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