This is an update on Mya 15-284. She has settled into the household very well and enjoys engaging in the neighborhood barking matches with our other Golden, Skipper. She is a sweet girl and we love her very much!
Mya is a lovely 7.5-year-old purebred Golden Retriever who was surrendered because of changes in her family’s circumstances. She has lived with small children and is so gentle that the four-year-old could walk her on a leash. Mya loves car rides, treats and staying close to her people. She has no resource guarding of food or toys. Mya weighs 65 pounds, which is a good weight for her, is spayed and is up-to-date on vaccinations and preventatives. She has a veterinary appointment this week for a health check.
Mya has had a lot of upheaval in her life lately. Her original owner died last year and she was cared for alternately by his son and daughter. Because of changes in their lives, she wound up in a small crate in the laundry room for 8+ hours a day. She developed worsening anxiety and the family realized she needed more than they could provide.
Mya arrived at my house 10 days ago after spending a week in a temporary foster home. She met my resident dogs (10-month-old Cody and nine-year-old Suzie) with no issues but minimal interest. Twenty minutes into exploring her new environment, Mya met Party Cat and politely sniffed her nose. The first two nights she slept on the living room sofa. The third morning I woke up with her in my bed, and she was shortly engaged in enthusiastic play with Cody. Since then she has blossomed into the fun-loving, happy dog she must have originally been.
Mya is currently dealing with separation anxiety; she has medication to help her when needed. So far I have only used it when I’m going to leave for more than a few hours. Mya cannot be crated, but her first foster said she respects baby gates and is comfortable being confined to a single room. So far I have given her free roam with no problems.
Mya also has a chronic itching problem and takes a daily Apoquel tablet which controls it.
So far this is my understanding of Mya’s needs:
- Someone who is home with her most of the time
- A chance to be active with her family—plenty of walks and play time
- Another playful dog—not an absolute necessity, but it will make it easier for her when her people are gone
- A family committed to helping her overcome her anxieties
- No crates!
- A marrow bone or two to chew on
If Mya sounds like the right dog for you, please contact your placement advisor.
Thank you to Lynda S. for the great photos.
At a Glance #15-284
|Golden Retriever||Born: February 2008|