GUNTER-15-064 | M | 2 YEARS
GUNTER-15-064 | M | 2 YEARS
Breed: Golden Retriever Mix
Age: 2 years
Date of Birth:
Weight: 71 lbs
- Broken leg - amputated
- Needs surgery - done 10/22
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Gunter is an owner surrender to the rescue due to a divorce. Earlier this year he was hit by a car and his back leg was broken. Despite surgery to pin the break, the leg did not heal correctly. GRRNT will be consulting with an orthopedic surgeon to find out how best to treat Gunter's leg going forward.
Hey party people! My name is Gunter and I am a 2-year old Golden Retriever mix, but I have the coolest looking mug around. You can probably see from my photos. This foster family I'm staying with?...yeah, the lady keeps saying I have "guyliner" or that I look Egyptian. So here's the 411 on me.
I came from a home with many other dogs, so I love having companionship and want another dog(s) in my forever home. Cats are okay too, if you have any. I also LOVE those mini-humans I keep meeting...I think you call them "kids." I'm completely relaxed and at ease with them. Plus, they like to play - and I have LOTS of energy to burn!
Now, coming from such a crowded home, I didn't really get any attention, so I'm lacking in the obedience and manners department. I'm super-smart and love to learn though. I didn't even know what "sit" meant before. But I've since learned that and will eagerly do it before you ask me to, if there's a treat in your hand. I love learning new things, but I'm going to need some patience in doing so. Also, because of my previous environment, I've come by a lot of street-smarts. I'm quite the escape artist when you put me in my crate and leave. I've learned how to pick the lock to get out (sliding the latch over from the inside), and you'll find me hanging on the couch when you come back. My foster-lady zip tied that door up though so my escape route is shut tight. I'm crate-trained now and go in there at bedtime before I'm even asked, and I sleep quietly at night. But here's a helpful hint: a rubber Kong toy with peanut butter on the inside will keep me occupied for hours and I forget that I want to get out.
I should let you know that I only have 3 legs. You may have noticed from my mug shots. I was hit by a car several months ago. I had that injured, useless leg for a while, and doctor said it was too late to fix it. So it had to be amputated, and I am much more free without it! I am incredibly active - can run, jump and leap small buildings in a single bound. Seriously! Not much of a "retriever"... I'll go check out that ball you threw, but not likely to bring it back. Maybe you can teach me how! Also, I'm good on a leash. I pull some, but will run or jog or walk...whatever you want to do. Bet I can even out-sprint you!!
I'm good in the car and mostly just lie down and chill until we reach our destination. I like treats and am gentle in taking them from you. And I would really love if you'll teach me more tricks to do to earn them. Maximize my potential, you know?! I do have a LOT of that! Also, I like to get on the furniture, but I don't chew up any of your personal stuff or counter-surf (too much) or anything. I'd chill out on the couch or bed all day if I had my way.
So my ideal home will have at least one other dog that I can hang with and learn from, but definitely a human that will be patient with me while I grow into an awesome rule-abiding dog. And it's imperative I get lots of exercise so an active lifestyle is ideal. I'd like to get in the car and take a ride from time to time. Otherwise, hopefully you will just allow me to lie in your lap on the couch while we watch "Animal Cops"...or whatever you want, really. I just love attention and being close to people. If you have any questions or want more info, come see me at a Meet & Greet. I'll give you the low-down on all things Gunter!
Gunter visited the dog park yesterday. This kid is as fast as lightening!! His coat has filled in and his manners are getting better. He is still a very active and energetic boy!! If you tell him he's missing a leg, he will just laugh at you and keep on sprinting!
Gunter went home with his foster family a few days after surgery. He is sticking close to his foster mom right now, but getting around well. He will have a follow up visit with the vet in two weeks.
X-rays determined that Gunter's leg can not be repaired, so he will have surgery today to amputate it. Since he has not been able to use the leg for several months already, we expect his recovery will be easy and he will adjust to being a tripod quickly.
Healthcare Costs 10/26/2015: $ 1,625.00
The following individuals and families have generously donated to GRRNT in the name of this Golden. We can't thank them enough for their support! Any donations that exceed the medical needs of this dog will be used to cover medical costs of other GRRNT dogs.