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Rescued Golden Retriever Discovers The Joy Of His New Garden After A Difficult Past [Video]



Quick Smiles:

  • Brooklyn, once destined for a slaughterhouse in China, now basks in the joy of his U.K. garden.
  • Quickly bonding with his new brother Stanley, he transitioned from a nervous rescue to a confident, playful dog.
  • Penny, his human, celebrates Brooklyn’s transformation and treasures every day with her “golden family.”

For many of us, enjoying the warm sunlight and fresh air of our backyards is a routine pleasure.

But for Brooklyn, a U.K.-based golden retriever, these moments symbolize a new lease on life, especially after the hardships he faced before March 2021.


Brooklyn says hi and thank you to all his lovely new followers. We’ll be sharing all the details of his story and his new life, so please come along 🧡 #rescue #rescuedog #goldenretriever ♬ Little Things – Adrian Berenguer

Brooklyn’s rescue tale began in 2021 when he was saved by Harbin SHS Animal Rescue from a truck bound for a slaughterhouse in China.

At the point of his rescue, he was grappling with a serious illness and was in dire need of daily care and rehabilitation.

“He came to us at 2 years and 9 months old,” Brooklyn’s mom, Penny France, shared with The Dodo. The journey that led Penny to Brooklyn started with a social media post.


“It was a good friend of mine that found Brooklyn on Harbin SHS’s Instagram page and shared the post with me, with the message ‘brother for Stanley?’ I applied for him instantly!”

The long road from China, through Amsterdam and France, finally led Brooklyn to Cobham, U.K., in June. His first moments at his new home were filled with apprehension, but they also hinted at a budding trust.

“You could tell that he wanted to love and trust us immediately,” France recounted. “Roughly two hours after arriving … Brooklyn approached me, pushed his head into my chest and cuddled me for about 10 minutes straight.”

“I sat there with him, holding him, and cried my heart out,” she added.


At 2am on Thursday 1st June 2023, the beautiful Brooklyn arrived at our home after travelling from China, through Amsterdam, France and finally making it to Cobham, UK! Brooklyn was rescued from a meat truck on its way to a slaughter house in China, back in March of 2021 at just 6 months old. Since then Brooklyn has been kept safe and loved by the absolutely unbelievable team @Harbin_shs until he found his forever family. Brooklyn is now 2 years 9 months and settling into his new life as a Randall-France, with his big brother Stanley extremely well! I cannot explain how incredible Harbin SHS are as a charity. What they do is unthinkable and we’re so thankful for all their work, which has given us another golden gift 🧡 #rescue #goldenretriever #rescuedog ♬ Get You The Moon – Kina


In no time, Brooklyn was introduced to Stanley, his new furry sibling. Their instant camaraderie was evident.

“Thankfully, when he met Stanley, they became the best of friends almost instantly,” France observed. “Stanley brought out a totally new side of Brooklyn, and I think it helped Brooklyn realize that he was safe.”

Brooklyn’s initial days at his new home saw him seeking comfort in his crate, but with time and love, he began exploring and making himself at home.

Reflecting on Brooklyn’s journey, Penny expressed her gratitude for his resilience and adaptability.

“Brooklyn is one of the lucky ones,” she pointed out. “He honestly settled quicker than I could ever have imagined, and he is such a confident, loving and gentle boy.”


Watching Brooklyn relish their garden is a sight Penny cherishes.

“It was incredible to watch Brooklyn take in his new home and garden,” she reminisced. “I was happy, I was emotional, but I also felt this huge sense of relief because you could see he felt safe and content.”

“Watching him play in the garden with Stanley makes my heart explode,” she gushed. “I could sit and watch them play together for hours because it’s like living in a real-life Disney movie.”


The duo’s adventures aren’t limited to the backyard. Long walks, boat trips, beach visits, and more are all a part of their regular escapades.

“We are your typical DINKWAD (dual income, no kids with a dog … now two) family. So, our life revolves around the two boys,” Penny quipped.

Describing some of Brooklyn’s favorite activities, Penny shared, “He LOVES food.”

“After everything he has been through, he loves people, and he just wants cuddles and attention.”


Brooklyn is so in love with his nanny and they have matchy hairfur 🤍 #brooklynishome #rescuedog #rescue #goldenretriever #golden ♬ Loved You Before – Natalie Taylor


From his initial nervous demeanor in June 2023 to his joyful, vivacious spirit now, Brooklyn’s transformation is heartwarming.

“Brooklyn is so confident now — he is cheeky, he loves attention, he is super affectionate and he does not care about the repercussions of stealing food!” Penny laughingly shared.

Reflecting on the lessons from their journey, she said, “He has shown us that patience is everything and showed me that taking risks and stepping into the unknown often has wonderful results.”