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I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.
Oliver is a classic Golden in so many ways. He is sweet, easy going, very good with everyone he has met, including his foster brother, and is quite smart.
He knows the basic commands - sit, down, and (we think) stay, but that one may take a bit of work once he is over his "where am I ???" stage.
He also was trained not to rush out the door - waiting very patiently at the threshold until released.
It appears he may have had leaner times in the past. When he arrived in Colorado, he was skin and bones, recovering from flea and tick issues, on antibiotics, in need of neutering and a small tumor removal, and positive for heartworm.
But here is the good news: He has remained sweet and compliant throughout all of his treatments. He has been neutered, had his small tumor removed (it was cancerous, but not an aggressive variety, and the vets believe they removed ample margins and he has been given a good prognosis). He is putting some meat on his bones - he weighed 75 pounds when he arrived, and his foster parents think he will be a stunning "field" Golden at just over 80 pounds when he fills back out. His heartworm (HW) has been evaluated as early/low stage, so everyone is optimistic he will have a full recovery - please see heartworm information below. He will begin his HW treatment mid February and may be available for adoption in early March - but only to a home that understands HW recovery, and can provide that life saving, quiet environment for several months.
His low energy level is already improving, and on his short walk to the yard and back he perks up and walks right next to you, using his nose to gently engage, prancing a bit, showing his personality and happiness. He is great with his foster brother, and although momentarily a bit assertive with new dogs, he very quickly understands it's OK, and settles right down. Once healthy, he would do well with another dog in the house. He hasn't shown any prey instincts, and has been welcoming to everyone he has met.
This boy is a true rescue - he wouldn't have lasted much longer in his deteriorating condition, and he shows every sign of returning to a full, healthy and happy life. Foster dad says he is one awesome, sweet Golden!
Oliver has tested positive for heartworm and will be receiving heartworm treatment. He will need to be on a no activity regimen for the first 30 days while he recovers from this treatment and on a low activity regimen for 6 months.
Both his treatment and blood test after 6 months are paid for by GRFR at one of our contracted vets. Oliver's forever family will need to be sure he takes a monthly heartworm preventative year round. Some people might be leery of a dog like Oliver who has had heartworm, but there is no need to be. It is both curable and preventable.
For more information, please take a look at www.goldenretrieverfreedom.org for updates. Please review the adoption requirements before submitting an online application.