Summer has settled right in to her new foster home. She has enjoyed her walks and each day tugged less and less on her leash. Before bedtime she has enjoyed playing with the tennis ball, patiently waiting for her foster family to dig the ball out from underneath furniture. She is slowly meeting new people each day and enjoying her new human friends. She has the energy of a younger dog and is a good sleeper. Her foster family is working on desensitizing her to car rides. Summer will see the vet again in a month for a healthy dog check up. Summer has been a great addition to her foster family!
Well it’s been a bit since I’ve updated my profile…my momma says I’m making progress, I am working with a trainer to help me with some of my issues. When you start your life on the streets sometimes you miss certain lessons growing up that a puppy needs, so they are helping me to learn these lessons. Currently we are working on jumping on people, mouthing when I get excited, chewing on things, and some toy/food issues. My mommy says I will need a fenced yard or be on leash when outside because I like to wander, well what puppy doesn’t? I need a lot of exercise and I need mental stimulation too as I tend to get bored and when a puppy gets bored they look for things to do, and usually it isn’t what you would want me to do. I also hear I’m a real sweety, whatever that means.
We've had a few medical emergencies since her arrival in May but Hailey continues to thrive, grow through whatever has happened and maintain a wonderful disposition. She is very friendly with everyone. She a pretty serious ear infection/allergy reaction a couple of months back which the vet believes caused some residual neurological issues that really aren't that noticeable and don't require further attention. What it did do is escalate her cataracts and now she is completely blind. A bit of an adjustment as she has loved seeing and catching balls in the air was something she took great pride in. She has had to redefine "play" for herself and although it took a couple of weeks for her to adjust to not seeing, she has made great progress and is a great role model for adjusting to adversity. I've learned much from this dog and she continues to bring laughter to this household with her antics. She is very determined and her OCD is still present, regardless of her loss of sight. The extreme cold has limited out walks outside for the time being and by next week we should be back to our twice daily long walks. Thankful that I've had a blind dog in the past as the "old tricks" came back to me rather quickly and Hailey didn't have to pay such a high price in my learning curve.
It is with great sadness that I am letting everyone know that on 12/14/16 Barney passed away peacefully in his sleep. We didn't have him long but we loved him very much. Run free sweet boy!
Max (16-052) is a 5-year-old (as bets we can tell) male, red golden, approximately 70 pounds. He is sturdy-built but not really overweight. Max is up to date on shots, and has recovered quickly from his neuter surgery. He has incredibly soulful eyes. His gaze can bore right into you, especially if you are holding food.
When he first arrived, he was real nervous about being left alone. Real nervous about everything, really. He sucked and chewed a hole on one of our throw pillows and lap blankets over the course of the first few days. Over time, though, he has relaxed. It took a while to get used to my dogs. My 8 year old ignores him, as he does most dogs, but my 1 year old was a real nuisance, wanting Max to ply with him. Let's just say Max didn't appreciate that. But now they can often be found laying together or walking around with a toy being held by both. I am including a photo of them cuddling (the smaller guy is my Rocket). A tummy rub is one of Max's favorite things. He respects the house rules about no dog on the bed or couch, but he will push as close as he can to the limit. He can be vocal, and is not shy about letting you know what he wants (especially when he wants to go outside). Max loves walks. Does not like the car, though (constantly whines). He is a good eater. Since he came from a home in which he had been free-fed, it took a little time to adjust his schedule to being fed twice a day, but he is now as enthusiastic as my guys about mealtimes. Max loves to walk around the house with a toy or ball in his mouth. He is a very sweet dog who can sometimes be a little needy.
"Mr. Max," as we often call him, has fit nicely into our home, but he is ready for his own forever home. I think Max would be fine with another dog, especially a mellow one. He certainly seems to have learned the routine from our goldens. Someone who is interested in a medium energy golden who likes to snuggle will be very lucky to get this guy.
---Max's foster Mom
It's one of our best Christmas gifts Chase is now an official part of our family. He is steadily gaining weight to a healthy level & his fur has taken on a new softness that everyone seems to notice! He has adjusted very well to his new fur siblings over the course of almost 3 months. He still loves playing with our 1 year old Golden the best, they wrestle whenever the mood hits them, it warms my heart to watch them interact with each other! This guy would love for us to pet him all day if we could, still enjoys our rides to the grocery store or to run errands he keeps a close eye on my activities & is always close by my side. Long story short we love our boy Chase!
We have been to see our vet and Murphy had a good check up. He does have a heart murmur 2-3 out of 6. Our vet made a referral to a cardiologist so we have an appointmet on January 17.
Murphy does have worms still so is on a dewormer. He no longer has an ear infection, yea! And he gained 3 pounds!!! He is now 13 pounds!
Murphy has been doing very well with making himself at home. The hardest area is re-potty training him to our home. Our other two dogs go down a flight of stairs to our fenced in back yard. Eventually I am sure he will want to go out with them. He goes to the front door but doesn't always tell you he is there. I am getting better trained at recognizing his patterns but sometimes there may be a little pile near the door. He has one day left of the deworming medicine which may be contributing to the quantity of them.
Guess who just turned 12 on the 26th?
Comet continues to settle in with her new sisters. Once the adoption was final she began sleeping with them like she knew she was home. She’s gained 8 pounds since she came to us too!
She’s been busy since her last update. Comet healed quickly from her tooth extraction during her dental in November. She really enjoyed the canned food she got to eat while she was healing. Surprisingly, she switched back to the kibble version very easily. She’s a very good eater and is learning to eat vegetables. Sometimes they’ll find their way next to her bowl, but she’s trying different ones. She’s also eating fish oil capsules and coconut oil to help with her dry skin and a probiotic because an animal communicator said she had a “grumbly tummy.”
Comet sold a bunch of Community Days coupon books at Brookfield Boston Store and won the hearts of many people while she was there. She soaked in lots of love during the visits too. She is looking forward to selling more books for the spring sale beginning in January.
Her cage reactivity continues to appear, and it is inconsistent when it will happen. We’re planning on speaking with the animal communicator to see if Comet can get passed it. We remind her she’s safe and nobody will hurt her.
Comet met a friend named Santa Claus when we were taking holiday photos. She would wander by him every chance she had. We’re glad she didn’t go back to the North Pole with him because we love her dearly.
Well, Tanner is now 15 years old and still doing well for an old guy. He was losing a lot of weight for no apparent reason. He has gained some back with eating puppy food and about four cups a day. He still gets around pretty well. He will fall on the tile floor at times but can still get up. He has poopy accidents almost daily with some happening in his sleep.
Ginger is still doing well. She is still into the toilet paper and kleenex. We have to hide both. We also find our slippers moved about when we get home. She has not chewed them up just moved them. She still shows no signs of the cancer giving her any problems. I think the cat and her have a love hate relationship. They seem to "play" at times but then she will chase the cat.
We have been battling a skin infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics. Right now we are trying a strong antibiotic to see if that helps. He is still a delight and he will make someone very happy once we get this resolved. He is a love and has really come out of his shell. He will run around and loves to go for walks. He still is a stinker when it comes to him coming when you want him too. When he sees the leash he will start to walk away and start the walk without us. We just trick him into thinking we are going the other way and get him leashed up. We are still doing a weekly bath.....he isn't fond of it or the hair dryer.
Chase found his forever home just in time for Christmas!!!!
Alexander and Canela moved into their forever home on Thursday. They did great their first night and Canela is loving that she's allowed to sit on the couch! Alex snored in the night so we know he slept well. They have new toys and two young girls in the family to play with. They're going to like their new home.
We just started fostering Simba. You would never know he is a shy dog. Last night, he wanted to play and play with all his toys and just didn't seem to tire. A friend stopped by and Simba wasn't the least bit shy with him. Simba was playful and affectionate, sharing kisses with everyone. He relaxed and slept through the night in our bedroom. This morning he gently woke us to go outside for his walk and snuggled with us and gave us more kisses. He has had his breakfast and now wants to play again. He is so very sweet! We will take our time gradually introducing him to new people so that he can gain his confidence. In time, we will introduce him to other dogs. So far, we are off to a fabulous start!
Bailey has been in her foster home for a few months now and continues to have some issues so her foster mom took her to the vet for some xrays, it appears Bailey has some spinal and hip issues and the vet suggested trying pain medications. Bailey is a very sweet girl, who clearly is in pain, we hope we can get this under control for her. We will update you on her progress soon.
Simba is new in foster care. More information to follow.
Oscar is settling into his new foster home. He's a playful and we'll-mannered 1.5 year old. He loves playing fetch, running in the backyard and exploring. He had a fun trip through the woods, especially after about 15 minutes when he suddenly realized he was surrounded by sticks. So many sticks! He gets along with the resident Golden, cats and kids. He had a skin infection when he arrived that's been treated with antibiotics and now we are trying to get his allergies/itchiness under control. He is gaining confidence every day and is a sweet, sweet boy.
December 21st, 2016:
Nala loves to stalk the squirrels in the yard. She will also say hello to any neighbor or dog that comes over. Nala enjoys playing with Payton and snuggling with him on the sofa. Nala will run and play so much during the day that all of a sudden she will curl up and go to sleep, the next thing you know she is snoring. Such a joy to have in our family!
Soon after he was adopted, Champ got ver sick very quickly. He crossed the bridge on October 10. He touched a lot of lives very deeply in a short period of time.
Comet got a clean bill of health and was adopted by her foster home.She is learning to bond with her two golden siblings.