March 20th, 2018:
I will never hear him bark at me in the morning for his daily kong. I will never hear him bark when he thinks he is stuck outside when he is not. I won't have any more showers (yes, showers), him circling the car when I get home or rubbing up against me. Will is very dear to me. We went through a lot to get him healthy. GRROW put a lot of time and money to help this poor boy that his owners dumped at a humane society. Will past unexpectedly on Friday, March 16th. I have yet to recover coming home to seeing him being unresponsive and in some sort of seizure type activity. We don't know what happened. He was fine in the morning. He ate, barked for his kong and got some ear rubs. He is missed greatly. Like Lily (grandma) he was a presence in this house.
February 3rd, 2018
Will is doing very well His approximate age is 10-12 yrs. I am leaning toward 11 ish. His skin is looking very good and we are managing his allergies with once a week baths and Apoquel. He has become pretty active in this colder weather. He can walk for 45 minutes. However, on leash he doesn't last as long. I haven't figured that one out at all. He is a very patient dog especially with one of our new fosters. He also tolerated a puppy very well. He just stood there while the puppy would jump on him. He is also wonderful with kids and cats. Today I took him to Boston Store and he did fairly well. He likes to rub his head against people and tries to get his head between their knees.
November 27, 2017:
Will was returned due to life changes with the adoptive home. He is back on his Apoquel and carprofen. He gained 6 pounds so he is on a diet. He is also back to having 2-3 baths a week for his skin issues. Let's just say I don't think he was happy to come back here to having to do the baths all the time. He does not like them. He acclimated very quickly and is doing well. He does like to bark outside and will stand at the bottom of the stairs barking. He does know how to go up and down the ramp. I have been getting him out for frequent walks to work out the kinks in his body. He is already doing much better with exercise. Right now Will is just going to enjoy getting bathed, brushed and loved.
June 22, 2017
Hello, William here. I'm feeling rather regal right now after my day at the spa. Actually the spa came to me. This crrrraaaazy lady with scissors and brushes and air blowers (and yummies for my tummy) came to spend the day with Dad. She did LOTS of brushing and cutting on me. I pretended to hate all the attention but secretly I kinda liked it. Plus, her treats were first class! She told Dad I needed to be on the allergy stuff daily until July 1 and then they'd see how I was doing. I'm not scratching but the lady found some scabby spots. I'm also going to get my ears cleaned more often. Boy did she cut the matted hair away from my ears! She told my dad that I need to go to the groomer monthly. He's going to look for someone who will take older, distinguished gentlemen like myself 🕵🏻 so I hope you like my spiffy look...the ladies will be knocking at my door 😁🐾💕
May 23, 2017
Will is living the life up north. He has a beautiful new home; fishing cabin in the UP and winters in Arizona. He took a couple of weeks to settle in but now he seems to be doing well.
April 20, 2017
Will is doing well. He is slowing down a bit so the walks with him are shorter. He is still a very friendly and loving dog. He is on a pain med to help with his discomfort (old age) in the hind end. Hopefully that will get him moving more. I found a new growth and the vet feels it needs to come off. So he is having surgery on Friday.
Otherwise this old man is a gem. He is gentle and loving. He is good with everything and everyone he meets. He even tolerated a small puppy bouncing around. He will make someone a steady companion.
March 11, 2017
Will is doing fairly well. We had an appointment at the UW-veterinary hospital today with a dermatologist. He is your "typical" allergy dog. He will need to be on Apoquel once a day and once a week baths. When there are flair ups he will need twice a week baths. We also have a spray for bacteria and yeast to put on his problem areas.
Will is worth the little work you need to do. He is a wonderful companion. He loves to be petted and brushed. We are able to trim his nails easily. Walks well on a leash and can go several miles. He hardly ever barks. He is just a steady companion that needs a home to call his own. Will is finally ready for adoption.
December 28, 2016
We have been battling a skin infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics. Right now we are trying a strong antibiotic to see if that helps. He is still a delight and he will make someone very happy once we get this resolved. He is a love and has really come out of his shell. He will run around and loves to go for walks. He still is a stinker when it comes to him coming when you want him too. When he sees the leash he will start to walk away and start the walk without us. We just trick him into thinking we are going the other way and get him leashed up. We are still doing a weekly bath.....he isn't fond of it or the hair dryer.
December 8, 2016
Will has had a lot going on. He went in for his dental and had a tooth pulled. They also drained a cyst and took cytology slides of his skin. He has a bacterial infection which is resistant to a lot of antibiotics. We did find one that is working. He will have an additional week to be sure it is all gone. Now that it is czxolder out we have stopped the medication for allergies. He is a very good dog. He has become very lovable and will ask for attention and petting. He still loves to be brushed but bathing has been quite a struggle. It takes two of us to get him into the tub. He loves to roll around and play in the snow. We have figured out he is hard of hearing and we have to speak to him really loud to get him to respond to us. He know sit, down, stay, and come. His recall outside is iffy if he is doing something he wants to do. You cannot run toward him as he will run. He is becoming more and more energetic and is running around more.
October 14, 2016
Will is a delight. Still very easy. He did very well at Boston Store. A one year old laid his head on him and gave him kisses. He didn't do a thing. His hair is growing back in the areas that had scabs on them. He is still on allergy meds until a hard frost. He seems to have a mind of his own. On walks if he doesn't want to come on the side of the road (he prefers to walk in the middle) we have to pull him in. He will not come willingly. Also, if he is outside and busy he will walk away from us. However, we are not sure he can hear. There are times I think he can but for the most part we think he has hearing loss. He loves to be brushed and petted.
September 12th, 2016:
Will has been an absolute dream dog. He has scabs along all four legs, behind ears, on his chest and stomach. He is very itchy. We got him to the vet right away and he was put on Apoquel. He is also on Doxycyline for testing high for Lymes. He is house trained and knows how to use a dog door. He is so gentle. He likes to be petted but pretty much stays to himself. He totally ignores the rest of the crew of dogs. He isn't very fond of his baths but they do seem to help.