Chipper is a 3 year old golden retriever who was pulled by a family who fostered and then adopted him back in November of 2017. He was doing great in his home, until a family member gave him a steak bone from the table and then tried to take it back. Most of us know what could transpire by giving dog a nice juicy steak bone and then promptly try to take it back. We can't fault Chipper here as he has just been the best dog, but then snapped at, biting the owner when trying to take away the bone. You shouldn't do that with dogs (or most humans).
Things went along completely fine after until a few weeks ago, when he got her again when she wiping his paws off. Chipper was then returned to us to find another home. For some reason Chipper wasn't respecting her as an authority figure in the family, and the owner did not want to go through training with Chipper.
We had a trainer evaluate Chipper who said he is not aggressive, but was having a dominance issue over wife in the family. Unfortunately his owners never made him follow rules or told him "no". Chipper got the idea he was more important or their equal. The male in the home never had an issue with Chipper.
Chipper is in a board and train program, which is costing our rescue $2,145.00 over the next few weeks. We are putting in the effort so that he is trained to go into his forever home. The great news is he is doing very well in this program. We can only do this with your donations. Expenses like these hit our organization hard, and it takes away from us helping the medical needs of other dogs. If you can partner with us and help his training by donating, we would greatly appreciate the help! We'll list your name as a sponsor of Chipper right here on this page.
Unfortunately Chipper also went from a trim boy of 51 pounds when he was pulled from the pound to over 100 pounds! He actually should weigh in the 60 pound range. He is on a healthy diet now, away from his free feed program of a poor quality dog food.
We urge everyone who wants to adopt a dog to consider all that must go into a dog for their life. If something doesn't work your way, either medically or otherwise, you need to have the mindset that you'll do whatever it takes to help this rescued dog through issues. Please don't apply for a dog if you do not feel this way.
Also, feeding your dog too much is a way to love them to death, literally. It cuts their life way down and we only have them for such a short time anyhow. Keep your dog healthy by feeding the proper amount and exercise.
You know, we as volunteers, feel deeply sad that we let this happen to Chipper by placing him in the wrong home. We try to do our best, but sometimes we fail. We go on.
Chipper really is a nice dog who is trained and in need of a family he can count on forever. If you think your family would be a good fit for Chipper, please read our adoption policies
and follow the directions from there. No children under the age of 10 years old with his adoption.