Sage, and his bonded Golden pal Buddy, came into GRRoW in September, 2015. They had spent the summer in a kennel, following the death of their owner; Sage was eight at the time and had some health challenges. His forever foster parents tell the story: Several months after the passing of our beloved golden Zoie, who we obtained from GRRoW, we received an email asking if we would foster two golden retrievers Buddy and Sage. The condition upon their surrender was that they be kept together. Sage came to our home with his brother Buddy (not canine related). When they arrived at our home they fit in with our other golden and a cocker mix. Their previous owner had passed on vacation and they spent several months at a kennel until the estate was settled. Fortunately, a family member contacted GRRoW. Both dogs were hungry for love when they arrived. Sage had multiple medical issues (severe allergies, seizures, and a torn ACL) and his adoptability was low. Buddy’s adoptability was good as no medical issues. As time went on we examined our options. It was clear that we loved them and they loved us. We adopted Buddy and Sage as a permanent foster. Both are thriving. GRRoW had Sage’s ACL repaired. Sage and his companions love car rides as well as running around our 214 acre farm. His seizure medication has been reduced significantly with a loving home and his allergies are simply manageable. We would like to encourage others to consider permanent fosters. They are not castoffs and want love and attention and pay it back. No matter the circumstances, GRRoW will always help you along the way. Please consider a permanent foster in your life.
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.
Ginger is doing very well. We have been getting out on a lot of walks and off leash running. She loves to chase squirrels and rabbits. Her obsession with the cat still exists. She still shows no signs of her cancer, however, I feel that her tumor on her shoulder has gotten bigger. She is now a love interest of our Goldon Setter, Huey. She gets him to play quite a bit.
We've had a great month! She loves her routines and at times isn't crazy about being flexible with the schedule. She continues to do well in meeting new dogs on our walks and seems to enjoy their owners far better. The light at both ends of the day supports long walks for us but we will eventually switch to flashlights to keep our exercise routine up. Longer road trip this past weekend and since we were in the car for a four hour stretch instead of a few minutes here and there, she sat up most of the way. She has longer periods of quiet moments and other times when she just wants to play catch. We did sustain a first bee sting this past weekend. The groomer found it, took it out, and is now being treated with Benadryl unless there are noticeable changes. A few phone calls to the vets office and for now, no office visit or prescription.
Frederick has remained my sweet, patient gentleman. Who would have thought that in the rough condition he presented that he would still be with me 20 months later!!! Happy 16th birthday Fred!!! And thank you GRRoW for taking a chance on him. Fred has found the summer to be tiring and although we get our walks in, they are much slower and shorter. He has figured out that I will cook for him and offer him many varieties of raw meat which he loves so he has decided to become finicky. Last week it was cooked eggs. This week it is raw beef liver. Good thing the leftovers don’t go to waste. My other Goldens must think it’s Christmas with the buffet of foods I am serving everyone now. Golden heaven for sure. My grey kitty Duca, adopted Fred right away and can be found in proximity even though Fred doesn’t seem to be very interested in him. Not sure what the cat sees in his company. Maybe they share stories. Otherwise we are just greeting every day with a golden smile and appreciating each one.
Hailey had to be moved to a new forever foster (only due to severe allergies of a family member in her prior forever foster.) Here is the first report from her new foster home: Hailey arrived one week ago today and to observe her, one would think she's been here for years! She has adapted well to her new home, eats and sleeps well, and easily adapts to new routines. She is a delight! She is funny, very playful and has a way to engage others in her play. I haven't laughed this much in years. She rides in the car well, she has done well greeting other dogs on our walks and is friendly when someone is at the door. She is very respectful when clients are here at the house. I'm going to put off grooming until she has been here for a couple more weeks as there has been plenty of adjustments for her to deal with in one week. An extension for my dock is being created so she can easily go in and out of the water and I've secured a very long training leash that will allow her to enjoy swimming and me to continue to have the control. Hailey is doing great and I am enjoying her tremendously!
I am so happy to let you all know that my leg is 100% better…I am now running (actually I can run in circles!!!) and am playing with everyone!! I love this warm weather and just being outside!! I lay outside on the tarmac, or walk through the flower beds and sniff!!.. I love finding poop to roll in!! Oh yeah, also wanted to let you all know my belly is full of hair again!! When I first came to my foster family I had patchy hair, or even bald spots on my belly…..don’t know if it was stress related or not, but I am even getting the missing patch on my butt to start to fill in. Mom teases me that the groomer does the come over like one of the guys running for president!! But then in the next breath she says she doesn’t like politics…so we go with that. It is at least smaller…not completely in yet but I do think it will come back. I am now running our hill to get a little of the excess weight off and loving it!! I had to ride in the car while ever one else got to run and now I am making up for it!! I absolutely love being in the country!! I get to check out whoever comes and while I sound tough, I am as close to a kitty cat as you can get…. I love attention and if I don’t get enough I start to get a little vocal about it so you know I am ready for your time and attention. The other night my little sister (who is a little mix of springer spaniel and something else) got in the play position on all four and I did the same thing at her and I think I caught her off guard because of my size and the fact that I have never done that before!! I just wanted to let her know I am 100%. Will keep you posted on my story….
Due to Tanner's health conditions he has become a forever foster. He is doing fairly well. He is on medications for pain and arthritis. He loves his treats, kongs and meal times. Loves to be petted and brushed. We got for short walks with him around the yard. He can still do about five stairs. We have a ramp for him to go up and down on but he will only go down it. He is a goofy old fella.
Fred joined the GRRoW family in early 2015. He had been rescued from a small shelter that reached out to GRRoW for help. Fred was 14 when he joined us and had some serious health concerns. His ears were badly infected and he had several abscessed teeth. He was also under nourished and acted lost and confused. Fast forward to one year later and WOW!!! What strides Fred has made! Although his ear issues likely will not be entirely resolved, they are much better and he is comfortable and his teeth are pretty good for a 90-ish year old man. Fred had a great summer going on daily walks and hanging out with his pack. On the 'to do' list was tolerating the cat who insists on grooming his face from time to time, and barking 'back up' when the other dogs heard something worth the effort. Fred also celebrated his 15th birthday with his fur family and several GRRoW volunteers (see photo). The cold weather has slowed us all down and the walks have been less and shorter. But Fred gets up and follows me from room to room. He chooses strategically located beds in each one to keep an eye on me so he gets his exercise on the days when I'm busy with projects. Fred has learned to bark to go outside and bark to get my attention and bark when he wants a treat....hmmmm you get the idea. It's wonderful to see this gentleman senior have enough confidence to bark and know it will be received in a positive manner. I have fostered and adopted a number of older dogs and adopting a senior can give SO MUCH joy and satisfaction to the whole family. Helping to make a dog's senior time a pleasure is so rewarding. And they KNOW they have been rescued and are so very grateful. When Fred comes to me and tucks his head into me and I rub his ears and massage his old bones I know from the happy noises he makes and the way he melts at my touch, that he is truly home. I'd like to recommend this book. My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts Coffey, Laura T.
In the two months since Hailey moved to her forever foster home, she has really relaxed and settled in. Her days are a mix of walks, play and long naps...a very tough life! It has become a common sight to to see her curled up on her bed with a tabby cat snuggled close, day or night. The recent snow brought out Hailey’s playful side as she tried to “catch and fetch” each shovelful that was scooped from the sidewalk, barking and jumping like a puppy! Sometimes it is really hard to believe that this sweet girl has chronic health problems!
Speaking of her health, Hailey got a thumbs-up at her second post-chemo checkup recently. So far there is no evidence of tumor recurrence or a spread to other organs! Her diabetes also seems to be stable, but her vision continues to worsen. She navigates well though, except on stairs, where her depth perception tends to fail her. Because of this, gated stairs are now the household norm and we are working on crate training, so Hailey can stay safe when home alone. The current question is will Hailey ever put all four paws in the crate at the same time? Or is she playing her foster mom in order to have more and better treats tossed into the crate? Time will tell!
Hailey recently moved to her forever foster home and is doing well. Hailey enjoys long walks morning and evening and will chase and fetch a squeaky ball endlessly! Days that include car rides are extra-special and Hailey loves to quietly watch out the window as the world passes by. She has three cats as foster siblings now and, after some initial wariness, is becoming more curious about them, but is always gentle and respectful. Moving means making new friends of both the canine and human variety, and here too, Hailey has been perfectly polite and gentle. Once the sniffing ends she races and dashes like a youngster, happy to have another dog to play with! Once she is home again she is happy to curl up in a cozy spot and enjoy a restorative nap. Moving also means new house rules and words, but this smart girl has picked things up very quickly! From the start, Hailey has been trustworthy when home alone in her new surroundings. She is a joy to have in the family! Great news--Hailey just had her first post-chemo checkup and passed with flying colors! Her diabetes also seems to be stable. She still requires insulin twice each day, and is a perfect angel about getting her injections. Her vision is a little cloudy which probably accounts for her caution when descending stairs. Every day is a great gift, a new beginning and Hailey is going to play and chase through each day she is given.