Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR Number:  17-036

Type of Surrender:  Stray – Mexico City Goldens program

Status: Available soon

Age: 5

Weight:  51

Woods is one amazing Golden mix. A few short weeks ago, he was surviving on the streets of Mexico City when he was attacked by a gang of dogs. Seeing this suffering dog, a Good Sam nursed him back to health but could not keep him, so Woods was back on the streets to fend for himself. Just two days later, the Good Sam found him lying in the street. Someone had thrown a corrosive chemical on him, extensively burning his fur and skin. The injuries were painful, and painful to look at. Once again, the Good Sam cared for Woods, and he survived. Hearing of Woods’ horrific story, our GRR volunteers immediately began planning to transport him under the Mexico City Goldens program, and Woods’ previous bad luck took an abrupt and glorious U-turn. Woods arrived in Austin in March and is currently getting massive doses of foster TLC. Although Woods will likely always have some bare spots from the acid, he is happy and fur is steadily growing back. Most importantly, Woods burned, battered but not broken, has held onto his “heart of Golden” that is at the very core of his breed.

Personality: During his recovery, Woods has revealed an incredibly attractive personality. This boy is as calm as they come, and happily soaks up attention without demanding it (well, maybe just a little)!  When he does feel the need for some attention, he positions himself in front of you and gives you the “I may jump up now” look before gently proceeding. Given his recent past, it is quite remarkable that he interacts so well with other dogs. Upon meeting a new dog, he is shy at first, and not aggressive in any way.  He stands back and observes the other dog before approaching, and makes introductory gestures in a very calm, friendly manner. In the brief time at his foster’s multi-canine home, he has integrated into the pack just fine. His feelings about close encounters of the feline kind are not clear just yet, however.

His stellar indoor behavior has earned him the right to roam freely around the place.  He is perfectly comfortable in his crate when left alone, and sleeps well all night long. Woods is a neat freak in one respect.  He really enjoys retrieving socks and shoes and piling them up in one corner. No chewing, mind you, he just organizes everything in one handy place that he has selected!

On road trips, Woods has been a model car rider, except that he places himself on the driver’s lap. Gentle boy that he is, he accepts alternate seating arrangements without too much debate.  No leash training needed here, as Woods gladly stays alongside on walks in the neighborhood.

Under GRR care, Woods overall health has improved dramatically. His burn injuries are now healing nicely.  But prior to extended time outdoors, Woods still requires application of sun block to his skin in the areas where fur has not yet covered.

Woods’ foster has him pegged as a fast learner with a sweet demeanor and a soothing energy level perfect for forming lasting bonds with family members of all ages.   With Woods in your life, he will so appreciate the loving care you give him and return it many times over.

Ideal Home:    Woods has shown he would be great in a multi-dog forever home, and is ready to deliver full strength Golden companionship. Given his service dog genes, he would love a home with a two legged family member who finds it difficult to locate their shoes!

NOTE: The Mexico City Goldens have an increased adoption fee.

To learn about the adoption process and complete an application, click here.   We do not guarantee the availability of the dog that you have expressed interest in as it may be matched to another waiting family.  However, there are always new dogs available as rescue is dynamic.  We appreciate your interest in adopting a rescued golden.

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