We felt it was too, but we found out at the rescues we spoke with that age is a big consideration when placing goldens. I honestly feel that it is not the age, but physical condition of the applicants that should be questioned in that can they physically care for the dog. This could be answered with a visitation with the applicants.
And yes, we both work outside the home, but the hours spent with the dogs at night, training classes, field work. I bet we spend as many or more hours of productive time and good ole loving time as those who are blessed to be able to stay at home all day. Again, I feel it is what you do with those hours that can add quality life for a pet.
I am not faulting rescues for their rules at all, in fact many people are honestly weird enough to not be good candidates for any pet, just like better the rescues that have their rules, yet will give good families the chance to prove they can care and love for a rescue. Feel options and rules should be flexible to a one-on-one case basis. The main aim is to find loving, good families for those dogs in their care and believe rescues try their best to do this. They just need to be flexible and sometimes the rules may need to be broken.
Deb, you are so right that it shouldn't be age as the consideration, but physical abilities to care for a dog. I know one golden rescue in our area adopted an older puppy to a man and woman in their eighties. How did he solve the need to exercise the pup? He bought a scooter and used it to walk her on the golf trails that surrounded his home!
I think that puppy is very lucky to have all that exercise, socialization with the golfers and love from her family! I'd adopt to you any day Deb- your dogs have a fantastic life with you two, and have a great farm in East Texas to visit often!
I also can't help but feel sad for all the dogs needing good homes but will wait (or suffer worse fate in kill shelters) for a home and family simply because potential adopters are dismissed from consideration because they must work for a living and the rescue adoption coordinators feel that isn't acceptable for some reason. How do they expect adopters to provide for the animals health and welfare without some sort of income? Most of us don't come with inheritances that provide for us our entire lives! For some reason I suspect these same organizations would also dismiss someone applying without a visible means of support or a place to call home! So I guess there is a limited "market" for their dogs- young to middle age couples with a home, without young children where at least one adult stays or works from home. hmmmm. That isn't reflective of today's society. That's why a home visit or one on one interview is important, just to discuss individual circumstances and situations.
There are some dogs in rescue who do need a specific home environment or a specific type of adopter just due to the abuse, neglect or treatment they received before rescue. For example, some dogs coming into rescue are very afraid of men and it might be best to place such a dog with a single female. A breeder mill fearful female might do better in a quieter home environment. In the majority of the cases I believe rescues do fantastic jobs at matching a rescue dog's needs to people who can care for them and nurture them, but sometimes things *might* get carried away a bit too much in some organizations.
Good luck to the OP. I hope you find a new one soon!