Sunday, October 31, 2010
Below, Shelby, a striking dark red 4 year old Golden lady.
Lexus is one of the Texas orphans that made the long trip from Texas. On her arrival, she immediately proved that she is 2 years old and she had been cooped up for a long time during her trip. She started running in big circles in the back yard until everyone was running with her, chasing and playing, enjoying being a dog with lots of energy. Within an hour, she was asleep. The rest of the evening she changed position from time to time, but she was more interested in sleeping once her legs were stretched. She would love to be someones lap dog, she is small and would hardly even be noticed if you had her on your lap. She obeys her basic commands, she sat well for treat time shortly after arriving, it was like she had always been part of our pack. She is still wearing her yellow bandanna with her name printed on it, it was how they were identified in transit. Lexus found the toy box in just a few minutes, she has taken over several toys and is sleeping tonight with a stuffed pheasant under her chin. Sleep tight, Lexus, you have earned a long rest.
Mogley G. Retriever
Saturday, October 30, 2010
About a month ago the annual Golden Retriever Nationals were held in Greeley, just a few miles North of Denver. We did not go, although we were invited. Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR) had a good turn out when they held the Rescue Parade. Among things that deserve reporting, rescues from different parts of the country met and agreed to help each other.
Late last night, GRRR sent out a notice that they have received their first request for assistance. One out of state rescue is filled with older homeless dogs, and they are running out of room to help the younger ones. Because senior dogs are slow to adopt out, they do stay longer in foster homes, which keeps younger dogs from finding homes.
This Saturday night (tonight) the transport wagon will roll in from Texas with about 12 Goldens. A call went out for volunteers who could meet the orphans about midnight tonight, and take some weary and homeless dogs home. When Bella and Nala heard about the need, we agreed to share our warm home with someone. So it will be a late night tonight, and probably a little hectic as we bring a new face home after a two day drive from Texas.
Some of the stories are truly heart breaking. One 3 1/2 year old Golden lady is dying of cancer and needs to spend her last months or days in a loving home. She was in an apartment where she was not getting the attention she deserves in her last days. Another couple at 9 & 11 years old have had only each other as friends during a divorce, they were banned to the back yard, food and water was hit and miss during this time. They just want a home where someone will pet them and care about them, they are attention starved. One 11 year old lady lost her family to cancer and she is now seeking a home that will take in a very loved and well behaved lady that just needs a chance to start over. One senior lady is recovering from a very vicious attack by neighbor dogs. She is recovering well, but has a fear of other dogs and will need to learn trust of other dogs again. So many dogs, so few homes.
Since GRRR still has the normal flow of rescues coming in, these additional dogs will test our volunteers and our network to see if we can step up and help at a critical time. Great dogs such as Moose, see the photo in our Halloween party post, still needs a foster home. We also need donations, if you can help us help these homeless dogs, please go to this link to donate to Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies. Donate Here!
Mogley G. Retriever
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I need your help. The chauffeur is getting lazy. You see, we have the Annual Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies Halloween Party coming up this weekend, Sunday the 24th. Since all of the in crowd will be there, we will be attending in our best costume. But the chauffeur has not made us a costume this year. He says he does not have time, he says he is just going to put an orange hunting vest on Bella and I and let us go to the party as Duck Hunters. Now I have to admit that we are good duck hunters, but I am sure someone has a better idea for our costumes. Our cousins will be going with their togas on, now that is a real costume. One year I went as a Golden Angel, they said the costume was fine buy my acting was not that good. I wonder what they meant by that?
That is not to say that Bella and I are not good duck hunters, below is an older photo of us tearing a duck from limb to limb.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
We foster because of Nala. We decided to feature foster Nala today because her story is still going on and it is so heart warming. We are so happy to have her, she is a great companion that in fact, we are not trying too hard to find her a new home. Here is Nala's story, remember, it is a story that is not over yet. We get to enjoy her every day and she is an ongoing member of our blog updates.
The dog door quickly became her best friend. With the dog door she could go out when she wanted, make herself comfortable when she had the need to revert to her old habits by being outside, then come back in and keep track of what was happening in the house. Her day is spent making rounds. She makes a round of the house, then outside where she makes a round of the yard. Then she repeats, stopping by the computer chair for a quick ear rub and chest scratch, then back to her rounds. She can do this 30 or 40 times per hour, then it is time for a quick nap. Once the nap is over, it is back to making the rounds again.
Since she was deaf she could not hear commands, so we began teaching her hand signs. She can hear some loud, high pitched sounds, she hears women better than men. She hears the clang of her food dish pretty well. She wakes with a start when someone touches her during a nap, she can't hear dogs or people coming up on her so she always jumps when she wakes. It is funny to see her asleep just inside the glass entry doors, you can step inside without her waking. When she wakes, she jumps and if a stranger has arrived, she goes into guard dog mode and begins barking, while wagging up a storm to greet newcomers. Mogley and Bella can be barking right over the top of her for some time before she wakes to the fact that someone is at the door. Below, Nala, Bella and Mogley guard the door.
If she can't find anyone, she will move from room to room, barking, looking for her “pack”. She will move from room to room in the house and outside, pausing to bark for help, someone to rescue her from her alone moments. Mogley or Bella will eventually come out of their nap places to see what she is barking for, then life is good, her family has been found.
At first we forced her to come sleep beside the bed, but she was very uncomfortable. We gave up and let her sleep where she wanted. For a while she spent her nights sleeping inside in front of the door, then outside where she had a hole under a tree as a den. Now she has learned the joy of being indoors, she is voluntarily sleeping part time in the bedroom and part time in the entryway, her den is now only for use when the sun makes it a warm spot to nap. Many years of living outside and alone has made it slow for her to accept the new life she is being offered, she is learning to accept the treats and attention, as well as the comfort of a soft bed, it will take some more time for her to learn to be a spoiled golden, but she is trying to be spoiled.
She is becoming a lover now, she has separation anxiety when we leave her alone, and she is learning to sleep under our feet. She is learning the joys of ear scratches and tummy rubs. What a difference a rescue makes in one dogs life!
Nala is why we rescue. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped her on her way to our home. You did good, don't take our word for it, just ask Nala!
By Mogley's family,
Mogley G. Retriever
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
We have to take a break from posting our rescue stories from the past to post some stories that are going on now, stories that you won't want to miss and in which you can help.
First, visit http://lifeon3legs.wordpress.com/ and read about Courage. Courage had a very bad accident, his leg was badly hurt and they have been trying to save it. After giving it some time to heal, it looks like it is not going to get better. Read about Courage and his battle to recover, it will do you good.
The complete story on Courage is at this link:
Then visit our friends The BumPass Hounds, they have posted a real time story about Cooper. When the Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue reveived him, he was almost starved to death, you won't believe how skinny he is. He has several health problems and they are working now to save him. Click on this link:
For continuing updates, watch the BumPass Hounds and Kittens for news.
Then visit Golden Luke at http://goldenboyluke.blogspot.com/ , Luke needs all the support we can give. His exploratory surgery revealed a bad cancer, he is undergoing treatment, but he needs some words of encouragement for himself and his humans.
These are rescues and friends that need help now, go visit them and give them your kind words.
Mogley G. Retriever
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
A trip to the vet disclosed that she was heart worm positive, suffered from arthritis and joint problems. The rescue was very concerned about her, her heart worm infection was very advanced and in her weakened condition there was worry that she might not survive the treatment that would be necessary to start her back on the road to health. She was treated, then kept for observation for several days. When we picked her up, she was still very quiet, she was still under some strong drugs. We had a follow up vet appointment for her after Christmas, they wanted to get her over the heart worm first.
Her trip to our home was uneventful, she rode in a car like she had done so many times before. She was quiet, she was still taking some pretty powerful drugs and she was still fighting off the heart worm treatment. We often wonder what an older rescue feels as they ride to a new home, do they look back on their old home, wondering where their familiar faces are, or do they look forward with anticipation to a new life? We decided that Agnes was just happy to be off of the street and in a warm place.
In a few days it was clear that Agnes had successfully defeated her heart worm. For a few days she was noticeably weak, but she fought the fight and won. She came to us, knowing that she would be hard to place, she was old and she was somewhat stiff in her movements. Old dogs are slow to find new homes.
Mogley and Bella welcomed her into the pack for a long stay. She quickly became a loved member of our home, she was teaching us about the joys of older Golden's. As the drugs lost their hold on her, she became a lover, she had missed the attention and love while she was a stray, then again while she was under the drugs and while her coat was healing. She soon became a hand follower, if a hand went by, she would follow it just in case it would stop where she could put her head under it. Her favorite place was beside any chair that someone was sitting in. She quickly proved that she was a toy hound. We gave her an early Christmas. Because she enjoyed toys so much, we gave her some brand new ones. She had a toy or a ball in her mouth at all times, a sign she was feeling much better.
She did not like the stairs to the upstairs bedroom, but she would struggle up each night so that she could sleep beside the bed. We soon had a routine involving hauling a bed up and down the stairs so she would have a place to lay during the day on the main floor beside the big chair. The rescue has a vest with a handle on the back, on our next trip we would get that so we could help her up and down the stairs, she would not let us go up stairs without her, so we would have to help.
One afternoon during her potty trip to the back yard, she was way out with the other dogs, barking at the back fence where walkers were on the trail in the park. We called then all in for treat and pill time. Everyone ran to the door, Agnes came in her usual “stroll”, half way to the house, she slipped on some hard snow or ice under the trees and fell. When she made two vain attempts to get up, we ran out to see what had happened. She was obviously in pain, and she could not move her left rear leg. We called a neighbor to come help put her on a blanket-stretcher, made a call to the vet that we were coming and headed out. The vet confirmed that Agnes had broken her hip. She had advanced bone cancer, her hips were laced with cancer, there was no hope of recovery, no way the hips could heal with so little bone left intact, there was no hope for her to move or walk again.
After only 13 days with us we had to let Agnes go. We hope we were worthy of her, she was a wonderful lady that deserved more than she was given in the last days of her life. Her passing was helped by the wonderful, loving actions of the rescue veterinarian staff. Agnes was a treat hound, she loved treats. Dr. Carpenter and the Arvada West Veterinary Hospital staff were wonderful. For her last moments, they made sure the pain medications were taking care of her so that she would be comfortable. Then the staff raided the refrigerator and gave Agnes all the “bad” things they had, bits of sandwiches and even chocolate candy, all those wonderful, forbidden treats. They did all they could to make her last moments happy. Yes, Agnes, there were people who loved you and cared for you to the very end of your life.
We still regret that we had overlooked one of the symptoms of her cancer. Agnes had spotted the carpet twice in the days just prior to her slipping on the ice. We thought that the medications were making her incontinent. We responded by making sure she went out on a regular schedule, we did not consider that she was in too much pain to make the trek outside on her own through the dog door. Had we given it more thought, we may have arrived at the conclusion that her hips were worse than we thought and needed some attention. This has made us watch our fosters much more closely, looking for signs that something else may be going on. We should have known that a lady such as Agnes would never make an error in the house unless there was something very bad happening.
Yes, Agnes, we foster because of you and so many more that need our help, even if only for a few days or hours. Thank you Agnes, you made a very big impression on our lives. The rescue volunteers worked together to help her, from picking her up in Southern Colorado, transporting her, grooming her, it took many volunteers to help her along her last journey. Thanks to all of you, you made a wonderful Golden Lady's life a little better. We will always remember you.
Posted for the many rescue volunteers that make it all possible.
Mogley G. Retriever
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Mogley G. Retriever
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
We picked up 6-8 year old Clyde, at a local pound in June of 2009. He had been placed in the night drop pen along with an older lab, no note, no tags, no goodbye to a long time friend. Until we picked him up, we did not even know that the shelters had outside pens where people could just drive up and drop an unwanted dog. Drive through dog disposal, the ultimate convenience for a disposable society. Clyde had been in a small pen, sleeping on concrete floors for seven days, our rescue had a hold on him but he had to wait for the required holding period in case someone changed their minds and claimed him. When we went in the pound, they just told us a pen number and pointed back to the confinement area, we found him in a small run. You can not believe the excitement he showed as he welcomed us and saw a leash. Because of crowding or because of his bad knee, Clyde was in a pen that did not allow him much room. When we walked him out the door we had to prop him up, his legs did not work from the lack of exercise in the small pen. Once he was lifted into the car, he placed his head on the seat rest where we could pet him on the way. His tail beat constantly all the way to the veterinarian clinic for his checkup. His physical exam disclosed that he would need a knee operation for a torn ACL and he had an ear infection. We headed home with his tail beating like a drum on the back of our car seats. He walked into the house and past the cat without batting an eye, clearly he was familiar with cats. He went in and out of the dog door in minutes, he had used a dog door before. It was immediately clear that Clyde was a toy hound, he had been toy deprived for the ten days he spent in the doggie jail. When he came into our home, he found the toy bin and he emptied it day after day. He would take out toys, carry them, then drop them to go back and get a new one. He loved balls and would fetch like the professional he was. Within a week he was chasing balls and running again, not very far or fast because of his knee, but running none the less. His tail never stopped, he was a very happy boy.
This is why we volunteer to rescue.
Mogley G. Retriever