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At A Glance
Happy Spring to such a pretty girl who was also very brave today! Janell
|In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:|
|Entered Foster Care||Fence||Kid Friendly||Another Dog||Cat Friendly|
|2/12/2015||Required||Ages 10+||Required||Not Tested|
|This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.|
I'm so pleased to introduce Zoey, an absolutely lovely 3 1/2-year-old purebred Golden Retriever. Zoey is such a sweetie, we feel fortunate to get to foster her and help her find the family that will love her and provide her with a great home. Honest, she is just a beautiful girl with a thick, dark gold coat with reddish highlights, and she's very brave on top of being so pretty. She's gone through so much change this last week or so -- she gave birth to a litter maybe eight or nine weeks ago, at which point her owners surrendered her to RAGOM. Zoey was transported from South Dakota to her foster home, spending time in the car with a series of five different drivers, and each one commented on what a lovely girl she was! The start of the RAGOM Zoey Fan Club!
Zoey has been very cautious in learning about living in our home. We think much of all of this is new to her, but she watches what our resident dogs do and then carefully follows their lead. So far, she's learned to love exploring the fenced backyard - and she seems to really enjoy rolling in the snow no matter how cold it is. She's explored each room of the house and even mastered the stairs to the guest room, much to our surprise. I'm not sure how much experience she had with stairs, but if the other dogs were going upstairs, so was she!
Zoey claimed our sun porch as her safe spot while she settles in -- it's a heated room right off the kitchen where she can watch what's happening outside at the same time she's close to the action in the kitchen. We made a nice bed for her and she sleeps through the night easily, waking up when the rest of the dogs greet her in the morning. She has surprised us with her manners -- she has not had a single accident in the house, hasn't chewed on anything inappropriate, and shares her toys without any complaints. She takes her time eating, and sometimes we have to remind her to finish her meal. She has quickly bonded with my husband, but comes to both of us easily to be petted and for special attention and treats.
Zoey has been to the vet to catch up on her shots and is scheduled to be spayed on March 27th. She had her nails trimmed and the vet said she's in great health. We think she could stand to lose a few pounds - right now, she's 85 pounds and still has puppy tummy. The vet gave us some ointment to soothe her eyes and she doesn't mind at all when we apply this twice a day.
Zoey is going to require a fenced yard and a confident companion dog in her future home. We haven't had a chance to test her with cats or with children, but will try to make that happen in the next few weeks while we wait for her spay surgery.
We'll post updates to let you know how she's doing. Right now, we're going to work on confidence building with Zoey and helping her learn more about how to enjoy this new stage in her life.