Hi! My name is Suds. Bet you’re wondering where I got that cute name aren’t you? You’ll find out just a little later, but first I want to tell you how I came to be GRRR’s newest (and perhaps sweetest) little Golden Angel. I’m only 6 months old and I never really knew what good lives some lucky Goldens live until I joined GRRR. I came from a place where lots of puppies are born and sold all the time. My mom was very tired, but she loved her puppies dearly and did her best to take care of us. We lived in a wood lined chain link pen that was only 4 x 4 feet. Nobody cleaned the pens, and the poop and urine just mixed together into sludge. That’s what my sister and I were covered with when we were rescued. It was horrible! My sister and I were the only puppies left when a Good Samaritan discovered us in such awful living conditions. Since we were very under-socialized, you can imagine how afraid we were, even of this wonderful human who was there to help us. I was the worst. I was so scared of everything that no one could even get me to stand up. Getting me into the car was quite an ordeal. We went straight to see Dr. Carpenter at Arvada West Veterinarian Hospital. The stink we brought with us was so bad that it was hard for anyone to be around us. People could smell us throughout the hospital. We should have been embarrassed, but we were way too scared for that. A nice lady named Kim said she would find a way to give us baths, but she had no idea what she was in for. After five baths we were still stinky! And that’s how I got my name – Suds. After bath time, I got to meet Dr. Carpenter. I had a limp, but since I would flatten myself to the ground whenever anyone came near me, it was impossible for him to evaluate my orthopedic problem that day. He was able to listen to my heart though, and he found a grade 4 heart murmur. I would need to see a heart specialist soon. While my sister and I were at the hospital, Jennifer and Brian Friend came to pick up their foster. They were very taken with us because we were so beautiful but so frightened. They offered to drive us to Mama Gwen Mann’s home where we would be fostered. What a wonderful family! My sister was adopted right away. I’m slowly coming out of my shell, but I must admit I’m still very timid. I really had no idea what to do after I got out of my muddy dark little cage. It’s a big world out here! Mama Gwen has really been great with me. I’m getting a little better every day and I’m even starting to play with the other dogs. I’m beginning to realize life can really be wonderful. I’ve discovered what it’s like to play on real grass in a backyard. The food here is delicious. I get to sleep on a comfy bed. I learned what cuddling is and how kind human hands can be. I love my foster mom and follow her everywhere like her little shadow. I’ve made new dog friends, and best of all I smell good! I’m kept clean and groomed and my coat is so soft. I went to Alpenglow Veterinary Hospital in Boulder to find out about my heart. The head cardiologist, Dr. Karen Sanderson, is a wonderful friend to rescued dogs like me (and she loves Goldens!). While I was there I had to be carried from room to room because I was too frightened to walk. I was diagnosed with four cardiac problems. The worst one is called sub-aortic stenosis. It’s a genetic heart disorder and my Mom and Dad definitely shouldn’t be having puppies. There is no surgery that can be done to help me. My condition is currently being considered mild to moderate. I will need to have my heart checked twice every year. As I grow up it will progress, and no one knows what the quality of my life will be or how long I’ll live. I’m not worried — I just plan to share all the love that’s in my big Golden heart with my new friends at GRRR and make every day count. Gosh, what if my Good Samaritan hadn’t saved me? I have so much to be thankful for! The Golden Angel Fund provided for all my doctor visits and vaccinations, and I’ll soon see a specialist about my limp. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. It might take a while for me to find my forever home, but I know I’ll always be part of the wonderful GRRR family. Once a GRRR Golden, always a GRRR Golden, and what more could a little fellow like me ever ask for? You have given me a wonderful new start in life and I plan to make it a long one. No matter what comes my way I know I’m never alone. I have all of you!