At A Glance

  • Age: 13 years, 3 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Adopted


Tess is a sweet girl who arrived from Turkey and is ready to charm anyone that meets her. She quickly earned the nicknames of Sweet Pea and Honey Bear. She was rescued from a hoarding situation in Turkey where she lived with over 100 dogs. She was rescued because of her sweet temperament. She was clearly well loved, as she weighed in at 81 pounds at her vet visit and loves food and treats. She exhibits some food guarding, but we are feeding our pups in separate locations. She will need to lose some weight as she sports a very petite frame.

Tess most likely had pups in her life, as she is super patient with our 4-month-old resident Golden Retriever pup. She is excellent around other dogs, cats, and children. In fact, at Goldzilla, she ran to a young boy, about 10 years old, who was laying down under a shade tree, resting. She must have thought something was wrong with him, as she quickly ran to him and laid down next to him. She loved getting hugs from some 6- to 8-year-old little girls at the event, as well. She takes treats and food very gently from our hands.

Tess came to us with skin allergies. She had no fur on her hind quarters. After only a week of treatment, the hair is almost grown back, and she no longer licks or scratches this area. Already with better nutrition, her undercoat is growing in and her fur is turning soft. She seemed in heaven when we gave her a bath and tolerated her “mani and pedi” very well at Goldzilla.

She has a docked tail, which keeps her from getting it stepped on, caught in doors, or from hitting things off low tables. She can wag her little tail like crazy. When she comes inside, she does a little happy dance that is adorable as she is. It involves lots of tail wagging, bun wiggling, and alternately lifting up her front paws. She will also do this when we get her leash to take her for a walk. ​​

She is blossoming in her personality as a very laid-back and loving girl. She loves to lay on the deck next to us and watch the birds fly by. She is learning about playing with toys and seems to like balls. She is crate trained during the day to fine tune her potty training, but at night lays on her bed next to ours and sleeps all night. She rides in a car like a well-seasoned tourist, looking out the windows and napping. She does need some help getting into and out of the car, but loves going for rides.

Tess loves to go on short walks and will even get her leash and bring it to you. No need for a Gentle Leader, as she walks right next to you. A harness would work best for Tess, as sometimes she gets tired and needs some prodding to continue. She loves curling up next to us (and our cat!) to watch a movie and smiles when she gets belly rubs. Tess is a goofy, happy, loving girl who has quickly stolen our hearts.


"God bless you." -Krysta

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