Josie GH-1137


Meet Josie!  She is a smart playful Velcro girl! She was given up because her family was away from home 10 hours a day and they wanted a better life for her. Josie is a special girl – playful, loving, responsive (great recall) sweet and smart. She needs a family who will continue to support her and help her with her anxiety issues. In turn, that family will be rewarded with a sweet and loving companion.

Gender: F, Goldendoodle

Age: 2

Weight: 58 pounds

Health: Great! She is spayed, up to date on vaccines, and tested negative for both Heartworm and Lyme. She is combed regularly and is used to having teeth brushed, ears wiped, and muddy paws cleaned. The groomer said she did well there too. Josie does shed, but with proper frequent brushing, not nearly as much as a full golden. 

Personality: Again, a super smart and playful Velcro girl. Josie also has anxiety, which causes submissive and excitement peeing. When company is around she willingly wears a diaper to avoid problems. Josie’s Vet just put her on medications to help her deal with anxiety. We are hopeful it will make a difference for this sweet girl.

Favorite toys: In her foster home, she has not been destructive* and is given many chewing options antlers, Nylabone, Kong toys. *In her prior home, Josie was crated for too many hours daily, and another loving family member alternatively gave her a lot of freedom, resulting in destructive behavior.

Interaction with other dogs: Her foster brother, a larger confident goldendoodle is also a GH dog. Josie loves to initiate wrestling with him. She also plays and likes to win a tug game with a neighbor hound dog.  Therefore, Josie would enjoy a home with another welcoming and playful dog.

Interaction with cats: Uncertain (however, she wants to chase feral cats that she comes across during her walks).

Interaction with children: Josie is good with children. Older children are preferred so they can understand her triggers and help with her confidence building. 

Behavior in Car: She easily gets into and rides in the car without problems.

People Interactions – home requirements: She is crate trained, willingly going in and taking her special treats to her safe spot. She goes in at bedtime, awaiting her treat, and is quiet overnight for 7 to 8 hours. She also goes into her crate, when needed for 2 to 3 hours during day, when can’t be observed. She is a counter surfer and clever about it! At her foster home she does not go on furniture yet likes to see her people – a mini tramp a favorite spot to relax. She has not jumped a baby gate. In the evenings she settles down to cuddle on floor or sits at her person’s feet.

Training, Food and Treats: In her foster home she participates in group training for her anxiety, and is making progress, and training should continue in her forever home. She knows basic commands but gets highly excited about treats and food. Teaching her to obey commands calmly is a work in progress.

Josie needs calm time as well as interactive playtime and limit setting. She is learning to wait, make eye contact and understand limits.

*In addition to adoption fee, there is a *$150 refundable training deposit requirement. This deposit will be refunded to the adopting home when Josie’s foster home receives verification that the type of ongoing training that Josie requires is being satisfactorily addressed.

Leash manners: Leash walking is good when no one is around, but anxiety causes her to bark and pull hard when anything unfamiliar comes into view like deer squirrels or feral cats wandering around. With other dogs or people, she also gets excited, but when she calms, Josie becomes friendly. On her walks she wears a martingale collar and easy walk (front loop) harness.

Housetrained: Josie is housebroken, asking to go out to yard, but only will go if her foster brother or human stays with her.

Exercise Requirements: On a scale of 1-5 rating with 1 being a couch potato, and a 5…very energetic with high exercise requirements – Josie is probably a 3.  As described under the training section, Josie needs calm time as well as interactive playtime and limit setting.

Fence requirements: Physical fenced yard preferred – no electric fence. Josie returns from her class or a walk to run around in a fenced yard sometimes doing “zoomies” to unleash her anxiety and excess energy.

 If Josie sounds like the girl or you, you are an Approved GoldHeart Adopter, and feel you have a home that meets the requirements included above and are dedicated to support her and help her with her anxiety issues, please contact her foster family at cadelc@aol.com to express your interest to be considered for his forever home. Josie is being fostered in the Harrisburg, PA area.

Adoption fee: $500, and $150 Refundable Training Deposit

Update 4-3-2020:  Consistent with GoldHeart’s Coronavirus COVID-19 Notice, at this time, only those homes approved to adopt will be considered for Josie’s forever home.  Further, If you express interest in Josie, her foster home will only connect with GH approved applicants to discuss whether your home could be a good match for her forever home. Each foster home and adopter needs to follow their state and local orders and guidance (COVID-19 outbreak) before any adoption (placing of Rubie in a forever home), so that it can take place safely. This unfortunately may cause delays with placement. Please understand that we are looking out for the safety of foster homes, dogs and adopters.

If you are not yet approved by Goldheart, and are in our SERVICE AREA,  after the current freeze on applications is lifted, you may complete an adoption application  at https://goldheart.org/adopting-a-golden/adoption-application/. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be received before the approval process can start.  Once the restriction on submitting applications and home visits is lifted, the approval process can take 4- 6 weeks, or longer, since we rely on an all-volunteer support network to process your application, conduct the home visit, and check references. If approved, you can then inquire about any other available dog that is looking for a forever home. Thank you for your patience and understanding.








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