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At A Glance
"Keep taking those little steps on the Golden Path!"
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Entered Foster Care||Fence||Kid Friendly||Another Dog||Cat Friendly|
|9/29/2014||Required ||Ages 10+||Required||Not tested|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
Lesa is a 4-year-old purebred Golden who made her way from a breeder through a Good Samaritan to RAGOM-Land. Lesa is a very beautiful, dark red-coated Golden who currently is shy, timid, and becoming familiar with the English way of life.
Lesa's first visit to the vet was unremarkable except for dirty ears. She received all her vaccinations and will get a distemper booster on the 23rd of October. We still have to get a stool sample checked and her microchip will be done with the distemper booster. She is one week out from her spay and doing well with recovery, never requiring a cone to prevent licking.
Lesa has been slow to eat, drink, and potty, but now after two weeks in my home, she has decided the food and water is ok. She is fed in her kennel and always has a bowl of water. Lesa weighed in at 100 pounds, so her lack of appetite has been a benefit to help take off some of her excess weight. We will be venturing out for walks in the neighborhood to see how she does on a leash now that she is completing post-surgery activity restrictions.
Lesa's personality is characteristic of most breeding dogs. They are quiet, often wary of human hands, like to be an observer before acting, and scared of loud unfamiliar noises. They are more likely to run or skitter away when you walk toward them or experience loud voices and noises. They prefer corners, small spaces, or a kennel as a retreat form the unfamiliar, uncomfortable stimulus of our homes, often averting their eyes the other way. Lesa is most comfortable with another dog in her presence, but has not played or interacted with my residents yet. Every day is a step forward to a better life, but for these dogs, it occurs very slowly and their bond is very strong once it occurs. Lesa will accept ear scratches, but often puts her head low to the floor. She accepts me leashing her, but would prefer to avoid it altogether. I often allow her unleashed time in the fenced yard, but when she is finished, she makes a beeline to the patio door to get back in. Lesa prefers her kennel even if the door is left open when I can supervise her. She will sometimes venture out and walk around smelling everything and has even tried a dog bed for a few seconds, but will just as quickly scuttle back to her private space.
If you are interested and want to meet Lesa, let your placement advisor know. The need for a fence may change the more I get to know her, but for these dogs, a fence is a safety net as you never know when something will scare them into running.