Chance is a wonderful 9 month old male who has recently been neutered, microchipped, and brought up to date on all his shots. He was rescued from the Mason City, Iowa animal control, and like many great dogs was close to being euthanized. The shelter was full and when the next dog arrived, one of the existing dogs was going to be picked for you know what. Well RAGOM got him out of there pronto and now he is safely in Minnesota. He was advertised as a PB Golden but seems to have a bunch of Yellow Lab in him. He is sweet, loving, curious, and a typical 9 month old puppy. He needs to finish reading "Dog Etiquette for Dummies" but once he has finished the book, we are sure he will understand that A) no - you cannot jump on people even when they are trying to pat you, B) yes - you can cross the street but not when we say STAY and C) yes - most other dogs would like to say hello but not when you are lunging because you want to play.
3/3 - Update
Chance arrived yesterday after a long ride in a kennel from Iowa to the Twin Cities. He was really wired, excited, and wanted to check everything out IMMEDIATELY. However after several good walks and a little attention, he calmed down and was very well behaved in the house. He slept next to our bed and had a good night's sleep. Today he is MUCH more relaxed and easy to handle. He is learning the neighborhood and loves to walk. Here's what we have learned so far:
- he is very sweet and loving, eager to please, curious
- he is very smart and has already learned SIT
- we had the opportunity to play with another dog off leash and they got along fine
- he appears housebroken. No accidents and when we take him out, he does his business pretty quick so we are pretty sure he knows the difference between inside and outside
- we left him for about 30 minutes today and no problems
- a good bath but since he was recently neutered we need to wait about week
- some typical obedience training for a 9 mos old dog.
Chance will make a great family dog for an active couple.
Chance will be at Petco in Eagan on Saturday!
Chance arrived from his foster home a couple of days ago and seems to be settled in pretty well. He is fully housetrained and knows his name and how to sit. He was a bit of a countersurfer at first but that has ended with a little discipline. He picks up commands very quickly and like most goldens, is a magnet and will follow us around the house. He is definitely part yellow lab, and does not have a soft mouth.
Chance walks wonderfully on a gentle leader, but he wants it off as soon as the walk is over! He is full of energy and loves chasing Scotch, our resident golden around our backyard. He definitely needs a fenced yard and is out there every couple of hours. He plays well with our cats, and sleeps nicely in or near our bed. He has not had any crate training but we have started - so far, so good, with minimal whining and barking.
Chance would do best in a home where he is the only dog. Cats are fine, but he is just a little too aggressive in wanting to be the alpha dog. He guards his food and toys from Scotch (but not from people - we can take away his rawhide with no snapping or growling), and picks on him to try to establish dominance (which isn't working!). We don't have kids so can't really say how he is with them, though we met a boy (probably around 6) on a walk today and Chance was thrilled to be petted and cleaned the boy's face for him. Chance loves to have his belly rubbed, and will play fetch all day long.
Chance has been microchipped and neutered. We are waiting for the vet records from the previous fosters (they're out of the country at the moment), but are pretty sure he is also UTD on everything.
Chance was moved over the weekend to his new foster home due to space limits in our loft. He continues to be a sweet heart who loves life to the fullest. He deserves all the good things he may get.
Chance will be at the St. Paul Highland Park Petco on Saturday, March 22 from 11-2!
We got the vet records in the mail today, and Chance is UTD on all of his shots and negative for heartworm. He and Scotch have established a tentative truce that breaks whenever one has a toy, but we're no longer worried about leaving them in the same room alone together. Still, if snarling dogs nipping at each other annoys you like it does me, Chance would probably do best as an only dog. Chance has been FANTASTIC with crate training. He is a very smart dog! He also has grown much more used to the gentle leader and will bring it to us when he wants to go for a walk. He's been very polite when meeting other dogs on these walks, and does the rear-sniffing handshake very patiently. He and Scotch have destroyed all of their stuffed squeaky toys, so they are now limited to playing with tug ropes, kongs, rawhide, indestructible balls, and socks (a bad habit the husband taught Scotch). Chance is definitely an "at-your-feet" kind of dog - stop for even a second and he'll flop right down to be your footwarmer. He'll be at PetCo in St. Paul this Saturday and would love to meet you!
Chance is a really smart dog, and a very quick learner. He now knows "lay down," "shake," "kennel," "sit," "stay," and "come." He listens very well and picks things up after only a little bit of repetition. His face owie has completely healed, and he's been pretty good about chewing only appropriate things - he just needs plenty of toys and rawhide to occupy him, with occasional bitter apple guidance. He has no separation anxiety, is not afraid of thunder, and loves the rain. He also has the funniest toes - I just love them. He will splay them out when trying to run through the kitchen (on the linoleum floor, which is really slippery), and it's like they're webbed! I half expect him to pick up a fork and knife when he dines! We bought a Chuck-It and the dogs can't get enough. Luckily it's been so nice out lately - we spend hours outside. Chance and Scotch play hard and settle down for snuggles at the end of the night. Chance also puts up with the husband's need to hold dogs like babies or sacks of potatoes - as you can see from the photo! Chance stayed calmly like that for a good three minutes before the bewilderment of the situation overcame anything else and he was ready to get down!
Fosters see the best and the worst of their temporary companions. For every maddening moment there is at least one joyous moment that makes it all worth it. And here, we present the best and worst of Chance, in handy list form:
-Chance loves people. So much. So, so, so much.
-Chance is a very smart dog. He picks up on commands and such with little repetition.
-Though he is a puppy and therefore chews constantly, he's decided not to chew on our house (Scotch chewed every corner in the house, most of the chairs, the bookshelves, etc.). We appreciate it!
-He loves fetch, he loves to catch a ball, and he'll play tug for as long as you're willing.
-He gets along with cats. Our cats are pretty indifferent in general, and he'll definitely chase them when they'll deign to run (usually after his helpful nosings), but he's never tried to hurt them and will snuggle happily with them when he's tuckered out.
-Chance seems to get along with kids of all ages, based on our interactions in the neighborhood on walks.
-No resource guarding from humans whatsoever. He also knows the command "drop/leave it."
-He is an excellent walker, both on a Gentle Leader and on a leash. He is also a very good jogging companion.
-Chance is a snuggle dog - he loves to snuggle and sleeps very well in a bed with and without people (no inappropriate chewing or accidents).
-Chance is completely housebroken - he's never had an accident, even on days when he's had to stay in the crate for hours on end.
-Chance likes riding in the car. He is the classic "car dog" - sticks his head out the window, ears flapping in the breeze. He doesn't understand the windshield - why is it that he can't go see that person ahead of us? He can see them but somehow can't get to them - what is this in his way?
-Chance will let me wipe his feet when he comes in, sparing the house at least a little puppy mud! He is also pretty good about having his nails trimmed, though he does better if he has one person to hold him so the trimming isn't governed by his short attention span (one nail here, one nail there, taking the entire day to finish).
-Chance digs. We haven't had the time to break him of this habit yet, but we've started and he's doing better.
-Chance still occasionally countersurfs. Bitter apple spray coupled with not leaving tempting things on the counter has reduced the frequency, but he still has the urge.
-Chance whines for 5-10 minutes after being put in his crate if there are people in the house. He's better about it if he has a rawhide or Kong in there with him, but otherwise he wants to be where people are and doesn't understand why he can't be.
-He still sometimes jumps up on people, especially if they are holding treats. He knows better than this but he forgets.
-Chance really loves garbage. He is not pleased that we figured out a way to stop him from getting into it and I can see the wheels turning in his head whenever he looks at that garbage can. If he could, he'd eat it all. The same for any food left out, pretty much no matter what it is. He is a garbage disposal!
The maybe good, maybe bad:
-Chance is an alpha dog and he wants everyone to know it! He has the associated behaviors with that - growling, snapping, and rasslin' until he establishes dominance. After that, he is fine, except for the resource guarding from other dogs (not from people).
-Chance will destroy stuffed toys - he'll just rip their guts right out. We don't even bother at this point - he likes other toys that he can't destroy, too!
As you can see, the "bad" is fixable with some targeted training, and the list of notable good things is much longer!
And here are some photos from late March, when Chance decided to sample our apparently extremely delicious flour (He is the second foster to do so - Scotch has never gone for the flour, but the fosters always do. At least we are better about not leaving the pantry door open now!). Luckily, we have an excellent vacuum cleaner!
Chance has been adopted by the G. family!
This is our dog, Yadi, that we adopted from RAGOM last June. He was originally named Chance, but my daughters and I changed his name to be one of the St. Louis Cardinals, the catcher, Yadier Molina. He is one of the best retrievers I know. We are originally from St. Louis, so we are still avid Cardinals fans.
Anyway, this picture was taken by my daughter, Julie, in December. She gave me a framed picture of Yadi for Christmas, and this was one of the photos from her shoot. She had him out in our backyard that day, frolicking in the snow, which he loves! All of those cold, snowy days were glorious for Yadi!