Buddy (07-475) and the Kauffman family
"Wishing you love and belly rubs as you start the golden life through RAGOM!"
|A portion of Tasha's medical care was paid for by a generous grant from the Golden Retriever Foundation's April Fund|
|This dog came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder and has not been adequately socialized to humans. RAGOM requires that any adoptive homes contain a physical fence (due to the risk of escape); another fairly confident medium to large sized dog to role model from (everything is new and scary for them); no children under 10 years old in the home (normal kid behavior scares these dogs). Our goal is to find the forever family for these dogs and our experience leads us to use these criteria.|
April 3, 2012
Tasha is one of 29 Golden Retrievers that was rescued from a breeder. Tasha will be 1 year old this month, but she is not your typical Golden puppy. She is VERY scared of us humans right now. She spends the majority of her day in her kennel since that is her safe spot. She instantly connected with the resident dogs and they are showing her that once she feels safe that us humans aren't so bad :) She even started play bowing with the resident dogs outside!
We got Tasha from her Temporary foster home last Tuesday night. She would not make eye contact and would just lay in the corner of her kennel. We carried her outside and back in. The other dogs have started to show her that the inside world is great. In fact on day 3 she came into the house on her own! Very slowly, but she did! :) We are taking baby steps with her. She will eat her food from our hands and LOVES treats (FM better go and buy A LOT!) ;) The main thing is we are taking it one day at a time. She will come to us when she feels comfortable, we will just continue to show her what the Golden Life is and love her. Just going to take lots of baby steps!
Tasha is not ready for her forever home. It is going to take some time for her to overcome her fears and learn to be a dog. Keep watching for her updates and the updates of all the others that were saved, and consider making a donation to help them out :)
I, foster mom, saw this quote and it made me think immediately of what time is and what it means to Tasha, who is on a slow journey to learning the Golden life.
"Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable.
Have the patience, wait it out.
It's all about timing."
Tasha is doing well, and we are making slow progress on her journey to becoming a wonderful Golden J
She would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to Buddy (07-475) and the Kauffman Family for sponsoring her! What a wonderful thing to do and it is truly appreciated!!
Tasha now barks! Why do you ask? Because she doesn’t want to be in her kennel!! J She loves to be out of her kennel so she can be with the other dogs, but still paces around the house if FM or FD gets too close. The other night she actually lay down on the floor while FD was in the recliner and FM was lying on the floor. Baby steps J She will let us slowly pet her now and actually leans in because she likes it! Yay!
She is also VERY food motivated J FM sat down in the recliner to watch the news the other day and eat a piece of pizza, and boy was FM surprised when Tasha jumped up and put two paws on her lap to get a better smell of the pizza!! Silly girl!! J
She of course is not fully house broken and that is to be expected. She doesn’t have a lot of accidents and actually will let FM or FD lead her to the door on her leash! We put her on her tie-out and she likes to come in on her own now too! We also have a bell on the door so the dogs can let us know when they want out, and the other day she went over and nudged it! I think we have a smart girl on our hands! J
Keep watching for updates as we keep working with this wonderful girl!
April 24, 2012: What a big day for Tasha, it's her birthday! Happy Birthday Tasha, you are now 1 year old.
Tasha has a new foster home because her previous foster mom had to change jobs and cannot give her the time and attention she needs. She's only been here for two days and she is already making herself at home. Her new kennel is still her safe place but she has been brave enough to venture out and do a little exploring in the house. She has two fur sisters, a golden and a terrier. So far she has bonded with our resident golden, a former RAGOM girl named Ellie. You can really see the change in her attitude around the resident dogs, much happier, going up to them, and following them around. No playing yet but we are hopeful.
Tasha is still trying to figure out how to interact with the people. She seems interested but still keeps her distance. If you get too close, she either runs away or will get as far back in her kennel as possible. Tasha did take a special birthday treat of a hot dog wrapped in ham from foster dad's hand today. That was pretty special.
One thing that Tasha does enjoy is being outside. Her new foster home has a large fenced in yard and Tasha gets to run around free (with a 50' lead and two collars attached), perhaps for the first time in her life. She seems quite happy and has a beautiful gait. At times it almost looks like she is prancing around more than running. FM and FD will either sit on the deck and watch her or sometimes go back inside and keep an eye on her through the window. Unfortunately Tasha seems partial to the parts of the yard with no grass, like some bare spots back in the trees and the gardens. So the last few mornings she's come back inside almost black from getting into the dirt. Fortunately she dries quickly in the kennel and most of the dirt then comes out. We don't think she's up for the trama of a bath yet. Tonight we picked up some garden fencing and closed off the gardens and trees to keep her from getting so dirty. Hope it works.
We'll try and get some pictures with our next update. So far she is still a bit too scared to let us get close enough for good pictures. She really is a beautiful light colored golden so we're looking forward to getting some great pictures so we can show her off.
We can't believe it's been a month, where has the time gone! Guess it's time for a Tasha update and some new pictures.
Looking back 4 weeks, we can't believe how far Tasha has come. When she first got here, she was so scared of people that you couldn't get within 20 feet of her without her running away and hiding in her kennel. Outside, she would run for hours to keep away from us. Fortunately we had a 50' lead on her or we would never get her inside. But now, her comfort level has increased to the point that she will approach us for attention and pets. She is most comfortable if you are sitting or lying down. Still working on getting her to trust us when we are standing up and towering over her. The result is we have spent a lot of time on the floor. Our other dogs love it, they view it as an invitation for some rough housing and play. At first Tasha just watched. But now she actually tries to get in on the action, as long as the action doesn't get too rough.
Tasha had a guest after her first week here, another one of the puppy mill dogs, Khloe 12-100, while Khloe's foster parents were out of town for a long weekend. We aren't sure if Tasha and Khloe recognized each other from their days a the breeder but they did get a long great and Tasha was nice enough to share her kennel a few times.
Tasha went into the vet about two weeks back to get the last of her shots, as well as her heart worm and fecal test. She weighed in at 43-44 pounds, which the doctor said was a great weight for her. And the good news is, all the test results came back negative. Right after that she got her spay done, probably the scariest day she's had since coming to live with us. But that evening when we picked her up from the vet, she actually leaned into us for comfort. Guess we were not as scary as the vet that day.
In preparation for her trip to the vet, foster mom and dad took Tasha and our resident golden for a short ride in the truck every evening. We started the first day or two by just getting both dogs into the truck. When Tasha seemed to settle down, we would start the truck so she got used to the noise. Her first ride lasted only 5-10 minutes. By the time we needed to take her to the vet, she was taking 20-25 minutes rides on the highway. Guess what they say about "dogs love trucks" really is true.
As far as leash training, Tasha is doing better. At first, the 6 foot leash put people too close to her personal space for her comfort. But now she will walk along on the leash, a few feet behind us just in case she needs to escape some scary situation. But we are making progress. Some day we may be able to get her out of the yard and take her for a walk in the neighborhood.
Tasha is getting more free run of the house when we are home. Her kennel is still her safe place, however, she prefers to not have the door latched. When we leave the room, she follows us around the house and likes to keep us in sight. Within the last week, she has started coming into the bedroom at night and sleeping in a kennel next to the bed. One day we hope she'll learn to jump up onto the bed and give it a try. Of course, with two other dogs already up there, it may not leave any room for us humans.
As we mentioned in a previous update, Tasha loves being outside and running free in the yard. When we watch her outside, we get a glimpse at Tasha being a happy and normal dog. The other day we were watching her from the window as she was chasing and playing with a tennis ball. She would pick it up, shake it around and hop a bit, then let it drop and bounce on it. She looked so happy and normal. We're hoping that she becomes as comfortable inside as she is outside.
For all the progress Tasha has made, we recognize she still has a ways to go. We are amazed at times how much she is learning from her fur sisters. She watches everything they do and imitates them. Sometimes it seems she is learning more from our other dogs than from us. Guess it doesn't matter who gets the credit as long as she learns.
Welp, it's time to finish this update. Tasha is behind me right now sniffing the back of my head and sticking her nose under my arm to get some attention. She loves getting pets, as long as you are sitting or lying down of course.
Tasha's adoption is complete! Her new home is now with John and Karen and her new fur sister Abby. I am very impressed with John and Karen. They are very patient and understand that Tasha is a work in progress and a learning experience. We have been working with them for multiple visits to their home to get Tasha comfortable while John took on the project to install a fence in their back yard (in this heat) so they could adopt Tasha.