Cindy Scarlett #3443

Cindy Scarlett #3443

Age: 6.5 years

Gender: Female

Breed: Golden Retriever

Status: Sanctuary


Update: December 12, 2020

Not only has Cindy blossomed during this past year, she’s bloomed, growing in confidence and becoming more of the lap dog her doting mom loves.

Despite the passing of Hazel, her supportive sister, she’s found her own “footing”, is sweeter than sweet and happiest when in her own secure world. She now goes out into the backyard alone to soak up the sun, plays contentedly with her toys and eagerly engages in games of fetch. 

Not that she doesn’t crave cuddle time — and paw-lenty of it — because she does! To Cindy, cuddling with her mom on the couch is pure doggy bliss. She’s even accompanied her to work, staying quiet and calm in the company of her mom’s co-workers, although she’s still not interested in socializing with other dogs.

Famously fond of car rides and walks, she’s walking longer distances each day, and with low weight no longer an issue, she now has to count her calories! Her pet peeve, however, remains, bath time. Unlike most Goldens who thrive on being pampered and bathed, the most Cindy will tolerate, to date, is being brushed. Health wise, she’s still on a special diet due to her pancreatic insufficiency and still suffers from ear infections that her mom conscientiously tends to and the vet monitors.

“What makes me smile,” says Cindy’s mom, “is the proud way she prances around with one of her toys or mail that I’ve put aside to recycle. Or when we’re in the car and she leans against my shoulder, putting her head close to mine to see what I see. 

“She’s just a funny, adorable, sweet little girl and I love her with my full heart.”


Cindy Scarlett came to GRRMF suffering from malnutrition, a urinary tract infection (UTI), and mite infestation. Lab work diagnosed her with EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) and she requires pancreatic enzymes mixed with wet food and a low fat diet. Her special needs to ensure this potentially deadly disease stays in check and she has the consistent care and monitoring, Cindy has been selected as a GRRMF Sanctuary pup as of April 1.


Cindy continues to gain confidence but still needs the back up and reassurance of her mom and sister Hazel. Her health has improved, achieving weight gain to 50 lbs in January and in continuous need of her special diet, medication and enzymes to survive. To support her well-being requires a lifetime budget of approximately $300 per month to continue her progress and maintain her health. Her mom continues to work on her commands, recognizing her name, eye contact and helping Cindy relax and trust. Each day she gets a little more comfortable with things she has reacted to in the past and is developing into a typical two-year old sometimes “forgetting” her behavior training. She loves her foster sister and is always by her side ready to play.


Each night she THANKS each of you and GRRMF for embracing her and helping her survive. With her belly full, she is beginning to feel better and she is experiencing the loving interaction of a human – what a wonderful feeling that must be to a once scared and starving youngster!  How priceless is that!!


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