Finn (Chief/Finn 15-327)

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Finn (formerly Chief) is a Golden mix: his dad was a purebred Golden and his mom a Golden mix, perhaps with some hound. He's adorable, a ton of fun, and a Velcro dog who always finds a cozy spot next to his humans on the couch or bed. Finn becomes fast friends with all dogs he meets; a doggy sibling would be a plus in his life. He's eager to please and walks great on a leash.

At a Glance #15-327

Mixed Breed Born: July 2015
Male 55 lbs

Status: Adopted

Chief/Finn's Well-wishers

"You're a special dog, Finn. You have come so far since I first met you when you were 3 months old."
Scott B
"You're a great dog!"
Mary R
"Love you!"


Finn (formerly Chief) is a Golden mix: his dad was a purebred Golden and his mom a Golden mix, perhaps with some hound. He's adorable, a ton of fun, and a Velcro dog who always finds a cozy spot next to his humans on the couch or bed. Finn becomes fast friends with all dogs he meets; a doggy sibling would be a plus in his life. He's eager to please and walks great on a leash.


Saturday, August 31, 2019

After a long journey, I have finally found my forever home! 

I am happy to report that with some stability and love, my anxiety has mostly gone away and my best self gets to shine now! I spend my days lounging on the couch and meeting up with my friends after work for walks and playdates.

I'll spend weekends traveling to visit family on the lake. I even have another Golden in the family to play with, too! Turns out, the best things come to those who wait. 

Thanks to everyone for following along and a special thanks to RAGOM for giving dogs like me a happy ending.

Chief 15-327
Chief 15-327

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wow, has summer flown by! I have some updates for you as Foster Mom and I have been busy!

I have graduated from Reactive Rovers at the Animal Humane Society. Training classes have done wonders for me with my reactiveness on a leash. I now know to sit when I see another dog and I only bark to say "hi!" to half of the dogs I see. Quite an improvement if you ask me!

Here is a picture of me with my diploma. (Foster Mom says I will still need slow introductions to other dogs and people on a leash, but she would be happy to speak with you more about that later.)

I'm a Reactive Rovers graduate!
I'm a Reactive Rovers graduate!

Since it's been a while since my last update, I would like to share that I love snow! I also went on my first boat ride this past weekend and had a blast!

As you can see, I like to get out and about, so an active family would be a great fit.

I enjoyed the snow we had last winter
I enjoyed the snow we had last winter
Summer boating is a lot of fun, too!
Summer boating is a lot of fun, too!

Speaking of families, I am still looking for my forever home. I would love an active family with no young children, and a fenced yard is a must. I am house trained and good with other dogs, and I love my humans.

Hope to talk to you soon!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Let me tell you about my  friend, Fun Finn or “Finnie Minnie!” as I like to call him. Out of all my fosters, Finnie has been my favorite.

He is a Velcro dog that likes to be near his people. He always finds a cozy spot right next to you on the couch or bed and loves to be bundled in a warm blanket. You can actually see a smile on his face as he’s tucked into a burrito.

During car rides, he likes to sneak up to the front seat. When told “Finnie! In your spot!” he quickly hops into the back seat with a huge smile on his face, as he’s just happy to have been brought along for the ride.

Some of his favorite trips are to the pet store. Finn is one of their favorite clients. The employees spoil him with extra treats because he’s so darn adorable. He likes to put his paws on the counter during check-out. He manages to pick out an extra cookie with each visit. (He doesn’t counter-surf at home!)

Finn becomes fast friends with all the dogs he meets. A doggy sibling would be a plus in Finn's life. During playdates, he likes to take a squeaky tennis ball as a pack of other dogs chase him around. He’s by far the quickest, winning all races with his 4-legged friends.

Finn is also an excellent retriever with the best recall I have seen. He is incredibly eager to please, which makes any training a breeze.

You may be wondering - what an amazing dog! Why has he been waiting for a home for so long?

As a youngster, Finn was adopted and returned to RAGOM because he was overly protective of the young children in his family.  He does believe it is his job to keep his people safe. There was some air-snapping while “protecting” his human sister when approached by odd characters while out walking downtown. (However, if the vacuum comes out, you are on your own.)

Chief/Finn was bounced around to several different homes during the first 18 months of his life. He did not feel safe and developed some anxiety. He was put on anti-anxiety medication.

He has been with his current foster for over six months. There has been consistent training, including a class for reactive dogs that Finn completed with high honors. The work his foster has done is now paying off.  

I have watched Finn blossom into a confident dog. Even reading back over his updates from 2016, I can tell he has grown so much! He is no longer a “Mexican jumping bean,” gets into no mischief, walks perfectly on a leash, and is not quite as energetic as he was in his puppy stages.  

Finn is a very easy dog. He currently weighs about 55 pounds. He is looking for an active family, a single-family home with a physical fence, fur siblings (a plus), and kids 10+. Most importantly, he needs a family that will watch out for him to ensure he is not put into the wrong situation.

Finn is truly an excellent dog and will make one lucky family very happy! If you are interested in learning more about Finn, please contact applicationatragom [dot] org.

Friday, December 8, 2017

This Thanksgiving was a blast! Foster Mom went home to WI, and I went on a trip to Andover, MN. I had a dog party with 4 other dogs for the whole weekend! I even got a little turkey, too. 

Foster Mom and I also had a guest come stay with us recently. As you can see, I was a little skeptical of this "mini me" at first, but I've decided I would make a great fur brother. 

I mentioned earlier that I'm enrolled in the Reactive Rovers class at Animal Humane Society. I am really only "reactive" to dogs I don't know when on a leash. When we have playdates, I do just fine. Foster Mom says the class has already been working wonders. Here I am with my work buddies, too! 

Well, that's it for now! All these playdates have kept me pretty busy, but I can always make time to meet a family that is interested in adopting me. Make sure to contact applicationatragom [dot] org if that's you! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hello! Finn here again. Wow, did foster mom and I have a busy summer! With hiking trips in Wisconsin, friends visiting from out of town, and visits to work with foster mom, I have been a busy boy.

The rainy weather lately has slowed us down, so I can finally get to updating everyone on the adventures of Finn! (Foster mom says she has put reminders in her calendar to have us log on more often. Sometimes she forgets that i'm still up for adoption!)

Our most recent adventure was to a Wisconsin state park where we hiked to the waterfalls. I love long walks and being outdoors. I even dipped my paws into the river. Not so sure I would like swimming, but we might give it a try before the winter comes.

The next weekend, we had friends come into town. Playdates are always a good time. I would definitely love living with another dog! Foster mom says I do great with other dogs during play time, but she was getting concerned with how much I was barking at dogs out on walks. Doesn't she know I'm just trying to say "Hi!"?

We recently joined the Reactive Rovers class at the Animal Humane Society, and I have already learned so much. When we were out on a walk today, I knew to sit as other dogs walked by and I didn't even bark! I'm a fast learner especially when motivated by treats.

I'm off for a drive-in movie night with foster mom! Be sure to check back in soon on the adventures of Finn and contact applicationatragom [dot] org if you'd like to meet me! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hi, RAGOM friends! Finn reporting in after a quick vacation up to northern MN. While my Foster Mom was out of town, I visited with some other RAGOM folks. I took a long car ride (during which I was very good; I am a good car-rider) and ended up at a house owned by two dogs - Trek and Splash.

I was a little barky and anxious when I first got there and my ride left, but then Trek invited me to play, and that was all it took for us to become best buddies. You can see the evidence in the pics I've attached. We played chase around the yard, and wrestled, and barked at the squirrels and deer and stuff beyond the fence, and generally had a grand time.

I ran super zooming laps around the yard, and still had energy for more playing once we went inside. Temporary Foster Mom (TFM) may have had to remind Trek and I not to play too hard in the house a few times.

Splash is an older dog, and she didn't really like to play the way I do, so I left her alone for the most part. Although we did play a little when she wanted to and shared a big dog bed on a couple of occasions. She did have to tell me she didn't want to share toys a couple of times, but I took her word for it after a warning.

One evening, we all went to play with another dog at her house. At first, I was being what TFM calls obnoxious (I call this being really excited, and barking, and snapping my jaws), but eventually we figured it out and had a grand evening of running and playing.

While at TFM's house, I spent part of the day in my own room (otherwise called an office), and didn't cause a fuss or destroy anything. There was a crate available in there, but I preferred to just hang out on a nice cushy dog bed.

When TFM was home in the afternoon and evening, I was loose in the house, and other than chewing a little aggressively on some dog stuffy toys, everything was cool.

I respected the house rules of no dogs on the furniture, and slept quietly all night in my room with just a baby gate at the door (which I could easily have cleared if I wasn't such a good guy).

Because I had to work for whatever I got before I came into rescue, TFM says I can be pushy and grabby when it comes to toys, food, and attention. Because of this, I ate separately in my own room, and TFM made sure that she monitored us closely when we played with toys so there were no arguments. She also made us take turns getting pets, treats, and attention.

All in all, I had a great week up north and made a number of new friends, both canine and adult humans. Here is TFM's short list of my attributes.

  1. Lots of energy. Would love to have a partner that liked running, roller-blading, biking, hiking, etc., and has a fenced yard. Needs to improve his leash manners, but loves to go out and about!
  2. House trained and not destructive. Quiet except for the occasional alert bark. Can calm down inside if not being mutually instigated by another playful dog.
  3. Probably not much of a water dog (used a kiddie pool as a drinking bowl, but never even stepped in it).
  4. Needs careful introduction to new dogs because of lack of social skills. Enjoys playing (a lot) once a relationship is established. Other dogs do tend to get Finn ramped up, so a dog with some steadiness and ability to "chill" as a friend or roommate would probably be best. Probably not a dog park candidate at this time.
  5. Toy-, treat-, and attention-motivated, so will learn new skills quickly and get a lot of benefit from taking dog classes.
  6. Short, nearly maintenance-free coat; some shedding.
  7. Rides nicely in the car.
  8. Gives the sweetest kisses, and does great wiggling. Would gladly be a lap dog if you wanted him to be!

Finn is so ready to be in a home of his own! He will be a loyal and loving companion to the right person/people. He is truly fun to have around.

Chief 15-327
Chief 15-327
Chief 15-327
Chief 15-327

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hello! Finn taking over here. I heard my new foster mom was looking for a quiet dog to live with her in the Cities, so I volunteered to relocate. So far, it's been great!

I get free roam while she is away at work, so I usually take a nap on her bed and watch a few episodes of Friends that she leaves on the TV for me. When she gets home, we go for a long walk, which is the best part of my day! I stay right by her side, but I do like to say "Hi" to all the dogs we see. She also takes me to Chuck and Don's frequently to pick out new toys and treats. Here I am below with my new favorite stuffie!

For the long term, I'm looking for a home with a nice yard and a physical fence. Another dog would be nice to play with, and human siblings work too as long as they are older and bigger than me.

That's it for now! FM will be home soon, and we are planning a car ride to Caribou for a puppuccino this afternoon! I'll check back soon!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Like the rest of us, Finn is enjoying spring. He has had a couple of adventures that shook up his routine a little. The first was he went to the vet.

He seems to have some seasonal allergies. We found out because he was shaking his ears and licking his tummy. The vet found nothing serious. Seasonal allergies are most likely from all the buds, leaves, grass, and weeds that are just bursting out in May. A little Benedryl and an ear wash was the prescribed way to help Finn.

Finn was switched to a grain-free food recently. This seems to be helping some GI issues. A good-grade food without too many ingredients should keep this boy in top shape.

Finn's second adventure was he went to visit friends with cats. He went to an apartment building. Finn rode in an elevator with a perfect stranger. The stranger became his friend by the time the elevator had made it to floor 5.

Finn showed no nervousness or anxiety during this "ride." Inside the apartment live two cats. They hid before we even opened the door. However, Finn quickly sniffed one out under the bed. He was curious, but polite. No attempt to go under the bed where the cat was.

Once Grey Cat came out, Finn continued to act like a good houseguest. He turned his head politely away from her. She jumped onto the clothes hamper. After she gave permission, Finn politely smelled, then just walked away.

Next, Black Cat came out. Finn and Black Cat walked next to each other, touching, with no problem. The action moved to Black Cat sitting under the coffee table. Finn gave a play bow and barked, asking if the kitty wanted to play. Black Cat hissed back, not now.

I took Finn's leash and led him easily away. He settled down because these cats were not much fun. Finn can adjust to a life with cats.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Finn thrives on attention from his humans, as shown in this video.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Finn is such a sweet dog, desperately in need of a family to give him lots of love and direction with training. He needs a firm hand with some obedience training, and he will give so much love in return!! He likes to exercise, play, and be with his people. Wherever his people are, he will be!!

Please, someone with a little bit of patience, take a chance on this sweet boy - you will not regret turning over your heart to him!!!

Finn (front) and his friend Guiness

Monday, February 6, 2017

Have we mentioned what a snuggler Finn is? He will take the tiniest spot, and make his flexible body fit in to be able to snuggle right up next to his people.


He did have a visit with a potential forever family who fell absolutely head over heels in love with him (because, c'mon, he's adorable!!). Unfortunately, they did not have a fenced-in yard, which is something that is important for Finn's forever family to have. He doesn't seem to be a runner, but given his energy level (i.e. NONSTOP!!), he needs a safe, enclosed space to be able to run, and run, and run several times each day.

This sweet boy is so ready to be with his forever family. He has lots of love to give to his people and is really a well-behaved puppy. We continue to work with him on manners and commands, and the Gentle Leader has made a world of difference in his walking behavior. He is not only treat-motivated, but also very motivated to make his people happy. If you are a family with older children, or someone looking for a constant, loving companion, please take a moment to consider meeting Finn. He is a keeper!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy New Year, Chief, from Mary C.! Happy New Year, Chief, from Mary S.!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Finn was returned to RAGOM just before Christmas, and his last foster home welcomed him back. Finn loved his family so much, he became a bit overprotective of the youngest child (a toddler) and would bark/snap at a visiting adult male who came close to or wanted to approach the young child.

Finn is a young boy who has a lot of energy, and he also seems to suffer from some stress/anxiety. Since his return to RAGOM, the vet has started Finn on anti-anxiety medication, which is proving to be helpful for him. He loves playing with our RAGOM resident dog Guinness (11-151), but what seems to give Finn the most happiness is being with his people. He will go where we go, snuggling on the couch or in bed with both FM and FD. FD has begun to use a Gentle Leader on walks with Finn, and he does very well with them. They are also beginning obedience classes to help Finn gain some better social skills with humans and other dogs.

Finn needs daily exercise and would fit best with an active family. Due to his protective nature, we are recommending an environment with no children under the age of 12. We cannot stress enough what a sweet boy Finn is - we are all head over heels for him and want to find him his perfect forever home! Please consider this sweet boy for your new puppy - you won't be disappointed!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Go, Chief!" -Anonymous friend

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Finn is doing so well! He is settling in to our home and routine quite well; he was a bit skittish the first couple of days. He is full of so much love for his people! Where you are, he will follow! He's learning his manners and very treat-motivated for his behavior. He sits so well now and waits for his treat when he comes in from the outside and also waits patiently for his dinner. He does like to jump (did we mention he is still in the puppy stage?), but responds very well to a gentle command of "down." He hasn't been too destructive, but there was a tennis ball that he had issue with, and let's just say it's no longer able to be used for ball-chasing duties.

He loves to sleep with us and can curl up like a cat without taking too much bed. If you need him to move, he moves without complaint. He likes to give gentle kisses to wake you up and is always so happy to be with his people!! Our RD has not been a very hospitable host, refusing to play as often as Finn would like to play, which is constant.


He is working on behavior for his walks; FD is in charge of this training. He is so easily distracted that he needs consistent training for his walks. We have a large fenced-in backyard, which we would highly recommend because he loves to RUN! He will run and run and run around the backyard, pause for minute, then start the process all over again. He has started to bark more as he is becoming more comfortable. Most of his barking is directed at people or animals that dare to walk by our house, or at the dogs next door, or at our RD when he doesn't want to play with Finn. He has a very soft mouth and easily gives up toys, balls, shoes, or whatever he has in his mouth. He does not have any resource-guarding issues that we have seen. We haven't had much of a chance to work with him on retrieving, because he and RD are in battle for every tennis ball thrown in our yard.

We can't say enough wonderful things about this sweet boy! He will be a fabulous addition to someone's home and family!! Don't let this adorable Golden mix slip by!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Finn (formerly known as Chief) is a fun boy to have around! He's not quite a one-year-old Golden Retriever mix (Dad was a purebred Golden and mom a Golden mix). Finn has loads of energy, but also is so happy to snuggle with his people anywhere he can. He is absolutely adorable and just full of love for his people and our resident dog, Guinness.

Finn loves to play with his fur foster brother (and RAGOM dog) Guinness 11-151.

He rarely barks, and loves to run and play outside in our fenced-in yard (that would be ideal for him). He is working with Foster Dad on learning how to behave on daily walks; he is easily distracted by every smell, bird chirp, and wandering squirrel. Finn definitely shows that he is still a puppy!

Finn is a sweet, oh-so lovable boy! He cuddles like he's a lap dog and just loves to be with his people. We have not seen any resource guarding or negative behaviors to other people or dogs. Because of his energetic nature, a home with children aged 5+ might be best, but his surrendering home had a two-year-old that he did absolutely fine with.

Finn will make a wonderful addition to your family and home!​

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


We've been getting to know Chief for a couple of weeks now and it's been a lot of fun. Chief is approximately 6 months old and is a Golden mix. His dad was a purebred Golden and his mom a Golden mix, perhaps with some Hound. He's an adorable little guy and a ton of fun to have around.

Chief weighs in at 34 pounds and is now up-to-date on his vaccinations, is microchipped, and has an appointment for his neuter next week (don't tell him that!). When he first arrived, he hadn't had any previous vetting, and his stools were very loose and suspicious for worms. He was treated with a dewormer, started on some pumpkin with his meals, and has had no issues since (yeah, Chief!). He is about 90% potty trained with having occasional accidents yet, but he's definitely improved since he came to us.

Chief has been getting along great with our gang here. He is best friends with our 1-year-old Golden, Denver. Those 2 love to play, play, play, and more play. Did I mention how much they like to play? He also gets along with and listens appropriately to our 2 older Goldens. So, living in a home with another playful dog would be awesome for him. Chief would also do well in a home with cats, as long as they are dog-savy. We have 3 cats and Chief will often try to play with them, but they know how to tell him when it's enough. With his questionable Hound background, he does like to chase, so if the cats run, it would be setting him up for failure.

Chief has excellent recall and is always the first one back in the house. I don't think he needs a fence, as he likes to be by his people and also prefers to be in the house. There are times when you need to encourage him to go outside, especially on those cold days! He loves to snuggle and is quite the bed hog at night. He is kennel trained during the day while we are at work, but has free roam otherwise. He gets into very little mischief for a young guy, but does like to raid the closet for shoes.

My youngest daughter is 13 and Chief does fine with her. I would recommend kids to be over 5, just because Chief does like to act like a Mexican jumping bean at times. He is learning to sit nicely and he is very treat-motivated. He doesn't do any of the typical puppy nipping, but when food is around, he is not the most gentle at taking it, but we're working on it.

Snuggling with my buddy