Cotton is one of our longest residents. She came to our farm in 2006 at less than one year old. She belonged to a neighbor, but she was in love with Chester and Cosmo. Our neighbor gave her to us and she has been one of our favorite dogs ever since. She used to love to play with tennis balls and go to horse shows. Now, like the loyal sheepdog mix she is, she guards the horses every day. At night she retires to her bed. She has seen many dogs come and go on our farm. It will be a sad day when she leaves us.
Just before Easter in 2016 we saw a post showing a bonded pair of senior dogs at the Downey Animal Care Center. Crystal and Cinnamon looked quite pathetic. How could we say no? We believe Cinnamon was Crystal's mom. Sadly we lost Cinnamon in 2018. Crystal, who we believe is a 2006 baby, is doing well. She appears to be boxer and staffordshire terrier, but has the bark of a beagle. When we adopted her and Cinnamon they had no idea what grass was. They were afraid to go indoors and clearly had never experienced human love. To this day we have never seen Crystal wag her tail but at least she no longer keeps it tucked under herself!
Rescued from the Los Angeles City North Central Shelter in October 2017, her name was "Effie." She is twelve years old going on two! She loves running around the entire farm! This 2007 model has no idea how old she is, and we don't plan on telling her!
"Patrina" was her name at the Downey Animal Care Center. We rescued her just before Thanksgiving in 2017. Another 2006 model with no idea she is a senior. She has quite the personality! She doesn't like others getting love when we are loving her, but barges in on other dog's love moments without a second thought.
"Isabel" was our foster failure! We fostered her for the Los Angeles City North Central Shelter in November of 2017. We tried to find her a forever home but she and all the clients at Goldspirit Farm decided that we are her forever home! This dog is amazing. She breaks every stereotype about staffordshire terriers and pitbulls. She is the biggest love and does not have an aggressive bone in her body!
When we lose one dog, we can't wait to save another. Clouseau was adopted from the North Central Los Angeles Shelter to honor Champ's passing. Clouseau is a ten year old gray staffordshire terrier just like champ. He has four good legs to walk on, but quite a lot of arthritis. He is fitting in great with all the ladies and gents. he is sweet soul and we are happy to welcome him into our pack
They called her "Lucky" at the Los Angeles County Animal Care Center in Lancaster. At about ten years of age, with cranial muscular atrophy, no one was going to adopt this owner surrender dog. So we did in May of 2018! She is the biggest love. Although deaf and nearly blind, she is amazing. Her depth perception is off, but can she is able to navigate around the farm and backyard just fine!
Susan went to the Lancaster Animal Care Center to adopt a fifteen year old dog who was rescued by another non-profit. Not wanting to leave empty handed, she found Crooked. Crooked was owner surrendered that day; she had not even been evaluated by a veterinarian yet. She could barely walk or stand on her own. We thought for sure we were adopting a hospice dog. It turns out, however, that old dog vestibular syndrome is quite treatable, and fairly inexpensive. She is doing great today. She sometimes walks in circles and holds her head at a tilt. Hence the name.
Before we became an adoption partner with the County of Los Angeles, we were prohibited from adopting "rescue only" dogs. Susan went to the Downey Animal Care Center to adopt a dog that had to be an only dog but we did not have the pull rights to take her. We could only save one dog that day. After meeting several dogs, we chose Copper. She is a funny looking 2008 golden retriever mix. Paul calls her "Happy" because she always is! Of course, she is always hungry too! That's dogs!
Susan was asked to come adopt "pretty mamma" from the Downey Animal Care Center in September of 2018. She was ten years old and red listed to be PTS. She was so shy and scared, she would not lift her head to greet us or to be petted. Of course we would take her! She is now living up to her name. She loves to carry toys around in her mouth. She loves to run as fast she can across the cross country field and onto her bed. She loves to stand guard and protect us. She is one of the most grateful dogs we have!
Word gets out when a rescue group is at the shelter. A kennel attendant pulled Susan aside when she was looking at courage and asked if she could look at another dog. She was old, sick, and was not even available to the public. Her life would be doomed. Except that we look for those old, sick, ugly dogs. So crusty has a forever home with us! She is at least twelve, if not older. She has an auto-immune problem and skin irritations that we have treated with multiple medications to no avail. She also has a hernia that has probably been there for many years. She has been to three vets; all agree to leave her as is; surgery would probably be worse for her at her age and condition. She is none for the worse. She is happy and loves life!
Sometimes you just have to go to the shelter and adopt a dog! Such was a day for Cooper, a 2008 Golden Retriever. His name was Jack and he had been at the Los Angeles City West Valley Animal Shelter for a while. We were a little unsure of getting a male dog as Clive is a dominant dog, but Jack was good in the play group with another male. We love big dogs, so home he came! Cooper has a little separation anxiety, but is otherwise happy to hang out with his pack.
"Penelope," a 2006 Staffordshire Terrier, was not doing well at the West Valley Animal Shelter. She was depressed, shutting down and had trouble moving and getting up. Without our intervention, this adorable dog would not be with us now. With a little arthritis medicine, love, and room to move, her arthritis doesn't hold her back. She loves to walk to the barn and back. Her arthritic knees make her very bowed legged, but it doesn't keep her from running around!
"Pup" was an hour away from being PTS at the Los Angeles County Palmdale Animal Care Center when we adopted her. They said she could not get up or walk; you should see the video of her springing out of the shelter. This 2003, 16 year young dog loves to walk the entire 660 meter gallop track every day! Nothing slows her down! It is so great to see a dog that was called crippled, walking for hours. She is living it up!
We saved Candy in 2013 after another dog we had for only a few months tragically died suddenly. Clive was heartbroken and needed a new chew toy. Candy, a 2008 mix of unknown breeds who we adopted from the Palmdale Animal Care Center, was the answer. She is our alpha and keeps everyone in line. At 11 years of age, she is a senior now! Ssh. Don't tell her that; her nickname is "fastest dog."
This dog was literally dumped from a moving pick-up truck at the cemetery up the street from our farm. At two years of age and un-neutered in 2012, he was quite a handful. He has mellowed with age, but still thinks he is the alpha. He is quite the love and a favorite of many of the clients at Goldspirit Farm.
We are always looking for the next resident of Golden Years Dog Sanctuary.
After thirteen years at Goldspirit Farm, Cosmo was finally ready to say goodbye. On Thursday February 7, Cosmo was ready. He didn't want to eat or get up. We set an appointment with the vet. On Friday, Cosmo had a great day. He had cat food ( what dog doesn't love cat food), turkey and even dog food. He walked to the barn for the last time and put himself to bed. We found him one day in 2006, as Susan was leaving the farm to run errands, there was a scruffy dog outside the gate. She fed him Cheetos and they became instant friends. At fifteen, Cosmo is the longest four-legged resident at Goldspirit farm. Just before Thanksgiving he gave us a scare and we thought his time had come. But with a little medicine and laser treatment, he is doing great.
His name was "Muerto" on the owner surrender papers. Volunteers changed his name to "Vivo." When we rescued this 2009 Pit Bull from the Los Angeles County Lancaster Animal Care Center, he could not walk on his hind legs; he dragged them behind. We thought we were going to have to humanely euthanize him. Lo and behold what a little steroid can do! Not only can he walk, but he can climb the steps into the dogominum and even run. at his pace! For two months Champ was loved, was able to be free and wander the grounds, and have lots of 4-legged friends. Unfortunately, his time with us was too short; he died in his sleep only two months after we rescued him.
Another 15 year old owner surrender. Charcoal also came from the East Valley Animal Shelter. She developed a heart condition where her heart would stop beating for a moment and she would fall down. We always woke her up and she would jump up, as if to say, "Just kidding. I am not quite ready to go yet." This went on for about six months! She wanted to be around for our big open house. It was her day, and she basked in the attention. We think she thought it was all for her. She died the next day.
This dog was amazing! She was at least ten when we adopted this deaf, partly blind, sick dog that was most definitely abused. She was scared of everyone and everything in the beginning. We joked she would live forever because she wanted ten good years with us to make up for her earlier life. She had her daily schedule: sleeping on her bed at night, spending the day in the corner of the arena, and always making it back to her bed for dinner. One day she walked out of her stall and laid down at Susan's feet. Cozy knew her time was up and Susan laid with her for her last minutes.
People said we were cruel to call her chicken little, but she was so scared when we adopted her from the North Central Animal Shelter. She was brought in as an owner surrender at age 14 with another dog. Some rescue took her friend and left her in a loud shelter for months, until we came along. She wasn't the most social dog, but she loved her life on the farm. In the summer of 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer. We did what we could to help her, but she died peacefully in her sleep on a hot August night with the fans blowing and Paul and Susan by her side. She was 15.
If ever there was a dog that needed saving! Cornelius was owner surrendered at the Los Angeles City East Valley Shelter with a request to put him down! He was 15, semi- crippled, and mostly blind with all sorts of lumps. He looked like a dog that could be in the movie Nightmare Before Christmas! He had lots of spunk! He wanted to get with all the girls. He was Crackerjack's best friend. One night, he just seemed a little off, and the next day he went to sun himself and simply fell asleep. We gave him five wonderful months.
You may have noticed that every dog has a name beginning with the letter "C." Susan adopted her first dog the day she closed escrow at Goldspirit Farm. She named her Cody. She then saved Chrissy from a life on a chain. Cujo was a 145 pound German Shepherd that Susan found blocking the driveway on a nearby farm. A client convinced Susan to adopt Cali because she had a "C" name and would fit in with the group. Then one morning two puppies were dumped in a box outside the gate. Susan's brother took one puppy who lived to be fifteen. The other puppy was named Oscar. After only two weeks at the farm, this eight week old Old English Sheepdog mix went for a walk over the hill and never came back. It was decided that all dogs living at Goldspirit Farm needed a "C" name. A few dogs have few come through our gates and were adopted out before were given a "C"name. Since 1999 the following dogs with a "C" name have had a short or long stay at Goldspirit Farm:
Cody, Chrissy, Cali, Cujo, C.D, Charlie, Cookie , Chopper, Colonel, Cupcake, Connie, Curly, Clondike, Citty, Chocolate, Caluha, Camper, Carmel, Carli, Cutie Pie, Corky, Charlotte, C.C, Cassie, Coffee, Charity, Cornelius, Charles, CoCo, Chicken Little, Charcoal, Cozy, Catie, Cotton, Cosmo, Chester, Cinnamon, Crystal, Cappaccino, Cornbread, Crackerjack, Clover, Crooked, Copper, Courage, Crusty, Cooper, Cruiser, Chance, Champ