TEMPEST-16-141 | F | 2 YEARS
TEMPEST-16-141 | F | 2 YEARS
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 2 Years
Weight: 54 lbs., underweight from nursing
- Heartworm positive
- Needs to be spayed - done 9/6/16
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Last week GRRNT was contacted by a local animal shelter asking if we could take in a Golden Retriever mama dog and her 5 puppies, who are all black! Welcome Tempest, Anthony, MacBeth, Cleopatra, Othello, and Hamlet.
Tempest is a lovely, 2 year old young lady. She has been a good mama, but her babies are old enough to move onto their own homes, and will be ready for adoption in the next couple of weeks. Tempest, sadly, has heartworms. She will be with GRRNT for a couple of months so she can be spayed and undergo heartworm treatment.
When Tempey, as her foster parents call her, first arrived in her foster home she was timid and scared and not friendly with her canine foster siblings. But in a short time she came around, and now she fits in well and plays with one of the canine foster sisters (her second foster sister would usually prefer to be left alone.) Tempey is very playful now, and has even started cuddling with her canine housemate, but foster dad cautions she should have slow and calm introductions to other dogs so everyone is happy.
Tempey may have been an outside dog prior to coming to GRRNT. She gets a little anxious when she is left home alone, but not extreme. She would prefer not to be crated, but usually settles down after a few minutes. Her foster parents have allowed her to sleep out of the crate, and she is sleeping well all night on a bed in their room. She eats very well, and since she was nursing puppies prior to coming to GRRNT, and may not have gotten enough food during that time, she was somewhat underweight, so she’s been getting extra portions to help her catch up on her nutrition. She will jump on counters, but is learning what "off" means. Although her housemates occasionally get into things they shouldn’t, Tempey hasn't destroyed anything like her foster family’s own dogs! She loves to fetch and has lots of energy, but she is not hyper.
Tempey’s tail is like a whip, and she wags it so hard she has actually caused an injury to the tip. It’s been a little slow to heal since it never stops wagging, but we think it's finally almost healed. If she bangs it on a wall or hard surface, it could open back up, so if she's crated, we would suggest lining 3 sides of the crate with something soft.
Tempey really just loves attention, she just loves touch and will come right up to you. She loves to cuddle with her people and is a real couch potato and lap dog. She wants to make sure she gets her fair share of loving if one of the other dogs is getting petted, and will nuzzle her way to the front of the line. She will love you back like crazy. She gets attached and is a little clingy, but will also lie down by herself. She can be skittish, but not overly so. Sudden moves or noises can upset her temporarily, but she's been ok with recent storms. We think she may have been handled harshly in the past, but her foster parents give her an A for transitioning from that, and think she will adapt easily to her new home and family.
Tempey is going to make some lucky family very happy. She has so much love to give.
Tempest is scheduled to be spayed today. We will give her time to recover from spay surgery, and then schedule her first heartworm treatment at the end September. The second round of treatment will not be done until the end of October, and we expect Tempey will not be ready for adoption until around Thanksgiving.