Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Golden Retriever (long coat)
Weight: 71 lbs and needs to be in the low 60's.
Height: 24 in
Estimated Birthdate: 6/2/2012
Fence Needed: Yes
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: owner release/health of owner
Special Needs: Weight Management will be essential for Rabbit. He's gone from 79 to 71 lbs and needs to get down into the low 60's. Rabbit's x rays showed significant lumbosacral disease and moderate right DJD of hip ( CHD ). (He will go home with 30 days of pain medication). At his age, we focused on weight control, cold laser therapy treatments and carprofen (generic rimadyl) for pain control and to increase mobility. He will never be an athlete but he is getting healthier. His breathing is still that of a heavy bodied being - this will also improve with time. He is not going to be your running buddy. He'll stay home and wait til you finish up and want to hang out on the couch.
What kind of home would be best for me: Rabbit is a wonderful golden boy who does all things golden - calm, happy, and playful. Rabbit is tenderhearted and only wants to be someone's best boy. His tender heart makes this guy quake with fear at new situations. Rabbit enjoys the company of confident dogs at the farm. A home with confident friend or as an only boy would be okay by Rabbit. Rabbit is requesting his new forever home have balls and toys and a couch - please please have a doggie couch. It is his happy place.
What is my personality like? Once Rabbit knows you're his kind of person, he will gladly lean in and bring you a ball or toy. He has very bright, golden eyes which show how much he is ready to be with his people. Rabbit does like to know where his humans are at and will be vocal trying to find them. He isn't loud and demanding, rather his whine is saying 'where are you:' This does not last long.
Rabbit gets along well with all things canine. He has never met a dog he did not like. He does not engage in play but he peacefully co-exists with them. He loves to be brushed and that is a good thing. Golden retrievers are shedding dogs. He loves cuddles so plan to brush and then hug.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Rabbit will shake and act disinterested at first. However, he likes a calm approach and soft reassurance. He is not aggressive and will let you pet him to get acclimated. Rabbit just asks for a little time to feel good about starting a relationship with someone new. If that happens, he quickly labels everyone as best friend forever.
Tips and Tidbits: Rabbit's birthdate is 6/2/2012 - he is a sexy senior. Rabbit has started his senior years with a belly. Regular walks and high quality food are a must to protect Rabbit's joints as he ages.
Rabbit is our Wal Mart greeter. He's always at the gate, wagging his tail and saying hi. He loves loves loves to be outdoors. He'll make a small nest for himself in the corner of the yard nd watch the world go by. He does not like stairs at all and needs to be encouraged to go up them. This will improve with weight loss and time. Rabbit is not good on a leash. He has been a country boy for a long time, allowed to roam at will. He'll need help with this.
House trained: Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
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Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
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