After gracing us for two and a half months with her lovely self, Gracie has found a wonderful forever home. The sweet girl will hopefully spend the rest of her days with a family that is just delighted to have her. We hope she makes them as happy as she made us. Goodbye, Princess Gracie!
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Date Available||Children||Other Dogs||Cats||Fence||Energy Level|
|6/12/17||Not tested||Can live with other dogs||Can live with cats||Physical fence optional||Medium|
|Gracie had to find a new home when her 80 year old owners entered assisted living and could not bring her along. She bounced from one home to another, then found her way to RAGOM. She is a sweet, smart, mellow, toy-obsessed girl who just wants to be loved (and kept away from thunderstorms)!|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
Gracie is sweet, almost 7 year old blonde female who is being fostered in south Minneapolis.
When Gracie's original owners had to enter assisted living, their daughter found a home for Gracie. After several months, the woman surrendered Gracie to RAGOM, saying that Gracie had had accidents in the house. She was found to have a urinary tract infection, which was causing the accidents. She was in RAGOM foster care for a few weeks, was treated for the UTI and then was adopted. Within a short period of time, the adopters returned Gracie to RAGOM, saying that she did not meet other dogs well on leash. She came back into foster care on June 6. She's been doing great with two other resident dogs and a cat.
Gracie's original owners wrote a lovely letter about Gracie when they gave her up. Gracie was the alpha of her litter, she is confident, easy going, and good with kids. She can also be vocal when she needs to let you know something--like, "There's a tennis ball under the couch that I can't reach, gimme an assist, would you?" Or, "That other dog is in my way, and I want to get to you. Ask her to move, please." She knows a number of commands, walks well on a leash, is housebroken, eats well, is friendly and is a sweetheart.
In her first days here, there were a few snarky incidents when the resident dogs moved into her space. She snapped at them, but there was never any contact and she backed off as soon as she had her space back. And after a few days, they are all doing just fine. She's been very curious about the dog-savvy cat, barking at him occasionally, but for the most part, they have all managed to coexist fairly peacefully. She loves toys and will find them in places that you had no idea they were--and then she will let you know! Woof, woof! She is good at backing off when told to "leave it." She keeps an eye on things, and will woof when someone is approaching, or another dog is walking down the sidewalk. I have not yet tested her with meeting another dog while on leash. I plan to investigate that, but even if she is does have anxiety when meeting another dog, that can be worked with. She's very sweet, LOVES to be petted, will give you the Golden paw to get more pets, and is generally pretty mellow. She has had free roam in the house and there have been no accidents, and no problems with the other dogs or cat.
The monster storm yesterday showed that she does have storm anxiety. I gave her some Rescue Remedy, but I had to be gone when the big whopping thunder and lightning happened. A corner of the dog bed was chewed up and she tried to scurry underneath whatever she could, so she was clearly upset. The damage was not bad, but it is something to know about her--and often they say that as dogs get older, their storm anxiety can increase. But that can be dealt with.
Her previous owners said she was not a runner, but a fence is always a good idea. They also said she is good with kids, but I have not tested that yet. She is fine with the cat--she might bark at him, but it seems that she could live with cats. She's also fine with the other dogs. Last night, for the first time, she had a delightful wrestling match with one of the residents! It might take a few days for her to settle into things with other dogs, and a slow introduction would be good, but she has been doing just fine with them. She would also do just fine as an only dog, where she can absorb ALL of the attention!
If you are looking for a sweet, loving companion who will adore you and want to be adored in return, Gracie would be a great choice.
If you think Gracie would be a good fit in your home, please submit an "Inquiry for Application" form. If you have already filled out an "Inquiry for Application" form, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the dog's name, RAGOM number, the name you submitted the Inquiry for Application form under and a sentence or two why you feel you'd be a good match.
At a Glance #17-098
|Golden Retriever||6 years old|
|Female||Weight not specified|