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At A Glance
Goldie is 2 years old with beautiful golden fur, almost white feathering, but shorter ears than a golden. She is definitely a mix, but has the pure Golden demeanor. She comes when called by name, knows sit and takes treats nicely. She loves to cuddle and will stand on her hind legs and gently place her paws on your chest and 'cuddle' you. She is great with other dogs, fine with the cats over all (see below).
When I met Goldie she had been in a vehicle for about 2 + hours and I wasn't sure what to expect as she was from a 'hoarder'. Our understanding is she grew up in a 'cage' with another dog, though the cage wasn't really large enough for one dog. She was affectionate from the get go. I did crate her in a large open crate for the ride home to St Cloud. After a few barks to let me know she wasn't happy with the arrangement, she settled right in.
Once home I let her out in the fenced area and gave her a chance to acclimate to her new surroundings. Then I let Jax, our cocker, out. I wasn't sure how it would go for 2 reasons: 1. Jax is many times afraid of new dogs and 2. I hoped Goldie would be fine since sharing her life with another dog and would be fine meeting a new dog. All was fine. It took about an hour before Goldie finally play bowed back to Jax and they were off. While Jax would run up and down the deck steps, Goldie would jump up to the deck by passing the steps entirely. After a couple hours Goldie actually picked up a toy. Wasn't sure what to do with it, but she is catching on.
I hesitated to bathe her right away, but the smell was overwhelming in close quarters. So after hand feeding her and giving her more play time, off to the shower we went. She wasn't excited but was a lady allowing me to shampoo her. Just picture someone kneeling down on the shower floor and rubbing this sweet girl all over, and she puts her nose under your chin or lays her head on your shoulder. Too sweet. It took some toweling, but we finally got enough water off her to allow her to go and shake and roll a bit. Wasn't sure if she would even smell better on Sunday, as she still had some aroma about her while being wet. I am happy to report come Sunday a.m. she was all dried, soft and silky and smelled of oatmeal shampoo and conditioner.
Goldie was not happy about being kenneled overnight. It took a bit of persuasion to get her in her open crate, but she was quiet all night. Jax and I got up about 5 a.m. and checked on her, they both went out to potty and I just couldn't put her back in the crate. So upstairs we went, she got up on the bed and curled right up to me and slept til I was ready to get up. Her favorite position being her head resting on some part of me. Much, I am sure, like she did with her 'roommate' in the too small cage.
She enjoyed her evening laying on the couch next to me with head on my knees or some part of me. We have 3 cats and she has checked them out, but more or less ignored them. While on the couch one of the cats put his paws up to jump up on me and she growled a bit at him. I think this is something we will be able to nip in the bud. She loves her human(s) and we will have to teach her she must share with all other members of the household. I do believe at some point she has been in a house and spent time around a human. I think right now she is so happy to be free and with her humans that she is guarding her time with us. I believe this will wear off and we will continue to discourage the negative behavior. We have had no accidents so she understands doing her business is outside.
We had family up for Easter and they have a RAGOM girl, Haley, who has her own special needs............she barks at all other dogs. But when all was said and done the 3 of them got along fine. Both Larry and Jane agreed she was sweet and loving. Jane and I took the dogs for a walk out in the back 40 and the dogs scared up some deer. Goldie broke free and off she went. They all 3 came back, but Goldie decided freedom was great and it took us some sweet talking to get her to come back to us. We finished our walk with her leash tight in hand. I would have to say she is a 'runner' and therefore she will need a fenced yard. I say this as I don't ever want her to be tied out or caged up again. She loves to run and jump and deserves to be able to do so. She will, without a doubt, enjoy a dog park down the line.
My vet is backed up and so we won't have our visit until Thursday. Goldie needs to be spayed, microchipped and updated on her shots and then will be available for adoption. If you are interested in meeting Goldie, please contact your placement advisor.
I didn't get any new pics of Goldie since her bath, but will do so in the near future. She's a beauty:)
Foster Mom and the troops
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A little rough around the edges
Goldie and Jax