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.