We are so happy to introduce Simon. He is such a beautiful, sweet boy and everyone who meets him falls in love. Simon came to RAGOM from a smaller breeder who wanted him to have a wonderful family life. We promised her that we would find that for him.
Simon is a gorgeous cream colored golden boy with a big blocky head and shorter, squat stature. He weighed in at his first vet visit at a whopping 102 pounds. While he is overweight, he really only needs to lose about 12 pounds to be at his ideal weight. He does take a twice a day dose of thyroid meds and his recent blood tests showed that his thyroid levels are perfect at this dose. He will need to continue on these for life.
Additionally, Simon has a white spot in each eye that appeared about 2 months ago and he will be seeing an eye specialist in a few weeks to determine what these are. They do not bother him at all nor do they affect his vision. We will know more after his visit and I will update at that time. Other than these things, he is in perfect health.
We have had Simon with us for 10 days now and he is acclimating to life as a family member like a champ. At first, all the noises of a normal home were scary to him and he panted and paced as he settled in. He will still startle a bit at sudden noises, but he is doing just great. We have seen that he does actually watch TV and videos on the computer.
What is most important for him is that he have another large resident dog that continue to show him what life as a family member is all about. While he does not engage too much with our two resident Goldens, he is always watching and learning from them.
Last weekend we did a quick overnight up to our cabin and we very quickly learned that Simon absolutely loves the water. We were just barely out of the car and he hightailed it to the lake.
He didn't stop until he was fully immersed in the water and had a ball swimming, rolling around and exploring. It was over an hour until I could coax him out of the water. Once out of the water, he just had so much fun exploring the acres of property and smelling all the new smells. That night he slept a sleep of total exhaustion and content. The next morning, however, he was all about the water again!
The transition back to our home from the cabin was pretty seamless. He is learning to deal with changes and adapt. Since Simon has not been with us for that long yet, I need a bit more time for him to truly settle in and tell me what his forever home looks like. For that reason, I have marked him as unavailable. We did want him posted though so he could attend the meet and greet on Saturday in Edina. It is so important to continue to expose him to new experiences to see how he does.
One thing we are very sure of, however, is that Simon cannot have a home that relies on an invisible fence to keep him contained. He startles easily with new sounds and this would definitely freak him out. A tie out or physical fence would work for him. He will also need a very confident dog in his forever home. Please keep watching our updates for this sweet boy.