Linda was born in New York but her last home, before moving to Florida, was Seattle, Washington. She and her husband moved to Florida in October 2010 when he got a new job in the area. Seattle’s loss was EGRR’s gain. Linda contacted us shortly after moving to the area because she had been involved in Rescue before and wanted to continue her work.
Animals and dogs in particular, are the focus of her life. In addition to having her own 3 year old Golden, Takoda, who she and her husband consider to be their child, Linda has worked for the past 10 years as a pet sitter and of course is a foster mom. Takoda has several Obedience certificates and is listed in the Canine Good Citizen Archives by the American Kennel Club (AKC). She and Takoda plan on becoming certified as a therapy dog team.
Just so you don’t think that Linda has no other interests, she and Takoda love to get out on the ocean with their Stand Up Paddle Board. Takoda just loves it! Linda also likes traveling, working out, and reading stories about animals. He favorite author is David Rosenfelt who writes about Andy Carpenter, the lawyer to the dogs and the Tara Foundation.
Linda and her husband have always had Golden Retrievers, starting with Lexi and Murphy who were foster-to-adopt dogs, and of course there is now Takoda. We asked Linda how she got involved in with Rescue and this is what she told us. “Years ago I noticed a Golden Retriever tied to a tree in his back yard all the time. I left a note on this person’s front door telling him that if he did not want his Golden, I would find a home for him… and so my journey began with the Golden Retriever Rescue. Why Goldens and not some other breed you ask? I can’t save them all but; I can save one golden at a time.”
Over the past 10 years, Linda has worked as a foster mom fostering 20 to 25 dogs. Of these dogs, there were two that were especially hard to let go –
Hunter, who she fostered in Dallas, and EGRR’s very own Nahla. They each just grabbed a piece of her heart. There were none, however, that she was anxious to get rid of.
The most rewarding part of the job she tells us, is seeing how fast a Golden heart can be turned around, and knowing that you are making a difference in the canine world. The most frustrating is letting them go because you think that you are the only one who can give them the best love/home.