Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Golden Retriever (medium coat)
Weight: 45 lbs
Height: 24 in
Estimated Birthdate: 2/11/2014
Fence Needed: Yes, a physically fenced yard that is secure is non-negotiable for Starla. She cannot walk on a leash. She will not walk on a leash. She will run if given the slightest opportunity. In her fenced yard she is happy and readily to her caregiver. Without the security of the fence she would not. Starla got out once. We finally trapped her in a creek bed with high sides so she could not get out.
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: breeder release
Special Needs: Starla is spayed, up to date on vaccines, and heartworm negative. Starla was treated under eye care specialists at UGA. She had cataract surgery with a lens implant on her left eye. She had cataract surgery with no lens impact on her right eye. Starla has responded beautifully to her cataract surgery and is a different dog with her vision restored. However, please note that while her vision is much better than before (she no longer bumps into things) we don’t think she is 20/20. Starla is currently on an ongoing eye medication. She is given one small dot (it’s a jelly substance) in each eye three times a week of a simple neo-poly-dex (antibiotic with mild steroid). At 1800petmeds, it is $19.99 for a tube and the tube lasts about 6 weeks.
What kind of home would be best for me: We are seeking a home with an experienced puppy mill rehabber, most likely someone who loves the golden breed and who has patience and time. We also think her new home must be female - Starla does not trust men.
Please understand that at her age, Starla is never going to be the shining, bouncing, gregarious golden that she should be. Her personality was molded and shaped in an environment she should never have had to live in - too many dogs, not enough space and vision impaired so she had to find her way through sight and nose only. Starla has dog buddies here but she really does not need another dog. She needs a patient person. She has one caregiver who she think is perfection. The rest of us are accepted but not loved like she loves Kailyn. Her home must have a fenced in yard that is secure without exception. We strongly recommend a GPS tracking collar because if she ever gets out until she bonds to you, she is going to run. Once she bonds to you and makes you her person, things will be different. She may play and bounce if she gets out of the fence, but the one time it happened to us, she finally came back when she realized play was over and her caregiver was seriously worried.
What is my personality like: Starla is such a loving and compassionate dog to the right person. The only she wants is to have a person that loves her as much as she loves them! Starla is a very timid dog at first but once she warms up, she will love you forever. She loves head rubs & nose kisses. This is from her primary caregiver, Kailyn, who she adores. The rest of us are just staff. Seriously, all she cares is we bring food and get Kailyn back as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Kailyn is not in a position to adopt her at this time. Maybe one day but Starla’s life is passing by and Kailyn wants better for her. Whoever adopts Starla needs to understand you now have a friend for life. Kailyn wants visitation rights - or at least a lot of updates and pictures. Kailyn took Starla through all her cataract surgery rehabilitation and is very close to her girl.
Starla enjoys her crate but doesn’t like to be locked in it. She prefers the door open. She walks okay on a leash with Kailyn her caregiver - with strangers until she bonds we do not think she will do well. It will take time. Starla is a very sweet girl who just wants a forever home!
Starla does not like change - probably the result of her early visual impairment. She does not want you to move the furniture and especially not her crate. Her room is room and it’s supposed to stay put.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Shy at first. She won’t warm up until she trusts you and that could take months.
Tips and Tidbits: Starla is estimated at 8.5 years old. We celebrate her birthday as 2/11/2014.
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.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
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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