Buddy has been a forever foster with use for about 4 ½ years now. He has a double-chambered right ventricle, which doesn’t allow his heart to pump the blood as effectively as a dog with a normal heart. He has an annual heart scan to make sure that his heart isn’t getting any larger, that they don’t see any unusual arrhythmias and they also recheck his heart rate. In his latest appointment, his heart size stayed consistent from last year, and his heart rate was a bit elevated, but not to the point of having to worry. Buddy takes medication every day to help his heart work as efficiently as possible, but other than that, he has the normal issues that a dog just about to turn 13 would have.
We’ve recently found a mobile groomer that comes to our home and grooms the dogs in a van in the driveway. Buddy enjoys this much more than being left at the traditional groomer. He only has to be in the van for a short period of time and then he’s right back in the house, looking good and smelling great. Plus, the reward treats are close by!
Buddy had a fun summer, whether it be retrieving toys from the lake, or relaxing on a boat ride with his GRRoW rescue gal Reiner, it didn’t matter as long as he was outside with everyone.
Buddy still goes for two walks a day with gal pal Reiner, although they’re at a little slower pace. Our six year old nephew from Missouri was up over Christmas and Buddy had a blast playing in the snow with him. Our nephew also enjoyed helping us get Buddy’s dinner ready and going on walks with him in the snow. When we were inside for playtime, Buddy enjoys showing off his goalie skills. He likes it when you get a bunch of his toys and throw them at him rapid-fire style. He’s incredibly quick and has great eye-mouth coordination! He’s very proud of his collection as you can see in the picture. There’s no loss of toys in this household for him to choose from.
Like many of the other forever fosters, Buddy’s picture was featured on one of the Benefit wine bottles this year. “Buddy’s Chardonnay” was a big hit with family and friends and a great way to help support GRRoW. We’re happy to showcase Buddy and this organization that does so much for these loveable goldens.