Norman 18-198

Norman 18-198Norman 18-198

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Norman grew up in a commercial breeding facility, so he needs a home with a medium or large confident dog to learn self-assurance from. He also needs a physically fenced yard; random noises frighten him and he could escape a tie-out (and he won't do his “business” on a leash). Norman cannot live with children under age 10; activity and noise make him nervous. When he hears people outside he barks, so an apartment, condo, or townhome aren't recommended.

At a Glance #18-198

Golden Retriever Born: May 2012
Male 70 lbs

Status: Adopted

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Norman grew up in a commercial breeding facility, so he needs a home with a medium or large confident dog to learn self-assurance from. He also needs a physically fenced yard; random noises frighten him and he could escape a tie-out (and he won't do his “business” on a leash). Norman cannot live with children under age 10; activity and noise make him nervous. When he hears people outside he barks, so an apartment, condo, or townhome aren't recommended.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Norman here, Foster Mom said I can share this great news!

I found my fur-ever home just in time for my 7th birthday! I will have a yard to run in, a new mom with a very consistent schedule, and she’s ready to take on my health needs. I’ll even fur-siblings to continue to teach me the ropes.

I have become a happy dog who loves this Golden life I never knew existed. Foster Mom and I want to thank RAGOM for helping me get to where I am.

My Foster sister started helping me learn what a walk is.
My Foster sister started helping me learn what a walk is.
My expression when Foster Mom told me I have a fur-ever home!
My expression when Foster Mom told me I have a fur-ever home!

Friday, February 15, 2019

In the last two weeks I’ve noticed even more positive changes in Norman. He’s so much more relaxed at home and he is a very heavy sleeper now, which makes me believe he’s comfortable.

He has not shredded any toys and is getting used to the radio. We did have a rock-out session in the kitchen, which was probably entertaining and for some reason that helped him get over his radio fear. I’m still working on his fear of the TV, but I’ve noticed he hangs out downstairs one room over when it’s on, so I’m hopeful!

He had his follow-up appointment for his eye and, well, his right one is still struggling. I couldn’t make the appointment but from what was relayed to me, it’s a bit cloudy so he’s on an ointment and an oral steroid. Let me tell you though, this boy does not let anything slow him down anymore!

He’s such a happy dog. I was told that at his vet appointment he was greeting people in the lobby and had no care with the smaller dog in the office.

This weekend we are venturing to Lakeville for a Meet & Greet. So if you are out and about, please stop on by and meet this sweetheart!

I’m always happy and when my foster mom talks (or sings) to me—my tail does not stop wagging!
I’m always happy and when my foster mom talks (or sings) to me—my tail does not stop wagging!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Norman and I thought we’d pop in for a quick update. Things are going good with this sweetheart and he’s still soaking up as much attention as he can!

I’ve noticed lately he barely gets scared of much anymore. I no longer find myself doing things around the house at a slower pace. Instead he lets me step over him, around him, things can drop next to him, and he no longer goes flying out of the room.

I love attention so much that foster mom can put a silly sweater on me and I still smile!
I love attention so much that foster mom can put a silly sweater on me and I still smile!

Due to the progress we have made, I’m going to say Norman can go to a home with dog-savvy kids over the age of 10. I know he’d really think he’d enjoy the attention and pets. We’ve also seen a huge improvement when new people come over to the house—he now wants to say hi instead of running upstairs.

Norman 18-198

Norman LOVES snow! Just about every time he goes out he’ll get to the lower part of my yard and just roll in the snow. I often find him nose diving to eat it. I really don’t think I’ve ever met a dog that enjoys it so much.

This white stuff is so much fun!

Norman has come such a long way since he came into RAGOM, and I have watched him gain so much confidence. So I know he’s ready to settle into his fur-ever home to continue this Golden life.

I was out cold dreaming of my fur-ever home; I didn’t even know foster mom was up and getting ready for work.
I was out cold dreaming of my fur-ever home; I didn’t even know foster mom was up and getting ready for work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Norman is ready to find his fur-ever home. The follow-up appointment we had showed everything is healing and we can begin our search. He does have a follow-up appointment on February 4, so he will not be able to go to his fur-ever until after that.

To see if Norman will fit in your household, here are some things about him:

  • Now that Norman’s learned how great this life is, he soaks attention every chance he can. He follows me everywhere: up and down stairs, room to room, and if I’m stationary he’s always at my feet. The only time he leaves me is if the TV is on. He still cannot get over that fear. He also fears the radio in the car.
  • He is perfectly fine with cats—my one cat often rubs up against him and the other will chase his tail and Norman is not fazed and has never reacted.
  • Norman does get a little stressed out when my younger dogs get overly excited or start to play rough with each other. I think he’d really love a house where it’s a bit quiet and laid back where he can soak up a ton of attention. Now and then he will play with my male out back so I do think he’d like a playful buddy but not a young one.
  • Norman is a submissive dog and the few times my Beagle resident has growled at him, Norman will go into another room for a while and it will take him some convincing to join us again. He likes his peace with the other dogs in the house and enjoys their company, so another submissive or docile dog would be great for him.
  • Norman will not go potty on a leash. The night he stayed at the vet’s office he held it for almost two days. Since a physical fence is a requirement, this shouldn’t be an issue but it is something I wanted to mention.
  • He still struggles jumping in and out of the car. Once he’s in he rides like a champ (if the radio isn’t on). Currently, I still have to pick him up to get him in. Usually it’s the front two feet and then I help him with the back two. Once he’s in, he usually sits and looks out the window!
  • Norman must remain on eye drops for the rest of his life—without them he has a very high chance of getting glaucoma and he will go blind. It’s been a great experience watching him get his eyesight back. It has done wonders for him and he’s become such a happy dog, so I cannot stress this enough (and the vet has stressed it to me). These drops run about $45 per month.
  • I have Norman’s anxiety under control. He receives Fluoxetine once a day and Trazadone at night. With a transition into a new home, this is something he’ll need to remain on for some time, if not forever. Getting accustomed to a family life has been an adjustment for him.

I absolutely adore this boy. We have had our struggles as he adjusted, but I’ve really enjoyed having him with me. But with three other resident dogs, two cats, and a horse (off-site), he truly deserves a family that can give him more one-on-one attention. 

I love toys, when I find one I usually trot around the house with it or I store it in my quite area. Foster Mom will sometimes find two or three hidden. She says I’m a hoarder.
I love toys, when I find one I usually trot around the house with it or I store it in my quite area. Foster Mom will sometimes find two or three hidden. She says I’m a hoarder.

I cannot stress how sweet he is and how much he will love his human. Really, he’s become such a perfect sweetheart and I really hope his next home will adore him as much as I have.

Foster Mom says I’m a good-looking boy! I think she may be onto something.
Foster Mom says I’m a good-looking boy! I think she may be onto something.
I really love my beds, Foster Mom has these in the bedroom, which is also my safe room. I know this is a weird position but it’s so comfortable!
I really love my beds, Foster Mom has these in the bedroom, which is also my safe room. I know this is a weird position but it’s so comfortable!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Rochester ended up with about six inches of snow last night. It's the biggest snowfall since Norman joined my household. He loves it! He has a blast following two of my resident dogs.

I'm one of the gang! This white stuff is a ton of fun!
I'm one of the gang! This white stuff is a ton of fun!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Norman had his cataract surgery on the January 7, and I'm happy to say he is enjoying this new vision of his—and he's become so much more confident. It's been fun watching him see things again for the "first time."

Foster Mom and I had to hang around after my surgery until certain levels were OK. I was sleepy and so glad to see her.
Foster Mom and I had to hang around after my surgery until certain levels were OK. I was sleepy and so glad to see her.

He is still getting three different eye drops every six and eight hours, but he's taking them like a champ. For the eye drops he gets at midnight he usually makes me lift his head for him to put them in, and then he's right back to sleep.

We have another follow-up appointment on January 21, after which we are both hoping he can ditch his cone and get down to getting drops every eight hours.

My foster brother and I switch beds throughout the night, and most mornings Foster Mom finds us like this. I hope my new home will have a bed like this for me—it's my favorite!
My foster brother and I switch beds throughout the night, and most mornings Foster Mom finds us like this. I hope my new home will have a bed like this for me—it's my favorite!

I can't put into words how much happier he has become in the last couple weeks. He's been getting along with my three resident dogs and has even become buddies with my male dog.

He's come so far since October. I can say he's no longer the same dog he was when he came in. I know the cataract surgery, neuter, and anxiety meds have all helped with this.

I can now see when Foster Mom has a treat in her hand, so I get very excited and sit as proud as I can. Foster Mom says I'm too darn cute when I hear the treat bag.
I can now see when Foster Mom has a treat in her hand, so I get very excited and sit as proud as I can. Foster Mom says I'm too darn cute when I hear the treat bag.

We'll update again soon!

Friday, January 4, 2019

We hope everyone had a great Holiday Season. Norman and I would like to thank Molly for sponsoring Norman! It was a wonderful Christmas gift to her parents, Steve and Barb, in memory of their Golden, Charlie. With Norman’s cataract surgery, this will certainly help.

I had a great Christmas. Foster Mom says I had an extra present to help with my medical expenses! How cool is that?
I had a great Christmas. Foster Mom says I had an extra present to help with my medical expenses! How cool is that?

We had a low-key Christmas and New Year’s, but Norman enjoyed getting his gifts from Santa, who found a few “Norman-proof” toys. So it has been fun watching Norman trot around with them. I’m still supervising to make sure he doesn’t chew or swallow anything, but these have made him happy!

I’ve been having fun with these new toys, so my toys come to bed with me sometimes for safe keeping.
I’ve been having fun with these new toys, so my toys come to bed with me sometimes for safe keeping.

Over the holidays Norman had four days with me, two weekends in a row. I wasn’t sure how he’d take all the activity with me being home, but he did pretty well! I believe his anxiety meds are kicking in, which is helping his need to be with me all the time.

We are getting ready for his new set of eyes on the January 7. I’m pretty excited for him, and we are so thankful he can have this procedure. Send some positive vibes!

Norman and I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We’ll update again soon.

Foster Mom says my new year starts with new vision—I can't wait!
Foster Mom says my new year starts with new vision—I can't wait!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Our house has been a little busy, so I’m behind on an update. Norman is still a complete sweetheart who cannot get enough attention. His happy personality and his waggin' tail just puts a smile on everyone's face!

Foster Mom gave me a bath. I wasn’t happy so I lay down, clogged the drain, and made a pool!
Foster Mom gave me a bath. I wasn’t happy so I lay down, clogged the drain, and made a pool!

I’ve had a minor setback with Norman: he’s not sure how to adjust to life as a family member and has developed a bit of anxiety. His anxiety is not because I’ve left, but because he has no idea how to react to all this attention and his anxiety kicks in when I’m home.

For about the first hour I'm home, he constantly paces and stress pants. Once I'm stationed in one room for a period of time he does relax, will lie down, and just observe what's going on around him. The second I move though, he's a half step behind me.

He has been started on Prozac and I’m hoping once it kicks in this will help him. It breaks my heart to think of how starved for attention he was that now that attention he was missing is just too much for him to handle.

I just want to be with Foster Mom… ALL the time.
I just want to be with Foster Mom… ALL the time.

He's slowly getting over his fear of the TV, and the other night he jumped on the couch. It didn't last long and his foster sisters kissing him probably helped, but it was a start of getting over this fear. I'm very proud of how brave he was.

Norman’s a smart boy and we have some training exercises to work on. He’s very food motivated so I think with some work and confidence building, he’ll realize this great new life is just going to keep getting better!

I was pretty doped up after my neuter.
I was pretty doped up after my neuter.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mr. Norman had his ophthalmologist appointment on November 14, and is a candidate for cataract surgery. We have this scheduled for January 7, and he will have both eyes done. He can currently see but it is a hazy, blurred vision. So I hope once this is corrected he will stop spooking so much.

Due to the post-op care and post-op appointments, Norman will remain unavailable until mid-January. I was also told Norman will require eye drops every 12 hours for the rest of his life, so that is something his fur-ever home needs to consider when he becomes available for adoption.

My eye drops don’t bother me. I even wait patiently while Foster Mom shakes the bottle up.
My eye drops don’t bother me. I even wait patiently while Foster Mom shakes the bottle up.

He’s a very easy patient and willingly stands or sits for his eye drops, most of the time his tail just wags. I really think he doesn’t care what you’re doing to him if he’s getting attention.

I have finally heard Norman bark. The first time it was because I stopped brushing him, and the second time was because I finished cleaning his ears. I think it says a lot about his personality.

I love all this attention Foster Mom gives me. I love greeting her when she comes home!
I love all this attention Foster Mom gives me. I love greeting her when she comes home!

I recently learned Norman cannot have any type of fabric toy; he does chew them and swallows the pieces. So to play it safe I also keep socks, hand towels, or any fabric-type material out of his reach.

His playtime is with supervision and during the day while I’m at work toys are put away. If I catch him with something, he willingly will bring it to me and will let go.

Norman LOVES when I pet between his eyes and his tail just wags when you touch or talk to him. I think the only time he is not by my side is when the TV is on. Even when it’s on mute, he runs off. Slowly, we are working through this.

While I was hopeful this sweetie would have a home for the holidays, I’m thankful I can at least give him his first holiday season outside a breeding facility. We will just have to ask Santa to modify the type of toys he brings this year.

The joy of having so much room and so many beds—I can sleep however I want and I'm still comfortable.
The joy of having so much room and so many beds—I can sleep however I want and I'm still comfortable.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Norman has been with us a few weeks now and is settling in better than I expected. He is such a sweetheart and gives a new meaning to the phrase "pocket Golden." He loves to be petted, follows me everywhere, and just soaks up all the attention he can.

I love trotting around the yard with my ball after Foster Mom throws it!
I love trotting around the yard with my ball after Foster Mom throws it!

Norman lives with two cats and three dogs. The cats he has no interest in, and he gets along great with the two female resident dogs. But he bumps heads with my male Golden. I’m hoping after his neuter on the November 21 that this slowly gets better.

Waiting for dinner with my foster siblings.
Waiting for dinner with my foster siblings.

Norman has two cataracts, his right being worse than his left. He startles easily, is terrified of the TV, and runs into my legs quite often so I do wonder if his eyesight or depth perception is contributing to this. We have an appointment on November 14 with an ophthalmologist, and we’ll get a better idea of what he’s dealing with. 

I really enjoy having Norman in the house. He’s a very smart boy and has learned our household routine. He is learning "sit" and he has learned he’ll get more attention if he sits instead of jumping on you. He will make a great addition to a low-key household.

Warm house, soft bed and good food—I’m digging this Golden life!
Warm house, soft bed and good food—I’m digging this Golden life!