Gracie 21-078

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Gracie is a retired breeder mama looking for a good home now that her puppy raising days are over. Although she is more comfortable with humans than most former breeder dogs, she will require another medium to large, confident dog in her home to take cues from as she adjusts to her new way of life. Gracie can live with cats, and children in her home should be at least 10 years old. A physical fence is optional provided there is a plan to keep her safe while she is outside.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Gracie regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

At a Glance #21-078

Golden Retriever 8 years old
Female 59 lbs

Available as of May 20, 2021
Fostered in Spicer, MN

Status: Closed to Applications
Adoption fee: $400

Children ages 10+
Another dog REQUIRED
Can live with cats
Physical fence optional
Medium energy
Children ages 10+
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Another dog REQUIRED
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Can live with cats
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Physical fence optional
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Medium energy
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Gracie is a retired breeder mama looking for a good home now that her puppy raising days are over. Although she is more comfortable with humans than most former breeder dogs, she will require another medium to large, confident dog in her home to take cues from as she adjusts to her new way of life. Gracie can live with cats, and children in her home should be at least 10 years old. A physical fence is optional provided there is a plan to keep her safe while she is outside.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Gracie regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

Updates

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Hi everyone, I’m Gracie and my foster dad (FD) said that I should tell you a little about myself. I’m not quite sure what to say but he gave me a few suggestions of things that you all might be interested in.

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First of all, I just turned 8 years old just before I came to my foster home. I was born and grew up on the farm with a lot of other dogs. I spent my days there having and raising puppies. When my mom and dad said it was time for me to retire, they contacted RAGOM and asked if they could help me find a nice home and family.

Both my foster mom (FM) and FD said they were surprised that I’m not scared of people like many of the retired breeder girls that they’ve met. I really do like people; they don’t scare me at all once I get to meet and sniff them. They found out that I was the runt of my litter and my mama rejected me so I was bottle-fed as a pup. They think that this might be why I’m so comfortable around humans.

I do have to admit that some of the things in my foster home do scare me at first. I still hesitate a bit going through the front door. Sometimes loud noises startle me. There is a big, noisy truck that comes every Monday to collect the garbage and I don’t like that at all! FD says I’m getting better every day though.

I’m quite proud to say that I’m getting much better with the vacuum cleaner. I can’t say that I love that noise and vibration, but now I follow it around, at a distance of course, because I’m kind of curious about why FD wastes so much time and energy on it.

There are so many things here I’ve never experienced before. FM and FD are pretty good at taking things slow and giving me time to get used to new things.

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Let me tell you about some of my favorite things. I found out that I really like car rides. So far, I’ve gotten to ride to the vet, to doggie daycare, and sometimes we just ride around to see the countryside. I’ve learned to hop right in and out of the van. Sometimes I like to look out the window at the world rolling by and other times I curl up and take a nap.

Walks are also a fun part of my day. My foster brother Sooner and I head to the door when it’s time for a walk. I sit nicely to have my leash hooked up (I almost always get a treat when I do that). Usually Sooner, FD, and I go out together. We walk up to and then along the road. FD says we walk for about a half-mile at a time (whatever that means).

We do this at least four times a day. I think I could walk a lot farther than that if FD would let me. Cars coming along the road don’t scare me anymore because I know that FD won’t let me get hurt. When we get back home, Sooner and I run into the kitchen where we each get another treat.

Twice a week we do my new absolute favorite thing. Since FM and FD don’t have a fenced yard, they say that they don’t want us dogs to be outside unless we are hooked to a tie-out under their supervision or are on-leash.

But, twice a week, Sooner and I get to go in the van with FD and we all drive to what they call doggie day-care. Is this ever fun! We go into this big building. Sometimes there are five other dogs there and other times there might be fifteen dogs there. We play together as a pack or a couple of packs.

Since I’ve been with other dogs all my life, I’m definitely NOT scared of them! When the weather is good we all go outside to this really BIG yard where we can run and play, roll in the grass, and do whatever we want. We all kennel up once in the morning and once in the afternoon to take our naps and then we get to play some more.

FD comes by in the late afternoon to pick us up and we go home to eat supper. You wouldn’t believe how tired we are when we get home—but it is a “good” tired. One day I went to sleep after our post-supper walk before FD got my leash off!

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All in all, I have to say that I’m enjoying my new life here. FM and FD tell me that they are starting to look for the perfect forever family for me. Much as I enjoy things here, I really think that my very own family would be a wonderful thing. If you think that you are the ones for me, please let RAGOM know. I would love to meet you!

Thanks for reading about me! Love, Gracie

Thursday, May 20, 2021

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Gracie to RAGOM. She came to us as a retired breeder mama from South Dakota who was surrendered by her owners because they wanted her to have good home now that her puppy raising days are over. Gracie is 8 years old, weighs a trim 59 pounds, and has a beautiful red coat.

Her first days with us have been interesting to say the least! Two days after she arrived, she went into heat. Our two neutered resident male dogs didn’t know what was going on. They spent a good bit of their time under our dining room table, hoping that Gracie wouldn’t discover where they were.

About a week later, she managed to shred, and partially eat, a washcloth from our bathroom. We hoped that things would work their way through her system but no such luck. After a trip to the emergency vet, Gracie underwent surgery. The only good thing to come from all of this is that the Doctor decided to perform her spay surgery at the same time.

Thankfully Gracie has fully recovered from her double surgery. Her two foster brothers were also very relieved to find that Gracie, without her raging hormones, was a very nice dog to have around as a foster sister.

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That wash cloth was the first and only inappropriate thing she has eaten but we have been very careful to make sure that there aren’t any other tempting items within her reach.

Unlike many of the retired breeder girls we’ve fostered, Gracie is surprisingly socialized to humans. She just loves people, everyone that she meets. Like other retired breeder dogs, new things always scare her a bit at first, she startles at unexpected noises or quick movements, and she is still getting used to things like cars on the road, garbage trucks, and lawnmowers.

But people are a different matter. She comes right up, sits on command, and uses the “Golden paw” if she doesn’t get all of the attention that she thinks she needs. We believe she could live with children age 10 or older, as long as they understand that she is easily startled.

Although Gracie is more comfortable with humans than most former breeder dogs, she will still require another medium to large, confident dog in her forever home to take cues from as she adjusts to her new life. Gracie can live with cats; she ignores our old cat.

From what we can see so far, Gracie would enjoy a fenced yard but she will also do just fine without a fence if her forever family has a plan to keep her safe while she is outside.

She has gone, with her foster brother, to doggie daycare and LOVES it. We think she would do well getting her exercise from walks, some daycare opportunities, or supervised time in a safe dog park.

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Now that she is fully recovered from her surgeries, we think that she is ready to start looking for her forever home. We learn more about her each and every day and she is truly a sweetheart. We’d love to talk to you about her to see if you might be the right fit for her forever home.

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Closed to Applications: Many families have submitted applications for Gracie or she is working with an applicant for a potential adoption.