Bald Golden Retriever Dumped at Shelter, Waits for a Forever Home for Months

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I lost my beloved golden retriever Bud at only 8-years-old to a hideous blood borne cancer. The cancer was so aggressive, he went from feeling fine one day to passing only three days later. I wanted to honor him by rescuing another special golden in need.


I was looking on the website of DFW Metro Golden Retriever Rescue when I saw her. She was 1-year-old. She had a fleece coat on. She had sweet gentle eyes. And… she was completely bald except for the hair on her ears. She had a rare, one in a million condition called Follicular Dysplasia. When she was a puppy and her puppy hair fell out, her hair follicles closed up and adult hair never grew in. Her owners did not want her because of the way she looked. She was dumped at the rescue like a disposable life. I knew I had to have her. She had been at the rescue for five months, when the average time to be adopted was two weeks.

I took Peanut home, and she laid her head in my lap as if to say “thank you” and fell asleep. I knew then I had the perfect companion. Peanut had a sweetness about her that rivaled no other. She truly was one in a million in more ways than one. I lost her in 2013 to bone cancer. She was 12-years-old. Sweet Peanut enriched my life beyond anything I can put into words. I sure miss you, girl! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect dog.


Story submitted by Jennifer Cagle from Plano, Texas.

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