We are currently fostering a Retriever mix called Scooter. He is a lean, happy dog that is just dying for attention. The people who left him chained up in a yard when they moved must have neglected him well before they abandoned him. Judging from his performance while walking, I think he hasn't been walked on a leash at all. Getting him to behave properly on a leash is going to be a project. At least when he fetches a ball he brings it back. Melanie's dachshund loved to chase a ball but once he got his mouth around a tennis ball it was his.
Of course, I say we are fostering him but I don't really see me being able to give him up.