Dan and I adopted Hope on Oct 5, 2019. We knew we wanted to get another dog as a companion for us and Richie after he settled in at home and understood that this was his forever home. We came across Hope after another GBR date was not a love match. Well, we fell in love with Hope before we even met her. Hope was a stray found in Willamette County and turned into the shelter there…..GBR was called and took her in. She was initially diagnosed with severe separation anxiety and her 2nd foster worked with her on gaining trust and realizing that she was in a safe place, so that when Hope came us to she was downgraded to moderate separation anxiety. She still has her trust issues a little bit that we are working with, I think she is so afraid that we are going to leave and not return, but she is not destructive at all. We’ve watched her on our camera in her crate and she will howl (arOOOOO!!!!) a little bit but then settles down. We never leave for long .
Richie loves to play and chase Hope and they like to lay down with at least one paw touching the othe’rs. She loves to sleep in bed with us and does not fidget at all. She is a sweet and kind girl who is at her perfect weight now and is no longer skin and bones like she was when first picked up. We’ll be taking her and Rich to the beach in May and then have a foster reunion in August as well on the coast. Hope will accompany us everywhere like Richie did his first summer and we have no doubt she will be just as well-behaved….their first outing together was to get pictures taken with Santa at a huge event. I may be a little prejudiced, but they were the best behaved dogs there!!
Looking forward to a DNA test on Hope- we know she has Golden in her…..but what else? I’m guessing terrier of some form and Border Collie maybe because she’s so stinkin’ smart. Stay tuned!
Thank you Golden Bond Rescue, for all that you do to save these dogs, both here and abroad…..
Hi. My name is Hope (#3237). I ended up at the Willamette Humane Society on August 5. I must have gotten lost from a place I knew once. Golden Bond Rescue was kind enough to take me in, maybe because I’m a beautiful red color. My ears are a dark sable so I guess some other breed is in me too. I’m very cute though. I am pretty small for a Golden, about forty-five to maybe someday fifty pounds. I know how to walk on a leash and I love to fetch the ball when someone plays Chuckit with me. I love rolling in the grass. I like my belly rubbed and snuggles.
I really like my foster siblings. I have lived with them for about a month. My foster mom is busy with lots of dogs because she rescues, fosters, and boards a few, so there are many that I meet. She also has lots of cats. So there are rules here. I really like meeting new friends, dogs and cats. She says I have to be kennel and crate trained so I can ride in the car safely and be in there to sleep and when she feeds the cats. I ate the cats’ food a couple of times. Oops. I get along with all of the dogs large and small. I also let the cats sleep next to me on the couch. They aren’t afraid of me at all. Silly cats.
I looove food. All kinds and all of the time so keeping your counters clear is probably best if you aren’t in the same room. I really like snoozing with my family around me. I like my bed. Foster mom says I need to go to my bed and be quiet in the house. I learned that fast. I sometimes sleep on the ottoman. Foster mom says I have to learn to be in a kennel too. We are learning this right now. I go outside and stay in a kennel when my foster mom is mowing or sometimes cleaning the house. I complain but then settle down and chew on a bone with peanut butter inside or just lay on my cot and watch the wildlife while she is working. I don’t bark too much here but I do know how. Life is pretty good here. I am looking for someone to love and accept me just like my foster family.
From Hope’s foster mom: Hi folks, I would like to tell you a little about this girl Hope. Over the past month she has fit into our family very easily. She loves to be with her people. She is gentle and kind. She isn’t particularly timid. If told to leave it or go to her bed she does it with ease. Hope is a slender girl that could still use a pound or two. In all appearances she lived in a home with someone who loved her so much that she learned to play and have great house manners. She is completely housebroken and walks quite well on a leash. She has no obvious allergies. I can trim her nails and wipe her feet without her complaining. She also gets her teeth brushed before bed. She was a little concerned about all of our dogs at first but now just hangs with them and has a great time. She has gone with me to pick up my five year old grandson from school and is very social and loves kids and adults. Hope doesn’t guard her toys and plays nicely with our dogs. She waits patiently for her dinner but does drool a bit in anticipation. She sleeps all night in a crate without complaint. She is not completely kennel trained and needs someone with a kind heart to understand that she needs time to adjust to your home to feel confident that you aren’t leaving her forever. I leave her for only short periods of time and am not far away. I have watched her in a camera and she whines a bit then mostly settles down. That is not how it was at first. She circled and complained a lot. I have done this very gradually. I take her in the car in a crate and leave her when I have to go into a store or run an errand. She does okay but can cry some. She never hesitates to go right back in a kennel or a crate and doesn’t appear traumatized by the experience. Hope does take medication for separation anxiety. She chewed a doorknob in our home in the first couple of days but hasn’t done any type of damage since and has become much more comfortable. When I leave her in my home she will sometimes go to the door and lie down and wait my return. Sometimes she just sleeps on the couch. The longer she is here the more comfortable she is becoming. It seems her fear of being left has subsided greatly. I am concerned the longer she is here the harder it will be for her to adjust yet again. It will take an understanding person or people to help her adjust.
Hope does have moderate separation anxiety (isolation distress). To help Hope with her anxiety she needs to continue to take medication to help her feel less stressful. The adopter will work with a certified separation anxiety trainer which requires prescribed daily behavior training with Hope and weekly remote meetings with the trainer to assess and refine current treatment methods ( Golden Bond Rescue will help with this expense in the beginning). Hope came to GBR through Willamette Humane Society on 8/5/19. She was turned in as a stray.
Hope was adopted on October 5, 2019