Amber 19-032

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Amber comes to RAGOM from a hoarding situation, where the owner could not provide proper care and love to all of his dogs. Amber is adjusting to being an indoor family dog. She is coming out of her shell and learning to trust all the new humans she is meeting. Amber will need a confident dog about her size as a role model. Because she is easily spooked, Amber's forever home cannot have children or cats. A physical fence is required for Amber's safety.

At a Glance #19-032

Mixed Breed 1 year old
Female 34 lbs

Available as of March 25, 2019
Fostered in Burnsville, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $475

Cannot live with children
Another dog REQUIRED
Cannot live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Low energy
Cannot live with children
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Another dog REQUIRED
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Cannot live with cats
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Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
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Low energy
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Amber comes to RAGOM from a hoarding situation, where the owner could not provide proper care and love to all of his dogs. Amber is adjusting to being an indoor family dog. She is coming out of her shell and learning to trust all the new humans she is meeting. Amber will need a confident dog about her size as a role model. Because she is easily spooked, Amber's forever home cannot have children or cats. A physical fence is required for Amber's safety.

Updates

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Since the last update, we had a pretty good storm roll through Burnsville. Last night there was a very strong storm system that pushed through. Foster Mom got a tornado warning alert on her phone and then the news was saying to seek shelter. Foster Mom got all four dogs leashed and in the basement, just in case.

I am so very happy to report that the storm fizzled out and all was safe, but the big news is Amber did not show any storm anxiety at all!! She was such a well behaved girl. The three resident dogs she lives with do not have storm anxiety either, and I think that helped ease Amber through the storm. She is very much a copy cat dog and will easily mimic your resident dogs' behaviour.

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Amber would like you to know she is ready to start mimicking your resident dog. Is your resident dog ready for a shadow? 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Amber here, checking in. I thought that Foster Mom has done a great job telling you about me, but now it's finally my turn! My journey started back in February when I came into RAGOM. Wow, what an adventure that was! I finally landed here at my foster home early March and I am happy to tell you I am a whole new doggo!

You see, when I first got here I was scared, shy and unsure. But with the help of my foster siblings, Abby, Moe and Stacey, I have become a new pup. I enjoy frolicking around the backyard, hopping around like a bunny. Well that’s what I hear my foster family say it looks like. I will have to take their word for it.

Foster sister Abby loves to play fetch, although she likes to play fetch with nontraditional fetching things. Tennis balls she loves, but her favorite is sticks. So I frolic after her when the item is tossed. I am still not sure if I should grab it, but chasing is fun.

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I am also realizing that stranger danger doesn’t have to be a way to live. Foster Mom has had many friends over and each time I see the same person I become more adventurous and will go say a quick hello. So you see I am growing!

What I seek out in my forever family is that you be dedicated to helping me experience how good a dog’s life can be. A family who is understanding that I will take time to adjust to your home after my adoption. I will most definitely need another confident resident dog in the home who can help me adjust and I would really love a fenced yard to bunny hop around in.

Friday, May 3, 2019

It has been almost a month since Amber's last check in. We have been working with her trying to help her emerge more from her shell. With the support of RAGOM, we had an independent party come over to meet Amber and show us some techniques to help Amber rid her stress.

During the evaluation we learned that Amber carries 95% percent of her stress in her hind end, hips, legs, etc. She is in “flight mode”, meaning she still struggles to relax at times, and especially around new people.

We were given instructions on how to help Amber release that tension using the Tellington T-Touch method. Tellington TTouch Training is a gentle, respectful method of training that honors the body, mind and spirit of animals and their people and develops trust between humans and animals.

The circular TTouches can reduce fear and pain, enhance cellular function and communication and support the healing potential of the body.

By doing some of the exercises given to us in small moments so as not to overwhelm Amber, we have observed that she can relax her lower end. When utilizing the techniques on her legs, we notice that she “releases” her leg and gives into the relaxation and lets it stay fully extended.

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Amber enjoys being outside and around our resident dogs. She mimics their movements, learning what it means to play, chase after sticks, and run free in the yard.  She even took after her resident foster brother and jumped onto the bench on the deck to play “Queen of the deck”. 

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We still will sometimes use a tie out leash for her while in the yard, but that is mainly at night when she has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

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Amber has become used to the finer things in life. She fully enjoys sleeping on the bed at night. Such a luxury and treat for her!

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Amber is a very sweet dog who will need a home with another confident dog, a schedule that allows more time at home than away so you can bond with her, and a family who is dedicated to continue working with her to help overcome her need to be in “flight mode”. She has the love to give - are you ready to receive it?

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Friday, March 29, 2019

As the days begin to truly turn into Spring, we are spending more time outside. Amber continues to enjoy being outside and working hard to engage the resident dogs in play. She pounces and flounces a bit, similiar to a bunny hop, at the dogs and they return the play style with her. It still startles her a little bit when they respond, but she is getting better. She continues to come out of her shell and is aproaching the other dogs more and more. 

She has also started to show her true personality. The other day, one of my resident dogs was chewing on a bone, got up, and walked away. Amber very carefully and sneakily took the bone. My dog came back and was confused as to where the bone went, but did not care. Miss Amber was very proud of herself and happily chewed on the bone for a bit. 

We also found out, like most good dogs, she enjoys watching you eat... specifically, pizza. She will stare you down for a tiny bit of crust. 

Pizza... a love story.
Pizza... a love story.

At night she now has free roam for sleeping in her foster family's bedrooms. Sometimes she chooses to sleep on the bed with the resident dogs, and sometimes she prefers her pillow in the other room.

Overall, we are seeing her improve day by day. These changes are slow, but they are coming.

Are you ready to show this little lady the Golden life?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Amber has been in her current foster home for three weeks now. Upon arrival, she was completely shut down, as a coping mechanism, as it was her third move in a very short time. Amber arrived at her foster family's home the evening of February 28th. She was brought in a kennel, that she'd had an accident in, and transferred to a clean kennel. She was very scared, unsure and would not make eye contact.

She now lives in a home with three resident dogs. Because she had just arrived from another state with 13 other dogs from a hoarding situation, we thought it best to bring a familiar face to her and also foster another dog from the same situation. Buddy was brought to our home on March 1st. He did recognize Amber and seemed happy to see her, although she did not make any indication that she knew him. 

The first 48 hours with Amber were the hardest. She had never seen as much snow as we had in February - heck, I don’t think we have either! Trying to get her outside to do her business was very tough. We would be out there walking her around our fenced yard for 30 minutes to an hour, giving breaks due to the cold, and yet nothing. She would hold it until she no longer could, and eventually would have an accident in her kennel. This was not surprising. 

I am pleased to say that something clicked with her the week of 3-11 to 3-15, and she is now doing her business outside. Amber does like to spend a lot of time in her kennel. Her door is always open, but at nighttime if she is in there and has to go outside, she gives a few whines and barks.

Unlike typical commercial breeder and puppy mill dogs, Amber does know how to go upstairs and is not afraid of the doorway. Now she runs to the back door when it is time to go outside and waits to be hooked up to her tie-out.

The first few weeks with her in the home were tough, not because she was difficult, but because I did not know what to do for her. After three weeks in our home, she has slowly started to emerge from her shell. She joins us on the couch at night while watching shows, she has been on a walk - a very short one because it is still scary - comes out of her kennel more, and tries to engage the resident dogs in play outside.

There is so much potential for this young lady. All she needs is the right home with the following:

  • Another confident dog her size in the home, roughly 30-50lbs.
  • Someone who is home more than not, but with regular working hours, she can be kenneled.
  • A family who will accept the fact that she may need time to warm up and show her personality. We are only three weeks in and yet she is just starting to show us her true self.

Adopt Me: If you think Amber 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 Amber's name, RAGOM number (19-032), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.