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At A Glance
In Memory of Annie "Lucky Paw."
"You have been given a wonderful name by a wonderful person.You are loved very much by many people and all of them hope you get to fully experience the Golden Life to its fullest!"
"Enjoy your Happily Ever After, Annie!"
With love from your former foster siblings, Belle, Bear, and Nugget.
" May the upcoming year bring you continued peace, love, and your very own forever home!"
Annie - Happy Valentines Day!! Love, Nicole 13-351
Annie - Keep smiling gorgeous girl! Happy Valentine's Day Love from Cindy, Krae and Lilly Roy
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Entered Foster Care||Fence||Kid Friendly||Another Dog||Cat Friendly|
|10/16/2013||Physical||Age 10+||Required||Not tested|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
As a bit of background: On 7/16/13, law enforcement officials seized 133 dogs from a breeder in Pine River, MN. Pending disposition of the legal proceedings, these dogs were transferred to the Animal Humane Society, and over the course of the next several weeks, nearly 80 puppies were born. On 10/10/13, all 200 dogs were awarded to the Animal Humane Society. At RAGOM, we were honored to be asked to provide socialization and foster care for a number of golden retrievers. At the end of the proceedings, a number of these dogs were signed over to RAGOM, and we were beyond grateful to accept them into our ranks.
I am honored to introduce the grand dame of the Pine River mill, Annie 13-316. Annie didn't have a name before. Annie didn't know that humans could be kind, or that she was entitled to the things that all of our dogs take for granted: warm, safe places to live, nutritious food, and clean water. Annie was only a scrawny, terrified means to an end - producing more puppies. And produce puppies she did. My sweet Annie is 10 years old, and unbelievably, she delivered another litter of pups shortly after coming into the AHS. These will be her last - it's time for Annie to retire.
That all is Annie's past. Annie has been residing with me for the past few weeks, and slowly but surely, she has started to accept living in a home. Though baths were fairly terrifying for her, she now has all traces of her past removed from her. She did not eat or drink for numerous long days (thank you from the bottom of my heart to the wonderful volunteers who provided support and suggestions during this timeframe), but that slowly changed: boiled chicken was the first thing that appealed to her, followed by bacon, hot dogs, hamburger and rice, canned food, and now - healthy kibble with chicken broth. She resides primarily in her crate, but it is warm, clean, and full of cozy blankets - and she knows it is her safe spot.
Annie has been to the AHS vet as well as the wonderful RAGOM vet I use. She is UTD on all vaccines and preventatives, is heartworm negative, and has been microchipped. She has a double ear infection (surprise) that will be treated with ear ointment for two weeks. At the end of October, she will be spayed, ending her puppy bearing days forever - thank goodness. She will also have several severely infected teeth removed, and have a "cherry eye" repaired. Thank you, RAGOM, for approving these procedures for her. Though I normally don't tend to ask for help, if you've ever considered sponsoring one of our dogs before, Annie could certainly use your help in defraying her upcoming expenses. Other than these issues, Annie is fairly healthy - her brave heart is strong, and her senior bloodwork panel looked good.
Annie doesn't interact with resident dogs Bear, Belle and Nugget, but her eyes follow them wherever they go. She has ventured bravely out of her crate a few times, when she sees them gathering around for attention, and someday, it is my deepest hope that she too will be in the center of things, demanding her own piece of the action. My dogs have been amazingly intuitive with Annie - they are incredibly gentle with her, and there always seems to be someone monitoring her in her crate. (I know - they're probably trying to get at all the nummy food in there - but just let me be delusional for a bit longer...) Annie has also found a true early joy in this new life - she loves rawhides and hard bones and will chew contentedly for hours.
She was the dog with no name for 10 long years. As a way to identify this mass of dogs when they came in, she was given a pink band with the #3 on it. The day I learned she was formally a RAGOM dog, this band was thrown into the trash, and replaced with a shiny new RAGOM collar and RAGOM tag. Annie - I have learned so much from her, and I love her beyond belief. And now we get to the hard part of the story for this foster mom. Annie has a very long way to go, and has needs that I am unable to meet. One is fairly simple - she truly needs a fence to be safe, and that is something that isn't allowed in my neighborhood. But she also needs a foster that is more skilled than I in teaching Annie all she needs to know to grow and thrive. As of yesterday, I moved my beautiful girl to a foster dad that I consider one of the absolute best in the business. With him, I have no doubt she will become all the dog she can be. A huge thank you and hug to Kelly for taking in my girl, for promising that I can come to visit anytime, and for bringing her home rotisserie chicken on her very first night with him.
Baby steps, Annie - you're loved and have the whole world ahead of you!