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Old 06-29-2011, 09:47 AM
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In the last two weeks I have adopted Hank (well he was called Joda) an eight year golden. Great dog, a little out of shape and with no obvious health issues. He hasn't been walked much and still has a lot of his undercoat. I have started slowly walking him twice a day - about a mile each time. Have started grooming Hank and am working at getting the undercoat thinned out a bit. I had him at my cottage for the first ten days and we will be heading down there again tomorrow afternoon for another ten days.

Hank is the first older golden I have had and the first male. Two other goldens, both Sandy, were females. The first had to be put down due to lack of recovery from drugs for air plane trip and the second Sandy got hit by a truck chasing a cat at 2. Had a golden-sheppard cross last year but was way too much sheppard so found him a home where a sheppard's protective traits were more appropriate.

Any thoughts comments on what to expect would be more than appreicated.
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Welcome and thank you for adopting a senior golden. I think you will find him happy to have a good home and ready to share your love.
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You can expect a very loving and easy companion. Old Gold is treasure. Thank you for adopting him. We love pictures so please post some of Hank.
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God bless you for adopting and loving a Golden Retriever.
I am sure that HANK will repay you ten thousand fold for loving him!
Glad that you are working to get him walking on a leash and brushing him!
You are wonderful. A groomer can help with the undercoat and they also sell something called the Furminator at Petco, Petsmart

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend and I would not let him off leash, to be on safe side. God forbid he gets lost or stolen.

We'd love some pics. If you don't know how to post them, email me with HANK in Subject Line and I will post for you.

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Grooming is a great bonding experience as well as a great way to keep tabs on any lumps and bumps that may appear....

Congrats on your adoption! :-)
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Older Goldens are something truly special. I think you'll be so happy with your decision to adopt Hank.

What you can expect is probably what you're getting now. A patient, dedicated, fun-loving guy who will love to be with you. He probably LOVES your cottage. Do you have water where he can swim?

Sounds like you've made a good match! Do you have any photos?
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Thank You for adopting a senior golden.... When our rescue gets seniors, they are over looked for a younger one. Its so sad but they sit for a while....
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Oh, thank you so much for adopting an older golden. I think what you see is pretty much what you'll get, personality-wise and energy-wise, but a little training and lots of love and patience will help him blossom.

It's always so nice to hear about the older ones getting adopted and getting the wonderful life they deserve!!
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Thank you for adopting him. I am sure he will be a wonderful dog. Please have his thyroid checked as soon as possible. It is very common for a dog his age to be low.
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Never thought of thyroid but makes sense. That is something for sure I will have checked when I get Hank into the vet - thanks for that!
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