Poppy is fascinated with squirrels, rabbits and birds. She doesn’t go after them but will stop what she is doing and just watch them. She loves squeaky toys and tennis balls. She’ll catch the tennis ball when I throw it but she usually doesn’t bring it back to me to throw again. She loves the snow, rolls around in it and will chase the other dogs. When we come in from outside, I’ve trained Poppy to stay by the backdoor and have her paws wiped off before she goes into the house. Poppy eats very fast. I have to watch her so that she doesn’t try push the resident dogs away from their bowls and eat their food. She’ll need one of those bowls that are designed to make dogs eat slowly.
Top o’ the mornin’! Me namus is Shamus. I’m a fun-loving 3-1/2 year old male, Golden mix. I’ve got the body and great big heart of a Golden with the gorgeous eyes an’ wee legs of a Basset. Cute and handsome, I can’t help it.
I’m just a little shy at first but warm up in a bit. Knowing I was on my way to the start of a new life I jumped in the car and was a good passenger all the way home. I loved being pet and reassured during the drive, so it helped me accept all the changes.
I also caught a glimpse of my new foster sisters, and they told me everything was going to be fine. I settled in to my own room the first night, and later the next day I met them and we all said howdy like dogs do. They’re great! It’s kind of like the dog park, where I loved to go, but nice and quiet-like. I want to play with the nine-year old, so hopefully that will happen soon. She and the two older ones are showing me the ropes, like how to get treats before bedtime or when the peoples leave for work. I’m a quick study!
Since we’re all laid back and get along very well with each other, they don’t mind me sleeping or eating with them. Yes, because of my shyness it took two meals for me to want to eat, but again, everything was so new. Now, every day I embrace it! What else will be new? What’s this snow on the ground in April? I never knew just how many toys I could play with at one time until I tried (I settled on Lamb Chop and the goofy duck). Who thought dried sweet potato treats could be so crunchy? This is AWESOME!
We’re heading to the vet in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I’ll get a clean bill of health and will be available for adoption soon. Though I am doing great with my foster sisters and lived with another dog, I’m not sure if I need to be placed in a home with another dog. If the home has one, it would need to be a dog who is older or low key like I am at least that’s what I think now. Maybe when my foster sister plays with me or I try even more new stuff, who knows? Life of the party? Could very well be! Hopefully any sibling dog won’t be the jealous type, because I love loving and being loved. Don’t you just love that?
Lilly got spayed and had a cyst removed this past Thursday. She has to keep the cone collar on since she wants to lick her incision site. They had a difficult time with the inside sutures due to her having thin skin on the inside. So she has an ace bandage around her middle while she heals for extra support. She is very quiet and HATES her collar. She will get her vaccines on April 25th and then be set to go. She is still a delightful dog. I would categorize her as high energy and will need daily exercise. Her previous owner would run her off leash to get the energy out of her. I would say she will need about a 3 mile run/walk every day if on leash. She would prefer to be somewhere with a large area to run loose. She loves our 8 acres (fenced) and will run as fast as she can with her nose down. She likes water and has run in the creek. I have two new fosters and she likes to play with them.
Zilla is bonded to Irie. They were an owner surrender. Zilla appears to have some allergies and is itchy. RIght now he loves the snow and will roll in it all the time. He loves to be brushed and petted. He is the calmer of the two dogs. He does go on the couch and sleeps there at night. He eats very fast and I have to make sure he doesn't steal Irie's food. They eat at the same raised station (I believe they did that at their previous home). He is obsessed with my cat and will watch her for very long periods of time. He does not do anything just watches and barks. He loves to be petted and likes to please. He is also very overweight so he is on a diet. More to come.
Irie is a very energetic 7 yr old who needs to shed some pounds. Her weight does not slow her down one bit. She is adamant about sleeping in our bed and will go on other furniture. She does not appear to have any health issues at all except for being overweight. She will counter surf and get into garbage if given a chance. She does well with my dogs and ignores the cat. She is also good with kids. She is bonded with Zilla 18-014 and they will have to stay together. They love to play with each other. She definitely is the naughtier one. She loves toys and leaves them all over the floor in the living room.
Hello, nice to meet you! My name is Shamus. I am a 3.5 year old golden retriever/ basset hound mix. I will be 4 years old in July, how fun! I am good with kids and other dogs, but I'm a bit cautious around cats. I am shy around strangers, but once I get to know you you'll see what a friendly, loving guy I am. I absolutely love the dog park and might live there if I could, but I love my foster home, too. Sometimes I run so much at the dog park that I get a little sore with something called "arthritis" for a few days. My favorite toys are balls that squeak. I like my crate, too, and am trained to sleep in there. I have been told often that I am a good boy.
Hi, this is Shaggy letting GRRoW know how I love living with my forever family! The humans are adjusting well to me and they report that I've done a great job of fitting in to their home. Mom and Dad are around pretty much all the time. I supervise when he is shoveling snow and working in the kitchen. He even gave the other Golden Retriever, Lacy, and I a spa day last Saturday. He checked our ears, and I let him clean my teeth, gums and tongue everyday. This is something new but Lacy says there's always a treat after so go along with it. Mom enjoys having a dog that will snuggle upon her lap. I'm a bigger dog but Mom says I'm light enough. I have to make sure she knows I'm jumping up so she can set her coffee aside. My forever family has two kids who are fun to play with. Their rooms are sources of wonderful things to carry around. They call me a sock goblin and they're trying to train me to put the socks I find into the laundry basket, but it's easier to drop them in the living room when I'm tired of carrying them around. I have trained the family that a single bark means I'm ready to come in. I won over the affection of the Lacy, my new golden sister, so we can share the love seat for sleeping (a love seat is made for two, right?)
My forever family and I want to thank GRRoW and my foster home so that I was well prepared for my move to my forever home. Hopefully, someday I can road trip to a GRRoW event and meet other dogs who were lucky enough to have their lives changed through GRRoW.
Gracie continues to do well with us. Since our last update, I have traveled for work twice and she was a perfect dog for my fiance while he took care of her.
Gracie also graduated from a foundations manners class with flying colors! It was a big step for her to practice all of her training in a new place with other dogs and people, and she even made a friend during class social time. She and her foster sister are enjoying the warmer weather and the mud in the yard. :)
Gracie barely shows signs of anxiety anymore and we do not need to use her 'room' or a crate to put her away. Eventually, we will wean her off of the Prozac but we are in no rush. She has earned free range of the downstairs common areas and has been left alone with no issues for up to an 8 hour work day. We are still working on her being over-excited in new places, like my office upstairs, where she gets over-threshold and wants to chew on my wooden desk.
Gracie LOVES going on walks and sometimes will pull on the leash still when she is excited or if she is anxious for some reason, like a truck passed and made a loud noise, but is mostly a perfect walking buddy. She has gotten better with getting into the car to the point where she will
jump in readily on the way home but still is scared when leaving home. She has jumped into the car a few times from our driveway but the more she has been with us, the more I think that her "fear of the car" is really a fear of the vet or of new places in general. I think that it will take time and trust for her to be completely comfortable jumping into the car and Gracie's home should be VERY committed to this effort.
We are still working on nail grinding with the dremel, but in the mean time I have trained Gracie to trim her own front nails on a sandpaper covered board. This has been very helpful so that there is NO pressure to rush the conditioning process with the dremel! She still guards some items but surprisingly has loosened up over the past couple of months - I think that she is settling in with us and doesn't feel as stressed about her possessions, since I never steal from her. We are working on playing with two identical toys (two balls, two tug toys, etc.) so that she will learn that bringing toys to me and dropping them is GOOD! She will need this skill when I start to reward her with toys in training.
Our last update about Gracie is that she has been adopted... by us! We love her so much and can't imagine her ever leaving. Her adoption is nowhere near the end of her journey; she is still very young and struggles with her behavior in certain situations, but the progress she has made already is unbelievable. We are so thankful for everything GRRoW has done for Gracie.
Shaggy here! Just wanted to let you know that my forever family found me and we are living happily ever after! I get to run and play in the back yard with my canine sister, although she is a bit younger than me, I can still keep up with her. I get lots of love and attention and I get to give them all the golden love I have to give and that's a lot! Thank you GRRoW volunteers for taking such good care of me over the past few months. It feels so good to be with my forever family.
want to let you know that I am doing extraordinarily well, at least that is what my Mom says. She doesn’t think you’d recognize me. I have a joy for life that only GRRoW could have afforded me. I am treated like the Princess that I KNOW that I am! Mom reads to me that I didn’t like to ride in the car... can I tell you? I’VE GOTTEN OVER THAT!!! You should see how silly I am! I know how to open the door by myself and let myself out, especially when I know that someone is going to start a car! AND I will run around like a crazy Princess just so they will let me out of the gate! They laugh and laugh and say that nobody would believe I could move that fast! I prance! I truly prance... like one of those fancy horses... Mom says I have to do again for exercise so I amuse her and do it three or four times before we go out the gate each time.
I really have fun in the snow, but still HATE the rain. (And I do NOT like fireworks either!) Mom says that I have to watch my figure now... she says that this Princess has learned just FINE how to adapt to learning how to have enough food.
Mom promised I don’t have to do a picture the next time I get groomed. Thank goodness! It’s not my favorite, but she says I’m soooooooo pretty! I’m attaching my Valentine picture. I hope you like it. Mom says it’s ok to like puppies but that I don’t have to have any more babies. I miss them sometimes, but I am so very happy to be here... warm, safe, loved and adored.
Thank you again to you and GRRoW for rescuing me and finding my forever home!
Cedar has been with me for one week now. He is calm, gentle, loving, playful, obedient - the perfect dog. He is the kind of dog that puts his head in your lap and if you are brushing or petting him he will just fall asleep. I feel bad leaving him when I go to work. He actually cries when I come home.
I will never hear him bark at me in the morning for his daily kong. I will never hear him bark when he thinks he is stuck outside when he is not. I won't have any more showers (yes, showers), him circling the car when I get home or rubbing up against me. Will is very dear to me. We went through a lot to get him healthy. GRROW put a lot of time and money to help this poor boy that his owners dumped at a humane society. Will past unexpectedly on Friday, March 16th. I have yet to recover coming home to seeing him being unresponsive and in some sort of seizure type activity. We don't know what happened. He was fine in the morning. He ate, barked for his kong and got some ear rubs. He is missed greatly. Like Lily (grandma) he was a presence in this house.
We continue to work with Poppy’s emotional responses and she continues to make great progress. Poppy is very comfortable in our home. She initiates play with the two resident dogs. Their favorite things to do are wrestle and play tug. She loves our walks especially with the weather getting nicer.
Hello, Levi here! I arrived at my new forever home just under three weeks ago and am so excited to be here. I've acclimated well & it feels like I've always lived here. There are always so many people around to give me the constant attention I crave. My new golden sister was a bit indifferent at first but she's coming around. There's a sassy black kitten in my new home that likes to taunt me and gives me quite the workout. I continue to chew through tennis balls on a daily basis and like to drag my large bed all around the house. I'm very obedient to both verbal and visual commands. There's a big yard for me to roam. I'm excited for Spring so we can take longer walks & play in the mud. I must modestly say I walk beautifully on a leash. In the photo, I'm the handsome guy on the right and my beautiful new sister is on the left.
Cedar is new in foster care. More information will follow.
Hi everyone! It’s time I give you a little update on how I am doing. I have improved a lot on my leash walking which is great because it’s getting nicer out and I love going for walks! I also really like playing with my stuffed animal and chewing on my bone and that helps keep my pearly whites looking great! I have been learning to wait patiently at the door before going outside, and I get lots of praise, so I must be doing a really good job! I must say I may be getting a bit spoiled with tummy rubs and I even get to snuggle on the bed with my foster mom sometimes. What doggie wouldn’t be in heaven. I’ve met new people and have done great, sometimes I get a little excited and need to slow down but my foster mom says I listen well and she is very proud of me. As you will see in one of my photos, a friend gave me a bandana to wear; never had one of those before so the first time she put it on me I ran in circles trying to get it off. I guess I must have looked funny doing this because everyone had a good laugh! We are on the hunt for the perfect home for me, all I ask is that the children be a bit older because I have not had a lot of experience with kids, oh and I don’t care for cats much, other than that I am would love to fill your home with a little golden love!
My how time flies when your having fun! Since my last update in January, I have been doing lots of training with my foster dad and we are both learning lots of new stuff. We go for walks every day and now when I meet someone new I have learned to be more of a gentleman and not try to smother them with that golden love! I guess I can get a little excited sometimes, but that’s because I like meeting new people. One of my favorite treats is a Kong toy filled with real good stuff and it’s even frozen so it’s kind of like a Popsicle! That keeps me occupied when guests come over. Oh, and now that it is getting warmer, I see turkeys, deer, and squirrels running around in the back yard, and they are quite entertaining for me. Soon I will be ready for my forever home, oh boy, I can’t wait! Stay tuned for more updates!
Hello world! My name is Yogi (as in Yogi Bear) because I am the biggest, fluffiest bear of a puppy my foster mom has even seen! I am almost eight months old and I am tipping the scales at 80 pounds (all solid - not fat)! I came from a bad place - a commercial breeding farm. They tried to sell me at an auction and, lucky for me, I was able to get out of there and get into rescue. Foster mom keeps calling me a good boy because I am very smart. I have already learned how to potty outside and I retrieve toys and bring them in the house for her. I need a lot of attention and training though, so whatever family I come to live with needs to have a fence, someone who has trained dogs like me (big and very strong) with positive reinforcement and someone who has a lot of time. Foster mom says that I could be a field trial dog because I have a nose for scents and I am very eager to please and learn. I have to stay in a crate right now when nobody is home because I still don't know what a toy is versus shoes, solid wood kitchen cabinets (yum ;] ),or $20 bills (yup I eat those, too). But, like mom says I am very smart and I will learn fast. I was around some older kids and I LOVED them...little kids might get knocked down by me, so they probably aren't a fit. I love other dogs and I will need another young dog to play with so I can burn off energy. Older dogs will not be a fit for me because I like to play hard! So what do you think? I can't wait to me you. xoxo Yogi
Murphy received his rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccinations on Monday. He lost a couple pounds due to a short bout of diarrhea but has recovered and is back to 53.5 pounds. He did very well in rehab this week with no signs of pain in his non-surgical leg. His surgical thigh measures 43 cm and the non-surgical is 40 cm.