Cotton has really relaxed in the past week. He has been doing well when in the house alone and is usually sleeping when I return home. He’s met a few dogs in the neighborhood with appropriate behavior and then dropped into a play bow and given the “chase me” bark! It's quite possible Cotton might enjoy having a canine sibling in his forever home. Cotton also meets new people easily, with a smile and wagging tail, but no jumping or barking, whether on the street or in response to the doorbell. This boy is going to be a great addition to the right family!
Simba has been a great fit for us. He has really settled in and made himself at home. Simba is an extremely affectionate dog and loves to give kisses. He is pretty active so he loves playing fetch in the back yard so he can run....and can he ever run! He makes sure to remind us to take him for at least three long walks per day. Everybody loves him so he has made lots of people friends, but still a little wary of toddlers and other dogs. He is getting better but we continue to work on it. Thank you GRRoW for making this possible! We love him so much!
Just a quick note to share some of the photos from Bella's first official photo shoot after her first official grooming. She was truly a Princess! Some anxiety, but NO snapping and she told us when she was done with this "picture stuff". (Truth be told, we were all tired by the end, but a wonderful tired).
Annie has been busy selling Community Days coupon books and just finished the spring sale. She’s a trooper being there most of the time. The animal communicator said she’s chill when she gets there because she thinks we’re going on an adventure, and we’re at Boston Store again. She does perk up for different people, but it isn’t consistent whether it’s kids or adults. The vet found a mammary tumor at Annie’s annual checkup. She had it removed a week ago, and she’s healing nicely. The vet had the tumor tested, and it is cancerous. She believes she removed it all, but we need to monitor Annie’s lymph nodes for bumps. She’ll be taking a much deserved break from appearances while she is on the mend. Annie is such a sweetheart, and her vet admitted Annie is her favorite patient. She has so much love to give and enjoys receiving it too. She’ll sit in the doorway and won’t let you through until you give her a pat. She also will put her paws on the side of the bed and scratches my back to wake me up so she can receive even more attention. We hope she’ll be with us a long time, so we can go on more adventures besides Boston Store.
Murphy will be 6 months old on the 24th. He weighs 35 pounds so he is growing but not at the same rate as a healthy puppy. Because of his heart issues he probably won’t be a large dog and his life expectancy will be shorter. He also won’t have the stamina of a healthy dog. He still has a cough which the vet said is probably related to the heart disease. For a few days in a row it was good enough that the vet did give him his puppy shots and we will go back to get the final one at the end of the month. Murphy can go up and down the deck stairs now. He plays so much with our two dogs that sometimes he forgets to go potty and we have to take him out again. We’ve added Come! Drop it! and Leave it! to our list of commands. Now that the weather is better we have started taking him for short walks.
I am very, very happy to report that after 9 months in foster care and a lot of work, Chloe was adopted last week. She is now able to go to the vet without being afraid or growling--no muzzle needed. She can also get bathed. She goes swimming at a local doggie swim place. Last September she had a neurological event of some sort; (seizure??) after a neuro consult/evaluation, we were looking at a slew of possibilities, including cancer. We took a 'wait and see' approach and she has been doing great. She is a happy girl who is officially home. She is much-loved and spoiled by her new dog mom. This is a happy, happy ending!
Cotton is a very handsome cream Retriever with a big blocky head and a gorgeous coat. At 87 pounds, he is truly a big sweetheart. Cotton arrived in his foster home a week ago. He has been settling into the routine here and I am getting to know his likes and needs. He’s enjoying long walks, morning and afternoon, and is determined to entice the cats in the household to play with him. Cotton loves car rides and travels calmly. Cotton is a very gentle dog, and has great manners. He knows basic commands and is learning to wait at stairs, doors and street crossings. Cotton has had his vet check and passed with flying colors. He does have some anxiety when home alone, but we are trying a variety of things to help him relax and cope. He is not destructive, and has the run of the house.
Macy is doing great and fitting wonderfully into our family. She is a nice mix of energy and being able to settle down - She’ll run around outside and chase toys with the girls and I, while also laying on the sofa and putting her head in our laps when we relax and watch TV in the evening. She is a bit naughty in terms of counter-surfing, but being that it is her worst fault we are certainly not complaining. She is absolutely an angel with the kids. It will be fun to watch them grow up together. Thank you for bringing her into our lives, we are very grateful!
Princess Bella is doing wonderfully! I'm attaching a picture of my Sweet Sweet Princess Bella. She has adapted fully and is truly enjoying being a regular part of the household. Yes, she is spoiled, but after the life we suspect she may have had, she deserves every single bit of it. She goes to the store to pick out her food and treats and they love to see her (and me! lol!) Bella absolutely adores to go EVERYWHERE in the car...no crate, but a soft blanket. She is welcome everywhere, but we still are very selective in introducing her to new situations so as not to overwhelm her. No more crawling!!! Yippee!!! She is loved more than I can tell you... she has absolutely adapted to Wisconsin weather and had no issues with cold or snow and loves to be outside. Rain still is not her favorite, but she's working on that :-). Everyone who meets her adores her. Other dogs are not her favorite... but she is learning to tolerate them... and anyone who has two hands to pet her is immediately in her good graces! Toenail trimming and Golden foot trimming aren't a favorite, but gentle and short sessions are allowed. This little dog, while not technically pure Golden, is simply amazing and wins the heart of everyone she meets. Again, I thank you for entrusting us with her care... I am so very blessed to have this little girl in my life!!!
Jackson has been with me for 4 days now and is a pleasure to have here; my home is very quiet, so it's a good place for him to de-stress a bit as he settles in. He is a very, very nice boy. Loves attention and his daily walks-he pulls at first, but once we settle into it, he is great on a leash. The Gentle Leader Harness works great with him. He gets VERY excited when someone comes home and he's quite mouthy (takes my arm or hand in his mouth). It's a pretty standard Golden "mouthy" behavior, and I see it lessen every day. I think it's a stress thing.
We are set to go to the vet on Monday. He needs shots and I can see his ears bother him. He's a senior, so he will get a full blood panel/CBC. Plus the usual things: general exam, fecal, shots, HW and lymes tests, microchip, Jackson is quite chunky and I will be happy to get a weight on him. I'm guessing he's got to lose at least 15 #s.
Jackson will be 9 in March, but he's got a lot of energy. Ready to go when we are outside, but settles nicely in the house. He's a very sweet boy and will make a family who wants to adopt a senior very happy. I will work on introducing him to more humans, kids, other dogs and my roommate's cat. Stay tuned for updates on this love bug.
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.
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Bruce is a Golden mix who would do best in a home that has no other pets or children. He has come along way with his training, but still could use some leash work. His foster says he is a very cuddly guy, and loves people. Bruce will need a fenced yard or to remain on leash when outdoors.
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.
Dug is a super sweet boy who enjoys lots of cuddles and treats. He gets along great with our active three kids, all under the age of 10, and our 8 year-old mini-schnauzer. We are currently trying to get a handle on his anxiety triggered by us leaving the house, including a bit of mouthy behavior and lots of barking and pacing/panting by using a variety of methods. After his first trip to the vet we found out that he is in great health and is a truly sweet and BEAUTIFUL dog!
Summer has been adopted. She loves walks and is learning to pull less; it's hard when the weather is so nice and there is a lot to sniff! Recent visits to the vet have confirmed she is a healthy and spry girl for an eight year old. Her coat has softened and lengthened, probably due to a different food and outgrowth from earlier this winter. She is affectionate and snuggly, especially first thing in the morning and at night time. We know when it is bedtime because she likes to play a few rounds of fetch with the tennis balls before finding a spot on the couch to fall asleep. Outside, the backyard has the perimeter patrolled regularly, and Summer likes to be the early warning alert, with nary a visitor or passerby escaping a good round of barking. She does not appear to be a fan of smaller dogs. She is not aggressive, she just doesn't seem to have the patience for them. She is continuing to work on becoming desensitized to car rides lasting longer than fifteen minutes.
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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.