Abby 18-242

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Welcome beautiful Abby! Abby is a retired breeder girl who was due to be euthanized since the breeder no longer had a use for her. Thank goodness the vet was able to talk with the owner regarding Abby's great health and offered to find her a forever home with RAGOM's help. Abby is learning about life in a loving home and caring humans by following the lead of my resident dogs.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Abby regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

At a Glance #18-242

Golden Retriever 10 years old
Female 51 lbs

Available as of February 4, 2019
Fostered in Robbinsdale, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $175

Children ages 10+
Another dog REQUIRED
Can live with cats
Physical fence optional
Low energy
Children ages 10+
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Profile

Welcome beautiful Abby! Abby is a retired breeder girl who was due to be euthanized since the breeder no longer had a use for her. Thank goodness the vet was able to talk with the owner regarding Abby's great health and offered to find her a forever home with RAGOM's help. Abby is learning about life in a loving home and caring humans by following the lead of my resident dogs.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Abby regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

Updates

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

This week I have some pictures of Abby outside and showing more activity. She continues to gain confidence.

I took her for a short walk a few days ago. She met two new people and approached them closely. She does a belly crawl when approaching people, showing her submission and timidity. I was pleased that she approached them on her own. She is a crazy walker, zig zagging all over the place!

She still has an accident from time to time. She does not have a clear signal that she wants to go out, so I just put her out frequently. I also get up once during the night to let her out. 

Abby will get be getting the mass on her leg removed next week. The vet will also remove the mass in her mammary area. We hope that both masses are benign. 

She continues to be super sweet and loves to spend time close to me. She loves to be petted and belly rubbed. Abby is also super happy about all of the snow (wish I shared her feelings).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Abby came to live with me last week. She moved from another foster home as she needed to be in a home with other dogs.

Abby has been through many changes in the last few months. The first two days at my house she spent most of her time in the crate. She is timid and easily startled. As the days have passed she has gotten more confident. She follows the lead of my two resident dogs and that has helped her confidence.

Abby 18-242
Abby 18-242

She loves, loves, loves the snow. I have a fenced-in yard so she can run around doing nose plows and snow angels. The first days here she was afraid to go through the door by herself. She had to be with one of my resident dogs. Now she rockets outside on her own.

She is still goes to her crate when she is scared, but spends most of her time out of it. She has the habit of closing her eyes when you pet her. I have not decided if she does it because she is relaxed or just shutting out the world.

Abby 18-242
Abby 18-242

She has a mass on one of her back legs and a small mammary mass. RAGOM is evaluating treatment plans for both.

At this point our focus is to build her confidence. We will go slowly and not throw too many new experiences at her.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Abby and I are back together—yeah! We thank Abby’s foster aunt for giving her the best care and for her three dogs and two cats who showed Abby what it was like to be able to PLAY!

Abby on the left with a toy, wanting to play

I can’t tell you what a great feeling I had when I saw Abby wagging her tail and coming right to me after our three weeks away. I was afraid she would forget me. And then the sad looks on her three new dog friends faces' when she left. Thanks again, Auntie!

Since we have been back together, the routine has returned to the first days Abby arrived at our house in November. She spends most of the time in her wire kennel with all her stuffed animals (babies). I have to tell you the story about her babies.

The second night she was at our home, we left a basket of dog stuffed animals in the room with her. The next morning they were all in her kennel, tucked in the back corners. I thought, wow, she came out of her kennel! Let’s try this again.

The next three nights we left a toy outside her kennel and she again grabbed it and rearranged her kennel. We all looked at each other and said, wow, she thinks those are her babies. Being a mother for so many years, she wants to comfort them. It’s pretty amazing! What a sweet girl!

But back to her routine. Although she spends most of her time in her kennel, as soon as you're in another room and say "Abby, let’s go outside" or she sees me with my coat on, she runs to the front door. She loves to go outside, but we don’t have a fenced yard. We will run and play in the yard (on leash) where she feels safe, but she still doesn’t like to go on walks unless it is dark out. 

Now to the break-my-heart part. After talking with her aunt (who was able to spend three weeks with her), I have decided Abby does indeed need a confident resident dog with her to continue her progress. My love and cuddling isn’t enough for her. I want her to be able to grow and have a yard to run in.

While away from me for three weeks, with confident resident dogs, she would bring toys to her auntie and get on the couch for belly rubs. She even showed puppy-like play energy. That never happened in my home.

If your home has a confident dog and you want a sweet girl, Abby is for you! Again, our family just wants the best for her and we have enjoyed every minute.

I just want to add that my college-age girls and I had no problem gaining her trust, but she is still shy around my husband. Now that the girls are back at school, Abby is alone for eight hours with free roam in our mud room and has never had an accident.

Friday, January 25, 2019

There is a spectrum of personalities and therefore, a different unique response by each dog from a breeding program.

Abby is a sensitive sweet girl. You can easily see what a wonderful, caring mother she must have been with her litters. Now, she is taking many baby steps to having her own Golden life in retirement from the breeding world.

I have been foster sitting Abby since January 13, and she has opened up to more new ideas. Her safe place is an extra-large plastic crate in my kitchen where her soft toys surround her. Here, she is exposed to new sounds every day and it is less scary! 

The door is open while I am home and she is free to come out and explore. Day 3, she comes out to the living room in semi-crouch posture. Soon, she is over for pets and on her back for chest rubs. My heart melted!!

My resident dogs are A to Z in personality and size, males and female. Benjamin, the Golden male, is a mellow fellow and a calming influence on her. He was a breeder in the other life, too. Ben leads the way into the SUV. I also live with two cats and Abby respects them.

Abby on the right, hanging out with Benjamin after playing.

House training is being reinforced, as she was not a house dog in her past. She always keeps her crate clean and dry. Sometimes I have missed her signs when among my family. I take Abby out on a 15-foot line with close supervision. She receives positive reinforcement with mission accomplished. Sometimes, she needs a roll in the snow first and then, to business.

Abby has had an aversion to human males. My adult sons have been making her welcome--baby steps. Trust is developing.

Sudden movements are scary! I am trying to "slo-mo" myself. Her confidence is continuing to build. A paper falls off the desk and she scurries to her safe place. Soon, out she comes again.

I am happy to see the "inner puppy" come out. She played and then, destuffed a toy. She was giving the eye to the rag rug and chair ties, so I have found redirecting her works well. Rawhide retriever rolls are long lasting and satisfying that urge.

Abby needs patience and a companion dog to help her adapt to her new life. She has come a long way, but needs to continue her progress to be a happy, confident Golden—therefore, Abby is unavailable at this time.

Adopt Me: If you think Abby would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email application@ragom.org with Abby's name, RAGOM number (18-242), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.