Champ Marsh #3935

Champ Marsh #3935

Age: 10 years

Gender: Male

Breed: Golden Retriever Blend

Weight: 92 lbs.

Status: Not Ready For Adoption



 

 

Update:  July 27, 2021

Champs eye surgery was successful and he is one handsome guy now! After a little “vacay” with another dedicated foster family who took care of him for a few days, Champ has been busy settling into his new foster home.  His “vacay” hosts noted that he loved chasing lizards and squirrels and didn’t mind taking walks to help trim down a bit.  Champ enjoyed his stay there and is now very happy with his new foster family where he is the center of attention and the only pet.    

Champ is winning his foster family over with his playful antics of throwing the tennis ball in the air and chasing after it.  “His smile lights up the room and when he plays with his toys and tosses them around the room, it’s adorable,” says his foster mom.  

But all that cuteness doesn’t get him out of his training sessions.  Champ and his foster family are working very hard with the professional trainer to walk nicely on leash.  He is making progress but he still has some work to do; it is quite possible that this is the first time in his ten years that he has been taught to walk on leash properly.  Champ will certainly master this skill with patience and love. This sweet boy already responds to his name, sits, gives his paw, takes good care of his toys, doesn’t snore, waits for his foster parents to get up before he does and greets them in the morning with a smile and a kiss – how cool is that!!

Most of all, Champ loves to be with his adult humans. His wish list includes a fenced yard where he can run and play and to be the one and only pet in the home-no other dogs or cats.  Small children (younger than middle school age) will not understand his dining needs and his 92 pound frame will be too much for them to handle on walks and during play.  

Champ will be continuing his training so that he can find his forever family soon.  Once this sweet guy gets to know you he will become your “King” of cuddle ups and love for life! 

 

Don’t let his initial shyness stop you, our boy Champ is a real velcro dog after he has a chance to introduce himself.  Once he has made his introduction and approves of you, he will invite you to love and cuddle up with him.  

Champ joined us at GRRMF when his family could no longer care for him. During his initial examination it was noted that his one eyelid was rolled inward which can cause the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub against the cornea resulting in pain.  This condition is called Entropion which is considered a hereditary condition.  Entropion can be corrected by a surgical procedure.  GRRMF had this surgery performed on Champ and he came through it like a Champ!  Often a second surgery is required to fully correct the problem, but for now, his foster mom reports that he is “wearing the cone of shame and doing very well. When he looks into your eyes, he moves by your side and leans on on you to rub him.”

Settling into his foster home is what Champ has been doing prior to his surgery.  He’s finding his position with his two foster siblings who have reminded him a few times that he’s the new guy in town.  Champ hasn’t had a chance to meet any children in his foster home yet, but we do know that he isn’t a cat lover. What he does enjoy is belly rubs, playing with stuffed animals, going after the ball and chasing lizards and squirrels.  He’s not a fan of loud noises or abrupt introductions, he likes to come to you first.  “He seems to like most everything, he is housebroken and knows down, give me your paw and stay,” reports his foster mom. His foster family will be working on other commands after he recuperates; perhaps he will even learn to return the ball that he loves to chase and pop. 

Champ loves cuddling up to his foster dad and is regaining his confidence in his new surroundings.  With your generous donations and support GRRMF will be able to help him with his vision problems and some professional training to make him a champion —after all, he is a “Champ” who is looking for a loving, forever home.  

 

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