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Thinking about adopting a Golden [Jun. 1st, 2011|11:57 am]
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My partner and I have an opportunity to rescue a 9-month-old Golden Retriever, whose owner can’t keep him because of changes in circumstances. We would be this guy's third home so we’re not taking this opportunity lightly, and we want to make sure that if we decide to adopt this puppy, we will be his forever home.

We had been thinking about getting a dog for a little while before this came up, and I’ve been reading about positive training, etc. I feel like we have a good idea of the responsibilities that having a dog would entail, and we’re both dedicated to taking a training class if we decide to take this puppy home, to make sure we get it right. I still have three questions for you guys that would help us figure out what is the right thing to do, and I want to hear from people with experience with Goldens, not just google:

1)For those of you who live in big cities with big dogs, how much of a problem do you think it would be not to have a car? My partner and I have don’t, although we have access to one through a car-sharing network, and I’m worried that it will be an issue. In terms of daily life, we live close to a huge park, an off-leash area, and a couple of vets, so I’m not too worried about that, it’s more for occasional trips. I’m just curious to hear about people’s experiences having big dogs and no car of their own.

2)What should we look for / ask about before we adopt this guy? We’re going to visit him in his current home tomorrow and this will most likely be the only time we can see him before we have to make a decision. We’ve already been told he has a clean bill of health, has been neutered, has a great character and is well-trained (relatively to him being 9-month-old, I assume!). Obviously we can check for some of that when we meet him, and ask for all the paperwork, but I’m wondering if there are any red flags we should be aware of, or anything that we should keep in mind as we meet the dog and talk to the current owner? I had never thought of rescuing an older puppy, and not in this situation (aka not from a rescue), and I don’t want us to miss anything.

3) Do Golden do OK in an apartment? I keep reading conflicting things on this topic (some people say 'they're huge, they need a house' and others say that they're calm dogs who are happy to lie down for most of the day). I work from home so he would not be left alone often, and we have two cats who will keep him company. We would obviously take him out several times a day, and I was picturing at least one walk featuring a lot of exercise (aka fetch, jogging, etc.). I’m also aware we can get him toys for mental stimulation and we’d like to do some training of tricks so that I can do 15mns of that occasionally during the day. We can do all that but we can’t change the fact we don’t have a yard (we do have a balcony though), and I don't know how problematic that would be. I don’t want to create a bad living situation for this dog who really needs a good home.

Thanks so much for your insight and your help!

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Update on Harley [May. 4th, 2010|03:29 pm]
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She doesn't have cherry eye after all. Just a nasty eye infection caused by allergies. The "cherry" looking thing on her eye was the inflammation and it is getting smaller. Her eye is also not as weepy as it was before. I'm so releived!
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Harley has an eye problem and I'm worried about her [Apr. 29th, 2010|03:27 pm]
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I think Harley may have cherry eye and I'm not sure how long she has had it. It slips up under her eyelid most of time and so her eye looks normal but out at the park last week I saw the huge cherry looking red bump on her eye. Poor Harley! My sister-in-law was visiting from Boston area and she's a dog groomer. She said it looked like cherry and it won't clear up on it's own. It has to be removed by a vet. It isn't very common in Goldies. Has anyone else had one of their Golden Hearts contract cherry eye?

We're taking to the vet in a few days (that is when her appointment is). I'm so worried.

Any help and advice is apprciated.
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Some pics of my dear Harley! [Nov. 3rd, 2009|11:10 pm]
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HarleyCollapse )
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Glad I found a community all about Golden Retrievers! [Oct. 22nd, 2009|11:47 pm]
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I'm cross posting from the earlier post I made in dog_lovers.

Hi everyone. I've had cats for years but recently found myself in love with a Golden Retriever. Here's Harley's storyCollapse )
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Goldens [Oct. 21st, 2009|11:10 am]
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Hello!  I'm seriously considering getting a golden retriever puppy as they seem the best fit for my home and lifestyle.  The only thing I'm wondering about them is in regards to large furniture.  Do goldens literally sink their teeth into couches or anything?  I know the solution to the problem is in the training of the animal but just wondered if this was a problem at all, in general, without training first? 

Thanks in advance!
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LOST DACHSHUND IN SIOUX FALLS, SD [Feb. 26th, 2009|01:56 pm]
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So, we now have 4 dogs at our house! Jelly Bean and Monty are our's (Nolan's and mine); Luke is still with us, the foster dog from Dakota Dachshund Rescue; and we are "temporarily" fostering Scooby, a 10 month old miniature dachshund. He is so much fun! I really want to keep him, or at least continue to foster him until he goes to his forever home. He is so loving, energetic, playful, and sociable! I know Nolan loves him to death, too, but not sure how he feels about keeping him around for a while. I bet if I offered to feed them every day (in the mornings and most of the nights, unless I'm not home and he is home), he'd be cool with it! :)

Also, for those of you in the SIOUX FALLS, SD AREA:

A FOSTER DOG FROM DAKOTA DACHSHUND RESCUE WAS LOST LAST NIGHT AROUND 8:30 PM! Below is the flier with his picture and other information. His name is RHETT and he is a LONG-HAIRED BLACK AND TAN DACHSHUND.  I guess he came from a puppy mill and is still a bit scared of strangers. However, there is a phone number to call if you see him or are even able to get ahold of him. PLEASE HELP!!!

Lost Dachshund



Please help find Rhett!
Rhett escaped from the fenced-in yard of his short term foster home. He was last seen in an open field south of S. Stockwell Circle which is in a new housing subdivision s
outh of 57th, between Cliff Ave

and Southeastern in Sioux Falls, SD.

Rhett was a breeder dog from a Nebraska puppymill that is now in foster care

   with Dakota Dachshund Rescue so may be very scared, but is a sweetheart. He is wearing a new yellow and blue collar. Please call Diane if you find Rhett or spot him: 605-310-8443.
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(no subject) [Feb. 3rd, 2009|11:18 am]
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Toots, Molly and Franklyn updateCollapse )
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Tilly's Puppies... Last Day Home [Jan. 1st, 2009|10:52 am]
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This is the day the puppies all went to their new homes. They don't like their little collars, so they keep scratching at them. But that's how I could tell which went to whom. I miss them a lot already, but we did keep one of them.

This is Louie.

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Puppies at Four Weeks [Dec. 16th, 2008|09:05 am]
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By popular demand, here is another clip of Tilly's pups closing in on four weeks. It's going to be tough to give them up, but I have a pretty rigorous interview process, so at least I'll know they'll go to good homes.

Puppies: Four Weeks
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