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If you looking for a one hundred pound love sponge to keep your feet warm this winter, I’m your guy!  I am also content to share my couch with you if you are willing to give me my three quarters of the space.  My weight is perfect for a brawny golden like me with a head the size of a football, but I still consider myself a lap dog.  My happiness is being close to my humans and keeping an eye on every move they make.

I could only walk short distances and was in constant pain when I arrived at my foster home.  My life has really changed since that day four months ago!  During two separate procedures an orthopedic surgeon performed surgery on both of my rear knees to repair the cruciate ligaments. My foster parents facilitated my rehabilitation by helping me do daily range of motion exercises and giving me soothing massages. I was recently cleared of any activity restrictions and am ready to learn what I have been missing for so long. My doctor said I will be as good as new.  I am discovering how much fun it is to play, run after a ball, enjoy taking walks and now run instead of hobble. I still have some work to do to strengthen the muscles in my hindquarters, but that will come with continued walking, stair climbing and of course those soothing massages!

I get along well with dogs I am familiar with, but I am sometimes anxious when meeting new canines and need a little time to feel comfortable around them. I was in pain for so long that I learned to be leery about the jumping and pouncing of other dogs.  I am anxious on car rides because they usually end up at the vet’s office.  Hopefully my future rides will have fun destinations. Now that I am feeling better, Foster Dad promises some trips to the dog park so I can practice some social skills.  In spite of what I have had to endure through my long recovery, I have maintained my easy going personality. I am content to chew my elk antlers and accept any ear rubs or tummy scratches that are offered.

A new day is dawning for me.  After years of being restricted by my disability I’m awakening to a wonderful active golden life. I need a forever family to share it with.  I am ready to roll!

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7 Years Old