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Meet the newest handsome RAGOM boy, Riley! Riley is a dark red guy, approximately 6 1/2 or 7 years old, that was surrendered by a family that had to move and their landlord wouldn't allow them to take him with them to their new home. They found him as a stray in December 2009 and he was loved and well cared for and RAGOM is happy to take him in and find him another loving home.
Riley lived with young kids at his previous home and did great with them. He was an only dog but he loves loves LOVES other dogs so much, I think he would prefer a home with another dog. It is unknown whether he is good with cats or not, but he seems like such a gentle guy, I bet he would probably be okay with them. The surrendering owner says that Riley seemed to understand the boundaries in his yard without a fence but that if he caught a scent he wanted to follow, he would definitely follow his nose, so a fenced yard would probably be good for him. It's not necessarily a requirement though - I think he might do okay without a fence as long as he was leashed or on a tie out. Riley doesn't seem to like being crated so we're slowly trying him out with free roam of the house when we're gone to see how he does. I've tried to get him to snuggle with me in bed and he will for a little bit but then he prefers to sleep on the floor in our bedroom (or the cool tile floor in the bathroom!).
Riley has a history of allergies and ear infections (typical golden ailments) but he has been through some food trials in the past and as long as he is on a specific food, he does just fine. Honestly, his skin and fur look so great now that you'd never know he had some severe allergy problems in the past. And as for the ears, cleaning them regularly should keep him doing just fine.
Riley weighed 81 lbs at the vet today, but he's a little overweight and should probably weigh closer to 70 lbs. With a little dieting and exercise, he should reach his goal weight in no time. He also has a bit of a heart murmur. It is in his previous vet records but he hasn't presented any symptoms of it being a problem for him, so the vet just recommends monitoring for coughing and/or exercise intolerance at this time. She said it could potentially lead to congestive heart failure some day (but there are inexpensive meds to help deal with that), but may not ever be a problem. He is all up to date on his vaccinations, was negative for heartworm, tick-borne diseases, and parasites, and has had heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. Other than a minor ear infection, he is a pretty healthy boy.
The surrendering owner recently had Riley groomed and he is just beautiful! His fur is so soft and he's just so huggable! He's a sweet boy that just loves attention and wags his tail as soon as you say his name. And like a typical Golden, he will wiggle his way in if you pay attention to any other dog! He loves to carry a ball around in his mouth and he loves to fetch them, but he doesn't like to give them up to you! He's the perfect combination of active and mellow. Riley is just an all-around good boy and one of the easiest fosters I've had. I predict he won't be here long as I'm sure he will be adopted pretty quickly, so let your placement advisor know if you'd like to meet him!
At a Glance #11-358
|Golden Retriever||Born: June 2005|