June 7, 2018
Murphy is a beautiful, almost 2 yr old golden who has had a rough start to his short life. He came into GRRoW as a young puppy after his owner purchased him from a breeder, learned that he had a heart murmur and wasn’t able to financially care for him. Murphy has a grade 3 murmur, which doesn’t affect his quality of life and he currently shows no symptoms. However, he shouldn’t over exert himself and he will need annual exams by a specialist to monitor his condition. It’s possible that if the murmur becomes worse, he may need medication and more frequent monitoring.
If that wasn’t enough for Murphy, shortly after his first birthday, he underwent a hip replacement. He completed an extensive rehab process with the help of his foster family and now he’s feeling so much better! He’s ready to find a forever family that understands he needs consistent, but not strenuous exercise (he would love a doggy sibling who wouldn’t be too rough with him); a family that will be willing to provide the financial means to monitor and care for both his heart condition and the possibility he may need to have his other hip replaced at some point in the future.
Murphy has matured in many ways. He is a cuddler and loves to be with people. He is still fearful of new situations and people, but gains confidence with patience. He is food motivated and a quick learner. He will be a good candidate for obedience classes; realizing that you will need to be patient at the onset. Murphy does well with cats and dogs of all ages and sizes—playing appropriately. He is good with children of all ages; however, he does not recognize his size and may inadvertently knock a small child over who is walking nearby.
His adoptive family should be aware that Murphy drips water from his mouth when drinking and does create a mess. We encourage him to eat slowly by using the Outward Hound Fun Feeder Interactive Dog Bowl; otherwise, his food can be poured out onto the floor. Murphy is crate trained and will often lie in his bed voluntarily. However, we have not found him to be destructive when left alone outside the crate.
Although we do not believe that he is a “flight risk,” we would not advise allowing Murphy to be outside without being leashed or in a fenced in area—as he could get spooked and run. He loves to go on walks, but still needs work on not pulling. He would benefit from a 1 to 2 mile walk per day for exercise. Overall, he is a sweet golden who will make some lucky family a great pet.
June 7, 2018