Lovingly Sponsored by: Melvin and Patricia Matsumoto, “In honor of Melody, adopted from SCGRR in 2011”
Russell is a 6 year old Golden Retriever mix that we think is half Border Collie by his looks, intelligence and personality traits. He was rescued from a Coachella Valley Shelter after he was taken there when his owner passed away; however, nobody from that owner’s family showed any interest in keeping him. He was rescued by a Good Samaritan and brought to SCGRR. Russell is a medium sized Golden Retriever mix with a thick all golden coat and weighs 70 pounds. Russell is very eager to please and especially eager to play! He is a very happy dog 24/7 and his tail is always wagging. Russell is happy to get hugs and he loves to be affectionate. We consider him medium to high energy. Russell is trained in many commands and is very smart.
At his foster’s home, Russell has lived with another medium sized female dog and is tolerant of her but he’s mostly indifferent. There hasn’t been a lot of dog play between them. We think he’d probably prefer to be the only dog in the household and get all of the human attention. He is living with a foster family with two children and we are recommending that if there are children in the house that they be over the age of about 12 years.
Russell has a lot of energy and enjoys frequent stimulation. He will gladly play fetch for long spurts of time before taking a break. Russell is obsessed with chasing and retrieving balls and playing Frisbee. He’s even able to chase a Frisbee and catch it in his mouth. He loves to catch other balls in his mouth. He will happily pop a soccer ball and continue playing with the popped ball and playing tug with that ball with you. He also loves his squeaky toys and stuffed animals. He is happy to go on long walks, although he likes to stop, sniff and leave his scent very frequently.
He has great house manners, is housetrained and is respectful of his human’s things. Outside, he does like to mark his territory in his yard and on walks. He’s not big barker but will bark when passing other medium or large dog while out on walks. We don’t think that Russell had much dog socialization at his original home and we think the primary thing his new adopter will need to work on socializing him with other dogs so that he’s comfortable He is becoming more accustomed to meeting other dogs on his walks but he can sometimes be reactive at first but then settles down and can walk calmly with another dog. His adopter will need to work on this initial reactivity meeting new dogs.
Russell is a Velcro dog and prefers to be with his humans than being by himself. He’ll follow his humans from room to room. He wants to be where the action is! In the house when things get quiet with his humans, he’ll quiet down himself and lay in his dog bed while the family watches TV, and sleeps in his dog bed in his foster parent’s room at night.
Russell is very smart and knows a lot of commands. He understands the commands “sit,” “lie down,” “stay,” “get the ball,” “drop it”, “toy”, “go for a walk”, “come” on”, “no”, and probably more. He is very good at understanding the English language, and when he doesn’t, he does a cute head tilt. He is exceptionally intelligent – this is probably the Border Collie part of his personality. He does walk nicely on the leash. Russell likes to go on adventures away from the house and will happily leap into the car and seems to love going for rides!
My Ideal Home
Russell would probably prefer to be the only dog in the home, although he seems okay with smaller female dogs but just doesn’t love sharing the spotlight nor does he engage in any play or major socialization with other dogs. We think the ideal home for Russell would be a home with a nice sized back yard for fetch, Frisbee and dog play or if he is living in an apartment/condo an owner that takes him out several times a day for lots of play and exercise. An active adopter who enjoys throwing the ball, playing tug or throwing a Frisbee for him to catch is a must. We also think an adopter where someone is home a lot would be what Russell wants. He is very good with his foster human children but we are recommending children older than 12 primarily because he can be mouthy. He would benefit from an adopter that will provide additional training and socializing with other dogs.
Want to Adopt me?
If you have already completed both your on line application, as well as your in home visit by a SCGRRescue volunteer, and think you could provide Russell the active life he would so dearly love to have, please contact his people at Scgrrescueadoption@gmail.com and tell them a little about what his life would be like as part of your family.