Favorite Toy: He likes the soft stuffed ones so he can destuff them. And the rubber ball - he's actually learning to bring it back!
Favorite Food: He's not picky, he's just happy to have a full belly
Favorite Walk: Not sure yet, he needs some work on the leash to be able to have a good walk
Best Tricks: Sit and Paw, he may also know Down
Arrival Story: A "friend of a friend"'s mother who is older and had suffered a stroke several years ago obtained Gizmo as an 8 week old puppy when he was small, cute and manageable. When he grew up into a typical exhuberant, energetic, adolescent Golden Retriever and unknowingly knocked her over a couple times, he was relegated to a crate for more than 23 hours a day. For at least the past year, he was only let out for potty breaks and for maybe 15 minutes of playtime a day, if he was lucky! Thankfully one of the woman's daughters realized this was no life for any dog and reached out to a friend involved in rescue to help find a better home for Gizmo. Our family took him in and he's totally enjoying life "uncaged"! He's super sweet and has the typical Golden velcro-dog personality, despite not having much socialization or interaction over the past couple years. So he'll learn how to be a dog here for a couple weeks before he goes to a wonderful new forever home.
Bio: Gizmo saw a vet today (most likely for the first time ever) and had his first vaccines and heartworm test and he'll be neutered tomorrow. Another good "friend of friends" who recently lost his dear golden is interested in adopting Gizmo once he's up to date on his vetting and we have a good idea of his personality after he's settled in. If all works out, he'll be loved and spoiled for the rest of his days - walking every day on the local trails and going to work with his dad every day. Paws are crossed here that it's a good match! UPDATE 3/31/12 - Gizmo (now Indy) went home with his new family today! He has a boy of his own to play with as well as a mom and dad to love and spend lots of time with him. Indy's a lucky boy and we'll miss him around here (especially Winston) but he's got a wonderful family and home now.