May 13, 2012
Cinnamon 12-189 is a 9-1/2 year old purebred Golden Retriever. She is wonderful with dogs, cats and kids. She met the two residents with absolutely no issues. She was a little interested in the cat, but a couple of hisses from the cat, and Cinnamon is now giving her a wide berth. She also has no aggression. In her surrendering home she was an indoor dog, had run of the house and is housetrained. She likes car rides and rode wonderfully during the hour-plus transport to her foster home in St. Paul. She is not destructive, does not have separation anxiety. She has lived with Rusty for 9 years (they are not litter mates) and it would be great if they could together in their adoptive home. She was surrendered because the owner moved to a home that does not allow animals. The owner reported that Cinnamon had one planned litter of puppies about six years ago with Rusty as the sire. I can imagine that those puppies are all very good natured as both of the parents are very typical Golden Retrievers.The first order of business upon arrival was a bath. Cinnamon enjoyed it but she didn't like the towel rubbing at the end. She took a long time to dry because I wasn't able to rub her dry with a towel. During her bath, I didn't find any lumps or bumps, but she certainly could afford to lose a couple of pounds. She also will need to be spayed before adoption. She has a shorter wavy coat and is medium red in color. She had furry feet, I've trimmed the fur on her feet, and I've trimmed her front nails. She is much better about her feet than Rusty is, she lets me hold her feet and pulls away only when I'm holding a scissors or a nail trimmer. We'll get her back nails trimmed, I didn't want to stress her out too much this morning.
Neither dog ate dinner last night. They arrived after 4 p.m. so it was only a couple of hours later that I tried to feed them. I used the food they came with but they both just walked away. This morning, she still wasn't willing to eat and would have allowed Rusty to eat her portion too. Instead, I added some yummy canned food to her dish and she ate most of her portion. The surrendering owners used to free-feed these dogs so meal time will take some getting used to.
On Sunday, I left them home for 4 hours with free roam of the main floor. Came home and it took a second for anyone to greet me. Nothing had been moved...obviously they are fine home alone.
It has become apparent over the last 24-hours that Rusty and Cinnamon were loved pets throughout their lives. It doesn't seem as if they've had any formal training, but they are well behaved pets. They stick together and I would love to place them together. I'll update more later in the week. My pal Rusty (12-188) and I would love to stay together...