Here are some things for you to think about if you are interested in adopting Dana. She is a sweet, loving dog, but we think that she is quite different from a Golden Retriever in a number of ways.
Dana is very intelligent and picks up on new things very quickly, but she is entirely treat-motivated and not at all motivated by doing something just to please her people.
She is strongly bonded to us, her family, but is somewhat indifferent to new people coming into the house. She’s not at all hostile, but it will take her some time to warm to visitors.
She is the same way with other dogs and cats. She is interested in them and gets along well, but she has little interest in becoming great friends. She will be OK to live with other animals, but we think she’d love being your only dog.
Another of her endearing (or sometimes exasperating) traits is that she is a talker. She has an entire vocabulary of various whines, whimpers, etc., when she is excited.
Unlike our resident dogs, she has picked up on the fact that when Foster Dad wears a certain winter jacket, it means that he’s almost always going outside to get into the car. This starts up an entire excited monologue about how much she would like to come along.
She has her own happy dance, complete with commentary, when it’s time to eat breakfast or supper. There are also guard-dog traits that are part of the Chessie breed, and she does her best to convince her foster brother and sister to join her to warn us of the approach of squirrels, chipmunks, or FedEx drivers.
One last difference you may want to consider is her physical strength. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are the strongest of all of the retriever breeds. Even with bum knees, Dana is a powerful girl. Good training on walks helps, but keep in mind that, if she was to be spooked by something, she would be hard to stop.
We use an Easy Walk harness, which has made a big difference. While we don’t require a fenced yard for her, we will be giving positive consideration to potential adopters who have one, as it may be a safer environment for her.
Dana is a great girl, and we’re totally in love with her. It has been fun seeing her getting better after her surgery. She’ll have just the one further operation, and then she should be good to go, pain-free, to her forever home. She will make some lucky individual or family very happy.