From homeless to helpful, that's Buddy's story. Although he is a prime example of a Golden Retriever, being calm and gentle and eager to please, Buddy's early months were not ideal. Found as a stray in a city park in 2008, it appeared as if he were camped out at the park waiting for the children who would come there to play. After a couple of days, one of the mothers called the humane society, where he was taken. His profile was later posted online at petfinder.com, and that is where Christie found him. She was told he was about 9 months old at that time. He didn't know how to walk on a leash, was not housebroken, and they weren't sure if he had ever been indoors. Buddy was also very hesitant about riding in cars, to the point that Christie had to lift him in and out of her SUV for 3 weeks before he became self-confident enough to jump in and out by himself.
The first thing that Christie did with Buddy when she brought him home was to go for a walk. He caught on quickly to walking on a leash and soon they were enrolled in a beginner obedience class, where he excelled. It is interesting to note that although he excelled in the obedience class, the doorways were scary for him and he had to be carried into the training facility the first 3 times they attended.
Hello, I think I like you!
Fun Fact-> The first the first three dogs to achieve their A.K.C. Obedience Trial Championships were Golden Retrievers.
She reads so well, Buddy can
picture the scenes in his head
Because of his personality and how well they were doing in class, he and Christie were approached about becoming a therapy team thru Delta Society. They took the class, but because she had not owned him the required length of time then and he did not meet their minimum age requirement, he was unable to test.
Pleased to meet you!
Then, they moved to a remote area in North Dakota where opportunities were limited; however, they could do casual visits to the local nursing home and public library.