ARCADIA - 16-051 | F | 1 YEAR
ARCADIA - 16-051 | F | 1 YEAR
Breed: Golden Retriever mix
Age: 1 Year
Weight: 45 lbs, very underweight
- Heartworm positive - treated
- Needs to be spayed - done
- Underweight - has gained, now 61lbs!!!
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Arcadia was picked up as a stray by animal control in Louisiana. She is currently underweight, and needs to be spayed, but will have to gain some weight before having surgery. She also has heartworms, so she will be with GRRNT for a few months while she undergoes treatment. Arcadia is brand new to GRRNT, and just settling into her foster home. We will post information about Arcadia once his foster family gets to know her. Arcadia will not be ready for adoption until sometime in December.
Arcadia is a very gentle and sweet girl, who is a little timid around people. She loves to be hugged and she gets along great with her foster fur-sister Ginger (who is an 8 yr. old Golden Retriever).
Arcadia is starting to make a connection with her foster family. It is taking her some time to trust foster mom and foster dad, and to know that she is safe. She finds comfort and safety in her kennel and will go in there on her own. She has started to spend more time around her foster family and walk up for love and hugs, but other times the wrong movement of your arms or excitement in your voice and she is off to her “safe place”. She actually runs away when trying to coax her. If her foster family tries to coax her into the house from the yard, or into another room, she shies away. It is taking time and positive reinforcement to make her feel safe. Surprisingly, foster mom had several women over for a game night and Arcadia was very social, walking among the ladies and being petted. She stayed in the room with them and seemed to enjoy the attention.
Arcadia usually sleeps in her kennel at night in the same room with her foster family, however since she is not housebroken yet, her door is closed. She does not mind this at all. In the morning foster dad lets everyone outside for a bit and then they come in the bedroom and jump on the bed to visit with foster mom, Arcadia, surprisingly will cuddle up with foster mom, and will be very loving and happy girl.
Arcadia is not a picky eater, but she does take her time and will not take treats from your hand readily. Since she is eating three times a day, to help gain weight, she eats separate from her foster fur-sister. Arcadia and Ginger are just now starting to play together, running and wrestling. She likes to be outside and sometimes will not come in the house even when foster mom and dad try to persuade her.
Since Foster family is still trying to gain Arcadia’s trust and make her feel comfortable, they have not started any training for “sit”, “wait”, “no”; although they use these commands as often as possible. Along with “let’s go potty”. She does not counter surf and does not bark much, she has not chewed on anything and does not dig in the flower beds. Arcadia will get right in the car and is great riding in the back seat. She walks on a leash very well. Arcadia is very happy girl, just a little shy and slow to trust completely.
Arcadia has gained 11 pounds since 10/1 and has been spayed (on 10/18). She began heartworm treatment on 11/1, and will go back to the vet in a month for the second half of her treatment. Over the next 6-8 weeks she will have to stay very quiet, so her foster family will be concentrating on just loving for her. There will be time for training and socialization once she is finished with her heartworm treatment.
Arcadia is wrapping up her heartworm treatment, she is up to 61 ½ pounds now, looking very healthy, and has been released from care. She has been a trooper through her heartworm care, since she likes to be outside and active and that had to stop for a while. The Vet has instructed, for the month of December she can go on short walks and does not have to be on leash when she goes outside for potty. She can play outside but if getting too active, she should come in and settle down.
She is a beautiful sweet and gentle girl, she has her moments when she will come up for love and wants attention, but It is taking some time for her to be trusting still. She has the tendency to shy away and it will take a very patient forever family to bring her out of her shell. The times she does engage you she is so loving and loves to cuddle on the bed in the morning that you don’t know why she is so shy other times.
She likes going for walks, and now that we can again, I think this will help with her shy/standoffish tendency. She is sleeping out of the kennel at night and has free reign of the house overnight. She has not chewed on anything and she has not had an accident overnight, but is not fully potty trained yet. She has not been around children or cats, so I am not sure how she would be, but I would be surprised if she was anything but gentle and sweet.