Justin was picked up as a stray by animal control. He is unfortunately heartworm positive, and also has an injury to his rear leg that we will have evaluated by an orthopedic specialist. Justin will not be ready for adoption until sometime in October/November.
Justin has been with his foster family for 3 1/2 months. His foster family thinks Justin is a really special boy who is going to make a family very happy. As Justin has gained confidence he has become more independent. He does not always need attention however, if another dog in the house is being pet, Justin figures he should get in on some of the action. He can be quite dramatic which he uses to his benefit. Sometimes when his foster mom is sitting on the floor petting one of the other dogs, Justin will walk over and throw himself on the floor then show his belly. This move works every time. Justin still hasn’t shown interest in toys but he sure does enjoy spending hours perched on the ottoman staring out the living room window monitoring the squirrel activity. Justin likes to be in the same room as his humans. When his foster mom or dad works from home, Justin is always napping in the office with them alongside the other dogs. He does the same when it’s time to prepare dinner. It never fails, when his foster parents are in the kitchen making dinner, Justin flops down in the middle of the kitchen.
When he’s not watching squirrels or napping, (he naps a lot!), he loves to go for walk. When he sees the leash, he cannot contain himself. He prances to the back door then back to his foster parent holding the leash, then back to the door again. Once the leash is on and he’s outside, he’s content and walks perfectly. Justin also loves meal time and he eats next to his foster siblings without issue. Similar to his excitement level before a walk, the same level of enthusiasm is displayed as his foster parents prepare his food. Right before the bowl is put before him, Justin leaps like a kangaroo.
While Justin’s foster parents are at work, he has full access to the house and has always been a good boy, never doing anything he shouldn’t. He is fully house trained and potty trained.
Justin is great with other dogs and good with kids although he hasn’t been around very small children. His foster parents think he could unintentionally knock them down when he gets excited. Justin hasn’t been around cats while in his foster home but his foster parents suspect he may view them similar to squirrels. Justin has been for car rides several times. He gets in and out of the car without a problem. His foster parents haven’t heard Justin bark since they’ve had him. He does “talk” when he’s excited (before walks and meals).
Justin is pretty close to being perfect, (his foster parents could be biased). He’s got a happy-go-lucky personality and he always looks like he’s smiling and his tail is always wagging.
June 2018 Justin has settled in quite well into his foster home. Despite his young age, he is overall calm and has good manners. Justin is most excited and energetic in the morning when his foster parents wake up. He trots from the bedroom into the dining room while talking, encouraging his senior foster siblings to also greet the day with the same enthusiasm.
Justin knows the come command and we’re working on sit, stay, and off. He would like to join his foster parents on the couch or the bed but his foster parents aren’t encouraging the behavior. However, sometimes his requests to cuddle are hard to resist. Justin gets along well with the 2 dogs that are in his foster home. All of the dogs eat their meals in the kitchen and he has shown no signs of food aggression and politely allows the other dogs to finish their meals before meandering over to lick their bowls.
He doesn’t show any interest in toys with the exception of a bone that he chewed on once. Justin would like to have a few squirrels for toys. He is quite fond of them when he goes for walks and is determined to catch one (or two) and bring them home. Justin is great on the leash and walks well with the other dogs. He is house trained and is left alone in the house when his foster parents are away. Justin is curious and clever. He did manage to figure out how to open the garbage can so his foster parents have added a locking device to prevent this. Justin is great when it comes to letting his foster mom bathe him and clean his ears. He also takes his medication easily when simply added into his food.
Justin is always watching for attention, his foster family finds it adorable that with just the sound of their voice or a quick glance in his direction Justin’s tail will start to wag. The speed of his tail wag increases if they walk in his direction, and he rolls over and begs for a belly rub as they approach.
Justin will need orthopedic surgery, and will have to go through heartworm treatment. He is a happy and loving boy, once healthy and ready for adoption Justin is sure to bring lots of joy to his forever family.
10/23/2018 Justin is scheduled for hip surgery today. He will need 4-6 weeks to recover, and should be ready for adoption sometime in December
9/10/2018 Justin had his consultation with the orthopedic vet today. They have recommended hip surgery. We will need to wait to schedule his surgery until after he is cleared from heartworm treatment. Surgery may not be done until the end of October.
8/25/2018 Justin received his second round of heartworm treatment today. He will need another month of recovery, and then we can pursue treatment for his hip injury.
7/28/2018 Justin began his heartworm treatment today. He will have another treatment in a month.
7/12/2018 Justin had xrays taken of his hip and front leg. He has old injuries we do not know how or when they occurred. The front leg seems to have already healed, but he will require hip surgery to repair the damage too his hip. He will also need heartworm treatment. With all the vet care Justin requires it will be several months before he is ready for adoption. Check back for his progress.
Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas
Helping Golden Retrievers in need in North Texas and the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex.
Our mission at Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT) is to rescue, care for, and place in permanent loving homes Golden Retrievers in need in the North Texas area and to educate the general public about responsible pet ownership as well as the special qualities of the Golden Retriever breed. We focus on cities in North Texas and the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) including Dallas, Fort Worth, FT Worth, Allen, Arlington, Burleson, Carrollton, Cleburne, Colleyville, Denton, DeSoto, Flower Mound, Garland, Grapevine, Irving, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Weatherford, Benbrook, Mansfield, Keller, Southlake, North Richland Hills, Forest Hill, Terrell, Waxahachie, Ennis, and others.
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