Murphy went from foster to forever home here about a month ago. He didn’t know the difference, I actually think he knew before I did that I would adopt him. He knew he was home that first night back in June when I had to carry him upstairs because he didn’t know how to navigate the steps and put him in my bed. He’s been a happy dog ever since. The adoption was just a formality. Today, October 8th is his first birthday. We celebrated by going to the pet store for some special treats and of course a birthday hat. He’s so good natured, VERY social, he wants to be friends with every person or dog he meets. Cats are for chasing. He would be a good candidate for a Therapy Dog and that may be in his future. For now he’s still full blown puppy and has to slow down long enough to learn a few more manners.
Lily is a four year old English Cream Golden Retriever with a super sweet disposition. Lily was kenneled the first three years of her life. The last year or so she has learned to live in a family home but is still very timid and slow to warm up to new people.
Lily is slowly getting acclimated to her foster home. She has two other golden girl friends and she enjoys just hanging out with them. Lily is such a sweetheart and there is not an aggressive bone in her body. She LOVES balls of any kind and doesn't know when to stop playing fetch.
Lily had a vet visit on Monday and was found to have an ear infection in both ears. She also had blood-work done in prep for her spay surgery next Thursday. The Vet recommended a full thyroid panel because Lily has some symptoms of hypothyroidism. The results for the thyroid panel will be back in about 10 days. The vet also suggested that Lily lose about 5-8 lbs.
Watch for more updates in the days to come.
Things are going well. Jaida is becoming more curious and will walk around the yard a little. She has also gained the confidence to tackle going up a set of stairs. However, she will not go down more than two steps, which is how she gets outside.
Jaida is beginning to initiate some play with our dog. It generally consists of her pulling at his ears or tail and him just looking at her. 😊 Otherwise, when he starts to play with her she just collapses on her side or back in a submissive posture.
We are still working on housebreaking. She is also begun "demand barking" when she wants something like food or treats and sometimes attention! We are working on that as well.
Jaida has poor muscle condition in her limbs. Treatment is aimed at improving strength of these soft tissues and providing high quality, balanced nutrition. Exercise should be frequent and initially in short episodes, to build strength. Physical therapy is also advised to work on building strength and coordination.
Red just arrived at her foster home. More updates to follow.
All is well with Millie. She has had several tests to try to figure out why her urine is so dilute. So far everything has been normal. She has not been drinking as much water so maybe things are fine. I will find out. Today I will be dropping off a urine sample. What is good is that it is concentrated in her sample so keep your fingers crossed. Millie has lost over 5 lbs with many more to go. She has become quite active and loves to play fetch. In fact like a golden she is obsessed with tennis balls. She will go in water and has done a tiny bit of swimming but I would not say she is a champion yet. She loves going for walks too. Millie does like to chase our chickens but she is easily called off from the chase. She gets along with other dogs (all sizes) and cats. I had my 4 yr old nephew over and she pretty much ignored him. Millie tends to be an attention hog and wants someone to pet her all the time. She will frequently put her head under my arm or hand to entice me to pet her even when I am in the bathroom. She definitely would love someone who is home more during the day than I am but she is fine if you are gone 9 hours or so too.
Zilla is totally fine. He has no symptoms of his cancer since his biopsy. He is enjoying his life with lots of toys, treats and walks.
Almost 30lbs, Teddy is getting taller, longer and stronger! His beautiful coat is darker gold now and wavy. He is so comfortable on our walks that as soon as I open the gate, he trots to the end of the driveway. By the time I catch up with him, Teddy has already turned onto the sidewalk. It seems that our walks have helped with the strength in his legs. He can avoid some obstacles. And because his sight is limited, the squirrels in the neighborhood have nothing to fear from him. With encouragement he bounds up the steps to enter the house but needs more guidance to descend the steps and we will continue to work on that. Ted is content to nap frequently on his Paris blanket or in snug corner of the room. Happily, his grasp of proper dog bathroom habits is really improving as well. He has had no additional seizures and is tolerating the medication well. In fact, Teddy quickly sits for me when it's time for the next dose. In GOOD DOG fashion, he knows that his next meal is in his bowl waiting for him.
This handsome big guy has been with us for a full week now. He is settling in nicely and has taken well to his foster brother Arthur. They are non-stop ruff housing play buddies! They wear each other out which has been great to occupy and tire Leo out. Stanley, his other foster brother, is much slower to warm up to Leo and Leo is learning to take queues from Stanley to stay back a bit. Stanley is slowly warming up to him and the two of them played for a short time yesterday.
Leo knows sit and we are working on lie down and is picking up on it quite well. Leo loves car rides and will jump right in and wait to go somewhere. He rides well while in the car and will lie down after we are on our way. When we have to leave for a little bit he goes into his crate and does well in there for the short time we have to put him in there. I have tested him a few times out of the crate with Arthur and they play for a bit then pass out. He was been good about not tearing into things during that short period.
He loves toys and when he is not with our boys we give him toys to play with and he is funny to watch. He does well on a leash walking around our yard and from our house to our shop. He still very much has puppy energy, but with another dog in the house he tires out. He gets overly excited when you first come in the house and or let him out of the crate. We are working on staying down as he likes to jump during these occasions. He also likes to grab your leg with his paws to get your attention if you won't let him jump on you. We are working on knowing that both of these are not ok and he is slowly realizing he does not get what he wants when he does these things. He also on occasion with give off a growly bark and when he sees someone new, but he keeps his tail wagging and is excited to meet whomever it is. Once the person pets him he stops and is grateful to have the attention.
He is potty trained, but will pee a bit after being let out of the crate because he is so excited. So he goes straight outside to minimise this. We took a trip to the vet last week and upon entering there was a lady and her dog by the counter and Leo let out his growly bark, but just continued past the other dog and he did fine. He did well with his exam and getting his updated shots. Everything came back well except for he tested positive for Lyme's, however he shows no symptoms at all. He has to go in for his booster in a couple weeks and will be going back in next Tuesday to get neutered. He does well with our teenage daughters, but given how big he is someone with small children may not be a good fit for him as he is a big boy and doesn't realize his size. He is a great boy and just needs to learn some manners and have someone that is willing to take the time to train him properly.
Smoke's mouth lump was not a cancerous concern, the vet said. Just a growth that does not appear to be aggressive. If I have her teeth cleaned later, I may have it taken off...but it's not worth the risk of putting her under to do it, and it would likely just grow back.
She has lost 10 lbs and is far more active and peppy. Her poddy accidents are far less. We're very active and she gets to go outside frequently...oh, and she can get up better now, too! (Which incents her to get up and go out the doggy door when I am gone.) While she will always have kidney disease, I think getting weight off, exercising and having a better diet, lower cholesterol, lower BP is definitely helping her kidneys function better.
Jaida is new in foster care. More information will be coming.