Jackson continues to be adjusting well in our environment. He has a good sense of communication and responds well with talking to him and lots of pats on his head. He does get enthusiastic with other dogs and people. All has been appropriate. Pulling on his leash when wanting to greet other dogs or needing to find the right spot to do his business needs to be worked on.
Nutmeg has been a great addition to our family. She always makes us laugh and of course keeps up on our toes with her puppy behavior. She absolutely loves playing and hanging out in our fenced in back yard with her golden brother. She still finds trouble from time to time but after all she is still puppy. She immediately bonded with our other golden and they can play for hours and never get tired, and she always has to know where her canine brother is. She even has playdates with some canine buddies, so all 4 of them can run and chase, she is in heaven! Aside from playing or hanging out in the backyard, I think riding in the car is her next favorite thing to do. She is super smart so training is a must with her. She quickly learned to shake or spin for a treat and of course she knows all the basic commands as well. She has gotten much better with her leash walking and no more biting and tugging on the leash, yeah!!!! She gets 2-3 walks a day depending on the weather and lots of play time to burn off that puppy energy. She was a little skiddish around things that were unfamiliar to her but not much bothers her anymore. She can be vocal when she wants something but is learning that barking does not get her what she wants so she generally gives up. We can’t wait until the weather gets nicer and we can take the dogs hiking out at the lake, I am sure she will love that! She is a super sweet girl that loves all the attention she has been getting from young and old!
Molly went to join her sisters at the rainbow bridge on March 16th. Our household is devistated by her passing, the house is empty without her vibrant and energetic presence. Below is the post I wrote for Facebook, you may share it if you'd like.
Molly entered my life in 2007 as a 6 month old puppy with bad hips. She was already an extraordinarily smart and well behaved dog at that stage, but needed surgery to help her lead a more mobile life without pain. I volunteered to be Molly’s foster home throughout the process of her hip replacement, and fell in love with her energy and loving nature, despite the pain that she was enduring. As soon as she was finished with her surgery and available for adoption, I made her a permanent member of our family.
As time went on, she became a friend and companion to my other goldens, a running partner to me, and a friend to all who met her at GRRoW “Community Days” events at the West Madison Boston Store. She’d often greet those she loved with her “helicopter tail” wagging, and a drool-covered toy in her mouth. She had a true gift for improving my mood on bad days, often planting a wet kiss on my cheek when I would sit next to her on the floor, and making good days better through her infectious joy and playfulness. Even late in her life, she loved going to Dogtopia (giving the puppies and young dogs a run for their money), and chasing after wildlife in the yard.
Recently, she seemed to be a bit more lethargic, and a bit pickier about what she ate. A handful of vet visits didn’t initially reveal anything, but we soon learned that she had developed an aggressive form of cancer that was too extensive to treat. Even in her last days, she continued to be the happy energetic dog we all had grown to love. There was never a snow bank that didn’t get rolled in, or a toy that didn’t get chewed on and carried to her ottoman. Her unconditional love and joy for life made a lasting impression on anyone she met and will continue to live on in our hearts and minds forever.
Cotton has really relaxed in the past week. He has been doing well when in the house alone and is usually sleeping when I return home. He’s met a few dogs in the neighborhood with appropriate behavior and then dropped into a play bow and given the “chase me” bark! It's quite possible Cotton might enjoy having a canine sibling in his forever home. Cotton also meets new people easily, with a smile and wagging tail, but no jumping or barking, whether on the street or in response to the doorbell. This boy is going to be a great addition to the right family!
Simba has been a great fit for us. He has really settled in and made himself at home. Simba is an extremely affectionate dog and loves to give kisses. He is pretty active so he loves playing fetch in the back yard so he can run....and can he ever run! He makes sure to remind us to take him for at least three long walks per day. Everybody loves him so he has made lots of people friends, but still a little wary of toddlers and other dogs. He is getting better but we continue to work on it. Thank you GRRoW for making this possible! We love him so much!
Just a quick note to share some of the photos from Bella's first official photo shoot after her first official grooming. She was truly a Princess! Some anxiety, but NO snapping and she told us when she was done with this "picture stuff". (Truth be told, we were all tired by the end, but a wonderful tired).
Annie has been busy selling Community Days coupon books and just finished the spring sale. She’s a trooper being there most of the time. The animal communicator said she’s chill when she gets there because she thinks we’re going on an adventure, and we’re at Boston Store again. She does perk up for different people, but it isn’t consistent whether it’s kids or adults. The vet found a mammary tumor at Annie’s annual checkup. She had it removed a week ago, and she’s healing nicely. The vet had the tumor tested, and it is cancerous. She believes she removed it all, but we need to monitor Annie’s lymph nodes for bumps. She’ll be taking a much deserved break from appearances while she is on the mend. Annie is such a sweetheart, and her vet admitted Annie is her favorite patient. She has so much love to give and enjoys receiving it too. She’ll sit in the doorway and won’t let you through until you give her a pat. She also will put her paws on the side of the bed and scratches my back to wake me up so she can receive even more attention. We hope she’ll be with us a long time, so we can go on more adventures besides Boston Store.
Murphy will be 6 months old on the 24th. He weighs 35 pounds so he is growing but not at the same rate as a healthy puppy. Because of his heart issues he probably won’t be a large dog and his life expectancy will be shorter. He also won’t have the stamina of a healthy dog. He still has a cough which the vet said is probably related to the heart disease. For a few days in a row it was good enough that the vet did give him his puppy shots and we will go back to get the final one at the end of the month. Murphy can go up and down the deck stairs now. He plays so much with our two dogs that sometimes he forgets to go potty and we have to take him out again. We’ve added Come! Drop it! and Leave it! to our list of commands. Now that the weather is better we have started taking him for short walks.
I am very, very happy to report that after 9 months in foster care and a lot of work, Chloe was adopted last week. She is now able to go to the vet without being afraid or growling--no muzzle needed. She can also get bathed. She goes swimming at a local doggie swim place. Last September she had a neurological event of some sort; (seizure??) after a neuro consult/evaluation, we were looking at a slew of possibilities, including cancer. We took a 'wait and see' approach and she has been doing great. She is a happy girl who is officially home. She is much-loved and spoiled by her new dog mom. This is a happy, happy ending!
Cotton is a very handsome cream Retriever with a big blocky head and a gorgeous coat. At 87 pounds, he is truly a big sweetheart. Cotton arrived in his foster home a week ago. He has been settling into the routine here and I am getting to know his likes and needs. He’s enjoying long walks, morning and afternoon, and is determined to entice the cats in the household to play with him. Cotton loves car rides and travels calmly. Cotton is a very gentle dog, and has great manners. He knows basic commands and is learning to wait at stairs, doors and street crossings. Cotton has had his vet check and passed with flying colors. He does have some anxiety when home alone, but we are trying a variety of things to help him relax and cope. He is not destructive, and has the run of the house.
We picked up Chloe on Saturday. She fits in wonderfully. She loves to be petted and will push her way through the other dogs to get her share. She eats very well. So far she has figured out the dog doors and will come in on her own. She is an easy keeper so far. She sleeps most of the time. She does like to wander around our yard and take in the sights.
We went to the vet. The good news: her blood work(other than heartworm) looks fabulous. Her cancer has not spread to the lungs and is localized to the foot/toe. She is in good physical condition.
Bad news: she is heartworm positive. She is too old to go through treatment. However, I just found out that she does not have any microfilia (yippee). She just has some adult worms so it is early on.
Bailey is a nine years old and a very relaxed, obedient and jealous dog who loves balls and car rides. When he eats he wastes no time. You can take his bowl away with no problem but don't forget the carrots because he loves them. As far as going for a walk if he sees another dog he will bark and pull. But, please let him take a few minutes to introduce himself and he will be fine and go about his own business. I don't mind spending time outside alone on a long lead but would also enjoy a fenced in yard. When with his foster owner he gets to roam the boundaries of the yard and has a leash on while he sniffs and explores. If he gets too far, a simple command or a whistle will bring him back.
He doesn't pay much attention to cats, but as for his dog friend who he loves, he gets jealous when someone pets her. So he will bark until he gets the attention. He loves to lay on the couch and sometimes the bed. His potty schedule is awesome as he can go hours with no accidents and doesn't mind being home alone with other animal friends while his owners are at work. Bailey knows his commands and won't need much training.
Will is doing fairly well. We had an appointment at the UW-veterinary hospital today with a dermatologist. He is your "typical" allergy dog. He will need to be on Apoquel once a day and once a week baths. When there are flair ups he will need twice a week baths. We also have a spray for bacteria and yeast to put on his problem areas.
Will is worth the little work you need to do. He is a wonderful companion. He loves to be petted and brushed. We are able to trim his nails easily. Walks well on a leash and can go several miles. He hardly ever barks. He is just a steady companion that needs a home to call his own. Will is finally ready for adoption.
He is a very handsome old boy & so well behaved. We couldn't ask for a better dog. He just went running errands with me now as you can see he is relaxing, he just loves his rides. We have no issues with stomach issues anymore so we are very pleased with that & he eats well so just amazing how he has come around. He graciously accepts a treat at the bank drive up & local Culver's so he is always a topic of conversation with the ladies! We continue our daily brushing which he loves & the constant rubs he can't seem to ever get enough of, he is anxiously waiting for spring & a lot of outside fun! Thanks, Mary
Comet is up to 59 pounds! That’s a 10 pound weight gain since she was surrendered at the end of August. She has evolved into a good eater and has started hanging out in the kitchen while meals are being prepared to be available to assist if something drops. She continues to add foods to her diet and ate lettuce just the other day.
Her diet has also helped Comet’s coat fill in, and it’s very thick. Her belly was completely bare when she first arrived (probably due to her allergies). It’s now covered with fur.
Comet recently underwent surgery to have a cyst removed. While she was under anesthesia, the vet checked her mouth and found a growth. After having it tested, we found Comet has melanoma. It isn’t aggressive at this time, and we’re going to watch its progression.
Comet loves other dogs and recently met some larger than her at the dog park.
Comet continues to engage more with her sisters and to become part of the family. She’s already done that to our hearts.
Bruce is settling into his happy dog home and learning the rules very quickly - so smart ! He is a wonderful, sweet boy. We are getting along just super. Soon I will start the real training as he needs some guidance in dog/people and dog/dog interactions. So much has happened to him and yet he thrives and loves. Although he is not a pure Golden, he has the heart and soul of one. I'm happy to have him in my life, forever.
Canela and Alex are doing awesome, getting lots of love. They both are mommy’s babies. Canela loves to play with all the toys I have gotten for them but I think her favorite toy is a football. Alex even likes most of them.
Alex loves to cuddle with me when I come home from work and Canela gets jealous so she has to get in there too. LOL Alex is sitting more and has even jumped up on me which surprised me. Canela loves the fact she can lay on the couch and the way she lays sometimes makes me laugh,
Our daughters love to play with them and cuddle. They both help out with taking them out to potty and for walks.
Hailey fought a good fight and enjoyed the few years she had with three amazing forever foster families. While she was able to fight through chemo, diabetes, and at the end blindness, the cancer returned to this gracious lady. She crossed the rainbow bridge after a few quiet days bonding with her forever foster. Hailey will be remembered in so many ways by so many GRRoW members who had a hand in addressing her needs. At the end of her journey she was with just the right care giver who knew just what she needed to make the journey to the bridge. Hailey thanks all of the GRRoW folks who gave her a second chance, including the unbelievable ramp so she could swim and play catch in the Wisconsin River.
Dug could not have been a better fit for our family. He is the perfect combination of playful and relaxed. His favorite times of the day include watching our boys catch and come off the school bus through our front window and laying by our feet while we read them bedtime stories. He stays by my side and keeps me company throughout the day, following me from room to room while I most often am doing laundry or taking care of our young daughter. He does have a few crazy periods though- where you'd think he could sprint a marathon, so we make sure to give him plenty of exercise (he's slowly becoming my running companion!) His anxiety issues have virtually vanished over the past few weeks with the help of positive reinforcement, exercise, and distractions (yay busy bones!) We did notice it again, however, with the thunderstorm that passed through earlier this week. Thank you GRRoW for entrusting us with this special soul. He has already managed to steal all of our hearts and become a best friend to our three kiddos.