Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted November 28, 2014
Tessa came into our life as an adult dog who had experienced significant loss in the past few months. Her canine companion whom she had grown and learned with had recently died of old age and her human owners (all three) had each succumb to illness within a three month period. Despite these tragedies, Tessa was able to adapt to our family and our home without hesitation. She genuinely loved the attention given to her by my youngest children, aged 6 and 8 at the time. She was somewhat excitable when people arrived or left the house but completely understandable given her past experience. She was well-trained and loved by her previous owner and although we did not know all of the commands she had been taught, she was intuitive and obedient at all times. The biggest challenge I found and still struggle with today is her difficulty walking on a leash. She is such a large dog for her breed and very strong. She continues to pull at the leash no matter how much length I give her. She will stop, sit and wait without any issues but once she gets her nose to the ground, she is very absorbed in her work. Tessa is somewhat of a lazy dog these days. She lies around and sleeps alot but is always ready for a game or a run if you call her. She loves to play catch, tag and rolls around in grass or snow. Her babies "toys" often make their way outside as well. Since she is a long haired dog, I am not going to lie and tell you that she doesn't require constant brushing, grooming and someone to follow her around with a vacuum or lint roller...she is messy and needs a lot of care. Our Goldie is definitely a big part of our family and comes with us where ever we go - camping, visiting, etc. We love her so much and are so blessed to have found her when she needed us most.