8/2/17: Charlie is a four year old white golden retriever with a mellow, happy disposition. He has idiopathic epilepsy and a wobbly gait due to the anti-seizure medications. But, when he puts his mind to it, he can run like the wind. He has been trained very well and obeys commands like a champ. His manners are awesome. Charlie was in his foster home only 2 days when he started having cluster seizures. He was rushed off to the the emergency vet clinic and the next day, he was transferred to UW Veterinary Hospital. He had an MRI and lumbar puncture to rule out tumors or infections. The veterinarians stated there is no reason for the seizures, it is just the cross he has to bear. His medications were increased. Fortunately, he takes pills well, once they are hidden in his wet dog food. He is a grazer with his food, liking to enjoy every bite, and does not notice the pills as they are covered in tasty dog food. Charlie is a lover, wanting to sit his entire 90 pounds on your lap. Despite the wobbly gait, he can jump up on the furniture when invited. He is bored by the resident cat and gets along well with the resident dog, who is a bit crabby that he came to live here. But, he takes everything in his stride and does well with everyone, human and pet. He truly is a wonderful dog and we feel lucky to have the opportunity to care for him.
8/9/17: Medically, Charlie has been doing well. He has been seizure-free for several weeks and sailed through the neutering surgery. His hips were deemed normal, and the medications for hip arthritis were stopped. He only takes medications to remain seizure-free. Charlie is a sweetheart of a dog. He is so mellow, not letting anything ruffle his fur. He allows the resident dog to be the top dog and peers at the resident cat with a bored eye. When he needs something, he quietly walks over to you and looks with big limped eyes until his needs are met. He is truly a gentleman and very well trained. He will make a family a wonderful dog!