A quick introduction…
While some dogs come from loving homes going through a rough time, a huge majority of our dogs come with BAGGAGE – and not the good kind like fluffy dog beds, stainless bowls, and bags of toys. They have lived on the street, been abused, neglected, over-bred or under-socialized. They have limited, if any, training, and many have never seen a vet. They are what we call “project dogs”, meaning fosters AND adopters have some hard work to do to help them be successful! We can’t order up our dogs by size, color, gender, age or personality, and we don’t keep extras of popular pups in the back room – we have the dogs who need us most at any given time. If you are thinking about adopting one of our pups, please consider the following:
Is a Golden Retriever right for you and your family?
Goldens are friendly and fantastic family dogs, but they are also BIG, FURRY attention-seekers who shed on everything they are near all year ‘round.
Will it be a major concern if:
- There is dog hair everywhere? Tumbling across the hard floor, woven into the cushions of your furniture, on your clothes when you are 1000 miles away from home on a business trip, even in your food once in awhile?
- You keep finding tennis balls dropped in your bubble bath, or even more exciting, an 80 lb water-loving Golden decides to join you in the tub?
- Your boss is over for dinner and your furry family member parades by with yesterday’s underwear? Your teen’s phone? Or a critter he found for you in the back yard?
- You find yourself going for “drags” around the block rather than walks?
- Tonight’s potluck dish disappears off the counter when you step away to answer the phone?
- You come home from work to find your dog stretched out on the dining table wagging at you?
- Your fur-kid wants to go everywhere with you, including (especially!) the toilet because you have two hands free for scratching?
Many of these behaviors are manageable with a little thought and planning, but they do happen! If you answered “YES” to more than one or two of these questions, or they sound overwhelming in print, it will likely be intolerable in reality. We don’t mind taking dogs in because they “shed too much”, “counter-surf”, or “follow me around all the time”, but we won’t place a Golden in a home where these would be major concerns.
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