Thanks all! He's still doing very well, and is adjusting to his new home well.
Today was a new experience for him - I took him to the groomer! He had several mats that needed to be brushed out or clipped, and he needed his nails done. Knowing how easy it can be to cut their skin when clipping, I prefer to let a professional do it - I know the owner of this place and all of his groomers are top notch. He needed a bath too. We had to get all that "outside dog" off him.
Welcome Ryan, congratulations on Max, he's absolutely gorgeous, great pictures.
Did you get Max through AGA or the GR Rescue of Atlanta? Both are great groups- I use to help with a GR Rescue in my state and worked with the Intake Coordinator from AGA some. My group closed down almost 2 years ago unfortunately, really miss being involved with a group.
So sorry for your loss of Jake. My first Golden I got for my son so he would have a dog to grow up with, very similiar situation as yours , as he is an only child too. Taz lived to be 15.5, he passed in Feb. 2011. My son is a little younger than you, he lives in the Franklin Park area. He travels for his job and is rarely in Atlanta though.
I have tow Goldens, my girl was adopted from CFGRR, that's the group I use to help. She will be 8 next month and I have a 3 yr. old boy that I found at my County Humane Society-I am the lucky one.
Enjoy your new boy, hope to see more pictures of Max in the future.
Thanks! I got him from Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta. I applied to both here including "Adopt-a-Golden." GRRA just had more dogs so I set up a meet and greet and it only took one time! Once Max gets settled in and knows this is his home and he's done "moving" I'll think about volunteering because it's something I'd like to do as well.
I was lucky with Jake as well - I found him in the animal shelter in the suburbs of Atlanta. I believe we only had to pay $25 to adopt him and he was great. Finding a dog like that in a shelter is usually rare. All of the shelters around here seem to be pretty good about letting the two rescues know when there's a golden in, and someone will go take the dog out of that shelter (thank goodness).
Also - that is so cool that you are a pilot! How did you get into that?
Well, I'm the only one in the family that does it. No one else has ever flown. I've just always loved airplanes, ever since I was a toddler. It was my dream to be an airline pilot, and I took my first flight lesson at 13. I achieved my goal of being an airline pilot when I was 23. The industry is just really, really crappy right now - but a few years down the road, I'll see what's going on. I'm certainly not done flying, I just think of this time as a hiatus.