Marvin 21-041

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Marvin came to RAGOM from a humane society in central Minnesota after no one claimed him. He’s a smart dog and enjoys long walks. Marvin gets along with other dogs, but he has a prey drive so living with a cat might be a challenge. Due to his size and a habit of “chomping” when he gets excited, children in Marvin’s forever home should be age 13 or older. Although a physical fence is preferred due to his history, this is optional as long as Marvin’s family has a plan to keep him safe.

At a Glance #21-041

Mixed Breed 9 years old
Male 94 lbs

Available as of March 14, 2021
Fostered in Red Wing, MN

Status: Closed to Applications
Adoption fee: $175

Children ages 13+
Can live with other dogs
Not tested with cats
Physical fence optional
Medium energy
Children ages 13+
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Marvin came to RAGOM from a humane society in central Minnesota after no one claimed him. He’s a smart dog and enjoys long walks. Marvin gets along with other dogs, but he has a prey drive so living with a cat might be a challenge. Due to his size and a habit of “chomping” when he gets excited, children in Marvin’s forever home should be age 13 or older. Although a physical fence is preferred due to his history, this is optional as long as Marvin’s family has a plan to keep him safe.

Updates

Sunday, April 18, 2021

My foster family has been helping me understand what “too far” means. I am always leashed during my walks, as I don't always listen to my foster mom and dad but I do like to get way ahead of them. I'll just be minding my own business smelling the grass, leaves, and dirt and I'll hear “too far.”

At first, I didn’t care what it meant. But I found out it's for my own safety; my foster family doesn’t want me to be “too far” away from them. I think they just walk too slow. By the end of the week, each time they said, “too far,” I knew what they meant and did as instructed. They keep telling me I’m a smart boy. I don’t even know what that means!

I do see squirrels and birds while on our walks (and at home) but I would rather sniff around. Once, I heard a very loud noise and it startled me. I stopped walking immediately, picked my head up, listened and looked around. I thought maybe I would see a bone fall from the sky! I continued to sniff around.

We’re still working on “sit” and “wait.” I have it mastered as I receive my food but now my foster family is using those commands for other things such as when they open a door or when I’m in the car wanting to get out. I’m doing better but still need to learn patience.

Marvin 21-041
Marvin 21-041

Sunday, April 11, 2021

I moved to a new foster home and love to sniff all the new smells. The new noises I hear always get my attention and I just want to know what is going on. My foster family shows me what they’re doing but then I decide I don’t need to help.

I am learning to sit and wait before my foster family puts my food dish down and I am finding out this helps me settle down so that I don’t eat so fast. I’ll even lay down to eat! I sit and wait for them to put my leash on, too. If I could, I’d give myself a pat on the back!

Oooo and car rides—I love car rides! If the ride is a little longer, it makes me so sleepy. I just fall asleep and wake up when we’ve arrived.

Did I tell you that in the morning I love to sleep in? If you get moving around too early, you’ll hear me groan but don’t let that fool you. I’m always happy to see you and give kisses! I give lots of kisses.

I am playful but just for a short time. I am a good boy with other dogs. Young children are usually intimidated by my size but all I want to do is see if they have a treat and give them kisses. Older children think I’m pretty cute and love to pet my soft fur.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

It's been quite a week for Marvin!

Marvin went in for his neuter and dental work on Monday during the big snowstorm. Rochester to Kasson got 8 inches of slushy snow! Foster Mom went out in the storm to pick him up at the end of the day. Marvin was quite confused by the sudden change in weather but he loves eating snow! He's adjusting to having to wear the cone and uses it as a scoop to get more snow in his face.

Marvin's long walks have been curtailed because of the surgery but he's just doing shorter ones.

New experiences for Marvin this week:

  • Meeting some of Foster Mom's friends. He sits nicely and gets pets.
  • Working on loose-leash walking with Foster mom. He is learning that if he comes back to Foster Mom, the treats are really good!

He is so happy to come out of his crate at the end of the day and get his cone off. Once that energy gets burned off a little, he is happy to curl up with Foster Mom and watch TV or watch her sew.

Next week will be his second treatment for hookworms and he will get his heartworm preventive medicine.

Marvin 21-041
Marvin 21-041
Marvin 21-041

Sunday, March 14, 2021

If you are looking for a canine coach as a trainer for your next 5K race, perhaps you need to meet Marvelous Marvin.

Marvin came to RAGOM as a stray from central Minnesota where he was picked up and brought into the Humane Society, but no one came for him. I wish he could talk because this boy has some stories to tell! Marvin is a big guy, weighing 94 pounds, and is pure muscle.

Initially he was a little confused over his obvious stroke of good luck after leaving the Humane Society and ending up at my house a week ago, but seems to be settling in and is showing improvements every day.

He spends the night in his crate—a big one! —without problems. When he first comes out of the crate, in typical Golden fashion, he likes to have something soft in his mouth. At first it was my slipper, but it’s now one of his stuffed toys.

He is crated during the day and seems to do fine while I am at work. I leave the radio on for him for company and check on him at lunchtime. He is a big fan of his Kong when it’s filled with peanut butter and frozen.

He didn’t bark for the first four days. Now he only seems to bark sporadically if he needs to alert foster mom. He hasn’t barked at the doorbell.

Marvin had his initial vet check on Monday. He is estimated to be about 9 years old. He was given all of his immunizations, microchipped, and sent home with treatment for hookworms. Marvin will be going back to the vet on Monday, March 15 as he will need dental work and needs to be neutered.

Marvin has been walking 5+ miles daily with me, and we have been working on his manners. He is learning "sit," "wait," "down," "kennel up," and "relax." He loves attention and treats! He is very smart and seems to remember everything. Being in an obedience class would help him build more confidence and be a better housemate.

Marvin has an endearing habit of "chomping" when he's excited. Because of this, older children (age 13+) are recommended. He can be mouthy but is learning to be "gentle" or wait for treats and toys. He’s been very calm and polite when we meet people out on the walking trails.

Once Marvin is recovering from surgery, we will work on introducing him to other dogs, but so far have been letting him settle in and adjust. When we know how he reacts to other dogs, we’ll provide an update.

We don't have a cat so I am unable to test him. But he seems to have a bit of a prey drive, so living with a cat might not be in the cat's best interest.

Due to his history, a physical fence is preferred. But this is optional as long as Marvin’s family has a plan to keep him safe.

He’s a sweet boy that loves to be near his people. He likes playing with toys, will shred a stuffed one to get to the squeaker, and can catch a tennis ball in the air.

Marvin 21-041

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