Rex, Dog, Golden Retriever

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Species: 
Dog
Breed: 
Golden Retriever
Primary Breed: 
Golden Retriever
Gender: 
Male
Home with dogs: 
Yes
Home with cats: 
Yes
Home with kids: 
Yes
Age: 
Senior
Special Needs: 
No
Spay/neutered: 
Yes
Vaccinations Up to Date: 
Yes
Courtesy: 
No
Found: 
No
Location Zipcode: 
53149
Description: 
Rex 10-007 has been with us for 12 days. He has made his transition very calmly. He still whines some, but now he only really whines when he gets put into the guest bedroom for the night. During our first week, we visited the vet and got most all of our vaccines. She pronounced he very well and fit. We go back next week for another vaccine. Rex did have a yeast infection in his ear, but the meds that the vet gave us have cleared that up. He does like to drink a lot of water—which means he has to pee more often than my other golden. The vet assures me that he is not diabetic and there seems to be no sign of infection. We don’t let him have water after 8 pm and he makes it through the night very nicely. His former family had alerted us that he may have hot spots. While there is past evidence of these hot spots, we have seen no evidence of scratching or excessive licking. Rex is very good with the cats. He met our 18 year old cat on the first day. Percy is a very calm, unruffled cat, who lived with many dogs and cats. They met nose to nose with no raised hair or vocalizations. Later in the week, we were delighted when he met our hyper female cat. She did her arched back, hissing routine and Rex didn’t even blink. He looked at me and seemed to say 'Oh, she is one of those!' Even when the cats run, he doesn’t chase them. He gets anxious about riding in the car. He gets into the car with no prompting, but whines a bit as we drive. I suspect that he associates going to the vet or other unpleasant places. With a few more rides for the sake of riding, I think he will settle down. He shows no signs of motion sickness or other discomfort. It may also be that he just wants in the front seat! This week’s snow has been a great boon. Rex loves making snow angels and digging for all the little furry beings taking shelter under the evergreen bushes. Rex is a quick learner. Our neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks. When we walk, I like to train the dogs to stop at intersections. On our first walk, Rex had learned by the fourth intersection that he was to stop. As we approached the intersection, he stopped and looked back to me to get the OK to proceed. He is very good in the house. He doesn’t get on the furniture, with the exception of the bed in the guest room. I have encouraged him to get up there as it makes it easier for me to clean his ears. When we eat at the dining table, he is very good about not begging. We do have to tell me several times to lie down. However, when we eat on the TV trays in the den, he is aggressive in his begging. Tomorrow we go to the groomers. Rex is going to be a very good addition to his forever home. While he can be assertive, with a strong owner, he will do very well.