Smoke is a very sweet and laid back girl. Smoke has fit in so well here and so quickly and can go outside anytime she wants. She has already learned the doggy ramp to our big fenced yard...and our other dogs are being so gentle and kind to her. Smoke appears to be more interested in humans than dogs and loves spending time near her humans, playing with toys and holding her tennis balls in her mouth so the other dogs can not have them! During her first night with us, Smoke followed me around all night, wagging her tail all the while. Then she snuggled with me for a glorious golden snuggle. She is my little shadow, and we go everywhere together. She lays at my feet when I work from home and is never far from my hand for a pet and hug. She loves being brushed and groomed, too. Smoke has been drinking a lot of water and having accidents in the house, so we took her to the vet twice already for several tests. The tests are back and are indicating that Smoke has kidney damage from a past infection, plus high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The great news, though, is that with some medication to help her kidneys function a little better, a low-protein high-quality diet, and exercise, Smoke could live out a fairly healthy and active life. With about 15-20 pounds to lose (both me AND Smoke!), we are enjoying walking the trails on our property regularly and having lots of play time with her foster siblings. Smoke makes it so easy to fall in love with her! We are lucky to foster such a sweet gal and look forward to helping her get better!
Fergus here! I am so excited to tell everyone that I have found my forever home! I am so happy to be where I belong, and I have a canine brother to play with too! I have only been with my family a short while, but I felt like I was home them moment I walked in the door. I am still getting used to my forever home, but I am happy and surrounded by love. Stay tuned for an update after I have settled in a little more!
Leo has been enjoying his new forever home and all the new smells and sights and sounds. He is getting better with his fear of thunder storms and can sense a thundercloud well before it appears overhead. Leo continues to show us how happy he is by circling, gathering his toys in his mouth, and his "talking."
Bodie was adopted by his foster family today and is spending his time playing with a new friend as well as a family who loves him very much.
Sweet Teddy continues to do well! No further seizures since he has been on his 3x/day medication! We worked with the Vet School staff to switch him to the liquid version of the drug. With the liquid, it will be easier to calibrate the dose to his weight as he grows!
Now at 18 weeks he is getting taller and longer at 21lbs. He is eating with enthusiasm, usually plopping both paws into the bowl first, scattering the kibble in every direction but leaving the bowl and floor immaculate.
Teddy plays often and sleeps in the sun whenever he gets a chance. We are taking several short walks each day, meeting new friends both human and canine. Even with his limited sight, I am able to steer him just by walking along side and stepping toward him to cue him in a new direction! Ted doesn't shy away from loud noises or unexpected things. As yet, it is hard to judge his ability to regulate his bodily functions. In this weather, we are in and out of the house frequently and Ted takes advantage of that. When I am away from the house or overnight, Teddy is kenneled, wearing a diaper. He has come to expect the bits of bologna in a kong type toy or a safe bone with traces of peanut butter on the edges. My idea of the ideal home for Teddy would be one in which at least one family member is at home with him a good part of the day and enjoys his company! He has had good experiences with dogs young and old as well as cats and humans of all ages.
Watson has found his forever home. More to come........
Oliver is coming out of his shell, and learning to be a puppy. He loves going for morning runs and hikes on nature trails. We’ll find him lounging on his bed or on the couch with his two feline brothers, and he’ll sit on the patio watching butterflies, birds or airplanes going by. He races around the house squeaking his new toys, and has made some new dog friends that he gets so excited to play with. He’s a happy guy in his new home!
Copernicus Update! I am SO happy to tell everyone that I have found my forever home, or should I say they found me! I am such a lucky dog to have lots of love and attention. My mom was super excited when my ID tag came in the mail, it has my name and address on one side, and "Squirrel Cop" on the other, I'm told I am the best squirrel hunter ever! I am enjoying my new family, I am always by grandpa's side making sure he doesn't get in to any trouble (ha ha). My human sister comes home to visit and I get so excited, 'cause we are best buds! In my free time I snuggle in the living room chair with my toys and keep an eye on what's going on. I get to spend time by the lake with my family, and guess what! I even get to go out to dinner with everyone at an outdoor restaurant near by. I got lots of attention and I was a very good boy. Hopefully I will get to go again soon. All in all, I think I am the luckiest golden on earth, thanks to all the wonderful volunteers at GRRoW!
Cedar is doing AMAZING! He’s really bonded with everyone in the house :) we really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect addition to our family. He and my other golden are now inseparable, everywhere she goes he goes too. We’ve been camping and hiking and he seems to really enjoy himself, the only thing he isn’t too fond of is swimming, I’m not sure he got a lot of exposure to it in his life. All in all we are super happy! He’s the most loving, gentle, and sweet dog!
Zilla continues to be on a medical hold. He had a repeat Blastomycosis test and it is still positive but barely registered. He has had some additional health issues. He started having sneezing episodes which I contributed to allergies. He then started to have some blood tinged drainage from his right nostril so I took him in on a Thursday. He then started to have blood come out of his right nostril. I took him to VES in Middleton. They ran bloodwork, a urine test and CT Scan/biopsy of his nose. We are waiting for the results.
Otherwise he is absolutely fine. He loves his tennis balls and kiddie swimming pool. We have gone on lots of walks and he loves them. He also likes to swim. He will not bring the ball all the way to the beach so I usually have to have another dog get it or I have to go in.
Murphy has found his forever home.
Ever see the animated movie, UP? Remember the Golden who talked, named Doug? That's pretty much Wally!! He is a loyal, sweet, curious and ball-obsessed boy who is about the most well-behaved foster I have ever had! Wally knows sit, stay, lay down, wanna go?, shake, go nite nite and more. He constantly has his eye on you for cues, and will give you his sweet Golden "pet me please" face to lure you in to snuggle and pet sessions. He does that sweet "Golden lean" thing we all love and lays at your feet when it's time to chill or let you work. And, you can be sure that you will have a shadow as you clean house or move about. (Hint: don't count on having bathroom time alone with this boy around, ha!) If you have a coffee table with things you want knocked to the floor, his constantly wagging tail will help you out.
Wally is "high energy" - but in a fun way if you are an active person/family looking for an adventure buddy. For his size (about 85 lbs.) he is surprisingly agile and can corner and jump like a pro while chasing his ball and flipping his favorite stuffed toys about. He needs a person with a tireless arm who doesn't mind slobbery balls being dropped in their lap. He would love to continue with his swims and long hikes, but needs a person who doesn't mind the cleanup job that such a big fuzzy boy will need after his outdoor adventures. (They have yet to come up with a self-cleaning Golden breed.) He is also quite a 'shedder', so Wally isn't for the neat freak who doesn't get a good laugh out of hair tumbleweeds rolling across their floor.
Wally is excellent with kids, but loves to chase cats. Not sure what he would do if he caught our cat, who is wily enough to stay a step ahead of him. (Might not be so pretty since he likes yellow fuzzy things so much.) We live on a farm, so he has been exposed to cats, calves, cows, bulls, howling coyotes, squirrels, chipmunks...and he does really well being cool with it all. He investigates but comes back immediately when called. He is not a runner and has full access indoors and out with no issue. He is house trained, and will whine at the door to go out. He has never chewed, does not need or like a crate, and likes to just lay on the floor by your bed at night.
He has just learned to socialize with other dogs, and is not a great candidate as a dog buddy for an alpha dog. He may also not do so great at a dog park with alpha dogs about who may take offense to his approach. (He is so about playing, he just rushes in talking smack, wagging and being very pushy and in another dog's face.) He is also "leash reactive" - meaning, he gets very animated and lunges on his leash at other dogs, frustrated he can't get to them. That said, it would be good for him to have a play buddy who doesn't take his "play growling" and enthusiasm for any fun game the wrong way, and can indulge him in the wrestling matches and keep-away games he so loves.
He and my Aussie, Jack, get along swell and have been so good for each other. (Jack is a young, high-energy herding dog, with some anxiety -- a buddy like Wally has been great for him!) When I have to work, they entertain each other and get their wiggles out. We play fetch with two balls, and it is great fun watching them compete. Wally usually finds a way to get both balls in his mouth and tease Jack with them dangling just out of his reach. He also has an older Golden foster sister, and a "bossy princess" Aussie mix foster sister who he just kind of leaves alone since they aren't really "into him." Wally has been an only dog the last few years of his life, but did have a German Shepherd friend when he was younger. So, I think he could do well as an only dog, or with a dog buddy if the right personality mix.
Wally will make a GREAT dog for someone who can give him the time and energy he deserves. Thank you for reading about Wally and your interest in adopting a wonderful Golden from our organization!
I am so loving my new digs! I have LOTS of tennis balls to play with! My foster dad bought me an awesome red bouncy ball. I can push it myself and chase it! It's even more fun if my people throw it. Today I played fetch with my person. I even played keep-away with my ball. It was so much fun to tire out my human!! Of course, don't tell her this, but I was pretty tired too! My fosters have two cats. I think one of them is part doggie because she sniffs my butt and I sniff hers! The other cat is, well, a cat. Not as much fun as a dog!
Wally is new in foster care. More information will follow.
Leo is a real charmer. On top of being a gorgeous, eight year old, red, highly intelligent golden with a white tuft in front, he is on the smaller side, agile and quite active. He is in foster care with two other goldens and has been in homes with other dogs. He vocalizes when he is excited and happy and is the most entertaining and enjoyable golden. He knows his commands and will lay down when told. He loves his freedom and does not like to be contained. He is great in the house and outside with you in attendance. He likes other dogs once he gets to know them, is fine with kids especially those who will throw him a ball, and loves, loves the water to play catch and to fish. Leo is ready for adoption as he has worked through some of his fear of thunder storms dating back to his earlier years. He wants a secure home with someone home most of the day, someone to be around during thunder storms, another dog is fine, cats can be tolerated, and away from traffic and lots of room to roam so he can enjoy his property. Leo would benefit from a job and would probably thoroughly enjoy agility training. He loves his three walks a day and will settle down in the back of an SUV for long rides. Leo needs a stable home and one that will work with his fear of thunder and greeting new dogs.
Oliver is doing quite well. He is totally up to date in vaccinations and ready to go. He loved the lab pup (6 months) we had for a week. They became the best of buds and played all the time. He still hasn't had an accident in the house, however, we have a dog door so he is able to let himself out during the day if needed. He cannot be crated but I feel a gated room may work for him. He continues to love his cloth toys and does not wreck them at all. He still does chew on sandals, shoes and slippers. He loves his kong when I leave in the morning and come to expect it. He knows his name and in a fenced in area will come when called. He is learning "sit" and it is coming along quite well. He is very treat motivated so that will make it easier to train him. When he is very excited (especially when I come home) he will mouth my hands. He stops once he calms down. He does bark at my husband but not at me. He is still learning about the world: cars going by when we are walking; loud noises, and sudden movements. He is coming along nicely for having lived outside until he came into GRRoW.
I am looking for a special home for Oliver so he is happy and well-adjusted. I feel he needs to have a playmate since he has lived with other young dogs his whole life. He also needs someone dedicated to taking him to training classes. I feel he would do best in a calm environment so no young kids. My preference is for someone to be home more than I am. I am gone 9 hours a day and once he becomes attached he loves his person. HE IS NOT DESTRUCTIVE WHEN I AM GONE other than paper. He loves to shred paper.
Leo is an energetic and curious puppy who is really doing well.
He does everything in a big puppy way. Now that he's comfortable in the house his personality is really showing. He loves playing with his toys - tossing them in the air, jumping after them, zooming around the room. If he decides to play with something inappropriate (slippers are a favorite) he is easy to redirect. He is totally into going on walks and is very curious about bunnies and squirrels. He loves flopping his big paws on our laps and cuddling with us.
We're still working on his isolation anxiety but have seen marked improvement in the past two weeks. He's been able to hang out in his crate, with our other dog in the room, for up to four hours without barking or whining.
He's going to make a great addition to a lucky family!
Shamus has found his forever home.