Ford 19-101TD

Ford 19-101TDFord 19-101TD

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 older children, and enjoys the company of and playtime with other dogs. He has a high prey drive. He has not been tested with cats. A physical fence is not required, but Ford must be on leash at all times if not in a fenced area. Ford has mild allergies which controlled with Benadryl.

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
Not tested with cats
Physical fence optional
Medium energy
Children ages 10+
close
Can live with other dogs
close
Not tested with cats
close
Physical fence optional
close
Medium energy
close

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 older children, and enjoys the company of and playtime with other dogs. He has a high prey drive. He has not been tested with cats. A physical fence is not required, but Ford must be on leash at all times if not in a fenced area. Ford has mild allergies which controlled with Benadryl.

Updates

Friday, October 11, 2019

I'd first like to put out some basic things that Ford is looking for in his forever home.

  • Dog friendly: he hasn't met a dog yet that he hasn't gotten along with! He does prefer playing with dogs more his size. 
  • Would be happiest in a home with a playful dog that he can interact with. He doesn't initiate play a ton, so a dog that initiates play or brings energy to the home would be good for him, as he often times matches the energy of my dogs. He takes cues from his foster siblings, and this would transition into his forever home, him taking cues from your resident dog. 
  • Kids; he would do best with children over 10 years old, and in a decently calm home. Constant chaos and loudness make him nervous. 
  • Cats: not tested and doesn't live with cats in his foster home. Not sure how he'd react, it could go either way - too interested, too much prey drive, or he could be respectful of the cat after the cat tells Ford that he needs space. If an interested family has a cat, we would need to take things slow to see if it would be an option.
  • Needs a fenced-in yard (and at least a 5-foot fence) OR will need to be leashed 100% of the time. No exceptions! He will not grow out of this. This is very important, as it is for his safety. 
  • Would benefit from obedience training—he's a smart boy! With some training, I think he'd make a great therapy dog if given the chance. 
  • Would do best in a moderately active home where he is able to get out and be socialized with other dogs and people on a regular basis, and be able to safely explore the world.

Ford is a medium energy dog. If given the opportunity, he will lay around and sleep all day, every day. However, he really does enjoy getting exercise, and needs exercise to keep him mentally happy and healthy! He loves walks, and is the perfect walking companion with his Gentle Leader on. He chases after the ball but doesn't know to bring it back to you. He has the most adorable run!

He expends a good amount of his energy playing with other dogs, which is why I think he'd be happiest in a home with a playful dog. He also makes a good hiking partner, running partner or co-pilot on road trips. He'd be happy to go with you to different events, check out new places, and of course let you take hundreds of pictures of him! 

Ford has been pretty active lately! He was at Goldzilla, and did amazing there—he had a blast despite the rain! He enjoyed meeting many new people and greeting potential adopters. He and his foster siblings got a little treat after the event. They were pooped after Goldzilla, falling asleep approximately five minutes after getting in the car to head home.

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

Ford also went on his first camping trip! He does so great in new situations. He was leashed to a tree on a long lead, and easily learns the boundary he has when on a long lead. We took him to the beach to see what he thinks of water—it was pretty funny! He would hop around in the shallow end, jumping up on the dock and back into the water.

It's like he wasn't sure what to do! His foster siblings swam and dock dived, he swam out a little ways to meet them (on a leash of course), but wasn't sure about the whole swimming thing. It's unknown if he's ever swam before, but it doesn't seem like he's ever been exposed to a lake. Maybe with more exposure, he'd begin to like it.

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

Ford's next adventure was spending time with children, which is a first for him here in the States. He went to spend time in a household with three kids: ages 12, 7 and 5. We were there for a few hours. Ford did okay with the children—no jumping, calmly approaching them for pets but not being pushy towards them, and tolerating their sudden movements and noises.

Although he was okay with the older children, he wasn't fond of the loudness and chaos that the younger kids brought. He laid in the corner on the rug when it was loud.

I also saw concern for his escape to the outdoors with the two younger kids, with them going in and out of the door constantly. He has improved in this area, but his forever family will need to always be conscious about doors to ensure his safety. This includes any people who are visiting. There are concerns with little kids and a door to an unfenced area, such as the front door.

So, because of the safety concerns for Ford, and the fact that he doesn't enjoy the chaos and noise that youngsters bring, he'll need to go to a home with older kids—at least 10 years old and older. He would be totally fine with visiting kids or being around young children for a shorter period of time, just not living with them directly.

Of course, it is important to closely watch for signs of stress or avoidance with any dog around children, and this applies to Ford, too. 

Below are some random pictures of this sweetheart. Here he is, relaxed and getting his nails clipped. He is great with his paws being touched. He gets his nails clipped once a week and his paws wiped every time he comes into the house, so he is completely comfortable with his paws being touched. Ears and tail, too! Good boy!

Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD

Ford LOVES popcorn! Here he is smiling at me, trying to woo me into giving him more. He's a pretty good popcorn catcher!

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

Ford always keeps me smiling. He can't wait to find his forever home!

Ford 19-101TD

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Ford recently had a little vacation at another foster home for a long weekend. Here is a little update about how he does in a different environment:

"I had the chance to watch Ford for a second time this past weekend.

Ford 19-101TD

He mostly enjoys looking out the window, hoping to see a bunny or squirrel. It is by far his favorite thing.

Ford 19-101TD

Something that makes me laugh is when I'm ready to go to bed and shut off the TV - it makes a chime. When Ford hears it, even if he is asleep on the couch, he will pounce up and run into the bedroom to make sure he claims the dog bed before my resident dog does.

Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD

I have only heard Ford bark once and it seemed to shock him. He is great on a leash and meets other dogs and people very calmly. He is welcome at my home anytime."

Ford continues to work on his door manners and is overall doing wonderfully.

Ford 19-101TD

He has gone to several different dog events, including one that was pretty loud, where he was led by a stranger down a runway.

Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD

He did amazing. He has such a calm, curious demeanor and is always up for an adventure.

Ford 19-101TD

Ford does like to mark (pee on things) in new places, however, so needs to be watched closely in new houses and new places. He'll pee on tables, bushes, posts, walls, even in a pool of water! He is easily redirected though, and learns quickly what is appropriate and what isn't - with consistent guidance from a human, of course. I watch him closely at events and when I notice him getting ready to mark, I say "Ford, no" and guide his head away (with a Gentle Leader on) from whatever he is trying to mark.

The first few days in my home, I kept him leashed and tethered to me so he'd have to be next to me all the time. This helps with bonding and getting to know each other and the routine, as well as preventing any unwanted behavior such as marking, eating other dogs' food, scuffles around toys/valued objects, or chewing inappropriate things. Tethering him to me got him over the hump of trying to mark in my house and he's never tried it since.

Ford 19-101TD

We like to visit different parks and explore the beauty nature has to offer - and to pee on it of course!

Ford 19-101TD

Here is a picture of Ford at PetSmart, checking out the fish.

Ford 19-101TD

Ford does just fine on a tie-out . He "helps" me with yard work and is put on a tie-out in my front yard, where he likes to sit in the shade of a tree and observe his surroundings. He visits his Foster Grandma's house with me, which has an unfenced yard. He does well on the tie-out, and quickly becomes familiar with the boundaries, even though my dogs are running free.

Ford 19-101TD
In his happy place
Ford 19-101TD

If he is left out back alone, even for just a minute while I pack up to take us home, he will bark. He's probably saying "Hey, don't leave me here!!" 

Ford is waiting patiently for his forever home.

Ford 19-101TD

He is a sweet, darling, happy boy who would love an active home so he can safely explore the world!

Ford 19-101TD

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hey guys, I wanted to check in with an update. I have had so much fun lately! Foster Mom has taken me and my foster siblings to a few dog events around the Twin Cities. Oh my gosh you guys, I got SO much attention. It was amazing how many people wanted to pet me and said how sweet I was!

Ford 19-101TD

There was a lot to see and discover and pee on. I even got a bandana to wear - I was so handsome. I love going to these events! I get to meet people and dogs, but I am relaxed and at ease - that's just the kind of guy I am!

Ford 19-101TD

We've also done other thing, like hiking in different parks, which is super exciting because I get to explore new places. I mean, there were ducks, geese, cranes, and plants. Of course I smelled them all. I like when we go to this one park by the river and we all get to go on a run with Foster Mom. Sometimes our friend, Sully, joins us. People often stare - I think it's because we look so regal!

Ford 19-101TD

I enjoy running next to my foster sibs, and it's good to stretch my legs and get some exercise. I keep up, and sometimes Foster Mom has to keep up with me!

Ford 19-101TD

Foster Mom here. Ford has been learning a lot and continues to get more comfortable. I have changed some of the requirements as I observe and learn more about Ford. A big thing is that we are working on not charging the doors, especially the sliding glass door (he gets really excited to go outside and has learned from my resident Shepherd to immediately run out and chase squirrels).

Ford 19-101TD

He's improved a lot, and now sits nicely at doors. We are working on "wait" and his release word, "okay". He's getting the hang of it. He's a smart boy. As far as his fence requirements go, he will either need a fence that is a minimum of 5 feet tall (he jumps up on my 6-foot privacy fence and is a big boy, so I think he may be able to get over a 4 foot fence if he wanted to), otherwise I think he'd do okay with someone that is diligent about taking him out on a leash. He has no problem pottying on leash.

Ford 19-101TD

My utmost concern is for his safety. He has absolutely no recall if he is off leash and out exploring or chasing something, so he needs to be in a secured fenced-in area, or on leash at all times. I am a big proponent of maintaining crate training, in case of an emergency. However, Ford has been having mostly free roam.

Ford 19-101TD

He does wonderfully with that, just likes to take a shoe and bring it on the couch with him, maybe as a comfort thing. He still does great when he is crated - no barking or anxiety. He only chews on appropriate items (bones and toys), continues to be potty trained, and loves jumping on the couch or on the bed in my spare room and looking out the window at the world.

Ford 19-101TD

He delights in eating bites of people food and has learned to come over and wait for me to drop some popcorn.

Ford 19-101TD

He enjoys relaxing on the deck or out in the grass. He likes sitting below the tree in the front yard while leashed and hanging with me while I do yard work.

Ford 19-101TD

He is cuddling more often with me, and with my boyfriend when he's over. Ford usually starts the night out on the dog bed in my room.

Ford 19-101TD

He likes to snuggle in bed with me in the mornings.

Ford 19-101TD
Ford 19-101TD

He loves laying on his back with his paws in the air - it's the funniest thing!

Ford 19-101TD

Ford remains a medium energy dog. He does well with one walk a day and playtime outside. He'd love more, and is the kind of dog that matches the energy level of the house. He does great with going on runs, going on more walks per day, or if it's a rainy day, he enjoys napping while I am watching a movie or cleaning.

He plays when my dogs initiate play. He likes to chase them around the yard. He'll run outside with my Shepherd, and when we have a young energetic visiting dog, he runs and plays more. If there is a visiting dog, and Ford is eating dinner, he does have a bit of resource guarding with the visiting dog. He has never had it with my dogs. This does apply to high value items as well, such as a bone.

He has gotten along with every dog he's met, and does great with my dogs. He has no anxiety, does not bark, and does well while I am at work for 9-10 hours part time. He does okay with small dogs - is interested in them at first, but that's about it.

He hasn't been cat tested, but I think he may do fine with a dog-savvy cat, so I don't want to rule it out completely. Overall, he is such a sweet, loving, easy guy to have around. If he sounds like a fit for you, fill out an inquiry form or let placement know you are interested in him.

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. 

Ford 19-101TD

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!

Ford 19-101TD

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. 

Ford 19-101TD

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).

Ford 19-101TD

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! 

Ford 19-101TD

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.