Piper #2647b

Piper, a 14-month old timid and shy young girl, came to Golden Bond in late January 2016, and escaped from her foster on her very first day in town.  What followed from there was a true odyssey. Many, many people came to search for her, one family built a specialized Piper Trap to try to get her into a trap, and her adventures were avidly followed on the Friends of Golden Bond Facebook page.

Piper never strayed far from her foster’s home and was seen typically every day when she came by to eat.  After 3-and-a-half months, she finally got closer and closer to the back yard, and on Mother’s Day came right through the open gate and walked over to her foster mom for pets and loving.  She knew her roaming days were over and she knew who she wanted her mom to be.

Needless to say, her foster mom adopted her! Here is an update on how Piper is now doing.

Piper faceShe has been to 4 different playdates at 4  different houses with different owners and either 1-2 dogs.  She is in an obedience class at Petco – mainly for the socialization and overall is doing extremely well.   She greets every new person that comes into the house (after about a minute) as if they were her new best friend.  She also now looks to every person on a walk with hope they have a treat for her.  The success with people is due mainly to my 11 yr old male golden JoJo that I adopted from Golden Bond about 4 years ago.  JoJo LOVES EVERYBODY and everything that involves people.  He LOVES going to the vet, etc.    However, Piper’s love affair with other dogs is strictly her own doing.

Piper still startles in certain situations or with certain sudden strange movements but is making great strides in these areas as well.  Fourth of July fireworks  didn’t faze her at all, even though JoJo was an 85 pound quivering bowl of jelly.   I am still making sure that at least twice a week I do something “different” with her so that her comfort level continues to expand.  After reading the original dog evaluation of Piper and then her refusal to approach while she lived outside for 3.5 months, I never in a million years would have thought that we would be this far along in just a little over 2 months.  Thank the Lord —

Here is a photo that I took at her playdate with 2 other goldens last week with adopters of one of my fosters a couple of years ago.  The adoptee is Dosha that is lying down on the right.  Piper has a red harness on.   The other golden Amber is a 16 month old female, non-GB.





Sex: Female
Age: 14 months
Weight: 40 pounds
Attributes: Dogs: Unknown; Cats: Unknown; Kids: Unknown
Availability: Unknown