An old neighborhood friend of ours, where my aunt lives, had an accident a couple of days ago and collapsed in his yard while gardening. He was rushed to the hospital where they found that his body has become too ill to carry on. We knew he was very unhealthy and had always wondered when that day would be. He didn't die, but he's in critical condition. He left behind his dog, Austin and asked if we'd be willing to take him since his daughter doesn't have the room for any pets at her home. We sat down and talked it over. We decided to give Austin a new home, I refuse to let anyone take him to the humane society as there are so many of his kind and very unlikely to find a new home. I live on a farm, my aunt lives in the city, so he is better off living with us and our 5 dogs where he can run.
I still can't understand why this man wanted such a large breed to begin with, he lives in an average bungalow house where he doesn't get out much and can barely walk. His yard is tiny. A breed like this needs proper exercise and socialization. He hasn't really been housebroken either so we are working on getting him done. He does well with my other dogs so far and has even made a new pal. I took him down to the lake with my friend and her dog on the third day, he loved it!
He's also pretty hyper and he grabs his treats instead of being gentle, so we need to work on temperament. He adores kids, I don't think he's even seen a kid before, but with my youngest cousins he just drowned them with kisses. I assume he never got to really be outside in the public when he was living with his previous owner...poor guy. I already love Austin, he's a beautiful boy.
Well here's some pics of him, he's only about 1 year old. The owner got him at a shelter when he was about 6 months old I believe.
What a handsome addition to your crew! I'm sure he'll be minding his manners in no time at all. I'm certain the gentleman who fell in love with him and rescued him from the shelter is much easier in mind, knowing that his baby is in a loving home.
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Thank you everyone for the kind words. He's adjusting well so far, he sleeps great, he loves all of the attention. I've always loved Goldens. Yesterday he indulged himself in all the toys we have, literally over 40. He thinks he's in heaven, I think.
We're going to visit our friend later today and bring Austin! He really misses him since they were the only two that lived together. That should cheer him up.
I couldn't be happier having him as a new member :)
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I hope the man is doing a little bit better, even if it is just a matter of time.... Onto a better note, your dog Austin is absolutely GORGEOUS! I would have taken him in a heartbeat if it were me! You are doing a great thing for Austin!
"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions" - Confucius