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.
Max was adopted this past weekend
Maggie has been at her foster home for two weeks now. She was able to feel comfortable within a short period of time. She now charms everyone in the household with her beautiful caramel colored eyes that match her gorgeous coat. And, those eyebrows get a good workout as she stares deeply into your eyes. She loves to go on walks and hang out with the family. She has even charmed the resident cat, who is not a fan of fostering dogs.
Maggie is an itchy girl. Her ears are itchy and her belly is itchy. In addition to enjoying lots of scratching from everyone, she has been loving the omega 3 oil treats and new dog food. This new diet seems to be helpful. She will visit the vet soon and, hopefully, the itchiness will be resolved.
Dustie Rose came into foster care on April 7, 2017 with her sister Sammi Girl. She is very gentle and sweet. They have both adjusted well to their foster home. We have played a little fetch with her in the house since that was said to be one of her favorite things. She sings and wags her tail while walking around with the ball in her mouth. If we do this white sitting on the floor, her sister Sammi will lay in someone's lap. Sammi has no interest in fetch, but loves to have her favorite slipper in her mouth.
They are a bonded pair and should not be separated. They are good girls with just the right amount of energy. We have gone for many short strolls and they walk nicely when they wear a harness. Anyone who sees them asks if they are sisters.
Sammi Girl is very sweet and gentle. Has adjusted well in her foster home. She walks around with a slipper in her mouth singing and wiggling her back end. She loves to snuggle and if you stop while you are on a walk she will sit on your feet. Sammi Girl and Dustie Rose are great girls and will stay together. Will have more info once we have the vet visit and have a chance to spend more time with them.
Betzie came into foster care on April 10. She is a sweet, loving, docile girl who just wants to love everyone she meets. She has adjusted so well to her foster home. Routine has been wonderful for her. For an older dog, Betzie sure has a ton of energy. Walks may be her favorite thing, as she cannot go to the bathroom without wanting to go for a short stroll. She is wonderful on the leash, but when she tries to maybe go a bit far, a simple "Betzie" will have her coming right back.
Betzie came into foster care with an infected tumor on her ear and a cyst below her eye. After first going to the vet, her overall health was good, and a plan to remove the tumor was put into place. The tumor bothers her, but being on antibiotics has really helped.
This sweet girl is full of love, has a gentle demeanor, and is overall a perfect family dog.
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our sweet Daisy girl passed over the rainbow bridge on Saturday, March 11th.
Daisy had been having some significant health concerns since the beginning of this year. On Thursday, March 9th, she seemed to take a turn for the worse. We had a long visit with our vet the next day and left with some medicine, but little hope for her to bounce back. On Saturday, March 11th, it became clear that it was time for us to let her go. That was by far, the *hardest* decision we've ever had to make. She was just a couple months shy of 12 years old when we had to say goodbye.
We first met Daisy on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014. She came to us as a foster through GRRoW. She was so timid and uncertain when she entered our home, it was heartbreaking to see. But we knew within moments of meeting her that we would do whatever it took to make her a permanent member of our family! Thankfully, it wasn't long before she made herself right at home and got comfortable with us!
She came to us already trained, knowing how to sit, lay down, stay, shake, and back up. She was completely blind, but got around well by using her nose and front paws to "feel" her way. She rarely barked, she didn't counter surf, and she never tried to bite us. How did we get so lucky to have such a well-behaved first dog?!
She loved Brian and I so completely unconditionally, we almost felt we didn't deserve it. She was happy to lay by Brian on the couch and nap with him after he had a long day at work. She was my constant companion as I dealt with the nausea, pain and discomfort, and exhaustion that came during my pregnancy with Roxy. We were so thankful to be able to take her to Door County to pamper her a bit before Roxy's arrival.
For all of the unconditional love she gave us, we did our best to return the gesture, and give her all of the veterinary care she needed. She truly kept us on our toes with her cutaneous histiocytosis (sebaceous cysts), indolent ulcers on both of her eyes, and colitis. We don't regret a single penny that we spent on her care!
The love that she had for our daughter Roxy was far more than I ever expected of her. She was so patient, so tolerant, so gentle, so curious, and so sweet. Those two girls had a remarkable bond, they were best friends! We are truly so grateful that Roxy got to spend her first few years of life with such an amazing soul.
We were blessed to have Daisy in our family for 1,139 days. She was our constant shadow and the perfect companion. No other dog will ever compare to our Daisy girl, our D-Dog.
It is with great sadness that we have to inform GRRoW that Dakota #12-032 passed away on March 6, 2017 at the age of 10 years, 4 months. He had Lupus for two years and, sadly, about half of all dogs die within the first year after diagnosis of Lupus. Fortunately for him and us, he had wonderful veterinary care which extended his life an additional year. However, early in 2017, he developed tumors on his liver which were cancerous and, with the next medical crisis, we needed to do what was best for him and let him go.
Dakota (AKA: Kota or Koty for ease of "recalling" him) was a joy to have as a companion. He was a happy dog who loved chasing balls and frisbees above everything else. He especially loved Kong balls since they had squeakers in them which he loved to squeak to the point of driving us nuts.
Koty was a beautiful golden retriever with the softest coat of any dog around. People who petted him at GRRoW events always commented on how soft his fur was. Many returned to pet him more than once because it was such a pleasure to run ones hands over his fur. Of course, he loved the attention. He was a "people" dog who firmly believed anyone coming to the door was there to see him and only him. He was on the large end of the golden retriever spectrum and he looked a lot like the dogs that we'd see on T.V. advertising pet food. In other words, he was beautiful!
Koty was our first "foster failure." Over the years, he shared his home with several other fosters including Shane, a 12-year old when he came to us. Shane, our second "foster failure," was his buddy for 2 years. We lost Shane a year ago. So, our house is pretty quiet these days. They were two special dogs whom we miss everyday. However hard it is to lose our beloved doggie companions, the alternative of not having had them in our lives is not acceptable to either one of us. In time, we will again consider fostering--particularly seniors as they need homes, too. We love you, Koty, and will always remember you. Rest in peace, sweet boy.
Today I had to say good-bye to Tanner. He lived his life to the fullest. I will miss his goofy little food dance.