Meet Scooter! He is a 7-year-old golden retriever who has been living in Southern California for a few years but initially came to the states from South Korea where he had reportedly been trained as a service dog for an older person who passed away. Scooter is as handsome as he is loving and loyal. He has an old soul. He is happiest by your side, a true companion. He loves walks and carrying his own leash, swimming in pools, oceans, lakes, rivers (literally any body of water other than the bathtub), destuffing plush toys, cuddling on the couch between his humans, rolling in the grass and hunting squirrels. He is not much of a tennis ball dog but has been known to chase a frisbee. He will carry your slippers, sandals, t-shirts and dish towels around the house with pride and will always greet you with such an item when arriving home, whether you have been gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours. Scooter is house trained and is not destructive. His preferred treat is anything you would find on a charcuterie board – salami, cheese, crackers, fruit – in that order. He was surrendered to SCGRR because his previous home introduced a new baby to their family last year and it became clear over time that he is not a fan of crawling babies and toddlers.
Scooter is low to medium energy, not the textbook bubbly golden personality most would assume, but he will turn it on when he sees his leash, hears the bully stick bag, after he’s done his business, or if he wants a game of tug-o-war. Scoot likes to be within range of you and will move around the house to stay close. He just needs to know where you are. He is mostly independent and happy to lounge during the day between walks. He does very well on a leash and swings his hips side to side with a cute sashay. On walks Scooter is very happy and just wants to mind his own business. Scooter is smart, alert and has a high prey drive so no cats or other small critters. In his current home, he does bark when someone comes to the door and has also shown he will bark at passersby from the front yard. When introduced properly he becomes your best friend. He will need someone committed to work on this behavior or a quieter home environment.
Scoot originally came from South Korea with his brother – a standard poodle. They were adopted out separately and still get together periodically. His brother was the protector and without him, Scoot has stepped up his game. On walks, Scoot ignores dogs that bark at him from their house or yard but he does not always do well when they try to approach to say hello. Some dogs he will ignore or simply sniff but others he will make it clean he would prefer they give him some space. Given this, Scoot would prefer not to be at a busy dog park or public dog beach.
My Ideal Home
Scooter should have an adult only home – definitely no toddlers or crawling babies and if older children then someone experienced with managing introductions to young visitors to the home. He loves human attention and would do best as an only dog, definitely no cats or other small critters. A single, companion dog of the right energy with an experienced family may be considered. He enjoys being inside if left alone. He is also not a “front yard” dog and a back yard should have secure, opaque fencing to prevent disagreements with any neighboring pups. He is not destructive and does not need to be crated, though would be happiest with somebody home for company during the day. Daily walks in a quiet neighborhood would be ideal. Do you have a Pool??? Access to water to swim would be a major bonus.