Cassie 13-289

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Please join me in welcoming Cassie to RAGOM. Cassie is a purebred female Golden Retriever with a darker red coat. She is estimated to be 4 years old, weighs 57 pounds and is up to date on her shots. She has not been spayed yet. She arrives to us via Sioux Falls where she was found along a country road huddled over her 3 month old puppy. Because of this, we don't have a lot of history to offer except to say that at one time it is evident someone took good care of her.

Cassie was vetted in SD before coming into foster care and her puppy was adopted out. She is in good health. She has been dewormed and is being treated for a ear infection in both ears. She gets drops twice a day and takes them so well. She lies down and doesn't move one bit. This treatment will be finished in a few days. Cassie will be spayed within a few weeks. She will not be available for adoption until that point, but if interested please let your placement advisor know as we would be happy to have you meet her sooner. Cassie's teeth look good and it appears they have been cleaned professionally in the past. She is missing her front left leg. She does not seem to have any sensitivities to the area where it was amputated. Her fur has completely covered the area as well. Her left eye does droop a little (reminds me of a Basset Hound's eyes) and a small portion of her tongue is missing. Whatever traumatic event Cassie went through, she is not saying and this sweetie seems to have put it behind her. Cassie loves people! She spent the first 4 days in her new home attached to whichever human was closest. Today is Day 5 and she has decided that as long as she can see people she doesn't always need to be touching them.

Cassie does fine with our resident dog (a male 9 year old terrier/beagle mix). She let out her one and only bark-so far-the evening she moved in. She was letting him know that she had had enough of the sniffing. It worked as that one bark gave her the personal space she desired. She is more interested in following our cat, but in a curious, playful way. She can easily be redirected when I think she is starting to fixate on the cat. 

From what I can tell, she has no resource guarding issues with her food. She is very polite when waiting to be fed. She does sometimes sit and watch our resident dog eat in a different location, but never gets closer than a few feet to him or his bowls. She hasn't played a lot with toys or balls, but when she has she will drop both when asked. At this point, a game of fetch doesn't hold her interest. She did have to be distracted to get a bone away from her.

Cassie does not know her name quite yet, but regardless, her recall is very good. She checks in constantly and comes when called.  In boarding before she was fostered, she did dig out from under a fence to get to the human that was gardening in the next yard. She knows the meaning of "no" and "sit". We are working on "down" because she does jump up on people fairly often. She loves to be pet and will nudge you over and over again, sometimes licking your hand to get her point across if the nudges don't work.  She sleeps on the floor next to our bed and is content, but would love to get up on the bed if invited. She will go in a crate, but gets extremely nervous and worked up if the door is closed. I work from home, but have left her for 6 hours with free roam and she did wonderfully. She was laying by the door when I returned and nothing seemed out of place.  She is 100% house trained and will go potty within minutes of being let outside. She has no signal as far as we can tell that tells us she needs to go out.

She has not been around anyone other than teens and adults so we will test her with younger children soon. My 16 year old son brought home 6 teenage friends the other day and Cassie was in heaven with all of the attention.

This girl is a true love bug and will make an awesome companion. Do not let the fact that she has only three legs keep you from considering her. She walks beautifully on a leash, not one bit of pulling. She hops and probably won't ever be a long distance walker, but has no problem on shorter walks. But the most amazing thing to watch is when she runs. The hop goes away and the fluid motion is back and she is in her glory. It is awesome to see.

 

At a Glance #13-289

Golden Retriever Born: September 2009
Female 52 lbs

Status: Deceased

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Please join me in welcoming Cassie to RAGOM. Cassie is a purebred female Golden Retriever with a darker red coat. She is estimated to be 4 years old, weighs 57 pounds and is up to date on her shots. She has not been spayed yet. She arrives to us via Sioux Falls where she was found along a country road huddled over her 3 month old puppy. Because of this, we don't have a lot of history to offer except to say that at one time it is evident someone took good care of her.

Cassie was vetted in SD before coming into foster care and her puppy was adopted out. She is in good health. She has been dewormed and is being treated for a ear infection in both ears. She gets drops twice a day and takes them so well. She lies down and doesn't move one bit. This treatment will be finished in a few days. Cassie will be spayed within a few weeks. She will not be available for adoption until that point, but if interested please let your placement advisor know as we would be happy to have you meet her sooner. Cassie's teeth look good and it appears they have been cleaned professionally in the past. She is missing her front left leg. She does not seem to have any sensitivities to the area where it was amputated. Her fur has completely covered the area as well. Her left eye does droop a little (reminds me of a Basset Hound's eyes) and a small portion of her tongue is missing. Whatever traumatic event Cassie went through, she is not saying and this sweetie seems to have put it behind her. Cassie loves people! She spent the first 4 days in her new home attached to whichever human was closest. Today is Day 5 and she has decided that as long as she can see people she doesn't always need to be touching them.

Cassie does fine with our resident dog (a male 9 year old terrier/beagle mix). She let out her one and only bark-so far-the evening she moved in. She was letting him know that she had had enough of the sniffing. It worked as that one bark gave her the personal space she desired. She is more interested in following our cat, but in a curious, playful way. She can easily be redirected when I think she is starting to fixate on the cat. 

From what I can tell, she has no resource guarding issues with her food. She is very polite when waiting to be fed. She does sometimes sit and watch our resident dog eat in a different location, but never gets closer than a few feet to him or his bowls. She hasn't played a lot with toys or balls, but when she has she will drop both when asked. At this point, a game of fetch doesn't hold her interest. She did have to be distracted to get a bone away from her.

Cassie does not know her name quite yet, but regardless, her recall is very good. She checks in constantly and comes when called.  In boarding before she was fostered, she did dig out from under a fence to get to the human that was gardening in the next yard. She knows the meaning of "no" and "sit". We are working on "down" because she does jump up on people fairly often. She loves to be pet and will nudge you over and over again, sometimes licking your hand to get her point across if the nudges don't work.  She sleeps on the floor next to our bed and is content, but would love to get up on the bed if invited. She will go in a crate, but gets extremely nervous and worked up if the door is closed. I work from home, but have left her for 6 hours with free roam and she did wonderfully. She was laying by the door when I returned and nothing seemed out of place.  She is 100% house trained and will go potty within minutes of being let outside. She has no signal as far as we can tell that tells us she needs to go out.

She has not been around anyone other than teens and adults so we will test her with younger children soon. My 16 year old son brought home 6 teenage friends the other day and Cassie was in heaven with all of the attention.

This girl is a true love bug and will make an awesome companion. Do not let the fact that she has only three legs keep you from considering her. She walks beautifully on a leash, not one bit of pulling. She hops and probably won't ever be a long distance walker, but has no problem on shorter walks. But the most amazing thing to watch is when she runs. The hop goes away and the fluid motion is back and she is in her glory. It is awesome to see.

 

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

It is with much sadness that I must share that Cassie has crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a struggling with a cancerous mass on her spleen. 

Cassie was the perfect dog.  She was optimistic, always wore a smile and had a wagging tail.  She has left a hole in our hearts that will take time to heal.  Our time with her wasn’t even close to “long enough”. 

Cassie 13-289
Cassie 13-289
Cassie 13-289
Cassie 13-289

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cassie has had a good week. She spent some time on a tie out because last week's weather was so beautiful. (We do not have a fence.) She loves snoozing in the sun. I can see her through the french door and she has shown no anxiety being left outside by herself. Our cat hangs outside with her and keeps her company. Cassie loves listening to the sounds of nature. We live on the lake and have plenty of wildlife noises. She is alert to these sounds and cocks her head in the cutest way. She spotted a squirrel and did chase it to the end of her tie out. But then immediately laid down and went back to just watching. She will step into the lake and lay down in the shallow water, but so far has not shown any desire to swim. I've seen videos of 3 legged dogs swimming so it can be done and is actually a really good way for them to exercise. Granted this time of year it feels cold to me so I don't blame her.

We have lots of tall grasses and cattails surrounding our property and she loves to explore them. I keep her on a long leash which gives her room to explore, but also lets us keep her safe since she will get on a scent and follow it through the thick grasses and completely "forget" to come when called. It would be very nerve wracking if she were not attached to us when this happens. Usually all you see is her tail up as she works the area back and forth. I think she has some hunting instinct in her. She loves doing this! For this reason, I think a yard with room to explore or a plan to take her somewhere she can run and explore and use this natural instinct would be a big plus.

Speaking of that, we have been hearing gun shots from duck hunters the last few days. Cassie perks up, but shows no fear of the noise. She also has no response to any loud noises in the house whatsoever. In addition, because I work from home, I have customers & UPS drivers come to my house during the week. This has not fazed Cassie. If she is outside, or in my shop, when they come, she looks at them, but usually stays lying down, thumping her tail. She never barks even when my resident dog is barking like crazy.