Meet Brownie

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BROWNIE

Breed:Golden Retriever (mix)
Age: 6 years
Gender:male
Weight: 60lbs
Altered: Yes

A symbol of hope and survival...that's me, Brownie! I'm 6 years old and approximately 60 pounds. I lived my entire life isolated on a chain in mud until the rescue heroes of AGN saved me. I was abused and starved, but I didn't give up. I knew that one day I'd find my meant to be forever family that would show me love and kindness. And boy oh boy....have I experienced more love and kindness in my foster home than words can describe. I'm now a pampered pup and enjoying every moment of it! I'm what rescue is all about!

When I first came to my foster family, I was experiencing everything for the first time. It took me quite a while to understand that my main objective in life was not survival anymore. I went from life on a short chain without being fed to a family with 3 dog foster siblings to love and mentor me. At first I was overwhelmed with everything and protective over my food with my dog siblings. I was fearful I wouldn't get food again. I was in survival mode. Once I learned that food would come on a regular basis, I relaxed and learned how to trust. I just didn't understand my new wonderful life and was fear reactive, but through the months of healing mentally and physically, I've made remarkable progress. Not only did I have to learn the world, but I also had to undergo heartworm treatments. Well...I did it! I'm one amazing fella and I just know that I have a purpose in life!

All About My Sweet Personality
-Super sweet and loving with my family...human and furry
Cautious and reserved with anything new...people, environments and situations
Submissive to my humans and very sensitive to their emotions
Startled by fast movements that resemble being hit
Perfect balance of dependence and independence
Thrives on routine and structure - this helps my confidence and decreases anxiety
Good with my dog "pack" and dependent on my furry foster brother as he's been my main mentor and best buddy - I look to him for guidance and security
Was food aggressive at first with other dogs, but now I know there will always be an abundance of food and treats - Foster mom feeds us all separately so that I have plenty of space and not three other dogs staring at me while I eat
Can be fear reactive with other dogs if I'm scared or in pain - I just need some space if I'm scared or any pain for any reason and I'm fine if I don't feel like I have to protect myself - this is not a good time for my dog friends to be right in my face
Critter chaser - I love to chase birds, squirrels and cats
Moderate energy overall - mostly laid back and mellow with bouts of excitement and playfulness

Things I enjoy:
-Playing and wrestling with my furry foster brother - we LOVE to play tug with toys, wrestle, wrestle, wrestle and just hang out together
-Lying on the deck on a sunny day and watching the birds, squirrels and bunnies for the perfect opportunity to chase them
-Chasing the birds, squirrels and bunnies - So much fun!
-Eating - oh how I love food!
-Riding in the car with the entire furry dog pack - We are hilarious and have so much fun
-Walks with my dog siblings - I walk well on my Walk Your Dog With Love harness
-Being brushed - oh how I love this pampering!

Scary Things:
-Anything new - it takes me a bit to get comfortable, but I will if you just give me some time
-Storms - I seek out my humans and get as close to them as possible after some panting and pacing
-The squeaker in stuffy toys - BUT, I love the stuffy toys once my furry foster sister rips the squeaker out
-Riding in the car WITHOUT my furry pack - my foster family has started doing some fun things so that I don't think every time I'm riding in the car by myself that I'm headed to the vet
-The vet clinic - Who likes to go the doctor and be poked and prodded? Not me!
-Sometimes crossing unknown thresholds can be scary and I just need reassurance

Things I need to work on:
-Continued socialization, confidence building and training - These are a must for me! I'm a work in progress and must have someone committed to increasing my confidence through training and socialization - I'm still learning the world
-Relaxing during anxious, scary times/situations so that I can build confidence and not react in fear
-Occasional counter surfing, so just keep yummy food off the counter

My House Manners:
-Housetrained
-No need for crate - free roam without bothering anything
-Sleeps in bed with foster family, dog bed or couch
-Furniture dog - loves to hang out on the couch or chair

Commands I know:
-Sit, Down (Lie Down), Stay, Watch Me, Touch, Leave It

Things I need in my forever home:
-Dog experienced family/person committed to a "work in progress" dog
-Someone committed to positive reinforcement training and confidence building activities
-Moderately active family who enjoys daily walks
-Family that thrives on a daily routine - structured routine is best for me as it keeps me from getting anxious when I know what the routine is
-Calm household without children - I have no history with children and they might be overwhelming and over stimulating for me
-I need another dog to mentor me, BUT it must be the RIGHT DOG MATCH for me - I need a dog with a neutral temperament with other dogs (not submissive and not dominant); a dog that shares toys and a dog that is not food aggressive; a dog that is laid back and yet will play and wrestle with me
-Working home is fine for me as long as I get my daily exercise
-6 foot privacy fenced yard is required as I try to climb the fence to chase the birds or critters; not suitable for townhome/condo

To know what I've been through in life and the progress I've made is to be admired! Everyone is so proud of me! I'm not a perfect dog because I've had a tough life, but who and what is perfect? I'm a survivor and I'm ready to finally live life to the fullest. I have a story and the chapters in my book are still being written. So, if you can understand my past and the amazing progress I've made and want to be a part of my incredible journey to maximize my potential, then let's write the next chapters together. I'm a true diamond in the rough and I'm sparkling more and more each day! Now, I just need to find my meant to be family to spend forever with. Could it be you?

Luv, Brownie

Additional information: *Housetrained *Current on shots