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At A Glance
Jennifer & Jeremy D.
"In memory of our Golden Retriever, Cyder"
From Dennis and Joanne
|This dog came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder and has not been adequately socialized to humans. RAGOM requires that any adoptive homes contain a physical fence (due to the risk of escape); another fairly confident medium to large sized dog to role model from (everything is new and scary for them); no children under 10 years old in the home (normal kid behavior scares these dogs). Our goal is to find the forever family for these dogs and our experience leads us to use these criteria.|
Introducing Emerald 12-107.
We welcomed Emerald (Emma for short) on Sunday, March 25th, 2012. She had an exhausting journey, but arrived safe and sound.
Emma doesn't trust humans. In fact, she's terrified of us two-legged people. Who could blame her? This is typical behavior for a gal like her, and we are giving her lots of patience and love. With time, she'll come around, but again, time, patience, and love are key. She will always be a bit skittish in unfamiliar situations, but she will make a wonderful companion, and will eventually learn to be a confident Golden gal.
Emma loves, loves, loves other dogs. Our resident Golden Retriever, Rudy and our foster Molly 12-073 have been a blessing to her. They are responsible for getting her to eat, come out of hiding, eat, drink, play, and use the stairs. They have also been great about showing her where to use the bathroom.
Emma sleeps in her crate - her safe place - and is now going in and out of her crate on her own (we leave the door to her crate open when we are home). Last night, she snuggled in with foster Molly and resident Rudy on the couch. This is a big deal, as I was sitting on the floor next to the couch and she visited the big dogs on her own. Yay, Emma!
Emma, Molly, Rudy
We went to the vet today, and Emma is very healthy. She is UTD (up to date on vaccinations), except for Bordatella, which will be administered when she gets spayed on April 25th.
It's clear that we have a puppy in the house. Nothing is safe from her little puppy jaws. We have replaced shoes and socks with appropriate chew toys, and she is enjoying them. We are heartened when she comes out to play and explore.
Emma is really the sweetest pup. I can't reiterate enough how much patience and gentle care she needs. She will not be ready for adoption until she's healed from her spay surgery and feeling more comfortable with people.
More updates soon. I"ll post better pictures when she's not so shy.