You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we think Nebraskans—living in the heart of the United States—deserve a dog with a heart of gold.

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…Golden Retriever
Located in the center of the country, Nebraska is the heart of the United States. Friend is the name of an actual Nebraska city and is known as the place where “there are smiles for miles.” The Friend police station is one of the smallest police stations in the world, and is physically so small because of the city’s low crime rate. In fact, Nebraska is one of the five happiest states, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. If you’re a Nebraskan looking for a dog, get one that is full of heart and will be a lifelong friend. Get a Golden Retriever.

Goldens are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world and for good reason: they get along with everyone, are adorable, and are highly intelligent. Hollywood loves casting Golden Retrievers as heroes and best friends. From Homeward Bound to all the Air Bud movies (aren’t these dogs running out of sports to play?), Golden Retrievers are constantly showing off their high capacity for learning and their undying loyalty to their owners, not to mention their movie star good looks. Golden Retrievers’ heart-melting cuteness is often used as a marketing tool. Plopping a Golden into any advertisement guarantees a spike in sales and heart warmth.

But Goldens love having jobs beyond acting and modeling. They were originally bred for hunting and retrieving game (get it?). Today, their skills are put to use as therapy dogs. Goldens are “pack” dogs, meaning they love to be included in family activities, remaining puppyish and playful into adulthood. Golden Retrievers are happiest when they are making people happy. If you’re ready to fill your Nebraska home with more joy, look for a Golden Retriever to adopt using these resources.

Nebraska Golden Retriever Rescue Resources:
Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska
Pets in Omaha: Meet GRRIN
Nebraska Golden Retriever Rescue


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