At A Glance

  • Age: 10 years, 11 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Female
  • Weight: 80.00 lbs
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Adopted


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Entered Foster Care Fence Kid Friendly Another Dog Cat Friendly
 Age 5+
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Daisy is not even two years old, yet she has already had three homes. That's a lot of bad luck for such a wonderful dog!
Daisy's original family lived in an apartment and kept her until she was 12 weeks old. Then they sold her to another family who ran a day care. Daisy loved the kids--perhaps a little too much. Parents started complaining that their kids were coming home covered in dog hair, so Daisy was rehomed again.
Her most recent family had the best of intentions for her. But as is often the case, the family discovered that small puppies grow into energetic big dogs, and they could not devote the time required to give Daisy the training and exercise she needs. So, in an act of caregiving, they turned to RAGOM to find Daisy a home that will be a better fit for her.

Daisy is a curious, confident puppy in a big dog's body. At 21 months of age and 66 pounds, she is mostly full grown. She knows "sit," and we're working on "wait" at the door and before she's allowed to go to her food dish at meal times. She has a lot to learn, including not to jump on people when she gets excited.
Because she's a big girl who's still learning her manners, Daisy should go to a home with no small children that she would knock over in her exuberance.
Aside from needing a solid education in obedience, Daisy will require a fenced yard, preferably a taller privacy fence, as she was known to jump over a 4-foot fence in her previous home.
Daisy's no stranger to riding in a car and readily loads up into the back of my SUV. Once on the road, however, she's a bit restless and wants to crawl into the front seats. I now use a seat belt harness and tether her in back. With practice, I believe she will learn to lie down and enjoy the ride.
Daisy loves, loves, loves playing with balls. If I indulge her, she will bring a ball for me to toss, dropping the slimy thing on my lap over and over for me to throw it again.

If I had to sum her up in a word, it would be "persistent." Daisy relentlessly searches for a lost ball in the snow or stuck under a radiator. In fact, she seems to deliberately roll her toys into tight places just for the challenge of retrieving them. I have furniture and shelving in my office that balls can easily roll under. She was making me so crazy with her wild attempts to reach balls underneath them that I had to barricade the gaps.

"Where's that ball?!"

"I love snow!"

Daisy is largely unconcerned with loud noises and commotion. Because of her drive, unflappable temperament, and love for people, I believe she could be trained to hunt, or possibly even do service work such as search-and-rescue or tracking. She could certainly make a therapy/comfort dog once she has her basic obedience skills. She is eager to please and learns quickly.
My cats have learned to give new foster dogs a wide berth, but there's no need with Daisy. She perks up when she sees them, but has not tried to chase them. According to her previous family, Daisy adopted a litter of abandoned kittens, caring for them by keeping them warm and clean.

Unfortunately, Daisy does not love the crate. She will yelp and whine when confined, taking a good 20-30 minutes to settle. She also whines when I lock her behind a baby gate and leave the room. Daisy will need more practice being left alone, and she should be reconditioned to associate the crate with good things so it's not such an ordeal for her.
Healthwise, Daisy's a prime specimen of puppyhood. Her ears are a bit gunky, which could presage an infection if not kept clean. Her records indicate that she is allergic to grains. A bag of lamb and rice kibble came with her, but I am transitioning her to the pork and applesauce grain-free food that my own dogs are on. If she's with me long enough, we'll see if it makes a difference for her ears.

Daisy will be spayed this week. She'll need a couple of days to recuperate, and then she can start entertaining offers of a forever home.
If you are committed to the hours of training it takes to transform a puppy into an adult dog that's a joy to live with, ask your placement adviser to meet Daisy. She will make someone a wonderful companion for a lifetime.

“What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon?” cried Daisy, “and the day after that, and the next thirty years?”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby




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