ZUZU-17-132 | F | 2 YEARS
ZUZU-17-132 | F | 2 YEARS
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 2 years old
- Completed heartworm treatment Oct. 2017
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Zuzu came to GRRNT as an owner surrender where she spent the first two years in the backyard by herself. She has just completed heartworm treatment and is ready to find a family that can help her transition from an outside dog to a member of the family. She is a beautiful Golden 70 lb. girl with luminous golden eyes and typically happy-go-lucky personality around people. She will be best in a family with older or no kids because she is so strong, and someone who is home at least part of the day.
Zuzu is house-trained and crate trained. She likes her crate and will go in on her own with a few treats and a Kong with treats and peanut butter. She needs to be crated if she is home alone, as she will damage window shutters and pillows. She is happiest if there is a human nearby and will follow them from room to room. She will make sure you never have to go to the bathroom or that scary basement by yourself again – Zuzu will be your furry shadow. She sleeps by her foster’s bed on the floor each night and doesn’t roam the house (she does occasionally snore).
Zuzu loves her toys, especially squeaky balls. She will chase the ball outside and then play keep away instead of dropping it for another toss. She is a counter surfer (level: Expert) and is not after food, so much as something her human has had recently – sunglasses, mail, books, notebooks, magazines, shoes, socks, sweaters, litter scoops, boxes, cushions, etc. She loves to play chase with these treasures. Drop It command is a work in progress. Her family will need to be careful to pick up their possessions and keep a neat kitchen counter.
Zuzu has been living with two cats at her foster and gets along with them, although she wishes they would play ball with her. She loves their food and their poop, both are equally tasty to her. If her new home has cats, having a separate place to feed the cats and maintain their litter will be needed.
Zuzu has not been well socialized to other dogs and is reactive (barking and lunging), especially with smaller dogs. Because of this, she won’t be a good candidate to take to dog parks, doggie parties, or shopping at PetSmart or anywhere where there might be dogs. She should be an only dog. Her foster has been working with her every day to become more comfortable after talking to a dog behaviorist. She is not aggressive but does jump and lunge at other dogs and at 70 lbs., she can be hard to control and overwhelming to another dog. She will need a family that is experienced with bigger dogs and be willing to continue her training.
Zuzu loves being near her humans and is making up for the two years where she didn’t have much interaction with a family. She likes laying on the couch while her foster watches TV or sitting on the porch as the weather gets cooler. She is getting used to being brushed, and after trying to chew on the brush will settle down and enjoy it. She loves food and will do anything for a treat. She is not food aggressive or a resource guarder and she doesn’t pester people while they eat.
Zuzu won’t be at meet and greets because of her reaction to other dogs. If you are interested in meeting this beautiful girl, we can schedule a meet and greet at her foster’s home.