“In memory of Judy Lilledahl”
Let's welcome Ruby to RAGOM World. Ruby is a female Purebred Golden Retriever, 58 lbs, 4 yrs old and fostered in Owatonna, MN. She is not spayed yet, so is unavailable as of now, but I would like to introduce her and her story.
Ruby Rose the XIII was her formal name born on 6/29/2007. Her breeder and owner are the same people, she lived in a rural area where she had acres to roam, according to the vet she has had many litters of pups.
Well recently, Ruby's owners moved to town and stated that there is no containing her in a 6ft kennel, she either climbs it or digs under it and then she wanders into traffic. So she was surrendered to Ragom.
OK. Chapter 2. A Loving Ragom Rep with many Titles marked her as URGENT and she picked her up and brought her to me personally. So on 11/20/11 Ruby started her new life as a RAGOM girl. She had no vet history, never rode in a car, not good on a leash and not playful.
When I picked her up, she had to be carried out of the car, her body was frozen in shock and her expression was flat and head low to the ground. Her tail would wag for a second and then tight between her legs. Her head was on my daughter's lap all the way home and she pushed her nose to nudge more pets.
We are now home, carried her to the door and 3 dogs came out. Her tail was wagging and she was at peace, she then followed the dogs into and all over the house and she noticed these other dogs trust these humans, so she would just go with it. She ate 2 large bowls of dry food and slurped up tons of water. If us humans got on our hands and knees she would come play and rub up on us as well. When we stand up, she would coward down to the floor. Then all she could do was sleep and sleep.
On 11/21/11 we saw a vet (Dr Heidi) for the first time. I brought my resident dog Buddy since she trusts him and follows his lead, which helped, otherwise she wouldn't get out of the car or into the door. Vets findings are dull coat, missing lower teeth, ears are inflamed and set back elbows, Her abdomen shows she has had litters of pups in the past. At this time she is in active heat and it was witnessed that she was engaged with another golden recently.
So, in 4 weeks we will determine if she is having puppies or needs an appointment to spay, She received her vaccinations, her heartworm test is negative and given Heartguard, antibiotic ear ointment and irrigations.
On 11/23/11, fecal test showed giardia, a intestinal parasite found in non treated or infected water. Now added Flagyl an anti-infective medication and I observed an inflamed growth under her tail while I was giving her a bath (which she loved the shampooing, not so much the water spout). It was an abcess, it was drained and given oral antibiotic Keflix.
So here we are 11/30/11, she has been a easy dog to train due to my other dogs are doing a good job teaching her to potty outside, walk on a leash, she does great, just be patient and do not pull on her collar, got her a 2 point harness, which is more comfortable for her. Took her to a large fenced open area. She is very confident without a chain her tail is high and she comes on command.
She is coming along nicely. Come meet her at Coon Rapids Petco this Saturday, 12/3.