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Madeline originally found her way to Rescue after being picked up as a stray in Massachusetts. Maddie was in sad shape – she was almost hairless and her skin was bright red and inflamed. She had severe skin and ear infections, lots of scabs, and was covered in fleas. Her teeth were worn and needed work, as well. The shelter staff unsurprisingly reported that this poor girl was depressed, though she had a very sweet personality.
Maddie went directly to one of the vet hospitals YGRR works with and a treatment plan was set in motion for her. She had a complete senior workup including a dentistry, x-rays, bloodwork, and a complete thyroid profile. As we suspected, Madeline was severely hypothyroid. This condition, which is easily remedied by supplementing the underactive thyroid gland with a tiny pill twice daily, causes obesity, skin infections, hair loss, and eventually leads to neurological symptoms. It is very common in Golden Retrievers and is easily and inexpensively managed.
Maddie was put on Soloxine for her underactive thyroid and antibiotics for her skin. During her stay at Riverview, her true personality emerged as she felt better and better. She was a good girl for all her medicated baths and over time she transformed into a happy and outgoing Golden girl with a beautiful, flowing coat!
Madeline was matched up with a long-time volunteer and multi-time repeat adopter. He was absolutely in love with his Maddie-girl, and said she was the best dog he had ever owned. Maddie returned his adoration and they were an inseparable pair. Sadly, after a year-and-a-half together, Maddie’s adopter passed away unexpectedly. YGRR’s safety net was there for Maddie, and she quickly came back into our program.
addie settled right back into life at Riverview and was soon adopted again. Madeline has settled in beautifully in her new home. Her adopter reports that she is just the most perfect girl and she has filled the empty spot in her home and heart left by the passing of her other Golden. Maddie is happy to be back in a home, as well. YGRR is proud that once a dog comes to us, we look out for her for her entire lifetime, and we are sure that Maddie’s original adopter is smiling down on his girl from above.
 

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I love happy tales! Thanks for sharing. She's a beautiful girl, inside and out.
 

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A big thank you to all for helping this beautiful girl.
 
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