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A Treat from Turkey! Introducing Fitzpatrick

3 weeks from application to adoption day! Treat arrived from Turkey on Thursday and we brought him home today. Since we got the call about him at my husband's grandmother's house in Illinois and that is her maiden name, we decided to call him Fitzpatrick - Fitz for short.

I will post more later, we are still settling in and I have to remove a few large mats from his ears. He has a small ouch on his belly and a bigger one we saw this morning on his back that we have to watch. I can't imagine what this poor thing has been through. He is mostly shaved because he was so matted. The vet and the adoption folks think he is going to be a full coated beauty when it all grows back. I think he already is a beauty.

But for now it is forgetting about the forest in a soft cushy bed and hopefully taking a nap. He's in a confined space where no one can sneak up on him from behind - not that we would do that to him, but he doesn't know that and he needs to feel safe. He already seems to trust us somewhat, he spent the entire ride home touching me.

Welcome home Fitzpatrick. You don't know it yet, but you will never have to worry about your next meal, or where to find water to drink, you will never have to dig a hole in the ground to sleep in so you can feel a little safe, heat and cold will only be a minor inconvenience when you have to go potty outside - not a threat to your survival. You are safe now little boy, I hope we can give you the gift of just being a carefree, cherished family pet.

Unpack those bags baby, give all your baggage over to me.

He's sleeping, I consider that a good first step.
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This was the first photo we received of him, he is still in the shelter in Turkey in this one.

We were told that the "shelter" is basically a room of 50 or so dogs. They do the best they can with feeding them but they have so many dogs to feed they just throw the food down on the floor and they usually get fed only every other day or so.
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Welcome home Fitz! He's beautiful I can't wait to hear more about him!
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He arrived on Thursday the 6th with another Golden - neither dog had names so rescue called them Trix and Treat. Trix is the female and she is in the back, Treat is in the front. They estimate him to be bout 3, Trix is only about 1.5 years old. We got to meet her today too, very sweet as well.
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He spent the first night in the USA in Ossing, NY at the home of the volunteer who arranges for many of the turkey dogs to come over. We were lucky enough to meet so many amazing people during this process. Golden Retriever Rescue Inc - NJ is who handled the adoption. Trick and Treat and another little 5 1/2 month old small gray mix puppy were brought over by volunteers who were coming to America to visit relatives.

They couldn't believe the boarding facility where they house the dogs coming in from Turkey - it is a lovely kennel but to the Turkish volunteer it was the Taj Mahal.
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Welcome Fitz! We have been awaiting your arrival anxiously! I love your new name :-)


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In Turkey they don't get much time in the grass. He came form the forest which from the description doesn't have much grass and neither does the shelter.

Some volunteers feed the dogs in the forest - they strap a bag of food to their back and cut it open and run through the forest so the food spreads out and they can feed more dogs that way, it also means the dogs don't all collect in one area and fight over resources.

They sent me these photos yesterday of him in the grass, he loves to roll in it!
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Thanks Jenn, we had a few in mind, but Fitz won out!

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Welcome Fitz, he's absolutely beautiful.
Can't wait to hear more about him and of course see more pictures.

Congratulations to you all.
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Shortly after our first few minutes of meeting him. He immediately threw himself down on the ground for love.

He is shorn like a sheep! They had no choice, when the volunteers pulled him from the forest to get him in the shelter he was so matted they had to take all his feathers and chest/belly fur off. He also ended up with fleas (which they successfully treated when he arrived and I'm guarding against any larvae), so that didn't help the coat situation any. He has a small horseshoe shaped cut on his belly and then my husband found a larger bite on his back. We cut down the fur around it (poor thing is going to be a hairless soon) and we will keep an eye on it. I'm also going to make a vet appt for him later in the week. I just want my vet to get her hands on him. He also had an ear infection, but otherwise his vetting result was quite good.

Even though he had a bath at the boarding facility I also found a few big mats behind his ears that I cut out a few minutes ago.

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Treat is such a gentleman. He walks so beautifully on a leash and is so gentle. He doesn't like getting in the car, he has to be lifted in by his harness, but once he's in and seatbelted, he sits so that his head is between us for petting. He weighed 82.2#. He needs to lose about 10% of that, so about 8-9#. He has a gorgeous head. Dr Z said that if he could stand golden retriever fur he'd take him home now. He has a mild ear infection in his right ear so it was cleaned and he'll get Mometamax in it for the next couple days. He had fleas so last night I gave him Capstar and this morning Nextgard. No more fleas. Dr Z gave him Drontal Plus because he said fleas can generate tape worms so we're being proactive. He has a small horseshoe shaped tear on his left underside that needs to be watched. It's superficial and not infected. We did CBC/Superchem, fecal, urinalysis, SNAP 4DX. He is nervous and had some mild stress colitis so I told the kennel to fed him ID. Dr Z estimated he's 3 yrs old.
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