Madison 19-122

Madison 19-122Madison 19-122

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Madison came into RAGOM's care when her days as a breeding mama were over. Madison needs to lose some weight but is otherwise healthy. Due to her background, she is a little skittish and undersocialized, so children should be age 10+. Another large or medium sized confident dog is needed for Madison to learn from. Madison seems OK with cats. A fence is not required. Madison needs regular, short walks to help with her weight loss plan. Madison needs a patient home so that she can learn about her new world at her own pace.

At a Glance #19-122

Golden Retriever Born: March 2013
Female 90 lbs

Status: Adopted

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Madison came into RAGOM's care when her days as a breeding mama were over. Madison needs to lose some weight but is otherwise healthy. Due to her background, she is a little skittish and undersocialized, so children should be age 10+. Another large or medium sized confident dog is needed for Madison to learn from. Madison seems OK with cats. A fence is not required. Madison needs regular, short walks to help with her weight loss plan. Madison needs a patient home so that she can learn about her new world at her own pace.

Updates

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Maddie has found her forever home! She has a wonderful Mom who will cherish her and a fur sister and a feline sister to play with. Maddie, we wish you a long and happy Golden Life!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Hi everyone. This is Madison (you can call me Maddie if you like). I think I’m starting to get the hang of this business of being a “Foster Dog.” I’m having a good time here. My people have figured out that we dogs like to be on a schedule. We like to know when we’ll get up, when we get fed, when we go for walks, and when it’s time for bed.

I’m feeling a lot more comfortable now that I’ve pretty much figured out the routine. One of my most favorite times is when my foster dad finally gets up and we dogs all rush out to the living room to say good morning to foster mom (she gets up a lot earlier than he does) and then we run to the door to go out for our first walk of the day.

One of my newest favorite things is sleeping on a dog bed. I wish I’d had one of those in my old life. After watching my brothers for a few days I decided to try one out. I have my very own dog bed in the bedroom now and we all share the dog beds in the living room.

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The other day we got into the car (I LOVE car rides!) and drove to the vet. I’m a little hazy about what happened next (I think I fell asleep somehow). Anyway, when we drove back home, I was really tired and sore. These last couple of days I’ve been gradually feeling better but I’m still pretty sleepy.

I found out that I had surgery to make sure that I won’t have to have any more puppies, as well as to fix a tooth and remove a cyst. For the last few days I’ve had to wear this soft tube around my neck, so I don’t lick any of the wrong places. I’m not real happy with it but it does make a good pillow.

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Well, I’d better go now. It’s going to be time for a short walk soon and I don’t want to miss it. Thanks for reading about me! – your friend Maddie.

Foster dad here. Ms. Maddie is making really good progress on her road to the “Golden Life.” We can see her growing in confidence every day. We no longer kennel her at night, as she said, she has her very own dog bed next to one of her foster brothers.

We found that she doesn’t know how to play but she so wants to learn! The day before her spay surgery she joined into her first play fight with both of her foster brothers. After she recovers from her surgery, we’re sure that more play will be on her agenda.

In the coming week our primary focus will be on helping her recover from her surgery. We will be trying to keep her quiet to let the incisions heal.

We are also going to try out an Easy Walk Harness. Maddie is a big girl and, as she is gaining in confidence, we’re finding that she has a mind of her own sometimes on where she wants to walk. She now comes to us reliably for treats so we’re going to be starting work on “sit,” “down,” and “stay.” It should be another fun week with this sweet girl.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Madison (we call her Maddie) is a six-year-old retired breeder girl who was surrendered by her owners. In the three weeks that she’s been at our house she has come a long way. She has blended right into our pack of 12-year-old resident dog Tank, 2-year-old resident dog Sooner, and 17-year-old resident cat Sweet Pea.

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She loves other dogs (and pretty much ignores cats) but she has more hesitation about her humans. She willingly and happily goes along with pretty much whatever her foster brothers ask her to do. Quick movements and loud noises still scare her, but we notice that she is recovering much more quickly now.

Ms. Maddie is a big girl. She weighs about 90 lbs. and she should probably be in about the 70 lb. range. We suspected possible thyroid problems. At her first visit to our vet, they did a blood panel and her readings were in the normal range but were just barely in at the low end.

We have her on a low-calorie diet supplemented with lots of green beans along with more walking every day. We’ll be monitoring her weight closely to see if diet and exercise start to bring that weight down.

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Right now we would describe her as a low-energy girl, but that may change as she loses some weight and can move around more easily.

She does have a high “sweetheart” rating! She loves to be wherever you are and loves to be petted, brushed, and generally paid attention to. On walks she will stay at your side and periodically nudge your hand to make sure that you keep paying attention to her.

Maddie met our four grandkids (13 – 19 years) over Memorial Day and did just fine with all of them. Every new experience she has, seems to bring her more and more out of her shell. She learned very quickly to “kennel up” and sleeps through the night in her kennel in our bedroom.

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Besides having to watch her diet and exercise, she got a glowing report on her vet visit. We have her spay surgery scheduled for June 13th and, once she has recovered, she will be ready to start looking for her furever home.

She will need adopters who have another large dog in their household, as Maddie needs a role model as she learns what her new life will be about. Her adopters will need to be prepared to continue to keep her on her diet and exercise program.

While she would love a fenced in yard, we think that she would be fine on a leash or tie-out as well. She already has pretty good recall and wants nothing more than to be near you. Although she will not be available for adoption until after her spay surgery, we would love to talk with you about her if you think you would be the right adopter(s) for this sweet girl.