Lady 20-058

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Lady was surrendered to RAGOM when her most recent family was affected by school closures that meant too many transitions and too much exposure to young children. Prior to October 2019, Lady had been a breeding dog and so her forever home will require another medium to large, confident dog and a loving and patient family. She has not been tested with cats. Children in her home should be age 13 or older. Lady will require a fenced yard to keep her safe.

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

At a Glance #20-058

Golden Retriever 8 years old
Female 60 lbs

Available as of April 27, 2020
Fostered in New Brighton, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $400

Children ages 13+
Another dog REQUIRED
Not tested with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Low energy
Children ages 13+
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Another dog REQUIRED
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Not tested with cats
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Low energy
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Lady was surrendered to RAGOM when her most recent family was affected by school closures that meant too many transitions and too much exposure to young children. Prior to October 2019, Lady had been a breeding dog and so her forever home will require another medium to large, confident dog and a loving and patient family. She has not been tested with cats. Children in her home should be age 13 or older. Lady will require a fenced yard to keep her safe.

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

Updates

Monday, June 1, 2020

This past week has been a week full of firsts for Lady! Lady has begun climbing up into my bed for snuggles of her own volition. She even slept in my bed the whole night through a couple of nights ago, which is wonderful because she is a great snuggler when she decides she wants to be snuggled.

She has begun following me around the house most of the day unless she is really tired, and she greets me at the door when I return home. In the past couple of months she has learned to sit, stay, wait, walk on a leash, and she comes to us when called.

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Lady has had a couple of overnight visits with my RAGOM foster dog mentor and her four female Golden Retrievers and both visits have gone very well. During the first visit, Lady slept in the bathtub (she likes to feel safe and protected) but during the second visit she slept alongside my mentor's bed.

She got along well with all of the other dogs and even ran and played with TOYS with them! I hoped she would learn to play with toys and balls but she doesn't have any interest in either now that she is back home with me and my son.

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She seems to be competitive (in a healthy way) when she is around other dogs—she wants to be the first to reach the ball when it is thrown and she runs very quickly! She is very spry for a dog who will soon be 8 years old.

Lady was groomed at Stone Mountain this past week and her groomers reported that she was sweet and compliant and caused no problems at all during her grooming session. She has definitely come out of her shell and continues to warm up to me and my son (and even my boyfriend) each day.

Lady 20-058
Lady 20-058

She will still occasionally stop dead in her tracks when we are walking on the path in the park near our house if someone is walking toward us but not like she used to when she first arrived to us two months ago. She walks with much more confidence in her step now and she sits still when it is time to put her leash on rather than dropping to the floor when you approach her.

It may take her a while to warm up in her forever home but she is becoming much more confident, attached, and seems to even be enjoying being an indoor dog after living her first seven years in a barn. She still doesn't like the vents when the heat or A/C is on, but we tell her to stop pushing her nose around the vents and she usually stops after the first or second command.

She is becoming a great family pet and we are going to miss her when she moves on to her lucky family in her forever home.

Lady 20-058
Lady 20-058

Monday, April 27, 2020

Lady is a sweet and timid, 7½-year-old, 60-pound, female, purebred Golden Retriever. She is a petite, little Golden lady who was surrendered at the end of March 2020 because her owner suddenly had to care for her grandchildren more often due to COVID-19-related school closures.

This meant long trips in the car for Lady, frequent transitions between environments, and tolerating the unpredictable energy of young grandchildren.

Lady's surrendering owner says that Lady lived in a barn on a breeder's farm until she was re-homed to her household last October. Lady has since been spayed, microchipped, and is up to date on her vaccines and preventatives. She does not have any physical health issues of which I am aware.

Lady's biggest quirk is that she has a bit of an OCD-like behavior regarding the air vents in the floors of our house. Her surrendering owner noted this quirk in her paperwork as well as our own first-hand observation of this unusual behavior.

Lady will brush the carpet around the vents with her nose as if she is trying to cover the vents with what she thinks should be dirt and, as a result, will sometimes end up rubbing her nose raw. She will also try to push scatter rugs over the vents to stop the airflow and/or noise. We tell her "NO, Lady!" and redirect her when possible.

The behavior has been diminishing over the past month but it is not yet entirely gone. It has helped to place small ottomans, baskets, or tables to block her from accessing the vents where possible. This way she can't get on too much of a roll pacing back and forth while dragging her snoot along the surrounding carpet to the point that the tip of her nose bleeds.

Lady seems to prefer to sleep in spaces that do not have an air vent in them, like our stair landing to the basement and in the dressing area of my master suite. She seems most bothered by the noise of the vents when the household noise dies down at night: the TV is shut off, the phones have stopped ringing, conversation has died down, and there is overall silence in the house other than the ventilation system and my low bedside radio.

She chooses to take her daytime, post-walk naps in places where there is only one point of entry like the corner of a shower stall or a small nook in our mud room.

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When we take Lady on walks in the park, she is very leery of people to the point that she will stop dead in her tracks until they have passed us. On the other hand, she has never had a single issue with any dog we have encountered so far.

I believe she would benefit from shadowing a resident dog who is skilled at being a pet and living with humans. She seems to prefer dogs to humans and I believe she would do best in a home with another confident, resident dog and no young children.

Lady has proven to be a flight risk as she has rushed out our front door twice in the last month. We have been able to catch her pretty quickly because she has short little legs, and my son luckily has very long 16-year-old boy legs, but we now know that we have to put her in a contained space or room before we start unloading groceries or moving furniture in and out of the front door.

She will definitely do best in a home with a physically fenced yard for this reason and also because she will very rarely go potty on a leash (like maybe once a month, no joke).

Lady is also very particular about what time of day she will take care of business. She seems to be afraid of the dark (she has earned the nickname "Ol' Lady") so she will NOT go out after the sun sets or if it is too early in the morning. Her surrendering owner also noted this timid behavior in her paperwork.

We have to make sure she goes out before it gets too dark or she may end up holding it until it is sufficiently light out in the morning. This means additional planning ahead with her routine is required to make sure she stays comfortable and does not have an accident in the house.

She has had two accidents in the last month but that is partially because it can be difficult for us to tell when she needs to go out. She is an extremely quiet dog and does not bark when she wants to be let out or when she wants to come back in afterward. You really have to watch her to see if she begins eyeing or walking toward exterior doors and to make sure you stick to a pretty strict feeding schedule.

She seems to be VERY thirsty in general so I check and refill her multiple water bowls around the house often. I also have been trying to make sure to check with her frequently if she wants to go out because she tends to drink a lot of water throughout the day. 

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Lady is an unusually quiet dog and I have only heard one single bark from her in the entire month we have been fostering her. The one time she barked it was because she was scared to follow me through a sliding grate on a residential elevator because of the loud noise it made. In fact, she makes the most noise when she is sleeping and dreaming!

She is a heavy breather when she is relaxed, and she whines, barks and growls softly in her sleep but I have not heard any of that while she has been awake. The most she will do when she is excited is sneeze and snort. Although she doesn't make any loud noises, she is easily startled by them and will often cower or drop to the ground when she is scared.

If she has been startled like this, I have found that it is best not try and force her into doing what you might need her to do in the moment (e.g. get into the car, follow you into the shower for a bath, etc.). Rather, it is much better to coax her with a series of small treats so she thinks it was all her own idea. She seems to be able to get over many of her fears and reservations if there is a treat involved.

She has definitely begun to come out of her shell with us in the last two weeks especially, but it has taken time and effort to build her trust and gain her affection. In general, she has been much slower to warm up to me, my son, and my boyfriend compared to most Golden Retrievers we have known.

I think we are growing on her as she slowly settles into our routine but it's clear to me that she will require a patient and encouraging owner who can work with her to continue to build her trust in humans.

I do feel encouraged about her adapting to our household more and more each day as she begins to follow me around the house, wait outside of my shower while I sing songs with the word Lady in them to her, and wag her tail excitedly when we first wake up in the mornings like she is really, truly happy to see me.

She will make a great pet for somebody when we find her the right forever home and owner that matches her particular needs. It will be of utmost importance that her adopter be able to continue to provide her extra support as she adapts to life with humans.

She would also likely benefit greatly from additional support from a fellow canine as she transitions to her third new human household within a year. I will miss her when she eventually leaves our home, but I will be so excited for this sweet little mama to be able to settle into her forever home where she can enjoy her "retirement" with some awesome humans who will spoil her in her Golden years!

Adopt Me: If you think Lady 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 Lady's name, RAGOM number (20-058), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.