Shasta has been with her foster home for a month now and is doing great. She had some minor health issues to be addressed. She had a couple of small tumors that needed removing and has also been diagnosed with hypo-thyroidism. That likely explains her low energy level. She recovered quickly from her surgery and is now on a low dose thyroid medicine which will likely give her a bit more energy. Her prognosis is excellent. Her coat is starting to grow back from her summer trim and it looks like she is going to be a beautiful light honey color. She still doesn't have any interest in toys but enjoys short walks and loves being part of the pack. She gets along well with her foster brother and sister dogs. We have learned that she doesn't like thunderstorms or fireworks so we are happy that the fourth of July festivities are over. She is quite the love bug and is super happy to just be near her foster parents and loves being pet.
Honey is turning 1!!! We wish we had great news to share, but Honey remains in a holding pattern. She continues to have bladder infections that require nasty meds to treat. She also still struggles with bladder function which forces us to keep her in “pants” unless she is outside. Hopefully her hormones kick in soon and she goes through a heat cycle which might help with some of her anatomy abnormalities. This might also stop the infections. She is the sweetest girl and everyone who meets her says the same thing: “her name is perfect for her.” Honey wants to please and learns quickly! She’s been at some fundraising events and is an absolute rockstar! Fingers crossed that her next update has positive news!!
Ralphie has been adopted! More information to follow.
Duchess has been adopted.
Duchess successfully made it through spay surgery with flying colors. She has completely adjusted to farm life and enjoys watching the horses and playing with the cats. She has become really close to my youngest daughter as this was the bedroom where she spent her first night. While my daughter was on a sleepover, Duchess kept bringing toys to her door and barked at the door to see if she would come out to play. That is when she had us. We all love her including her two older adoptive brothers.
Zilla is doing great. He had a couple weeks of bloody noses and I was thinking that we were going to start going down hill but they stopped and he hasn't had one in over a month!!!. He isn't that stuffy any longer and doesn't sneeze as much as he used too either. He seems like a totally healthy dog. He has definitely decided that he was going to stay around as long as he wants. He is happy getting belly rubs, thinking of chasing chickens and playing in his kiddie pool.
It has been a month now since Hazel arrived in her new foster home. She is settling in nicely. Because of the many rainy days, she has spent much of her time indoors but is very content.
Hazel is a beautiful sweet girl who loves people and gets along well with visiting dogs. She is not much of a barker, but will let me know with one bark if needed. Thunder has not bothered her, but startles a little at the sound of loud firecrackers. She is now on a reduced dose of the anti-anxiety medication that she was taking when she first arrived. She is doing well.
Hazel needs a little encouragement to get in a car. She hesitates to enter unknown dark places and will not go down the basement steps. She loves to run around the fenced in yard, but still does not know how to play with toys or retrieve a ball. Although she is taken outside on a regular basis, there are times she chooses to relieve herself in the house on her favorite blanket.
She has learned "sit", "come", stay and "go for a walk". She initially had some resistance to be put on a leash but now goes eagerly! There are times when she shows her "shut down" personality by crouching to the floor but overcomes it fairly quickly with a command. She is a real love and very smart.
Apparently Katie has had a permanent change of heart. Although she still doesn’t walk up to me to be petted, she has her own ways of clearly letting me know that she’s ready for a petting event.
The first one that showed up is what I call a Drive-by Petting Opportunity or the DPO. Where she previously would quickly walk away if I approached or walked by, now she will stop and wait to or petted. At first this was infrequent, but the frequency has been increasing to the point that sometimes it is difficult to navigate across a room. She stops. I pet her, and then walk on. She walks ahead of me and stops again to be petted. I pet her and the process repeats.
The other is the “I just thought I’d check for snacks” or IJTCS. That is where she walks up to the end table next to me, barely within arm’s reach, presumably to check for snacks. However, where she previously would walk away if I tried to pet her, now she just stands there, and allows petting to occur.
Between DPOs and IJTCSs there is a lot of petting going on. The gold standard of petting is still being able to call her to me to be petted, so that’s what we’ll be working on next.
There have been a number of other signs that her trust level is increasing. She now sleeps in my room most nights. She will take treats from my hand. Instead of moving away when I prepare her food, she waits near me while I put it together. The newest sign just showed up for the first time. Usually if I get up to move around the house, she will get up and move away. Yesterday she simply lifted her head and stayed where she was. It seems like there are a lot of new signs showing up recently.
I’m very proud of Katie Bear. She’s was a slow starter, but seems to be picking up the pace of her rehab.
We welcomed Shasta into the GRRoW family in June. She is a six year old female with a heart of gold. Her coat has been shaved for the summer but she has beautiful coloring and is a classic pure bred golden. She has adjusted well to her new foster home and is extremely easy going. She enjoys going on walks and rolling in the grass. She will have a full medical review to determine if there are any health issues. She doesn't care much for toys. Her favorite past time is sitting contently while being pet.
Radar and Ranger have been with us for two weeks now and I can't believe the changes in them. The two timid little puppies are now confident big boys. They are growing like weeds and are so smart. Radar continues to struggle some with his lack of sight but he gets along pretty well. Ranger is a big help with his brother and Olaf, the resident dog, reigns them both in if they start to get wild, especially in the house. Roughhousing is for outside. They have a terrific bond and help each other. We run and play outside and have started taking walks around the outside of the house. They are doing well with potty training and enjoying our nightly car rides. We do a lot of things together but still have one on one time with one of their two legged family members so they are developing their own personal identities as well.
They are a big hit in the neighborhood even though they are not allowed to play with others yet. They have another doctor's appointment next week so we can start their vaccinations. They love being part of a family and I'm so proud of Olaf for letting them bounce all over him and beat him up. :-) I couldn't ask for better help or for better boys than these three.
They are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.
Bella is still adjusting well. She goes for two short walks a day and is currently on a bland diet and some antibiotics to help with some intestinal and dental issues. She did a little fast skip in the yard today for the first time as if she wanted to play. Bella will have her teeth cleaned on Wednesday. We are working on having her loose some weight, as well, as she weighs in over 90 pounds. Bella has become a favorite with the neighborhood kids. She is a very sweet dog
Cody here, just wanted everyone to know my foster mom and dad have been spending a lot of time with me and I am learning so much. We have been working on controlling my insatiable appetite, I love to pickup and eat everything I find on our walks (sticks, leaves, grass and yes dead squirrels). I am learning new commands such as “leave it” when I try to pickup what I consider a high value item. If I obey in return I get a tasty dog treat from them and I love my treats. Our walks are so enjoyable now and I am exploring without trying to eat everything. I am also working on my manners when meeting new people. I get so excited I like to bark and jump, foster mom and dad are teaching me to sit and wait for people to pet me and give me all the love and attention I deserve plus I get a treat if I listen. This is very hard for me as I am a typical Golden! Time for me to go out and play!!
Caring for Katie is a bit of a roller coaster ride. One day she will take what I consider to be a major step, and the next day she will revert to her previous behavior. For example, on two occasions she has approached me to be petted, but there was 2-3 weeks between these events. There are a couple of improvements that appear to be stable. She continues to do well with potty training. No accidents in the past couple months. Also, she usually comes in to the house when I call her. Sometimes it takes more encouragement than others, but eventually she comes in and I don’t need to herd her around the yard. She has also started coming in when I call her for her meals. Then there are the mini-improvements which I hope suggests more trust. She comes closer to me when I’m sitting in the chair, although there still seems to be a barrier at about a foot from my reach. She is not adverse, however, to trying to steal food from the table next to me, and other mischievous behavior. She comes into the bedroom for good night treats. Instead of racing past me when we meet in the hallway, she stops and lets me pass. Also, several times I’ve approached her with an open hand, and instead of running away she stops and allows me to approach and pet her. More than anything however, she seems to be happy. She has discovered the bunnies in the yard and will post herself at a spot in the yard where she can keep a close eye on their movements. She sneaks toys and takes them outside. Sometimes I think she doesn’t make improvement faster because she’s content with things as they are.
Scout has been adopted! An update and more pictures will be coming, once he settles into his new forever home.
Dallas is enjoying exploring and having new experiences! He’s a goofy, adaptable, big puppy. He’s eating well and sleeping by the bed all night. On our walks everything seems new, he has a healthy curiosity. He approaches dogs appropriately. He has a morning and an evening crazy time, where he runs around and around the yard. He likes to steal a shoe and play keep away. He knows sit and down. He barks if he wants something...attention, go outside, play. He likes to put his paws on your chest, we are working on off. He is totally fine with handling his feet, ears, mouth. All around great young dog who needs some training and confidence building.