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At A Glance
Elizabeth and Curtis Gumbrell
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Entered Foster Care||Fence||Kid Friendly||Another Dog||Cat Friendly|
|7/20/2014 ||Physical fence preferred||Yes||Optional||Yes|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
I'd like to introduce you all to the wonderful, gentle, beautiful Miss Crystal. Crystal is a 72-pound, nearly 8-year-old (DOB 8/3/2006), purebred English Cream Golden Retriever who was surrendered to RAGOM due to her previous owner's health complications. Crystal has been in foster care for about a week and she has settled in very nicely. She currently resides with a rambunctious one-year-old Golden Retriever and, although she doesn't engage in much play with her, she is very tolerant of her high energy level and is very patient with her. Crystal is also a very quiet dog; we have only heard her bark twice--both times were when she saw another dog on the other side of our fence who was barking back and forth with our resident.
Crystal is given free roam of our house and has been left for up to 6 hours at a time with absolutely no issue; I don't foresee any issues with her being in the house for an 8-hour workday if needed. Crystal has been cat tested and had no issues with the kitties, and she also enjoys the company of other dogs, but would love to be your only dog as well; I do feel that she would be happiest with a more mellow adult or senior dog as a companion, but she could also happily coexist with a younger dog as well.
Crystal has been exposed to children ages 1.5 and up and she did pretty well with them. She hasn't had a lot of experience with children, so she is a bit shy around very young children (ages 5 and under), but with some time, she warms up to them. We have not seen Crystal display an ounce of aggression or resource guarding around children, adults, or other dogs. She absolutely adores people, and all she wants is for someone to pet her--she's got the "Golden nudge" down to a science.
Crystal respects baby gates, does not counter surf, and has not once begged during dinner. As a matter of fact, she has expressed no interest in us when we are eating and she would rather lay on the floor and sleep. :-) She walks very well on a leash, but she does take a bit of time to warm up to the idea of going potty while on a leash or tie-out. She doesn't require a fence, as she hasn't shown any interest in straying too far away from her people, but if she does not have a fenced-in yard, she will need someone to be patient with her while she learns to be comfortable going potty on a leash. She has not had an accident in our home, and I would definitely consider her house-trained. She also rides beautifully in a car; no issues there at all.
Crystal has been a momma to a few litters of beautiful puppies in her past, so she does still need to be spayed. She has a grooming appointment scheduled for Tuesday, so we can get some of her matted fur taken care of, and she will be spayed on Thursday; send her good thoughts! We visited the vet this week and Crystal cruised through with flying colors. She does need to lose about 5 pounds, but she's otherwise in very good health.
Crystal will fit into almost anyone's family virtually seamlessly; if your family sounds like the one for her, please contact your placement adviser.