Jemma is a very gentle little lady. Her ears are still a bit big for her little head so she could pass as the doppelganger for Lady in Lady and the Tramp. Little she may be but she is a fast growing, purebred, light-colored Golden Retriever who has a lot of love to share. She’s a beauty inside and out.
Jemma has a medium energy level: she can be pretty chill during her many naps but also does her share of zoomies around the back yard (ears flopping with her) as she chases one of our resident dogs. She’s been around a few weeks and I have yet to see her go all out crazy town!
Jemma will need socialization classes and obedience classes. With both, she’ll need patience and extra help, given her shyness and fear.
Jemma is still learning to walk on a leash. It’s a new concept to her and she likes to hold it, doesn’t like to trip over it, consistently pees on it, and is careful not to let it tug (that’s two of us) on her tender little neck.
When she arrived, she had a sneezy cold and hacking cough but one course of antibiotics and all is good.
Jemma’s favorite pastime is shredding any newspaper I have set aside to “read later.” And, like many of our fun-loving Golden Retriever friends, they have some kind of distant relation to Imelda Marcos—it’s all about the shoes! (and the tootsie poops).
Jemma came to RAGOM from a breeder operation and is a shy, gentle girl but can be fearful in certain situations that are often unforeseeable. For this reason, she should be placed with children the age of 8 or older.
Jemma will require another dog in the home: a confident, medium to large dog to serve as her role model. Jemma missed some important socialization time and she doesn’t always have established confidence. However, she is confident when a fellow dog (from her own pack) is with her, and she’ll play and have fun.
When alone, she can be very anxious in new situations. She will shiver with fear in many new or sometimes even familiar conditions. She is comforted when sees a fellow pack mate and will go to them for reassurance. She is a submissive girl, so there should be no worry of Jemma trying to establish herself at the top of the pecking order.
Jemma has not been tested with cats but given she doesn’t care much about the squirrels in the back yard, while our resident dogs are going crazy to get outside, I venture to guess she would either be OK or would easily adapt. The cat, as any cat would, may feel free to assume him/herself alpha of the kingdom without any protest from Jemma.
Jemma is learning to walk on a leash and likes to get out for her walks. She spends time following the other dogs around while in the fence in the back yard. Because Jemma does have some insecurities and can be frightened easily, it would be best for her to be in a fenced-in yard so she doesn’t get spooked and dart off beyond boundaries.