We need $8,000 to help pay Murphy’s mounting expenses. Could you help us reach our goal?


During the holiday season, late in December 2016, while we were all celebrating holidays with family and friends, both human and furry, a tiny puppy – Murphy – came into our rescue. We took Murphy to our vets and found that Murphy not only had a heart condition, but later found that he also has hip dysplasia. His expenses have grown to levels where we are asking for your help. Murphy had his total hip replacement earlier this week and we will update you with pictures and his progress to recovery very soon. No donation is too small or too big. Please consider supporting Murphy by making a donation today. 



June 7, 2018
Murphy is a beautiful, almost 2 yr old golden who has had a rough start to his short life. He came into GRRoW as a young puppy after his owner purchased him from a breeder, learned that he had a heart murmur and wasn’t able to financially care for him. Murphy has a grade 3 murmur, which doesn’t affect his quality of life and he currently shows no symptoms. However, he shouldn’t over exert himself and he will need annual exams by a specialist to monitor his condition. It’s possible that if the murmur becomes worse, he may need medication and more frequent monitoring.

If that wasn’t enough for Murphy, shortly after his first birthday, he underwent a hip replacement. He completed an extensive rehab process with the help of his foster family and now he’s feeling so much better! He’s ready to find a forever family that understands he needs consistent, but not strenuous exercise (he would love a doggy sibling who wouldn’t be too rough with him); a family that will be willing to provide the financial means to monitor and care for both his heart condition and the possibility he may need to have his other hip replaced at some point in the future.

Murphy has matured in many ways. He is a cuddler and loves to be with people. He is still fearful of new situations and people, but gains confidence with patience. He is food motivated and a quick learner. He will be a good candidate for obedience classes; realizing that you will need to be patient at the onset. Murphy does well with cats and dogs of all ages and sizes—playing appropriately. He is good with children of all ages; however, he does not recognize his size and may inadvertently knock a small child over who is walking nearby.

His adoptive family should be aware that Murphy drips water from his mouth when drinking and does create a mess. We encourage him to eat slowly by using the Outward Hound Fun Feeder Interactive Dog Bowl; otherwise, his food can be poured out onto the floor. Murphy is crate trained and will often lie in his bed voluntarily. However, we have not found him to be destructive when left alone outside the crate.

Although we do not believe that he is a “flight risk,” we would not advise allowing Murphy to be outside without being leashed or in a fenced in area—as he could get spooked and run. He loves to go on walks, but still needs work on not pulling. He would benefit from a 1 to 2 mile walk per day for exercise. Overall, he is a sweet golden who will make some lucky family a great pet.

March 7th, 2018:


Murphy had his physical exam today with Dr. Kate Washabaugh from A Breed Apart. As it would so happen, he developed diarrhea this morning as well (3 bouts since 4 a.m.). (This is the first time since he has been with us that he has had any bowel issues.)

He had the physical exam and was tested for heartworms. However, since he had diarrhea and his temperature was elevated, it was decided that we will hold off on his vaccinations. Once his stools are normal, I am to bring in a sample and they will check to make sure he has no other intestinal issues. If the test is negative, then we will schedule his vaccinations.

His weight was 52.1 today. We received medication for his diarrhea and one can of "digestive care" dog food that we are to use today and tomorrow morning as a meal replacement.

March 1, 2018:

We are concentrating on training Murphy to obey the commands: sit, down and wait. This week in rehab he weighed 57.5 pounds. It was agreed that we will reduce his food back to 2 cups per day to keep him slender. He seemed to have shorter steps on his right hind leg during therapy, which could indicate that he was slightly sore. We will continue to monitor this but the therapist was not overly concerned at this time.

February 13th 2018:

In therapy this week Murphy went 25 minutes in the hydra tank. He was very excited and had a lot of energy going through the cavaletti hurdles. At home we continue to work on the commands "wait" (at the door) and "come" (when on leash).  

January 24th 2018:

From all appearances Murphy looks like your typical happy golden retriever. His fur has grown back from the surgery and he has all the energy you would expect for a dog his age. He loves to initiate play with our dog, which we can now allow to a minimal degree. He enjoys playing with kongs, toys, and bones. He roams freely on the main floor of our home, but we still keep the stairs gated. He can go up and down stairs with supervision. At the end of a busy day, he enjoys taking a nice nap by the fireplace.

January 16th 2018:

Murphy is 12 weeks post-surgery. He walked 20 minutes in the hydra tank without issues and worked on his doggy "sit-ups." The therapists agree that his right side is looking much better compared to last week and is comfortable with a decision to hold off another surgery. Murphy loves the snow -- running circles and taking a bite whenever possible! In general we are very comfortable with the progress he has made.

January 10th 2018:

Murphy is 11 weeks post-surgery. He is behaving more like a puppy, which makes keeping him inactive a challenge. He is eating well and would love to play with other dogs if he were allowed. He continues to have daily exercises and goes to active rehab therapy once a week. During these sessions he spends approximately 20 minutes walking in a hydra tank and 25 minutes with a therapist. This week he showed some signs of fatigue during his appointment, which could be a fluke as he has been doing exceptionally well to this point. We all have our bad days. We are to continue with Murphy's daily routine and video him going up and down stairs as well as going on a walk to show the therapist next week.

December 27th 2017

Murphy is nine weeks post-surgery. The therapists all agree that he is looking good. He is scheduled for x-rays on December 27, which will provide more information for his future.

December 21st 2017

Murphy is 8 weeks post-surgery and continues to grow stronger. He is doing a solid 20 minutes in the hydra-tank without issues. The therapist did a new balance exercise today using 2 disks. He had measurements taken today of his thighs. His non-surgical replacement muscle has remained at 37". His surgical muscle has gone from 32" (just after surgery) to 36". He is now released to go on walks for as long as he tolerates and will have x-rays performed next week.

December 12th 2017

Murphy is 7 weeks post-surgery and is progressing nicely. He went 20 minutes in the hydra-tank this week and is beginning to look like a pro! We did not have any other rehab this week due to employee sickness. Murphy is doing well with all his at-home therapy. Our biggest obstacle right now is his energy level. He seems to be feeling much better and doesn't understand all the restrictions to his activity.

December 8th 2017

Murphy is 6 weeks post-surgery. He has regained a lot of the energy of a puppy, which makes keeping his movements restricted quite a challenge. The rehabilitation therapist is pleased with his progress and he may now take two 25 minute walks a day. He still is not allowed to run, climb stairs, or play. This requires that he remain leashed to a human when out of the crate. A new exercise was added to his daily list. Think of it as doggy squats.

December 1, 2017

Murphy is almost 5 weeks post-surgery and continues to improve. He is now eating two meals a day; although being kenneled is still a struggle. He did well at his rehab appointment this week. He was able to go a full ten minutes without rest in the hydra-tank (pictured). Last week he began gait retraining using a cavaletti course (pictured) and a rocker board for stability. We are going to attempt to make one of each of these tools to use in our home therapy treatment. His walks have been increased to three a day for fifteen minutes each or twice a day for twenty minutes each--if we are limited by daylight. A new exercise was introduced, which we will add to his repertoire.

November 28th 2017

Murphy is doing well with his rehabilitation. This week he was able to walk on the treadmill in the hydra-therapy tank for ten minutes. He continues to take three walks a day, each lasting 10-15 minutes. He still is required to be on leash at all times when out of the cage with limited activity--to his dismay. In addition to the six rehab exercises that must be done once a day, we are adding a cavaletti course twice a day. The doctor is satisfied with his progress and will not see him again until 8 weeks post-op.

In the home, he is doing better eating. However, he still does not do well in the crate--barking/whining. At night we have found that if we place the crate near the bedside, he does much better. Overall, Murphy is a sweet boy who is anxious to have more freedom!

Please stay tuned and if you’d like to help Murphy with his health costs please donate here: https://www.grrow.org/fundraising/murphy-16-062

November 16th 2017

Murphy was finally released from the hospital and is now staying with a foster family. Murphy will have very limited activity for at least three months. He did have his first therapy session since moving to his foster home. He was introduced to the hydra tank. and this is how it works: Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water — buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure — to enable a dog to move his joints. This means when submerged, Murphy’s weight isn’t fighting gravity and the buoyancy of water reduces the stress on his joints and this creates a much safer environment for recovery after surgery. Please stay tuned and if you’d like to help Murphy with his health costs please donate here: https://www.grrow.org/fundraising/murphy-16-062

November 8th 2017

Murphy continues to have physical therapy at the veterinary hospital. He's doing very well. He's walking around great and going outside to potty. The staff got him to eat his kibble by mixing in a few shreds of chicken.

November 3rd 2017

Murphy's surgery went well. He spent the week at the veterinary hospital. Everyone there loved having him. Unfortunately, his other hip is bothering him and everyone is working hard to keep him calm...he is a puppy after all! Once Murphy gets through his initial recovery, he will need many weeks of rehabilitation, so please continue to help us support his journey! GRRoW and Murphy appreciates your support.

October 29th 2017

Murphy has had his hip replaced and, by all accounts, he is doing well!  Here are a few photos of him in surgery and recovery.  Please keep donating for his care.  He has a long road ahead of him.  We will post more pictures soon.