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At A Glance
August 11, 2012
Please welcome Duke to the RAGOM family! Duke is a sweetheart. He is an 8 year old male golden mix who weighs 72.5 lbs. Duke was surrendered to a local shelter by his previous owner. Now with the help of RAGOM, Duke is finally getting to begin his golden life.
Duke has been to the vet for his initial check-up. We wanted to deal with Duke’s most urgent issues: his ears, skin, & hips. Duke is currently being treated for a bi-lateral ear infection which we are already seeing improvement on. Duke also had a severe flea infestation in the past that caused a skin infection which is currently being treated by antibiotics. This too is clearing up after such a short time. The best news is Duke is being treated with anti-inflammatories for his hips and he is a new boy. Duke is now full of energy and zest. He definitely doesn’t act like an 8 year old boy!
From the moment I picked up Duke, he greeted me with a wagging tail and a smile on his face. Duke took the two-and-a-half hour ride home with no problem. He certainly loves his car rides.
Duke took treats nicely from our first hello. He knows some commands already. Duke can sit, shake, lay down, and drop when he has a toy. Duke is very eager to please. He was very excited to meet his new four-legged foster brother and one-year-old foster sister.
Wonderful news, Dukester has never had an accident in the house. When Duke needs to go outside, he goes straight to the back door. It’s pretty impressive for being an outside dog his whole life. Duke loves the backyard. I do not think Duke would need a fence in his FURever home once he learned his boundaries. He has helped me garden on several occasions and will lie right beside me. He spent his first two nights in a kennel but now has the full run of the house at night with our RD. They both curl up at the foot of the bed, and Duke is perfectly happy being near his people. I would trust Duke to be home alone outside of the crate but we have not tried it yet. Duke quickly made friends with our three-and-a-half year old RD Cashew and our daughter. Dogs, kids, noise? Duke says the more the merrier. Cats are one area where it is a bit unknown. We don’t have a cat, but, if you had a very dog savvy cat and some supervision for the first few days, I think Duke would welcome another friend.
RD Cashew playing tug-a-war with Duke
Practicing shake with Foster Dad for treats. They are such good boys to play together.
We recently have had several storms so we have determined that Duke has little to no storm anxiety. As long as he has his people, he couldn’t care about what is going on outside which is more than I can say for the RD. Duke likes to follow his foster parents from room to room. He always comes over to offer a kiss whenever we go somewhere. He does listen very well when told to lie down. Duke also loves to play with all kinds of toys. He becomes a vibrant youngster again when you throw a toy for him.
Duke is currently scheduled to go back to the vet in about a week to check on his hips, ears, and skin. At this time he will be getting a few a more RAGOM health checks, and then he will be ready to meet his FURever family. I’m sure the vet will give this wonderful boy the all clear.
Duke playing with his favorite toy!
If you think this wonderful boy might be a good fit for you and your family, please contact your placement advisor for any additional information.