Ford 19-101TD

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Ford came to RAGOM from the streets of a small Turkish town. He is a smart boy who is quickly mastering English commands and has good manners. A typical Golden, Ford craves human contact, does well with children, and enjoys the company of and playtime with other dogs. Due to his high prey drive, he cannot live with cats, and his adoptive home must have a secure physical fence for his safety. Ford has mild allergies which are easily remedied with Benadryl twice daily.

At a Glance #19-101TD

Golden Retriever 4 years old
Male 77 lbs

Available as of May 18, 2019
Fostered in Brooklyn Park, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $600

Children ages 10+
Can live with other dogs
Cannot live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Low energy
Children ages 10+
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Profile

Ford came to RAGOM from the streets of a small Turkish town. He is a smart boy who is quickly mastering English commands and has good manners. A typical Golden, Ford craves human contact, does well with children, and enjoys the company of and playtime with other dogs. Due to his high prey drive, he cannot live with cats, and his adoptive home must have a secure physical fence for his safety. Ford has mild allergies which are easily remedied with Benadryl twice daily.

Updates

Friday, May 24, 2019

This past weekend, Ford has been pretty preoccupied with getting outside to explore. He got away from me a couple of times, both from the door and on a long lead. He wants to explore the world, which is what I'm sure he was used to doing in Turkey, so he goes wherever his nose takes him.

He likes to charge doors, so whenever I go near one, he eagerly watches to see if there is a way he can quickly sneak past me. For this reason, and most importantly for his safety, he will need to go to a home with kids that are 10+ years old.

He does not live with any children and is not exposed to any children in his foster home, but based on seeing him for a limited time at a meet-and-greet, he seems like he'd be okay around children. I am still getting to know him, and as he is here longer, he is getting more comfortable and his needs may change again. 

His adoptive family will have to be diligent about keeping him safe, both in the fenced yard (he'll find any way to get out, if there is one) and on leash. When he gets out, he chases anything that moves, and follows his nose, so he doesn't pay any mind to cars or other dangers.

He is fairly easy to catch, because he doesn't necessarily run away from you, but he doesn't come when called, either. This is the reason he'll need kids 10+ years old. 

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Hi everybody, I'm Ford! I wanted to tell you about this super fun place I went to this past weekend. Foster Mom put me in the car alone (I know, not as much fun) so I was a little confused at first. We spent forever in the car, probably a few days.

When we got to this place, it smelled of delicious dog treats (Ok, I tried to snatch a few, but Foster Mom caught me), and I got to meet some new pretty ladies! I enjoyed spending time with the lady dogs at this place called "Chuck & Don's," whatever that is. We sniffed and then I focused on the humans because I LOVE getting pets and attention. I mean, who doesn't?!

Everybody who came into the store adored me, and I adored them! They were so nice and caring, and told me I was a pretty boy. I met several mini people—ages ranging from probably 4 to 12—and I was patient with them, in case they were scared of me. I am a big boy, after all.

(Note from Foster Mom: Ford currently isn't around children in the foster home, but he went to a Meet and Greet and did really well. For now, I am open to exploring adopting him to a potential family with children, as I think he'd enjoy more people to be around. I am still getting to know him, but I have no reason to be concerned with him around any children at this time.)

I am calm and gentle. I don't like scaring people off, because then I don't get any loving! So I do my best to stay relaxed, I even laid down on the floor and took a little nap. I sometimes like to remind people to keep petting me by giving them a little nudge. These Americans don't seem to mind that! I would definitely go back to this Chuck & Don's place, it was a blast!

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Some things Ford is diligently working on: 

  • Not jumping up on people (he is gentle and almost seems to give you a hug, so it's actually pretty cute)
  • Not rushing out doorways
  • Going into the crate on command 

Some likes:

  • Digging holes in the yard
  • Playing in the mud (is patient when he needs his feet washed before coming in the house)
  • Eating sticks when Foster Mom isn't looking
  • Napping
  • Looking out windows

Other things to note:

  • Respects baby gates
  • Not a barker
  • Let me clip his nails, was totally relaxed
  • Jumps into the car on his own now
Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ford traveled all the way here from Turkey so he could find his perfect furever home. He is such a hopeful, happy, easy boy to have around. He is about 4 years old and is already neutered and up to date on all vaccinations and vetting.

Ford does have a crooked leg, which the vet thinks is from some sort of trauma when he was growing, which caused his growth plates to have a weird angle when healing. It doesn't affect him at all, but maybe slows him down a bit.

He should be in a home without cats, as he has a high prey drive and will go after his bunny foster siblings if they are out of their cage. He has not been around children since arriving here, so stay tuned for any updates about that. He should be in a home with a secure fence (if there's a way to escape, he'll find it!) due to his prey drive. 

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When he arrived he was pretty jet-lagged but has gotten comfortable over the past two weeks. He's even learned some English and knows how to "sit!" He waits for his feet to be wiped when he comes in the house from the yard and is working on new commands: "come" and "down." He goes potty outside and only had one accident in the home upon arrival (honestly, it was Foster Mom's fault).

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He is completely crate trained and is crated when Foster Mom goes to work. He needs a little coaxing with treats to go in. He is crated for 9-10 hours a few times per week and does great, but does get excited when Foster Mom comes home from work and likes to say "hi," but knows to quiet down to be let out.

Otherwise, he gets free roam of the house when Foster Mom is out on errands. He has only destroyed a paper bag and a napkin (watch out, that mean paper will get you!) when left alone; otherwise, he hasn't gotten into anything inappropriate. Safe to say he's one smart boy. 

Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD

He is a lower-energy dog and would do fine with some outside playtime, exploration, or squirrel chasing, as well as a walk each day. It's probably his first time on a leash and since he's not had much practice, he does pull a bit. A Gentle Leader makes a huge difference. He does get excited when he sees squirrels or rabbits and will pull to try and catch them.

He's a sweet boy and, in typical Golden fashion, likes to lay near you, or lay his head on your shoulder and take a nap while you're watching TV. He loves the couch and will sometimes sleep there at night.

Other times, he sleeps on a dog bed near Foster Mom's bed, or on the bed with her. He's learned from his sister that the couch is a perfect place to sit, so they frequently look out the window and are on squirrel patrol together.

Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD

He craves positive touch and enjoys tasting people food! Cheese is one of his favorites (I don't blame him!), and he takes some Benedryl in a slice of cheese twice a day to help his itchiness.

He doesn't play with toys much. He prefers bones to occasionally chew on.

He rides well in the car and will readily jump in after one of my dogs. He lays down in the backseat for most of the ride. I don't think car rides are his favorite, but he enjoys checking out new places! He did well at the self-bathing store that Foster Mom took him to, and he had his foster sister there to support him. 

Since arriving here, he's been more playful with his foster brother and sister and will run and play chase in the fenced backyard. He loves chasing and sniffing out squirrels with his foster sister. He's even started to initiate play!

Ford 19-101TD

He craves attention from people and is a gentle, happy soul who would love nothing more to lounge around and go on walks and adventures with you! 

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Adopt Me: If you think Ford would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email application@ragom.org with Ford's name, RAGOM number (19-101TD), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.