At A Glance

  • Age: 12 years, 9 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Female
  • Weight: 60.00 lbs
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Deceased


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Date Posted Fence Kid Friendly Another Dog Cat Friendly
 12/10/15Physical fence required
 Not tested
Confident dog required
 Not tested
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Welcome Ruby to the RAGOM family! Ruby is a retired mama from South Dakota who was dropped off at a humane society in Sioux Falls on Halloween along with two other Golden moms. Ruby is medium blond, tall and thin, weighing somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 pounds. Ruby was transferred to a boarding facility in Sioux Falls where she started catching up on her vet work. In early November, Ruby came to RAGOM's attention and now she is slowly (very slowly!) starting her journey to a new life. Miss Ruby is now up-to-date on all her vaccinations, she's been treated for worms, and her test showed she is heartworm negative. We took her to the vet today where we confirmed that she's been microchipped, treated an ear infection, and made an appointment for her spay surgery -- all good things!.

When Ruby first came into foster care, she was accompanied by one of the other Halloween moms and they were both very scared girls. They spent most of their time huddled together, but slowly started to play together, although they were not comfortable interacting with the rest of the household. After careful consideration, it was decided that it would be best for them to have separate foster families where they could each grow in confidence and have the attention and love they needed. That's where we came in -- we welcomed Ruby into our home and she has continued her steady, slow progress to enjoying life and learning to romp in the backyard and play dog games.

We still have a way to go before Ruby can be adopted, but she is making progress every single day. As an example, she now readily leaves her kennel to go outside, waits with the rest of the dogs to come back in, and best of all, she's not had a single accident in the house. She's slowly starting to explore the house, but if she's afraid or confused, she appreciates the safety of her kennel. She has a good appetite and is most comfortable, at this point, eating her meals in her kennel, an easy habit to indulge. It's been absolutely great to watch Ruby become more confident in the short time she's been with us. In the middle of one night, I headed to the kitchen for a drink of water and found Ruby stretched out on the kitchen floor, enjoying the peace and quiet. I'm not sure who was the most surprised -- Ruby or me! Most of the time, she still prefers to be in her kennel, but we are starting to see her getting out of her kennel and walking cautiously to the living room, spying on the rest of the dogs. We expect that it's just a matter of time before she joins us all in the living room, you can see how much she wants to take that next step and we know she will when she's ready. She lets us pet her, but you can tell she's still not completely relaxed about all the attention. Good things are in store for this girl; it will just take time.

Please check in regularly; we'll keep you updated on her progress!

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