Murphy is approximately 3 weeks post-surgery and did well his first full day out of the veterinary's office and into a home setting. His activity is very limited right now. He is not permitted to go up/down stairs, jump, run or engage in any play. When he is out of the kennel, he must be leashed and demands constant supervision. He definitely enjoys being with people and has taken quite nicely to resting on his mat by our fireplace. As part of his rehabilitation, Murphy takes 3 to 4 walks of about 15 minutes in length. The walks require 2 people as we use a sling to ensure his hip is not displaced by any sudden movements. He enjoys being outside and getting some exercise. Additionally, he receives a 30-minute series of massage therapy once a day, which he tolerates well.
Murphy was finally released from the hospital and is now staying with a foster family. Murphy will have very limited activity for at least three months. He did have his first therapy session since moving to his foster home. He was introduced to the hydra tank. and this is how it works: Hydrotherapy uses the properties of water — buoyancy, viscosity, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure — to enable a dog to move his joints. This means when submerged, Murphy’s weight isn’t fighting gravity and the buoyancy of water reduces the stress on his joints and this creates a much safer environment for recovery after surgery. Please stay tuned and if you’d like to help Murphy with his health costs please donate here: https://www.grrow.org/fundraising/murphy-16-062
We could not be more thrilled to welcome Tracy (now Kate) into our home! Kate is a retired breeding dog and now will live a full life with her two golden sisters. She has blossomed into a girl full of personality that routinely makes us all laugh out loud. She is kind and gentle and we can't wait to see her continue to flourish. We feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to be Kate's family. Welcome home, Kate!
October 31st, 2017
Maggie just celebrated her 13th birthday and enjoyed her peanut butter cake. She barks happily when we get home and then goes back to sleep on her bed within minutes. She’s the sweetest dog ever! We call her Nana (from Peter Pan) because she’s such a caretaker. We are enjoying every minute with her. Thank you GRRoW!
Murphy continues to have physical therapy at the veterinary hospital. He's doing very well. He's walking around great and going outside to potty. The staff got him to eat his kibble by mixing in a few shreds of chicken.
Christina is settling in to her new home where she gets all the love and attention from her humans.
Darla is slowly coming out of her shell. She is coming up to us to be petted with her head up instead of down. So far she has learned the sit command when we are inside the house. She is becoming more and more comfortable in our surroundings. We have not ventured out much except our walks. She walks right next to us and will start to go to the end of the leash towards the end of our walk. She is starting to enjoy them more. She is more in her element outside. That is where she is most comfortable. She will run around, chew on bones and her kongs. She has been a bit of a stinker and is taking clothing items outside during the day. She also will chew up clothing, plastic bags and paper. She will take stuff off the table and counter too. We have a dog door which she uses when she needs to go to the bathroom. So she is now gated in the office. She has not done anything wrong when she is in there even though I have tested her by leaving stuff on the table. She is getting spayed on Nov. 13th. She is definitely a dog that will need an experienced home that will be able to help her become a confident and relaxed dog. It will take a lot of training, patience and time to give her the life she deserves.
I am struggling to write this update as it was a very difficult decision to make. Oakley was a big oaf who walked into things, got stuck in the most ridiculous places and goof of a foster dog. I only had him one month but from the get go it was evident that Oakley's quirks and life were not of a typical/normal dog. He was becoming more active and doing fairly well when he had a very bad week of seizure activity. The last cluster seizures ended up with him at the dog hospital. When I got him home he was not the same dog I had had prior to the seizures. His medication was once again increased so he basically slept all the time. It was clear that the seizures and medication had taken a toll on his well-being and life. With a lot of thought, discussion amongst vets, other GRRoW members and the surrendering owners, it was decided that his quality of life was not longer there. It was one of the most difficult trips to the vet and I so wanted to turn around but it was what was best for Oakley. We went for a walk and he had a cheeseburger before we went to the vet. I miss him dearly as he touched my heart in so many ways.
Murphy has found his forever home. He will enjoy running around on four acres, going to their second home on a lake and boating. I will have more information to come.
October 29, 2017
Bella continues to be an absolute joy! Her personality continues to come out and it is so fun to watch her be so joyful. She especially loves going for rides and will tease and dance to try to get you to move faster. Her “mommy tummy” is starting to grow fur and lighten from some of the discoloration. She is very particular about her food and if she doesn’t like it, she’ll spit it out. We did discover that she much prefers a retractable leash and has no interest in being a water dog. Bella went on her first real vacation to Door County, and after the first day and she figured out she would be going EVERYWHERE she had fun exploring and relaxed in the hotel room especially since she had her blanket from home (the same blanket she brought with her when she came to our house :-) )
Bella has the sweetest personality, but she absolutely has a mind of her own and can be just a teence bit stubborn at times! And she stills exhibits her cat behavior by jumping up on things you’d never expect! Bella is loved more than I can tell you and she shares her love with everyone she meets. If you ever find yourself in this area I would love for you to see her and how she has blossomed.
October 30, 2017
We are happy to say that Bella has found her forever home. She is such a great addition to our family. Bella loves all of the outdoor adventures and is always happy to get in the car and go for a ride. We are very grateful to have found such a perfect Golden to adopt. Thank you GRROW!
Dallas has adjusted so well and so fast. He has always been a real love bug, but he comes across so many new people and animals(mostly dogs a few cats) and he is so charming. He hardly ever barks, only when the doorbell rings. He has good manners and does not beg for food. He does love his treats. Dallas loves taking walks and smelling every tree we walk by. I can't say how proud I am of him when we do the community book sales at Younkers. He is great with everyone. A real salesman. Dallas will be 5 on December 1st but he still has puppy energy and I love that about him. 71 lbs of pure golden love. My granddaughter's think he is so special. They don't have a dog so Dallas is a big hit. I'm pretty sure Dallas is happy in his forever home. He is eating Taste Of Wild and he just loves it. He likes riding in my truck and doesn't care where we're going but he knows most of the time we're going someplace where I can take him off the leash and let him run and explore.
Bella's adoption became official this weekend! She a happy, healthy and loves her forever family as much as they love her. There will be more updates to come on this sweetie as she continues to delight and amaze everyone who has the opportunity to meet and get to know her.
Trixie is doing well adapting to indoor living. She started out picking up every shoe in the house and carrying them around. Now she seems to have learned which items are hers and which are not. She has a little bit of a toy hoarding problem and she doesn't like to share her toys with our dog. She has absolutely no issues with the humans in the house taking her toys or food, but she gets a little testy when our dog tries it. We are working on that. Trixie is an absolute love bug with people. Being petted is her favorite thing in the world; even better than food. She's not very food motivated which has made house training more difficult. However, she prefers to go potty outside anyway, so we really haven't had many accidents and the ones we have had probably could've been avoided by us being more attentive. She checked out great at the vet, just needs to lose some weight, and she's scheduled to be spayed this week. She's great with our older kids and cats. She's great on leash and doesn't pull hardly at all. (Only if a squirrel or other wildlife is nearby, and then she's easily corrected) She's fine with our dog as long as he leaves her toys and food alone. They take walks together with no problems whatsoever, but she really isn't interested in engaging in play with him at all. She would probably do best in a home with no other dogs or ones who are older, mellow, and don't care to play. She also really doesn't like being in her crate during the day at all. I'd like her to go to a home that won't need to confine her much. She loves being with her people but isn't overly pushy either. She truly is a great dog and will make someone an excellent companion for many years.
Tina has healed from her spay surgery and is ready to be adopted. Though a fenced in yard would be ideal for sitting out and soaking up some rays, she has been doing fine with the cable we use.
Tina has done great with the kids she’s met while selling Community Days books. With her resource guarding for prized items like bully sticks, she would do best in a home with kids 10 or older. We haven’t had the opportunity to teach her to trade, but I’m sure she would easily learn that.
Tina has had basic training, and she would benefit from more. She’s very smart and catches on quickly. She is still a puppy and chews. Most of the time she makes the right choice by picking a toy. One of her favorite wrong choice items is socks. We continue to crate Tina when we aren’t home.
Though Tina’s energy level isn’t that of a typical one year old puppy, she gets excited when I get her harness out to walk every day. We have skipped a day when it was raining, and it didn’t bother her. We’ve never skipped two days, though. She’ll walk fine until she sees a rabbit. She’ll get very excited and will focus on it. A small tug of her leash gets her back on track.
We took Tina swimming while it was still warm out, and she had a fun time jumping the waves. We keep her on a long line when she goes swimming.
Tina’s doing well with her limited ingredient diet. With that and her daily Zyrtec, her scratching is minimal. She eats well and has gotten used to the vegetables, fish oil capsule, and spoonful of coconut oil I mix into her food. She’s good at eating around the Zyrtec, so I started putting it in the coconut oil. My vet said she is at a healthy weight. She is leggy, so some people think she’s too skinny.
Tina has a lot of love to give. She does great with her foster sisters, and they all sleep together at night. She would thrive in a home where she is the only dog and received all the attention. She would probably do well in a home with a laidback, older dog. Though she has tried playing with some of the younger dogs who came to Boston Store, it would have to be a the right match. Are you the right home for her?
Gilda's health declined over a weekend and she was euthanized on a Tuesday. She had a tumor on her throat. I have to thank her new home, Allison, for acting quickly and taking her in and for all the driving she did to get her from and to us. It was heartbreaking to see the difference in how she was from Saturday till Tuesday.
Lily is doing wonderfully. She spends most of her time on her dog bed in our bedroom. She will bark from there to have us come to see her instead of her coming out to see us. She even likes to eat laying on her bed. Her energy level has dropped since I first got her. I try to get her to walk around the yard and the other day she came back covered in a dead animal smell. She went into the tub immediately.
Murphy gets along great with our dog Remington. Murphy has had some health issues one of them being hip dysplasia. He will be having a total hip replacement in October. Murphy's foster family will be adopting him.
Dallas has found his forever family with his foster Dad who has a new best buddy. Watch for more updates in the near future.