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At A Glance
Lola, Maddie & Gandolph
From one Missouri girl to another-I'm so proud of how far you've come! Love, Betty 12-101
|This dog came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder and has not been adequately socialized to humans. RAGOM requires that any adoptive homes contain a physical fence (due to the risk of escape); another fairly confident medium to large sized dog to role model from (everything is new and scary for them); no children under 10 years old in the home (normal kid behavior scares these dogs). Our goal is to find the forever family for these dogs and our experience leads us to use these criteria.|
May 9, 2012
Introducing lovely, gorgeous RAGOM Puppy Mill dog 2 1/2 year old CASSIE 12-117 with pictures to show progression since March 25th when she arrived in MN. She is being fostered in Olivia, MN and has come a long way already.
Adopters will need to realize she will need patience and love as she continues to progress as well as:
Now to let you know she is pretty much potty trained to go outside. There have been accidents when she drinks too much water at night or during day as she doesn't know how to ask to go outside. Cassie did have a bowel movement when new people came in house first time as frightened, which is normal, but have had people in later and she just lays on couch. She is starting to ask now sometimes by coming up to me and placing her paw on me. She is now going in and out and using stairs without a problem with resident foster dog. In a new setting Cassie may need leashes on for a while to adjust to new surroundings. She has been spayed and stitches came out on Monday. Cassie has had her shots, is on heartworm and frontline.
At the present she gets sick from car rides (throws up after) and drools heavily and this may go away or reduce as she becomes more confident in the car. Also withholding food before a ride may help from getting upset stomach. She does go in the car and vet office with the resident dog with no problem. When frightened at present, she hides her head under the resident dog for protection and security.
Cassie has let me trim the long hair on her feet and the vet trimmed nails with no problem. I have picked her up and placed her in the porch sink for two baths without any problem. She is also stopping on entry for foot wipes with resident dog when raining and returning in the house. Cassie doesn't eat when resident dog eats, but bowl is placed in her kennel and after resident is done we sit in her area and she eats. Cassie is a slow eater and sometimes gets it on the floor but will clean up unless my food oriented resident foster dog doesn't beat her to it. Another reason she is fed in a different area. Cassie takes treats very gently, and likes cheese and peanut butter on nylabone. Also like almost every dog she loves ice cream for a treat. I have been using a harness on Cassie as when frightened they pull and fight back as collar tightens and chokes and this has been good when going in the car and to the vet.
In the last few day Cassie has found the couch and decided to sit by me for pets. She also likes to stretch out by herself and both front and back feet are from one end to the other sometimes when she sleeps alone on the couch. At night she sleeps on the floor on her bed after some pacing, which is also normal for PM dogs.
Cassie has also decided now to come to me for pets instead of me reaching out toward her. Cassie will play tug with a old stocking hat I had and sometimes grab a racquetball and play with it, but doesn't bring them back. She is also learning her name and coming to me when called. She is becoming more confident as time goes on in her new surrounding.
Cassie has also met two resident cats and they even rub against her and she doesn't try to bite or chase them at all. She is curious and watches them when they play and will go up to them and smell them.
More pictures and updates coming soon.
This photo shows how scared she was and cowering
in her kennel afraid of human and their touch.
Cassie's first bath.
She now likes to have toys around her bed.
Chilling out on her bed
Cassie canters around yard free of leash
Cassie playing with her friend Nora
Cassie's strut when saying "come chase me!"