Bandit 20-043A

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Bandit was rescued from an auction of breeding dogs. He is learning to overcome his fear of humans and will need a medium to large, confident dog in his forever home as a mentor as well as a playmate. Bandit can live with cats. A physical fence is required to keep him safe, and any children in the home must be at least 13. 

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

At a Glance #20-043A

Golden Retriever 3 years old
Male 65 lbs

Available as of July 10, 2020
Fostered in Ramsey, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $400

Children ages 13+
Another dog REQUIRED
Can live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Medium energy
Children ages 13+
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Another dog REQUIRED
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Can live with cats
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Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
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Medium energy
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Bandit was rescued from an auction of breeding dogs. He is learning to overcome his fear of humans and will need a medium to large, confident dog in his forever home as a mentor as well as a playmate. Bandit can live with cats. A physical fence is required to keep him safe, and any children in the home must be at least 13. 

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

Updates

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Bandit has taken more baby steps. The most exciting is that he will come during the early morning hours while I am still in bed and let me scratch his chest and rub his face! It is a thrill every morning now as he leans into my hand for more.

I could lay there for hours if my residents weren't so persistent in trying to get me up. Of course, when I do start to get up, he runs back to his safe dog bed in the bedroom and waits. He won't let me pet him for that long anywhere else.

Bandit has also started taking treats from friends that visit outdoors. I have two friends that he has seen several times-in our pod. Check out the video where he takes a treat from my friend Jill even as she is standing up!

He is freer now to walk around the house even when I am nearby-his body relaxed but ever vigilant to make sure I won't get up and come to him. Still, the only time he is truly relaxed and free is outside running and playing with Tannin. 

Bandit 20-043A

So I am not without hope for Mr Bandit. Hope that he will find his forever family, hope that he will allow the morning love to spread to other parts of the day. 

If you have another medium to large dog, a fence, patience, and most of all good experience with extremely fearful dogs, please consider this sweet boy.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

I am sooo behind in updates for this special boy! Has he made progress? Of course! There is no hesitation to come in now-once the door is propped and I am out of the way. He does prefer not to have to navigate the door past other dogs but will do it. I am not using the long lead in my fenced yard. I trust him to come in now if I need to be somewhere. 

He comes to me for treats whenever I am eating on the couch. He even took a treat from a friend sitting outside. 

BUT there has been no progress in allowing me to approach him when he is outside. Inside, he mostly moves away when I approach but will stay on his dog bed if I move towards him with a treat. He knows this is routine now and expects it. I can scratch his ears then. But moving towards him to shut the blinds nearby-he moves away.

He IS more relaxed moving around in the house. Not always just laying in his safe spot. He even came to check me out in the office one day--peaking around the corner only. I was thrilled. 

I have spoken to a couple of potential families about Mr. Bandit. Families with lots of love for a scared boy. Families that have hopes for a Golden that will come to them for snuggles and pets. That is not Mr. Bandit right now. Maybe in the future, he can be that boy. But that is not a given and I doubt it will be soon. 

Bandit absolutely needs an adopter that has good experience with undersocialized, extremely frightened dogs. 

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Bandit 20-043

Saturday, July 25, 2020

This boy has taken a few brave steps in recent weeks. Bandit stepped away from his safe place on the dog bed and approached me while I was eating my bagel. I had to give him a bite for that! He stayed for more bites until my bagel was gone. Oh my God—he approached me! I was so thrilled. Check out the video below. You can see he is a bit unsure—but he does it.

Bandit approaches

If I am doing this outside with hot dogs, he will smile at me and barks at me when all of the hot dogs are gone, as if to say “More, please.” And he has such a gentle mouth when taking it.

He still moves away if I move towards him outside. Inside, he will stay in his place if I approach him. But his head bows and I know he is afraid of what I might do. I approach sideways and don't make eye contact. Then I can give him a few ear scratches.

A few days ago, his vet started him on some anxiety meds. The hope is that he will relax enough to learn that he is safe with me. I am hopeful to see more progress!

Bandit 20-043A
Bandit 20-043A
Bandit 20-043A

Friday, July 10, 2020

His head hanging low, tail tucked, body in a crouch, he is just waiting in fear for whatever lies ahead. He is the picture of what happens--or doesn't happen--when dogs are kept in commercial breeding facilities, never to be approached with love and kindness, never to be socialized with humans, only to be surrounded by other dogs in a similar situation. He is scared.

This is Bandit, a beautiful, young, male Golden Retriever sold by a breeder at an auction, no longer wanted for whatever reason, destined to continue his life as a breeder of puppies for cash. 

He came into RAGOM 4 months ago and is making baby steps. What does he need in his forever home? Mostly, he needs love--and the patience it will take to get him comfortable with his human family. 

I have fostered dozens of dogs from commercial breeders over the years. Many came in terrified of me and other humans, but none as terrified as Bandit.

His saving grace and the joy in his days comes from my resident dogs. And I share in his joy just watching him prance, pounce, chase, and wrestle! In these moments, he is as happy as any 2.5-year-old dog--playing like a puppy, body carefree and loose. It makes me so happy and brings tears to my eyes.

I have waited to post him until he made a couple of breakthroughs. That happened--even though I know he has a ways to go. I am confident he will grow, with love and patience. 

Bandit is happiest outside. I think he feels free there. But he hasn't come close to me, moving away if I moved in his direction. He will run outside if I hold the door open with my back to him. He will not come back in unless I prop the door open and move out of his line of sight.

Bandit is just now starting to eat in my presence. A big breakthrough recently is that he took a piece of hot dog from my hand--and now he has done it several times! He grabs it and runs away, but he comes close enough! Oh, the joy I felt for him!

Bandit has a ways to go in terms of being comfortable with people. He is very comfortable with the sounds and routines of living in a home. He knows where his food bowl goes, where he sleeps, and when he can expect to go out. He has never had an accident in my home. 

If you have experience with severely undersocialized dogs and lots of patience, consider giving this boy a home. 

Bandit 20-043A
Bandit 20-043A
Bandit 20-043A

Adopt Me: If you think Bandit would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email [email protected] with Bandit's name, RAGOM number (20-043A), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.