Jessa 17-227A

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Jessa is a young Labradoodle rescued from a commercial breeding auction. She enjoys running in the yard, playing chase, stealing toys from her foster sisters, fetching, and snuggling on the couch for TV time. She is energetic, very sweet, loves to be by her people, and chews on everything. She settles down in the house after exercise. Jessa is 100% puppy and will require time, training, mental stimulation, and exercise to become a great family member.

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

At a Glance #17-227A

Mixed Breed 1 year old
Female 50 lbs

Available as of November 5, 2017
Fostered in Bloomington, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $475

Children ages 10+
Another dog REQUIRED
Can live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
High energy
Children ages 10+
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Jessa is a young Labradoodle rescued from a commercial breeding auction. She enjoys running in the yard, playing chase, stealing toys from her foster sisters, fetching, and snuggling on the couch for TV time. She is energetic, very sweet, loves to be by her people, and chews on everything. She settles down in the house after exercise. Jessa is 100% puppy and will require time, training, mental stimulation, and exercise to become a great family member.

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

Updates

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hi everyone,

I can't believe it is August 4th already! The summer is just flying by.

Nothing much has changed in my schedule. Still hanging out and attending daycare with Anya and playdates with my foster sisters and RAGOM friends. I still have plenty of stamina for running, but the heat is cutting those shorter in order to take a break.

A couple of weeks ago, foster mom's last foster and her sister came to hang out and have a sleepover again. Those two Doodles are a hoot. We have a good time with them. Lani and I are like two peas in a pod and play constantly. I even got to go to their house for a playdate, too. That was a new situation for me and I did really well.

I love being part of the pack!
I love being part of the pack!

I am still a little thief and steal toys. What can I say? I love to have fun.

C'mon, Lilly! Share with me!
C'mon, Lilly! Share with me!
Moving to another spot doesn't help, Lilly! I'm right here, again!
Moving to another spot doesn't help, Lilly! I'm right here, again!

We are still working on my fear of strangers. I have met a lot of people in the past few weeks. I am doing less barking at them, almost none, and quicker to come closer for treats.

I am doing pretty well with thunderstorms. The low rumbling stuff in the distance doesn't bother me. However, I did get startled by a big crack of thunder and lightening that sent me and my foster sister Lilly running into the house. 

I am still looking for my forever home. I need a larger dog (both in size and stature, at least 50 pounds, and close to my height or bigger) as I am a very physical player. And my new sibling needs to be pretty confident, as I will look to him or her for direction on how to act in various situations.

Have a great week!
Jessa

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hi, everyone!

Just a quick shout-out to say hello. 

It seems the 4th of July just won't quit around here. People are still blowing stuff off. It is making one of my foster sisters not so happy. I seem to do OK, but prefer to be in the house. I am not panicking or anything.

I am staying busy with daycare and playdates. My friend Anya 18-044A and I were hanging out on Friday at daycare. It was her first time there, so I showed her the ropes. She did well, and it was fun to have her with me. We will try to coordinate our schedules for this week, too.

I am constantly meeting new people and improving in meeting strangers. I went to a meet-and-greet last weekend. Given that it was a holiday weekend, there were not many people there and was not as loud, so that, along with my foster sister and Anya being with me, I did OK.

Just hanging out at the meet-and-greet
Just hanging out at the meet-and-greet

Other than that, not much is new for me. I enjoy running around the backyard, chasing away rabbits and squirrels with my foster sisters. We still haven't caught anything because Foster Mom alerts the critters before we get to bolt out. That doesn't seem fair to me. I do keep myself busy chewing on sticks.

Here are a few pictures from today.

Check out the stick wrestling!
Check out the stick wrestling!
I like big long sticks!
I like big long sticks!
Just relaxing in the shade on a Sunday afternoon
Just relaxing in the shade on a Sunday afternoon

Have a great week!

Jessa

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hi, everyone!

Just little ol' me sending in an update. I continue to be a busy, busy girl. I now go to doggie daycare twice a week so I can run and play and make new friends. Between that and playing with my foster sisters and Sage next door and going to playdates, my social calendar stays full.

Me and foster sister Bella
Me and foster sister Bella

I have learned very valuable skills in foster care, such as eating ice cream or yogurt from a spoon. See how patient I am to wait for my turn in this video.

I have started to be a bit weary of strangers and have started barking at them outside. Foster Mom says it could be one of those fear stages we go through between 6 months old and 14-16 months.

Even though I have an adult body, I still have a puppy brain. So, Foster Mom has started to work on that with me. 

Last Sunday, Anya 18-044A and I went to another home to meet some cats. I just sniffed at them, and Anya ignored them.

I was a little tentative being in a new house even though the people were really nice to me. I didn't really want them to pet me, and they were cool with that. They totally understood.

Then, we went outside to play with their RAGOM dog Happy Jack. He was a goofball for sure. I just sniffed out the whole yard until it was time to go.

On Friday night, some people came over with their big dog for a visit. I was unsure of them, so I barked and stayed away from them. However, I was fine running and playing with their dog. We have many good games of chase.

After an hour, Foster Mom did put a leash on me so each of the two people could walk me around the yard. I was really unsure of what they were doing, so did some pulling to get away.

However, we kept doing laps in the yard, and I could see Foster Mom at all times, so I started to relax a bit and follow them.

I was really good at watching their faces for signals. They didn't look at me, but just kept me moving. Guess there was nothing for me to be afraid of! After they left, I went back in the house and I was back to my normal goofy self.

On Saturday afternoon, Foster Mom said, "Let's go to Sweet Mama Nicole's house for playtime with Paddington and Anya!" I love going there; it's one of my happy places.

Paddy and I did lots of running and chasing, and I did more than my fair share of toy stealing. It was warm, so the pools were out. I prefer to be a poolside girl rather than get in. My foster sisters are the opposite.

Foster Mom lifted my feet into the pool and splashed some water on my tummy to cool me down. I admit, it did feel good, but I had no interest in laying down. Maybe someday.

I'm the poolside girl
I'm the poolside girl
Getting a nice massage
Getting a nice massage

See how much I enjoyed the host's complementary massages in this video.

A nice gal from next door came over to see all of us, and I did start barking again and kept my distance. I was too unsure to take any treats from her. Foster Mom again put me on a leash and let the gal walk laps in the yard.

I did much better than Friday night. After walking, I sat with the group and relaxed and enjoyed some treats. Foster Mom was very happy with my improvement.

I guess I surprised myself as this gal was really, really nice, and I didn't need to be afraid of her, either. Everyone else was right up in her face!

After a bit of time, it was time for fetch again, so we resumed our playtime. The gal even threw the toys for us.

Foster Mom was happy that I warmed up to a new person a bit faster than Friday night. It helps when I see all of the other dogs interacting with these strangers.

Sunday brought yet another stranger! I guess Foster Mom is serious about helping me succeed through this stage!

This time, the strategy was a bit different. Instead of people coming into my happy space outside like the last two times, they were already out there before I came out.

There was a RAGOM girl named Annie 17-010 standing in the yard with my foster sisters. Apparently, they know each other. I flew out the door to say a happy Hello. Annie politely said hello, but there was no exuberance there. I guess she is not a player.

And then, it happened. Yes, you guessed it. There was a person right there, sitting in a chair on the patio! Can you believe it? I bet you can guess what I did. Yup, I barked at her! I said, "Hey, who are you and what are you doing here?!"

She just ignored me and kept talking to Foster Mom. Well, I thought that was kinda rude. So, I decided to ignore her, too, and picked up a toy.

That is until everybody rushed to Foster Mom and sat in front of her. That means something good was happening.

Yup, freshly cooked warm chicken was being distributed. Now I had a dilemma. This new person was sitting right next to Foster Mom. How was I supposed to get my fair share of chicken?

I looked at the person and back at Foster Mom. Back to the person. Back to Foster Mom.

I decided this person must be somewhat OK, so I came in for some chicken -- albeit on the opposite site of said person.

Each time I got my piece from Foster Mom, I went back to the yard, but not as far, and Foster Mom would call me back for another piece.

After a minute of back and forth getting my share, Foster Mom gave the bowl to this person. All of the other dogs shifted to this person and got even more food.

Dilemma number 2: I was still hungry and now had to accept food from someone else. So, I slowly came in and gently took a piece and went back to the yard.

It actually wasn't too bad! So, I did it again. And again. And again. Probably 10 times I went back when it was my turn.

By the 5th or 6th time, I was trotting back in when she called my name and said, "Treat."  And I was lingering longer.

Then, she started giving me two turns in a row of chicken. I figured, heck, why not just stay here and not waste all that energy going back to the yard. So, I did.

Foster Mom was grinning ear to ear and was so happy with my progress that day. I even got to lick the bowl when we were done.

After the chicken was gone, it was time for more fetch. And guess what? I now liked the person enough to play tug-o-war with the toy! And it only took about 20 minutes to go from barking to tug-o-war.

I now approve of said new person
I now approve of said new person

I know that was a lot of detail, but Foster Mom said I should tell you about this new fear-of-stranger thing for me and how I am quickly learning that people are OK and generally friendly.

Both of my foster homes are committed to helping me through this adolescent period and building my confidence with strangers by having a lot of positive experiences. It probably won't go away overnight, but consistently working on it will be the key.

I sure hope this means there will be a lot of chicken involved! (Note: I am totally fine with people I know.)

A few pictures of me and new friend Annie.

Hey, Annie, wanna play?
Hey, Annie, wanna play?
C'mon, I'll even playbow with my eyes closed!
C'mon, I'll even playbow with my eyes closed!
Time-out! Smile for the camera!
Time-out! Smile for the camera!
OK, I'll just follow you then. Would prefer chasing, though.
OK, I'll just follow you then. Would prefer chasing, though.

On other news, I am a rock star at barking at Foster Mom to go outside now. I am holding it longer, too, and have not had an accident for a while.

I started a trial course of meds for overactive bladder (very low dose) to see if that would help. Foster Mom is not restricting my water at bedtime, either. I am keeping my kennel dry, so we are all happy about that.  

That's all for now. Have a great week! 

Jessa

Monday, May 28, 2018

Hi, everyone!

Just checking in to see how your summer is going. Apparently, there was supposed to be a "springtime," but we seem to have skipped that!

I am still having a blast in my foster homes, and they keep me busy. I am still going to doggie daycare once per week to burn off some energy and keep my social skills up to date.

I turned the big 1 year old on May 18th, so naturally, we had to have a little play party with my peeps. Here are some pictures of a few playdates.

Taking a short break with my friend Anya 18-044A
Taking a short break with my friend Anya 18-044A
I stole my foster sisters toy. Yep, I'm still a stinker!
I stole my foster sisters toy. Yep, I'm still a stinker!
I love running with my pack!
I love running with my pack!
One of my many favorite toys
One of my many favorite toys
You're it, Paddington!
You're it, Paddington!
Ha ha, catch me if you can!
Ha ha, catch me if you can!
Gotcha again, Paddy!
Gotcha again, Paddy!
Best buds
Best buds
A little tug-o-war between our chase sessions
A little tug-o-war between our chase sessions

It turns out I have a little bit of storm anxiety this past week. My foster families saw some sensitivity before to loud unexpected noises like trucks, but I am getting better with that. This last round of storms with all of the wind and lightning had me a bit more nervous.  I also did not like it when there was a chainsaw working in the backyard taking down a tree.  

My foster families are going to try a Thundershirt on me for the next thunderstorm.  Plus they will be very attentive when it comes time for fireworks. The plan is to hang out downstairs with the TV on so the booms are not so obvious. My foster sisters are not bothered by storms, so it helps to stay around them.

I also have not been deemed fully housebroken yet, or at least for a long period of time.  When I first got there, I would go every 60-90 minutes and would have accidents. Foster Mom thought it was some typical puppy stuff as I didn't learn that early in life my first six months since I did not have to hold it.  As time went on, I made some small improvement, but not what I should have. 

So, RAGOM put me through a bunch of tests like checking for urinary tract infection, blood tests for all sorts of stuff, an ultrasound to check my kidneys, and a cystoscopy to check for any issues in my urinary tract.

The blood tests revealed a few higher-than-normal readings and the cystoscopy saw some inflammation. I was put on a course of some meds to target the inflammation. That helped, and I made some improvements. I can hold it for about 4 hours. The exception is if I am running hard and drink a lot of water, I will have to go again by 2 hours or so.

My Foster Mom generally has me stop drinking water about two hours before bedtime. That works well, and I can sleep all night in my crate without issue, around 7 to 8 hours. The great news is that we have ruled out every possible medical issue the docs can think of!

I am still looking for my forever home with a playful playmate. Here is a little video of me having some fun with a tennis ball. I am really good at amusing myself, too!

If you would like to meet me or learn more about me, please submit an Inquiry for Application form. We would love to chat with you.

Jessa

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hi, everyone!

Jessa reporting in. I must say I am a busy, busy girl splitting my time in two foster homes. I love going for car rides and having so many foster siblings and friends. As you can see from all of my pictures in the posts, I am quite a social girl and love to play with other dogs. All of this socialization I am getting in my first year of life is a BIG PLUS! I just love having other dogs to play with and I haven't met anyone that I don't like!

I am still a big tease when I am with my Doodle foster sisters. I constantly take the toys away to run around. I don't keep them long as I then have to go steal another toy from someone else. The whole point of the game is the steal. Ha! Sometimes I push the boundaries and try to take an especially favorite toy, and my foster sisters let me know, loudly. I just kinda laugh and persist and usually win. Usually.

Going to meet-and-greets is another favorite thing to do to get out of the house. Initially, I love meeting new RAGOM dogs and seeing friends like my transport buddy, Scott. I really like this guy!

Just saying hello to my guy Scott
Just saying hello to my guy Scott
I always have a smile on my face
I always have a smile on my face

Apparently, there is a new breed of Doodle out there, the BunnyDoodle. It only appears one day each year. Somehow we all had to take a turn being an impersonator. As you can see, I was not all that impressed with the non-functioning antenna.  

OK, so a rare moment of no smile on my face
OK, so a rare moment of no smile on my face

When the other dogs had their turns, I quickly and swiftly removed the ears from their heads. Yeah, yeah, back to stealing!

Well, we got about 8 inches of snow today for April 3rd, or as some people are calling it January 75th. I hope you got out to enjoy it! Someday, spring will arrive!

That's it for now.

Jessa

Sunday, March 25, 2018

It’s me, Jessa, but I’m writing from my second foster home. Now I spend most of the week at this house with my friend, Bella, so I don’t have to be in the kennel all day while my first foster mom is at work. And Bella and I just love to play.

When I first started coming here, Bella and I were the same size. Even though I’m bigger now, we can still play really well. There are times, though, when we are just chilling and Bella likes to share her bed with me.

Jessa 17-227A

I love to be out in the snow, and most days we go next door to play in the big yard with our neighbor dog, Sage. She looks pretty different from Bella and me, but Sage loves to play, too. We run and chase each other forever. It’s just great!

Jessa 17-227Aa
I love to be out in the snow and most days we go next door to play in the big yard with our neighbor dog, Sage. She looks pretty different from Bella and I, but Sage loves to play too. We run and chase each other forever. It’s just great!

I also go to doggie daycare one day a week, and everyone loves me there. I get pretty excited when I see we are going in the door and just take off to get in and start playing as fast as I can. But when it’s time to go home, I’m ready because I played so hard that I sleep in the car all the way home. Sometimes I actually do just relax and cuddle on the sofa.

Jessa 17-227A

Life is very good for me, but I am still a puppy and do need some corrections and reminders to be a good girl.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Hi, everyone!

Sorry for such a long delay in an update. Life has been pretty busy over the holidays and the month of January.

I am getting the chance to get out and about and I just love it!  I go to meet-and-greets and meet a lot of fun people and other dogs.  I attend playdates with my friends to burn off extra energy when the weather is not too cold.

Here is me at a playdate at Nicole's. I am running with CJ and Lani. Geez, do we like to run fast!

We all behave really well as a pack, too. 

For Christmas week, CJ and Lani got to sleep over with us, and we had a blast. Lani and I would play non-stop, so by the end of the day, we were good and tired. We love the big bed!

We're gonna need a bigger couch!

After all of the fun of Christmas time, I started to spend some time with my friend Bella for sleepovers. I also get to spend one day a week at daycare so I am getting tons of socialization.

And last weekend, it was my foster sister's 10th birthday with her littermates, so we had a big party of 26 dogs.  Lots of us are Doodles, as many former fosters come to play, too.  

Here are a couple of pics of some of the group lining up for treats. Can you pick me out of the mix?

Well, after those pictures, you probably think all I do it PLAY!  I wish that were true, but alas, we do have down time when Foster Mom is at work. That is when I do my growing. I have gotten a bit taller, but not really putting on much weight. I am 50 pounds now, but still a skinny girl and enjoying my slim build.

Well, that's about it for me for now. I hope you are enjoying all of the snow. I sure do. I love to EAT snowballs and ice balls and hop and jump in the snow like a deer. Foster Mom just laughs at me.

Jessa

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hi, everyone!

Just Jessa touching base to say I'm having fun in foster care. Two of my foster cousins were here for a sleepover, so we were so busy playing. Foster Mom said the bed was for sleeping, but I like to play up there, too.

Just giving foster sister Lilly a love tap. Gotta keep her awake!
Just giving foster sister Lilly a love tap. Gotta keep her awake!
Oh, Jessa, you are an Energizer bunny!
Oh, Jessa, you are an Energizer bunny!
Wonder where Foster Mom is going to sleep!
Wonder where Foster Mom is going to sleep!

Sunday was a great day and my first trip to the Golf Course. I got to meet 3 new RAGOM dog friends and be on the course with my foster sisters, Mama Nicole, and Paddington. Paddy and I had to stay on leashes the whole time, but I kept trying to run with everyone else. Not sure why they didn't have to wear leashes. Oh well, it was a very nice outing, and we got lots of fresh air. It felt good to stretch our legs for a long hike. Foster Mom forgot to get any pictures.

Well, off to get ready for the week ahead.

Love, 

Jessa

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hello, everyone!

It's me, Jessa, just checking with you to let you know how life in foster care is going. I am glad to report that I am having a marvelous time!

My favorite thing to do is go to Mama Nicole's house for playdates. I have so much fun there running and playing with everyone. Look at the pure happiness on my face! And my feet are not even touching the ground.

I float like a butterfly.
I float like a butterfly.
Working on Reindeer Flying Lessons - practicing takeoffs with Lilly and Paddington.
Working on Reindeer Flying Lessons - practicing takeoffs with Lilly and Paddington.

We just run and run and play with toys. This is such a great life! Paddington is such a sweet boy and about two years old. We became instant friends.

I really enjoy running with my buddy Paddington.
I really enjoy running with my buddy Paddington.
Whispering sweet nothings in my ear.
Whispering sweet nothings in my ear.

I have turned into quite the goofball. I have no shame is trying to steal anyone's toy. I just want what they have. As soon as I get it, I play with it for a minute, then find another toy to steal. Yes, that makes me happy.

Trying to steal foster sister Kraelyn's toy.
Trying to steal foster sister Kraelyn's toy.
And playing tug with foster sister Lilly.
And playing tug with foster sister Lilly.

The playdates have also taught me how to wait my turn for treats. Sometimes I line-jump to try to get a second treat. That's Nicole's mom doling them out.

All those memories of playing will have to keep me happy for the next week or so. I had my spay surgery on Wednesday, November 15, so I won't have any puppies. I was a bit groggy that night, but really no pain. The next morning, I was ready to play, but Foster Mom says none of that for a while until I heal up. I am not very fond on having to be on a leash outside. I keep trying to chase after my foster sisters, but that darn leash is so short. Oh well, I will just have to be a snuggler with Foster Mom on the couch then. 

I hope you are having a great week and enjoy the weekend!

Jessa

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hi, everyone!

My name is Jessa, and I am a new member of the RAGOM Family! I was rescued on October 21, 2017, with 8 Golden Retrievers from an auction sale. We are all so excited to have the opportunity to become cherished members of loving families.

Here is me on the night of intake -- in much need of my first bath!
Here is me on the night of intake -- in much need of my first bath!

My birthdate is May 18, 2017, so I am a spunky 5-month-old puppy! I am actually a Labradoodle -- a fun-loving, cuddly, excited, and sweet labradoodle!

I attended my first playdate and had a blast with my new friends, Pip 17-196TD, Nicole, Paddington, and my foster sisters. It was a big yard with lots of room to run, and boy, do I love to RUN!

I've got some serious speed and can fly!
I've got some serious speed and can fly!
Me and my new friend Pip. I am about to bring the HAMMER DOWN!
Me and my new friend Pip. I am about to bring the HAMMER DOWN!

I am super social with everyone I have met. I love to play with all toys and throw them around. I have also proven to Foster Mom that I am an incredible fetcher and bring the ball or toy right back and wait for another throw. 

I love toys!
I love toys!

I have also shown to be quite the foodie! I just love treats and trying new stuff. Frozen blueberries are quite good, and I love pumpkin on a spoon, too! I am getting better at waiting my turn. My foster sisters are really good teachers.

Treat Time!
Treat Time!

As for my medical stuff, I am up to date on my shots. I did have a double ear infection, but that is cleared up now. I will be spayed on November 15th and then ready to find my forever home. I am not quite housebroken, but am quickly figuring it out. 

I do not like loud noises and will stick close to my foster mom or sisters to feel safe. Sometimes my fosters sisters bark loudly in the yard and that makes me a little unsure, so I stick close to Foster Mom. I sleep through the night in my crate without a peep. During the work day, I am crated and someone comes in at lunch time to gives us a potty break.

Because I came from a commercial breeding situation and missed out of some important human socialization time, I require another large, confident, playful dog in my home; a physically fenced yard; and kids 12 years or older. 

I will also require a family that is committed to training me as I am just a puppy, a very excitable puppy, and am very jumpy right now. Foster Mom knows I am just trying to show how much I love being here, but she says I am going to need to stop jumping up, because I am going to get so much bigger and could easily knock someone down. I love to explore that yard and chew on twigs and sticks. Foster Mom has to watch me closely as I tend to eat the twigs, so she has to distract me with appropriate toys. Hopefully, I will grow out of that once my puppy teeth are gone and I am done teething. 

Thanks for reading,

Jessa

Adopt Me: If you think Jessa would be a good fit in your home, please submit an Inquiry for Application. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email application@ragom.org with Jessa's name, RAGOM number (17-227A), the name you submitted the Inquiry for Application under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.