Sandy's original bio, posted 6/24/2015:
Welcome Sandy to RAGOM! Sandy came to us by way of a Good Samaritan in Minot, ND who got Sandy out of an unfortunate home situation where the owner was unable to properly care for her. Sandy is no worse for the wear! Sandy couldn’t be more well adjusted and just an all around happy happy dog. Someone has spent some quality time with her as she knows her name, has great recall, knows basic commands and is very much wanting to please you.
Sandy is up for anything and just wants to be with you. She is the perfect combination of exuberance, good energy and mellowness when she is hanging out inside with you. She loves car rides, long walks and I would not be surprised if she might make a good running partner. She is happy to go on very long walks or short walks, as long as she is with you. Sandy does have a big interest in the squirrels and especially the bunnies on our walks, but will redirect her attention if you ask her a few times. She seems to be interested in the chase, but I don’t know that she would actually hurt a fly. She can be a bit of a puller, but has much improved even from the first day I had her when she was pulling me like a freight train. We are now getting her used to the gentle leader and it makes an amazing difference even though she is not really fond it, she goes with it!
We were walking around Loring Park as they were packing things up from the Pride Festival.
She has been cat tested, and she was only interested in the cat when it jumped down and ran away, then she was interested. I think she would be fine with a dog-savvy cat who will hold there own and do not engage in a chase-me game.
They say Sandy is around 8 years old, and if she is around 8, she is a young, healthy 8 year old with no apparent health issues and sparkling white teeth. She currently weighs 75 pounds and I would say that is pretty close to a good weight for her. She appears to have recently had a litter, so there might be a few pounds of baby weight to shed. She is now spayed so there will be no more babies in her future! She appears to be mostly yellow Lab, but with a hint of a second or third breed. My best guess would be a bit of a hound dog, but I really don't know. She so deserves to have her very own stable home, committed to loving her and including her in the family activities.
This was day 2 with Sandy after we walked around Lake Harriet with a friend. We went to Sebastian Joe's for coffee and this was her just hanging out with us.
Sandy has already met many many dogs. She has met new strange dogs on our walks around the lake or neighborhood and she just needs to be monitored a bit because she wants to come right up to say ‘howdy!’ and there are some dogs that may not appreciate that. She has also met many of my friends dogs by going on walks together. Once she gets a proper sniff she is good to go and ready for her walk! I have not seen any concerns in her interactions and not even close to a curled lip. It appears that she does not have a mean bone in her body.
Sandy has been busy since she came to me last week and among other things, I was able to take her to Pet-A-Palooza and hang out in the RAGOM booth. As expected she did well, received all the pets she could get and conked out when things were slow.
We have heard a few rumbles of thunder since I’ve had her and she didn’t show any concern, so I’m optimistic that she doesn’t have any storm anxieties. I left her home for the first time for a work day and I wasn’t sure how she might do for that length of time as she will whine when you first leave. I distracted her with a yummy treat as I walked out the door so she did not whine as I left. Report from the neighbor that they heard some whining for about 20 minutes and that was it. She has free roam in the main area of my condo and when I came home from work not one thing was touched and she met me at the door but I could tell she had been napping. What a good dog!!
I can’t say enough great things are about Sandy. I love her already and I’m committed to finding the perfect home for her for the rest of her life.