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When I got Toby he was only 4 months old but had already been passed around a bit. When I took him for walks he stuck right by me but eventually he started to go off and sniff about. Once he realised he was staying he really settled down and became the sweetest dog you could ever hope for.
I recommend obedience classes, socialing and routine.
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I had houseguests this weekend. At one point I had to run some errands and I left the dogs with our guests. When I returned the dogs didn't appear to be missing me at all. I looked out the back window and saw that the dogs were having a great time with their new friends.

My first thought was 'how quickly they would adjust' if anything were to happen to me.

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Although my niece would get upset if she read this, they seem to adjust very well to new owners. We take care of her dog for weeks at a time. I've never seen him mourn. He's a happy boy and we love him. I'd keep him in a heartbeat, but my niece loves him as much as we do. The last time he was with us it was for four weeks. I'm sure when Bailey went back home, he didn't pine for us either.

I thought about this with my two. I would never consider rehoming them, but if I go before they do, I think they will be just fine without me...I'm pouting, but part of me is happy at the same time. I would not want them miserable.


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I have always wondered if Dillon remembers or ever misses his old owners (I know, applying human emotions to dogs, but I can't help it).. but I can honestly say he completely bonded to us, and us to him, from day one. I think as long as you give lots of ear scratches and nose kisses, they quickly realize they have it good and know you are gonna be a great person for them to hang out with.
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hi everybody well i got my goldie today he has been on his feet all day i gave hime a long walk but he has been pacing the floor all day and he has been panting and drinking quite a lot of water is this normal
it has been quite a warm day but not overley warm
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Sounds like stress. I'd say pretty normal. Let him check everything out and kind of do things at his pace for a little while and he should settle down. If he's not used to a good walk or riding in the car it could cause a little more stress than normal.
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Our older Golden came to us after spending a year in his foster home where he grew very very close to his foster dad. When they came to bring him to us at adoption he got a little anxious when they left, but we had a leash in hand and took him for his first walk in his new neighborhood. By the time we got home he was clingy with us for a few days but didn't seem depressed. When he saw his foster dad about 5 months later it was very touching to see how excited he was to see him again. He gave him a happy dance, wagging tail and lots of kisses but immediately came back to our sides. A few months after that we attended a rescue picnic and he went off on his own to find his foster dad to say hi. Every year he makes a point of going off on his own at the picnic to find his foster dad to say hi. It's been 5 years and he still hasn't forgotten the love and kindness of his foster family, yet he's always happy to stick by our sides and go home with us.
I've heard before that dogs don't have long-term memories. I totally disagree!
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Bailey always great us at my niece's home, too. He greats us with more enthusiasm than my great niece and nephew do!


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