At A Glance

  • Age: 12 years, 3 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Ham Lake, MN
  • Status: Deceased


 Happy Holidays, Shelby!! Hope you find your forever home for Christmas! Love from Nicole 13-351


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:Date PostedFenceKid FriendlyAnother DogCat Friendly


Physical Fence requiredAge >10 Required YesThis is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

I would like to introduce you to Shelby, a beautiful red 6 year-old female PB GR.  Two of her littermates, Lola 16-220 and Lacey 16-224 were also surrendered to RAGOM from a commercial breeder.   They just turned 6 on Oct. 9, 2016 and are now living the Golden life without having more puppies.  



Shelby weighs 54 pounds, is now UTD on shots and spayed.  She spent her first two weeks with RAGOM at a temp foster’s home and learned how great life is while living in a house!  Thank you again Ginny for fostering her until I came home.  I was warned when I picked her up that she throws up while riding in the car and she stayed true to the warning.  Now it seems like if another dog is in the car with her, she doesn’t do it.  She came in with ear infections and a yeast infection on her belly between the folds of skin from having puppies.  Shelby met my dogs in the yard with no problem and followed them right through the door into the house.  Many dogs that we get from breeders have never been inside of a house so they are afraid of steps, doorways, and everything in a home.  I think she was brave because of what she learned at Ginny’s house.  Shelby never had an accident in the house and will pace back and forth if she has to go out.  I let the dogs outside on a regular schedule (when they wake up, after they’ve eaten, and before bed) and many times in between.  There are times when I have to use a leash to bring her outside, but then she is OK once she gets into the yard. 




Most scared dogs use a crate as their safe spot, but Shelby wouldn’t go into one.  She claimed one of the dog beds in the living room and uses that as her safe spot.  She sleeps there every night and spends a lot of the day there.  If I am sitting on the couch, she likes to lie next to my feet.  She has free roam when I am gone and has never gotten into anything.  Last week she chewed on a nylabone for the first time and starting bringing toys into her bed.   She also started taking treats from my fingers and takes them very gently.  Her trust grows every day!

Shelby goes back to the Vet tomorrow to have her stitches removed and get a booster shot.  She has been on antibiotics for a week, so b oth the ear infections and the yeast infection are cleared up now.  She is ready to find her forever home now.  Fast movements scare her so she should go to a home with children 10 or over.  Young children don’t understand that she needs time to learn to trust people since everything is new to her.  She also needs a physical fence to keep her safe and allow her to go potty without knowing someone is watching her. 

If you have a confident resident dog that Shelby could follow and learn from and think that she would be a great match for your family, please contact your placement advisor.  She is a big love bug and will be a great addition to someone’s family!

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