Cheyenne 20-085

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Cheyenne came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder. She arrived with a severe injury to her left ear. She has had surgery and the injury is healed. Due to her background, she is very shy and learning about life in a home. Her future home should have no children or children age 13 or older, and she requires another medium to large confident dog. She can live with cats. She must have a physical fence to keep her safe. A quiet, loving home is ideal for Cheyenne.

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

At a Glance #20-085

Golden Retriever 8 years old
Female 60 lbs

Available as of May 16, 2020
Fostered in Lakeville, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $400

Children ages 13+
Another dog REQUIRED
Can live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Low energy
Children ages 13+
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Cheyenne came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder. She arrived with a severe injury to her left ear. She has had surgery and the injury is healed. Due to her background, she is very shy and learning about life in a home. Her future home should have no children or children age 13 or older, and she requires another medium to large confident dog. She can live with cats. She must have a physical fence to keep her safe. A quiet, loving home is ideal for Cheyenne.

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

Updates

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Look at me everyone – I’m wagging! I’ve learned that I can’t help myself from being happy at times, especially when my foster brother, Paddy, gets excited about something. I’m still a shy girl but once I feel comfortable my little personality comes out which I know makes Foster Mom smile. I even have done a little play bounce with Paddy which I know surprised us all not to mention the little zoomie I tried the other morning.

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Look at me - I'm wagging

FM continues to expose me to new people and situations so this week included a little visit to another RAGOM volunteer’s home.  Foster Mom dropped me off with Paddy while she did an errand which was a huge step for me. I was a little timid initially, however, it didn’t stop me from following the other volunteer around and joining in the pack with Paddy and her two pups to get some very tasty treats!

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Going to visit friends

We also did a little stop at the local pet store so I could get weighed. It was a bit scary going in the door but it smelled so wonderful once I got inside. All the wonderful food smells were all I could think about as we headed to the scale. I sure wouldn’t mind going back there again especially since everyone told me how beautiful I am. Just what a girl likes to hear!  

Every day has been so wonderful since RAGOM rescued me. With Paddy’s help I’ve learned it’s okay to just go seek out love whenever you would like. I do my own little version of a golden nudge if I’m behind you by sniffing you close but I can also come over all on my own once I’m comfortable with you to give you a random kiss on your arm and get some love.

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Cheyenne and her buddy Paddy

Foster Mom says I’m ready for my forever family as I’ve learned to be more open to new things and have learned how to accept love and even seek it out at times. If you are a family that can take things slowly with me and be patient until I feel comfortable, you may just be my forever home. Dreaming of you until you find me……

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Sweet dreams

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hi Everyone – it’s me, Cheyenne!  I’m finding my voice a bit and thought I’d do my own little update this time. 

Hi, it's me!
Hi, it's me!

I’m really starting to settle in with my new Foster Mom and I’m a perfect example of the 3 day, 3 week, 3 month rule for dogs going through a big adjustment. I’m about at the halfway point of 3 months and I find myself trying new things every day and my beautiful tail is wagging so much more.

I’ve learned all about the rest of the house and found a new comfy spot right by the piano bench. I don’t even mind it when Foster Mom plays the piano.

A comfy Cheyenne
A comfy Cheyenne

And I’ve learned about this wonderful area of the house called the kitchen and the magic door to the fridge. Foster Mom just needs to call “who wants turkey meat” and I’m there. I take treats from her hand regularly and give her a little thank you kiss to surprise her every now and then. 

Ready for a little turkey lunchmeat
Ready for a little turkey lunchmeat

I’m really good going in and out of all the rooms in the house and to Foster Mom’s surprise I don’t seem to have any issues with doorways. I just follow her or Paddy wherever they go and look around the house all by myself if I can’t find her. I’m always so happy when I do find her that I’m sure to give her a little tail wag and a big smile.

You’ll see that I also have a little “jump” in me and recently got up on the futon with Paddy much to everyone’s surprise. He looked so comfy up there I just thought I needed to try it too. 

Hey Foster Mom – look what I can do
Hey Foster Mom – look what I can do

Foster Mom says I need to get to know new people and dogs to get ready for my forever home, so she’s been having little playdates in our backyard. It was pretty scary at first but I’m starting to learn that I just need to follow Paddy and he’ll show me the way. He sure seems to get a lot of love from everyone and I’m thinking I could use a little of that too. Here I am with my foster mom and new friend Jessa.

A little playdate for Cheyenne
A little playdate for Cheyenne

Foster Mom is trying to teach me to sit but it’s a work in progress. I am able to join the pack for treats, but just can’t quite understand what’s so great about sitting for a treat. I can tell she’s not going to give up so I’ll probably need to give in on this one if I want to get my share of treats.

Chey in the pack
Chey in the pack

We're still going on daily walks and I found myself leading a couple times this last week. With the cooler weather, I just love to stick my nose in the air and take in all the wonderful smells. I also get to be outside now when Foster Mom mows the lawn and I like to follow her around. She was very surprised I wasn't afraid of the mower and she's very careful to watch for me when she turns.  

Well, you can tell I've been a very busy girl as I get ready for my forever family to find me. The time is just flying by and I’m enjoying every minute of my new RAGOM journey.    

Hope you stay tuned for my next update as I’m sure there will be so much to tell you!!  

Friday, September 4, 2020

Cheyenne has been with us about 5 weeks and we have so much to tell you!

The best news is that she’s begun to wiggle her left ear that had surgery! We knew the slight nerve damage on the left side of her face might be temporary but we weren’t sure when we might start seeing some improvement and to what extent it would return.

It’s been so cute to see that ear go up a little bit when she sees something in the distance or hears something. We just had a vet visit today to check both ears and they’re looking good!

It was also “weigh in” day at the vet and Cheyenne now weighs 60.5 lbs. She has lost over 8 lbs and only has 2 more to lose to hit her goal weight of 58 lbs.

She has transitioned off of the prescription food she needed to be on earlier and is starting to get a little waistline. I can definitely tell being a little lighter has helped her energy level and it will be good for her joints long term.

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Starting to find my waistline – how do I look

We needed to go very slowly with Cheyenne especially during our first 2 weeks so she could learn to trust Paddy and me. Paddy’s sudden and fast moves startled her so I needed to keep them somewhat apart the first week.

Now she picks up on his happy energy with a little wagging and even running of her own.  We’ve just started seeing her do a few little awkward, bouncy moves with him when he gets excited so I think she may start playing soon.

We also heard her bark for the first time when she joined in with Paddy and Bruno next door for a little running at the fence. So great to see her dog instincts take over for a little fun!

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Chey and Paddy getting to know each other
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Paddy and Chey looking for some love

So many firsts for little Cheyenne including learning about stairs since she never had encountered them before. What started as reluctance to try the stairs turned into trying to hop up them to now mostly going up one foot at a time.

My steps are carpeted inside which I think helps her to grip better. Over the years she hasn’t had a lot of exercise so hopefully she will gain some strength in her legs over time with a regular walking schedule and just moving about.

She’s learned that when she makes it to the top there is turkey lunchmeat and a little cheese waiting for her and Paddy. This was another hurdle for her – learning to take any type of treat outside of her crate. She will only take it from a plate off the kitchen floor but that’s a start.

Outside she feels a little more free and did take her first treat from my hand this morning which was so huge for her. Paddy was right there with her and she just took his lead on what to do.    We’ll be working more on this so we can then use hand given treats to train her on a few basic commands like sit and stay.

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Treats from a hand – huge step for Chey

When we’re not working on different activities, we try to spend quiet time just being next to each other on the floor so that she can get used to being pet and accepting love. I don’t know if she will ever give you the “golden nudge” but I do know she will give you the saddest eyes pleading for you to continue petting her when you stop.

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I think I need a little more love

Cheyenne just recently started really sniffing around the yard and now lets her nose lead the way. She has found a few favorite places to sniff out and I think she may have a bit of a prey instinct. She also follows me around the yard but is learning to sometimes just plop down and relax which is so good to see.

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Relaxing in the shade

Cheyenne needs a home with a set routine which will help her feel more secure and a forever family that will be very patient with her. It will take time and work to help her feel safe during another transition in her life but just seeing that first wag of her tail or smile from her will make it all worthwhile.

She will need help stepping out of her comfort zone which is often a crate and reassurance when she’s feeling most vulnerable. It will be important for her forever family to not have a lot of “golden” expectations of her but rather just be ready to love her and be her trusted guide. 

Cheyenne will be working hard to get ready for her forever family and will be joining Paddy and me as we do our Annual Goldzilla Walk for Rescue virtually on Sunday, September 13th. We’ll be walking to help raise funds for all those dogs in RAGOM’s care today and all those who will need our help in the future.

If you’d like to learn how you can support Goldzilla’s Walk for Rescue or see what we have planned for the day, please visit goldzilla.ragom.org.   

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Ready to Walk for Rescue!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Cheyenne recently made the long journey from South Dakota to our home in Minnesota as her first foster family was moving. They helped her through so much over the last three months as she had two ear surgeries and needed lots of TLC to recover from a severe ear laceration. She sends all her love and a big thank you to her former foster mom and foster dad who helped her when she needed it most.

Hi – I’m Cheyenne
Hi – I’m Cheyenne

She’s now adjusting to a new home and we’re taking it very slow with this sweet lady. We’ve started calling her “Chey” pronounced just like the word “shy” as it just fits her quiet, soft little self. She’s only been with us a week but we’ve already learned that she’s a good car rider, walks very well on a leash, loves a little cheese treat from time to time, and can snore with the best of them. 

Shy Chey
Shy Chey

As a result of her most recent surgery, Cheyenne is unable to hear in her left ear and has a little nerve damage on the left side of her face that may still improve over time. It’s very subtle but you can see a droopiness in her jaw at times when she’s panting and her third eyelid isn’t allowing her to blink making her left eye appear larger at times. It doesn’t seem to bother her at all and it certainly doesn’t take away from her beautiful sugar face.

Checking out my new foster home
Checking out my new foster home
Healing up pretty well on my surgery side
Healing up pretty well on my surgery side

Cheyenne clearly forms attachments with people first rather than dogs. She is a little follower in the yard and also likes to be sure everyone is together when we go for a walk. Another medium to large sized confident dog is required in her forever home to help show her the way.

Initially she may not show a lot of interest in another dog but she’s very aware of where they are at all times and what they’re doing. When my resident dog, Paddy, runs to me in the yard – Cheyenne will follow knowing it’s okay.

Sweet Cheyenne loves to be loved. Right now, she will only come so close, however, she will walk nearer when I start scratching her face and we’ve even seen a few wags.

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Love to be loved
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Nothing like a good chin scratch

We’re still learning more about sweet Chey so be sure to watch her page for updates. Her Minnesota journey is just beginning - so stay tuned.....

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Just hanging out after my walk

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Oh My Goodness! A wish come true, not one but TWO Sponsors! What a blessing! Our huge thanks. Cheyenne sends a BIG WET KISS.

THANK YOU to “angels” Frankie and to Buddy and their families.

Wow. Cheyenne continues to heal. Her ear is finally healing nicely and no more drainage. Getting through all the meds proved to be a big challenge. They are quite hard on the tummy, unfortunately.

We have been able to wean off most all of them now and that helps a lot. We are also on sensitive stomach prescription food and that too makes a big difference.

Little by little we are getting bolder. The other day when we came home from being out for a short time, let all the pups outside. I started playing ball with my doodle Bridger and chasing him around and wow, Cheyenne chimed right in and ran around too! Tail wags and all! So heartwarming to see her play for first time. She is finally feeling good!

Again, thank you so much for the sponsor “gifts!” Woof woof!

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Cheyenne and Bridger. I call this "Mutt & Jeff!"
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Well, hello there!!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Just a short update on our lovely girl. She did fine with the 4th of July fireworks around us and wasn't bothered by them and that is a huge bonus for these girls!

We had a new issue with her injured ear.The lump which was on her lower ear next to jaw line abscessed. It was quite a big mess and I am sure she was having a lot of pain with that pressure but they just do not show it!

The abscess was very large with blood and pus. She needs a surgical procedure to relieve it and prevent any further serious infections.

With that, this week she will be having a surgical procedure called ear canal ablation. In other words, her ear canal and ear drum need to be removed. It is a same day surgery and she will be able to come home at the end of the day! She is obviously a tough girl and has endured a lot and will be just fine.

It is so wonderful that RAGOM is able to help these rescued goldens with such medical issues! PLEASE, if you would like to DONATE or SPONSOR our beautiful girl, it would be greatly appreciated! We need help with mounting medicals.

Thanks for your consideration.

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Cheyenne 20-085

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Our beautiful girl is making more progress all the time. She is doing just fine with free roam and no kennel.  Cheyenne remains shy yet and enjoys her “spot” and all her soft babies.

She has an incredibly soft mouth. We discovered she really likes hard boiled eggs! As with all golden’s, this time of year is “SHEDDING” time and boy, does she enjoy being brushed. My yard looks like it snowed when I get done with her! Makes the birds happy, though; lots of good nesting materials.

We have only heard her bark once…not sure at what during the night but that was the only time. After having a couple storms, she has no anxiety with them which is a big blessing. She is not so keen on this incredibly WINDY weather lately thoough! Too many scary sounds and things blowing around. So, we pick and choose our times for walks accordingly.

Cheyenne is such a lovely gentle soul and needs continued guidance in her golden road ahead. She is trusting more. We had some family over, from 3 yrs, 16, 15, and a few adults and she handled it pretty good. Our grandchildren and children do know how to act around our foster/rescue dogs. So it went fine. I have to admit she was “happy” once they all left though!

We are still nursing her left ear along. We are on some new meds as all that infection is not gone. We are not sure, but something sure happened a long while ago. It will take time to heal but she handles it fine.

PLEASE, if you would like to DONATE or SPONSOR our beautiful girl, it would be greatly appreciated! These breeder dogs need all the help they can get, and we can use your help!

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Strike a pose!
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Remnants of a brushing session, which Cheyenne loves!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Cheyenne had her spay surgery and ear re-check (with stitches out) last week. Our girl did really great. She didn’t lick at anything once. Her spay is healing just perfectly. So glad that poopy part is behind her now. Her ear is coming along nicely. There is more infection draining out but not nearly like it was. The “flap” is doing well…we thought we might lose it.

So all is well and just shows you just HOW these rescue dogs are tough, want to have this better life, and show us fosters in their own way, how great it feels. To enjoy the outside, the sun, soft winds, comfortable home and bed, good food and the biggie, lovin’! That sure is not asking for much in life……and I LOVE what we do. 

To see these goldens showing us how they emerge and showing us their very own personalities…. All so different and all so very special.

With this nice weather (barring the ‘rainy season’!) she sure enjoys her relaxing walks. So many new things to learn, see and smell. She is more and more showing us she is coming out of her “shell.” Little bit further out of our crate which is always open.

Her appetite is so much better now too. Cheyenne loves her “babies” and she must have been a super mama. So many taken away…..but here is she now, very spoiled and happy!

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Cheyenne's ear is slowly healing
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Cheyenne girl enjoying the nice day with her "baby" close by.
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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Cheyenne is a gorgeous retired breeding Golden. She is 8 years old. As with most typical retired breeding girls, she is quite shy and will take time to learn to trust humans.

Surprisingly, she is ok with traveling. She cannot jump in a vehicle by any means and just needs a big butt boost. She likes her crate and so far, resides in it most of the time. (We use a soft-sided one with mesh sides). She has only been with us a short time, so we are still feeding her in the crate (water inside as well).

So far she has had a few trips in the vehicle and she has also been to the groomer, which she did fine. Cheyenne has a gorgeous thick coat, beautiful gold.

Cheyenne came in with a severe injury to her left ear. She has had surgery for this and it is healing pretty well. Next week she will get stitches out and get spayed.

Cheyenne gets along fine with our two resident dogs: Eddie, a Corgi, and Bridger, a Goldendoodle. She really does not pay too much attention to them.

She needs guidance yet to go outside but, once out, she will follow me all over or just by herself checking out surroundings. She has a beautiful gait when she runs or trots. Love to watch her. We enjoy "strolling" in the backyard together.

Cheyenne is not food motivated at all (but she does like cheese bites!). When fed, we mix in moist dog food with the dry as she is still on antibiotics from the bad ear infection (it was nasty) and we mix in. Sometimes she will eat in her crate the same time as the other two dogs and other times she will eat once everyone is gone and it is quieter.

Lots of love and patience… hugs and pets.

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Beautiful girl
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Cheyenne and Bridger enjoying the yard
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Adopt Me: If you think Cheyenne would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email [email protected] with Cheyenne's name, RAGOM number (20-085), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.