Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

Status: Matched

Gender: Male

GRR number: 15-128T

Type of Surrender: Turkey Golden – Istanbul Shelter

Sponsored by: John and Kathy Simmons

Age: 1½ - 2 years

Weight: 70

Personality: In the largest international rescue by any rescue group in Texas, Gold Ribbon Rescue is rescuing and rehoming orphaned Golden Retrievers from Turkey.  Most of these Goldens have been living on the streets of Istanbul, some in overcrowded shelters.  Volunteers at many Istanbul shelters are working with Gold Ribbon Rescue as well as other golden retriever rescue groups in the US to help give these dogs a better life, including finding love and affection, a home to live in, needed medical care and a cushion to sleep on.

A sweet note written by Frio’s foster parents is below:

“We were excited about the possibility of adopting one of the Turkey Goldens that would be arriving and wanted to provide a stable and loving home to a dog that has gone through so much. While adopting a rescue dog of any breed or origin is filled with the unknown, the Turkey dogs added another layer of questions. Will their difficult beginning make them flighty and suspicious or eager to engage? Will the lack of early home socialization make for additional training difficulties? How would he know not to ‘eliminate’ in the house? Would he chew things? Walk on counters? Which way will it go? When Frio came home with us, all of our concerns dissipated.

Frio has exceeded all of our expectations. He has a wonderful personality and temperament. He’s sweet, affectionate, confident, curious, very smart and keenly tuned in to us. I understand that many of the families of the Turkey Goldens are reporting the same. That speaks volumes for this wonderful breed. He is so engaging and is thriving on interacting with us and is developing a nice relationship with Sophie as well.

Frio is learning basic obedience now. Having him understand how to sit, lie down, stay, wait and come on our signal gives us an effective way to communicate with him in a way he understands. This provides a way to give instructional corrections that are positive, not punitive. For example, when super excited, he would jump on us. By having him sit, he gets under control and earns praise and rewards. By replacing the inappropriate behavior with responding to the sit command, it tells him how we expect him to act rather than punishing his behavior. He is learning by following hand signals. He is so smart and learns very quickly but of course, it’s an ongoing process to get full reliability. The training is really building his confidence and strengthening our relationship with him.”

Ideal home: Frio is with his future adopter.

 “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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