Sometimes I like a project. Sometimes I like a product. Sometimes I like to buy from I*ea and put stuff together. Sometimes I like my cabinets pre-made and installed. Sometimes I like to make a meal from scratch (as long as my kids do the dishes), and sometimes I like to go out for a yummy steak dinner prepared just how I like it.
Some RAGOM foster dogs are a project, they take incredible time and effort, but they turn out great and when I finish, and hand them off to their forever homes, I know my work has paid off. Some RAGOM foster dogs are like a product, they come all ready to go, prepared just how I like them, and all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the process.
Please welcome Miss Amber to RAGOM, otherwise known around our place as the Whole Package. She is the product! She's smart, pretty, gentle, well-mannered, a great snuggler, good with kids, potty-trained, interested but not obsessed with cats, likes other dogs but doesn't rely on them, playful but not demanding, eats like a dainty princess, doesn't shed too much, doesn't chew inappropriate items, is too short to counter surf, walks nicely on a flat collar and rides great in the car (and yes, she is COMPLETELY worthy of a run on sentence!). She has been in my house for less than 24 hours, and you'd think she had been here for her first two years...
Here is what I know. Amber came to us from a shelter in Kentucky with her friend Ginger 12-419. Both of them were out of time, and a fantastic rescuer stepped in and contacted us to see if we could save them. It was the start of a long journey to the Midwest, which culminated yesterday with a trip from a temporary foster in MN (thanks Gretchen!) to our place in Iowa via members of our wonderful transport team (thanks Mary and Cindy!). For the last part of the journey Amber rode on my 10-year-old niece's lap so she could get some good scratches and enjoy the view! She has met kids from 6-16, three Golden Retrievers, a St. Bernard, and a cat and gotten along great with everyone.
She appears to be 2-3 years old and is some kind of mystery mix that might or might not include Golden Retriever. The vet says she has recently weaned pups, has a cracked canine tooth (he'll pull it), and is being treated for an ear infection, but otherwise is in excellent health. Amber has adorable white patches on her neck and belly which you can see from her pictures. She is a compact 45 pounds and has the cutest pitch black whiskers on her nose. She is quite simply a treat!
She will be spayed this week, and then will be ready to go to her forever home! If you aren't too picky about the breed, and want a fantastic ready-made young friend, Amber could be the girl for you!