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#10151 Veteran Papi

Large-size, Male, Adult Golden Retriever,

Hi! I am named in memory of Gene "Pop" Fucile, who was a Vietnam War veteran and Commander in the US Navy. I'm guessed to be an Golden Retriever Mix and about 2 years old. I'm a sweet boy and I currently weigh around 60 lbs.

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So far, my foster mom has observed:

• I am a gorgeous, sweet, love bug and may not be aware of my size; however, I am gentle. I am soft and cuddly and I want to please you. I love being with people (and dogs), snuggling, getting body rubs. My foster mom found my sweet spot under my neck and upper chest this evening, I was in heaven!
• Once I am in my crate, I whine a bit before settling down. My foster mom says my whining reminds her of children talking to their stuff animals.
• I am food motivated. I go into my crate easier when food is involved. I LOVE hotdogs, watch your fingers, I get super excited. I have not bitten my foster mom’s fingers taking hotdogs, but I cannot help how excited I get over them. She states hotdogs must be palm fed or thrown into crate only.
• I am still young, so I have lots of energy.
• I really like my foster dog sister; however, she thinks I am a bit too much. I like to jump and play like dogs do. She is older and never played with dogs the way I do. She is only interested in her stupid ball. I passed my evaluation at doggie daycare/boarding. I love playing with other dogs so my foster mom takes me to doggy day care.
• A neighbor boy (10 years old) comes over and plays with me –we run and play ball, it's fun. I will play a bit with toys if you play with me. My foster mom wants to get a video of my playing with the ball because I am so cute; truth be told she is not good at taking videos.
• I am a bit mouthy at times, but I stop when my foster mom tells me to. I am a working on this and getting better every day.
• I am learning sit, down, come. Stay, I am not sure that is for me, but my foster mom says I have to learn it so if you work with me on it, I am sure I can master it. Will you work with me on my training?
• My foster mom feeds me part of my meals in a snuffle mat and in a puzzle toy. I love those and very good at mastering them. I like things that stimulates my brain.
• I love going on walks, I pull a little bit and might cut you off to get to a yummy smell on the other side. I believe if my family works with me, I can master walking nicely. My foster mom got after me for chasing squirrels – I yanked her hard and she did not like it. She told me good doggies do not chase squirrel. If you ask me, the jury is out on this one. My foster mom is correct, good doggies do not chase squirrels. It has been three days since I chased a squirrel. I now just watch them. I am a good boy.
• I love being outside. I get to sit out of the deck and backyard when the weather is beautiful.
• I may be a cabinet surfer. My foster mom tells me down every time I try to help her in the kitchen. I know she is fixing something for my foster dog sister and me to eat. So, I want to be helpful.

I have meet quite a few people on my walks. I like to observe first, access friend or foe before I meet anyone new. I have met children, none under the age of 6, up to adults. I love the attention.

You may ask if I am housebroken. Well, my first night I had an accident close to the door that takes you outside. I have marked or tried to mark areas of the house. My foster mom tells me this is not acceptable. She re-directs me and keeps a good eye as we learn each other. I am a work in progress, with some more basic training, I will be quite the gentleman and a wonderful family member.

Veteran Papi is up-to-date on his vaccinations and has been neutered. Veteran Papi is currently being fostered in Alexandria, VA.

This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.