Thursday, April 29, 2010
The resident bi-ped has a relative that is very high up in the National Weather Service. He always complains that it is the government's fault we have bad weather to begin with. We have perfectly good weather going to waste in Hawaii, but we keep importing that cheap stuff from Canada. So next time you don't like the weather, write a letter to your congressman.
He thinks they canceled the party for no good reason. I have watched the weather forecasts for years, every night they are on the TV just before bed time. From what I have seen, most weather foreasters could not predict Christmas on December 25, if you gave them three try's.
It looks like this Sunday I will be playing with my rescue cousins instead of playing with all of my rescue friends. But I will get a second chance at the party in a couple of weeks. One hundred Golden Retrievers in one place at one time, it's worth waiting for.
Mogley G. Retriever
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We are looking forward to a busy weekend. We have several people that want to meet with Daisy and Abby. We will probably bring in Alexis who is our cousins foster, and let them meet her as well. Maybe one of them will find their Forever Home. Then on Sunday, May 2, we have our first big Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR) party of the year. It is open to members (donate $25.00 to join, we will even take your money at the door, bring a food dish) and their Golden friends. There will be hundreds of Golden Retrievers and lots of food. No, not dog food, but we know how sloppy people are when they are trying to eat at a picnic. Tacos will be the main item, and they always leak out the end when bi-peds eat them. The long term forcast calls for showers, but what is a little water when you have hundreds of friends to play with? All of us will be playing in the water ponds, why worry about a little more water.
I hope you have made arrangements to be there! If you have not joined GRRR, then how can you enjoy the Golden Life we live?
Mogley G. Retriever
p.s. Don't forget to bring a towel.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Mogley G. Retriever
Monday, April 19, 2010
Below is a photo of Alexis, our cousins new foster. If she looks like she was running in the water, she was. There was still several inches of snow melt water on top of the swimming pool cover. She jumped in to see what it was and investigated it thoroughly before getting yelled at. Her story is that she was an outdoor dog, her neighbors finally convinced the owners that if they did not want to allow a dog in the house they should give it to someone that did want her. She is staying with my cousins while they teach her some manners. She is not scared of anything outdoors, but inside every noise is a new reason to be scared. Even sitting is still a challenge for a dog that has had little interaction with humans and other dogs. She is learning to love the warmth, companionship and fun that comes with sharing a home with humans and other Goldens. She has a lot of energy and she played very well with us even though it was her first time with a big pack. She has such a fun personality that she will make someone a very wonderful companion. We suggest that her Forever Home should be with someone that likes to hike, run or jog as she has a lot of energy to burn.
We are still looking for a suitable Forever Home for Abby and Daisy. Abby is having so much fun, she comes inside, watches the back yard through the glass patio door, when a squirrel comes down a tree or an intruder takes a walk in the park, she is out the dog door like a shot. She must run 20 miles a day, just keeping the back yard safe for dog-kind. Daisy takes a different view. She finds a good place to lie down and watch carefully. She considers herself the house historian, she will keep close eye on Abby's actions, without having to participate unless someone comes too close to the back fence. Then she will run out and help. Daisy is a lover, not a barker.
The swimming pool cover is cleaned off, they pumped the remaining water off of the top after Alex took her romp in it, so the opening of the old swimming hole is very near. Life is good.
Mogley G. Retriever
Friday, April 9, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I suppose we should not call her Boomerang Dog, her real name is Daisy. By whatever name, Daisy came back. Daisy had the most wonderful forever home, her new family walked her twice a day in a beautiful park, they bought her special dog treats, they bought her new collars and leashes, someone stayed home with her most of the time, they spoiled her rotten. They said she was such a lover, she attached herself to them and would not go more than a few feet away. She was a great snuggler and she was a lover in the first degree. Still she did not find her new home exciting enough.
She opened the cabinet doors and scattered the garbage all over the house when she was left alone for only a short time. Then coming back from her evening walk, she broke away and it took the help of several neighbors to catch her and put her leash back on her. She snapped at her new owners when she was lying down and they tried to put a leash on her. She showed aggressive behavior from time to time. They provided her a perfect home, they did all they could for her. Daisy was a perfect home companion, except for those times when she was unpredictable and lashed out at them.
She had exhibited none of this behavior at our home when she was here, but with 5-8 dogs, she had so much company that she was seldom alone and she seldom had time to interact alone. . She did chew a leash in 1/2 when she was left tied up in the car, but she only climbed in the front seat. Apparently no one had heard her call "shotgun". She did appear to have some small confused spells, her eyes would be open wide and her tongue would roll out as she lay down, these may have been small seizures, the books say that dogs may snap when they come out of these spells because they are scared and confused. We had always stroked her gently or just left her alone until she snuggled up again. In a few minutes she would be up and around again, looking for attention. She could also run away if she was confused and scared, she had the dog door and she would frequently come and go on her own, we would take little notice except to look outside to see who had gone out.
We did have a talk with the Doctor about her med's to see if we need to adjust them. We may try a slightly different approach with her medications, perhaps her seizures are not fully under control and we did not recognize the problem because she was passive with us.
We swear that she had a smirk on her face when she came in the door, she enjoyed the excitement of a busy house with 7 friends. She came home because of her own actions. We wonder if she plotted and schemed until she found a way to get back to the more exciting place? It was only minutes from her arrival back till she had set up shop under the foot rest of the recliner. Now we have to find a way to make her want to stay at her next forever home. Since she likes the excitement of dog companions, we may have to look for a home with another dog. We always leave the radio on when we leave home, it tends to keep all the dogs out of trouble and since we normally have 3 to 8 dogs in our home, there is a lot of trouble to be kept out of. After dinner all 7 dogs went out and had a huge romp in the back yard, Daisy has not lost her ability to play with the pack. If anyone else has some suggestions, let us know. Bella and I are the only "Forever Dogs" in this "Forever Home", our job is to help our fosters find their forever home, and stay in them!
We want to thank the nice family that took Daisy in. They gave us good insight into Daisy's behaviour. We should have worked with her med's more before she left here, they did not sign on to take in a problem dog that needed much work and understanding. We hope they will try again with one of the other fine Goldens that are in the system. They tried hard to give a good home to Daisy, they will make some Golden a fine home. Those of us that work in rescue expect medical and behavior problems. They just wanted a companion and we made the wrong match.
Mogley G. Retriever