At A Glance

  • Age: 8 years, 7 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Adopted



Sponsored by:

The Hayes Family
"Wishing you a speedy recovery sweet boy!!"

Lots of love from Mary and Carl
"Your are a true hero. Now you can run and play and
live life to the fullest. Thanks to all those who have helped you."


"We wish you a speedy recovery." -Kristin and Casey Kelly

From John and Amy Borg

From Ginger 07-705


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Date Posted Fence Kid Friendly Another Dog Cat Friendly
6/30/2016 Not required
Optional Yes
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Everybody, please say hi and welcome Durango to the RAGOM family. Durango has been with us now for about 7 weeks, but we wanted to learn more about him and his prognosis before he made his debut, and he is currently unavailable. This young man has had an unfortunate, rough start in life. It's unclear on whether his problems are related to a birth defect or if he suffered some sort of accident, but the end result is the same, and to put it in simple terms... he has a bad front leg. Durango was originally surrendered to RAGOM because he developed a severe limp and needed surgery. There was a defect in one of his growth plates, and the surgery was done to try to help his leg grow straight. Had the surgery not been done, his leg would have bowed out significantly as he grew, and he would also have severe arthritis in the joint, and thus severe pain and mobility issues. Our wonderful orthopedic surgeon, Dr. R., performed an ulnar ostectomy, where bone was removed on part of his forearm. After having several follow-up X-rays done to watch how his bone is growing, it has been deemed that he will need more surgery. Unfortunately, this next surgery will be very significant. While consults are still being done and appointments being scheduled, the recommendation is for Durango to have a dynamic external fixator placed on his front leg. This particular surgery is usually deemed as a last-ditch effort to save his leg. What this entails is not simple nor easy. There will be small wires that go through his bone at specific intervals that will then attach to metal rods that are on the outside of his leg. A section of bone will once again be removed. The wires and rods will be connected to nuts and bolts that will then need to be turned in very small increments over several weeks. The end result is that as new bone growth is developed, his leg will hopefully be lengthened and straightened at the same time. Unfortunately, this surgery is very specialized and will be very expensive, in the thousands for sure. RAGOM believes that this surgery is in Durango's best interest, but we need your help. Please consider sponsoring this sweet young fellow or making a financial donation in his name. He is worth every penny and promises to blow everyone that helps a big, wet puppy kiss to boot!!

Notice how my front leg is a little shorter and crooked. That's OK; I make up for it by being cute!

Yep, my leg looks crooked in this one, too.

Taking it easy after my first surgery.

OK, enough medical stuff... What else can I say about Durango, other than he's about as perfect as they come. He is an adorable, purebred, light blonde Golden puppy. On his last check, he weighed in at 26 pounds. He is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all his vaccines. He is about 95% potty trained, having an occasional accident only when us humans miss his signal to go outside. He gets along great with our 3 Goldens and 3 cats. He absolutely loves to play ball and meets us at the door with a ball or toy in his mouth. He is kenneled during the day when we are gone, but gets free roam when we are home and at night. His favorite place to sleep is under our bed, with his paws sticking out from underneath. He also loves to cuddle!!

We are in love with this young man. He is such a gentle boy that always has a smile on his face and tail wagging. Again, please consider sponsoring him if you are able. The road ahead of him is still long and uncertain, but he is a trouper and deserves to live the Golden Life.

It's hard to sit still for a picture when you're still a puppy!

Sponsor Durango

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