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Thanks for all of the replies! We really appreciate it!
Rusty went to the vet today. He ended up having heartworms, which we suspected. His old owner spent nearly a thousand dollars on him and was too cheap to get him treatment for the heartworms that he had previously been diagnosed (even though they lived in a probably multi-million dollar house with a nice Corvette and some kind of $$ Mitsubishi sports car. They are definitely not lacking in the money department to spend to responsibly take care of this dog! grr!). Anyway, they didnít want to get him the treatment, so they just took off his collar so that no one would know that he was theirs, and let him loose. Long story short, my grandfatherís neighbors found out who the owner was after taking him to a vet to see if he was micro chipped, and my grandfather went over the next day to get him. Rusty was tied to the Mitsubishi sports car on a 5-ft-ish long leash on the cold, concrete driveway. The lady was more than willing to ďget rid of himĒ. She went inside to get all of the paperwork and pedigree stuff and then gave him to my grandfather.
Anyway, my grandfather took him to my uncleís today (heís a small animal vet down near Atlanta). They diagnosed that he did have the heartworms, but since he was an older dog that it wouldnít be fair for him to go through with the tough year long treatment to actually get rid of them. Instead, they are just going to give him a Heartguard pill once a month to kill off the larva and prevent them from multiplying.
My uncle said that he had a heart murmur (about a 2 on a scale of 1 to 5) and had a couple of intestinal worms. He got all of his shots and everything else was fine.
Since heís older and will probably be in the house with my grandparents and their cat, I donít know if they are going to end up neutering him or not. All of our dogs in my family and my uncle are all fixed, and he probably wouldnít be associating with any other dogs anyway. He has such an awesome temperament, that I couldnít believe that he hadnít been neutered. From growing up in the situation and ridiculous family he was in, it is incredible how sweet he is.
I very highly doubt that they will be breeding him. My friend used to breed huskies and has told me before how over bred Goldens are (especially after the ďAir BudĒ and other dog movies). Iím pretty sure he has some elbow and possibly hip issues going on, since heís kinda stiff; and that alone would be a great reason not to breed him. I donít even know if he could physically handle breeding right now anyway.
Thanks again for all your help! He should be getting a good brushing and bath tomorrow, so Iíll try to remember to take my camera tomorrow and take pictures!