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At A Glance
Meet Bear, a happy and handsome Retriever mix, who loves lots of pets and snuggles! Bear came to us all the way from Alabama on November 22nd, 2014, weighing just over 45 lbs and about 4 years old. When Bear first arrived, he was undernourished and a bit wary of his surroundings (he was scared to go up and down stairs and didn’t like walking through doorways unless he saw a way out on the other side of the room), but his love of people and kind disposition shined through as he was quick to rollover and let everyone rub his belly!
We had to treat Bear immediately for fleas, an ear infection and a few worms in addition to getting him neutered, but he was a champ through it all! Thankfully, he immediately accepted the food we provided and didn’t guard it as is often the case. He’s a growing boy and now weighs in at 56 lbs with a much healthier looking coat! While Bear did not come to us with much training, we are grateful that he seems to have been house trained and never has accidents inside. We are still working on “come, sit, stay,” and he is very receptive and improving each day. He takes treats gently and is very patient.
More importantly, Bear is simply a sweetheart who loves to be close to people who care for him and give him attention. He sometimes thinks he is a lapdog and will often attempt to curl up in your lap (and half your upper body!) if you are sitting on the couch or floor. He gets jealous of electronics and is quick to swat at our cell phones if we are paying more attention to those than petting his head or tummy. He loves to walk and run around outside and fetch sticks. He doesn’t really know how to play with other dogs yet, but he is very curious and we’re working on his socialization.
He is a wonderful companion and we are SO HAPPY to have him as part of our family!
We are very thankful to all of the volunteers at RAGOM for helping us find Bear, the folks from multiple rescue agencies who helped transport him all the way from Alabama to Minneapolis right before a busy holiday week, and the vets who helped bring Bear up to good health very quickly during the busy holiday season. His life is and will be so much better thanks to everyone’s time and work on this. You are all very caring!