Goose arrived at our house yesterday. He was tired at first, but eager to interact with us. He met our two Goldens, Chester and Bella and interacted appropriately with them. Goose walks well on a leash, and likes to be near people. He is friendly, and at nearly 75 lbs. and one year old, very playful. He has settled in very well and really enjoys all of the attention he is getting from the dogs and kids. Goose has not met the house cats yet.
Willow is a confirmed 4 year old golden doodle. Her dad was a black miniature poodle. She had her vet visit and is up to date on all of her shots and is a health and medium to high energy gal that knows when to settle down.
Almost one week since Willow arrived. She has adapted well to her foster home. She eats well, sleeps well, and is a very contented dog unless there is a storm brewing and she seems to be more accurate than the weatherman. She fears storms and hides in what she perceives to be a safe spot. She is currently being medicated for that fear, which does help somewhat. She also has great fear of gunshots/fireworks. Her focus at those sounds is pure escape. She is not able to eat or follow commands yet when this occurs.
She is good when guests come to the home. She barks when there is a knock or the doorbell sounds. She likes to be acknowledged but doesn't pester. Her favorite toys are of the "tug of war" variety or playing with balls. She is really quite good with catching balls that have been tossed in the air and enjoys the praise when she is successful.
Leashes attached to her collar are not as successful as the body harness variety. She walks well and at a good pace......that is unless a rabbit or squirrel decide to cross her path. She is a strong girl and can really pull when she perceives that she is being held back. When leashed, she barks at other dogs we share the road with. We are working on that. Very easy dog to have around. Nice balance between wanting to play and rest.
Bella is settling in to her foster home very nicely. She played with her toys and got a good night sleep her very first night with us! She walks nicely on a leash and she will be going for her vet visit to get checked over very soon. She is a joy to have in our home and we look forward to learning more about her as she continues to settle in with us. Watch for more updates on sweet Miss Bella soon!
8/2/17: Charlie is a four year old white golden retriever with a mellow, happy disposition. He has idiopathic epilepsy and a wobbly gait due to the anti-seizure medications. But, when he puts his mind to it, he can run like the wind. He has been trained very well and obeys commands like a champ. His manners are awesome. Charlie was in his foster home only 2 days when he started having cluster seizures. He was rushed off to the the emergency vet clinic and the next day, he was transferred to UW Veterinary Hospital. He had an MRI and lumbar puncture to rule out tumors or infections. The veterinarians stated there is no reason for the seizures, it is just the cross he has to bear. His medications were increased. Fortunately, he takes pills well, once they are hidden in his wet dog food. He is a grazer with his food, liking to enjoy every bite, and does not notice the pills as they are covered in tasty dog food. Charlie is a lover, wanting to sit his entire 90 pounds on your lap. Despite the wobbly gait, he can jump up on the furniture when invited. He is bored by the resident cat and gets along well with the resident dog, who is a bit crabby that he came to live here. But, he takes everything in his stride and does well with everyone, human and pet. He truly is a wonderful dog and we feel lucky to have the opportunity to care for him.
8/9/17: Medically, Charlie has been doing well. He has been seizure-free for several weeks and sailed through the neutering surgery. His hips were deemed normal, and the medications for hip arthritis were stopped. He only takes medications to remain seizure-free. Charlie is a sweetheart of a dog. He is so mellow, not letting anything ruffle his fur. He allows the resident dog to be the top dog and peers at the resident cat with a bored eye. When he needs something, he quietly walks over to you and looks with big limped eyes until his needs are met. He is truly a gentleman and very well trained. He will make a family a wonderful dog!
There was no adjustment time for Luna (formerly known as Hope) when coming to our home. She just jumped right into our lives. Luna is curious about everything. She especially enjoys running water, scurrying wildlife and wrestling with other dogs. She fit in from the very first moment and we can’t imagine not having her in our family.
Today marks one week since we brought Henry Jr. (formerly Max) to his new forever home. He joined Sadie, our eight year old Shepherd/lab mix we got from the local shelter Safe Harbor a couple years ago. Despite not understanding why Henry is a bit rambunctious, the two are best buddies. Our neighbors dog Bennie, a two year old Australian Shepherd has become Henry’s playmate. Before he gets to rough with Henry, Sadie intervenes to protect her new little brother. Thanks to GRRoW for granting us Henry and all you do to find homes for retrievers. Special thanks to the Bailey family for providing such a loving foster experience that has resulted in Henry being such a well adjusted happy puppy.
Jackson has been with his foster parents for about one month. His personality is really starting to come through now. When it’s time to play he will let us know. He brings a stuffed toy and drops it right at our feet. If we don’t respond fast enough he will start throwing it himself and makes a game out of “teasing” us with it. It is almost like him saying “I gave you a chance now you chase it”. Very funny pup he is. He must sleep with us in the same room. He does not like to be away from his people at night. Jackson walks good on a leash but gets a little excited when he sees another dog or other small animals. We have been working with him on this and he is getting the hang of it. He is also working on his manners when he eats. He will sit and wait for us to say OK before he goes to his food bowl. He catches on quick as it only took 3 or 4 repetitions for him to learn this. He is also learning “stay” and does really well with this command. Even if something catches his attention he will initially ignore it but has to be reminded to stay.
Ten month old Christina arrived shy and unsure of where the next leg of her journey was taking her. Since arriving she's settled in beautifully. With the guidance of her 10 month old foster sister, she's learning how to be a happy, playful pup. Since her arrival Christina has discovered some of great joys of life: getting brushed is heavenly, car rides are exciting, drinking from the hose is fun and bathes really aren't that bad. Last week we attended our first training class and she was a calm, cool and collected pro by the time it was over. We're working on a few "rough edges" like counter surfing isn't ok just because she can reach it, if the cat runs in the house doesn't mean she has to chase him, when her foster mom leaves the room it's ok because she'll come back and it's not polite to take toys from her foster sister when she's playing with them. It's been a privilege to help Christina blossom into becoming a happy, confident wonderful dog!
Maggie has been adopted by her foster family.
Oakley's situation has improved somewhat. He has been on a higher dose of phenobarbital, and it seems to control the seizures better. However he did have a double seizure recently (7/16). It had been 25 days since the last one. However, we had just changed the protein in our dog food form gamebird to fish, so maybe that was a factor. We switched him back to gamebird. The downside to his higher med levels are that they leave him very groggy and wobbly. It's hard for him to even go for a walk. He spends a good part of the day sleeping in his crate. We try to let him spend some time on the deck or backyard so he can enjoy a morning breeze and fresh air, but he seems to prefer the house. His recent blood tests show that the levels of medication are high but not exceeding therapeutic levels. Breakfast and supper time seem to be times in which Oakley is the most animated. He does love to eat (and perhaps prior to meal times, the phenobarbital levels are lower). The downside is that Oakley likes to get us up before 6 am by continually barking and whining outside our bedroom door. This morning when we did not get up right away, he also pushed the door open into a spare bedroom and got into my sewing fabric and other stuff. He won't take "no" for an answer. Even though the meds leave him dopey, he can still be be "naughty." He likes to try to escape by pushing the front screen/storm door open in the front of the house if the latch doesn't quite catch. Since we live on a busy street, and he will only run if you call him. We have learned we have to keep the front door and storm door closed. Bringing in groceries or loading the car can be tricky. We are really hoping we can get to a point soon in which his seizures are controlled but he isn't so groggy. Fingers crossed.
Bernie came into GRROW on July 10th. It is a pleasure having him in my home. Bernie is settling in. He enjoys long walks, and playing Chuckit . Bernie loves people. He ignores other dogs and has yet to be introduced to one. We will be working on how to appropriately greet people. His exuberance can be overwhelming. Bernie is truly a joy.
Josie came into GRRoW as a stray with multiple health issues. WIth GRRoW's help she became a beautiful dog. When we went to meet and greets everyone would comment on pretty she was. She was our Queen at our house. She was the most gentle, loving dog we could ask for. She flourished under our vet's care and the love we gave her. She was attached to my husband at the hip. We enjoyed almost two years with her. She was diagnosed in April with a brain tumor. In June she past away. She will be forever missed.
On Wednesday Chloe was full of life and sass. By Friday her health took a turn for the worse. I spent the night sleeping next to her. I woke at every move she made. I snuggled up to her and made sure she felt loved. On Saturday she collapsed. She had a possible tumor near or on her heart and had fluid around her heart. The best choice for her was euthansia. Chloe came into GRRoW with a cancerous tumor on her toe. We had it removed and she lived a full six months after that. She enjoyed eating and teaching the other dogs to eat our asparagus, swimming and going for walks. When I would come home she would bark at me. Now there will be silence. Thank you to her previous owner for giving me the time with her. I enjoyed every moment.