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Macedon Ranges, VIC
Golden Retriever • 9 months old • Female

Parmesan Crisp, the petite princess with the sweetest sprinkle of sass! But you can call her Crispy, because she’s got that delightful crunch of charm that’ll leave you coming back for more.

Born with a full soft and hard cleft palate, Crispy came into rescue care from Sydney NSW when she was just a neonate pup. She comes from pedigree purebred lines, and aside from her very small stature, she is perfection in golden retriever formation. Crispy has the absolute softest cloud like fur, closer to a very cream golden than a yellow golden colour.

Crispy has mastered the art of singing for her supper, and you can expect a serenade that would make any opera star jealous come mealtime. She’s toilet trained, crate trained, and has a resume that includes charming everyone in her path. If you need someone to turn on the charm, Crispy is your go-to gal! This little diva thrives on routine and will make sure you know when it’s time for breakfast and dinner – she’s got an internal clock that rivals any atomic timekeeper. Shy at first, Crispy takes a bit to warm up, but once she does, get ready for a tidal wave of affection that will leave you wondering how you ever lived without her. Now, about her interactions with other pups – Crispy is a bit picky. She’s like a canine celebrity who’s selective about her entourage. While she may need some time to warm up to dogs her size, throw a smaller dog into the mix, and she’ll be the life of the puppy party! Big dogs might need to work a little harder to earn her golden seal of approval.

We’re on the lookout for a forever home that will treat Crispy like the precious princess she is. Grooming? No biggie, she’s ready for her spa days. Puppy training? Just a smidge extra. But in return, you get a lifetime supply of love, charm, and the joy that only a gentle ball of sweetness can bring. So, if you’re ready for a dash of royalty and a sprinkle of golden goodness, Crispy is your dream girl.

Now, adopting a cleft palate puppy might feel a little daunting at first, at this stage Crispy seems to be an unlikely candidate for a repair surgery because frankly, she hasn’t had an issue with her cleft at all. She eats a balanced raw diet with no issues, drinks and plays with sticks and random things she finds in the backyard (she’s a bit of a packrat with her found treasures). But just in case, the lucky adoptive family will be e-introduced to Dr Arthur House, who is a T-Zone surgical specialist and our go-to expert in all things cleft. Once you’ve spoken with Dr House, he’ll likely suggest you come in and meet him so he can assess Crispy and advise.

BEFORE you read Crispy’s adoption criteria it is extremely important that potential adopters give great thought and communicate in their adoption application as to what their home set up and routine plan is for the first few weeks/months if they are the successful adopter of this most precious doggo. Crispy cannot be settled in over just a weekend and then left on a Monday home alone while you return to work… There needs to be a plan outlined so that her foster family can feel assured that she is going to be set up for success in her new home.


Deal breakers:

– Crispy needs to go to a home where she has at least one canine sibling, this is only negotiable with foster/forever families we have met previously. This little girl is a shy poppet, if she were to be adopted with no other canine siblings, we think she might end up with behavioural issues due to her lack of confidence.

– A daily routine and some socialising, Crispy is a bit of a scaredy cat and needs a family who are ready to introduce her to the wide world and teach her all the things outside of farm life!

– We’ve had such great success with Crispy and getting her to grow into her paws since making the switch from a kibble diet (that most clefts eat) to a balanced raw diet, so we would like Crisp to stay on this diet in her new home.

– Puppy training, Crispy is very comfortable in her foster care bubble, however she really needs some more training as she has not yet mastered walking on the leash and other fun such things.

– It is not negotiable that Crispy’s new forever family stay in contact with LoP Rescue and her foster family, this little pup is a very special baby and we hope to stay in her life to support her and her family ongoing.


Non deal breakers:

– A family or human who is home more than not, especially for the first few weeks of adoption so that Crispy can settle in.

– We would absolutely love it if Crisp were to take up some sort of sport like noncompetitive agility or dock diving! She is one clever cookie and having a fun sport/skill to learn would level up her life.



Crispy  has a full cleft palate, this is a midline birth anomaly which is visual when you open her mouth. While both her hard and soft palate do have clefts, this has never once effected her overall health. Having been held back in rescue until the age of 6 months, we can confidently say that it is extremely unlikely Crispy will ever need corrective surgery for her cleft. Regardless, as mentioned above, it is our process that all adoptive cleft parents be connected with our T-Zone surgical specialist Vet Dr Arthur House. Dr House will assess Cripsy’s cleft and advise after some time of observations.



**We do our best to review and reply to all applications within 14 days, please be patient.

Please click here for an adoption application.

Parmesan Crisp’s adoption fee is $1500 and includes:

– Microchipping

– Desexing TBC (adoption under desexing contract clause and desex age dependant on individual health needs of each animal)

– Up to date vaccinations, flea, tick & worming treatments.

– Ongoing support of her foster family, need a pup sitter? Crispy will always be welcome back at LoP HQ.


MICROCHIP NUMBER 953010005816808


**Located in foster care in Victoria, Parmesan Crisp  is available for interstate adoption however this comes with the firm understanding that if an interstate candidate is successful, Crispy’s new family will need to come to HQ to complete adoption paperwork and travel home with her. Interstate candidates please see above in deal breakers/non-deal breakers.  Video footage of yard & home will also need to be provided along with the agreement to a possible home check by a local Life of Pikelet rescue volunteer.