Norman 18-198

Norman 18-198Norman 18-198

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Welcome to RAGOM, Norman! This handsome boy came into RAGOM from a large commercial breeding facility. Norman is a bit more social than most retired breeders, but still enjoys the company of his foster siblings and depends on them when he’s nervous in new situations. He has really learned to love tennis balls and proudly trots around the yard or house when he finds one.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Norman regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

At a Glance #18-198

Golden Retriever 6 years old
Male 81 lbs


Fostered in Rochester, MN

Status: Unavailable
Adoption fee: $400

No children in the home
Another dog REQUIRED
Can live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Low energy
No children in the home
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Another dog REQUIRED
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Can live with cats
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Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
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Low energy
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Welcome to RAGOM, Norman! This handsome boy came into RAGOM from a large commercial breeding facility. Norman is a bit more social than most retired breeders, but still enjoys the company of his foster siblings and depends on them when he’s nervous in new situations. He has really learned to love tennis balls and proudly trots around the yard or house when he finds one.

To understand why RAGOM will adhere to our requirements for Norman regarding children and another dog, please read about Retired Breeding Dogs.

Updates

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!

Unavailable: Norman is not yet ready to be adopted, and we are not currently accepting applications for Norman. Please watch for his status to change to Adopt Me before you submit an Inquiry for Application or, if you've already submitted an Inquiry for Application, before you email our application team.