February 20, 2017
Kenzie is adjusting very well in our foster home! She loves her daily walks on our wooded trails and is very curious and excited to sniff about and explore. She loves rolling in the snow....well, it's more of a flop, kangaroo kick and side-to-side head slide. Ha! She has found her favorite spots inside our home - by the patio doors to watch for squirrels and birds, by the bed at night, and in the kitchen or my home office where I am usually hanging out.
As you can see from her picture, she likes food! We're working on her new organic diet/supplement plan that I've had some great success with other foster dogs who have the same tumor, joint and weight issues. She seems to have both internal and external pain, and lots of fatty lumps. We'll get some better insight on her possible medical issues this week when we visit our vet.
She has bouts of playfulness with her stuffed toys and is a typical sweet Golden asking for pets and love, but is not pushy at all. She really really loves the little "doggy massages" she gets while she gets her many doses of daily human love. Surprisingly, she has taken to my dogs pretty well after being an only dog all her life. She engages them in play a few times a day, and loves to romp about outside with them. We have a big fenced in acre yard, and they follow each other around like old pals when off leash. It's great to see my dogs helping her feel at home, learn the ropes and get into a healthy routine.
That said, Kenzie is not trusting of humans or animals until they "prove themselves". She can be very growly, but is not aggressive. Just grumpy at times. I believe this is due to her pain and limited mobility. She may do best as a single dog again, or with very laid-back dog(s) like mine who wait for the new dog to take the lead and are not territorial in any way. Kenzie let them know early on that her food was...her food! She does share her babies and dog beds without complaint.
She is so well behaved overall, loves car rides, is cool with cats, let's you know when she has to go poddy, sits, stays, and comes pretty quickly when you call her to you. One of the great perks of fostering or adopting an "older" dog, they know the ropes, and mind well!