GOLDIE was saved from a horrible shelter that provides dogs for the legal meat trade in China in the Yiwi City area, two hours outside of Shanghai by a wonderful rescue lady in China and together we are working on getting them all to the safety of GaDaH-CHINA in Sebec, Maine. We pay to get these dogs vetted, tested, quarantined and all other requirements to import them to the safety of the rescue in Sebec, Maine. The adoption fee's vary slightly depending on the weight and size of the dogs. GOLDIE's adoption fee is US $1,200 and covers the costs we incur to save this precious souls.
GOLDIE has been through the export and import quarantine requirements from China to the US. She has her rabies, core vaccines/lepto, heartworm, tick-disease and screw worm tested negative. She has been de-wormed, micro chipped and received any necessary monthly preventatives. She has an estimated date of birth of 30 May 2017 and she weighs around 33 pounds. We believe she is a Golden Retriever, but can not know for sure, it is up to you to look at her and decide what breed you think she could be. She arrived in the United States on 23rd August 2018, landing at JFK and then was driven up to the rescue in Sebec, Maine.
On 5th September I took her for spay surgery I took her to get spayed and I also asked them to look at her throat as when she is excited she breathes hard and she apparently had her leg and pelvis broken and surgery performed, but she still "bunny-hops" when she walks and runs so I also requested them to x-ray her legs and hips to check on the surgery she apparently had in China, since we have no records or x-rays.
So - when they was preparing her for spay surgery and put the breathing tube down her throat they couldn't get the tube the size used for medium/large dogs down, as it narrowed significantly half way down. So, they had to use a tube that they use on small dogs - she did fine during surgery and recovered great.
The vet things that for whatever the esophagus is narrowed, it could be birth defect, it could be injury or abuse we will never know, but that is why she breathes more heavy, as not as much air gets down as it would if it were the correct size and when she is relaxed and sleeping she breathes normal as she doesn't need as much oxygen as when she is running around or is excited it doesn't cause her any problems and she does just fine.
So, then on to her hips and legs - she did have surgery and there is a pin in her leg, which at first the vet was concerned why they would leave a pin in, however, the bone is very thin and he believes that if he went to take it out the bone might just crumble and collapse so the pin does need to stay in and there are signs of a broken pelvis that has healed also.
Her hips are just basically a mess, and she has severe hip dysplasia, which is most likely a combination of deformity, and being crammed in a small crate for most of her young life. She needs Femoral Head Ostectomy surgery (FHO) on both hips, which we have her scheduled for on 20th September, she will stay at the vets for 5-7 days to begin the recovery process and then when she is able to support herself I will bring her back to the rescue - or better still her forever family will meet me at the vets and take her home from there, so they can get all discharge information and ask questions to the vet and his staff.
She is on pain meds from her spay surgery and then I have enough to continue to give her until her FHO surgeries on 20th September.
She walks and runs almost like a bunny hop, which is due to the condition of her hips and most likely the extreme pain that she has been in. We do not know if surgery will correct that, but to be honest as long as she is out of pain and as mobile and active as she is now we are happy.
Due to all her issues, she doesn't need to lead an active life, which is what we would normally be recommending for a young dog. She needs a life of adventure still, but one at her own pace where she can play til she has had enough and still enjoy walks, swimming (which would be excellent for her) and lazying around with her humans to watch the world go by knowing she is now safe and very loved.
I cannot tell you what an amazing girl she is - she has the biggest personality and even through all her pain and discomfort she is such a happy, loving girl.
After surgery, other than a bit of physical therapy, which is generally walking her and stretching her legs a little, there is no follow up needed. So once she is done, she is done so to speak.
Other than that, she is an absolutely adorable, happy go lucky girl. She has clearly suffered a great deal but she is very clearly ready to have all that put behind her and to embrace as much love and fun as she can. You cannot look at this dog and your heart not melt. When she see's me, she comes bounding over with the other pups, I sit on the floor and she will push through the other pups and makes sure that she sits either on top of me or right next to me. She loves treats and anything and everything yummy and will take all of them from the other dogs if she could. She rides great in the car, walks good on the leash and just wants to shower everyone with all the love that is bursting out of her broken body. She is great with dogs of all ages and sizes.
WE DO NOT HAVE CATS OR LIVESTOCK AT THE RESCUE SO ARE UNABLE TO COMMENT ON HOW SHE WILL ACT NEAR OR AROUND THEM.
She does use the dog door to get in and out and does go outside to do her business. That is not to say she won't have the odd accident in her new home whilst she adjusts and gets used to her new routine and has her family teach her to let them know she wants to go outside. Until arriving at GaDaH, she had never been an inside dog.
GOLDIE was a lucky pup that we managed to save from the shelter that provides dogs to the slaughter house to be used as meat to sell to restaurants. She was taken to the vet for medical treatment and boarding and bounced back and became a happy larger than life wonderful girl. She is a total love bug who just soaks up all the love and attention that she can get. She is great with other dogs and is happy to share the toys. She rides great in the car and walks ok on the leash, but as with all dogs, practice is always needed.
GOLDIE is available for adoption from Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue which is located in Sebec, Maine, for an adoption fee of $1,200 (this doesn't come close to covering the expense that we have paid for this girl). This fee is not negotiable and is used to cover the extensive costs of vetting, quarantine requirements, documentation, flights and such to get her from China to Sebec, Maine.
We post in other states and in Canada to ensure our saved dogs get as much exposure as possible and the perfect families are found. Canadian adopters need to know that customs charge 15% taxes when entering into Canada.
Adoptive families MUST travel to the rescue in Sebec, Maine to meet and dog they are interested in adopting and if all goes well, take him/her home with them to start their new wonderful life.