Joy is a special-needs Golden Retriever. She was injured as a six-week-old puppy and lost the use of her hind end. Rescued by Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM), she was outfitted with wheelchair and looked after by a loving foster family.

The wheelchair was custom modified with neon pink "noodles" to keep her afloat so she can swim and enjoy the water like every other Golden Retriever.

P.S. Joy did end up finding a wonderful forever home - with her foster family. They decided to keep her and she now enjoys swimming, playing fetch and playing with her sister.(Source)

Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota, Inc. has been rescuing Golden Retrievers since 1985. It all started with one homeless Golden Retriever whose time was up at a shelter. Hank and Jane Nygaard took her in and after getting her spayed and all of her vaccinations they found this lucky Golden a new home.

After the first Golden there always seemed to be another that needed to find a home. That is how RAGOM was started. In the past, the group has existed largely due to the selflessness, generosity, energy and boundless love for Golden Retrievers of Jane Nygaard, Chick Myers, Agnes Rambeck, Ardis Brown and others. Please Visit


Responses to "Golden Retriever with disabilities swims with wheelchair (Video)"

  1. M.J. Berling says:

    beautiful dog..great story..wonderful people who help animals in need!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Amazing story. A retriever doing what a retriever needs to do.

  3. Unknown says:

    Thank you for all that you do for these animals! They all deserve to be saved regardless of their disabilities! Thank you again!

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