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I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad's girl, Jules was beautiful. I know she will be greatly missed.

Godspeed sweet Jules
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I love Jules smile on her picture! She looks like she was a sweetheart, I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing you comfort and peace..I know how hard it is to say goodbye. Hugs
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I'm so sorry for the loss of beautiul Jules. Please post more about your girl when you're able. I know that everyone would love to hear more about her when/if you are able later. Writing about them makes they're golden soals immortal! Hugs to you!
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Thanks for all the kind words. Jules was indeed a precious girl, and I'd like to share a few things about her interesting life story.

First of all, I had never owned a dog as an adult until after I retired in 2004. I was very intent on obtaining a golden retriever. My sister had several golden retrievers throughout the years, and I just loved their disposition, smarts, goofiness, and happiness. I started my search through shelters and breeders, and visited several of them for about 6 months. On July 17, 2004, I met Jules (age 1 year, 2 months) and I knew right away that was my dog.

I was truly a 'rookie' about dog behavior and how to care for dogs at that time. The breeder apparently had sold Jules to a family, but then she was returned, and the breeder kept saying Jules was "stubborn." Apparently, and something I did not learn until later, Jules had some very bad experiences in her first year. She was abused, but I had no clue about the impacts until I brought her home that day. She had a serious case of fear aggression and I would have my hands full for the next several months. But it all turned out great (story to be continued).

She did not handle the ride very well on the way home that day. She vomited in my new SUV. But I didn't mind, I already had the dog I wanted. When we arrived at home, Jules refused to exit the car. I finally had to lift her and carry her out all the way to the back door of the house, then had a difficult time getting her into the house. That did not help my chronic back problems, but I didn't mind. I had the dog I wanted.

I took the picture below shortly after Jules arrived, probably July 18, 2004. She weighed a svelte 56 pounds, and her coat had quite a lot of red in it.

By the way, she hated that wire cage (in picture). I had gotten this before she moved in. She broke out of it three times when I was away from home. One time, she broke out without springing the door open. She squeezed herself out, and was totally exhausted when I found her when I came home. I was lucky she didn’t hurt herself badly at that time. I have no idea how she pulled that off. I got her the new vari-kennel and that worked fine.

You can tell by looking at this picture that Jules was not too happy to be in her new environment. She was scared. Also, she had issues with worms at this time, so she probably didn’t feel too well.

During the first few weeks, she spent most of her time in the kitchen and living area. I don’t think she ever stepped foot into my family/den area or other rooms for several weeks. She was so afraid.

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I am so very sorry about Jules. She sounds like such a sweet girl!
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Your experience with Jules sounds so much like our 2nd Golden (before Buddy), Duke. He had been turned in to our local Humane Shelter (about 2-3yrs old they think). He had also been badly abused by his first owner. Neighbors had reported him beating Duke with rakes, sticks, etc... He was so afraid to even come out of his pen at the shelter. We finally coaxed him out with a treat. We knew we wanted him, and would be his forever parents. It took a whole year for the trust issues to work themselves out. Duke had never lived inside a home before, only in the backyard. So getting him used to our home took awhile. But through a lot of TLC, patience and reassurance he finally came out of shell. He turned into an absolutely wonderful dog. Loving, calm, very sweet, sweet nature. We had him for 10-1/2 yrs, and were heartbroken when we lost him too. But he always knew he was safe, cherished, and very loved by us. Glad to know Jules had such a happy ending too.
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Jules -- part two


The first six weeks with Jules were extremely challenging. I didn't realize the extent of her fears until I got her on the leash and outside my fenced yard. First of all, she had never been leash trained, so she pulled on it. Of course, the harder I resisted, the more she pulled. I had no clue about how to handle this issue, since I was a 'rookie' when it came to the handling of canines.

But by far, the worst thing was her fear of strangers and other dogs. When walking down the street with somebody approaching, Jules would circle around to hide behind me, tail down, shivering, and extremely fearful. On several occasions, I had to just walk her back home. Once she was back in the confines of my yard and home, it was a lot better. She played very hard on my yard, running full speed around the house during her first 6 weeks, and she enjoyed my company. I spoiled her with a lot of toys, and she loved all of them. But she was so afraid when outside her immediate environs.

On one occasion, I was walking her a few hundred yards from my home, and saw a lady in a yard (two doors away from my house). She had just moved in, and I wanted to meet her, so I greeted her as I walked on to her yard. But after I got to within about 10 feet of the lady, Jules cowered, tail between her legs, hid behind me, growling and squealing a little, and then jumped out of the leash. I grabbed her immediately, got her back on the leash, and rushed her home. The lady couldn't figure out how my dog was so fearful. That same lady saw me recently to express her condolences, and she recalled that incident. At that time, she said to herself "Oh, that poor guy, what is he going to do with that dog!"

About a week later, I was walking Jules on the street about two blocks away, and saw the guy who had recommended the breeder where I purchased Jules. He had a son about 10 years old, and he and his friend (another 10 year old) approached Jules as she cowered behind me and one of them put his hand out. Jules lunged and showed her teeth, snapping and growling. Thank goodness, there was no contact. I had to take her home immediately, as she cowered and shivered in total fear. The guy said "What's wrong with that dog?"

I was very sad and disappointed. I had just invested a lot of money in a pure-bred golden, and I didn't think she would ever be a happy dog, but instead live in fear forever. I remember one day watching her walk on the yard, wondering to myself "Will she need to stay in this yard the rest of her life?" That made me feel very, very sad. I knew I had to do something to fix this problem.

I started a search on the Internet for dog trainers who specialized in serious canine behavior issues. I found one and read their reviews and was impressed. I sent them an email to describe the problems Jules had, and they promptly responded, promising they could resolve her fears with special training. I committed to them and made an initial appointment within a couple weeks to meet the dog psychologist. When I got to the office, Jules hid under the chair I was sitting in the waiting room. When the psychologist came out to meet us, she got down to look at Jules. Jules was licking a lot, and the psychologist said that was a sign she was ready to lunge and snap. She did manage to do an evaluation and recommended an intensive 4-week socialization camp for Jules. I agreed, and on August 31, just 6 weeks after I bought Jules, I took her to her camp. That was the first turning point in a total transformation of Jules and I feel very good today that I took this action early in her life.

I missed Jules a lot while she was at camp. The trainers gave me weekly progress reports, and said she was doing fine. It was intensive socialization, with a lot of crate time, a lot of rigorous training, and not a whole lot of playing. Each dog in the camp had an issue, so they had to use the training collars. The camp trainers shared some pictures of Jules at play. When I received the first set of pictures, I was so glad to see Jules so happy and confident as she was playing. These are two of my favorite pictures of her in camp.

Part 3 to follow - it gets better for Jules!

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First, I am so sorry you lost Jules. What an amazing story and I thank you for all you did to bring out her beauty and confidence. I wish every dog could have as happy an ending as Jules did. Thank you for sharing her story.
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Dennis, I'm very sorry that your girl has gotten her angel wings. What a wonderful story of rescue so far, and of course, presuming that Jules made a full emotional recovery (but looking forward to reading the details)!
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