SCOOTER-15-070 | M | 11 YRS
SCOOTER-15-070 | M | 11 YRS
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 11 years
Date of Birth: ~2004
Weight: 66 lbs
- Needs to be neutered - done
- Skin infection - treating, coat is growing back
- Ear infections - treated
- Needs some lumps removed - done, Benign!
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Scooter came to GRRNT due to a change in his family's circumstances. He is settling into his foster home and we will know more about him soon.
UPDATE - 1/7/2016
Scooter is a friendly little old man, but can be a little bit bossy. By bossy we mean he will let you know when he wants something by barking. He's a very routine kind of guy and has learned the routine of his foster family well. In fact, if he doesn't get his TV watching snuggle time at a specific time, he will let you know. If you don't feed him at the usual times, he will let you know. Early on, he tried to tell us he thought he should get more food, but he quickly figured out we were not falling for that one! He will also try to convince you that he should have ice cream (had to be a past favorite) any time you open the freezer door. He is not a morning doggie and really likes to "sleep in". It takes several tries and some treat encouragement to get him up and going in the morning. He's a deep sleeper and will make little noises when he must be dreaming of chasing squirrels! He will chase a ball on occasion, but if you are looking for a retriever to play ball with, he's probably not the guy.
Scooter has some arthritis and possibly some allergies. He will probably have some arthritis medication for the rest of his golden years. When Scooter came to his foster family, his back end was a little weak. He had clearly spent a lot of time just hanging out with his previous owner. He has been going on evening walks with his foster family and has really enjoyed seeing the world and building up his muscles in his back end. His night time vision on walks is really good. He can spot a rabbit from very far away. His hair from his previous skin infection upon intake is growing in well. The hair from his lump removals is starting to come in too.
Scooter appears to love everybody, but we do not know how he would do with cats. Being that he leaves his foster brother and sister doggies alone, he probably would be ok with a cat.
Scooter is house trained, crate trained and is working on leash training. As his ear infection cleared up, we think his hearing has greatly improved, but we still find he does best with hand motions when you want him to come to you. He does want to be in the same room as his people though and will let you know it when you leave the room without him.
Scooter sure is a snuggle bug that just wants to love on someone for the rest of his golden years. He would be perfect for someone that is either retired or works from home.
Scooter's stitches have been removed, he is cone free and had a bath. He is very happy to be out of the cone, not so happy about the bath part, but he is ready for Christmas now. Scooter is ready to find his forever home where he can enjoy his retirement!
The lab results on Scooters lumps and bumps came back benign, which is great news! There is one location on his bottom that will need to be watched only because the vet was not able to get the entire lump during surgery, so it could grow back again, but would only need to be removed if it causes him discomfort where it is located. He's wearing a cone to keep him from licking stitches, and he is very vocal about his dislike of the "cone of shame."
Scooter is scheduled to be neutered and have some lumps and bumps removed on December 8. We will post updates as he recovers from surgery.
Scooter is getting super comfortable in his foster home, and he is pretty funny. He's really come out of his shell. He's not completely deaf and can hear and acknowledges us when we call his name on occasion. He does better when we motion to him to come. He's very demanding (barks) for petting and food and greeting when we get home. He is feeling better with the medication for his arthritis and has had a walk or two. We thought it would wear him out, to the contrary it gave him more energy!
Scooter is quite the character. He quickly located the softest dog beg in his foster home, but also enjoys a good back scratch rolling around on his back. We think he may be about 90% deaf, because he doesn't respond to much, unless you open the freezer door. He clearly had been fed table food before. Ice cream seems to have been a favorite, he will bark at you for some. He will also bark when HE thinks it's time to eat or if he feels you haven't given him enough. He's been good about barking to indicate he needs to go out and hasn't had any accidents.
He hasn't tried to get on the couch at all. He seems happy to be on a big fluffy pillow on the floor. He could not care less about his foster family’s dogs, and even though he has not been neutered yet he shows no interest in the female Golden in the home. He does have separation anxiety and has to see you are in the same room to calm down. He's been happy to go into the crate and will put himself in there on his own, and he will sleep all night on the dog bed in the bedroom. As an older guy, he enjoys his rest, and he on occasion has been sleeping so hard foster mom has checked his breathing. He wouldn't respond to anything, until she got some food and waved it in front of his nose. He still had to be coaxed to get up! Sweet old dogs like Scooter still have a lot of love to give. Old Gold is valuable treasure, welcome Scooter into your family and you will be richer for it.
Scooter is being treated for a skin infection, and he will need to be neutered in a few weeks. He will be ready to find his forever family soon.