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At A Glance
10/5/06: Introducing Jasper, 06-454! I picked him up today and he is wonderful! Jasper was given up to RAGOM because his owners had to work 6 days a week and were not able to give him the time he needed. He was spending a lot of time outside and it was decided that he should be able to find a new home. The first thing we did when we got Jasper to our house was give him a bath! Since he was outside most of the time, he was definitely smelling like it. One wash later and voila! A clean and happy Golden! He ate some dinner and pottied and now is konked out on my foot as I type this.
Here is what we know so far about Jasper, from talking to his surrendering owner and just interacting with him today. Jasper was born May of 2005, so he is almost a year and a half old. He is a purebred neutered Golden. It's hard to tell what Jasper weighs but I would guesstimate that he is about 70 pounds (that's looking at him vs our dog Cinder, who is 72-75 pounds). He is absolutely loving being inside and has explored the whole house with me. Jasper knows how to sit and will also lay down. Jasper will rear up for some attention but is learning "Off" very quickly (you can actually see him thinking as he remembers he should not jump up). He got along fine with a dog and some cats at his old house (the little dog bossed him around and the cats would hiss and swat at him and Jasper didn't bat an eyelash). He and Cinder are good friends after meeting, a little wrestlemania, and have worn each other out (Good Boy!). Jasper rode like a champ in the car. He sat down next to the window and stuck his nose out. Jasper is very good on a leash. There a little pulling at first and then he just trots with you. He may or may not be housetrained, but he has pottied outside and gone to the door with Cinder when he had to go out. We will see. He is not crate trained but we are starting him on that. Jasper did some inappropriate chewing at his old house (he chewed out of an outside dog run because he was craving attention, chewed on some deck furniture, and traumatized a garden gnome) but has not tried anything here. The chewing can probably be attributed to him wanting to be near people and not outside alone. He is now being given a lot of stimulation and appropriate chew toys. He has been around kids who were 2 and 9-13.
Jasper likes to be right next to you and is soaking up all the love and attention. For being a young dog, he is not a crazy wild dog - he knows how to control himself and responds very well to positive directions. He is very food motivated and appreciates a belly rub and some snuggle time.
He has a vet appointment on Monday and we will see how his medical evaluation checks out. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in this great guy.