MEET GOOSE!! This handsome man is a super sweet lab mix, about around 3-4 years old. Goose was found wandering the streets as a stray. From his condition and behavior, it was clear that he used to belong to somebody, but sadly no one came to claim him from the shelter, and with space running out, his life was in danger. Now he’s safe with LFS and ready to start a new life. Goose is a loveable goof of a dog. He was super happy to get out of the kennel and loves to go for walks. The corners of his eyes turn down a little bit, so he looks sad/worried a lot of the time, but he’s really not!! He loves to be petted and will come lean on you for some loving. He also likes to explore the yard and sniff everything. Fun fact: Goose will spin in circles chasing his own tail sometimes! He seems to like other dogs and did well with both big and small dogs at the shelter and vets office. He and Todd, another adoptable LFS pup, just wanted to play together, and there was a lot of play-bowing and wiggles!! Goose has been friendly with every person he’s met so far too. He hopped in the car on his own and curled up into a ball to sleep about 20 minutes into our ride.
After seeing our vet for a full physical and to get up to date on his vaccines, it was determined Goose is an overall healthy dog. However, he was noticeably uncomfortable when it came to checking his hips, so we had some x-rays taken to make sure we weren’t missing anything. Unfortunately Goose has early bilateral hip dysplasia. He does not obviously limp, but the doctor noticed that he is a bit stiff in one of his back legs. Because the dysplasia is earlier stage right now, and considering Goose’s age, our vet did not recommend surgery to address his hips at this time. We have placed Goose on joint supplements and will be working on helping him shed a few pounds (he’s a little chunky at 66 pounds right now) to help keep stress off of his hips. Unfortunately Goose will more than likely develop arthritis later on in his life, so his future adopters need to be aware and be willing to keep him slim and on joint supplements. Despite it all, Goose is a happy boy and still loves to chase after tennis balls in the yard. He’s not the greatest at bringing them back, but practice can fix that!
Goose will be at our adoption event tomorrow! Details are in our events section. Come meet him and see how soft his fur is!!
Goose needs a foster home!! If you’d be able to foster, please go to labradorfriends.com/foster-2
If you’d like to adopt Goose and make him a member of your family, go to labradorfriends.com/how-to-ado
UPDATE 1/16/19!! Goose has been doing really well in his foster home. He is a loving boy who gets along great with people and other dogs. He met some children at our last adoption event and did great with them too! Goose is housebroken and knows some commands, and he walks well on a leash. He is a young boy and enjoys running around in his foster dad’s yard, but he’s not too energetic. He’s kind of silly and will sometimes chase his own tail, just because! Goose isn’t the biggest fan of the camera, but don’t let his sad eyes fool you, he’s a happy boy!
GOOSE UPDATE!! Goose and I went for a walk down to city hall today. He was a perfect gentleman on the leash and didn’t mind passing cars or people. When we got to the park area, he wanted to play and bounce around, and it was just the cutest thing! He loved to watch and chase falling leaves from the trees, and he seems to like to chase shadows as well. He would probably love a laser pointer . Goose does well with other dogs. When I introduced him to a cat at the clinic today, she hissed and puffed herself up at him, and he immediately backed off. He seemed to want to sniff her, but she wasn’t having it, and he respected that. This considered, I think Goose could be okay with cats who let him know who’s boss. I can’t guarantee he won’t try to chase a cat in a home environment, but I think a dog saavy cat could work.