Aragorn (Ari)

Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR Number: 16-054

Type of Surrender: Owner Surrender

Status: Undergoing heartworm treatment - Available in December

Age: 5-6

Weight: 67 pounds. Ideal weight is between 75-80 pounds

Ari Update: Ari is a love and hasn’t a snarky bone in his body.  He is outgoing, sweet, interactive and playful with age-appropriate energy.  Ari gets along well with other dogs but would be fine as an only dog as he’d get all of his human’s attention.

In true retriever fashion, Ari loves his ball.  He likes to show you his ball.  He likes to bring you his ball.  He likes to catch his ball. 

Ari is housebroken and is free-to-roam in the house when left.  He proudly wags his tail when walking on leash. 

Ari has a peaceful, gentle soul so he needs a quiet home with a family who can take him through Heartworm treatment and when finished, take him places to play and be part of their daily activities.  Ari is fine with other dogs and would be fine as an only dog. However, he does need a no-cat home.

Ari needs a family who will truly adore him and in return, he’ll be your best buddy forever.

Personality:   Ari epitomizes a golden personality:  happy, playful and full of smiles. His tail never stops wagging.  He loves everyone and everything – no matter what they think of them.  Cranky dog in the park?  Ari wags his tail and smiles.   A frightened Sugar Baby in the veterinarian’s office?  Ari wags his tail and touches noses to say hello.   Even though Ari is underweight and came into GRR with severe fungal overgrowth on his skin, you would never know it.   He just sails through life with a smile on his face and by becoming friends with everyone.   Smile at him and scratch behind his ears, and he’ll be your friend; add a ball or chew toy for disembowelment, and he’ll follow you for life.  In fact, he is so attached to his people that if you leave the kitchen during dinner, he is likely to leave his food and follow you, just to let you know he’s thinking about you.   It is likely that this tendency will diminish over time, as he realizes that he will not be abandoned.  Ari loves to play chase the ball, tug o’ war and destroy the stuffie.  While he has not yet jumped in the pool in his foster home, he has shown no water fear and regularly runs through the hose when the pool deck is being cleaned.  He is a kisser, so pick your spot – hand, chin, ear or the tip of your nose – he will give you kisses.  Ari takes treats gently and is not food aggressive.  In fact, he has not shown any sign of any aggressive behavior at his foster home whatsoever.

Ari prefers to avoid loud noises, such as a neighbor’s roof being replaced.  However, when loud noises occur, he does not cling to his foster, he just prefers to be inside with his people, rather than outside playing catch.   His previous family likely did not do a lot of training with Ari, but he is a quick learner, including house training, how to sit, and how to not jump when his family arrives home from work.   He is still nervous during car rides, but GRR believes that his few car rides have been to and from the shelter, or to and from the vet. His foster reports that he is getting better with each successive ride, and will likely learn very quickly that going on car rides is fun and will not result in him being left in a strange place in a cage.  Ari is learning to walk on a leash, but he does not pull.  Rather, he is so delighted to be with you, he’ll stop and try to interact with you, thus impeding forward progress.  His foster family is working with him on that.

Ideal Home:  Aragorn will fit in almost any family – whether you have other dogs or children. However, he will likely do best if he is not left alone for long periods – he loves companionship, whether it be other pets or his person(s). .  While Ari has a lot of energy, and he will benefit from a household that will interact and play with him, he is not overly energetic.  Note that he will likely need to be crated during heartworm treatment if his family is not home, since he is a typical 5-6 year old golden boy.   Because he is so people attached, being placed in a crate for long period of time by himself would be very hard on him.  His family should be willing to provide extra love and affection to help him through.  He has not been exposed to birds and small children in his foster home. He has had some exposure to cats, and Ari needs to be in a home without no kittys in residence!

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