Welcome Prince to RAGOM!
Prince is a wonderful sweet senior boy that we believe is between 11 and 13 years old. He and I talked about it and we decided that he will be officially a young 12 year old. Prior to coming into RAGOM, Prince was living in a small room/area of a house, not getting enough to eat, and not being let outdoors to do his duties. At night he was forced outside in hopes he would run away.
Thankfully a RAGOM adopter saw him and contacted RAGOM. Because of the living situation he had been in (lacking some socialization) and his age, I've given him time to settle in, get some good nourishment into his body, and have his vet work completed before posting him on the RAGOM website.
Prince was malnourished when he came into RAGOM and had some bad teeth that needed to be removed. He has had his teeth cleaned, the bad yucky teeth removed and his eating has improved. He feels bony with little to no muscle mass on his spine nor upper hip area. You can feel his ribs. The RAGOM vet feels Prince was never given the opportunity to build muscle mass/tone in his previous home. We are happy to say he is now gaining weight - YAY!
It has been a slow process to get a few pounds on him, but slow is good. The RAGOM vet would like to see Prince between 65 and 70 pounds, but probably only getting to 65 pounds. He is now 61 pounds so not too far to go weight-wise. Prince's weight gain should come from muscle mass v. "food weight." We are feeding him 4 cups of food a day with lots of short activities.
He gets mostly short walks and lots of backyard "moving around" time. Because he is lacking muscle mass, what muscle he has tires easily. The vet called it muscle fatigue. When Prince first arrived to our home he would nap often and now he takes two good naps during the day. His endurance grows each day.
Prince is a sweetheart! He loves his people and nothing pleases him more than spending his day with you. Prince loves the backyard and the house - his two favorite places to be. We do a morning walk and if he is up to it he will get an evening walk also. His walks are not long, only a block, but in time he should be able to go further.
He will not be a running partner nor a slow jogging partner, but he is the perfect boy to walk around the block with. As I type this Prince is watching the man across the street working in his garage. Prince came and nudged me with his nose, whining letting me know there was something to show me. I said to him "show me" and he did. He walked me right to the window to look at the man across the street. He's a smart boy!
His day with us is pretty simple. We get up and he eats, rests, walks, hunts for the baby bunny all day, watches the neighbors from the front door, watches the birds at the feeder, but baby bunny is more exiting then sparrows. He helps me do the house work, but the smaller rooms in our home he is afraid of and has yet to enter our bathroom.
He wants to and tries, but will keep one foot on the hallway carpeting for safety. My thoughts are he is afraid he will be confined to a small room as he was in his previous home. It will just take time for him to feel and know it is okay. He is not afraid of indoor noises, but doesn't like the mower or weed-eater when used in our yard. He is fine when the neighbors are doing yard work.
He's not afraid of thunder or the rain. He knows "stay" pretty well and is easily called inside, even when he is waiting for the baby bunny to return. Mornings are his active time, and I'm sure he wishes I was an earlier riser. Evenings are definitely his down time, but he is showing more spunk in the evenings the longer he is with us.
Because Prince was forced outside at night in his previous home to run away he doesn't like being outside at night. He is house trained and will do his duties when it's dark outside with no issues (you go with him), but he does want to come right back inside. After dinner we spend as much time on the deck as he feels comfortable with. Some evenings he does great, while other evenings he prefers to be inside watching us from a window or door.
We have noticed that Prince displays signs of being abused. When he first came to our home he would squint his eyes or duck his head when you reached to pet him a little to quickly. He has learned he can trust us and loves the petting he receives. Prince loves toys and large Kong tennis balls (he cannot have regular sized tennis balls because his mouth is too big for them).
Because of whatever occurred in his previous home Prince does not like anyone standing over the top of him while he's laying down. He loves to play housekeeper and will pick up any clothing you may have laying around, mostly socks and towels. Anything he picks up he will carry to his bed and leave it there.
Prince does resource guard anything that he picks up, be it a sock, piece of clothing, toy or ball. He also wants to take his leash once we unleash him after his walk and carry it to his bed. He does not destroy/rip apart anything he takes except Kleenex. Kleenex he will eat. I do all my picking up of scattered toys, clothes, towels and balls when he is outside or in another room and cannot see me doing it.
He does not guard his food bowl and likes having you in the kitchen while he eats. Prince has learned to trust us and he will come to us for petting while holding onto a toy knowing we will not take it from him. He will also run and pick up a toy before greeting us when we arrive home. His trusting grows every day.
Prince is afraid of other dogs and will cower down to the ground and shake if another dog approaches him. He will also run to the door to be let inside if our neighbor dog barks. We don't know if his reaction is because he was not socialized with other dogs when he was younger or if another dog caused him harm at some point in his life.
Since we do know he is afraid around other dogs it's best he be an only dog. Prince has the jumping ability of a young dog. He can jump and run like a deer, but he tires out fast. If he did not have his beautiful white face you would think he was a much younger dog when he moves about. The RAGOM vet contributes that ability to his good bone structure (no hip/joint problems) and his light weight.
The perfect home for Prince is a quiet home. He's been through a lot in his life and now life needs to be easy going, free from being afraid and with people who will love him like he is the most special dog in the world.
Things Prince loves!
- Large Kong balls.
- Looking for a bunny, seeing a bunny, chasing a bunny, catching a bunny - anything that has to do with a bunny.
- Ice Cream - he takes treats so gently from the hand.
- Peanut Butter.
- Walks - this was new to him and he's learning they are fun!
- Chasing squirrels running along the top of the fence.
- Laying on his bed on the deck watching the birds, squirrels and bunny.
- Laying next to me on a dog bed in the computer room.
- Going to bed at night. Prince is not a night owl.
- When someone comes home - he gets so excited.
- Meal time - he dances.
- Loves rubbing/itching on the carpet. He will spin in circles on his side using his feet to move himself.
- Running full speed to the door in a silly boy fashion after going potty/poop.
- Before supper snack. Before we eat dinner he gets a treat. Prince thinks this is great!
- Rear end itches and leaning into you for petting.
- Prince loves to be talked to.
- Anything soft and comfy to lay on.
Prince's needs in his forever home:
- Quiet home.
- Physical Fenced yard.
- Because of his background, no invisible fence, shock collar/bark collar or prong collar.
- No other dog in the home.
- Children 12 and up. Children will need to know that what Prince believes is his - is his and not to take anything from him.
- Understanding of resource guarding and accepting that Prince will guard what he believes is his 'special treasure'.
- Someone that is home most of the day, works from the home or retired.
- Prince is a homebody kind of dog and is needing a homebody type of family.
- Allowed on the furniture and human bed. He is 12 years old, lives for comfort and must have had something comfy to lay on in his past. He would not understand why he couldn't sleep with you or lay next to you on the couch. Whatever abuse Prince did receive, he has retained his love for his people and finds security in being next to them.
- Prince does jump and so very softly can mouth you when exited and wants to play/run next to you. This doesn't last long and we've allowed it because he doesn't jump on us nor does he try to make contact when mouthing towards you. He will also initiate play by putting his open mouth gently near your hand. This happens very rarely, but his family will need to know that this is how he tells you he wants to play and allows him to tell you 'I want to play'.
- He has the cutest curl of the lips when he gets excited/happy. He will curl his lips like he's smiling while licking you, but it could be misinterpreted as something other than a smile. You'll need to understand he's just 'happy'.
- Prince will not be your long distance car rider. We are slowly working with him on this and he has shown some slight improvement. For now short rides are best - trip to the vet, DQ or just a 1/2 hour ride about town. If you are wanting a traveling companion, Prince is not the guy for your family.
- Prince loves his walks, but needs something in his mouth while walking - Kong ball works best. If he doesn't have something in his mouth he will take the leash you are using to walk him. It would be cute if he just held onto it while walking, but he wants it all in his mouth which doesn't work to walk him. He walks beautifully on a leash, no Gentle Leader needed and should not be used since he is afraid of things by his head.
- Because of his fear of small areas/rooms no kenneling. He does fine with free roam while we are gone.
The "needs in his forever home" seems long, but just like older people, older dogs also require more needs as they age. To us Prince is perfect in so many ways and we know there is a forever family that will think Prince is perfect also. He is a silly older gent that loves to dance for his food, is learning to talk to us if he feels feisty and a very loyal companion.