You’ve likely heard about our latest multiple-dog rescue from Arkansas. These dogs were kept in a home, most of them outside. Also on the property were Great Pyrenees and Labrador Retrievers.
We welcomed the (now known as) ARK 11 on February 18th. It was an icy and snowy day when the transport vehicle rolled into Golden Gateway with our precious cargo of six females and five males. Most are about 1 to 2 years old, some 4 or 5, and two older Goldens we call “Papa Bear and Mamma Bear.” We’re not really sure if the younger Goldens came from these two, but we feel they may have as each of the younger Goldens squeal and whine when they are close by.
We are just beginning the work of getting to know these wonderful Goldens. Each is loving and only somewhat skittish, which amazes us considering where they came from and how they lived. Some of the smaller, younger females are more under-socialized but still draw close to us when we are with them.
So far, we are still evaluating them medically, performing their examinations and spay and neuter surgeries. We are also performing the temperament testing and so far so good! All have similarities, which is par for the course when dogs live as a pack.
We’ve not had the opportunity to match them with dogs outside of their own pack because most of the females were in heat, which is not the time to be introducing new situations, especially other dogs.
Pack mentality exists here, but we’ve not seen it as much as we did with the NC 20 a year ago. Still, it is remarkable to watch and learn what they are trying to teach us about rank, behavior and gender. While we still have a way to go, we wanted to share some photographs and a little about each of them. As we get more and updated information, we will share the news.