Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota: RAGOM is a 501(c)(3) organization, rescuing Golden Retrievers and re-homing them through adoption since 1985. Serving Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Dogs Available for Adoption

Sawyer 16-183TD
(Fostered in St. Paul, MN)

Sponsor Sawyer

In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Date Available Fence Kid Friendly Another Dog Cat Friendly
3/26/2017 Physical fence required
 Ages 12+
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.


Adoption fee: $600



Welcome back to RAGOM, Sawyer!!!

So here is a little history on our sweet boy Sawyer. He arrived from Turkey living his life as a street dog. I was informed that when he arrived, he was very dirty, matted, full of bite marks, and not very trusting of humans touching him. He was adopted out in October, but was returned in late December due to showing some air-snapping at his family when they touched his belly, feet, and mouth. Sawyer moved in with me and my pack to decompress and learn from my pack what it is like to live in a home with us crazy humans and slowly learn to trust us.

Due to Sawyer's previous life in Turkey, he is not your typical, snuggling Golden. He is rather reserved, independent, and content to just stare at the trees, waiting for the squirrels to come down and tease him. He comes to you when he is looking for some short moments of sweet TLC, but then will move on to be on his own. He has had some incidents of air-snapping with me when his belly was rubbed along with his muzzle while getting some gentle rubs. Sawyer needs to go to a home without any small children where he cannot be startled, but rather a home with teenagers who know he needs time to adjust and feel comfortable on his terms. He loves other dogs, but has a very high prey drive, so a home with no cats would be ideal for him. Also, he needs a fenced-in yard to keep him from running into the street chasing all of the critters around. He gets pretty worked up to the point where I do believe an underground fencing would not contain him. Since Sawyer has been in my care, we have found out he has a low thyroid and has been doing well on the meds that he takes two times a day, along with Zyrtec two times a day for scratching. Sawyer is just the sweetest boy and is adjusting to living in a home, but just needs a family who understands his fear of being touched in certain areas and will give him the time and patience to adjust to his new lifestyle.


Sawyer has made some great improvements the last several months. I have finally earned his trust, so he is now allowing me to groom him, open his mouth to examine his teeth and put his thyroid med in his mouth, and rub his ears and belly. He no longer stares at me from across the room and will actually come up and lean into me for some loving. He also now sleeps in my bedroom at night. He still won't jump on my bed, but will pace until I get out of bed and bring his bed and lay it next to mine. The closer, the better for him. He walks great on a leash until he sees a squirrel or rabbit. He still gets pretty amped up until the animal is no longer in his view. Now, as far as his air-snapping, the last incident we had was Mother's Day weekend. It was strange because he laid down next to a female and acted like he was comfortable around her. Once she started to pet him, he turned and air-snapped at her. What I have noticed is that every person that he has air-snapped at has been a female. My feeling is that he is not the biggest fan of women, probably a result of being mistreated by one in Turkey, but he does not have any issues around men. But like I mentioned, that was Mother's Day weekend, and I have not had any further problems since. We spent the 4th up at our cabin with a cabin full of poeple, and he was just fine. I just tell the females to let him come to you. Due to his unpredictability, I still require older children/teenagers in the house and not young children. Once you have earned his trust, he is the sweetest boy. It has taken 6 months with me to finally earn it, but since he has got to the point, I am very confident that with some love and patience, he will do just fine in a new home.