MaoMao 20-114C

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MaoMao came in to RAGOM from China as a part of RAGOM's international rescue program. MaoMao has a genetic condition called Microphthalmia which produces small eyeballs and limited vision. She is receiving care for this condition and her vision prognosis is currently uncertain. Due to her vision issues, any children in the home must be age 10+. She can live with other dogs if they are of a similar size and age and have opportunities to meet. She can live with cats and needs a physical fence.

At a Glance #20-114C

Golden Retriever 1 year old
Female 53 lbs


Fostered in Stillwater, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $600

Children ages 10+
Can live with other dogs
Can live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Medium energy
Children ages 10+
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Can live with other dogs
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Can live with cats
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Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
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Medium energy
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MaoMao came in to RAGOM from China as a part of RAGOM's international rescue program. MaoMao has a genetic condition called Microphthalmia which produces small eyeballs and limited vision. She is receiving care for this condition and her vision prognosis is currently uncertain. Due to her vision issues, any children in the home must be age 10+. She can live with other dogs if they are of a similar size and age and have opportunities to meet. She can live with cats and needs a physical fence.

Updates

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

MaoMao has become more comfortable in our home. She no longer feels the need to chew things apart from her toys and bones, which has earned her free roam in the house. At night, she sleeps on the bedroom floor or on the human bed. Good thing she is a small gal that fits easily on the foot of our bed!!  

She is still food-oriented, but no longer barks demandingly for meals, assuming we respect her feeding schedule. She really enjoys being outside and loves to root around in the yard, as you can see from this picture.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

MaoMao has received the best Christmas gift ever: she has a sponsor! A super thank-you goes out to MaoMao’s new sponsor! She does require some extra care for her eyes, and we appreciate the support!

Although no procedures will be done on her eyes, she needs regular checkins with the ophthalmologist. The next appointment is in February 2021, then August 2021, and yearly after that. Until told otherwise, she gets her ketorolac drops once a day. She is not thrilled about the drops, but is very cooperative nonetheless.

MaoMao is such a doll! She has learned to curl up on her end of the couch for a midday nap. 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

MaoMao had the opportunity to play with a neighbor dog this week. Henry is older, so it was more her play-bowing and dancing around him. Regardless, she was thrilled to have a dog playmate to chase around, and Henry was happy for company, too!

I loved seeing her so happy. She did not want to leave their house and did a lot of "looks back" as we walked down the road towards home. I think more playdates with Henry are in her future.

We have discovered that MaoMao is a digger. While working in the yard, I left her in her fenced area. I had view of her and it looked like she was up to something, but as the area next to the house is not landscaped, I was not too concerned. This was the result of her being left to her own devices. She still goes out to lay in her "bed" sometimes.

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MaoMao loves to play and do zoomies in the yard. She often does this play-bow/lunge when Foster Mom runs around with her in the yard!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

MaoMao visited an eye specialist last week. There is a low probability that surgery would resolve her vision problems and it could make it worse or cause ongoing pain in her eyes. The decision is to forego surgery and simply continue with the ketorolac eye drops once daily. MaoMao could live her entire life with the limited vision she currently has or she could go blind if issues develop with the retina.

Although it is natural to feel sad for MaoMao, it is also important to recognize that she is one very happy pup! Her sight may be limited but she knows no different. It does not prevent her from doing normal dog activities like enjoying walks, doing zoomies, and cuddling. MaoMao needs the opportunity to burn off some puppy energy. She may be small but she is strong and likes to play rough with other dogs.

If an adopter has a resident dog, that dog should be approximately her age and at least her size or larger. We would want several meet and greets to make sure MaoMao not only gets along with and becomes familiar with the resident dog but that they ‘click’. Since MaoMao is so food motivated, the two dogs should always be fed in separate areas.

If the adopter does not have a resident dog, a plus would be for her to have access to a family or friend dog as a playmate. Again of the same playful age and same or larger size. It would be important for her to be given gradual introductions to that dog so she is not surprised by their approach due to her sight limitations. If no playmate dog is available, humans in the household should be prepared to stand in for toy play time in addition to twice daily walks and zoomies in a fenced yard.

MaoMao is all smiles when it comes to walks and time outside. She such a petite cute gal!

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If you feel your home is a fit for MaoMao, please see the information below on how to apply.

Friday, November 6, 2020

MaoMao means Baby in Chinese. She came to RAGOM in September with the help of some wonderful volunteers, both in the US and in China. MaoMao’s road to freedom was quite the adventure for her, but she’s quickly adjusting to her new life. 

MaoMao arrived in the US rather tired and spent the first couple weeks resting and sleeping a lot. She has slowly become more energetic going from walks of a couple blocks to 1.25 miles. She has learned to walk nicely on a leash with a regular harness. Without the harness she will pull. 

MaoMao’s x-rays show mild borderline hip dysplasia but we have not seen difficulties as the length of her walks was increased. The vet said she would not be concerned about the level of hip dysplasia now but it is possible for hips to change up to 2 years of age.

We will continue building her up to 2 miles. She so looks forward to her walks. We stop whenever she wants to explore and sniff around. She loves smelling all the great scents around her.

Like any typical 1 year old, MaoMao loves to chew on antlers, marrow bones, or hard rubber toys. A soft toy has a short life span and is quickly destuffed. We think she’s spent the majority of her short life living in kennels, as she has a tendency to chew on throw rugs, small and large. Maybe her kennel bottom was covered with a rug, and that’s all she had to play with?

She views human shoes as another option so we have learned to put our shoes away. Since MaoMao is in a chewing stage, she does not have free roam when we are gone or sleeping. We are using a few kibbles to coax her in the kennel but once there she settles down fairly well.

At MaoMao’s first visit to a US veterinarian, it was found that she has Microphthalmia, a genetic eye condition that results in abnormally small eyeballs and associated abnormalities, which if not treated, will lead to blindness. MaoMao has been prescribed eye drops to help stabilize her cataracts until surgery options are identified and performed.

At this time, MaoMao does have some vision, but because her eyeballs are so much smaller than they should be, the third eyelid that all dogs have in the inner corner of their eyes, actually covers at least half of MaoMao’s pupils. Because she tilts her head to try and see, we think she has peripheral vision, but can’t see anything straight in front of her.

Because of MaoMao’s limited vision she is easily startled. If she is not able to see another dog until they are close to her, she may become fearful and feel the need to protect her space.

Her vision has also caused her trouble in correctly interpreting another dog's behavior when that dog was elderly and snapped to say ‘leave me alone I do not want to play’.  She initially interpreted the snap as the other dog wanting to fight. Once she spent more time with the elderly dog and understood, she learned to walk away and find a toy to play with.

On the positive side, she has met three neighborhood dogs on walks. We were able to make sure she was aware we were nearing a dog. She did her play bow and lunge and the other dog responded in kind.  She so badly wanted to play but that is not allowed until her eye issues are resolved.

MaoMao is very food motivated. She has learned to sit before we put her bowl of food down but may still jump up a few times before that. Sometimes after a meal she will bark at her empty food bowl for more. We try to ignore that to help her understand that additional kibbles will not magically appear. We have added in veggie treats like carrots but not around meal time.

She will counter surf but luckily is too short and only reaches the very edge of the counter. She understands ‘no’ and in a counter surfing situation will quickly lay down on the kitchen floor next to wherever the food item is located.  We are working on other commands beyond ‘sit’ and ‘no’.

MaoMao is super friendly and gentle. She enjoys any pets and belly rubs that are offered. Recently she has taken to cuddling up next to foster mom in bed once she has been let out of her kennel and foster dad has gotten up. She is the cutest little girl being on the small side with a nice silky coat.

MaoMao has a very playful side. It is funny to watch her play with her toys, balls or bones. She has her own blanket in the living room and she sets them on it so she can throw them in the air and roll on them between chews. When we play with her, she will sometimes get jazzed up enough to do zoomies in the living room. It is really heartwarming to see her so happy like that!

MaoMao’s future home should be one without children under 10. We will not know if she can live with other dogs until we understand how much of her vision can be restored and how it affects that dynamic.

Until MaoMao’s medical issues are resolved, she is not ready to go to her furever home. But if you are interested in her, we would love to tell you more about her and learn more about your family. Please see the information below about how to apply.

Adopt Me: If you think MaoMao 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 MaoMao's name, RAGOM number (20-114C), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.