Korey 19-257C

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Korey was surrendered to RAGOM by a Chinese rescue who found him severely beaten. Despite his abusive past, he is a happy pup who eagerly explores the world in his wheelchair and does not let his paralysis hinder his enjoyment of life. Korey will need a family who is able to manage his incontinence, and any children in the home must be older than 8. He can live with other dogs, but he has not been tested with cats. A physical fence is optional.

At a Glance #19-257C

Golden Retriever 1 year old
Male 43 lbs

Available as of February 17, 2020
Fostered in St Paul, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $475

Children ages 8+
Can live with other dogs
Not tested with cats
Physical fence optional
Medium energy
Children ages 8+
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Korey was surrendered to RAGOM by a Chinese rescue who found him severely beaten. Despite his abusive past, he is a happy pup who eagerly explores the world in his wheelchair and does not let his paralysis hinder his enjoyment of life. Korey will need a family who is able to manage his incontinence, and any children in the home must be older than 8. He can live with other dogs, but he has not been tested with cats. A physical fence is optional.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

I thought I had a cow in my living room as Korey’s love of the dandelions has resulted in some not-quite-cow-pie-sized poo! With his paralysis, comes incontinence and I only let him on hard, easy-to-clean surfaces at home.

It really isn’t too bad to manage, and along with the belly bands to keep his urine under control, we keep him and the house clean. We do have diapers that would catch the poo, but then you have a dog with messy fur. I find picking up pebble-sized “surprises” is easier and faster.

Hopefully the dandelions are just about done for the season.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Thursday, May 14, 2020

I’m a little late on our update; easy to lose track of time these days, or even what day it is!

Korey continues to do well. We visited his vet last week for heartworm, flea and tick preventatives and to check on a suspected urinary tract infection. No heartworms, but he does have a urinary tract infection and was given meds to cure it.

Paralyzed dogs get infections quite frequently, as they have a difficult time completely voiding their bladders; after a while, you don’t need a test to know they have an infection - you can tell by their urine's smell and color.

Korey is a huge fan of sticks and chewing on them. At home, his favorite toy is a chew stick made from wood that he can safely destroy and consume.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

We don’t have too much to report this week, but we have some more pictures of Korey being Korey!

Korey and I met up with a couple ladies that I used to dance with back when that sort of stuff didn’t compromise your health, and we walked around Lake Nokomis. I brought the camera, but then forgot it in the car, so these pictures are from our normal walking path.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Our latest challenge is that Korey seems to love eating dandelions. I’m doing my best to keep him away from them, but they are just about everywhere these days. It shouldn’t be long until they blow away.

When I first got Korey at the end of January and I was trying to figure out his bathroom functions, I had tried to express his bladder a couple of times without luck, but it didn’t seem to be needed as he pees whenever he needs to and it is mostly contained by his pants and the cloth diapers I put inside. Recently, I tried expressing him and have had luck, so now I try and empty his bladder a few times a day to keep him drier.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Since Korey’s rear legs are so rigid, they swivel and bend at the hip, but have no movement in the knee joint. He tends to gather things while he moves, since his legs swing in large arcs. You can see how his stuffed shark got caught up in the “action” on Korey’s way to his bed.

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We are still playing fetch and keep-away (his idea!) in the back yard,I  and found that by wrapping his left leg in vet wrap - that one has the least mobility - we can keep it from getting wounded while he drags it over the hard-packed ground.

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We are still going for evening walks to get rid of excess puppy energy.

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On a final note, I was just thinking about how many great people we met at the 35th anniversary party who had planned to come see Korey at meet-and-greets. We miss you all and hope you’ll be able to see him soon.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Solve one problem and create another… When a dog is paralyzed, you have to experiment with just about every aspect of his life. I’m on about trial #5 for keeping Korey's urine from leaking out, and the latest challenge is walking him.

He can be very stubborn and will just stop if he sees something he wants. He can be really hard to walk in the morning, so I finally decided that maybe he was just too tired for us to walk in the morning. Mind you, he isn’t too tired to get up for breakfast! 

Instead of walking, I thought we could play in the backyard before work. Well, dragging himself on the hard ground gave him some abrasions - time to experiment! A fan donated a drag bag, but because his legs don’t bend, that isn’t going to work, and besides, he wasn’t having any of that on his legs! 

While we are on the topic of his rigid legs, no, he isn’t walking on all fours in the picture. They just work as levers, and when he’s on a rough surface, his forward motion can pull his body up while his legs stay put.

We have another fun thing to announce: Korey has learned how to “shake hands.” He is so food-motivated that it hardly took much work, and he literally has drool puddles beneath him while waiting for a treat.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Sunday, April 12, 2020

What a difference one day makes in Minnesota. On Saturday, it was over 60 degrees. We both wore shorts and took a walk around Keller Lake. Sunday saw the temperature cut in half and some sloppy snow!

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Korey 19-257C

Korey just doesn’t care what the weather is. He'll roll or trudge through it all. He does enjoy eating some snow and doesn’t mind the snow clumping up on his wheels.

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When Korey first came into RAGOM and to live with me, he would just lie down and quietly ride in the back seat of my car; now he likes to sit up, look around, and even stick his snout out the window - still quietly, though. A huge plus with Korey is that he barely ever barks, but he will bark if someone knocks at the door or sometimes if another dog gets too unruly with him.

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Another nice thing is that he is fine with thunder and noisy machinery. We had some storms a week or so ago and he took notice, but didn’t react. I also have run a few tools in the basement and he didn’t care.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Korey seems to just get better every day, both in his health and being a gentleman! He still likes to get some puppy chewing in on my hands, but it has gotten less frequent and easier to get him to stop.

There is a big difference in his front and rear paws, with the fronts being noticeably larger and how you would expect them to be on a Golden his size. The rear paws are smaller and his legs are very thin, but they seem fine health-wise. The one rear leg seems to have much more flexibility and even appears like he has some control over it.

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Korey really enjoys chasing me through the park - he is fast, or maybe I’m slow.

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Even with all of the virus awareness, some people still can’t resist petting and kissing him on the trail, so I don’t touch his head until we can get him home and wash it. He doesn’t mind me washing him up at all; I think he likes the drying part because his ears get rubbed.

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Korey 19-257C

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Korey is really enjoying the freedom his wheels bring him and visited two different lakes this last week with friends - walking 6 feet apart during this time of the virus! He can easily go four miles at a shot without getting tired.

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The neighborhood now is “dirty” with squirrels and rabbits, and Korey believes every tree has a squirrel in it.

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One thing you may notice is the odd way his legs are secured in the wheels. Most dogs are able to bend their legs behind them, but Korey has muscle atrophy, and his legs only bend and swivel at the hips, while his other joints have little to no movement.

It may be possible to get some movement through therapy, but not likely to be much. When we get back to normal, Korey will be enrolled in water therapy to see if that helps his mobility.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Korey keeps on getting better. He’s filling out nicely, so we may need to slow up on his treats. His wounds seem to be healing up.

On Sunday, we met up with another RAGOM volunteer and her friend to take a walk around Lake Phalen. The distance around is about 3 miles, and Korey had no problem doing it.

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He even went up several long flights of stairs; not only does it look cool, it really makes it easier on the person helping him along as they don’t have to carry the whole cart with Korey in it.

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When the walk was done, Korey got a great care basket with treats, toys, shampoos, a blanket, a drag bag, and several other nice items. He immediately latched on to a large blue bone which is now in strong rotation of his toys at home - he loves to chew!

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Thanks, Kate and Taylor.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Korey! He’s wearing his lucky four-leaf clover pants for all of you!

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Several new and exciting things to report this week: First, we went to my friend's house to see how Korey would do playing with another dog without his wheels on - he played a little and seemed not to be real interested overall.

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Second, Korey has learned to climb stairs in his cart when I lift the back up for him. He will walk up the stairs rather than me having to carry him and his cart. Third fun thing was if I ran in the park, he would chase me around - he is fast and enjoyed the chase.

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Korey doesn’t guard his toys or food from me; in fact, I usually change his pads and pants while he’s eating so he doesn’t think its playtime and try and chew on the pants or my hand. He did growl at the other dog when it tried to take its toy back from Korey.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Korey’s skin wounds from dragging his back legs around have gotten better, mostly because he’s stronger from all his walks and he doesn’t drag his legs as much; he seems to pick them up a bit while moving around with his front legs.

Korey is showing more puppy play behavior. He likes to roll on his back and get belly rubs. He will also come in for the Golden lean. He has a few neighborhood buddies that we see on walks, and they will play a little.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Korey is getting used to riding in the car and is starting to sit up and look around during trips.

He continues to be a very quiet dog and only barks in response to other dogs and not all the time either. Once he “demanded” his supper, but now he just spins in circles while I prepare it for him. He pivots on his ankle area and makes big arcs when he spins.

His favorite toy is a chewing stick which he seems to chew down about one a month. As the stick gets chewed down, I throw it away before it gets small enough for him to swallow!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Korey continues to do well. We are working on figuring out how to protect his legs from friction burns. As he drags them, the skin folds under and gets abraded. I tried some vet wrap, but it slips down if too loose and restricts his circulation if too tight, so some more experimentation will need to be done.

We’ve been walking between one and two miles twice a day - a tired dog is a well-behaved dog! The warm temperatures are nice, except things get so muddy, requiring more showers. He tolerates them okay and is getting better.

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Korey 19-257C

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Korey was a big hit at the Wags N' Wash on Saturday. We met some great people and cool dogs, and Korey did a “courtesy” inspection of the rawhide treat area!

I continue to learn about Korey and how to care for his special needs. I am having very good luck managing his urine through belly bands and cloth baby diaper inserts; the poo is still a work in progress, although much less of a mess than urine.

Korey really loves other dogs, and I’m trying to find him one to play with when he is out of his cart.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Monday, February 17, 2020

Korey is recovering quickly from eating the corn cob, and we would like to thank an anonymous friend and Chien for sponsoring him and sending love and well wishes.

Speaking of love, RAGOM had a celebration of 35 years of rescue the day after Valentine’s Day and we were there. Korey was sporting some nice heart print pants made by his friend and sewing machine wiz Jean S - thanks, Jean, for all the pants you made.

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Korey 19-257C

We met so many great people and dogs at the event and hope you’ll stop by to see him at other events, too. We plan on being at the Lakeville Wags N' Wash this Saturday, February 22, from 11 am to 2 pm. We’ll even get him out of his cart so you can experience the Korey love lean!

It has been decided that Korey is ready to accept inquiries for adoption. However, we will continue to evaluate his needs as he is exposed to new situations. Stay tuned!

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Korey is acting just like his old self less than a week after his surgery - lots of puppy energy! I carefully checked that his harness and leg loops would be nowhere near or putting pressure on his incisions, then took him for a short walk before a deep freeze heads our way; he absolutely loved it. We’ll build up to his normal distance very slowly so we don’t interfere with his healing.

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Korey 19-257C

Sunday, February 9, 2020

In the last update, I told you how Korey was not feeling well and stopped eating. Well, it turned out that he somehow got hold of a small piece of corncob that lodged in his intestine, blocking up the “works.” Surgery was performed on Friday evening, and Korey is now back home acting just like his healthy self, with the only evidence of his misadventure being some bandages and shaved areas. 

We have to give him his medicine, make sure he doesn’t mess with his surgical areas, and keep him from being too active - that will be hard as he still has a bit of the puppy left in him.

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Korey 19-257C

Friday, February 7, 2020

Korey has now been with me for over a week. We have had some very high highs and some very low lows.

On Saturday, February 1, we went to Doggie Depot at the Union Depot in St. Paul and got interviewed by Kare 11 before the event. Then, we met so many great people and dogs, and Korey loved them all - he got excited and was doing a bit of puppy mouthing. That was the good part.

The bad part is that on our Monday morning walk, he vomited up his breakfast and then stopped eating for several days. He still isn’t eating yet as of Wednesday, Feb 5, but he’s taking water, and today he played with his ball and ate a tiny bit of dog ice cream.

We had a vet visit and are taking advice from Dr. Teri. We are feeling good that he is almost over whatever upset his stomach. Please send him your best wishes.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Friday, January 31, 2020

Korey is a one-year-old Golden who was found severely beaten on the streets of China. A rescue group there contacted RAGOM to find him a foster after he was nursed back to health.

He first was flown to New York where Dr Teri and her great staff gave him more medical care. With much thanks to so many great people and donors who helped him get here, he finally arrived at MSP in the afternoon on Tuesday, January 27.

I met him at the airport and brought him to my house in St Paul.

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Due to his abusive past, he is now paralyzed and is incontinent. Amazingly, he is not letting any of that hold him back, nor is he holding any grudges against us humans. He is the most happy and handsome pup there is.

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Korey is very well-behaved, although he still has a bit of puppy energy to burn off. He loves to go for walks in his wheels and play with toys.

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Korey 19-257C

He is currently unavailable for adoption until we find out more about him and he has a few wounds that still need to heal.

Keep an eye out for Korey at RAGOM meet-and-greets and other events as we will be attending as many as we can.

Adopt Me: If you think Korey would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email [email protected] with Korey's name, RAGOM number (19-257C), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.