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!
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.
Alexander and Canela moved into their forever home on Thursday. They did great their first night and Canela is loving that she's allowed to sit on the couch! Alex snored in the night so we know he slept well. They have new toys and two young girls in the family to play with. They're going to like their new home.
November 19th, 2016:
The Little Princess continues to blossom and grow every day. Lately she's been stepping out of her comfort zone and even asks to go along on rides. Over the weekend we stopped at a small local pet store to pick up a bag of food, and while there were all sorts of smells of other dogs that seemed a little scary, the smell of yummy treats and good food won out. (That and we were only there for about five minutes!) Bella seems to really enjoy making people friends. She squeaks and seeks attention from anyone one who is willing to offer it (very much like my last Golden -- I would swear he'd let a burglar in to the house and show them the valuables as long as he'd get a pat on the head!) Other four-legged friends are sort of hit-and-miss, so we approach those friendships very cautiously. It seems that as long as she meets a new dog on "their" turf she is more apt to not be stinky about it. If, however, you are coming in to HER castle, she will pout (yes, pout!) if another dog is getting her attention. Bella is very observant and while Miley the day-care-dog is not her favorite friend, she seems to have watched the joy that Miley finds in life and she has started exhibiting some of Miley's silly, happy behavior (only when Miley is not around ) Meaning, she has started running around the yard and teasing with you. She "dances" for her dinner every night and is becoming more and more animated with me during our little ritual, which always end by sitting like a lady before her dinner is presented to her. She definitely knows her name and is learning some simple commands. "Sit" is a gold star task. "Come" is getting there, especially if a whistle is used. "Stay" -- well, we still have work to do, okay? The leash still isn't a favorite, but pink is indeed a Princess's color and as long as it doesn't stay on long, is tolerable. On nice days, outside is a good place to be and there are favorite garden spots to check if Bella isn't immediately sited. She loves to explore the fenced in yard and was even observed giving a bunny a chase just the other day! Almost no more crawling... only on rare occasions when she is intimidated for some reason, or scared... but fewer and fewer observations of that behavior. It is truly a blessing to watch this little girl grow in confidence. She is very happy and content most of the time. The only time she fusses seems to be if there is a time she can't go along on a ride and needs to stay home. We have had no bathroom accidents, no behavior accidents, only a snappy incident with Miley -- never at any other time or with any other animal (still watching that though -- work to do in socialization -- but slowly but surely coming along). Bella is a joy, and it is indeed an honor to be entrusted with her care. To tell the truth -- it's not just Bella who is blossoming .
Nala has found her forever home! Watch for an update on how she is settling in very soon.
Elsa is a Golden Retriever / Irish Setter mix. She has been moved to an Irish Setter rescue who is able to work with her on her setter-like characteristics.
Ditka has been adopted!
May 25th, 2016:
Ditka makes us laugh every day and also tries our patience, but he is still a puppy after all! We started dog training classes last week and he did really good, and we went to the Sauk County Humane Society annual Paws Walk and Festival. He got to meet lots of other dogs and people too! He did great, and got lots of attention and everyone fell in love with him. He is learning lots of new stuff, especially how to be more patient and calm. He is loving his fenced in back yard and the baby pool for him to cool off in. He mastered our steep stairs to the basement this weekend and now likes to go downstairs where it is nice a cool! He knows he has found his forever home!
Dashung now known as Dax has been a great addition to our family. He quickly acclimated to our house and loves his new human brother and sister and his doggy sister. He loves sleeping on the couch, getting his num nums and running around with the kids. DAX is the sweetest most loving dog and we couldn't be happier. We are so thankful to grrow for bringing him into our family.
Mack came to us 7 years ago as a foster and found his forever home with us. His early months were challenging! Huge energy level, no manners and he didn't know how to interact with us . . .. we all worked extremely hard to guide him to be the "golden" we knew could be. He was worth it!
He was a handsome, dark big boy who loved and protected us. He traveled great and liked to ride with his head our the window. He operated with gusto at the lake chasing geese, swimming, and chewing sticks. He enjoyed his back yard at home and pestered us to go in and out and in and out. He loved the snow and made "dog angels" rolling in it and was so happy when we threw snowballs for him to chase.
He hogged the bed, followed us around the house not wanting to miss a thing and appreciated a hand or foot touching him.
We miss our dear Mack. Love big, hurt hard. We were taken by surprise at the aggressive cancer diagnosis at his young age. In 1 week he went from being fine, to us needing to say good-bye. We consider it a blessing he was not in pain long. Dr. Bonnie and the rest of UW Vet Hospital staff were excellent.
We carry the memories of happy times with Mack . . .and appreciate he was part of our lives.
Hunter has been adopted and will be trained for Search and Rescue (SAR) work. He seems quite happy to have a job.
We are happy to tell you that sweet gentle Harley has been adopted! Her forever home just loves her and they are bonding in great fashion. Harley has met her grandkids and family and they are really liking her, too. More news to come soon, with new photos!
Chuck came into GRRoW today and is settling into his new foster home. He was neutered at the shelter yesterday and is recovering, but he's a sweet old fella.
Stay tuned for updates!
Sam is a goofball and full of personality. He has a lot of puppy energy and is always running around trying to play fetch or with his brother. He came in with some trust issues but has made great progress overcoming them. It is incredible to see the difference from when we first picked up Sam to now. He has really come out of his shell and become so comfortable in our home. Sam is a great addition to our family and helps keep his nine year old brother feeling young. We are so thankful for the opportunity to both foster and adopt Sam!
Congratulations to Reddy 15-029 and her new forever family!