Hello, William here. I'm feeling rather regal right now after my day at the spa. Actually the spa came to me. This crrrraaaazy lady with scissors and brushes and air blowers (and yummies for my tummy) came to spend the day with Dad. She did LOTS of brushing and cutting on me. I pretended to hate all the attention but secretly I kinda liked it. Plus, her treats were first class! She told Dad I needed to be on the allergy stuff daily until July 1 and then they'd see how I was doing. I'm not scratching but the lady found some scabby spots. I'm also going to get my ears cleaned more often. Boy did she cut the matted hair away from my ears! She told my dad that I need to go to the groomer monthly. He's going to look for someone who will take older, distinguished gentlemen like myself 🕵🏻 so I hope you like my spiffy look...the ladies will be knocking at my door 😁🐾💕
June 15, 2017
Buddy is settling in nicely into his foster home. He loves to play in the yard and the woods with his four legged friends and his people. He loves his tennis balls and going on walks. At the end of the day, he enjoys cuddling on the couch with his people. Life is good!
June 15, 2017
Jackson has been adopted and is settling in nicely!
Banjo came to us on June 4 with his "brother"Jack, and they are quite the bonded pair! He is settling in nicely and in no time him and Jack found the water bowls, soft dog beds and toys to play with. He enjoyed exploring the house his first day with us and slept great his very first night! After a few days of settling in he will visit the vet to make sure all is well. Banjo is a pretty mellow guy and is used to daily walks which is what keeps him nice a trim. We look forward to learning more about Banjo and his "brother" as they continue to settle in and learn from us!
Jack came to us on June 4 with his "brother" Banjo, and they are quite the bonded pair! He is settling in nicely and in no time he and Banjo found the water bowls, soft dog beds and toys to play with. He enjoyed exploring the house his first day with us and slept great his very first night! After a few days of settling in he will visit the vet to make sure all is well. Jack is used to daily walks which is what keeps him nice a trim, and he loves exploring the back yard and this boy is pretty quick too! He caught a bird and then promptly released it when I told him to. He must have a gentle mouth because the bird just flew off. We look forward to learning more about Jack and his "brother" as they continue to settle in and learn from us!
Maggie is still in foster care while her crusty nose is being sorted out. She has a persistent infection in one nostril. We are waiting on biopsy results to confirm that it is only an infection. Meanwhile, she is being a good sport with all the attention to this very tender part of her face.
It is hard to believe she will be 12 in July. She was caught squeezing out the cat door on the deck to get to the backyard. She accomplished this twice before we caught on to her trick. Maggie is not a small golden, weighing in at 70 pounds with a svelte waist. So, the cat door is shut and the cats have a new way to get outside. She is very spry!
May 25, 2017
Oakley is a 15 month old male dog who came into GRRoW because he gets seizures. His family was so sad to give him up. After two restless days and nights, Oakley is starting to settle into our home. He had his formal assessment today and passed with flying colors. So far, he is getting along with our other two goldens.
We have already learned some of his quirks. We have to keep bathroom doors shut because he likes to drink out of the toilet and eat tissues out of waste baskets. He also needs to have things to chew on or he will mouth his paws or try to rip up the blanket. He came with a big rubber bone, but he's eating the pieces so we have switched up to raw beef bones. And he is the sloppiest drinker we have ever had. We have to mop each time he takes a drink.
His vet visit went well on Monday. We learned today that his blood tests came out within a normal range for levels of phenobarbital and potassium bromide, and his kidney and liver enzyme levels are fine. We are going to have to hold off on the neuter surgery for a while because of the seizures. The vet would like to see how things go in for the next few weeks before persuing other options.
Chloe is doing very well. She has taught all the dogs to eat our asparagus so we had to put a fence around it. It took two days for her to find a little spot where we forgot to attach the fence and she was having her full of asparagus. She is enjoying short walks with the other senior dogs in the house. She loves to sleep on the couch. Unfortunately, her foot where the cancer was removed is tender to the touch. I will have to keep an eye on it to see if it has returned. Otherwise she is enjoying her life on the farmette.
Will is living the life up north. He has a beautiful new home; fishing cabin in the UP and winters in Arizona. He took a couple of weeks to settle in but now he seems to be doing well.
Sammi Girl and Dustie Rose went to their new home. So far they are doing very well.
Murphy will be eight months on the 24th. He continues to grow. We haven’t been to the vet for a while so I’m not sure how much he weighs. We do have an appointment with the cardiologist for June 15.
Murphy started puppy classes this week and was the star pupil. We had been working with him at home so the first class was a lot of review. He is already signed up for the next three classes in the series until he is tested to become a service or therapy dog. We have noticed he is not bending his knees in the back when he does stairs or walks most often. I told my husband it almost looks like he is walking on his toes. Maybe when he is finally neutered the vet can take X-ray's.
Murphy carries his ducky blanket everywhere. When I put him in his kennel prior to leaving I always put it in with him. It was once 2x larger. I cut the fleece blanket in half when I couldn't get it away from him to wash. By cutting it in half it doesn't get as dirty and I can sneak one in the washer while he carries the other everywhere he goes.
Bailey has found his forever home and is enjoying life!
My four legged friend of fur and paw for whom I had to part
My loyal, kind and loving friend leaves Paw Prints on my Heart”
It is with great sadness and heaviness to my heart to share Gabe (aka Samson 12-015) crossed the Rainbow Bridge February 28, 2017. Gabe was diagnosed with a bleeding tumor to this upper atrium of the heart just after his 11th birthday. He was a trooper though it all and never gave in to his illness. His last day was just a they always were….greeting me at the door with a toy in his mouth when I came home from work, his run through the house as I chased with “I come get you!”, his run outside to chase his last squirrels, all as if nothing were of matter. His last hurrah of loyalty ended peacefully with me by his side, whispers of love in his ear and my arms wrapped gently around him. . Gabe blessed my life in June 2012 and these almost 5 years were priceless. His affection and loving manner was abundant and was always at my side. The wag of his tail, the loyalty in his eyes, the cold nose that nudged me each morning to begin our new day, the nudge with his head under my arm for a hug, his unconditional companionship, greetings at the door with a favorite toy, a mountain of toys, car rides everywhere, wet slobbery kisses, his bark, the jingle of his dog tags, the slurping of his water, our walks, our snuggles, every breath he took……will all remain forever etched on my heart. My Forever Friend, truly a forever gift. Gabriel, a reason I named him that ….he is now my Forever Angel.
I love and miss you sweet boy.....forever.
Bailey has been adopted!
We finally got some answers about Oscar's itchiness. He has numerous food allergies as well as an allergy to the staph bacteria that naturally occurs on skin. We switched Oscar to a new lamb-based food that has no pumpkin or any of the long list of other ingredients that are problematic. He also started twice weekly shots of staph lysate as an immunotherapy. We saw major improvements fairly quickly. The immunotherapy is a 16 week treatment and we'll know if it's been effective in mid June. We were so excited that there was no more scratching, skin irritations and infections. We thought we had a good management strategy.
Unfortunately a few weeks into April, Oscar started itching again. It wasn't as bad as before, but he was still unhappy. The vet ruled out a thyroid problem. He's back sporting his t-shirt to keep him from reopening the couple scabs he has. We hope we don't have to add seasonal outdoor allergies to this poor pup's list of challenges, but time will tell.
Through it all, Oscar's sweet and lovable personality shines through. He is such a well-behaved 2 year old. Running after tennis balls is still his favorite activity, followed a close second by wrestling with the resident older Golden in the house. He loves to be underfoot, keeping us company wherever we are and soaking up the praise and love he deserves. Our kids have given him the nickname Caulk as he loves to hop up on the bed and squeeze into any slightly available crevice to snuggle in.