Meet Melly!

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Breed: Golden Retriever (mix)
Age: 1.5 years
Weight: 55lbs
Altered: Yes

A beautiful soul who loves and cherishes her family! A gentle sweetheart who adores all humans! A gorgeous young lady who's calm, laid back and mellow! I'm Melly and I'm an approximately 1 and 1/2 year old mixed breed beauty. I'm that perfect medium/large size at 55 pounds and every pound of me has unconditional love for ALL people...every size, every age, every nationality, EVERYONE!

An AGN volunteer rescued me off of a chain where I lived the first year of my life. Even with my sad start in life, I just cannot love people any more. I especially love the volunteers of AGN and my wonderful foster family Now, I'm looking for my forever family that will understand that I come with a past. I'm not perfect, but I deserve a second chance in life to experience love and happiness with my "meant to be' family.

As much as I love all people, including tiny humans, I only tolerate other dogs in a home environment and I show aggressive leash reactivity to dogs outside of the home on walks. This means I become over-stimulated, panic and then I bark, growl and lunge as other dogs walk by. This is actually a very common behavior seen in dogs. Because I spent my life on a chain until now, my "fight or flight" instinct is heightened. When I'm on a leash, it's like being on my chain. That means when I see other dogs, it triggers a "fight" response as I have no way to "flee" when on a leash (just like when I was on my chain). I feel like I have to defend myself before there's a reason to defend myself. If I create a scene and make a fuss, then maybe that other dog will be scared away. It's a fear based self protection mechanism. I'm going to need a person or family that completely understands this and accepts that it cannot be "cured", but it can be managed with the appropriate techniques in time. The key is commitment and patience. I need a human that will NOT give up on me because I'm not perfect. People have let me down in the past, so I need a HERO! Could it be you?

Personality Traits: Gentle, loving sweetheart with all people and children who's low key, laid back and mellow; NOT a friend to other dogs, with toleration of them in a home and aggressive leash reactivity with dogs outside of the home

Status with People: Loves all people and adores children; wonderful, gentle and kind with children and used to living with children in previous home where chained

Status with Dogs: I actually am in a foster home with three other dogs and we co-exist fine with some grumbling. HOWEVER, I am only tolerant of other dogs in a home environment after we get to know each other gradually and then I go into a "zone" of aggressive leash reactivity when I encounter dogs outside of the home; it's truly a "zone" where I become like another dog until I snap out of it and then I become my perfect little lady self again; my foster mom has perfected a redirecting technique with me that she will teach my new family

Status with Cats: Cats not recommended

Favorite Toys: I love stuffy toys that squeak

Energy Level: Lower energy up to moderate energy; laid back snuggler who likes to lounge on the couch and bed

House Trained: Yes

Crate Trained: I'm accepting of a crate, but do not need it; I have free roam in the house

House Manners: PERFECT house manners; have free roam and not destructive; I'm a perfect, well-mannered lady; I sleep on an orthopedic dog bed

Storm Phobia: No

Leash Manners: Good on leash for such a young age with the Walk Your Dog With Love harness UNTIL I see another dog...then the intense leash reactivity begins

Exercise:I don't require as much exercise as a sporting breed dog, but do need daily exercise as I don't care for playing in the backyard; I get 2-3 walks a day...morning walk is 2 miles, lunch is 1 mile and night time walk is 1 1/2 miles. Since I'm leash reactive, my foster family walks me when we know that we will not see many dogs

Car Rides: GREAT in the car and loves to go; all about taking joy rides around town

Basic Commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, Come...Impressive, right?

Things I need in my forever home:
- Someone who truly wants the definition of a "rescue dog" and understands what that really means - I come with layers of baggage and I'm not perfect, but I have unconditional love to give my family
-Low key family that enjoys a dog that is mellow and laid back and follows you around like a velcro shadow
-Someone who's moderately active and will take the extra effort to walk me in locations where I will not encounter many, if any, other dogs
-Someone who'll let me piddle around in the yard with them as they garden, read books, etc. on a sunny day (although I most likely will hang on the back deck and watch as I don't care to be in the yard - I'm afraid of being left out there due to my past)
-Someone who'll take me for car rides as I love to go with you
-I'd do fine in a part time working home as long as you're not gone long hours or I'd love a home where someone's home often or working from home - I'd be lonely because I'm so attached to my humans if they were gone all day and I was all by myself waiting for you to walk through the door
-Children would be great as I adore them, but I'm not that typical active doggie playmate; I'm more about snuggling and cuddling and would love tiny humans to cuddle with
-I need to be the ONLY PET in the family...I'm just happier that way!
- Secure fence required as I will run off if given the chance

So if you're looking for a lovely, laid back, gentle, kind, people-loving young lady with perfect manners, I'm your girl! If you're okay with the fact that I don't care for other dogs; am intense if I see them while away from the home and you're completely committed to being my forever family, I'm right here waiting to start my life with you! I've been through way too much for my young age and now I need to find my true forever family that loves and accepts me for the dog I am. I'm not perfect...who IS perfect? I'm like the Velveteen Rabbit...a little worn and wise for my age, but I'm the symbol of real's ups and downs: it's tragedies and triumphs. I deserve all the good that life has to offer and I'm waiting on my forever family to learn about me and feel like they've been waiting just for me! Are you that special someone? Are you my HERO?

Luv, Melly

Photos by Julie Adams and Melly's foster mom

Additional information: *Housetrained *Current on shots