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ADOPTED ON 03-26-16 – Just when you think you’ve seen the most adorable puppy, another one comes along and makes you say “THAT is the cutest one I’ve ever seen. This is Twix. The most adorable puppy ever. He is an 8 week old Golden/Lab mix who was abandoned with his brothers in a back yard when the “family” decided to move. How could anyone be so callous as to leave puppies to fend for themselves? Luckily for Twix and his brothers, a wonderful woman rescued them and is fostering these boys, enjoying every minute of their puppy antics.
The amiable Golden Retriever isn’t bothered by the noise and commotion of kids, in fact, he thrives on it. The Golden’s attitude toward other pets is the more the merrier. He enjoys the companionship of other dogs, is very easy-going and friendly and will make his new family a wonderful companion. True to the breed, training is easy and they loves to show off their tricks and the attention it gets. The Golden was bred to work with people and is eager to please his owner. Though hard-wired with a good disposition, a sweet, calm nature is the hallmark of the breed.
Twix is the smallest of the three, but the friendliest. He will bounce right out first to meet anyone who comes to visit, and loves everyone instantly. He is sweet and outgoing and loves to romp with the other dogs. He will soon be ready for a forever home, one he very much deserves, where he will never feel the fear of being left behind. He will grow to be a big, beautiful boy, and make a wonderful companion for any family. Will you open your heart and home to Twix?
We owe it to our dogs that the wonderful people who stand to be the last chapter of their rescue and the first chapter of their new forever lives deserve him. He is ready to slide right into your heart, do you have the requirements of a forever home of his own and endless love to celebrate his special qualities?
This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt.
ABOUT THE BREED
It’s no surprise that the Golden Retriever is one of the top ten most popular dogs in the U.S. It’s all good with the Golden: he’s highly intelligent, sociable, beautiful, and loyal. The Golden is slow to mature and retains the silly, playful personality of a puppy until three to four years of age, which can be both delightful and annoying. Many keep their puppyish traits into old age.
This breed has a sweet, gentle, people-pleasing personality. A well-bred Golden Retriever does not have strong guarding instincts, so don’t expect him to protect your home from burglars. He will, however, make friends with them and show them where the treats are.
CHILDREN & PETS
Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog. You may be surprised by who’s on that list: Fierce-looking Boxers are considered good with children, as are American Staffordshire Terriers (aka pit bulls). Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dogs such as Chihuahuas aren’t so family-friendly.
All dogs are individuals, this is only a generalization and not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together, period.
As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Retrievers can also been seen as a guide dog for the blind due to their loyal/friendly nature and overall love for humankind. While they do bark at strangers that approach their territory or yard, it is not the ideal watchdog or protector as they are just too sociable. They have a confidence about them and love to please, any overtly aggressive behavior is considered not normal. Oh did we mention that this breed is highly intelligent.
Golden’s are enthusiastic and adaptable by nature and rank in the top 5 family-friendly dogs. They are very active and were born to play fetch with just about anything, ball, stick, especially a Frisbee or flying disc. Great with children, they are very loyal to their owners with an above average daily exercise requirement. Golden Retrievers love the water, don’t be surprised if you are out for a walk near a pond or lake that you see your dog take off and jump in the water.
IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT PACK LEADERS
It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. Because a dog communicates his displeasure with growling and eventually biting, all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs. That is the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success.
PUPPIES BEHAVIOR, GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.
One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.
3 to 7 Weeks Old
|Weaned between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks|
|During the ages of 3 to 7 weeks its first teeth, or milk teeth will appear|
|Taught basic behavior disciplines from its mother|
|Develop by socializing with other dogs and animals and people|
|Will stand up and start walking|
|At the age of 3 weeks a puppy will develop its sense of smell|
|At 3 weeks the puppy will begin to bark and show social development such as wagging its tail, growling and baring its teeth|
|Up to the age of 4 weeks the mother will be with the puppy almost constantly|
|The puppy has good use of its legs and is able to chase|
|Between 4 and 5 weeks the mother will gradually spend time away from her puppies|
|Rapid growth and development rate at this stage|
|Interaction with litter mates leading to Order of Dominance|
|After weaning puppies need to receive a series of vaccines in order to develop immunity on their own. Vaccinations for puppies generally include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, rabies, and sometimes Bordetella|
7 to 12 weeks
|Puppies are usually found new homes at this age it starts focusing attention on its owner rather than other puppies|
|The first fear period of the puppy begins|
|A puppy starts to learn it name but still has a short attention span|
|The puppy will start house training|
|At first, the puppy should be fed four times a day. (Feedings should be reduced to twice a day by the time a puppy is mature or even once a day in the case of a dog that gets little exercise)|
|The puppies motor skills improve|
|The puppy will use its basic instincts to naturally explore its new environment and the different things within it|
|Puppies will still sleep a lot and grow as they are sleeping. During times of stress, a dog raises its hackles – the hair along the neck and spine|
|Puppy training must begin and pups need to be made aware of your rules|
8 months to 1 year
|Feeding frequency should be considered – reduce to 2 or 3 meals per day|
|Some dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of eight months|
|The puppy is old enough to start Obedience Classes or a professional training program|
|The puppy would have grown to approximately half to three quarters the size of and adult|
|Female dogs would have probably reached their eventually height but will to continue to’fill out’|
12 months old
|Puppies are now considered to have finished their development and growth rate and are viewed as adult dogs.|
|Although sexually mature beforehand, a dog usually does not attain full growth until at least its first birthday.|
12 to 16 weeks
|The first of the permanent teeth will work through|
|Ensure the puppy has plenty of attention and toys to play with|
|At this age a puppy might demonstrate Pack Leader Behavior and test who is the Boss. A puppy will challenge your authority|
|Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior between 4 and 8 months|
|The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew! The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth|
|Provide them with items to chew|
|The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size|
|The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent|
IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT PACK LEADERS
It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack, therefore, the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success you must be the pack leader:
- When we humans live with dogs,we become their pack
- The entire pack cooperates under asingle leader
- Lines are clearly defined andrules are set
- Dogs communicateshis displeasure with growling and eventually biting
- Humans MUST be higherup in the order than the dog.
- The humans must be the onesmaking the decisions, not the dogs.
Schedule Feeding Time – Find your dog’s schedule so that you can work with that
- Feed your dog on a regular schedule time, always within a half hour of the time
Schedule Water – Help your dog bee successful
- Keep a schedule for water, however, you should design a schedule that fits you
- Remove the water dish after the first feeding in the morning
- After the night feeding, leave water dish for two hours, then take it up
- Before your last walk for the night, put the water dish down about an hour before
- Then walk your dog 45 minutes after he has had water. There will might be days where that might be an exception for water.
Schedule Walking Time – Find your dog’s schedule, then gently move it to your schedule.
- Start by taking the dog out every two hours for two days, if he goes every two hours,
- Then take him out every three hours, for two days,
- Until you reach the time frame you need – every six hours—eight hours etc
One accident in the house, there is a urine smell that the dog detects and his instinct to continue mark where he smells urine. This is how wild dogs let other dogs know that this territory is taken and for dogs not in the pack to go elsewhere. If your dog has an accident in the house, spray the area with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water, brush with a soft brush, put a towel on top to absorb the liquid, then take it outside where you want him to go, take it out of the bag and put it on the ground, praise your dog when he goes outside.
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WHAT THE ADOPTION FEE PAYS FOR
|Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks||Worm Every Month Till Six Months||Pregnant & nursing momma’s wormed more||After That Dogs should be wormed every three months|
|1ST DHPP||Giardia Snap Test||BloodTests||Office Visit Fee – at least five Visits|
|2ND DHPP||Heart Worm Snap Test||Antibiotics||Health Certificate|
|3RD DHPP||Parvo Snap Test||Ear & Eye Medication||Skin Scraping|
|Bordetalla||Fecal Test||Flea & Tick Medication||Transport|
|Rabies||Ear Test||X-Rays||Spay / Neuter|
|Kennel Cough Booster||Eye Test||Dewormer||Collars|
|Leptospirosis||Corona Booster||HW Pills||Head Cones|
DISCLAIMER: THE BREED POSTED ON OUR DOGS’ BIOGRAPHIES ARE OUR BEST GUESS BASED ON SEVERAL YEARS OF DOG RESCUE. ADOPTERS WHO NEED TO KNOW THE EXACT BREED OF A PARTICULAR DOG MUST HAVE THE DOG TESTED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.
Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.
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Golden Retriever Quick Facts
- Height: 21 TO 25 inches
- Weight:55 to 80 pounds
- Life Span:10 to 12 years
- Color(s): Shades of cream or gold; from pale yellow to burning orange gold
Ideal Human Companions
- Families With Children
- Active Singles
- Houses With Yards
- Rural/Farm Areas
- Good Natured
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- Introducing Your Dog to a New Home
- Cesar’s House Rules
- How do I stop a dog from jumping?
Click the expand button in the lower right corner of each video to view full-screen. See Cesar Millan’s tips on dog behavior.
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- Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
- Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
- Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
- Children need to be taught how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children.
- No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”
- Never let young children pick up a puppy or small dog. Instead, make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
- Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs.
- Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
- Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
- Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- THIS IS YOUR JOB, NOT THE DOG
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