Janene (we call her JoJo and she has learned this as her name) was surrendered by a commercial breeder in Indiana. She is a beautiful 4.5-year-old Golden Retriever.
Being a former breeder momma, JoJo is extremely undersocialized. She is very shy and fearful; even after being with us for six months she still cowers and shows anxiety towards many things. She tends to sleep a lot and follows our resident dog closely, learning from her. We did start her on Prozac and that has helped some.
When JoJo came to us, we took her to her initial vet visit and found she had very bad ear infections that took multiple treatments with antibiotics to cure. She also had a bad urinary tract infection that took two rounds of meds to get rid of.
She shows classic signs of former breeder dogs. JoJo does the ‘freezing’ technique when she is fearful and anxious, which is literally what it says: she doesn't move and closes her eyes shut. Sometimes she won't go outside all day to potty so we have to pick her up so she won't get a bladder infection again.
JoJo feels safest in the house with our other two dogs, snoozing on the couch or our bed. We have tried to get her to go on walks with us, but she is just too afraid.
JoJo's favorite thing to do is follow our resident dog around and do whatever she does. It's really adorable. When we get her outside, she loves to fetch tennis balls and chase squirrels and mice. She also loves to cuddle with my husband on the couch and hide her face behind him while receiving gentle ear massages and petting.
JoJo loves to eat her breakfast and dinner and is always the first one done. We share healthy treats with her too when we are snacking while watching a movie, which she thinks is heavenly.
Jo Jo's forever family must be very calm, quiet, and understanding of her situation and her personality. I have been told that many commercial breeder dogs never get over their anxiety and fear tendencies. There must be a resident dog in her adoptive home because she watches and learns primarily from other dogs. Other dogs make her feel safe; humans to her are the bad guys.
There also must not be any children under the age of 13 in her adoptive home and they must be gentle and caring with her. Loud noises and sudden movements scare JoJo. She gets along well with our cat.
Because she is a former breeder dog and still frightened by many things, JoJo’s forever home must have a fenced yard (no invisible fencing!), because she has a tendency to flee things that scare her.
Again, she needs a quiet home with a family who will show her love and be very patient with her. My vision for JoJo's forever home is a calm environment, love flowing everywhere for this sweetheart who has been through so much trauma, and patience, patience, patience. She will thrive, it will just take time.