Her foster home was sad to say goodbye but we are thrilled that Shasta has found her forever home. This beautiful girl melted every heart that she met along her GRRoW journey. We'll give her time to settle into her new place and will provide an update soon on how she is doing.
Hazel went to her forever home today and after a little time to acclimate to her new surroundings, she will let us know how she is doing.
Ranger's vet visit went well. He's in very good shape for his age. He is continuing on his medication (Carprofen - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) for his minor arthritis. Like many Goldens, Ranger has had a history of ear issues and will always require attention to and care for them. His weight is getting to where it should be but the vet would like to see a bit more muscling in his hind end - short walks and some small hills will help, no need for strenuous exercise routines. I have not witnessed any seizure activity or suspect any has occurred.
Ranger is the sweetest boy I've ever met. He adores me (foster momma) and does get upset when I leave, but settles down quickly. If I'm home, inside or out, he wants to be with me. A typical day involves me going off to work and the dogs (Ranger and Lambeau and our 3 yr old Golden) spending the day with foster daddy. They help with chores three times a day - this includes feeding & watering the horses & the cats and picking up horse apples. Ranger pays no real attention to the horses or the cats - still focused only on his humans. He knows the cats are there but I haven't seen any desire from him to chase them. Most days the dogs have company for a large part of the day - however just recently foster daddy had to leave first. When foster momma left, Ranger cried out some. Foster momma was having an air-head day and realized within 2 miles that she had left something at home and went back...Ranger was already settled down and back to sleeping...he didn't even know that I had come back into the house. The dogs were alone for about 8 hours with no issues/accidents.
Ranger also loves car rides and rides in the UTV well. I have not witnessed him interacting with children but his demeanor suggests that he would be 100% fine with them...he might get some little visitors soon. He met our neighbor's two younger dogs. I suspected they would be overwhelming for him but everything went very well. He is just a pleasure to have around.
Lambeau is doing well medically. When he first arrived, he had a small sore on his shoulder which escalated into a much larger angry area. He was put on a 10 day course of antibiotics. His follow-up visit went well and we are now just watching his hair grow back in. Just like Ranger, Lambeau will always require attention to and care for his ears. His weight is also coming along nicely.
Lambeau is more of a foster daddy's boy but is pretty content with either of us. He also helps with the horses and the cats, but unlike Ranger, Lambeau is interested in the cats. Shy (fast) kitty (who endured a very mean dog for a number of years) will run off and he will trot after her but will stop pursuit when scolded. Bold kitty will either smack him in the face or do nothing and he will sit there and whine at her to run away...she doesn't. I feel he would do fine with a cat that is tolerant of a dog or avoids them.
Neither Lambeau or Ranger are very noisy dogs (well except the sweet snoring), but of the two, Lambeau is more vocal.. He barks when someone comes (door knocks) and will sometimes bark in play (usually provoked by foster daddy). But he quiets quickly. Lambeau also likes car & UTV rides. Our 3 yr old Golden has attempted to play rough with Lambeau and while it is clear, Lambeau doesn't want to play, he does not react to him...just stops moving and looks to the humans to resolve the situation. Lambeau loves, loves, loves his tennis balls and will put two in his mouth at once. His obvious pleasure in chasing them has sparked an interest in balls for our dog.
Lambeau is very sweet too but he has an underlying subtle goofiness that keeps us smiling. I just can't say enough good things about these boys. They welcome you home with such adoration and show such pleasure in being with you that it's takes half a millisecond to fall in love with them.
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Scout is becoming quite the outdoors-pup. He has been exploring all of the woods, prairies and rivers of central Iowa - he especially enjoys sniffing out all of the wildlife on the trail and splashing in rivers and puddles. We're even learning to swim. Scout also loves to make new friends with both people and dogs, so he's always excited for trips to the dog park and doggy day care. We're working with a trainer on indoor manners like not counter surfing and stealing things - and making good progress.
I decided to become a foster home for GRRoW after losing my 13.5 year old Golden. The four weeks without a Golden were painful....my heart was broken. Dallas, my first foster arrived, I knew he was deeply loved. As we got to know each other it was apparent to me that he came into my life for a reason, he was filling my heart with love and I was beginning to heal. I realized pretty quickly that I would be a foster failure! Dallas is a big, laid back, handsome guy who has brought so much joy into our lives! He is perfect for our lifestyle, loves the boat and water. We walk everyday. We just started our second training class, he is smart and eager to learn! He is our 7th Golden. I can’t imagine my life without him! He is very loved, we are so blessed.
Ralphie has learned, and grown, so much since our last update. Ralphie is currently in puppy training/socialization classes and is learning many new tricks. Two of his favorite things to do are swimming in the lake and visiting the cows at the farm. We are so excited to officially welcome Ralphie into our family!
We can’t believe it’s been a year since we adopted Murphy! He has continued to flourish in our home with our resident Golden and cat. In the past year his personality has really come out and some of his shyness and anxiety have diminished. He is no longer hesitant of new people and experiences. He has learned how to swim and enjoy car rides. His favorite things are going to doggy daycare and the dog park for a big romp with his brother! He has become an expert snuggler and really enjoys giving and receiving kisses.
On the medical front, Murphy has seen the cardiologist for his follow up and is now on a beta blocker/A-fib medication but he has no idea that he has a heart issue! He has a few limitations but nothing too serious and hopefully with regular checkups he will live a fairly long life, but will require continued cardiac maintenance.
Our lives are thoroughly enriched by this sweet boy and we are so glad we made the decision to adopt him!
Jordy continues to make each day a fun adventure in our home! He recently graduated from the basic manners course at our local kennel club, and is hoping to achieve his "good citizen award" through successful completion of the second level. When he is not at school, Jordy loves cooling off on a hot day by playing in his new kiddie pool. Although he has started a silly habit of stealing hats, socks, and slippers, we believe it is because he loves being around people- he can be frequently found under the piano bench while one of us is playing, or quietly resting at our feet during dinner. We could not imagine our home without Jordy!
Daisy has found her forever home.
Addie was adopted! I wanted to give you all an update on Addie. I'll start with her behaviors: When Addie got here, she parked on the couch in one particular spot. Now she will move around on the couch. I noticed she is lying on her side now. Why is that significant? We know with our other rescue, Abner, that when he is truly relaxed he will go on his side. Maybe Addie is relaxing more now that she has been here a week? Addie has not ventured to any other room in her home. She stays in the family room exclusively. Our Abner was the same way when we got him. I have to feed Addie by hand on the couch. I hear her at night when I go to bed drinking her water. This is important because it indicates she knows where her food and water are located. I have her separate from the boys. She has a pink mat and new bowls. I am going to leave her food at night to see if she will eat as well as drink. Once again, we experienced this with Abner. He will still run away if you come near him when he is eating. Addie will go outside when I use the leash (thanks Deb). She clearly wants to be in the house, but the sunlight will help with her emotional state so I want her to get the sunlight into her retinas and enjoy the warmth. She still follows me around and is anxious to get back into the house. She has not yet investigated her yard around the perimeter like her brothers but in time I believe she will.
Daisy came into GRROW beautifully groomed with a silky red coat. She adjusted easily to my home. She loves playing with my 1 yr old Golden. Daisy is an easy dog, loving, playful and obedient. She has no reaction to storms or fireworks. She loves the car. She walks nicely with an easy walk harness. She likes to bark across the fence. Daisy has a sensitive stomach, she loves her royal canin gi food. This will take commitment to keep her on her special food and only give her appropriate treats. Daisy is a typical Golden, loves to be near, sleeps next to the bed, easy to be around. Daisy is a wonderful companion. She’s ready to find her forever home.
Grace is now 10 months old & weighs in at 50lbs. She's a typical pup and still has issues with chewing. It's getting better but we still need to be very careful with leaving things in her reach. She still gets the "zoomies" every day, where she runs around the yard very fast for a short time. Her "pink kiddie pool" has helped keep her cool when we go outside. Grace had her follow up visit at the UW and they confirmed that her heart procedure was successful and she is cleared to lead a normal life. She goes in on Monday July 29th to get spayed. Grace has enjoyed attending a couple of fund raisers recently. She loves the attention from people & hanging out with her GRRoW dog friends.
Bailey celebrated her one-year birthday this week. We treated her to a car ride and kiddie cone at the drive thru plus some new toys. She is recovering nicely from her spay surgery but we have a few more days before the stitches come out. She has been trying her hardest to be calm, not jump or run or surf the counters. But that’s a hard thing to do being a one-year old full of energy and curiosity. She has been doing great leaving her stitches alone with just her doggie onesie on and hasn’t needed the cone on her head. We are continuing her training and our “games” give her mind something to focus on. She will happily go in the crate now when we play our training game. She even lets me close the door while she continues to eat treats with no signs of stress. We haven’t gone beyond that yet. Bailey is able to stay on her own in the laundry room at night and while we are away. This was a necessity as she was starting to chew inappropriate things, like the walls. We’ve also started laundry room breaks during meal preparation to avoid counter surfing temptations.
Katie continues to blossom as her trust grows. In the last update I shared that she now allows petting. In addition to drive-by petting opportunities I described in my last update, she will now sit in front of my chair to wait either to be petted or for her favorite...a foot rub. If I slide down to sit on the floor with her she enjoys being petted and will eventually lay down and rest her head on my leg. For a fearful dog, laying down increases vulnerability, so it is a big act of trust. She still won’t come to me when called and we’re working on it, but she willing does anything else she can to put herself in a position to be petted. At night, however, when I lay in bed, the rules change, and she will come to the side of the bed, and whine or nudge me to be petted. In fact she has started to do this several times a night, and sometimes I just need to ignore her or I will get little sleep.
In the last update I reported that she will come into the house when I call her. That has now improved to the point that when I get to the door she is already there waiting for me.
I’ve had her hips x-rayed and it confirmed my suspicion that she has some arthritis going on. I’ve put her on a couple meds. I see a new spring in her step and she gets up and down easier. She seems more animated and curious. She will stand with Clara at the front window to watch the bunnies and bark at them. Who knew she could bark?
She went to the groomer for a shampoo and trim. While it was a bit traumatic at the time, she recovered almost immediately when she got home. She is also losing weight and in my highly prejudiced opinion, she is drop-dead gorgeous!
In addition to continuing to build trust, my two major goals are teaching her basic obedience, especially the ‘come’ command, and building her confidence and trust in other people.
In another couple months I hope she will be ready for adoption.
Lambeau has arrived in foster care with his dad, Ranger. He is an incredibly sweet boy who thoroughly enjoys walking around with a ball in his mouth. He is low energy but will need to lose some weight. A goofy boy! Lambeau and his father Ranger must be adopted together.
Ranger has arrived in foster care with his son, Lambeau. He is an incredibly sweet boy who only wants to be next to you. He is very low energy and will need to lose some weight. If nice, gentle walks are your thing, he's your boy! Ranger and Lambeau must be adopted together. Ranger had a seizure last April with a second one on June 23. The vet felt it was not serious and that they would just like to watch him. He was not put on any medication.
Bella had a teeth cleaning and oral surgery with (4) teeth pulled. The vet is "watching" two additional teeth that may also need to be pulled. Bella is wonderfully tolerating me brushing her teeth twice a day to keep the gingivitis at bay. She had also experienced diarrhea for a few weeks after coming into foster care even after trying a bland diet. She was then prescribed a prescription digestive care soft food. After about one week I was able to introduce Bella to Fromm's Reduced Activity and Senior hard food which she has successfully fully transitioned to now with no problems.
Bella has another vet visit next week to finish getting her vaccines and to follow up on her oral surgery.
Bella goes on daily walks and can tolerate going a bit farther each week. She has become comfortable hanging out in the back yard with me and waits for petting from the neighbor kids. Bella is super sweet and loves to be pet. She has a favorite soft toy which she will now start to play with on her own. She will also chase her own tail and skip around the back yard to meet the neighbor dogs through the fence.
Bella also did great when I was able to give her a bath at a local dog wash. She was a true champ! She also does well when I brush her hair. She is a beautiful golden with a typical sweet golden disposition.