At A Glance

  • Age: 19 years, 4 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Adopted


A portion of Crystal's medical care was paid for by a generous grant from the Golden Retriever Foundation's April Fund

June 12, 2012

Welcome Crystal! What a sweet, beautiful lady! Crystal was surrendered to RAGOM from the Humane Society in Iowa. She was surrendered to the shelter by her owner of 6 years. The owner originally adopted Crystal from the same shelter at age 3. Which puts her age at 9. Crystal has been with our family since Friday, June 1. And we've enjoyed every moment with this sweetie.

Crystal had some medical issues when entering the shelter. She had many ear infections in the past and currently is being treated for one. In the past the previous owner was not able to provide vet care, due to this not being treated some nerve damage was caused on the left side of her face. Crystal's left eye and cheek seem to squint. She does have feeling on the left side of her face. During her first visit to the Vet on Monday, June 4, Crystal was brought UTD on all her vaccinations. During the exam the doctor determined due to bad dental care that it would be best to remove the front top and bottom teeth (10 total were extracted). The doctor also felt that the large skin tag she had hanging from one of her nipples should be removed and sent in for testing. After doing a complete blood work test that turned out wonderful, we determined to schedule her surgery for Wednesday, June 6. Crystal was such a strong girl. She recovered awesome from the surgery and was able to come back home with us that afternoon. Everyday since then she has been in great spirits with little to no pain. Her current weight is 55 pounds and the doctor again said this is perfect for her frame. Due to her recent tooth extraction I have been feeding her soft food along with rice and hamburger. Yes, she is spoiled:)

Due to Crystals age her eyesight and hearing is fading a little. When we take her out for potty breaks we keep her on a leash. When not on a leash she sometimes has a hard time hearing us call her from a distance as we don't have a fenced in yard. But this smart little girl always remembers where the treat dish is after we come back in the house. I think her eyesight may just be bad at night. She does have free roam at our house but doesn't do the inside stairs. She does fine on the outside front steps. She also loves tanning herself on the deck looking at the lake. Yesterday she picked up a dog toy and carried it to her favorite doggy bed. She has really adjusted well to our home and recovered fully from her surgery.

Crystal is such a lover and sweet girl. I've received phone calls from the volunteers that helped transport her to our home. They all miss her, she really left a warm spot in their hearts. Crystal is a very low maintenance dog and would be perfect for anyone looking for a sweet senior girl that doesn't mind a tail wagging 24/7.

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