Welcome to Minnesota, Baxter! After a very long trip from Turkey, Baxter arrived in the middle of the night and was happy to greet the RAGOM volunteers with a quick sniff and a tail wag, even for his bath. Then it was off to his foster's house to get accustomed to living in a house. It turns out Baxter loves all of it. He happily greets kids & other dogs with tail wags and kisses. He loves little Kylie, the rescue dog next door. He had a second bath, this time with friends Mully and Birdie, his other rescue friends. In just 2 short days he had gained free run of the fenced back yard, and he has done so well in the house that he doesn't need to be crated. He is happy to curl up in the recliner and wait for more company.
The vet gave Baxter 2 boosters, determined he was heartworm and fecal negative, and between 5 and 10 years old, so we are calling him 7. Baxter weighs 60 lbs. and has a few lumps and healing sores, and will have a second vet appt for a thyroid test and swollen glands. He may need a root canal in the future, but it doesn't bother him now so there is no rush.
In the car, Baxter spent his first week riding in a crate, but has graduated to the back end, and is very well behaved, even when staying in the car when we run in for short errands. Baxter walks nicely on a leash, takes treats gently, and doesn't steal food from small kids. He rings the bells attached to the back door to go outside, and gives a quick bark when he's ready to come in. His only fault so far is that he finds the garbage tempting enough that they all have lids now.
He has had family and friends for overnights twice in one week and let them all sleep in, and didn't go wake them till told to "get them up now".
Baxter demonstrates good manners with everyone he meets: 2 legged and 4 legged. He is fairly low key if the only dog, but he loves to play chase in the back yard with RAGOM alum and friend Leroy (08-486) and Henry (13-071). He's also made friends with many small kids. He watches over one of the kids I babysit as she naps in his dog bed, and checks on her frequently. He dressed up as Santa for Halloween and was a happy assistant when the doorbell rang because he got to greet all the kids and enjoyed the job of passing out candy.
Baxter, now called Doc, is adoption pending with the RAGOM Founder. He would like to thank his sponsors Carl & Mary for their generous donation to RAGOM for his care. He has a very big job to fill as a RAGOM ambassador at grade schools and with Scout groups. He already knows his name. Welcome to the RAGOM family, 15-210 Doc! We are so glad you're here.