Murphy is 7 weeks post-surgery and is progressing nicely. He went 20 minutes in the hydra-tank this week and is beginning to look like a pro! We did not have any other rehab this week due to employee sickness. Murphy is doing well with all his at-home therapy. Our biggest obstacle right now is his energy level. He seems to be feeling much better and doesn't understand all the restrictions to his activity.
It has been a month and a half since I adopted Dallas and it has been such a great time. I could not of asked for a better best friend. He is energetic, goofy, smart and the most loving dog. He could be a poster dog for man's best friend. We do everything together and he has experienced so many new things. He gets along with others so well and there's not a person he does not want to meet. I feed him Taste of the Wild and he loves it. His coat is so silky and he doesn't even mind getting a bath.
Dallas loves his walks. All I have to do is pick up the leash and he's ready but his all time favorite to do is go somewhere so he can be off the leach and run. We have some nice dog parks here in Green Bay and he loves to socialize with the other dogs.
Dallas just turned five. We celebrated with a few of his friends( 3 female Yorkies).
Will was returned due to life changes with the adoptive home. He is back on his Apoquel and carprofen. He gained 6 pounds so he is on a diet. He is also back to having 2-3 baths a week for his skin issues. Let just say I don't think he was happy to come back here to having to do the baths all the time. He does not like them. He acclimated very quickly and is doing well. He does like to bark outside and will stand at the bottom of the stairs barking. He does know how to go up and down the ramp. I have been getting him out for frequent walks to work out the kinks in his body. He is already doing much better with exercise. Right now Will is just going to enjoy getting bathed, brushed and loved.
Trixie continues to make great strides in her new foster home. It was determined that some of her struggles with house training were related to separation anxiety. She has since been started on Prozac and is doing much better. Her Vet thinks this will be a short term need as she has had so many recent transitions in her life. Once she is settled in to her forever home it is likely that she can be weened from this. She truly is a sweetheart and will make a great addition to her new family. More to follow .........
Charlemagne has been in foster care for 6 months now, due to ongoing medical care for a seizure disorder. During that time, he has been evaluated by UW-Madison Veterinarian Hospital, and was neutered at the local vet clinic. A MRI revealed that Charlie, as he is called, has a very small defect in his brain that is causing him to have seizures. These seizures are controlled by medications and the vets have been tweeting his medications to allow Charlie to live a relatively seizure free life. Unfortunately, he has been having more breakthrough seizures lately. The goal is one seizure every 6-8 weeks.
Charlie is a delightful dog. He loves to go on walks and to be outside "helping" with whatever job needs to be done. He has been well trained and is responsive to voice commands. He ignores the resident cat and enjoys playing with the resident dog. Charlie loves to snuggle and sometimes thinks he is a lap dog. Car rides are the highlight of his day. Even though his medications make him very mellow, he is always ready for an adventure. His disposition is gentle and loving.
Charlie will make a wonderful pet. He is charming and companionable. The only down side is the occasional seizure and more frequent vet visits than the usual dog. He takes medications 3 times a day with a monthly cost around $250. Fortunately, he takes pills easily. We have enjoyed fostering Charlie and whoever adopts him will enjoy him, too. He truly is the nicest of dogs.
Murphy is almost 5 weeks post-surgery and continues to improve. He is now eating two meals a day; although being kenneled is still a struggle. He did well at his rehab appointment this week. He was able to go a full ten minutes without rest in the hydra-tank (pictured). Last week he began gait retraining using a cavaletti course (pictured) and a rocker board for stability. We are going to attempt to make one of each of these tools to use in our home therapy treatment. His walks have been increased to three a day for fifteen minutes each or twice a day for twenty minutes each--if we are limited by daylight. A new exercise was introduced, which we will add to his repertoire.
Parcha has found her forever home with her foster family that has been working very hard with her over the past year to make her a happier, healthier pup.
Hello everyone...Trixie here. I know it has been a long time since my last update, so I thought I'd go ahead and write my own! Did you know I have special skills? Yep - I am an avid TV watcher. Especially when there are dogs on TV. My foster mom says it's very funny to watch me watching the movement on the screen. I also LOVE tennis balls, so if you have a lot of tennis balls and a good arm, I will be your girl forever.
I've moved to a new foster home where there are two boy goldens who I can learn from. They are great because they are teaching me how to play with them and how to go outside to play and potty in the fenced yard. I watch them intently when they play together and I think I am learning their games. I have even tried to play with them a few times. They are perfect for me because they let me be the boss. Girls are like that, you know.
I am still working on my potty training, but I am improving! Since I don't like crates my foster mom babygates me in the laundry room area when she is not home and let's me go outside with the boys a lot to play so I can learn what to do from them when she is home. She lets me get on the furniture and her bed to sleep, too. I love that because I want to be as close to her as possible!
So, I guess my "must haves" in my home are a secure fenced yard so I can play and continue to work on my house training, some other dogs who will let me be the boss and who will continue to teach me what it's like to live the golden life. I will also need a secure area of your house (not a crate) where I can chill out when you are not a home. How about it? XOXO Trixie.
Gracie is doing very well in our home and making progress. She is taking medication to help with her anxiety and that coupled with working with a trainer twice a week has helped her deal with everyday life much better than before. She is doing so well on walks that I began to walk her with my other 1-year-old golden in the mornings, but I still work on leash manners with both girls on separate walks. We have started to explore new places out in the world like parks and coffee shops and she has been meeting new people and dogs. She is starting to tolerate more paw handling but since she is so fearful of the clippers I have begun to condition her to a nail grinder instead. She is still very fearful of the car and it is a work in progress. Gracie loves to be brushed and have her ears cleaned and she knows "sit", "down", "touch" (nose touch to my palm), and "bed" (go lay on your mat).
Gracie does well in the house but she still needs to be "reset" with treats in her room or crate sometimes if she goes over-threshold and starts inappropriate behavior. This usually happens if the energy level is very high, such as when she is playing with our other dog, because she does not know how to regulate herself well enough to calm down on her own. She will guard household items that make it into her mouth but she is happy to trade for something interesting like some really great treats thrown her way or a squeaky toy. She needs to be watched constantly when she is free in the house and does best when she is physically and mentally worn out first. Even though Gracie requires a lot of work and a large time commitment, she is making such huge strides and is turning into a wonderful companion!
Murphy is doing well with his rehabilitation. This week he was able to walk on the treadmill in the hydra-therapy tank for ten minutes. He continues to take three walks a day, each lasting 10-15 minutes. He still is required to be on leash at all times when out of the cage with limited activity--to his dismay. In addition to the six rehab exercises that must be done once a day, we are adding a cavaletti course twice a day. The doctor is satisfied with his progress and will not see him again until 8 weeks post-op.
In the home, he is doing better eating. However, he still does not do well in the crate--barking/whining. At night we have found that if we place the crate near the bedside, he does much better. Overall, Murphy is a sweet boy who is anxious to have more freedom!
Please stay tuned and if you’d like to help Murphy with his health costs please donate here: https://www.grrow.org/fundraising/murphy-16-062
Murphy is approximately 3 weeks post-surgery and did well his first full day out of the veterinary's office and into a home setting. His activity is very limited right now. He is not permitted to go up/down stairs, jump, run or engage in any play. When he is out of the kennel, he must be leashed and demands constant supervision. He definitely enjoys being with people and has taken quite nicely to resting on his mat by our fireplace. As part of his rehabilitation, Murphy takes 3 to 4 walks of about 15 minutes in length. The walks require 2 people as we use a sling to ensure his hip is not displaced by any sudden movements. He enjoys being outside and getting some exercise. Additionally, he receives a 30-minute series of massage therapy once a day, which he tolerates well.
Murphy was finally released from the hospital and is now staying with a foster family. Murphy will have very limited activity for at least three months. He did have his first therapy session since moving to his foster home. He was introduced to the hydra tank. and this is how it works: Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water — buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure — to enable a dog to move his joints. This means when submerged, Murphy’s weight isn’t fighting gravity and the buoyancy of water reduces the stress on his joints and this creates a much safer environment for recovery after surgery. Please stay tuned and if you’d like to help Murphy with his health costs please donate here: https://www.grrow.org/fundraising/murphy-16-062
We could not be more thrilled to welcome Tracy (now Kate) into our home! Kate is a retired breeding dog and now will live a full life with her two golden sisters. She has blossomed into a girl full of personality that routinely makes us all laugh out loud. She is kind and gentle and we can't wait to see her continue to flourish. We feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to be Kate's family. Welcome home, Kate!
October 31st, 2017
Maggie just celebrated her 13th birthday and enjoyed her peanut butter cake. She barks happily when we get home and then goes back to sleep on her bed within minutes. She’s the sweetest dog ever! We call her Nana (from Peter Pan) because she’s such a caretaker. We are enjoying every minute with her. Thank you GRRoW!
Murphy continues to have physical therapy at the veterinary hospital. He's doing very well. He's walking around great and going outside to potty. The staff got him to eat his kibble by mixing in a few shreds of chicken.
Christina is settling in to her new home where she gets all the love and attention from her humans.
Darla is slowly coming out of her shell. She is coming up to us to be petted with her head up instead of down. So far she has learned the sit command when we are inside the house. She is becoming more and more comfortable in our surroundings. We have not ventured out much except our walks. She walks right next to us and will start to go to the end of the leash towards the end of our walk. She is starting to enjoy them more. She is more in her element outside. That is where she is most comfortable. She will run around, chew on bones and her kongs. She has been a bit of a stinker and is taking clothing items outside during the day. She also will chew up clothing, plastic bags and paper. She will take stuff off the table and counter too. We have a dog door which she uses when she needs to go to the bathroom. So she is now gated in the office. She has not done anything wrong when she is in there even though I have tested her by leaving stuff on the table. She is getting spayed on Nov. 13th. She is definitely a dog that will need an experienced home that will be able to help her become a confident and relaxed dog. It will take a lot of training, patience and time to give her the life she deserves.
I am struggling to write this update as it was a very difficult decision to make. Oakley was a big oaf who walked into things, got stuck in the most ridiculous places and goof of a foster dog. I only had him one month but from the get go it was evident that Oakley's quirks and life were not of a typical/normal dog. He was becoming more active and doing fairly well when he had a very bad week of seizure activity. The last cluster seizures ended up with him at the dog hospital. When I got him home he was not the same dog I had had prior to the seizures. His medication was once again increased so he basically slept all the time. It was clear that the seizures and medication had taken a toll on his well-being and life. With a lot of thought, discussion amongst vets, other GRRoW members and the surrendering owners, it was decided that his quality of life was not longer there. It was one of the most difficult trips to the vet and I so wanted to turn around but it was what was best for Oakley. We went for a walk and he had a cheeseburger before we went to the vet. I miss him dearly as he touched my heart in so many ways.
Murphy has found his forever home. He will enjoy running around on four acres, going to their second home on a lake and boating. I will have more information to come.