Butterscotch is settling in very well with me. She loves getting lots of love and attention like all Goldens do. She went to the vet last week and did great in the car and at the vet. Upon examining Butters she found out that she has severe dental problems. She'll be needing extensive dental surgery. She'll be needing at least 9 teeth extracted or more. The vet won't know how many until she actually does the surgery. She also has severe tartar issues and gingivitis, so you'll need major cleaning of her teeth too. Thankfully the board has approved the surgery and she'll be having it on Aug 24th. Butters is looking forward to getting this done so she'll get her pretty smile back again. The vet also ruled out some other concerns that we had. She said that Butters didn't have Cushing's disease or problems with her thyroid . Other than her bad teeth she's in pretty good health. I will continue to send updates. I'm really enjoying having Butters with me.
Chloe has had a very busy several weeks in GRRoW. With 2 young kids and another dog, Chloe’s first foster home proved to be too ‘high-energy’ and stressful for Chloe, so she moved to another quieter foster home. Her new foster mom immediately fell in love with her snuggly ways and wanted to adopt Chloe, but then some unexpected changes happened and adoption was no longer an option. Chloe is now in a foster home with no dogs and no kids: She is the center of attention and she is thriving. Chloe’s “likes” are pretty simple. She is a sweet girl who loves to snuggle and get attention from her human. She LOVES her tug toy and will adore you if you play along with her. Walks are fun and treats are always welcome. Chloe would prefer to be an only dog. She is not fond of other dogs, although she is working on her dog-dog skills and making much progress. We have also gotten a better handle on Chloe’s “dislikes”: She does not like having her nails trimmed or taking a bath, nor does she like going to the vet. She also doesn’t like to be disturbed when she’s sleeping or having a favorite toy taken away. These are situations that have caused her to growl. When we listen to her letting us know she does not like these things, she quickly relaxes and all is well. Chloe is current on her vaccinations and was spayed a couple of weeks ago. We continue to work on her dog-dog skills and helping her learn to be more relaxed at the vet clinic. She is showing great strides in both areas. Stay tuned for updates on Chloe’s progress!
Jeleika has been joined by another foster dog, Biscuit. At first, Jeleika was a little unhappy about sharing a house with this very stressed out dog. But, she quickly came around and now loves sharing her life with Biscuit. Jeleika is very smart. She learns very quickly and loves to help Biscuit learn commands. For every training session, she is right there, knowing that she will get treats, too, for things she learned long ago. On the positive side, this does help Biscuit. She will look over at Jeleika, as if to ask, "what am I supposed to do?" There is a little competitiveness between them that one sees with siblings. But, there is a lot of love and collaboration. They do everything together. When Biscuit gets her bath, Jeleika is right next to the tub. I once put her in the tub with Biscuit, thinking she wanted what Biscuit was getting. No, Jeleika made it very clear that she did not want to be in the tub, thank you very much! She just wanted to be nearby. And, they get into mischief together, too. They make me laugh with their antics and feel warm with their affection for each other. Jeleika has been having accidents in the house, so we are back to "potty training 101". She is rewarded for going in the right places and when we can't keep an eye on her, she is tethered to a human so she cannot sneak off. Since she goes on soft surfaces, we think she may have been trained to go potty on pee pads. She is doing better and we will keep working on it.
Biscuit is a beautiful english cream golden retriever. Unfortunately, she also has demodectic mange (demodex); it’s left her with blackened skin and fur loss. Demodex is a mite that lives on all dogs. You can see it on a dog's elbows where they have scaly hairless skin. It usually lives in balance on a dog, but can get out of control when a dog's immune system is weakened. Biscuit has been tested for illnesses that could have weakened her immune system, but has been found to be in good health. It is thought that extreme stress in her life prior to surrender caused this mange. The good news is that Biscuit is getting better every day. When she first came to live with us, Biscuit needed to be approached slowly since she was scared of every new thing. She was given her own room. After finding her under the bed, we made a cave for her. A gate was placed in the doorway to help her get used to the household noises and smells. After time, she was ready to join the family. Biscuit has had so much to learn. We have another dog, Jeleika, who we are fostering. Jeleika came to us from Puerto Rico. Jeleika has taught Biscuit much about being a house dog. They have become very close and are now bosom buddies.
Angela moved to another foster home this week and is doing well in a fenced in yard where she can walk around off leash. The leash seems to hinder her walking and wanting to explore. She is very slowly coming out of her shell and doing less scooting and crawling and a little more walking. She still sleeps most of the day but when she hears you walk past her she will perk up her head and wag that tail of hers. She knows the routine for going outside but likes to come running (ok, that is an exaggeration) right back to her favorite couch when she is done with her business. She is getting used to the attention from a bigger sister as well as two cats who are almost as big as she is. She still does not respond to commands or her name and we are working on getting her attention to come when she is called. One command she does not need to learn is down or over as she almost always scoots down and rolls over for that tummy rub. Angela needs lots of loving and patience for her to become comfortable with her surroundings and new life. We know she does not like walks and she definitely does not like car rides.
We had a great fourth of July full of swimming, playing with lots of kids and adults, a fireworks show and a newscast but through it all Mimo did great. His favorite part i think was getting all the attention from everyone and getting lots of pets and snuggles. He has been great with everyone he meets. He does well with the resident cat and golden sister. The next exciting adventure will be his neuter which he goes in for on the 11th then after healing we will be on the search for his forever family.
Jeleika was a news star this week. She was on Studio A news program on Fox 6 in Milwaukee. Although she appeared asleep during the taping, she was just resting her eyes. She had sociably visited everyone behind the scenes prior to the filming and conducted herself like a lady. Once the interview was over, she popped up and trotted to the car. She was a great ambassador to GRRoW. One of the show's hosts commented that her fur felt as soft as a chamois. She is so soft and her fur smells naturally so good. Snuggling is her favorite thing to do and she loves going on walks. She will even jog for 2-3 miles. She is a wonderful addition to our home. Jeleika is close to being ready to be adopted. She would do best in a home as the only dog. She is very good with cats.
Ginger was spayed a week ago. She bounced back very quick and it she has not been easy to keep down. She loves going for walks and is very good on leash. She loves to chase the outside cats. She leaves the adult chickens alone but the young ones she will chase and tries to catch them. She does not go on the bed but will climb on the couch. She is an absolute love-bug. Always near us wanting to be petted. She does very well with all types of handling too. She had a cancerous tumor removed in 2012. While at the vet they found another lump in the same spot. This came back as the same cancer. Ginger will be having surgery to have this lump removed on August 10th.
Diesel had his vet checkup and all went very well. Everyone at the office loved him, even people bringing their own animals in came to say hello to Diesel as he sat patiently waiting to be seen by the vet. He is a healthy boy and up to date on all vaccinations and preventatives. We are currently looking at applicants to adopt Diesel, trying to find the perfect forever home for him where he will be loved and get the attention he craves. Diesel has really settled in to our house well, with kids and dogs running in and out, he always knows what’s going on and has improved greatly on the jumping and begging. We let people know when they come over that they just need to greet him with a pat on the head and he will be content. Diesel really is a great dog and will be a great addition to any home looking for a big golden! Diesel will be 6 yrs old on July 4. . . maybe he will have a forever home for his birthday!
Ginger has been an absolute delight and very easy. She learned how to use the dog door within one day and has had only one accident in the house. She knows she can let herself out to relieve herself when needed. She does well with all of our dogs and is submissive to them. She does like to chase the outside cats but she has left the adult chickens alone. When she does go to chase them we tell her "no" and she stops. She minds us very well and knows "sit" and "come". We are working on "off", "wait", and "stay". She definitely wants to please so just giving her attention is enough for reinforcement. She loves, loves, loves people. She follows us around everywhere. She is very sweet and loving. We have gone on several walks and she walks very nicely on leash. We haven't gotten her to play yet. She does rip toys up. We came home the other night to her having stuffing from a toy hanging out of her mouth. She also likes to try to carry around socks, shoes or clothes. She readily gives everything up to us. She was a runner in her previous life. The neighbors would give her people food so it was reinforced. So far we have not had any issues when we are outside our fenced in yard. She goes in for her spay on June 28th.
Gracie continues to do well. She likes children and gets along with them but since she needs to learn some manners and learns not to jump up or get in their face, school aged children would be advisable. She is curious about cats but does not go after them; however, she does chase chipmunks with her two golden brothers. Gracie does not have good recall and does not always respond to her name or to the "here" command so obedience classes or some intense work will be necessary to teach her basic commands. She does respond to "sit" but "down, stay,wait and come" are works in progress. She eats slowly and does not bark even when she hears other dogs barking. She is a quick runner and jumps rather than walks down steps and would probably love some form of agility training. Gracie is a velcro golden and has a bit of separation anxiety that seems to be more relaxed each day. Her greatest fear is of thunder storms and fire works and this is understandable as she was an outside dog all of her life. Medication helps a bit with this anxiety when we can predict the storm. She would love to be in a home with school aged children as well as with another dog who would be tolerant of her. Gracie is an affectionate, cuddly pup who needs someone who will take the time with her to teach her to trust humans and to know that her forever home is really forever!
Simba had some set backs with his neuter. He proved to be too much for the first cone collar. He got to his neuter site and opened it up. He required some additional care. He will get his staples out this coming week. He has been a delight in his foster home. They have had no issues with him.
Maggie has been blossoming since her arrival. She continues to lose weight and is so much more spry. We have another golden retriever living with us for 10 days and Maggie is enjoying her company. She even trots now on walks. Maggie had her teeth cleaned and checked. No problems were found. She just has old teeth to go with her old body. But, her spirit is young and friendly. She loves to hang out with the family and be petted. Maggie has excellent manners and is very well trained. She was a therapy dog in her younger years. Maggie is wonderful company and does not mind a little hustle and bustle in the house. She is an awesome addition to the family.
Gracie is a very sweet loving dog. She craves attention and affection. She wants to be next to you all of the time and will jump on you, get right in your face and give kisses. She doesn’t know how to play with toys. She hasn’t barked yet. I have taken her for a few walks and she does pretty good. She doesn't really pull but she is very curious and wants to smell everything. In Gracie's previous home she was an escape artist so having a fence is beneficial. She does like other dogs but she doesn’t know how to play appropriately with them yet. We don’t know how she is with children or cats. Our vet thinks she is very healthy. She does need some dental work and she needs to be spayed. (She has had one litter of pups.) She is a little underweight and should gain a few pounds. We are in the process of changing her to a high quality food. The family that adopts Gracie will have to sign up for obedience training to help her along with commands as she came to us without knowing what to do.
Bandit had his one week vet check up and is the "Wonder Dog" of the clinic! His transformation is truly remarkable, with the black skin on his belly and eyes already starting to look more gray and even pinkish. Best of all we spotted hair starting to grow around his eyes! Even some red eye lashes are starting to grow again! He still has significant ear issue but is responding well to medication. Bandit continues to love to play ball, go on long walks, chase our dog, flop down for belly rubs.... all the normal golden things. He is starting to bark more than I would like but is very responsive to "enough". Per vet instructions he got another medicated bath today and not only loved the water but afterwards was chasing all over the back yard. Next adventure will be neutering, in perhaps a month, if he continues on his wonder dog path.
Wow, what a difference a few days make in the life of a young, active pup. Hannah (pronounced "anna" with silent "h's") has really blossomed. She has become one of the pack with our two other goldens, she loves the preschoolers and will run circles around them and entertain them, lets them walk her on her leash, and enjoys running in the fields. She has learned "sit" and "come" and, while submissive, has a mind of her own. She will counter surf, steal the pizza off the counter, climb over the baby gate, and generally act like a young golden. She sleeps where she wants to in the evening, but not in the bedrooms and so far has not tried the furniture. She is fast becoming a "velcro" dog who love that we are outdoors so much. She likes only high value treats and will leave the biscuits on the floor. The family that adopts Hannah will have to sign up for obedience training to help her along with commands as she came to us without knowing what to do. Hannah stays active with four walks a day for a total of about 4 mile, so this little one will sleep when you need to rest.
Ditka’s surgery went fine on Thursday, and by Friday morning he was back to his excited, exuberant self! He is wearing the E cone which he hates. He needs to learn better manners but catches on quickly, his puppy exuberance gets in the way though. He has mastered heeling and sits immediately when we stop on our walks. He knows how to shake now and it getting better at patiently waiting for his food bowl to be set down on the floor. He meets other dogs on our walks and does fine. Sometimes when he meets people he crouches down on the ground like he is scared, but eventually warms up to them. He does not know what a bath tub is! I have been putting treats in the tub and trying to coax him in. After about 2 days of trying I got him to put his front paws in, then finally he broke down and the third day and jumped in…yeh… now I will work on shutting the shower door and running a little water in the tub. He is also very skiddish with noises. The neighbor was wheeling his recycle container out to the alley and Ditka totally freaked out and took off with me at the end of the leash getting dragged behind. We are working with him on that also and he is not so fearful any more. When we walk, he gets freaked out if there is noise, traffic or it is windy. He loves to watch television….such a goofy boy! Still cannot get him to go down the stairs, the most we have been able to accomplish is getting his front paws on the second step but his back paws will not leave the landing…he will get there some day…we hope! I could go on and on about this boy, he makes us laugh every day with his truly golden personality and his very tender sole. The bottom line is…..he needs a calm, quiet home that can work with him and provide lots of exercise, training and love.
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….
Wally is doing great. He's such a loving dog and tries so hard to please. He's eating better now. We're working on less canned and more dry every day. He's very hyper, especially around others, he's learning we have quiet time and play time. He's been good when left alone for short periods. He's fine walking the yard on a long lead, walking on his short leash on the road is a problem, he gets very anxious and scared, I think everything is new to him, when we turn to go home he's much better. Even though he has his crazy times I can tell he is much more relaxed and comfortable already.
Chester is doing is doing great. He has settled in quite well, and interacts well with our older golden. Chester has a lot of energy – he loves going for walks and runs. He pulls a bit on the leash, but I am sure this can be changed over time. He loves to play fetch – bringing the ball back every time. He is very curious, and much seems new to him. Blowing leaves, shadows, cars – they all cause him to curiously stop and investigate. Chester is good at basic commands. Sit and down are very good. We are trying to get him to stay, and to not paw you when he sits. Chester is doing very well with our cats. One approached him while he was eating and he was not the least bit phased. Chester also likes to play with the kids. He does not bark much. All and all he is a lovely dog.