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At A Glance
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
|Yes, all ages
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.
Please welcome Sami to RAGOM. Sami is a very sweet, mellow, 5-year-old light golden female. Sami was surrendered to RAGOM because it was suspected that she had skin allergies, and her surrendering owners could not afford her vet bills or treatments. Sweet Sami has been with us for a little over a week now, and we just adore her.
Sami has been to the vet for her checkup. She won the hearts of everyone there! After looking at the condition of her skin/coat, the vet suspected that Sami didn't in fact have allergies, but that she has hypothyroidism. This diagnosis was confirmed, and Sami has been started on thyroid pills. She takes two pills a day, one in the morning and one at night, and will be on this medication for the rest of her life. The good news is that the medication is inexpensive and will significantly improve her quality of life. Because of her untreated hypothyroidism, she weighed in at a whopping 92 pounds; the vet thought an ideal weight would be about 70 pounds. It was also discovered that Sami had a skin infection secondary to the hypothyroidism. She is on an antibiotic for 21 days. She takes the pills very gently and doesn't mind them at all. Sami is now up to date on all of her vaccinations and microchipped, and has received her heartworm pill and flea and tick preventative for the month.
Sami has been the perfect houseguest in her time with us. She is house trained and has not had a single accident; she stands by the door when she needs to go outside. Her surrendering owners reported that she had never slept in a crate or been crated during the day. We set up a bed for her in our bedroom, and she sleeps soundly all night long. She does just fine with free roam of the house during the day. I am home during the day, but she has been left for 1-2 hours and then a longer period of 3-4 hours, and she did just fine during that time.
Sami love, loves to eat! She will gobble up her food very quickly, so I have been working with her on slowing down. I started putting her food into a muffin tin to slow her down. She did wonderfully with that, and I've started to transition her back to a normal bowl. Because of her weight, the vet suggested carrots or green beans as treats versus traditional dog treats. Sami loves raw carrots and will gladly accept them as treats.
It was reported that Sami got along with all dogs, kids, and cats. She has done wonderfully with my two little boys, ages 2 ½ and 4. She hardly bats an eye at their shenanigans, but as with all dogs and kids, they are supervised playing together at all times. Sami and our resident dog, Keegan, like to lay together and relax. I think Sami enjoys having another dog around, but I don't think she would require one to be a happy dog. I don't believe Sami had been played with before, so toys and tug are all new to her. I got her to play a little tug with me, and she seemed to really like it and now she'll bring her tug toy over to play. Sami loves squeaky tennis balls and almost always has one close by; she will bring it to you, but won't drop it for a game of chase. We're working on that. She is a very smart dog and is very motivated to learn.
Sami is a wonderful dog that needs lots of love, exercise to help her lose weight, and someone committed to making sure her hypothyroidism is kept under control. If you're interested in sweet Sami, please let your placement advisor know. She looks forward to meeting you!