Lizzy 20-180A

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Lizzy was rescued from the commercial breeding life and is now learning about the Golden life and caring humans in a loving home. Her forever home must have a medium to large, confident dog to help Lizzy continue developing her confidence and comfort level with family life and new sights and sounds. Children in her home should be age 13 or older as she is easily startled by sudden movements and noises. Lizzy will also require a physically fenced yard. She hasn’t been tested with cats.

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

At a Glance #20-180A

Golden Retriever 7 years old
Female 75 lbs

Available as of March 8, 2021
Fostered in Ham Lake, MN

Status: Closed to Applications
Adoption fee: $400

Children ages 13+
Another dog REQUIRED
Not tested with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Medium energy
Children ages 13+
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Another dog REQUIRED
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Not tested with cats
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Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
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Medium energy
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Profile

Lizzy was rescued from the commercial breeding life and is now learning about the Golden life and caring humans in a loving home. Her forever home must have a medium to large, confident dog to help Lizzy continue developing her confidence and comfort level with family life and new sights and sounds. Children in her home should be age 13 or older as she is easily startled by sudden movements and noises. Lizzy will also require a physically fenced yard. She hasn’t been tested with cats.

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

Updates

Friday, July 16, 2021

Lizzy moved to my house in Ham Lake because her previous foster had to get their house ready to sell.

Since she came from a commercial breeder, Lizzy was fearful of a lot of things because almost everything is new for her. Her first foster family did an amazing job with her! The doorway no longer scares her and having a fenced in yard has helped her confidence. Now she will walk the fence around the yard checking under pine trees and following the bunny scent, hoping to find it.

When Lizzy meets a new dog, she needs a slow introduction. Maybe because there is more than one dog here, she might have felt outnumbered. Her initial reaction was to growl to let others know that she isn’t comfortable, which is good. My dogs, who are all former breeder dogs, listened to her and moved away. They waited until she approached them to meet.

Lizzy is still afraid of sudden movements or things falling. I dropped a piece of paper and she scurried into the living room! Another time I was standing near where she was eating and I scared her when I turned to pick up another dog’s dish. In time she will get used to these things.

Since day one, Lizzy has always followed me everywhere, except the bathroom. She wants to be near her humans. She picked her safe spot as the end of the couch lying next to me. At night she follows me to the bedroom. When I tap on the bed, she doesn’t think twice about jumping onto the bed.

This former breeder mama is the sweetest dog who just wants to please! Since day one, she hasn’t had any accidents in the house. She has a strong bladder and can wait for many hours before having to go out. For a while, she wouldn’t follow my dogs to go out, I had to call her to go out.

Her first foster mom said she didn’t counter surf. She never did here either until 2 weeks ago. One morning when I got up my dish cloth was gone from the kitchen sink. I suspected it was my dog who took it because a corner from it was lying next to the crate.

That afternoon Lizzy threw up what was left of her breakfast. Two hours later she threw up the whole dish cloth—I was so happy to see that! So now I can’t keep any towels or wash cloths where dogs can get them. Lizzy also likes to chew on soft toys and will eat ears or feet from them so I can’t have them out unless I can watch them.

Lizzy’s only quirk is she likes to eat mulch. I don’t buy colored mulch or rubber mulch, but I don’t want her to pierce her intestines either. I just have to distract her from the mulch and get her into the yard, but she tries to pick up one more piece to bring into the house.

Lizzy doesn’t play with other dogs yet, but did play bow to my dog yesterday. Then she didn’t know what to do. She takes carprofen twice a day for her mild osteoarthritis in her elbows and that seems to help.

Lizzy did great during the fireworks. All she did was lift her head as if to say “What was that?” and laid back down. The first few weeks that Lizzy was here, she got nervous when I walked out the door, even to get the mail.

Every day after that, I went outside for a few minutes and built the time up to 15 minutes, then 30 minutes. I could hear Lizzy barking for about 10 minutes, but then she would either watch out the window or lay on the couch. Now she knows that I always come back. She has free roam of the house because she really doesn’t like a crate.

Lizzy 20-180A
Lizzy 20-180A
Lizzy 20-180A

Monday, March 8, 2021

Lizzy is such a sweet, funny girl—it's been so fun seeing her come out of her shell and start to relax! She has been busy catching up on all the dog things she missed while being a breeder mom for the first years of her life, and she is ready to find her forever home.

The best things for Lizzy:

  • A calm, quiet home with a regular routine. She is working on trusting the world around her.
  • An experienced, patient family willing to help her gain confidence so she can really enjoy dog life.
  • A home without small humans; they could startle her easily. This could be scary for her and the kids.
  • A fenced-in yard. It’s a great confidence builder and helps with safety! She can be scared by new things.
  • Exploring the yard has helped with her independence and will help her enjoy a little more freedom while being safe.

Lizzy’s accomplishments:

  • Expert at car rides—Lizzy now loves car rides and is a very quiet and pleasant passenger. No complaining or backseat driving from her!
  • A+ in walking and hiking—gets excited to go on walks, does not pull on the leash, and is a JOY to take on a walk.
  • Superior cuddler—she is a soft, fluffy baby and is very content being curled up by her people wherever.
  • Excellent nighttime sleeper—will typically sleep on her bed in the bedrooms, sometimes at the foot of the human bed.
  • Perfect potty skills—has a regular potty schedule with no accidents.
  • Outstanding companion and great company—she likes to just “be” where her people are.
  • Wonderful manners, including when family is out—she is generally not a chewer of household things and will relax in her safe spots when her humans are gone.
  • Free roam of the house—is often content to stay in certain areas of the house, but she is getting more confident to explore.
  • Abundance of cuteness—Lizzy does a happy dance when she gets excited. She will put her paw on you just so she can be touching you, and she has the sweetest smushy-faced grin when she gets happy.
  • Heart of gold—I think the emotions of love and happiness overwhelm her at times.
  • Does well with other dogs—encounters with new dogs have been good! She follows cues of her companion dog very well. “Oh, that’s how we do that!”
  • Toys—she has a favorite puppy she carries around but has learned that toys ARE awesome!
  • Treat consumer—she is a Golden; she loves them.
  • Dietary and health—Lizzy eats with good manners, doesn’t counter surf, and has no digestive issues. She has gotten a clean bill of health from all of her tests and bloodwork but does have some mild osteoarthritis in her elbows that has been managed. Most likely the result of poor nutrition in her early years.

Things we are working on:

  • Confidence, security and trust—she is still quite unsure of the world around her and is learning to trust people and things around her.
  • Fear of new things—new things are still scary, but she is much more inquisitive and definitely looks to our dog for cues on whether things are okay.
  • Weight—just a little tailoring of her girlish figure is needed with the shedding of a few pounds. This will help her joints as well!
Lizzy 20-180A
Lizzy 20-180A

Friday, December 25, 2020

Lizzy’s world as she knew it turned upside down when she was rescued at an auction after spending the first 6 years of her life in a commercial breeding facility. With so many new sights, sounds, and smells, it’s understandable that a sweet girl like Lizzy would get pretty overwhelmed and frightened by it all.

It takes time to soak it all in, and that is what she has been trying awfully hard to do. We are not quite there yet but we can see the spirit in this girl, and though it has been broken, her light is starting to shine!

She has been spending most of her time in her safe spots in the house and hasn’t explored much beyond that yet. She is really content to have us just sit next to her.

She is learning to trust people and learning they are good. In the beginning, she would duck her head down when you would reach your hand out to pet her chin, but then she would sink her head into your hand, put her paw on your arm as if to say “just stay right here.” She is becoming more comfortable with human contact.

She has been testing out dog behaviors like playing and happiness. She is not quite sure about how these feelings are supposed to work or if it’s okay. She will wag her tail, wiggle her whole body, tap her feet on the ground and do circles, crying the whole time. It has brought tears to my eyes more than once.

The happiness, trust, and love is in this girl, just waiting to burst out, but right now it is simply about patience and baby steps with her. I have no doubt that she will make up for all the lost time she’d had with amazing abundance, once she works through her fears.

Lizzy has good potty manners and has gotten much better about going through the big, scary doorway and seems to enjoy walks very much. Cars and trash cans and other things are still very scary, so I am extra diligent with her when out and about. She is startled so easily.

She has also taken an interest in squirrels, rabbits, and birds. Her ears perk up and she stands at attention and, for a brief moment, her fear disappears.

She needs to be spayed, and we are working on getting a bladder and ear infection cleared up. Lizzy will also need more time to adapt to life outside of a cage before she is ready for a forever family, so she is not yet ready for adoption.

Lizzy’s forever home must have a medium to large, confident dog to help Lizzy continue to develop her confidence and comfort level with normal family life. Children in her home should be age 13 or older, as she is easily startled by sudden movements and noises. Lizzy will also require a physically fenced yard.

With patience and love, Lizzy will thrive and make an amazing addition to the right family. We are so glad that she has gotten the chance to live a Golden life and that we get to be a part of that.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about this sweet girl!

Lizzy 20-180A

Closed to Applications: Many families have submitted applications for Lizzy or she is working with an applicant for a potential adoption.