August 15th, 2016:
Sadie jumped in her forever home car like she knew where she was going. Her transition to our home in a more suburban setting was an adjustment from her foster home but she soon realized that there were limits to her wandering and began to adapt. We are still working on her walks as she pulls on the leash and she looks forward to exploring. She played with the water from the hose while I was watering the plants and got her face drenched. She loves her baths and that is a good thing as she has allergies that require weekly baths and special suds. She came to the right place as a prior golden had severe allergies so we are used to restrictions and medication. She learned day by day to take direction from her older sister and they were soon sharing a bed and furniture and play time. Sadie is well on her way to becoming spoiled which we think she deserves. I keep telling her that she has landed a good gig here. She will get more attention than she knows what to do with and already has been introduced to all of our grandchildren. We are sure glad this nice little GRRoW dog came to live with us. Thank you for all of your help and advice and thank you for giving us the chance to adopt a truly wonderful dog.
July 27th, 2016:
Sadie is totally acclimated to her foster home and the routines. She does not respond to food as a treat or dinner and will graze only when you are sitting near her. She loves her walks and is not too happy that the other two goldens have little desire to play. When they do run and chase, she is in her glory but then soon reverts to some pretty rough tumbling so another golden in the house either needs to demonstrate calming signs or be ready to tumble with her. She does stop if you reprimand her.
She is great in the house and can be left alone. If she is allowed, she will be up on your lap and the furniture. She loves swimming and bathes well in the baby pool. We have been giving her weekly antiseptic baths for her allergies.
She is okay with thunder storms and is only apprehensive with the beeping sound of the SUV and van hatch opening. She won’t enter the car through the back, but only the side and when she gets in the car, she will go down for the trip with an occasional pop up to see what is going on.
Coming to us as a runner and going through a behavior modification routine has helped Sadie learn to return with a “come” command. She stays with the other dogs in the field and during our walks and responds to “pets” and “praise.” She will tend to play “keep away” with toys and is learning to return to you rather than run the other way.
Her vet appointment was uneventful and she is totally ready to go to her forever home.
July 25th, 2016:
Sadie came to us in the evening and by the morning she had settled in and taken over the house. She adapted well with our two male goldens and loves her long walks. It started out looking like she would be a runner but a little behavior modification and she is doing fine with staying around the yard and with the pack when we take our walks in the fields. The owners said they did not know if she liked swimming and we tried her out over the weekend when the weather got so hot. We can certainly say she was hesitant and then once she slipped on a rock and fell in the water, it was hard to get her out! Sadie has allergies that are currently under control with daily meds. Her vet visit is next week and with a good bill of health, she will be looking for her forever home.