I'm a little behind on this one! I brought Champagne home last Saturday and she.was.filthy. Unfortunately (but also fortunately for her) she was spayed just a few days before arriving here from Southern Indiana (or thereabouts), which means no baths allowed for a week. What a difference a bath makes! Last night Thomas gave her a nice shampooing and you could see the difference in her personality (and appetite, oddly enough). She's got more confidence and is eating better. Plus she smells great!
Champagne is a Golden Retriever and is probably 2-4 years old (it's tricky to guess her age because she's a little white in the face but has nice teeth). She's very sweet and has great house manners. She doesn't try to jump up on you to greet you or to counter surf, which is a rare quality in a Golden! She's okay with other dogs and seems completely oblivious to the fact that there are two cats in the house. Champagne is a typical retriever in that she must have a toy in her mouth at all times and loves to play fetch. The funniest thing she does is drop whatever toy she's holding into the water bowl while she takes a drink. I'm still undecided as to whether this is an adorable quirk or extremely possessive behavior, but she doesn't seem to mind my approaching her and her toy while she drinks, so it's likely somewhere in between but mostly harmless. We're sure she'll find a forever home quickly!