bottom. She no longer needs to eat off the edge of her bed, and she now stands at the kitchen sink in eager anticipation of mealtime. And after starting slowly with a lariat leash, Maya is now comfortable on a leash.


“It takes baby steps,” says Dayle. “It’s not a straight line—the little successes are huge.”


Today, Josie, 7, and Maya, 5, are the best of friends. Josie watches out for Maya in the backyard, and she taught her how to be comfortable in a car. And Maya takes care of Josie, too. When Josie gets scared during thunderstorms, Maya sits with Josie to reassure her.

Josie and Maya

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact a resident dog can have on the breeder dog,” says Maryann. “Breeder dogs are so insecure; everything is strange to them.”

When asked if they would adopt a breeding dog again, they both said “absolutely,” with no hesitation.

“We’ve gotten more love back than we’ve given,” says Al.

Goodbye, sweet Gabe.

Last year, the RAGOM village rallied to help a senior dog who was nearly blind and nearly deaf. He’d been found as a stray a few months prior, and first taken in by an Iowa shelter. Knowing surely someone must be worried sick about him, they went to great lengths to track down his owner. But his owner did not want him back.

We couldn’t understand why. But we knew this sweet gentleman deserved better. We were happy to take him into our care.


He was given the name Gabriel because he was in need of a few angels. And that’s exactly what he got when our supporters learned about him.

In addition to his vision and hearing issues, Gabe arrived with a heart murmur, a tumor on his testicle, and double ear infections. He was skin and bones.

But he was full of love for those around him, and we could see he had a strong will to live. We asked for your help. And you answered the call.

A chain of volunteers drove him all the way from Iowa to Spicer, MN, where a loving foster home was waiting for him.

A veterinarian heard Gabe’s story. Her schedule was booked solid, but she came in early the next morning to help him. Supporters donated funds to pay for all of Gabe’s medical needs.

Gabe’s foster family began treatment for his double ear infections, and set out to help him gain ten pounds. Gabe visited an eye specialist, and surgery was scheduled.

The veterinarian was hopeful he’d be able to remove the significant cataracts Gabe had on his eyes, restoring his vision. But under anesthesia, they discovered they would not be able to improve his vision. The doctor was, however, able to remove the painful growths on Gabe’s eyes that caused him to constantly rub his face.

Despite his limitations, Gabe was happy, and we wanted to make sure the rest of his days were wonderful. They sure were.


Gabe was adopted by a kindly person. His new mom made sure every day was filled with love and joy. Gabe loved going for walks, being in nature, rolling in the leaves and snow, and sharing a banana each morning.

“The gift of love is a blessing. The honor of being trusted by an old, blind, and nearly deaf soul to provide for all his needs was the most humbling experience of my life,” his adopter said.

This sweet dog, who had been loved for no one for most of his life, was now cherished.

Recently, cancer and neuropathy got the best of Gabe, and he grew weary. He slipped away peacefully, surrounded by love.

“I am heartbroken,” his mom said, “and pray he is living unencumbered, running free in spirit. I feel him with me, and while it is comforting it is gut-wrenching at the same time to know our physical journeys together have ended.”

Rest in peace, sweet Gabe. You were loved by all of us.


Happy Gabe

Remember Gabe, our happy senior rescue from Iowa? Nearly blind and deaf, Gabe was found as a stray a year ago. A chain of wonderful RAGOM volunteers drove him all the way from Iowa to Spicer, MN, where a loving foster home was waiting for him.

Gabe’s journey from Iowa to Minnesota

Having been on the streets for quite some time, Gabe had some health issues that required treatment, including ear infections, growths on his eyes, kidney disease, a urinary tract infection, a tumor on his testicle, and a heart murmur. Thanks to your generous donations, Gabe was able to get all the medical care he needed. His foster family helped him gain some much-needed weight and gave him all the love a sweet senior deserves. Gabe thrived in their care.

Gabe and Shelley
Gabe and mom Shelley

Earlier this month, Gabe found his forever family! Gabe’s new family includes a mom, two teenage boys, and a cat. Gabe quickly learned his way around his new home, and he is thriving in their care. We caught up with Gabe’s mom Shelley to find out how he’s doing, and here’s what she said.

Gabe is a wonderful addition to our family. He enjoys snuggles, short walks several times a day, laying outside in the sunshine during the late summer and early fall days of this past year, and he is always willing to keep me company when I am cooking or busy cleaning in the kitchen! He’s not super interested in wading in the lake or swimming, but he is always up for some people time regardless of where we go!

Blindness doesn’t stop Gabe from enjoying walks
Gabe goes where mom goes

Gabe can get a little anxious when he awakens and cannot find his people (likely due to his blindness and hearing deficiency), so I perform my telecommute job duties from the kitchen table to alleviate his distress. My work shadow, Gabe lays by my chair while mom works, and he is always ready for a snuggle or quick pet. He wants to be near me wherever I am working, and especially enjoys when the mama lays on the floor with him while watching movies. Gabe loves his snuggles!

“Working” with mom

Gabe has a smile that goes on for days and the most adorable head tilt when he is “looking” around when outside. Although he cannot see, Gabe is always up for a good “run” while laying down. Every time we go outside, Gabe lays down and “runs” with his front legs. He does this because his back legs are not mobile enough to allow him to move them as freely. Gabe’s horizontal running makes the best snow angels!!

Gabe enjoying the early Minnesota snow
Snow angels!

His kidney disease is being closely monitored by our veterinarian, and Gabe eats a special diet to assist with decreasing the stress on his kidneys in hopes of slowing its progression. Gabe enjoys sharing a banana with mom after we return from our morning walk and he is always interested in whatever is being cooked, while secretly hoping some goody will find its way to his food dish.

Being the perfect dog is tiring work

Gabe has his good and not so good days with his ability to ambulate and sometimes appears to not know where he is until he smells who is petting him. For right now, the pretty good outweighs the not so good. We are prepared to love him each and every day for the rest of his time with us. He holds a very special place in our hearts, and we would be absolutely lost without him!

RAGOM does all that we can for every dog that comes to us because we believe every dog believes a second chance. Will you consider adopting a senior or special needs dog?

Life is sweeter when you forgive and forget

As a new RAGOM volunteer, my first assignment was to write about 2-year-old Korey, who is currently available for adoption. If you’ve followed RAGOM in 2020, you may know about this handsome guy. He came to RAGOM in January having just been rescued from China, where the abuse he suffered left him paralyzed from the waist down. Back when Covid-19 first hit China, people falsely believed dogs spread the virus, so many were surrendered, abandoned or beaten.

I know, I know—the mere hint of animal abuse makes you want to stop reading now and move on to something—anything!—less heartbreaking. Believe me, I get it. But thankfully that’s the end of the sad stuff because, as I discovered, Korey’s life today is full of joy, love and hope!

Korey’s Ideal Home

My playdate with Korey
I felt the best way to write about Korey was to meet him. So, joined by my husband and three of my kids, I met Korey and Rutager (his foster dad) in a park on Halloween Day. We saw them both from afar—the doggie wheelchair Korey uses to get around sets him apart  just a bit. When he saw us and could tell Rutager was heading our direction, Korey ran to greet us with dog hugs and kisses. Good around strangers? Check! Good with kids? Check!


I was in awe watching Korey navigate the world from the confines of his wheelchair. He doesn’t let it slow him down at all. In fact, he really doesn’t let anything slow him down. When Rutager took him out of his wheelchair, Korey was able to use his hind legs to go anywhere he wanted, at just about any speed he wanted. They are atrophied and stiff so they don’t bend and operate like legs, but he can use them to prop his back end up and then pull himself forward with his front legs. It’s quite impressive and a powerful testament to his physical and mental strength and fortitude.

Korey is loving and playful, gentle and curious. As Rutager said, Korey would have been adopted immediately if it weren’t for his incontinence (see below). He is everything that is good and fun and wonderful about dogs, all wrapped into one beautiful, well-behaved, energetic and fun-loving pup. He just needs to find his forever home to make this Cinderella story complete.


Korey is very adoptable!
I repeat: Korey is adoptable. He will make an excellent companion with the right person or family. Maybe that’s you?! Here are some things about Korey that might help you determine if he’s right for you:

  1. Korey loves strangers, kids and puppies. With all the trauma Korey has experienced, it’s truly remarkable he isn’t fearful and aggressive. But he’s not. Korey hasn’t met a human, kid or puppy he doesn’t love. Bigger dogs are hit or miss, but for the most part, Korey is up for any and all new friends. Rutager is working on testing Korey around cats—follow Korey’s RAGOM blog to get progress updates on how that’s going.


  1. Korey is incontinent and that likely won’t change in his lifetime, so patience and understanding are essential. With paralysis comes incontinence, which means he can’t control his bladder or bowel functions at all. For urine, his Rutager has found that expressing Korey’s bladder is the easiest on everyone. I watched him do this and it’s a surprisingly simple process. He just gets up under Korey’s haunches, wraps his arms where Korey’s bladder would be, and squeezes gently until urine comes out. It’s not messy at all and Korey doesn’t mind it. Rutager said he expresses Korey’s bladder every two hours when he’s home, but since Korey does well when he’s home alone during the workday, he can certainly go for longer stretches than two hours. Korey also wears a belly band that serves as a diaper, which catches any leaks between bladder expressions.As for the poop, well, it comes out whenever it comes out. There’s no sugar-coating it, it’s a bummer. The good news is that it comes out in fairly clean and manageable pieces, so it’s just a matter of picking up and wiping the spot with a sanitizing wipe. Even so, it’s probably best to have no carpet or rugs on at least one level of the home.

    It’s worth mentioning that Rutager said he’s only come home to a real mess twice in the nine months he’s fostered Korey. All things considered, that’s not bad at all, and the poop situation actually sounded much less intimidating than I expected.

    I wish this went without saying, but it doesn’t, so I’ll say it anyway: Korey should never, ever be punished for his inability to control bladder and bowels. It’s not a behavior issue or something to be corrected. He can’t help it because he has no feeling down there, plain and simple.

  2. Korey weighs about 50 pounds so at least some physical strength is required. Korey is close to full grown at 50 pounds so be sure you’re comfortable carrying and lifting that amount of weight. Whether it’s helping him get in the car or hoisting him into his wheelchair, at least some physical strength is required.
  3. Korey spent most of his life trapped in a crate before being rescued, so putting him in a crate for any amount of time is not in his best interest. It’s tempting to think about containing any accidents he might have by putting him in a crate when you’re away. But considering how rough Korey had it before RAGOM—not to mention the anxiety he exhibited when Rutager tried him in a crate in the beginning—crating him is not a good idea.
  4. Korey sleeps through the night. And he doesn’t even sleep in the same room as Rutager. He’s happy as a clam to go to bed when it’s time (given he gets his bedtime cookie, of course). His diaper is usually just a bit wet when he wakes up but he also has a full bladder when Rutager expresses it in the morning, so he’s able to hold it fairly well at night.
  5. Vet bills should be about the same as any other dog. Yes, he’s in a doggie wheelchair, but he should be able to stay in the one he’s in now for the rest of his life. Because of his incontinence, Korey is more prone to urinary tract infections (treated through medication in the form of a pill), but Rutager said expressing his bladder seems to help keep those infections to a minimum.
  6. Korey is still in the puppy chewing stages, but he responds well to redirection and should grow out of that soon. I was just happy to see him wanting to do puppy things, knowing he still has that playful spirit puppies are supposed to have.
  7. Korey spends very little time in his doggie wheelchair. In fact, he really only uses it on walks. When he’s at home, he uses his hind legs—which are stiff and act like a tripod—to get around. I asked Rutager how the doggie wheelchair performs in the snow and he said it works like a champ with no issues.
  8. Korey is used to being home alone all day and does just fine. I was surprised to learn Korey wouldn’t require someone to be home all day, but Rutager works outside the home and Korey seems to do well when he’s alone in the house.


We Did It!

Our Chinese rescue mission is complete!

Chinese rescue mission

Earlier this year we asked for your help. Led by RAGOM and China Rescue Dogs, a team of 10 American rescue groups and several rescuers in China partnered together with a goal of rescuing 99 dogs in desperate need of help. When Covid-19 broke out in China, there was misinformation about dogs spreading the virus. As a result, many dogs were abandoned by their owners or confiscated by local authorities. There were already thousands of homeless dogs throughout the country whose only hope was international rescue. When air travel stopped, their chance at rescue was dismal. At best, the dogs would live in cramped shelter conditions, likely for years. At worst, they would be stolen and sold for meat.

Working together, we found a way, against all odds, to procure a private charter plane to transport the dogs to America. You helped us raise the needed funds, and we secured a very complicated list of permissions and permits.

Everything was set.

And then – the day before our plane was to leave – everything fell apart.

Due to a paperwork problem with an unrelated flight, the Chinese government canceled our flight permission. We were deeply saddened but still determined to rescue the dogs, so we went back to the drawing board.


Working with agents in China, we secured permission to fly the dogs in climate-controlled cargo planes a few at a time. The process was extremely challenging and presented a whole new set of logistical obstacles. But we found a way. Over the last few months, the dogs have been slowly arriving, and on Monday, the last group of dogs safely arrived.

Rescue Dogs From China

Rescue Dogs From China

Many of the dogs are underweight and malnourished. All are starved for attention. But they are here, and they are safe, and their new lives are beginning. In the end, we were able to rescue 102 dogs. Each of our team of rescue groups took some of the dogs into their care and many have already been adopted.

Thank you. You believed in us, you encouraged us, and you supported us, even when the challenges seemed insurmountable. Together, we have changed the lives of 102 special souls.

Doug Dou Dou

Fostering Gabe

From former RAGOM chair, Mark Crellin

After I announced we had found Gabe his forever home, a very kind volunteer sent me an email asking me, “How do you feel?” I thought that this was such a perceptive question. As many of you know, the adoption of your foster brings on many mixed emotions. Here’s the reply I sent back:

“Thanks for asking. It’s funny, but I was thinking about this now over my morning coffee. Over the past few years of fostering, I always find that I run through a mix of emotions during the first few days.

First, I love our mission and my role as foster when we believe we found a great home that suits our foster dog’s needs. Seeing that wish confirmed by the reactions of the dog and the adopter toward each other -what comes to mind is that love, at first sight, is possible for dog and human. I saw that with Gabe and his adopter.

Second, I always have a bit of anxiety about how things will work out. In my experience, if unexpected things pop up, you’ll start to see signs in your communications within the first few days. Historically, I believe that RAGOM has a return rate of less than five percent. Fosters should still prepare themselves for a possible return. When the phone pings with a text message from the adopter, I do feel a mix of anticipation and concern. So far, all reports on Gabe are super positive.

The third thing we almost always experience is that our house always seems too quiet. Gabe hung out in the kitchen, usually strategically napping either in front of the stove or in front of the fridge, so he didn’t miss out on anything. The empty floor seemed cavernous. Gabe was with us for almost seven months, far longer than the typical foster dog’s stay. We definitely bonded, so I do feel a loss for me, but joy for Gabe.

Lastly, we always experience that feeling that it will be good to take a break from fostering for a while. Fostering takes dedication—not just working with a new dog and their medical, emotional needs, but also working through the RAGOM role: reviewing and assessing applications and interviewing potential adopters can be time-consuming, and you want to make the best match.

With us anyway, our feeling of needing a break has seldom lasted more than a couple of weeks, and then a dog always seems to show up on the plea who pulls on our heartstrings, and here we go again! Fostering for RAGOM has been such a joy for us, and we look forward to our next adventure.”

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RAGOM Volunteer Stories

On the Road AGAIN and AGAIN–Scott B is RAGOM’s Transporter Extraordinaire. Read his endearing story: “My most memorable transport was Nelly 18-013A, who came from an auction. The foster thought she was pregnant because her stomach was distended. The vet said she wasn’t pregnant; she was in heart failure. Her damaged heart was beating over 300 times a minute, making the abdomen fill with fluid and her life fragile. We had to save her.

The St. Paul veterinarian cardiologist said her congenital heart abnormality caused severe arrhythmia. Then we discovered that only two vets in the country could perform the surgery that she urgently needed. We drove Nelly to the vet in Cincinnati, who operated on Nelly on that Tuesday.

We left our house on Sunday at 4 a.m. and drove straight through to Cincinnati—700 miles. Poor Nelly was pretty lethargic, and we had to carry her out of the van for her to relieve herself.

Nelly’s cardiologist from the Twin Cities flew to Ohio to observe her surgery. They shaved her all the way around from the back of her head to halfway to her tail. They took her off the drugs and put an EKG jacket on her.

We called every hour on the hour to receive updates. Nelly endured a five-hour surgery. We were relieved to know the operation was a success. It was pure joy when we picked her up on Thursday and saw her tail go wild. To view this level of energy back on this little puppy so soon was amazing. When I think of Nelly today, I am grateful that RAGOM stands behind every dog that comes into their care and gives them a second chance.”


“Our daughter who fostered for RAGOM inspired us to follow in her footsteps. When we took in our first foster, Leon 13-402, his temp fosters told us everything about him and also described recent rescues and transports. I thought transporting sounded exciting, so I signed up for the training,” Scott said.

For seven years, Scott Blomgren has been the never-ending transporter for dogs who need a forever home. He is on the road all the time for RAGOM. The number of miles that he has driven could probably take you around the world. He is the ultimate road warrior in the pursuit of saving dogs.

“When we found Leon a forever home, we jumped right in again with a puppy, Levi 14-012, who was with a temp foster in Burnsville. I signed up for a transport to Albert Lea, and on my way home, I picked up Levi. The foster cried when transferring the dog to my care and it struck me how quickly the foster had become attached to this dog that was in their care for a just short time,” said Scott.

Within the first two years, the Blomgrens fostered 15 dogs in two years and fell in love with each one of them. In the last several years, Scott now focuses his volunteerism on transports, leading him to transport dogs coming into Chicago from Turkey or rescuing them from all corners of the Midwest.

Scott simply looks at all these dogs that need help getting from point A to point B, and he’ll do whatever he can to make that happen. The volunteers enjoy reading his “arrived notices” to let the team know about the dog and sometimes funny road stories. Scott truly loves goldens and his transports. What a dedicated volunteer.

The Rescue Angel

Going above and beyond does not adequately describe her story. Persistent—yes, but she is so much more. Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM) has a dedicated, determined volunteer who has given countless, selfless hours to rescue a sky-high number of goldens and other dogs to provide them with a second chance at life.

Denise is a phenomenon in the rescue world. If you go online to RAGOM’s Facebook, you will read many times, “Denise is on the road again. The rescue angel rides again.” Denise’s rescues take up almost all the hours in the day and end many times in the wee hours of the night.

Sometimes it is one dog rescue, and sometimes a rented cargo van is needed to bring dogs of all shapes and sizes to their fosters. And the wonder of her work is not that these rescues happen a couple of times a year, Denise’s rescues happen multiple times a month. Denise can’t rescue enough. She lives the mission of RAGOM every day. And we can’t thank her enough.

Denise started volunteering ten years ago when she lost her heart to her rescue, Lwood. She wanted others to experience this wonderful feeling of connection to a rescue dog. She turned to RAGOM when she heard about the charity from news reports of saving Annie, a dog who had been shot and found in a ditch, and RAGOM cared for her.

“I remembered that story and thought RAGOM was a good organization that knew what they were doing and seemed to have the best interests of not only the dogs but also the humans,” Denise said.

“My devotion to this work comes from many rescues. Perhaps it was one of my first fosters, Tanner, an ex-breeder dog from Iowa who was heartworm positive and had severe separation anxiety, or the litter of eight four-week-old puppies that broke out with parvo a day after they arrived at my house, resulting in more heartache than I thought I could bear as we lost three out of the eight,” Denise recalls.

Denise now has her girl Willow who came in with 28 other goldens from an auction in March of 2012. “This group of rescues was by far the most damaged group of dogs I had ever seen, but to see Willow now gives me the strength and ability to travel miles and miles in the middle of nowhere to pick up dogs that would never have had a chance if not for rescue,” Denise said.

While many RAGOM dogs come from loving homes—that due to unforeseen circumstances— must surrender their golden. Other rescues do involve goldens who have been homeless, neglected, or abused that require extensive, costly medical care or behavioral rehabilitation.
As a result, RAGOM recruits volunteers for all types of rescues and rehabilitation.

Many years have passed without recognizing Denise’s unwavering commitment to saving and finding loving, forever homes for her rescues. But anyone who knows Denise understands that recognition is not her need. Her selfless and understated volunteer work reflects just who she is.

If you ask Denise why she volunteers, she says, “I want them all to have a chance to live their best lives ever!”