At A Glance

  • Age: 10 years, 4 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Male
  • Weight: 80.00 lbs
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Deceased


After a long eight-hour transport from Iowa to Northern Minnesota, Budda is now a member of the RAGOM family. The long trip was extremely traumatizing for this big guy. He is an 84-pound, very tall and handsome purebred Golden, with the AKC papers to prove it! He has dark golden fur with a reddish tinge. Budda lived with the same family since he was 8 weeks old. From what we understand, he was surrendered because Budda got into an altercation with their neighbor’s poodle. Budda felt the need to protect his family’s Golden Retriever puppy and during the ensuing fight, fatally injured the poodle. Because a complaint was filed, the city officials said he had to be re-homed. Thanks to the SO for lovingly surrendering Budda to RAGOM.

Here’s what we know about Budda aka Boo after one week: he’s house trained (only marked in the house once when he first arrived); goes to the door when he wants out; barks rarely, but loudly when he does; knows the commands sit and lie down; loves to go for walks but pulls hard on a flat collar. (FM asks him slow down, and he does); likes to be petted by FM and FD but is still a little skittish around FD; is not crate trained, but respects baby gates; has free roam when someone is home; does not sleep in a dog bed, prefers to sleep on area rugs or just on the floor; sleeps through the night on a mat in the bedroom; and, will jump up on the bed by invitation only.

He is a quiet gentle guy until it comes to chipmunks, squirrels, etc. Budda would love to chase them. He has moments of extreme anxiety when he encounters someone or something new and he shakes from nose to tail. But, these episodes of high anxiety are lessening. He requires slow introductions to strangers, but did not with our 11 year old grandson. It was mutual love at first sight. Budda has mastered the golden paw and will use the nose nudge to ask for more petting. He greeted FM once by gently resting his front paws on her shoulders. FM and Boo were literally seeing eye to eye.

He is now neutered and UTD on his shots. Boo tested negative for heartworm, lyme disease, and anaplasmosis. Yay! He’s on tick and heartworm prevention. Boo does have a slight heart murmur; his ligament in his left knee is a little weak and he does have a mild hip dysplasia (found when he was x-rayed as a pup). But, these conditions are mild enough that they are of no concern for now. FM is giving him Glucosamine and Omega 3 supplements daily.

Each day that goes by, Budda is settling in more and more. After he recovers from his neutering, we will introduce him to grandkids, granddogs, and any approved adopter who would like to meet him. Better hurry adopters, we’re falling in love with this sweet guy. More updates to follow…




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