At A Glance

  • Age: 8 years, 9 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Male
  • Weight: 56.00 lbs
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Deceased


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:Entered Foster CareFenceKid FriendlyAnother DogCat Friendly03/31/2014  Optional Not tested RecommendedNot tested This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Join me in welcoming sweet, sweet Sammy to the RAGOM clan.

Sammy is a two year old, neutered male, weighing about 60 pounds.  He housebroken and is up to date on his vaccinations and will be micro-chipped when he visits the vet for a wellness check in the next week or so.

He was adopted in February of this year from a humane society by a loving family.  The family had him for about a month and took really good care of him - working closely with their vet to address an ear infection and some intestinal issues (likely caused by his nervousness), and providing him with all of the "comforts" of home.  Unfortunately - Sammy is a high anxiety boy - and the family did not have the resources to work with his special needs.  So they surrendered him to RAGOM in the hopes that he might find a family with another dog that could help him overcome his fears.

Sammy has been with us for less than 24 hours - but here are some things I can share - with many more updates and photos to come.  He is a bit camera shy.  But like all my dogs - am sure he will get used to my following him around with the camera whenever we have a sunny afternoon.

He is a wonderfully mannered young boy that was well trained at some point.  He knows sit, lie down, come, get on your bed, leave it.  And he might even know "wipe your feet" . . . not sure but when he came in the house last night - I was standing at the door and told the dogs to wipe their feet.  Sammy stopped in his tracks and sat immediately on the towel I had laid out in the mudroom.

Sammy slept on one of the dog beds in the bedroom last night - well to be fair - he mostly slept hanging off of the side of my resident dog's bed.  She didn't really mind him cuddling with her - but think she was a bit startled by the morning face washing that she received.  He smothers her with kisses whenever he hasn't been in the same room with her for at least 5 minutes. 

Sammy is absolutely looking to go to a home with another dog - preferably one that will play with him and one that won't mind that he doesn't have much respect for personal dog space.  He was a little stand-offish when he was picked up and transported.  But when I let him into the yard and introduced him to my resident dog - his entire demeanor and body language changed.  This shy boy wants to play.

He was nervous in his first evening in the house with us - which is to be expected.  But this morning we went for our first walk and after the first block or so, I actually saw his tail come out from between his legs.  He was holding it high in the air like a big boy!!  There were some construction sounds - which he noticed - but he didn't overreact.  Sammy is a bit of a drunken sailor on the leash, and he did the normal contortions to try to get the gentle leader off of his nose, but he was easy to walk and will absolutely improve with practice.

We went on an outing to the vet today (Sammy loves the car) - my resident dog had an appointment and thought it would be good for Sammy to tag along.  I figured he would cower and have to be coaxed around.  Nope.  He jumped out of the car, walked into the vet's office, greeted a few dogs, greeted (shyly at first) a few humans, and eventually took treats from the vet tech's hand.  

Sammy is anxious and afraid - we don't know why.  His family told us that physical changes in the household or having new people in the house were very stressful for him.  Also that he had a very negative reaction to loud noises.  His anxiety is present and noticeable.  But he is young and it appears that having a dog pal is already giving him some stability.  He is following me around and loves to be petted and touched.  I had a chuckle this morning.  I was having coffee in one room and Sammy had followed me and was laying at my feet - but would not settle.  He kept looking at me . . . I realized he wanted the resident dog to join us.  Silly boy.

The worst things that I can say about this handsome visitor so far are that he has been literally under my feet (keeps stepping on the backs of my flip flops) and that he surprised me when he joined me in the shower this morning.  Certainly not dull!

Contact your placement adviser if you would like to meet this high potential golden pup.   And stay tuned . . . 


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