Adoption Status: Available
Breed: Flat Coat Retriever Mix
Age: Est DOB: 08/2015
Weight: 62 lbs
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: No
House trained: Yes
Adoption Fee: $500 + tax
History: Rupunzel is a beautiful girl who was recently returned back to rescue. She is an energetic girl that would love an active family to call her own!
A note from the foster: Blue (Rapunzel) is a small Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix (in my opinion) with a big heart and an even bigger personality. Blue has been in and out of rescue for over two years, but after spending 6 months in board ‘n’ train and working with her new foster, she is leaps and bounds from where she started, and she’s ready to find her perfect forever home.
She’s got her puppy dog eyes down pat, even at three years old, and is very smart and attentive to her humans. She likes to be where I am at all times, especially when I’m cooking; never getting underfoot, but juuust close enough to keep a watchful eye out for any stray food that happens to fall on the ground. She is completely potty trained, and knows all her commands and manners - she’ll even “wait” for her food if you ask her to and wait for permission before hopping up on the couch or bed. Everyone who has worked with Blue agrees that she is nearly the perfect dog - her only area for improvement is that she needs proper and slow introductions with other dogs, and she may not get along with every dog she meets.
We are still working on some leash reactivity, and she’s doing very well. She gets very excited to meet whatever dog she comes across and see what they’re all about, and sometimes that can be off-putting to the other dog. I have been asking her to sit and watch me when I see her start to get excited, and she is getting the hang of it pretty quickly. Based on the improvement I’m seeing, I would imagine that with continued work this issue can be resolved. This doesn’t mean that she has to be an only dog, though; she gets along swimmingly with my resident dog, a 70 lb male, and loves to play tug o’ war with him and watch squirrels together out the window. She has a very high prey drive, and would make an excellent birding dog according to the Coco’s Heart resident dog trainer. She has great recall, and will wait to retrieve her toys after they've been thrown if I ask her to. Because of her high prey drive, she would do best in a home without cats or other small animals, including smaller dogs.
Her favorite way to play with her toys is on her back with all four paws in the air, and she makes the most hilarious squealing and whining vocalizations when she is playing with my resident dog. They will often “talk” to each other by laying across from each other and vocalizing back and forth. Based on the time she has spent with us, I think Blue would fit into a family with another large dog to play with or being the only dog in the house.
Blue is a tough, active dog, and she loves being outside despite the cold weather. She would love a home where she can thrive as the athlete she is, whether this is being utilized as a hunting or birding dog, partaking in regular agility sessions, or frequent hikes and runs. Blue has a lot of energy, but she is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met, and just wants to be around her humans. She’ll snuggle up next to you on the couch or bed if you let her, but she’s also completely crate trained and will go right in her kennel on command without complaint. Blue is a tough cookie and a true gem, and if you’re willing to devote the time and energy to reinforcing her manners and keeping her active, she will reward you with love and kisses in spades.