Photo Comments Age: 13 Years Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Marco Polo, CGC, TD
Dogster stats for Marco Polo, CGC, TD
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July 31st 2000
Kids! I love when they rub my belly and take me for a walk.
Mama leaving me behind when she and Simon go out.
A stuffed soccer ball or big, round stuffed cat that I always carry in my mouth.
I'm a picky eater, but I love Canon Golden Retriever kibble. Put a little canned in there, and I'm happy!
I love to go to the park with Simon.
whisper, talk, high 5, "how about them Rockets" high ten, who is smart? He can also answer multiple choice questions from the board.
I've done much golden retriever rescue for many years. I was down at the shelter I volunteer for, trying to decide what puppies from a golden mama would fit a couple of homes who wanted puppies. These 8 week old puppies were not purebred goldens, but the new homes wanted a gold pup. I looked over two who seemed to have wonderful dispositions and decided to take them. In the meantime a black puppy from the same litter got out of his pen and jumped into my lap. I put him on my shoulder, and there he fell asleep. I went home with 2 gold girls and a black boy. The girls were placed, and the black boy went to school with me. I teach special education, and he was a hit. The kids were so good and caring about him. He got his name from one 5th grade class that was studying the explorers. He came to it right away. Marco came daily for the first couple of years. Then he came 2 - 3 times a week for a total of seven years. He adored the children and was very tolerant and loving to them. All I had to say was "we are going to see the kids, get in the tub", and he'd jump right in. In the spring of 2007 our school passed a no pets policy. Marco's work wasn't even considered for an exemption. So he retired on June 1, 2007. He was a very unhappy pup for the next year, often sitting in front of the door when I went to school. He often cried and whined to see the the kids. Then we began visiting senior citizens in nursing homes. It didn't work. He couldn't find the kids. Late 2008, he began working at the local children's psychiatric hospital, and Marco was once again a very happy boy. Marco then retired permanently in the summer of 2010 due to arthritis. He very much misses visiting kids.
Marco was a very sweet and laid back puppy. He didn't jump, run or get into any trouble. This worried me a lot, and I took him to the vet to have him checked out a couple of times thinking he might have heart problems. At 6 months I had him neutered, and also asked for x-rays of his hips. He was severely dyplastic. His prognosis for a long painfree life was very bad. They expected him not to see his second birthday if something wasn't done. He went to the university hospital in the state, and at 8 months had one hip fixed. At 9 months they fixed the other. The students in the school raised enough money by selling candy bars at lunch to pay for one hip. I was so shocked and awed by the love these kids showed Marco. They helped me save Marco's life and make him a normal dog.
Marco is 11 now, and he's doing great. We will be going to a new vet clinic soon, and he will be checked in order to get some mild pain medication.
When will the storms end?
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|May 11th 2010
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