We welcomed Lily into our home last week. She came from a commercial breeder. Sometimes the fosters get to name the dogs coming into our care. I asked my granddaughter what we should name her. Without skipping a beat, she said "Lily." We had not seen a picture of her at the time.
When I met her I realized that name could not be more perfect for her. She is a very light colored Golden Retriever, very fragile and very delicate. She is a very young dog and will turn two in May. Date of birth is May 22, 2018.
Lily is very scared right now. She will need to have some time to settle in and adjust to her new life. She spends a lot of time in her crate. This is her safe spot. When she does come out she wants to hide behind things or cower in a corner.
I have fostered many dogs that come from this kind of background. Some are happy, loving and friendly others are very scared and fearful, they do not know how to trust. Lily is one of the fearful ones. I can see she wants to trust me. It’s just going to take her time to figure things out.
Lily is keeping her crate clean and dry. I am able to get her outside a few times a day so she can take care of her business. She will take a treat out of my hand sometimes and she is eating and drinking in her crate. All of these things are huge for her.
I am hoping to get Lily into the vet this week. I want to make sure she is feeling comfortable with me before I take her in. I know this will be stressful for her.
As with most dogs that come from a commercial breeder background, there is a chance that they are pregnant. We were told that Lily was bred at the end of January. She will be marked unavailable until we know for sure what is going on with her.
I will update again soon!