Meet Paxton!

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Breed: Golden Retriever (purebred)
Age: 7 years
Gender: male
Weight: 109 lbs
Altered: Yes

Gorgeous, gentle giant of a Golden with a heart of love and kindness to share! Hi, I'm Paxton. I'm an approximately 7 year old Golden Retriever. I weigh 109 pounds and need to lose about 30 pounds. This is critical as I have some arthritis that will be so much better when I'm lean. If you're New Year's resolution is to shed a few pounds, I'm right there with you so let's take on the journey together. I'm eating holistic dog food and getting daily walks so I'm well on my way to a healthy new me!

I was surrendered to AGN due my family having financial difficulties and they wanted the best for me. They loved me enough to give me up so that AGN could find me a wonderful forever family. I had a male dog buddy who went to another rescue, but I've made good friends with my furry foster sister who's a Golden exactly my age. I'm doing great and looking forward to starting life with my true "meant to be" family.

Personality Traits: Gentle, laid back sweetheart who wants to be near my "pack" at all times; Easy going, quiet, go with the flow, big ole teddy bear that lives in peace and harmony with everyone; Blossoming more and more each day to reveal my shining personality

Status with People: Good with all people and enjoy affection with a bit of shyness when I first meet someone; friendly, pleasant and slightly reserved with strangers and then I become more animated and want belly rubs when we become friends; I even smile when I get belly rubs (it's so cute!); Good with children and lived with them in my previous home, but nervous if they are loud and rambunctious

Status with Dogs: Good with other dogs of both genders; co-exist more than play with my furry friends, but will occasionally play; just more of a hang out with my furry buddy kind of fella; lived with a 5 year old male beagle in my past home and have a 7 year old Golden foster sister in my foster home

Status with Cats: cats unknown

Favorite Toys: I enjoy stuffy toys that squeak; I sometimes nap on the couch with one; I like to chase a ball, but haven't mastered bringing it back yet; Carry around my Nylabone, but haven't chewed on it yet...I just carry it with pride!

Energy Level: Lower to moderate energy overall with a laid back, easy going temperament; love my walks and playtime with my family in the backyard, but also enjoy lounging on the couch with my furry foster sister

House Trained: Yes

Crate Trained: No; I have free roam of the house without issue

House Manners: Great house manners and I'm the perfect gentleman; have free roam and not destructive; I sleep on an orthopedic dog bed in my foster parents' room at night and lounge on dog beds or the couch during the day

Storm Phobia: My previous owners reported that I had mild storm phobia and would whine with nervousness, but my foster family has not seen this at all

Leash Manners: Walk well with my Walk Your Dog With Love harness, but like to "stop and smell the roses" along the way; Yes...I'm a sniff everything along the way kind of gentleman as it tells me so much about the world around me

Exercise:Gentle daily exercise is CRITICAL for me! Enjoy multiple, short daily walks as part of my weight loss regimen; also enjoy time playing in the backyard or just hanging outside with my family; consistent exercise is needed as I have excess weight to lose and some arthritis...a body in motion stays in motion so walking is key to reduce stiffness and keep me flexible

Car Rides: Need a ramp to get into the car as jumping is difficult with my size and arthritis; rides in the car well

Basic Commands: Sit, no

Special Needs: I must lose approximately 30 pounds to be at my ideal weight so holistic dog food and daily walking is key; I have some arthritis in either my hips or back legs; Arthritis/Glucosamine supplement for mild arthritis is needed; Need a home with no stairs or very minimal stairs as I do not take on stairs in my foster home; I have a beautiful, but heavy Golden coat that will require daily brushing and regular professional grooming

Things I need in my forever home:
-Someone committed and focused on my weight loss and exercise to maximize my health
-I would be the perfect match for a retired couple that wants a laid back, easy going companion to love on and take leisurely strolls with at the park, through the neighborhood, etc.
-A home with no stairs or very minimal stairs
-I prefer a calm, laid back household that matches my personality
-I'd do best in a home where you're not gone long hours; I enjoy human interaction and cherish affection, but a working home is fine if I have a dog companion to lounge around with
-I'd do fine as an only dog if you spend most of your time with me and I would also do fine with another nice, calm dog like me - no energetic young dogs please!
-soft orthopedic beds for me to lounge on are a must as sleep on them and they protect my joints

I'm simply a delightful, love of a dog! So if you're looking for a mild mannered, beautiful gentleman and you're committed to my weight loss journey with daily walks to keep us both healthy, I'm you're perfect companion. I'm ready to share life with my new family if you have lots of belly rubs to give. I don't ask for much, just your love, kindness and devotion. I promise to bless your life with so much happiness and joy. Will you share your love with me? I will give you all of mine!

Luv, Paxton

Photos by Amanda Murray Photography

Additional information: *Housetrained *Current on shots