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At A Glance
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Entered Foster Care||Fence||Kid Friendly||Another Dog||Cat Friendly|
|June 6, 2015||Physical preferred||Yes!||Optional||Yes!|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
Meet Zoe, RAGOM’s newest beauty! She is a 2 year old spayed Golden Retriever. She weighs 69 pounds (needs to lose 10-15 pounds.) Zoe comes from a loving family that felt they were no longer able to give her the time and exercise she needed. She was well cared for and her personality shows that she is a happy, confident, well-loved dog. I know it wasn’t easy for her former family to surrender her, but they made the loving decision with her best interest in mind. We promise to find the most amazing forever family for her!
Zoe has been to the vet and gotten her heartworm test and vaccinations. We will get her microchipped this week, and her vetting will be complete. She was heartworm negative, but Zoe did test lyme positive. She also tested positive last year, and had a full blood panel and urinalysis done, along with being preemptively treated with antibiotics. Since she’s been treated in the past, and she’s not showing symptoms currently, she does not need to be re-treated. The test can’t tell if it’s an old infection or a new infection, so it’s likely that she could test positive for several years or for her whole life, without her ever showing any symptoms. Zoe also has a wart like sore on her head, which gives her a funny cowlick on the top of her head. Our vet did not suggest removal unless she was under anesthesia in the future for a dental, etc, and only then if it was draining or causing issues. Looking back in her medical history, she’s had it for quite some time and never had any issues with it. My vet did not seem concerned about it and doesn’t think it will cause her any issues. Also in Zoe’s notes are several visits to the vet for diarrhea. Since arriving here, she has not had any diarrhea. She’s currently on a low residue diet, which we will continue, and then try to ease her onto an otc food that she can handle. It’s possible that she may need the low residue food her whole life, but it’s also possible that she can be transitioned to a limited ingredient food that she tolerates well. Her medical notes state that she often ate rabbit poop and sometimes even road kill, so that could attribute for her GI issues, too!
Zoe LOVES playing with her foster brothers, Finn (almost 4 years old) and Sully (6 months). They run, play tug, wrestle, play fight, and just enjoy each other’s company. In her former home, she did not have any other dog siblings, but she frequented the dog park every week. While I don’t think she requires another dog in her forever home, I think that she would love to have occasional play dates or trips to the dog park so she could enjoy the company of other dogs and burn off some energy. Zoe has met our two cats and quickly learned that they are the boss, and to stay away from them! She would have zero issues living with a family that had cats.
Zoe grew up with a teenage aged kid and has a 10 year old girl in her foster home. I think she would do well with kids of any age, as long as the family knew that the kiddos may get knocked down occasionally when she’s excited. I also think that Zoe would do best in a home with a physical fence. Her recall, especially when she’s outside and focused on other things, is poor, and she rarely comes when I call all of the dogs inside. Her surrendering family reported that she would also chase cars if she got loose, but we have not seen any interest in her chasing cars here (and we live on a busy road.) Zoe is a sweet, loving, incredible dog. Everyone who met her on transport to her foster home fell in love with her! She loves to snuggle on the couch! Zoe has done great being crated for a work day and has sought out her crate for naps. We had bad thunderstorms the other night and I woke up to check on her, only to find her sprawled out sleeping in her crate, oblivious to the thunder and lightning! She has no other anxieties that we have noticed. Zoe does need some work walking on a leash (she pulls), so we will introduce the Gentle Leader this week as we start with some more training with her. Being a young dog, Zoe will require lots of exercise and I highly recommend obedience training with her. She knows some basic commands, but she won’t always listen when I ask her to do something! Zoe rides great in the car and is always up for a new adventure! We have gone on a few hikes and she loves to watch out for wildlife.
Do you think this gorgeous girl could be a good fit for your family? Contact your placement advisor today… she’s sure to be a hit!