Meet Richie-China Dog!

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Richie-China Dog

Breed:Golden Retriever (purebred)
Age: 1.5 years
Weight: 53 lbs
Altered: Yes

**Due to the kindness of an anonymous donor, Richie's adoption fee is now $500. Due to the extraordinary costs associated with our rescued China dogs, including international airfare and extensive vet care, the costs to save these Goldens from slaughter far exceeds our adoption fees.

**Richie is a Golden Retriever rescued from the meat trade in China. AGN worked directly with China Rescue Dogs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, established to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from the meat trade. They go through extensive protocols, procedures and vetting to be relocated to the US to find their forever homes. If you have not read about the dog meat trade in China and the "Yulin Dog Meat Festival", we encourage you to do your research and visit These rescued Goldens may come with issues related to having to survive. Such issues may include: resource guarding, food aggression, separation anxiety, fear of noises, fear of the dark, etc. THE CHINA GOLDENS WILL HAVE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED IN THEIR BIOS. They've made wonderful progress, but will continue to be a special project requiring positive reinforcement training and guidance. They are true survivors and a symbol of hope!**

Hi, I'm Richie...your perfect best friend! I'm a social, happy, sweet, inquisitive, fun and snuggly fella who is enjoying my new life in the United States. I'm a 1 and 1/2 year old Golden Retriever and weigh 53 pounds. I'm working on putting on some weight.

I was rescued from the meat trade in China. I show a bit of doggie PTSD occasionally from my sad past. I'm learning what it's like to experience all the fun, joy and love from kind humans. I'm having a blast in my foster home, but it's time for me to find my forever family to enjoy life with. Could you be my special someone?

Personality Traits: I'm a sweetie who wags my entire boy with joyful exuberance. I'm energetic, fun, affectionate, happy as a camper and love to cuddle with my humans. Super smart with major potential if training is maximized. I'm truly a great young dog making incredible progress. I started with some, PTSD from having to survive in the meat trade with many other dogs. I had resource guarding toward other dogs (not humans at all) if any type of toy (squeaky, stuffy, ball, chewy, etc.) was around. I protected toys from other dogs because I'd never had them, and I found them of high value. NOW...I've learned that toys are unlimited in my foster home and I've learned how to share. I'm easily redirected by my humans with positive reinforcement or take correction from my Golden foster sisters, one will give me a soft growl to teach me. I have no issues with food with other dogs, but all the dogs in my foster home are fed separately from each other just because it provides us all a place of our own to enjoy our meal. I take treats right next to my furry foster siblings.

Status with People:Stranger...what stranger? I never meet a stranger! I'm excited to meet everyone! Love all people and children, but I'm too energetic for young children. I'm happy, bouncy and jumpy (all part of being a young dog). I even go and hang out with my foster mom at a doggie retail store where she volunteers. I adore all of the attention people give me.

Status with Dogs: Great with my female Golden foster sisters. One is dominant and one submissive. Good with other dogs in general after an initial adjustment period in the very beginning, just to figure out pack order. I can be picky about my male dog friends, but had fun with a male Golden buddy recently. I like to run, romp, play, wrestle and snuggle with my dog friends! I'm confidant and am not a good match with a dominant male. I'd do best in a female only dog home because I love the girls.

Status with Cats:Unknown. I don't have a prey drive, but there are no cats in my foster home and I've never seen one in the US.

Favorite Toys:I LIVE LIVE LIVE TO PLAY BALL!!! I love all toys, but there is nothing more fun for me than chasing the ball. I bring it right back for you for you to throw it again...and again...and again! So, get your pitching arm in shape and get a "Chuck It" ready so I can run further. Stuffies, squeaky toys, Kongs, balls...if it's a toy, I love it!

Energy Level: Typical active young Golden. Active and energetic outside with my furry foster siblings, but settle down for snuggles when tired. I get lots of exercise playing with my Golden foster sisters and with my foster dad throwing the ball for me lots and lots. Without this high level of exercise and playtime, my energy level will increase.

House Trained:Yes. I'm on a schedule, but I'm working out my "signal" to tell you. AGN recommends "Poochie Bells" so that I can give you clear communication when I need to go out.

Crate Trained: CANNOT BE CRATED! Because of my background and the excessive days crated to get to the US, a crate is not my friend. In my foster home I have free roam without issue, but I am not left for long, extensive periods of time and I have my Golden foster siblings. I have free roam of the house with my furry foster siblings without any issues.

House Manners::Great house manners, especially for my young age. I don't bother anything in the house. I love to snuggle on the couch with my foster family. I sleep on a doggy bed in my foster parents' room.

Leash Manners: I'm strong for my size and pull in excitement. My Walk Your Dog With Love harness is key to reduce my pulling. I'm just excitable right now and everything is a fun adventure so I want to move faster than you. After the first mile, I get better...I just prefer you go faster!

Exercise::I'm active so must get significant daily exercise and playtime. Would be a great companion for power walking/jogging, hiking, going swimming, etc. Look at me learning to swim in the video. I'm not hyper, but energetic due to my young age.

Car Rides:I'm good in the car and love to go on fun adventures.

Noise/Storm phobia:None. Storms and loud noises do not bother me a bit. I do like to bark at random noises that I may hear and you don't. I don't bark at people, but I do like to bark at the squirrels in the trees. I'm a vocal fella.

Basic Commands:I know my name. "Sit", "Come", "Potty" and "Leave It"

-Someone who is dog experienced and understands what I've been through being rescued from the meat trade in China. I may not carry physical scars, but I remember the horror.
-Someone who is home more often than not on a regular basis. Someone who doesn't work, works from home or works part time. I'm used to my family being home often with me and my furry siblings. I thrive in this environment because I'm young, active and need someone with the time to commit to my exercise and training. China Dogs are still learning new things each day and need lots of positive reinforcement training.
-Positive reinforcement obedience training classes REQUIRED - this will help us bond, build our relationship and it's so much fun.
-NO CRATING due to background of excessive caging and crating. Baby gates only!
-Active family who likes to exercise daily by taking walks/runs through the neighborhood, hikes in the park, take me swimming, etc.
-Best in a female dog home only. I'd be fine to have regular dog friends, but no dominant males. Dog parks would not be good for me. I need dog companions to have fun with, but dog parks are not the answer.
-Children should older and stable on their feet around a young, active, Golden. Children must have grown up around dogs.
-Someone who is willing to play ball with me daily...I LOVE it that much!!!
-No townhomes or condos. Single family home with a secure physical fence.
-AGN requests that you keep the name given as Richie knows his name and it was given by his rescue volunteers in China.

Adopting a "China Dog" means a commitment to a special project. I have a solid temperament, but I am still learning new things each day. I will need constant positive reinforcement training, along with patience and understanding. I come with a sad past and I will carry that past with me, although my resilience is amazing. I need a family that is easy going, but attentive, and yet an active family who will give me daily exercise through walks/runs, ball playing and take me on fun adventures.

So if you're ready to make a commitment to my needs and have lots of balls to throw for me, I'm here to start life's journey with you. I'm a wonderful Golden who will take hold of your heart and change your life forever. If I could talk, I could write a book as to what I've experienced in my short life. But out of those experiences I've always been void of unconditional love. I'm not perfect, but I have so much love and life to share with you.

I'm a special fella with a special story. I'm a survivor! With all I've been through, I have so much love to give and snuggles to share. Just ask for me....Richie! When you look into my soulful eyes, you'll fall in love!

Luv, Richie the China Dog

Photos by Amanda Murray Photography and videos by foster family

Additional information: *Housetrained *Current on shots