At Home for the Holidays -- Thanks to You!
Odie's owners relinquished him to As Good as Gold because they were moving to an apartment and couldn't take him with them. This handsome four-year old male golden had no attention span, counter surfed, destroyed every toy he encountered, jumped on furniture and ran into people. It seemed impossible to teach Odie anything until an AGaG member who is also a dog trainer recognized he had an anxiety disorder and, after a thorough examination, an AGaG animal behaviorist veterinary partner prescribed anti-anxiety medications for him.
The medications made a remarkable improvement in Odie's behavior and his foster family went above and beyond to ready him for his forever home. They arranged for AGaG members to take him on car rides, outdoor walks, and short visits with people he didn't know well. Odie eventually was comfortable enough with strangers that he and his foster mom represented AGaG at a few meet and greets where everyone who met him thought he was a terrific, well-behaved dog.
Odie was adopted by a couple who own a boat and marine business so he gets to show off his best behavior every day while at work with his new family and golden brother Mac. Working to improve Odie's adoptability by thinking "outside the box" opened our eyes to the differences between obedience training problems and behavior disorders and several rescued goldens have benefited from the wisdom gained from Odie's experiences.
From homeless to helping others best describes Ruby's journey from a stray dog to a therapy dog in less than six months! Golden retriever Ruby was approximately two years old and living as a stray on the streets of Puerto Rico, struggling daily to find food and a safe place to sleep. A Good Samaritan who tried to help Ruby found she was covered with ticks and fleas and she was eventually diagnosed with erlichia -- a disease caused by bacteria that infects white blood cells causing lethargy, fever, and a depressed immune system. A local Puerto Rican animal welfare organization, Save-a-Sato, rescued Ruby, contacted As Good as Gold, and raised the necessary funds for her to be flown to the U.S. An As Good as Gold veterinary partner treated Ruby's medical conditions and spayed her, and she quickly settled in at her new foster home.
One short month later, Ruby was adopted by her forever family. Since then, Ruby has amazed everyone with her accomplishments! She earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen designation in early September. By mid-October Ruby completed the therapy dog testing process and her career as a therapy dog will begin at a Chicago-area adult day care center. In addition to therapy dog work, Ruby is a star performer in her obedience classes -- having completed two sessions -- and will continue with more advanced obedience work. Ruby is committed to helping others as a therapy dog. It's her way of "paying it forward" and saying thank you to all of the generous people who helped her when she needed it most.
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