Fletcher, so sweet and so social, is famous for loving every person he meets. This is especially true of his besotted adopters who, after 18 months, are still basking in the glow of that love.
Their home may be a quiet one, and Fletcher may have his favorite spots to be, but his preferred place is by his family’s side, particularly if it’s in the kitchen. Always eager for his parents’ affection, their clearly established ritual begins with a head rub, followed by his slowly turning until they rub his lower back while he responds with an unrestrained butt wiggle. And although he didn’t know how to walk on a leash when they first adopted him, he’s very food and treat receptive, which made him easy to train. But now he mischievously hides the TV remote, knowing he can trade it for a treat!
Like most goldens, he loves tennis balls, and enjoys stopping at the clubhouse to watch the people playing tennis. On lucky days, a ball may get hit over the fence, and he’s always the first to retrieve it. But unlike most goldens, he’s not a fan of the water, considerately sparing his family the task of drying him off after a dip in the pool or a swim in the lake!
With his family spending winters in Florida and summers in Maine, Fletcher’s grown fond of rides on their pontoon boat up north. To him, it’s like one large playpen, and he woofs a happy “hello” to all the neighbors on their docks as they pass by. He does, however, still suffer from separation anxiety and as much as he loves car rides, he doesn’t like when they stop and one of his parents gets out for a moment. Yet lightning and fireworks on the 4th of July don’t faze him at all provided he’s inside, safe, and secure with the family he adores.