Rainbow Bridge


Our Rainbow Bridge page is provided to friends and supporters of Golden Rescue South Florida as a means to honor beloved Goldens.

We invite you to memorialize your beloved Golden with a photo and tribute on this page. Please send your tribute to Lisa at RJLPH@outlook.com.  Donations are accepted, but not mandatory; and, may be made by sending a check (made out to GRSF) or by utilizing our PayPal link below.  Your tribute will be available for you and yours to view for a year.


Checks may be mailed to:   

Golden Rescue South Florida

 c/o LeeAnn Runkle

PO Box 17084

Plantation, FL 33318


Donations are tax deductible and 100% of all donations go toward Golden rescue care and medical expenses.

Toby- 2022

Rest in peace our beautiful boy. Thank you for the love you showed us every single minute of every day. We love you endlessly and will miss you forever.


There are no words to describe how much Cookie meant to all of us, but especially to me! We adopted her at 10 months old. She came to us a bit shy and did not trust men in hats.  She was extremely hyper but with time, love and training she became a wonderful pet.  She learned to swim and pretty much jumped in the pool every chance she got.  She loved diving for her toy six feet down to the bottom of our pool.  She loved long walks! She loved traveling in the car and vacationed with us in Chicago, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and especially North Carolina.  We spent our summers in North Carolina so she became my hiking partner! She and I had many hiking adventures together! In Florida she loved boating and chasing the ball on the sand bar!  She was an amazing girl and we miss her terribly! We were so honored to have her the past eleven years! It will be very hard to fill the void she left in our hearts! Thank you Golden Rescue South Florida!

Beni Overbeck

Bailey- 2021

Hi Lisa, I'm sorry to report that we lost Bailey last week to a short battle with cancer.   She lived her life fully to the end, and we miss her very much.   She was rescued from GRSF 9 years and 12 days ago, and we are forever grateful for every day she was a part of our family.

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My sweet Lucy crossed the Rainbow  Bridge yesterday. She  had been my sidekick for 13 years. Thank goodness someone intercepted her being surrendered to MDAS when she was 9 months old. She came to me as a foster and became a foster failure. Of all the Goldens I’ve had, she was my first female. My house is very empty. Everyone says their dog is the best but she was very sweet and special. 


I cannot believe I’m here writing a post for my best friend. No words can describe the emotions that I am feeling right now. 11.5 years just flew by right before my eyes. I was there for you till your last breath

Having you in my life throughout my 30s and exploring life with you was always an adventure. From the Outerbanks, New York, Connecticut, Florida Keys, Blue Ridge Mountains, Tallahassee, car rides, day trips, beach trips, family vacations, countless moves, you were there for me through it all. You were my world, my responsibility, my everything.

You taught me so many things...

🐾 Eat more fruit

🐾 Eat more fish

🐾 Sit by strangers and say Hi

🐾 Have a smile on your face even when facing the worst of pain

🐾 It’s ok to take naps throughout the day

🐾 Invite new friends into your home

🐾 Go for car rides with the windows down


My life has completely changed and a part of me feels empty. I hope you met Oso, Archie, Sammy and Rocky at the bridge. Until we meet again my monsti, my Nittany Girl... Mama loves you my girl.


"In 2014 we saw Shasta on the web site. We thought she was calling out to us when we saw her picture. Then we saw those words that you see when you wait to long: Adoption in progress. Then she was back. Lisa had already been to our home & now we were waiting. We saw Shasta’s face and certainly knew she was waiting for us. She had numerous skin issues, a thin coat & a rat tail with a little fluff of hair at the end. Lisa, of course had told us this, but thought she would be a great match for us.

We arrived at the home of Bonnie & Rudy Reynolds who were fostering Shasta & already showing her love she hadn’t known in her first 6 1/2 years of life. We sat down on the sofa and Shasta came up to us, gently put her paw on Marie’s leg, looked up as if to say, “Can we go home now?” She slept on the back seat with Marie all the way home. Dr Prior, at Village Animal Clinic, soon had her skin cleared up and her coat restored, along with Marie’s constantly and lovingly brushing her and rubbing the knots that were on her ear. We were in love before we met her and Shasta was waiting to pour out her incredible love for us. Shasta’s love was unconditionally given to all who entered our home, having a special place in her heart for children. Shasta filled our home with love & joy. She completed us. Such a sweet, gentle, and loving girl. Shasta passed away on Friday. We are now without her presence and amazing love. Our hearts have a Shasta size hole in them and it hurts so much. While memories will someday sustain us, they don’t compare to touching our girl.

We so thank Bonnie, Lisa, Golden Rescue, Dr Prior and all who cared for Shasta at Village Animal Clinic for the seven wonderful years we were blessed with Shasta.

Marie & Jim M.

Rebecca- 2021

Yesterday the rescue lost a supporter, a volunteer, an adopter and a friend to many people not only in the rescue, but on a worldwide Facebook group all about golden retrievers.  Her baby Noel will miss her mommy.  She fought a long hard battle and now is with her sweet baby Jack.  Rest easy Rebecca.


We lost our sweet Wilson on a Valentine’s Day. He was the most amazing companion, protector, graceful swimmer and talented diver. Most of all he was a loyal and loving friend.

His story was amazing.... from being bailed out from the pet store by “Aunt Carol” to knowing he needed to be with us after we lost our dog, Zeke. He was one of those guys who just ended up where he was totally meant to be.

Although he only lived 7 1/2 years, he lived everyday to the fullest. He loved sunbathing by his pool, barking under the trampoline, stealing food when he could and showing his new little brother Mosey the ropes. We certainly were not ready for him to go, but he was ready and is at peace. After a rough day on Thursday, he rallied and spent Saturday doing yard work with his Dad and enjoying the pool one last time. I told him to tell me when he was ready and Sunday morning he did. Our house and our pool will never be quite the same. We are so sad, but relieved not to see him suffer.

Sara- 2021

Sara, the last of the original “Hodgson Herd” crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. She left us just as she lived her life…quietly and peacefully. We’ll miss her sweet soul.
Bob & Lisa


Words cannot begin to describe the love we had for this majestic Golden despite the fact he was only in our lives for 2 short weeks.

“Classic Golden” is how Lisa described him and she was spot on! Full of love for all, gentle and happy. Lord only knows how much pain he was in but that tail never stopped wagging. How does a Golden, or any dog, end up with cancer being only 6 years old.

We are heartbroken but blessed to have had him in our lives! RIP Ziggy. See you and all of our other fur-babies over the rainbow bridge.


Bob and Lisa helped Kelsey cross The Rainbow Bridge today. She was 15 years old. A long, amazing life for a Golden. Carol pulled Kelsey and her sister from MDAS when they were less than 6 months. She was a foster fail in a heart beat...no matter how many shoes, remotes and phones she destroyed.  Then she welcomed dozens and dozens of fosters to the Hodgson home. She was fondly known as “The Enforcer”. She ran a tight ship. We will miss her dearly.