|Gender: Female Age: 4 years old|
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Needs to have a fenced environment and would benefit from obedience training.
Abby is a breeder relinquishment. She was scared to death during transport. Our transporter suspected she has limited vision and gave her extra comfort and support. Once Abby realized this she calmed, clung and trusted. We are going to have further tests done to determine her eye issues.
Abby has blossomed from a rather growly loner into a fun, friendly golden. She loves to come for petting and will do the typical golden nudge to get attention. And if that doesn't work her front paws find their way to your lap!
Abby does very well navigating despite some limited vision. She does well in typical daylight but appreciates a flashlight to help guide her when outside in the dark.
She is very comfortable now around her foster sisters and sleeps curled up next to one of them. When it is time to go outside she is the first one out the door. We do keep the screen door latched so she doesn't let herself out!
Foster Update: 5/8/20
We are still working on walking on the leash and going in the car. She is fine going for a walk where the area is familiar to her. In unfamiliar areas she tends to want to walk only a few steps before getting behind you. She does bark when she hears other dogs but is easily redirected. Car rides are not her favorite so she still requires help getting into the car. She gets very anxious but does better if someone sits in the back seat with her.
It is easier for her to keep things in the same spot..food dish, water bowl and dog bed. This way she does not have to hunt for them or lose track of them. She responds very well to verbal cues and comes when her name is called. She takes treats very nicely but need the treat placed very close to her nose so she can take it .
Abby does still wear an Adaptil collar and takes a calming treat morning and late afternoon. She is currently on Apaquel for her allergies and truly needs it 2x a day. She has a lot of nasal discharge when she sneezes. Her foster mom has never had to wipe a dog's nose so much!
There has been a major change in her over the time she has been in her foster home. Now her personality is so evident and she is very sweet. Abby would do best with either another dog at home with her or someone who is home most of the time. She has really developed during this quarantine time.
Foster Update: 2/21/20
Abby has settled in very well at her foster home. Her happy personality has become more evident. Abby is no longer crated while her foster mom is at work. She has the run of the house with the resident dogs. She has become very reliable in doing her potty business when outside so accidents are rare, only happening when the routine is off schedule.
She loves running in the backyard with her foster sisters. She is very nosy and loves to check out the different smells in the yard especially first thing in the morning. Abby always goes to her crate when her foster mom is getting meals ready even though her dish is now placed outside of the crate. She seems to like the routine that was first established of eating in her crate when she first came to her foster home.
Abby is always the first one at the door to greet her foster mom when she comes home with her tail wagging!
Foster Update: 1/5/20
Abby is now house Trained with the exception of occasionally needing to use a pee pad at night. She will now go outside and do her business in the fenced yard without having to be taken out on a leash, which is a big step for her. She is crated while her foster mom is at work and she will go willingly into her crate at times on her own for a break and during meal time she goes into her crate to wait for her food. She is not interested in playing with toys but she does love to be petted. Abby's foster mom feels she would do best in a home with no small children just because of her visual limitations and some one who will be patient with her while she adjusts to a new home, just like she has adjusted to her foster home and her foster siblings. Abby is a very sweet girl who is going to make someone a great companion.
Foster Update: 12/2/19
Abby is beginning to relax in her foster home. She appears to have some vision and is not afraid to explore her foster home or the fenced in yard, although she does occasionally run into things. She will occasionally growl at one of her foster siblings when they move too fast around Abby and startles her, but other wise they are getting along fine and sleep together with no issues. Abby is crated while her foster mom is at work and while she eats. They are working on house training. Abby loves to be petted and has a tail wag that shakes her entire little body. Abby is going to make someone who is willing to be patient with her a great companion.
Foster Photo 1-19-20 :
Resident golden Mary (left) with foster Abby (right)
Foster Photo 11-30-19: