Golden Gate Retriever Rescue: Mutt Monday

A cheerful, affectionate and gentle boy, full of enthusiasm, Eli will win you over. This one year old, neutered black male Labrador Retriever weighs seventy-five pounds. Picked up as stray, Eli ran in the road in front of the Palo Alto animal shelter.


Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue

“Fortunately, an Animal Control officer found him and brought him to safety in the shelter. The staff quickly recognized that Eli was a sweet young dog that was completely untrained. Dogs like Eli fare poorly in shelters, as volunteers are not comfortable with the large, un-trained dogs, so they get little-to-no exercise or attention. The officer who found Eli did his best to get him out for walks, but his job keeps him very busy, so Eli spent most of his time in his kennel.  The shelter vet neutered Eli and performed corrective surgery on his eyes, which are healing nicely.”

He gets along with other dogs, but is unknown with cats.

Eli jumps with excitement, so any children in the family should be 10 or older.

Eli loves people and learns quickly, responding to confident positive reinforcement. Once he has received the proper education, and with a lot of exercise and good nutrition, Eli will be a fabulous dog! Eli is up to date on his vaccinations and microchipped.

If you are interested in meeting Eli, please call or text GGLRR Rep., Kathleen, at (415) 706-5868.

Posted February 13, 2012

GGLRR is an all-volunteer, nonprofit tax-exempt organization in the greater San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California.  Saves purebred Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes from shelters, as well as assists people giving up their dogs for adoption. Gives foster homes, veterinary care, and rehabilitation when needed.

8 thoughts on “Golden Gate Retriever Rescue: Mutt Monday

  1. We have a 5 and a half year old golden retriever/collie. We got him from rescue about a year ago and know nothing about his past. We went on vacation a week ago and took him and since we’ve come home, he freaks out when we try to leave for work. He is a big dog, but he is so upset, he squeezes through the cat hole in our doorway gate to get to the door. Once at the door he won’t leave. When he is in these extreme fear situations he will snap at us so we can’t physically make him leave. Any ideas how to deal with this kind of behavior . . . we are doing the keys, jacket, leave and come back, and the no eye contact, no big deal leaving/coming home? He isn’t destructive in the house when we are gone, either. Thanks!!


    1. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. It sounds like you are doing really good things to decondition your dog’s fearful response to leaving him.

      Collies and retrievers need good amounts of exercise, both physical and mental. If you are not able to take long walks, jog or do high energy activities, be sure and find my post on indoor games, hide and seek and find it. Obedience training keeps minds busy too.

      Leave a kong stuffed with your dog’s favorite treats and bits of food, hidden for him to find while you are gone. Be sure to give this special kong treat at times you are home too. Keep him guessing. Try one of you leaving and the other staying to play tug or go and come back in five minutes, etc.

      If these do not work, I suggest you work with a positive method dog trainer or experienced dog rescuer.


  2. What a sweetie Eli is! Hey, how do I get back to the ongoing story of the talking dog? I want to see what became of the park, Christmas morning dream and the pizza if the story’s still ongoing. 🙂


  3. I saw your name on one of the other blogs that I read, and noticed that you have a bichon on your header! So, of course, I had to pop over and say hello! Very nice of you to promote dog rescue! Rescue ROCKS!!! And so does anyone involved with Rescue!!
    Jeanne with Chloe and LadyBug


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