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Old 12-17-2012, 07:30 PM
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HELP! Opinions on potential rescue Golden mix pup needed!

My gut is saying to go with adopting this Golden mix pup. As with many rescues in New England, this litter of pups is from the South and are being transported by truck to New England. My problem with this is that you get a pup sight unseen as most puppies are adopted before they are transported. I am lucky these guys even had a video..usually it is just a picture of the puppy. It does make me nervous to adopt without being to interact with the puppy and checking them out.

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Adopt a Pet :: Forest Furballs (JA) - Barrington, RI - Golden Retriever/Chow Chow Mix

The mother of this litter is a spaniel mix..to me she looks like English Setter or Springer Spaniel mix. I am going through the approval process for one of the cream colored Golden type pups..a male pup with a white blaze on his forehead. The father they think is Golden and chow mix. It is the chow part that worries me a little. My Golden, Dawson, who recently passed away, was dog reactive and I do not want that to be the case with this dog. But, the mama is very sweet and calm in the video and I figure if you add in the Golden connection from the daddy, then the pups could be calm! I had my interview today, the references have been called and my home visit will be next.

What I like about the cream pups in the video is that they while all the other black ones are bouncing around, they keep approaching the mama and just patiently wait in front of her. Or, they go and sit by the foster mom who is videoing them. I need a nice calm pup at my age, if possible, that is in tune to me and my daughter. They look like they are very attentive and don't see to mind when their brothers and sisters body slam them!

Could you all let me know what you think?? Do you see chow in these pups (well, I know the curled tail is not from the Golden contribution!).

Thanks for your help

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Old 12-17-2012, 07:41 PM
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We had a rescue GR/Chow mix. He was the best dog we've ever had and we've had some pretty greats dogs! He had the sweetest disposition, was easy to train, walked off leash and never left my side. I could cry just thinking about him I miss him so much.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:48 PM
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I would have difficulty adopting a pup sight unseen from a rescue--it would be another story if the pups were transported North and then went into foster before being adopted out. One video captures how the pups were at that moment--30 min before it was taken or 30 min after, the dark pups may have appeared more calm as opposed to the light colored pups. So unless, the foster parent had been with the pups for several weeks and you had confidence in the foster's analysis of each, I think it would be difficult to search out the pup with the right temperament. As for what could be in the mix, I wonder if Akita is a possibility.

I have worked transports through golden rescue where goldens left from Oklahoma to Arizona, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Some went straight into their preselected adopted homes and others went into foster homes. We spent a lot of time communicating with the gaining rescue and sometimes even the adopters about the goldens' quirks, temperament, activity level, etc.

That being said, if you're gut is telling you to go for it and you've done well listening to your gut--then go for it. I can't imagine how empty your home is right now. All dogs need a home--even those with the traveling salesman for a dad. Good luck in your decision!
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Didn't know if you have your heart set on a golden--but it appears the Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue supports adoptions in the northeast--might PM Lennap who adopted through this group...provided of course your heart hasn't already been captured by one of the pups.

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Didn't know if you have your heart set on a golden--but it appears the Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue supports adoptions in the northeast--might PM Lennap who adopted through this group...provided of course your heart hasn't already been captured by one of the pups.

MAGRR New England
My coworker is adopting an 8 year old female Golden from MAGRR and the dog is arriving on the same transport truck on the same day as these puppies. I have been talking to her daily about her adoption and she is a BIG believer in MAGRR. They are definitely a rescue that I will consider if I do not go with this pup. Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:20 PM
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I should add that the foster mom, who has been fostering them in Missouri, has had them since they were newborn. She said that these pups are the most evenly tempered, socialized pups she has ever had in fostering. But, I take that with a grain of salt. I have asked for them to keep the pup in foster care for a week as I cannot get off from work until after January 1st. After the 1st, I will take vacation for 2 weeks and my 22 year old daughter will be home to help. This would be the ideal solution..I would meet the pup when he arrives this Saturday and check him out. Then I would take him home after the 1st. They are getting back to me about picking him up later after they see if a foster home can take him for that week.

Honestly, the rescue procedure in New England just puzzles me. Many, many, many people are adopting sight unseen. And, of course, this works out great for the rescue groups as they can bring another shipment of dogs without tying up the foster homes. It is frustrating.
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I just hope all of these groups have a backup plan for the pups if it's not a match.
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I understand the reluctance to adopt sight unseen, but I swear by MAGRR's process and now volunteer for them by doing home visits in NJ. All of their dogs are fostered beforre they are placed - so they know their dogs and described them very accurately.

Remy has a swallowing condition and it causes food to come out his nose, which of course causes irritation and sneezing. As his foster father said - "he will snot all over your house and then some!" It was true - but I also think it was a test to make sure I could take it. I'm so glad I passed!

I will admit that Remy was way bigger than I expected. They told me he was big, but they never used the word TALL! When I asked how much he weighed they said 70 lbs, which I then said, well that's normal for a golden male. OOPS - I forgot he was only 18 months. The reality is that he is 4 inches taller and longer than a standard golden and today at 4.5 years old, his weight fluctuates between 95-100 lbs - and he is NOT fat. I would not trade him for anyone!

As far as having a back up - MAGRR in fact has several. They partner with Delaware Valley as well as several further north (sorry can't remember names). I cannot say enough positive things about my MAGRR experience, which was not true of some of the rescue groups closer to my home.

If anyone has any questions or concerns - please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to answer any and all - honestly and openly.

Best of luck!!!!!!!
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