Ranger's vet visit went well. He's in very good shape for his age. He is continuing on his medication (Carprofen - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) for his minor arthritis. Like many Goldens, Ranger has had a history of ear issues and will always require attention to and care for them. His weight is getting to where it should be but the vet would like to see a bit more muscling in his hind end - short walks and some small hills will help, no need for strenuous exercise routines. I have not witnessed any seizure activity or suspect any has occurred.
Ranger is the sweetest boy I've ever met. He adores me (foster momma) and does get upset when I leave, but settles down quickly. If I'm home, inside or out, he wants to be with me. A typical day involves me going off to work and the dogs (Ranger and Lambeau and our 3 yr old Golden) spending the day with foster daddy. They help with chores three times a day - this includes feeding & watering the horses & the cats and picking up horse apples. Ranger pays no real attention to the horses or the cats - still focused only on his humans. He knows the cats are there but I haven't seen any desire from him to chase them. Most days the dogs have company for a large part of the day - however just recently foster daddy had to leave first. When foster momma left, Ranger cried out some. Foster momma was having an air-head day and realized within 2 miles that she had left something at home and went back...Ranger was already settled down and back to sleeping...he didn't even know that I had come back into the house. The dogs were alone for about 8 hours with no issues/accidents.
Ranger also loves car rides and rides in the UTV well. I have not witnessed him interacting with children but his demeanor suggests that he would be 100% fine with them...he might get some little visitors soon. He met our neighbor's two younger dogs. I suspected they would be overwhelming for him but everything went very well. He is just a pleasure to have around.
Lambeau is doing well medically. When he first arrived, he had a small sore on his shoulder which escalated into a much larger angry area. He was put on a 10 day course of antibiotics. His follow-up visit went well and we are now just watching his hair grow back in. Just like Ranger, Lambeau will always require attention to and care for his ears. His weight is also coming along nicely.
Lambeau is more of a foster daddy's boy but is pretty content with either of us. He also helps with the horses and the cats, but unlike Ranger, Lambeau is interested in the cats. Shy (fast) kitty (who endured a very mean dog for a number of years) will run off and he will trot after her but will stop pursuit when scolded. Bold kitty will either smack him in the face or do nothing and he will sit there and whine at her to run away...she doesn't. I feel he would do fine with a cat that is tolerant of a dog or avoids them.
Neither Lambeau or Ranger are very noisy dogs (well except the sweet snoring), but of the two, Lambeau is more vocal.. He barks when someone comes (door knocks) and will sometimes bark in play (usually provoked by foster daddy). But he quiets quickly. Lambeau also likes car & UTV rides. Our 3 yr old Golden has attempted to play rough with Lambeau and while it is clear, Lambeau doesn't want to play, he does not react to him...just stops moving and looks to the humans to resolve the situation. Lambeau loves, loves, loves his tennis balls and will put two in his mouth at once. His obvious pleasure in chasing them has sparked an interest in balls for our dog.
Lambeau is very sweet too but he has an underlying subtle goofiness that keeps us smiling. I just can't say enough good things about these boys. They welcome you home with such adoration and show such pleasure in being with you that it's takes half a millisecond to fall in love with them.
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