2/16/06: Tucker came to stay with us yesterday. He's been nearly perfect here in our house. Tucker is a beautiful 1 year old neutered Golden who's in great condition. He's a lovely red color and looks identical to Red the Wonder Dog 05-182 on the website.
Tucker knows sit, shake, fetch, down and come but I haven't tried "come" outside. He pulls on his leash when walking, but not when he has his Gentle Leader on. I have only had one accident in the house and I can relate this entirely to my forgetting to take him out. He does ring a bell to go out or he whines and he's been very good about doing that. He sleeps in a crate and goes in to his crate nicely with a treat. He does bark a bit before settling down but that seems to last just a few minutes until he realizes the house is quiet and he's not really missing out on any activities.
He loves to chew his rawhides and I give him one in the evening after he and my 4 month old puppy play in the arena. His former family let us know he likes to swim and likes his baths, so water is no problem for him.
Tucker is a very nice dog and would be a welcome addition in any home. If you would like to meet Tucker, please complete an adoption application first. If you are already approved, you may contact Placement@ragom.org immediately. You can see Tucker in person at the Pet Expo this Sunday.
Another quick note on our good boy Tucker. No fussing at all last night at bedtime in his crate!! He's getting familiar with the routine and isn't asking for any special favors any more. He also was left alone loose in the house for three hours today to see how he does and, yup, you guessed it, he was fine! The only word of warning about Tucker I could give is perhaps he would do better in a home as an only dog. I think he'd be okay in a home with another dog but he does like to step up to a challenge when playing and things get very noisy. He and the other dog stop immediately when I call to them, and it sounds worse than it really is. I think Tucker would be fine if he were to go to a hunting home and was asked to hunt with another dog. He also will be fine meeting other dogs. This behavior only happens with toys in the picture. I don't think I would take him to a dog park, however, where things may escalate into this loud, growly wrestling.
Tucker met a Labrador Retriever breeder yesterday. She said Tucker was a field Golden, which accounts for the red color and shorter hair coat. She also said he was a very beautiful dog with very good conformation and build. Nice to hear, although we already knew he was beautiful. He's walking better on the leash as well after just one day. Again, this is a lovely dog and very, very easy to get along with.
Hi, Tucker here. Thought I would clue all of you in on my Pet Expo experience. First, I went with a lady who was not my foster mom and did not know me at all so I had to show off how smart I was. When she picked me up and I jumped in the car, I got right in the passenger seat and she told me "Tucker get in the back". I hopped right in the back and laid down and rode the entire 35 mile drive to the big city without moving. This woman put a gentle leader on me - which I don't like - and I walked like a dream for her. Just to show her that I don't really need it, I only stopped a couple of times to wipe my face on the ground to try to get the gentle leader off. When we got to the Convention Center I just couldn't believe all of the cool things. I saw some moving stairs and I just couldn't figure that out, thankfully I didn't have to get on those or she would have had to carry me, I want no part of that. I also saw a really tall cake which she would not let me test (wedding showing was there whatever that is). We went inside and I met two other former foster dogs, Summit and Maddy, lots of tail wagging and sniffing and then I just wanted to see what there was to see. Wow did a lot of people come out just to meet me. Some of them almost walked by me so I had to run out and lick their hands so they didn't miss me. Kathy from the dog bakery brought us treats, the Bil Jack people brought us treats and there were lots of hot dogs and popcorn but for some reason I was not getting any of that??? I was such a good boy no one could believe that I was so young. I shook many hands and gave lots of kisses and other than a couple of very small incidents (I really thought that guy brought that stuffed duck for me but he just would not hand it over and I really thought that baby wanted me to take that shoe) I had a remarkable day. I really conned all of those people that had treats. They thought they had to give me a treat to get me to sit or shake or lay down, they don't know that I would do anything for a hug and someone to tell me I am a good boy. I was really tired at the end and I got a little cranky with Summit when he tried to take MY treat. What's mine is mine and I see no reason to share! The lady had the gentle leader off me all day so I could meet and greet so when it was time to go home I reminded her why it is a good idea to use a gentle leader by trying to pull her arm out of the socket. I was a really good boy all day what did she expect? I just want to say for all of the people who asked "what's wrong with him" when they were told that I was looking for a new home, NOTHING IS WRONG WITH ME! I am a typical active puppy who needs exercise, boundaries and someone to teach me what the rules are in your house. I have the basics, I just need to fine tune some things with your help.
Well, it's been about two weeks since our last update and have we been busy!! It's been a time of ups and downs on nearly a daily basis. For an up, every day, I get at least one email regarding a family wanting to meet Tucker. As a down, unfortunately, as we've gotten to know Tucker better, I've made the tough decision that he would probably do better in a home without small children, which made me have to turn down several families. As an upside, there are several families without young children who would like to meet our beautiful Tucker. But another down, Tucker has to wait until he can meet any new families until he's been evaluated by our behaviorist. Why? He made the mistake of giving me a little growl by his food bowl last week when I was petting him. I'm not worried about him and am 99.9% certain he'll pass his eval perfectly, but he needs to wait here with me in our home. In Tucker's defense, it had been a wild morning around the dogs' feeding area and I think he was just hyped up by too much activity. He's never done it again and I've been feeding him some by hand, taking away his toys and giving them back, holding treats while he eats, etc.
There have been no more loud, growly fests between the dogs here and I think I have a handle on what causes Tucker to behave too roughly in playing situations. Simply, I think he feels threatened and gets scared or protective of his toy. Two of the incidents that happened when he first came occurred when he was playing tug with Kito (resident dog) or me. Kito is a very vocal player and started to growl and Tucker took it up a notch. The other time he was playing with me and an older dog I was babysitting started barking too close to us and Tucker knocked her down. These days, he and Kito play very, very hard and rough in the arena and there are no problems with attitude from either one. In the house, they have agreed to ignore one another. Tucker and my puppy, Molly, play throughout the day. Tucker rolls onto his back so Molly can straddle him and grab his neck, tugging pretty hard to my eyes. I'd have to change my opinion about his doing beter as an only dog. He's so happy to wrestle and run with my dogs and they get along so well now that I think he'd be just fine and very content with another dog in his new home.
Tucker is also a bed hog. He likes to lay on my side of the bed with his feet out to the other side. He'll snap at the air when I try to shove him over and refuse to help me out at all, choosing to lay there like a limp rag that weighs a ton. He now has no problems with his crate and willingly comes to me to go in to his crate. Some treats have gone a long way with that. The only remotely bad thing he does is ring his bell just to go out and have a little looksee around the yard, not necessarily to go potty. Otherwise, he truly is a nearly perfect dog. I think he'd like to be a bit of a lap dog, too, but is a bit large for most laps.
Good news for Tucker!! He passed his behavior evaluation and is ready for adoption. He was found to have some mild resource guarding behavior and probably shouldn't go to a family with small children because of this, but is otherwise a nearly perfect dog and can find his new foever home. Tucker will make a very nice companion for some lucky family or person. He plays well with other dogs, gets along okay with cats (as long as they don't run, then he chases but doesn't hurt them if he catches up to them) and is very friendly and playful with people. If you're an approved app and would like to meet Tucker, please email email@example.com.
Finally, another update! I've been trying to get pictures of beautiful Tucker emailed, but no path I take will allow me to email, so I am stymied as far as emailing his pictures for his website.
Anyway, life has been pretty calm and boring around the farm. Tucker loves our swampy little pond and, if he gets loose, will run directly for a bit of a dip. If anyone is looking for a water dog, Tucker's the one. He's been outside quite a bit with the nice weather, playing with his friend, Molly. Molly injured her face with a severe laceration and Tucker was very concerned and diligent in his efforts to try to treat it for her, even after the vet had taken care of it for him. She wouldn't let me look at it, but after Tucker had treated it and she'd settled down a bit, then we could see what we were dealing with. He makes a great nurse, too!
Tucker met some of the neighbor kids and seemed to like them but became more interested in the little beagle they were babysitting. He gets along fine with other dogs as long as there isn't a chew toy, bone or Molly involved. Otherwise, he feels like he has to protect "his" property. I also wouldn't have him around small children eating, chewing toys or bones as he also feels he sometimes needs to guard his stuff, although not always. He lets me pull his ears, his tail, rub his snout around, tug his hair, all the other things children may do and there's no problem, but I'd be very cautious about him in a home with small children with his guarding. He no longer postures with me at all when he has to do things he doesn't want to do. I think he's gotten away with being a bit of a bully in the past and if the humans don't allow themselves to be bullied, he quits. He really has a heart of gold and wants to be a good boy, loves treats and loves to be rubbed, particularly his face and ears.
We heard what I think was a bobcat the other night. Tucker was very concerned about that and stood at the window barking whenever the cat would scream. That went on for about 15 minutes, as long as the cat was screaming, otherwise, he's pretty quiet around the house and is completely trustworthy from a pottying standpoint. If he doesn't have chew toys, he will go find something to chew, a leather glove is a wonderful find. He hasn't chewed shoes but will pick them up and bring them to me, seeming to make sure I know he has it. I think he utilizes those as an attention-getter.
Tucker would be absolutely perfect with a fenced in yard. He is a very easy dog to deal with, is very beautiful and a nice, nice boy. If you're an approved applicant, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in meeting Tucker.
Good news! Tucker appears to have had a breakthrough on his getting loud and obnoxious with other dogs he thinks may be posing a threat. Yesterday, our resident male and alpha dog, Kito, had an old soccer ball he was running around with, enticing Molly and Tucker to chase him. Tucker got hold of the ball as well and a game of tug occurred. Kito is very vocal when playing, growling and shaking his head, barking some and typically Tucker has gotten overly aggressive when this happens and they end up in a noisy brawl. Kito did his usual growling over the ball and Tucker, rather than stepping up for a fight, tentatively growled back. When Kito just growled as well and tugged harder, Tucker growled back and appeared to figure out that this was all a part of the game. No issues occurred! Then this morning, when Molly and Tucker got their breakfast, Molly unwisely approached Tucker's food bowl and, rather than going after her to let her know she made a mistake, he just barked once at her. It appears Tucker is learning that being a bully and using your muscles doesn't have to solve every issue.
He's also completely stopped the snapping in the air with me when he's to do something he doesn't care to do. He willingly (although not happily) goes in to his crate for a treat now, so absolutely no problems there, although I didn't have the problems his prior family described when "shoving him in his crate". Tucker is an exceptional dog. He's wonderfully housetrained with no accidents, he quietly asks to be played with when he wants to play but knows to stop if you're busy and can't play right then. He loves chew toys and they keep him very busy and content.
Tucker LOVES water and can't wait to get in to a pool, pond or puddle. The only remotely naughty thing he does is he loves to get hold of dirty socks (usually from my son's room where there's a good supply) but he brings them to play tug with me, so he hasn't destroyed any yet.
Please email Placement@ragom.org if you're interested in meeting Tucker.
Good news!! Tucker went home yesterday with his forever family, Lowell and Judy T. Judy called last night with an update on how Tucker did. He ran around their yard, jumped in their lake and took a swim and went into the house. He found the dog toys they had in their house and they were sitting watching him play. We miss you here Tucker, but are very happy you found your very own family. Molly says "Hi".