Wednesday, July 6, 2011
So many things are happening that it is hard to keep up. Sage is trying out his new home. One of the couples that came over with their grandchildren to swim on the 4th were waiting to see if another couple were going to adopt Sage. We finally received their reply and they were going to wait a little while as they had a recent death in the family and felt they needed to wait to adopt. We called the swimming couple, or rather they called us and we told them Sage was still available. In the meantime, they had volunteered to become foster parents as well. So their first foster is Sage, until we can get the paper work done for his formal adoption. Good going Sage, you have a great back yard, a very nice home with toys and even better, grandchildren who will regularly spoil you rotten. Good going Sage. Below, I and Leia are playing tug-o-war with a pool toy before the contest gets started. She will be soaking wet in just a moment or two.
At noon, Star arrived. Star is a former foster that we found a home for a long time ago. Her mommy had to go out of town on business for a few days. Star has anxieties, so leaving her at a boarding kennel was not a good answer. Star came to stay a few days with us. She has some thunder anxiety and when a thunder storm passed over we were worried, but she was fine. Star brought some toys, but Bella tried to shred them immediately so we sent them back home. Star did keep an old shoe as her comfort toy, Leia immediately started throwing it around. Star does not seem to mind, she plays well with others. Her first few moments were exciting. We thought she was not going to be a water dog, no worries about the pool. She jumped right in and swam. Not once, but several times. She is a real water lady. Which does raise a small problem, she is a heavy coat Golden and when she gets out, she is heavy and can hardly walk. She also takes hours to dry. So we may restrict her access to keep her dry.
For all of you that want to help rescue, but are not sure how you can help, here is an idea. We are keeping Star, but the payment for her boarding is a donation to Golden Retriever Rescue. That helps everyone out, and helps the rescue. So you may want to follow our lead and keep a Golden to help a rescue. If you are looking for a place to board your pet and want it to get special attention, call one of your rescue friends, offer to donate to their favorite group for a few days of boarding. Because of liability most rescues will not formally sanction this as a fund raiser, but you can do it privately and it is a real win-win.
Nala needs mention. During the madness of our days of Wet dogs, we tried to keep Nala in the house. She gets knocked down constantly by the other dogs as they run and play, but she won't stay out of the middle of the madness. If there is something happening, she is going to be part of it. She was so upset when she would get locked inside that she had to be let out and she had fun. Being part of the family activities is important for her, even if she does take some punishment from the faster and more active members. She still loves being in the middle of any activity. But we see her moving more slowly today, I think it is just a one day thing from overexertion and that she is back up to full speed soon.
Princess Leia is still here, there are two people waiting to meet her, but the scheduling has not worked out yet. She will find a great home very soon. Leia has great manners when she is on a leash. Off leash, she is a bit of a terror. She is very mouthy, trying to grab hands, trying to jump up to greet guests. We are working on her manners, but we are not going to get her under control before she is adopted so her new family will have to take her to lessons. Leia has become a real water dog, she loves swimming and she will gladly do laps in the pool with me. She has such a wonderful disposition and she is so smart that someone will adopt her and make her a wonderful member of their family.
Mogley G. Retriever