Coco 11-398

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What goes better with all those awesome holiday treats than Coco(a)?!?

This petite sweetie has only been with us for a few days, but here is what we know so far:

  • She is a slightly thin 55 lbs, will be 3 in December and is either purebred, or a very golden-looking mix
  • She is a wiggly ball of energy, prancing around the house with her ears perked and her tail wagging
  • She eats her dinner gently from my hands, and **gasp** stops when she is full (what self-respecting golden does that???)
  • She comes to her name and can sit most of the time on command
  • She shows some interest in The Ball, but most of the time it's already being worshiped by one of the resident fur-butts and she is a little leery of joining that party
  • She will kennel nicely, but likes to be in the same room with her peeps if they are in the house
  • She walks at the end of the leash but does not pull most of the time
  • No potty accidents in the house, but still working on being fully poop-trained. We are learning her signals and it’s been a stressful transition for her, so I wouldn’t expect this to be an issue for long once she settles in!

Coco-puff (our working term of endearment for her) does have some things she will need to work on in foster care and with her forever family. Medically, she seems generally healthy, but will see the vet early next week and get up-to-date on her shots and get scheduled for her spay. Behaviorally, her manners could use work, and she will need a family that is committed to obedience training to help her learn to stay off the counters, not jump up on people, etc. She seems vaguely protective of her food from the resident dogs, but only when they are right in her face, and she gives great warnings. There is no concern with toys, bones, treats, etc. She is a bit of a barker, but it doesn’t seem to be excessive. She has a quirky habit of growling when she is playing hard with the residents, but once you get to know her it is very clear when it changes from “play” to “warning”. She has impressive hackles and expressive body language that help make the distinction obvious.

The biggest obstacle for Coco will be socialization. She requires slow intros to other dogs and new people, and she prefers to approach them rather than the other way around. She is also hand-shy and is easily startled by loud noises in the house, but recovers quickly and investigates.

With all of that info in mind, here is what we currently believe Coco needs in a forever family

  • No small children
  • Experienced dog owners
  • Commitment to obedience training
  • Fur-kids optional, she likes to wrestle and race, but gets agitated when things get rough
  • Exercise! You know what they say… A tired dog is a good dog!
  • Dog-savvy cats would be fine
  • With training, she would probably be ok without a fence, but would love a yard to run in
  • Patience to help this little girl gain confidence and trust in her peeps

Some of these things may change as she settles in and we get to know her better, so we will keep you posted.

Do you want to spend the holidays with Miss Coco? Contact your placement advisor!

 

 

At a Glance #11-398

Golden Retriever Born: January 2008
Female 70 lbs

Status: Deceased

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What goes better with all those awesome holiday treats than Coco(a)?!?

This petite sweetie has only been with us for a few days, but here is what we know so far:

  • She is a slightly thin 55 lbs, will be 3 in December and is either purebred, or a very golden-looking mix
  • She is a wiggly ball of energy, prancing around the house with her ears perked and her tail wagging
  • She eats her dinner gently from my hands, and **gasp** stops when she is full (what self-respecting golden does that???)
  • She comes to her name and can sit most of the time on command
  • She shows some interest in The Ball, but most of the time it's already being worshiped by one of the resident fur-butts and she is a little leery of joining that party
  • She will kennel nicely, but likes to be in the same room with her peeps if they are in the house
  • She walks at the end of the leash but does not pull most of the time
  • No potty accidents in the house, but still working on being fully poop-trained. We are learning her signals and it’s been a stressful transition for her, so I wouldn’t expect this to be an issue for long once she settles in!

Coco-puff (our working term of endearment for her) does have some things she will need to work on in foster care and with her forever family. Medically, she seems generally healthy, but will see the vet early next week and get up-to-date on her shots and get scheduled for her spay. Behaviorally, her manners could use work, and she will need a family that is committed to obedience training to help her learn to stay off the counters, not jump up on people, etc. She seems vaguely protective of her food from the resident dogs, but only when they are right in her face, and she gives great warnings. There is no concern with toys, bones, treats, etc. She is a bit of a barker, but it doesn’t seem to be excessive. She has a quirky habit of growling when she is playing hard with the residents, but once you get to know her it is very clear when it changes from “play” to “warning”. She has impressive hackles and expressive body language that help make the distinction obvious.

The biggest obstacle for Coco will be socialization. She requires slow intros to other dogs and new people, and she prefers to approach them rather than the other way around. She is also hand-shy and is easily startled by loud noises in the house, but recovers quickly and investigates.

With all of that info in mind, here is what we currently believe Coco needs in a forever family

  • No small children
  • Experienced dog owners
  • Commitment to obedience training
  • Fur-kids optional, she likes to wrestle and race, but gets agitated when things get rough
  • Exercise! You know what they say… A tired dog is a good dog!
  • Dog-savvy cats would be fine
  • With training, she would probably be ok without a fence, but would love a yard to run in
  • Patience to help this little girl gain confidence and trust in her peeps

Some of these things may change as she settles in and we get to know her better, so we will keep you posted.

Do you want to spend the holidays with Miss Coco? Contact your placement advisor!

 

 

Updates

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Coco joined our family back in 2011. One year earlier we’d lost our first family dog, also a Golden, at age 14. Our children were grown, off to college and we weren’t sure that we would get another dog.

Something led us to the RAGOM website however, and we started looking at adoptable dogs.  We considered a few but were drawn to Coco’s picture and the narrative created by her loving foster family in Iowa; it clicked with us.  Those big eyes!

We started the adoption process and were blessed to bring her home in November.  Her first arrival at our home was an eye-opener.  She blew in and went everywhere, we later joked that we had “released the Kraken!”

She ran from room to room exploring every nook and cranny, jumping on every couch, chair and bed. Coco was a whirling ball of energy.

That’s how our life together began, but in 6 ½ years she became our dear Coco-mo.  She loved all seasons and happily rolled in the grass, leaves or snow.

Her favorites were peanut butter, her lambchop stuffed toy, and crawling into one of our laps every morning when she got up…a 68 pound lap dog.

We miss our buddy who left us too soon this past summer.  She’ll always have a special place in our hearts!

Coco 11-398
Coco 11-398

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dear RAGOM,

We would like to update you on Coco. She joined our family on December 9th, 2011 and she has been a most wonderful addition. We are so appreciative of all the RAGOM volunteers, especially Coco's foster mom and family, including Clyde and Archie, that helped Coco get well and grow in confidence so much before she came to live with us. Already, it feels like she has always been here and we can't imagine life without her. 

Below are a few photos of Coco in action and hanging around.

Thanks Again RAGOM!

Russ and Diane