Casey 19-044A

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Casey retired from life in a breeding facility and arrived at RAGOM to find her forever home. Casey is overweight and needs exercise. She is adjusting to home life but frightens easily. She does not do well with noise and activity and cannot go to a home with children. Casey must have a confident dog companion; she is happiest when she's playing with dogs and relies on them. A physical fence is needed as she could be startled and run. Casey needs a calm, patient family to guide her continued development.

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

At a Glance #19-044A

Golden Retriever 6 years old
Female 66 lbs


Fostered in Iowa City, IA

Status: Unavailable
Adoption fee: $400

Cannot live with children
Another dog REQUIRED
Not tested with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Low energy
Cannot live with children
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Not tested with cats
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Casey retired from life in a breeding facility and arrived at RAGOM to find her forever home. Casey is overweight and needs exercise. She is adjusting to home life but frightens easily. She does not do well with noise and activity and cannot go to a home with children. Casey must have a confident dog companion; she is happiest when she's playing with dogs and relies on them. A physical fence is needed as she could be startled and run. Casey needs a calm, patient family to guide her continued development.

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

Updates

Monday, August 19, 2019

All the good weather has given Casey lots of time to enjoy the outdoors and play with the rest of the pack.

We just recently started her on a new medication to reduce her anxiety and it's definitely working. She typically likes to stay in her safe spot in the corner where she can watch what's going on without actually being in the middle of it all.

Much to our surprise, she's now wondered into the sunroom and tried out the dog bed. She's done this a number of times, and we're excited to see what is in store for Casey as she starts to blend in with the household routine.

Although it seems like a small step, one of the other things we've noticed is that she comes in willingly now after she's been outside for a while. For the last few weeks, she's come in but there was a bit of a game to it.

Casey still isn't comfortable with her foster mom; she definitely prefers her foster dad and lets him pet her whenever it's time to put on the leash. Our plan is to take her for a walk this week and then sit down in the shade (she loves being outside) and groom her. She's really due for a good combing and we're confident she's going to look gorgeous!

Casey 19-044A
Casey 19-044A
Casey 19-044A
Casey 19-044A

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Casey, with her spunky little mohawk hairdo, is ever so slowly adjusting to life in the country. She still favors her safe spot in the dining room, but lets us share the space each evening for dinner. If we bother her too much, she goes to her backup safe spot in the sunroom.

She goes out with much more ease now and comes back in as long as we're not close to the door. She comes in like a champ sometimes, while other times we give her more space.

She has a healthy appetite, and we're going to take her in to see if we've had any luck helping her drop a few pounds. I think the vet is going to be pleased with what she sees - Casey is still very tense in unfamiliar settings, but she's slowly improving.

One seemingly small change that I think is really significant is that she now tends to walk with confidence instead of slinky and tucking her tail. She's still easily frightened, but when all is fine, she does quite well.

Casey isn't quite ready to leave her foster setting. She needs a bit more time so she can trust people more. We'll keep you posted!

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Well, it turns out that Casey did have a haircut before she came into RAGOM. She's starting to grow out her coat and she's going to be a very pretty soft gold, I think. Too soon to know for sure. Her little golden mohawk still sets her apart from the crowd.

Casey is the absolute happiest when she can play outside with our pack. She gets so excited she actually dances -- she possibly enjoys our big male dog the best, but she's equally enthralled with our new foster puppy, and from our experience, not every dog enjoys a puppy barking and asking to play.

A few weeks ago, we had company who had brought their dog and we were absolutely stunned that Casey came over to meet him. She is so happy and social with dogs, but she still has a ways to go to learn to trust people.

Her favorite spot is under the dining room table still, which she alternates with another safe spot in the living room. We've developed some good routines, and she has impeccable household manners.

To help Casey be more comfortable around people, we've started her on a medication that we think will help her relax and join in the household activities a bit more. We'll keep you posted. 

Casey 19-044A

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Casey joined our household in mid-March and she's just now starting to relax and let her Golden spirit show. Casey was a breeder girl, but those days are now behind her. She's getting exercise -- absolutely enjoys playing with our other dogs -- and slowly learning how to enjoy family life.

Casey relishing in being a cherished family member
Casey relishing in being a cherished family member
A bath feels so good
A bath feels so good

She is a cream-colored Golden with short hair right now. We think she may have been shaved somewhat recently. Her fur is very soft, and she has an unusual patch of hair on her forehead that grows in a different direction; it's cute and distinctive at the same time!

See the cute little patch of forehead hair?
See the cute little patch of forehead hair?

Here's what we've learned about Casey so far:

1. She does not want to eat if anyone is watching -- she enjoys her meal, especially if there's a dollop of yogurt or maybe a bit of canned dog food to entice her.

2. She has two favorite spots in the house: one in the dining room in the corner and the other in the living room where she will spend time with us in the evening.

3. She needs to be put on a leash to go outside into our fenced backyard. The process still isn't quite comfortable for her. When she's out, we always have her wear a long leash so we can easily and gently lead her back into the house when it's time.

Casey enjoying some outdoor time on a long leash
Casey enjoying some outdoor time on a long leash

4. She has joined our dogs in what we call the backyard walk-about -- she didn't do that at first, but she's waited for the nice weather and will walk with us, at a bit of a distance, as we walk the perimeter of the yard. She is slowly learning to trust us, and it is heartwarming to see.

5. She has been seen actually chewing on a dog toy, and we're pretty confident that's a brand new experience for her.

It's too soon for Casey to go to her forever family; we're still getting to know her. We'll post more pictures and let you know how she's doing as she learns the Golden way.

Beautiful Casey
Beautiful Casey

Unavailable: Casey is not yet ready to be adopted, and we are not currently accepting applications for Casey. 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.