Ava 19-026

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Ava came into RAGOM's care when her owner could not adequately care for all his dogs. Ava is a petite, healthy girl who recently gave birth to 10 puppies. Due to her limited socialization, Ava's future home should have children who are age 10 or older. Currently, Ava is testy with other dogs, possibly due to her post-puppy hormone levels. Ava may be able to live with another non-dominant dog or she would do well as an only dog. A physical fence is optional.

At a Glance #19-026

Mixed Breed 2 years old
Female 42 lbs


Fostered in Eden Prairie, MN

Status: Unavailable
Adoption fee: $400

Children ages 10+
Can live with other dogs
Not tested with cats
Physical fence optional
Low energy
Children ages 10+
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Ava came into RAGOM's care when her owner could not adequately care for all his dogs. Ava is a petite, healthy girl who recently gave birth to 10 puppies. Due to her limited socialization, Ava's future home should have children who are age 10 or older. Currently, Ava is testy with other dogs, possibly due to her post-puppy hormone levels. Ava may be able to live with another non-dominant dog or she would do well as an only dog. A physical fence is optional.

Updates

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ava is eager for this business of being a mama to wrap up. She cannot be spayed until four weeks after she is done nursing, and we are busily trying to find homes for all ten of her babies. She has attempted to cut them off the milk supply since they were about three weeks old, but they are like ants on a melting Popsicle at a picnic.

Ava hanging out with her pups on a beautiful sunny day.
Ava hanging out with her pups on a beautiful sunny day.
Ava enjoys a peaceful rest with two of her puppies.
Ava enjoys a peaceful rest with two of her puppies.

Once Ava is spayed she can go to her forever home. Here’s what we’ve learned about Ava in the time we’ve had her.

She can be shy around new people and is slow to warm up to some, but when she chooses you to be her “person” she loves you unconditionally. As her foster mom, I have been that special person and she sticks to me like glue.

Ava likes to make a bed in the Rubbermaid tote full of puppy towels and blankets.
Ava likes to make a bed in the Rubbermaid tote full of puppy towels and blankets.

She loves to snuggle on the couch, and would probably enjoy sleeping in the bed right next to me if I would allow it. Instead she settles for the floor directly next to the bed. She will lay at my feet while I’m working on the computer or under the table while I’m eating.

Ava is part mountain goat. Just kidding, but we have found that she can jump out of a 4-foot exercise pen. If her new home has a fence, she will need to be monitored as she can leap a low fence in a single bound. The good news is that she is good on the leash and sticks close to her person.

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Ava is smart especially when it comes to tracking down food. Back to that mountain goat aspect, she can climb up onto any counter to get at food that might tempt her.

Ava has free reign in our finished basement as that is where her puppies are currently housed. She has not gotten into any trash or chewed up anything other than knocking the puppies food bowl off a counter. She has also spent some time in a crate and tolerates that, although it’s not her favorite spot.

Coming from a hoarding situation with 15 dogs and living at our house with two other dogs, it is clear that Ava can coexist with other dogs. We have not found her to particularly engage with our dogs, but that could be due to the pregnancy hormones that have made her protective of her pups.

I think she could easily be an only dog or live peacefully with another non-alpha dog that didn’t want to play with her.

Hopefully we can make Ava available for adoption soon, after her puppies find homes and her pregnancy hormones are leveled out. She is ready for that special someone to call her own.

Ava 19-026
Ava 19-026

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Beautiful Ava came into rescue as one of 13 dogs surrendered by an owner whose unspayed and unneutered pets started breeding to the point he could no longer care for all of them. Ava came to Minnesota on February 21, and within a few weeks Foster Mom was noticing some changes.

The vet confirmed Ava was pregnant and we welcomed 10 adorable puppies into RAGOM’s care on March 25. There are six males and four females, and they come in a delightful mix of coat colors. Who daddy is will remain a mystery.

Ava takes good care of her babies.
Ava takes good care of her babies.

For now Ava is busy caring for her babies, but both she and her puppies will be available for adoption soon. RAGOM will begin taking applications for puppies when they are around 4 weeks old (late April). They will be ready to go to their forever homes Memorial weekend. Ava should be able to follow shortly after.

Check back for updates!

Please Note: RAGOM will not be accepting applications for Ava’s puppies until the puppies are available for adoption and are listed on our Adoptable Dogs page.

Ava loves to lounge on the couch.
Ava loves to lounge on the couch.
Ava is a petite Golden mix. She loved eating ice and snow and is sad it's all melted now.
Ava is a petite Golden mix. She loved eating ice and snow and is sad it's all melted now.
Momma Ava with a few of her puppies the day she gave birth. It was hard work but she did great.
Momma Ava with a few of her puppies the day she gave birth. It was hard work but she did great.

Unavailable: Ava is not yet ready to be adopted, and we are not currently accepting applications for Ava. Please watch for her status to change to Adopt Me before you submit an Inquiry for Application or, if you've already submitted an Inquiry for Application, before you email our application team.