Red (Carley 18-122)

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Carley is a petite, young retired breeder mom with a beautiful reddish gold coat. She can be playful and energetic but also enjoys a good nap in the yard. She is learning the joys of living in a house with her own dog bed and toys. Children in her forever home should be age 10+ and she requires another calm, confident, medium- to large-sized dog to help her adjust to her new life and to humans. A physical fence is required to keep Carley safe.

At a Glance #18-122

Golden Retriever Born: June 2015
Female 50 lbs

Status: Adopted

Carley's Well-wishers

Diana F
"Something special for you!"


Carley is a petite, young retired breeder mom with a beautiful reddish gold coat. She can be playful and energetic but also enjoys a good nap in the yard. She is learning the joys of living in a house with her own dog bed and toys. Children in her forever home should be age 10+ and she requires another calm, confident, medium- to large-sized dog to help her adjust to her new life and to humans. A physical fence is required to keep Carley safe.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

It has been a long journey for this little girl since she first came to RAGOM in 2018. The initial notes of her behavior are that she laid facing into a corner and had to be carried outside. Happily, she is a different dog today as she starts her life in her forever home!

She is almost completely off her anxiety medication, is happy to go on walks, and has a couple of easy-going resident dogs to befriend her. Carley (aka Red), will be loved and pampered in her forever home, where she will have a predictable routine and lots of time with her resident person.

The home is quiet with a fenced in yard to keep her safe. Maybe, with more progress and confidence, she may be able to come to a future Goldzilla! For now, she will keep making small steps toward being a less anxious and more confident dog. Happy life to you, Red! 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Carley met a cat last week. I took her to another foster's home to see how she would react to the cat. Carley was scared to be in a new place. She was shaking and nervous. At first the cat was in a crate and Carley did not look at it at all. Once the cat came out and walked by her, she raised her head and was interested.

It is a good sign that Carley did not show aggression to the cat, but I would not say that it proves she will be good with cats. If she were feeling comfortable, not fearful and the cat ran by, it is still possible that she might want to chase and catch it. If Carley is adopted by a family with a cat, the introductions and interactions will have to be carefully managed to ensure safety.

I am sharing two photos of Carley relaxing on my bed to show that she can adjust and feel safe in a home, it just takes her longer than other dogs. Based on her reaction to visiting the cat's home, her adoptive family will need to expect a period of adjustment when she will need extra patience and love.

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Carley 18-122

Friday, November 29, 2019

Carley continues to be sweet and cuddly. Nothing much has changed in her life in the last couple of weeks.

I have included a picture of one of her of her favorite spots at my bedroom window. She is always on the watch for rabbits and squirrels who invade the yard. The only time that I have ever heard her growl is when she sees an animal trespassing in the yard. 

Carley would make a wonderful addition to a home with a confident resident dog. Ideally, she would not be without human company for longer than four hours at a time.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Carley went to her first Meet & Greet last Saturday. It was a big step for her. I brought one of my resident dogs along to give her courage. Carley was nervous and when we first arrived; she was too overwhelmed to take a treat.

She sat next to me for the two hours that we were there. She accepted petting from people who approached her, and after about an hour she was calm enough to accept and eat treats.

You will see in the first photo below that she hung out with another former breeder dog (Emily). I think that Carley did very well for this first time. She is not an extroverted dog like many Goldens and will probably always be introverted. She has shown that she is adaptable enough to handle this type of situation, which is a big step for her.

I have also included a photo of Carley licking one of Abby's ears. Red and Abby are girlfriends and enjoy licking each other's ears. A perfect adoptive home for Carley will have a confident resident dog as a new friend for her.

Ideally, Carley will be in a home where her humans will not be gone for more than four hours a day. She does well roaming free for that long, but if it goes beyond four hours she may have an accident.

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Carley 18-122

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I was out of town for a few days and had a dog sitter staying at my house with the dogs. Carley handled the situation well. This is another example of Carley being able to handle new situations that in the past might have been too much for her.

When I got home from my travels, she was my little shadow as I moved around the house. But now she is back to her normal behavior.

Carley is a super sweet, cuddly girl. She will make a wonderful addition to the right home.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

I was gone for about four hours on Saturday, so I gated Carley in the bathroom. She had her big bed and a Kong with food in it. She did fine, no accidents! When I expect to be gone for longer than two hours, I will be putting her in the bathroom.

I had some visitors on two different days this last week. We sat in the living room to talk. Carley would come a few feet into the room and then go back to the bedroom. I put the "leash of courage" on her and led her to the couch. She jumped up and was calm through the whole visit.

Her girlfriend, Abby, joined her on the couch and Carley rested her head on Abby's back. They were very content. They stayed there even when I left the room for a moment. Carley still prefers the bedroom to the rest of the house, but is becoming more comfortable in other areas. 

Carley is such a lover! If you have a confident resident dog and are looking for a loveable, furry addition to your household, she might be a perfect fit for you.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Carley had an important learning experience this week. We were all in the bedroom. I was reading and the dogs were relaxing. I could hear Carley chewing on something, I thought it was a dog toy. All of a sudden, she yipped and ran out of the room. I investigated and found that the electric cord to my fan was partially chewed.

Carley was not hurt, but I think that she will be giving cords a wide berth from now on. I have never had a dog chew on a cord before. I usually foster older dogs, so teething is not an issue. I am not sure what made Carley think that the cord would be tasty, but she knows better now. 

As I mentioned before, Carley is fine with free roam for a couple of hours, but may have an accident if I am gone for over five hours. As she is not used to a crate, I experimented with putting her and her big bed in my bathroom.

I put up a baby gate and left a Kong toy with peanut butter for her. I tried this for a short absence of about an hour and she was fine. Later this week, I will try it for about five hours and see how she does. I think that she will be fine. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Yesterday while we walked, a friend of mine took Carley's leash for the walk. She knows this man as he frequently walks with us. She also knows that he brings little peanut butter sandwiches every day. She walked nicely with him. This shows that she is getting braver and more confident as long as she has the time and incentive to learn.

She had a couple of accidents while I was away from home. I am going to make a point of putting her outside more often and see if that helps. I might have to confine her to the bathroom while I am gone, but would like to avoid that if possible.

Carley will make a wonderful and loving addition to a home with a confident resident dog!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Carley has had a good week. She is now taking just one drug for anxiety and is doing well. In the long term she might be able to do without any drugs, but since she will be coping with changes when she is adopted, we are going to keep her on the drug for now.

You can see from the attached photos that she is relaxing with her girl friend Abby, and then relaxing in her bed. With the colder weather coming, Carley would make a warm, snuggly addition to your home. She is a wonderful cuddler and a totally sweet girl. Every day she gets a little bit braver, showing her ability to learn and bond. 

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Carley 18-122

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Carley saw the vet yesterday and we discussed her medications. She is currently taking Trazadone and Alprazolam. We are going to adjust the dosages and possibly change the medications. This process may take a few weeks to complete.

We want Carley to be comfortable on the lowest possible dosage of medication. Carley was very scared at the vet, shaking at first and calming a bit after we had been there for a while. 

She has been doing better on walks. She will walk farther away from me and sometimes walk ahead of me. Around the house she is bolder. She will come out into the kitchen while I eat breakfast and sit next to me. She is very fond of peanut butter and so I reward her with a little bit when does something brave.

Peanut butter is lip smackin' good!
Peanut butter is lip smackin' good!

Carley is very quiet and I have not yet heard her bark. While she is making progress, she has a  long road ahead of her. Patience, love and reasonable expectations will help Carley find her happiest life.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Carley moved to a new foster home last week. Her previous foster felt that a change in location might enable her to make more progress.

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Carley has adjusted to her new home surprisingly well. As you can see in the picture below, she has a new girlfriend, my girl Abby. 

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One of the first things Carley had to learn about was taking walks. Previously, she lived in the country and is not used to doing much walking. We walk twice a day in a city environment and that is a big change for her. The traffic and city sounds are a bit alarming to her, but she is adjusting well.

The first few days she was practically glued to my left leg all through the walk. Now she is getting braver and walks at a bit of a distance from me. She is learning to accept friendly petting from strangers. 

Her safe spot is the dog bed that came with her, and she is now feeling more comfortable spending time in my bed and other places in the bedroom. When I have been away from home, she has had free roam with no problems. She has an upcoming vet appointment where her medications will be reevaluated.

Carley is a very sweet girl and has proved that she can adjust to changes in her life. She will make a wonderful addition to the right type of home, one with a confident resident dog and people who know how to love and nurture a shy, insecure dog who is learning that people can be trusted.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Carley is enjoying life! She has a new foster dog to play with who loves to play chase and run big circles in the yard. Carley couldn't be happier!

We've started Carley on a new medication to try to make her a little less anxious. Although the medication takes about five weeks to be effective, we think we're already seeing some nice changes.

Carley warms up to company a bit more easily and, most importantly, finally is comfortable with Foster Dad reaching down to pet her as they walk the yard, watch TV or just hang out on the couch. Carley may always be frightened of quick movements and loud noises but she's starting to ever so gradually relax.

Last night while I was grooming the dogs, she quietly got in line to see what it was all about. I carefully started to comb her and she temporarily lost her courage. But in half a minute, she was back and ready to savor the moment. Turns out she "likes" to be groomed!

Along with the rest of our dogs, Carley has just gone through a major shedding period and seems to have lost most of her deep red fur, but we're confident that it will return when fall arrives.  

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The perfect home for Carley will be with a family who has experience with dogs who are easily frightened and who need routine. Carley is a sweet, affectionate girl who is easy to love. She craves a chance to cuddle, but balances that out with a joyful romp in the backyard with the rest of the pack.

She's a small girl with a coat that is easy to maintain. And although she's timid, she's growing in confidence each week!  

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Carley (Red to us) had a great week: she met some new friends and enjoyed the great weather by spending some time in the backyard taking in all the smells. She is such an affectionate girl; she absolutely loves time where she can snuggle and be petted. She closes her eyes and you can sense how comforting it is to her. I think she could do that for hours.

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We welcomed a new foster dog into the household this week and Carley—our timid yet brave girl—helped show the new dog the ropes. She coaxed the new dog into a game of chase where she could demonstrate her skills in running fast but also show the tricky maneuvers she's developed as she runs in and around the patio furniture. No other dog is able to match her talents!

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We think the world of Carley. She takes a bit of time to relax and warm up to new people and she may always be easily frightened, but that has not stopped her from enjoying her people and her dog buddies. Carley is looking for her forever home where there will be people who understand her needs and who will enjoy the love and affection she has to give.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

It's been a while since we shared an update about Carley. She's spent most of summer in the house, keeping cool but enjoying the time early in the morning to do some exploring in the yard and sometimes, if she can find a willing play partner, she still enjoys running in the yard in big wide circles—with such lovely expressions of joy.

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She went to the vet last week and got refreshers on the necessary vaccinations and had her nails trimmed. She has had a few guests lately and she's slowly (very slowly) becoming less timid.

Carley is quick to alert us if there is something wrong—yesterday the "wrong" thing was a motorcycle in the front drive. This morning she let us know about the deer that wandered too close to the front window. 

A new behavior that we've noted is her willingness to go in and out the door regardless if you're present. For quite some time she's been able to go outside and return, but her preference would be that people stepped aside.

Now she really doesn't care—she's passed that hurdle entirely. Nothing slows her down when she wants to go out and explore or come back in to partake in treats with the rest of the dogs. 

Carley is still looking for just the right family. If you have experience with dogs like Carley and think she's as cute as we do, please consider adopting Carley.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Carley/Red is settling nicely into the springtime routine of off and on again rain. She's not afraid of storms and doesn't mind going outside, even in the middle of a downpour if necessary. She is enjoying her time outside, particularly when she's joined by her pack-mates and she can convince one of the dogs to play and run with her.

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She still startles easily and perhaps that's just going to be how things go for awhile. What has been great to watch is how playful she's become (particularly with our new foster puppy) and how affectionate she is with her people as well. 

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She loves to snuggle now and enjoys a good cuddle on the couch. She wakes up each day thrilled to have the absolutely same breakfast—served in the same place and in the same bowl. Routine works best for Carley, and that's ok with us!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Carley/Red is loving Spring—she's out in the yard enjoying the smells and running big circles of joy. Red is still learning how to enjoy life but she's made great progress. She is still easily frightened, but recovers faster. She prefers eating in her safe spot but she now enjoys watching the dog food being dished out with the rest of the dogs.

She is learning the command sit, although she can easily be distracted if there is an unexpected noise. She is showing a new side of herself with our new fosters, actually helping them learn the routine and welcoming them to our household. It's taken a while to get to this point and it hasn't always been easy, but it has always been rewarding.  

Red still has a lot to learn and she needs an experienced family who has worked with dogs like Red to help her continue to feel safe and happy. She has moments of pure joy and then can easily panic and retreat to her safe spot. But even when she's uncertain and looks worried, she is still very gentle. And now her eyes have a soft expression and you can see she has learned what it's like to be happy. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Carley (we call her Red) has come a long way since she first came into our household. Her journey has been slow, but this morning when she jumped on the bed to snuggle I realized that although the progress may not happen in leaps and bounds, she is enjoying life and really learning how to be a dog.

When she first arrived, she was afraid of everything, and now she has learned the sounds and activities of household living. She has learned not to just accept being petted but to seek out people to give her attention, talk with her, and give her the ear rubs that she loves.

Of course, there are still bumps—she is still frightened by Foster Dad occasionally and also unexpected noise or motion. But now she spends 90% of her day with us, only occasionally going to her safe spot for a nap.

She plays with our pack and is still the first one to run to the door when she hears the call for “Outside.” She runs with abandon in the backyard when the weather permits and loves to chase and be chased by her favorite dog friends. She is the first one to wake up in the morning, always excited by her breakfast and then moves quickly to her morning nap.

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I think the best way to sum it up is that Red (Carley) is learning to learn and is learning to trust. When she first figured out how to jump on the bed, she was very rigid and couldn't relax, but then she learned to settle into the bed and enjoy the coziness.

And now it's even better—she jumps on the bed, snuggles in, and leans against me so I can give her the attention she's learned to love, not just tolerate.

Red has a lot more to learn and she's not going to be the right dog for every family. But a family with a quiet household and that has experience helping dogs like Red will find that they are rewarded with lots of tiny dog kisses and the joy that comes from watching a dog grow and learn to trust.

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Carley 18-122

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Carley has been taking it easy, enjoying her time playing with her dog buddies and loving her time outside. She doesn't seem to care about the temperatures—she's willing to go outside and run, run, run as often as you'll let her no matter what.

The one big change for Carley is that we have changed her medications, and it has made a truly significant difference for her. She gets one pill with breakfast and another with dinner, and she takes the readily in a slight disguise of cheese. We put them on top of her food and she wolfs them down.

We decided to try different medications because we felt Red (as we call her) was still too easily frightened and still spent too much time in her safe spot. We wanted her to be able to enjoy life more and that's just what's happening. With only three days on the new meds, we're seeing a more adventurous side of Red/Carley.

She was the first dog this morning to come up to my office to see what I was doing. This is something way different than before. She interacts with us more—way more—and I still use the word brave to describe her.

The difference is that it doesn't take her as long to try something new. She's in the room with us most of the time (she still enjoys a good nap in her safe spot upon occasion) and wants to be petted, wants to be groomed, and enjoys both of those activities immensely.

We've not been able to really teach Red/Carley any basic obedience commands up to now, but we think in a few more days that we'll be able to build that kind of relationship with her. She seems to be trusting us more, and expecting a bit more out of life, and we could not be happier for her.

We'll keep you posted as we get to know this brave girl even better!

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Carley 18-122

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Little Miss Carley is really enjoying this cold weather—she doesn't miss an opportunity to go outside and dashes out quickly to romp and run. The snow doesn't bother her, although she's much quicker to come inside now that the temperatures have dropped. She comes in each and every time now and she's much faster about it if you just turn your back to the door.  

Carley is still a bit frightened by her foster dad—his movements sometimes catch her by surprise and she still startles and runs to the safety of her bed. Even when she's playing with me or with the other dogs, she keeps a close eye on him.  

There are two things that Carley loves more than eating or playing, and that's being petted and being combed. She can stand still indefinitely for that kind of attention, and I always accompany it with lots of praise and positive talk. 

It truly warms your heart to see the steps forward that she's taken, realizing that she still has a way to go before she can respond well to life in an active household with young children. Carley is going to need a family who can give her the calm attention she needs and who will coax her into trying new things. 

It's wonderful to watch her get ready to try something new. She approaches the activity/task/toy very carefully, taking several steps forward and then turning away and then walking back again. She's a brave little girl who just needs time, patience and encouragement to be the dog she was meant to be. 

And, I have to tell the truth, we have been calling her "Red" so often that she now responds to that name as often as she does to Carley. She learns all sorts of things, even things you didn't really intend!

I've included two pictures—the first is Carley (Red) watching me as I type this and the other is a picture of her playing with some of our dogs after breakfast. She loves that time in the morning, it's her happy time each and every day!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

This is just a great time for Carley—she's enjoying her time outside, loving her new chew toys and best of all—she has a new buddy! She's made friends with our newest foster dog, Karla 18-233, and has welcomed her into our household. 

Carley has shown her new buddy all the best places in the yard and was Karla's buddy dog to help her master stairs. So great to see how Carley has connected with this foster.  

Carley has an amazing internal clock and is consistently the first dog up in the morning ready for the day. She's particularly happy in the morning and I think she looks forward to our routine massage time.  

Here are some pictures of her running in the backyard and showing Karla her best moves.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

This has been a great week for Carley—she's enjoying herself, playing hard, napping hard, and best of all, really enjoying her people!

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Here's what she's been up to:

Carley went to the vet to have her nails trimmed and she handled it very well. She went with a buddy dog and when it was her turn to go back for a nail trim she walked very confidently on her leash and gave the vet no problems at all. Carley was visibly relieved to get back to Foster Dad who was waiting for her and she eagerly went to the car. All good!

Carley now routinely comes back into the house each and every time without much to-do at all. If you've been following Carley, you know this is something she's struggled with and it's not an unusual issue for breeder dogs. 

This last week Carley turned the corner and she goes outside with a lot of enthusiasm and when it's time to come back in, she gladly follows her buddy dogs into the house. If her buddy dogs get inside too much ahead of Carley, we just send them back out to "Go get Carley" and then everyone goes out and comes back in, typically with Carley in the middle of the pack. 

We've learned that Carley is most comfortable if we're not standing by the door, so we open the door, call for the dogs to come in, and then just walk into the kitchen, away from the door. 

100% of the time Carley comes inside without anything more difficult than an occasional retry. We don't go outside and show her the leash anymore, that stage is behind us.

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Carley is responding exceptionally well to a bit of doggie massage. We start by gently petting her and then move into a more deep massage which she totally loves. Somehow, I think this has really strengthened the bond between us and she now regularly comes to be petted and talked to. 

She still likes to eat in her dog bed away from the pack and she also likes quiet time in the evening—often going to bed early, around 8:00 pm. When it's really time to go to bed, we just call her with her favorite phrase "Do you want to go outside?" and she wakes up and comes running.

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Carley is almost ready for her own forever home. We would like to give her another week in this routine and then we'll update her status and hope to find an experienced family who can open their hearts to Carley as we have.  

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She's the happiest alarm clock dog we've ever known! She still does the bouncy wake-up routine each morning, ready to go outside, have her breakfast and enjoy life.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

It's been quite a while since I shared an update about the lovely Miss Carley, and there's much to tell.

First, she has totally mastered the stairs—while she was tentative before, she's all about going upstairs with me and sitting close by while I work. She's been known to go upstairs on her own, for no particular reason other than to nap in the sunshine.

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Next, we've continued to work on getting her in and out the doors to the backyard. This was something she had mastered and then, for reasons unknown, she regressed a bit and we've been trying new strategies with her. 

Just this weekend we believe we've learned to think like Carley and we've been very successful. She's still very hesitant to walk back into the house but if we go in the backyard with a leash visibly in our hands and say "Let's go in the house" she typically will head to the house at a nice pace.

And then, when she's in the house we give her a quick reward (she loves cheese!) and make a big deal about the good behavior. This will give us a good foundation to build on.

Third, this girl walks like a dream on a leash. She is very watchful of where you're going and almost walks at heel, not lurching ahead or dragging behind. This is something she taught herself, we can't take any credit for it but we certainly do appreciate it!

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She loves, loves, loves her buddy dogs. She enjoys chase, doesn't really care about chasing a ball, just likes to chase around the yard with her dog friends.

Carley has developed a steady appetite and still enjoys her meal in bed. We were doing pretty good getting her to eat with the rest of the dogs but she's holding out to have quiet meals away from the pack. That's just fine with us—we like seeing that she enjoys her meals and eats every last piece of dog food. She's also learned the special joy of pizza and Sunday waffles as well!

Carley is on some new meds that have really helped her enjoy life a bit. They're easy to give to her in a small piece of cheese and right now she does best if she gets meds in the morning and then again mid-afternoon. We're going to continue to work on the medication issue as we know it would be easiest for most households to give her medications at breakfast and dinner. 

We'll keep you updated, but these particular medications have made such a difference in her. She's learned to appreciate being with her people and can stand perfectly still for the longest period of time while we pet and talk with her. Maybe the best description is that the medications have calmed her down and helped her build some trust in the world.

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There's still more that Carley needs to master before she's going to be ready for her forever home. We need to work on the timing and dosage of her medications and we want to have her completely trained to come back into the house before she is adopted. She's made great progress and when she gives you a quick kiss, you know it's all worth it!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

It's been a while since we posted an update—we went on vacation and Carley spent time in another RAGOM foster home for almost three weeks. By all reports she was quiet and kept to herself. She found a quiet spot in the bedroom and felt most comfortable in there, even encouraging the RAGOM temporary foster mom to feed her in bed.  Now that's a real vacation.

Carley did come back with a new experience and skill—she's learned to walk up and down stairs. Not with a lot of enthusiasm (yet), but she gets the job done.

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She has also had more experience with cars and going for a ride, and we've learned that it's almost easy to take her someplace if you just take her dog buddy with her.

Carley is a small Golden but she will launch herself into the back of our SUV to follow her dog buddy—she does not want to be left behind. That tells me the experience is good even if she's not totally relaxed about it.  Again, she does what she needs to and gets the job done.

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Carley was very happy to get back to her routine with our dogs once we were all back together again. I think she would have loved it if we would have fed her in the bedroom, but she's slowly getting back into her previous habits.

The one thing we're still struggling with is getting her back into the house after she's been outside to explore, sniff and take care of business. She had been struggling a bit right before we left, did well at her temporary foster home, and then slipped back into this not-so-great habit when we returned.

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We know she will work through this, as she's been successful before and I'm confident that she'll get past this. With Carley there are always steps forward and some occasional steps backward!

She's a lovely girl and extremely gentle. We'd like to think she missed us while we were away but I think really she missed running in the backyard more!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Carley has been enjoying summer—her very favorite activity is still playing in the yard with our resident dogs. She is at her happiest when she's sniffing and playing chase.

She's just starting to understand the concept of retrieving. She's good at chasing after the ball and sniffing it when it lands in the grass but she hasn't gone all the way to picking it up. She does really enjoy running after the ball though so that's a great start.

Carley has started medication to help reduce some of her anxiety, and it's starting to make a difference. We know there will be some adjusting to do to get this just right, but the medications are very cheap ($4/month) and she thinks the hot dog we hide them in each morning is the perfect way to start the day.

Miss Carley still enjoys a predictable routine, likes to get up at the same time each day, likes to eat the same food, likes playing and napping.

This summer routine has been really good for her. She's had a chance to go for rides in the car and she does very well in the car, particularly if one of the resident dogs goes with her—that really makes all the difference in the world. Carley really isn't all that excited about getting into the car so we continue to work on that with her.

We know for certain that when it's time for Carley to find her forever home, her new family will need to have a playful, confident dog to be her buddy and mentor. We laugh at some of the things that Carley has learned this last month—things that other dogs would have grown up knowing.

She now loves her dog bed; she has a favorite and is willing to share it. She likes her dog bed so much that we now make sure there's a bed for her out in the sunroom during the day, and she will pace a bit until we remember to put it out there for her. I think it's time to buy a permanent bed for the sunroom...

Life with a retired breeder dog is very rewarding; it's so great to see them learn new things, develop trust and enjoy the Golden life. Yet there are also times we need to remember that with progress there can also be challenges.

Right now, for reasons we're not sure about, Carley is back to being very cautious about coming back into the house after she's been outside. So this is our focus now, helping her regain her confidence and continue to master the fine art of household living!

Carley still has a perfect record in the house—she has not had a single accident and only barks if she hears a suspicious noise in the middle of the night.

She enjoys being combed, let's us look in her mouth, check her ears, and now takes treats from our hands although she's still pretty cautious about that.

Carley wakes up each morning with gusto and has developed a dance around the perimeter of the bed to encourage us to hurry up and get going with the day. She is just so darn happy!

She enjoys her toys and being with the pack but occasionally you can find her in the bedroom all by herself enjoying the solo delights of her new dog bed. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Carley has had an amazing week. In spite of being very unsure of her new surroundings, she has learned to:

  • Eat from a dog dish standing up instead of curled up in a ball on the floor. She now stands up and eats when the rest of the dogs eat and does it in fine style. No more picky eating for Carley!
  • Sleep on a dog bed. Her buddy Abbey showed her how the resident dogs do it, and she's decided that's a really good thing. She is now trying to figure out how to get up on the bed with her people. I give her a few more days to master it, as she's very determined!
  • Walk back into the house without hesitation. Several weeks ago, Carley mastered going outside, darting or walking through the door to get outside with the rest of the dogs. Coming back in was a bit more difficult for her, and she would wait for you to go into another room before she would enter the house. This week she decided that she could enter the house with the rest of the dogs, no big deal. We're all pretty darn pleased with this!
  • Wag her tail while being petted! She now responds to her name easily and approaches expecting that she'll be getting lots of pets and wags her tail during almost the entire event. She seems to luxuriate in the attention.

Next week I believe I'll be able to report that she's taking treats from my hand—she's close this week, but not quite there. She will take a treat from my hand if my hand is on the floor. If I lift my hand off the floor, she's quite wary.  

Carley goes in to the vet to finish up her shots, and we're going to inquire about medication to help her be less anxious, just a bit, so she can continue gaining confidence. Please check in next week for an update! 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

We're very pleased to introduce you to Carley, a lovely smaller Golden who weighs 50 pounds and has beautiful dark gold—almost red—fur.

Carley is about 3 years old and learning the joys of household living after coming to RAGOM from a commercial breeder. She is still easily frightened and has a lot to learn, but what we've seen so far makes us confident that she's going to make someone a very good companion. 

Carley came with very little experience or knowledge about living with people or even interacting with other dogs, but she is one brave and courageous little girl. At first she was afraid of everything, but in three weeks she's already learned a lot of new things, all by observing our resident dogs. She has benefited greatly from consistent, positive reinforcement. 

It's too soon for Carley to find her forever home, as she needs to get more comfortable with the normal rhythm of family life. In the meantime, she makes us smile daily. We'll keep you updated on all that she's doing.