I am writing Mr. Buddy’s FINAL update. This beautiful, grand senior Golden Retriever has been ADOPTED. This is just such wonderful news to share, as this was such a heartwarming, joyous, loving, and truly great adoption.
First, I want to mention what an outstanding rescue boy our Buddy boy is! This senior Golden boy came from a very, very poor breeding situation. We (RAGOM) wanted to bring him into rescue a couple of years ago, only to be denied at that time by his “person,” and he had to remain in that mill/breeding place for another couple of years… Buddy endured, thankfully, and with rescue determination, he came into RAGOM to begin a whole new Golden Life, forever.
It takes time and patience in not only fostering these Goldens, but also go through the process to adopt these great rescues with all their history and quirks. This is because it is ALL about the dog – the passion and patience for families to adopt one of these rescue Goldens is so very special, as is the family who adopted our Buddy boy. Travel is also a consideration for many potential adoptees and fosters. We happened to be located in SD, and for several families, that entails making tough and difficult long-distance travel plans. Many things factor in (work, kids, other animals, holidays, and of course, weather). All about being prepared and willing to go that distance for that rescue dog they want to potentially adopt, and yes, being patient.
Buddy’s family did just that… So dedicated for the rescue Golden, for their own rescued canines and their preparedness for a new rescue dog and a puppy mill dog, who are so very special-needs in their own right. Being prepared for a new rescue dog by a potential family, and especially some of these dogs who come from puppy mills, is very important to the transitions on both sides. First, education on these Goldens, and being prepared with what I think is so important, is the timing of getting a new one. To be able to be around more in the beginning to help these mills dogs, who require a fence and another dog, is really a huge part. The introduction of a new dog to them, new home, the smells, and a biggie are new sounds. Most of these dogs are fearful and need to sort of start all over in a new home. This family planned accordingly to be around and slowly introduce Buddy’s new brother and potential others, too. They set up a large crate with pads, toys, water, etc. in a central location where everyone can see what is going on and how the new household works. They need their safe place. To have as many chores, etc. at home done ahead of time so as keep the new rescue as calm in the beginning as they can and just let the dog watch, listen, and learn. This is all new to them. Having a dog bed and a schedule in place for the day and night routine. Routine is huge for these guys. They then know what to expect and can build confidence. I had such great communications with this family and lots of questions asked and answered. So helpful to know as much about the rescue Golden as you can (feedings, habits, what they do and don’t like). Having a secure martingale lead in addition to the collar as many of these babies are a flight risk and can scare easily. The baby steps these dogs take just melt your hearts and just can’t compare to anything else! Be ready to fall in love!
I cannot express how thankful I am for the love of these rescue Goldens and providing Buddy the best forever home one could ask for. Buddy has a new beautiful Golden brother who is the same age to pal with and be a big help to adjust and lead him in the rest of his life. How wonderful is that?? As you can see, Buddy is doing wonderfully. What a great adoption!!! Miss you, Mr. Buddy… We will always love you.