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We took in a rescue much like your story except he's a boy. He was living in a 6x10 cage outside for the first year and a few months of his life.

Long story short, its been wonderful, one of the best decisions we've made. He was a bit worried and scared at first, but after a few weeks he had opened up and became comfortable and happy in his surroundings. The first week or so, honestly, you'll probably be questioning your decision a bit, but once everyone gets settled and after reading countless articles and googling every odd thing your new dog does, you'll wonder how you managed before without having her.

Potty training, crate training etc has actually been pretty smooth. goldens love to please, which makes training so easy - not to mention if you do end up running into problems you'll find obedience trainers ready and able to help out.
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I agree that nearly $700 is steep and would offer less stating the reasons that you mentioned. They will most likely take it. I think with some love and care you can turn this dogs life around. The fact that you have done research before diving in shows that you care enough and are willing to put in the effort. I say go for it I don't think you will regret it. And when you do please post pictures

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Ah thankyou sooooo much for that peeps :0) I just keep reading all the warning signs of don't buy from unreputable breeders and so forth, it just makes me hesitant whether I should go ahead. Myself and my two teenage children adored her straight away, we are feeling instinctively that she may be the one for us :0) (I just hope she gets on with cats as I have 3!!) But after lots of research apparently GR's are the most tolerant of cats. She had no sign of aggression from what we saw, so I guess my main worry is the health issue....hence being a litter of 16!!! :0/
My bridge boy lived to be 15.5, he was AKC but not a well bred golden. He had only minor health things come up during his life, he did have arthritis as he got into his teens. He was around 14.-14.5 when he was diagnosed with Cancer. There is no guarantee that any Golden will not get Cancer.

Since both of my current goldens are adopted, I am being proactive with their health care. If you decide to take this girl, you can work with your Vet regarding supplements that will help her, especially if you are concerned about Hip Displyasia.
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It sounds as if you are meant for each other. I would listen to my heart and just deal with the facts later. Like Anne said, she will be trainable. She's a good age to still train if you are consistent from the beginning and make sure everyone in the family knows the score and sing from the same book..taking her out as soon as she wakes, eats, drinks etc and praise her everytime she goes. We use the word 'toilet' for Chester so everytime he was peeing I would say the word over and over again and then praise him. So now I can take him out and just say 'toilet' and he will go and pee.
Her circumstances sound awful, it would be so good to remove her from there and show her what Goldens need and give most..love.
Please go get her, we are all here for you if you have questions or bad times..ask any questions, sound off, or just share.
Please join the UK section too, we are a chatty bunch and will often have more location, health and product appropriate answers as many things are different here to across the pond.
We will need many photos of her if you get her
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Thankyou everybody :0) GOOD NEWS!!....We are going to get her today, am paying 400 inc all her things as the owners wouldn't take less and we all really want her :0) We are all so excited (also a little nervous for some reason!) and I will be posting photos very soon when I work out how to do it, and also how do I join the UK group from here? I thought I had!!! lol
Once again thankyou so much for all your feedback, it really does help to know that I can come on here when I need some advice, and hopefully in time I will be able to return the advice :0)
Signing off for today, we are ready, and very much looking forward to starting a new journey with our new family member....Lilly :0) x
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Hooray, I'm so happy for your family and for that special little soul that is about to start a whole new joyful life. Imagine that going from living a life of loneliness to living with a family.You will all be over the moon!!!!!!

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Oh wow I am actually covered in goosebumps after reading this! So so thrilled, her life begins today. Huge congratulations, I can't wait to see her photos.
Happy 'gotcha' day to you all!!!

To join the UK board..click on 'community' in the bar above and then click on 'social groups' and you will find us there. Be sure to post in the UK Golden Lovers thread as that's really the main one we all use rather than 'where does everyone live' etc..looking forward to seeing you there
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Awesome, let the journey begin.

Looking forward to reading updates and seeing pictures of this girl.
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Thankyou everybody :0) GOOD NEWS!!....We are going to get her today, am paying 400 inc all her things as the owners wouldn't take less and we all really want her :0) We are all so excited (also a little nervous for some reason!) and I will be posting photos very soon when I work out how to do it, and also how do I join the UK group from here? I thought I had!!! lol
Once again thankyou so much for all your feedback, it really does help to know that I can come on here when I need some advice, and hopefully in time I will be able to return the advice :0)
Signing off for today, we are ready, and very much looking forward to starting a new journey with our new family member....Lilly :0) x
Gosh, my eyes actually teared up when I got to your post that you're getting her today. Please post pics of her and let us know how it goes.
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Hello to you all...I HAVE A FURRY SHADOW!!! HA.
I am still trying to find my way around this site, not doing too well so I thought I would just give you lovely people an update here!
Have had Lilly 3 days now, and she is wonderfull :0) We have all fallen in love with her already. She is very good, toilet training going great :0) And she loves everybody she meets! She doesn't really bother with the cats, but the cats still aren't too sure about her! The males are ok, but the female does go for her occasionally so hopefully that will get better.
Quite a few people have commented that she is a little underweight, so am going to concentrate on slowly building her up and start giving her 3 smaller meals a day rather than 2 large ones. Am taking her for a vet health check on Tuesday so hopefully whatever neglect she has suffered I can hopefully turn it around. I feel very emotionally attached to her and can't help feeling worried :0( But am sure we will get there :0) Am so glad I got her :0) I did put some photos on but I don't know how to post in the message...
Elly I searched for your UK Golden Lovers social group but it said not found. Am a bit crap at this!! lol
Will hopefully get savvy soon....aswell as GR savvy!! :0)
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