Notes: altered, hasShots, housebroken
Rusty has a sad history of being passed from family to family as well as the possibility he was not treated well in one of his many former homes. Here is what we know about Rusty. He was born March, 2007 and weighs 78 pounds. Rusty started his life with a husband and wife combo for the first four years of his life.Due to a divorce and new living arrangements, neither party could keep Rusty.The husbands brother stepped in and took Rusty for a year.The brother has a young son we have been told that didn't treat Rusty well. This resulted in a bite that did break the skin. The brother then had to move and moved to a place that did not allow dogs to boot. This is where two nice girls stepped in and offered to foster him until a new home could be found. These nice girls were told nothing of Rustys background. They had him three weeks and spread the news Rusty needed a home through Facebook.He was then rescued by a family who took him home. Once Rusty got into his new home, he had allergies and seizures. After investigating this poor dogs history further, the current family learned of his past. Since they have family outings with small children, they cannot trust that Rusty might not have an issue in groups of children, etc. This might never happen, but they feel it is best for Rusty to find his PERFECT HOME. We tell you all this because Rusty will need a loving and dedicated family. His current family has experienced absolutely no aggression from Rusty. The family does have cats, which Rusty will chase only if they run. The family has another dog and Rusty will tackle and play with him. This dog is very gentle and doesn't really want to play a lot. Their other dog who is a third the size of Rusty is Rustys boss.Rusty has also been exposed to horses, he does fine but likes to chase them when they run.Rusty does like to play with the neighbor dog. Rusty seems to have very mild seizures every other week. His last was mid March (now April 9th). When he has a seizure, he shakes and has to lay down for 3 minutes.Then he gets up and pants heavy for about a half hour.About half of the time after a seizure he throws up so the family just puts him outside after his episodes.He doesn'tt pee or poop during the seizures. They also seem to be less in nature recently since the weather has broken and he can get out more to run. Rusty does have skin allergies during allergy season. He reacts well when caught early to Benedryl. His allergies are all under control for this season. Rusty knows how to shake, sit, lay down and will mind the leash but needs someone to tell him not to pull at the beginning of every walk. He is great in the house when the family is not home. He likes to play with his stuffed doggie that will come with him. He also likes to chase the flashlight around which is very funny.He has discovered the moon and also acts like he wants to chase the moon and catch it.Hi current mom will give him a chew toy of some sort once a week as he still has a need to chew.The foster of the dog prior had a child who was 8 and Rusty did fine with her. Rusty's perfect home would be one where the family is very active. He would love long walks and runs to work off that energy. Because of his background, we suggest placing him in a family that has teenage children or older or no children. To adopt a Golden that you see here, please go to the Golden Retriever Rescue Resource website at www.gr-rescue.org and fill out an adoption application.