ntroducing Tate—aka Tater Tot and Sweet Tater. He’s the liveliest, most alert 7-year-old you'll ever see, with a lovely, kinky, and ultrasoft red coat.
Losing a loving home, where he had reigned supreme in his own backyard with a private dog house, was an unsettling experience. Middle-aged dogs can learn new tricks, though, and Tate very quckly decided that a cozy indoor life (with nights spent sleeping in the bedroom!) isn't at all a bad. Learning to take turns with two other Goldens for food, treats, and attention took a little longer, and completely relaxing into his new environment longer still—but he’s settled and comfortable now.
When Tate first arrived, we crated him at certain times, and he took to that very easily—but he’s proven to be quite reliable in the house, except for occasional irresistible impulses to investigate countertops and the trash bin. He quickly learned to accept a Gentle Leader and now trots happily and comfortably by our side for long walks. He loves being bathed, although we're told that manicures are not his favorite! He knows the basic commands, but still needs practice in holding them. The hardest one to obey, for understandable reasons, is 'Puppies out of the kitchen.' He's bright and very communicative: if the water bowl is empty, or he needs to go out, or it's within 5 minutes of mealtime, he's very quick to tell you. He does retrieve, but his favorite pastime, aside from lying curled up near you, is chewing (nylabones and toys only, luckily).
Tate is ready to move on into a new, forever home. If you're looking for a sweet, reliable Golden guaranteed to adore you, he may well be your guy.