October 7, 2012
Roxy arrived at our house last Sunday evening and we had the pleasure of company her until her permanent Foster Mom (FM) got back from her planned trip out of town. Roxy was such an absolute joy to have and seamlessly fit into our household of 3 humans and 3 resident Goldens. She immediately got along with everyone - this is one perfect girl! Roxy is a 7 year old Purebred Golden (I know she doesn't look like it, but she was shaven by her family because she had lived in a area that was very tick infested and this was the best way to find those nasty critters). Roxy came into RAGOM because her family was very concerned for her safety. You see, Roxy had decided that there was just so much to see and experience in the world, that she just had to go out and experience it all. After numerous wandering escapades (and each subsequent trip to the local pound to pick her up), her family decided that she need to go to a home where she could be kept safe - with hunting season upon us, they feared she would be shot while out on one of her adventures. This family really loved her and cared for her and believed that RAGOM would help her find a perfect home - which of course we will.
What I learned about Roxy in the week that we had her:
- She could go to any type of family - she truly is perfect and is just so happy.
- She needs to be walked daily. Roxy loves, loves, loves her walks - as I said she NEEDS to get out and explore her world. She walks like a dream on a harness and could go for miles. Her look is so funny when we get home - she looks up at me like "What, that's all. I know we missed lots of areas I need to see!"
- She is completely housebroken.
- She sleeps the deep sleep of happy, well-adjusted golden. Every night she follows us up and finds her place on the ground by our bed (she did bring her dog bed along, but she is not interested in sleeping on it). She is out for the count and actually has to be woken in the morning to go out and eat before I go to work (all the other dogs are finished way before she decides to show her cute face).
- She is totally trustworthy with free roam both while we are home and when we are away - no need for a crate for this girl, and actually, I have no idea how she would do with a crate - her previous family never used one either.
- She does love shoes! - She does not chew on them, but has to pick one up to greet you - anytime she is excited, she will run to find a shoe and bring it to you. While we usually put all shoes up when we have fosters in residence, we let her do this because she seemed distressed if she couldn't find one to bring to us. One day, as I was on the couch, she ran back forth bringing me shoes and dropping them - by the time she was done, I had a pile of 13 (don't know where the pair to one went!) shoes at me feet with this big happy golden sitting there looking at me like "Didn't I do good!" Really, I wonder if her desire to bring shoes is totally tied to her desire to go on a walk - as I said she loves to walk and this might be her way of getting you to go.
- She does like to bark at people walking by the house.
- She actually "Talks" - okay maybe it is more of a snort or grunt, but she chatters all the time. The first time she did it, I was a little startled because I was home alone with her and the other dogs and it really sounded as though someone was talking. It is really cute and truly unique - I have never had a dog do this - it is like she is trying to tell you all about her day or what she wants.
- She loves car rides
- Gets along fantastic with dogs and kids - no idea on cats as she hasn't been exposed to them.
Roxy will be such an great addition to any family - just make sure she has lots of walks (oh, and rawhides -she loves them!)