Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota: RAGOM is a 501(c)(3) organization, rescuing Golden Retrievers and re-homing them through adoption since 1985. Serving Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Adopted Dogs

I've been Adopted!

Poppy 12-106
(Fostered in Blaine, MN)

Sponsored by:

JL and Mary Walus


This dog came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder and has not been adequately socialized to humans. RAGOM requires that any adoptive homes contain a physical fence (due to the risk of escape); another fairly confident medium to large sized dog to role model from (everything is new and scary for them); no children under 10 years old in the home (normal kid behavior scares these dogs). Our goal is to find the forever family for these dogs and our experience leads us to use these criteria.



Good luck on your road to recovery! Love Macy P. Good luck on your road to recovery! Love Macy P.



Drumroll please....(I like to make an entrance)

Hello everyone, my name is Poppy, or as my foster mom (FM) calls me, Pop Star. I arrived in Minnesota on 3/25/12 with 21 of my best gal pals. We are looking for a new start from our lives in Missouri where our job was to breed puppies. FM has the right idea, Pop Star could be my next big thing. I composed a song "The Kennel Blues" which I sang for my family every night for 4 nights. They said they were going to bed so I figured it was the perfect time to burst into song. Imagine my surprise to find out my foster family did not enjoy my debut song. FM said we could collaborate on my next song which she swears will be a hit, she calls it "Silence is Golden." While the song is not quite finished, I performed a sampling of this new song last night and it brought down the house! Guess FM knows what she's talking about.

Life outside a crate is AMAZING. There is so much to see, smell and lick. I went to the vet for a checkup and I guess I'm a little on the skinny side, I only weigh 40 pounds. A girl my age (DOB 4/24/11) should weigh about 50 pounds. I don't think it'll take me long to put on weight as I love all the treats I get to take right from FM's hand. Everyone at the vet thought I was the sweetest thing ever so I let them pet me as much as they wanted. I have an ear infection that I'm getting treated for, everything else looked great. The vet took pictures of my belly and said I don't have any babies so I should be able to get spayed very soon.

I've had a chance to learn about the finer things in life; I no longer eat off a paper plate or drink my water from a bucket. I've learned it's much nicer to enjoy these things from a bowl and I don't like to eat in bed ((my crate) FD should follow my lead on that one)). The finest thing of all is learning that humans can be good. My FM is giving me the time and space to figure out how great this life change will be. FM loves me and gives me amazing belly rubs, foot rubs and I even love getting a bath (I've never smelled soooo good).

FM talks to me everyday about how great my life will be once I find my own family. She tells me she will always be my biggest fan because she's seen me overcome such difficult challenges in such a short amount of time. We've started a list of what I need. I don't want to be known as one of those "high maintenance" pop stars but if you wanna be my new family, I must have the following:

  1. Another dog (cannot be a small breed) as a dog helps me learn what's OK and is a great confidence booster.
  2. A physical fence
  3. No kids under the age of 10. While I like kids (I have already met a couple and thought they were pretty great) but they can be unpredictable by making sudden movements that could scare me and make me defend myself if a way that I wouldn't normally. Kids over 10 are more likely to listen and follow the directions from an adult on how to behave around me.
  4. Committed to me for the long haul, I have a good 10-12 years in me and want to spend all that time with ONE family as stability will be important to me.
  5. This is not a deal breaker but I just thought I'd throw it in there...I'd really like an endless supply of "Frosty Paws." It was a beautiful day outside so FM brought out this ice cream treat just for was soooo delicious!

If you'd like to set up a private meet and greet...just have your agent get in touch with mine.



Hello everyone.  I'm backkkkk.  I haven't updated in awhile as I've been a very busy girl.  In my first update I mentioned my love of singing.  Since then I've taken my talents to the big screen- Foster Mom and I have been busy working on a video which we hope to have completed in the next few days and will post a link for all to see. 

I've learned a lot about myself these past few weeks such as:

*Sitting on FM's lap in the rocker, it!

*I love going to work with FM - everyday people visit me and tell FM they can't believe how I just curl up in the corner and hang out.  Today I really surprised FM, her day was full of interviews and two times during the interviews I wandered over to meet theses strangers in her office.  Fun times!!

*I'm a great helper in the yard, I love to help FM pull all the old/dead leaves/plants from the flower beds.

*I ride really well in the car, just ask FM, she says I'm the best dog when it comes to riding.  I just have to be careful not to eat before riding as I tend to get car sick.

*Most importantly I'm learning that humans can be kind and loving.  Since leaving my old life behind, I have only met people who love me and want me to find the best home possible.  We went to Chuck and Don's last weekend and I met some really great people who seemed like they could do just that.

Stay video will be released shortly.


Hello everyone.  I want to give a special shout out to JL and Mary Walus.  These wonderful people have donated money to RAGOM to help with some of my expenses- I am truly touched that you are helping to support me and my golden friends.

See you soon!



Hello everyone.  I know it's been a while since you've been able to see what I've been up to but I assure you I've been having the time of my life.  My foster family went on vacation and I spent 10 days with another foster family who treated me like the princess I always knew I was.  I've been experiencing so many new things (can I just say, swimming RULES and in my video you'll see just how much I enjoyed it).  So...After a few production glitches, my video is finally ready for the world to see.   The video link is below.  ENJOY!


6/5/12...A bittersweet day for foster mom and her co-workers.  Poppy has been blessed with an amazing furever home.  We (FM & co-workers) we so sad to see her leave as she developed quite a fan base in the office.  People had started to consider her our company mascot.   Everyone knew she would be leaving last Tuesday so when her new mom came to the office to pick her up, there was a parade of people coming by to say their final good bye's.  We all knew there would come a day when Poppy would have to move on but we didn't anticipate how tough it would be.  We all miss her terribly but take great comfort in knowing that she is with a 3 time RAGOM adoptive family who clearly were meant to be the family for her.

Congrats "M" family- I'm so glad I was able to help you find the newest member of your family.