Critical Care/End of Life Dogs


CCdog in bed2Critical care dogs are rescued Goldens that require specialized, emergency medical care, or are identified as unadoptable due to a terminal illness, incapacitation, or aggressive behavior discovered after the dog has been rescued.  For the latter, GRRAND cares for these dogs with the help of experienced foster families who provide needed medication, comfort, and love until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge. As you can imagine, care for these dogs, including vet care and medications, can be quite costly.

We’ve established a fund for our critical care dogs and wish to highlight their stories on this page. As you read through these difficult stories, please consider donating to the Critical Care/End of Life fund. With your help and the dedication of our experienced foster families, we hope to create a compassionate atmosphere for each dog that would otherwise experience a sad ending.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see how your donations to this fund helped a special dog named “Peanut.”  



Violet in veterinary ICU


July 16, Update (first day in foster care):  “I thought Violet might like some outside time today.  She and I just walked the front yard, wherever she wanted to go, and around the butterfly garden (after eating her 2nd of 3 meals for the day).  She is much more steady on her feet today.  (Perhaps she became weaker in the kennel–don’t know).  She handled the 3  front steps well (down and up)—better than yesterday.  Her head still shakes, and she is tired, but she’s stronger today.  Overall, a good day for her.” 

July 14 Update:  Sweet little Violet is in a special foster home now.  She had a big day yesterday with the transition.  She did not want to eat any of the Royal Canin Intestinal food that Blue Pearl gave us (after several tries).  So, we boiled some chicken breast (no skin or bone) and white rice.  She loved that!  We did not go overboard (just wanted her to eat something!).  The moderate amount we gave her 

Violet in her foster home

seemed to be satisfying. 

We cleaned her up a little to make sure she does not try to do her own clean up on the staples and incision.  Violet definitely has the heart of a Golden, and has been wagging her tail quite a lot.  She is receiving so much attention now and it’s easy to tell she is grateful!   
Pretty sure Violet will sleep well tonight!

July 9 Update on Violet: 
Violet is off  all IV meds.  She still has her NG tube, but is eating small meals on her own.  She is on all oral meds.  One of her drains has been removed.  The DVM of rehabilitation is working on a PT plan for her.  She still isn’t wanting to stand on her own.  She does have tension tremors, but they are very excited about her progress.  The 3-5 day window after this type of surgery is the most critical (biggest chance of perforation), but her surgeons are referring to her as the Miracle dog.

Violet:  We have taken 4-year old golden, Violet in to our rescue program.  She had a perforated intestine.  She was taken to a veterinary specialist but her owners could not pay for the incredibly expensive surgery to remove a large portion of her intestines, so GRRAND stepped in to help.  On July 7th, Violet took a drastic turn for the worse and required a plasma transfusion.  She has begun to improve but will need extensive vet care and those costs will be huge as she hopefully continues to improve in the ICU.  Violet is currently on a feeding tube and has drains in her abdomen.  She was given a 50/50 chance of survival but so far she is improving a bit. 

Can you help this sweet dog with such a beautiful name?  The color violet represents the future, imagination, and dreams.  Let’s give this girl a future and make her dreams come true!



Theo came to GRRAND from a hoarding situation with 80 other dogs.  He was found in a crate, in absolutely DEPLORABLE conditions.  He is extremely fearful and is a pretty sick guy too.  He was just diagnosed with cardiomyopathy which is a heart disease. He is in the hospital as tests are being run and we are doing what we can to help Theo pull through this! He has never been loved and he’s never had a home other than a crate.  We want to change that.

Theo’s vet bills are adding up quickly and we ask for your support.  Once he begins to heal medically we can concentrate on healing his spirit by providing love and hopefully the perfect home!




Waffles is a beautiful 5-month old golden puppy that GRRAND acquired from a breeder.  She was born with a congenital defect and could not be sold to a new family by her breeder.  GRRAND accepted Waffles, knowing that she would require an expensive surgical procedure to correct this defect.  Waffles was born with her urethra attached to her bladder in the wrong position, so she is leaking urine and is unable to control the urine leakage. 

The surgery will be conducted at GRRAND’s expense by specialists at Ohio State University Vet School within the next couple of months.  We are hopeful that the surgery will correct her urine leakage, but it is not totally guaranteed.  Waffles may also never be able to be spayed because of the risk of weakening of her sphincter muscle.  Wearing diapers on an ongoing basis is not an option because this will likely cause bladder or staph infections. 

Waffles will be looking for a family who is willing to work with her through her medical challenges.   Her many challenges will require a unique family.  Visit the Meet Our Dogs page for a list of requirements.

Just to add a little about her personality: Waffles is a super sweet, goofy little puppy. Yesterday, she was eating the rain as it fell from the sky. She loves people and loves to play with other dogs. She also gets along fine with cats. She has recently discovered swimming, and although she has not mastered it yet, she of course loves that, too.

Will you help this sweet little pup appropriately named “Waffles?”  Please donate to our Critical Care fund.







Look at Charlie’s incredible transition!  Charlie came to GRRAND with a broken femur, cut tongue and bruised ribs and lungs.  He also tested positive for Lyme disease and was infested with ticks.  As a critical care dog, he was highlighted on our website and many of you, through donations, played a vital role in ensuring that he got the medical treatment he needed.

Charlie, sporting a new name (Peanut) has been adopted.  Instead of fighting for his life, he is now focused on toys, joys and ploys!  Just look and the “after” pictures of Peanut.  He is livin’ the life and loving every minute of it!  Peanut is thankful for your donations and prayers and so is GRRAND.