Her Foster writes: She has really come out of her shell in a few short weeks. She loves females however does well with men too. She is very interested in cats and cannot be in the same room with them left alone (we are still working on that) She loves watermelon and green beans. She does well in a crate for eating and if we are gone. She sleeps in the bedroom with us and is very quiet (no snoring). Overall, she is a couch potato and a cuddle bug who wants to be in the room with you when you are home.
She came from a home with 4 other dogs of various sizes and breeds. The owner gave them all up as she had a very serious health challenge and was no longer able to take care of them.
Goose, the good, the bad and the ugly…
Rubs against his person like a cat
Tail constantly wagging
Loves to play
Snaps when someone tries to pet him over his head
Still nervous around new people
Lots of energy when you first walk him
Loves to play in the dirt
Loves to play in our pond where he exits covered in mud
Goose came into rescue in April 2022, a result of owner surrender. He is 2 1/2 years old, neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. He was purchased from a breeder. His dad, a truck driver, had planned to take Goose on trips with him, but realized that Goose quickly outgrew the cab. In addition, Goose’ parents got divorced and Goose’ mom couldn't keep him. Goose was very attached to his old family and has become very attached to us. He wants to be wherever his family is and wants to be part of whatever they are doing. He was unsocialized but not unloved or abused.
As Goose was unsocialized we have slowly been introducing him to people. He has met several people in our home, including our dog sitter when we went on a week's vacation. After a few days of uncertainty on his part, he figured it out and took to her. We have taken him on several outings to stores and had a dog trainer work with him on a couple of occasions.
He is being fostered with a cat and 2 Mastiffs. He has shown no interest in the cat but is very interested in squirrels and lizards. He wants nothing more than to play with our dogs, but one is not interested in playing and one doesn't know how to play. We were told that he is good with dogs, but as of this writing we have not introduced him to other dogs beyond the two he lives with. He has been boarded several times with no incidents; staff reports that he has taken a liking to several people, and they are able to bond with him.
Goose is still very much a puppy, but has not destroyed anything and sleeps through the night. He gets mouthy when he plays but can be easily redirected to a toy. We have introduced him to the crate, and he will go into it with a little coaxing. He knows basic commands and is very food motivated. He pulls on leash but is manageable.
If the house he goes to does not have a yard, the new family should be prepared to exercise him frequently. They need to be patient and give him time and space to acclimate. A place of his own would be best so he can remove himself from a situation he feels uncomfortable in. Training needs to be continued with all members of the family. The house he was living in had little children and he was very tolerant of them, but be aware that he is still mouthy, his tail could knock a child down and he likes to kiss.
Every day we see progress in his behavior and confidence. Goose will be a great addition to a loving family who is willing to put in the time and work with him. He is a one family forever dog.
MRF is very fortunate to have Fosters that give their all to bringing out the best in the dogs. Since Covid we have experienced too many that have not been trained or socialized…many we are not able to take. MRF is very appreciative of all the work Melissa and Colin have put into Goose…he is one very lucky mastiff. It is our hope that we will find an adopter that will continue his training and want to give him every opportunity to excel..and be that wonderful companion. IT will be work, PATIENCE and dedication.
His foster writes:
She is patiently waiting for her forever home.