Sunday, July 31, 2011
Two big news items today. First is our visit to Rescue Central on Saturday. Second is Maddie and her new Forever Home. Saturday was the big parade. Since my paw challenged ones do not walk well anymore, they went to the picnic area where the after parade picnic was to be held to help set up. We wanted to see how Maddie was going to act around a lot of dogs. If she is going to be a therapy dog, then she needs to be well socialized. She did great. She did not play with the others a lot, but she did join in and socialize. That is understandable, she was hot and it was all new to her.
The picnic was not very big, most of the people that walked in the parade were tired and hot, they went home to cool off. A few folks came by and there were perhaps 15 Golden's to play with. Below is a photo of one of the new rescues that we will be writing more about soon. He is making his views known about walking in the heat in a parade. Just wait till you read his story! He will be up on the web site soon.
Maddie took her bed, her bag of toys, treats and her food along just in case. After getting acquainted, she decided to try it out, Maddie unpacked and stayed. This morning we checked in on her and she is quit happy, still a little shy and still uncertain. Maddie had bonded very tightly with Marilyn, it will take a few days for her to settle in totally. But two walks a day, lots of brushing and petting, nice neighbors, frequent treats, squirrels and her own private bunny to chase, all add up to one fine home for a Golden Lady.
We have more about the new rescue arrivals, but we will have to save that till later.
Mogley G. Retriever
Friday, July 29, 2011
Nala gets the first treat, and she also gets the last one. Something about her time getting short, so she gets extra treats, extra petting, extra everything. If I get on Nala's bed they make me get off of it. Nala is still getting around well once she gets up. Even with her pain management pills, she has a bad time getting up and down. Once up, she stays up, once down, she stays down. She walks unsteady on her hips, but she still comes looking for her share of attention and she is always first in line for treats. She still makes her trip outside just after midnight, she makes a quick inspection of the back yard, then she comes back to sleep. She still watches out the front glass door and lets us know if someone is coming down the walk. The morning sun hits her bed, and as soon as she is done with her breakfast, she returns to soak up the sun. More and more often, people come in the front door and Nala barely wakes up. She will wake up to greet them, get her attention, then its back to nap time.
Then there was a long telephone call. There are two applications for people that want to meet Maddie. They were told to call them and set up an appointment to meet Maddie. The first phone call was a long one, it was decided that the home sounded like a perfect match for Maddie. The lady had lost her Golden and wanted to find another full time companion. She was offering a home with just two hands to pet her, but they are full time hands. Lots of walks in the neighborhood, a nice back yard for those times that a lady needs a backyard. Full time house privileges, room in the bedroom for her bed and lots of attention. Maddie will be tested to see if she can become a visiting therapy dog at a local retirement center. If she passes, she will be spending time with hundreds of hands to pet her and enough attention to wear out her fur. What a life that would be for a loving lady.
Maddie says she is not excited about the attention right now, but she will see if she can work with it. She is shy, and she will have to work her way out of her shell. The reward will be so much attention that she will never be alone again.
Wish Maddie luck, tomorrow afternoon she will go see if she likes the arrangements. If she does, she will stay and start her new life. If she decides not to make that her Forever Home, she will be back and we will call the next applicant and interview them.
We checked the list of our foster visitors. Maddie is the 73rd foster we have had here. I was number one, and I have stayed number one. I was also the first foster failure, the first foster that they took in and refused to give up. It happens often in the rescue business, and it is what makes rescue so much fun. 73 is not a landmark number, but we are tracking so when we hit 100, we can celebrate.
Mogley G. Retriever
Sunday, July 24, 2011
We need to mention Butter, she looks like a new dog. Her hair is beautiful, she is bouncy and playful. What was once a very sad lady, overweight, alone and lost, she has blossomed into a great companion in a wonderful home. She was having so much fun with her family and they are enjoying each other so much that another Golden was wanted to add to the happiness. So while Maddie did not fit with Butter, their search will go on for the ideal companion for Butter. Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies is looking for the ideal match.
After Maddie came back home, She sulked for a while, she was not happy that she had been taken out of her home. Today is a big day, Maddie is out in the back yard chasing squirrels with Mogley and Bella. She is in full "Tail Up" mode today. Running and playing. Bella and I are not toy centric, and if Maddie has a toy, we let her have it. She feels a lot more comfortable being able to join in at her own speed. She is coming out of her shell. When we hit the dog door to go out back and bark at the hikers in the park, she is with us. She is learning how much fun it can be to run with the pack.
We are looking for her forever home. We think she may find a home with an older dog that won't push too hard to play, and will let her move at her own pace. She is a wonderful lady and she is going to get a wonderful home. That is our promise to her.
Mogley G. Retriever
Sunday, July 17, 2011
There are hard rescues. Where we go pick up a much loved and very well cared for lady from a home that does not want to let her go. A home where she is happy, pampered and showered in love and attention. A death in the family, a move to a small apartment, a downsized home and life style means lots of changes. Maddie was a much loved member of the family, but she was gaining weight from no exercise. A family disability meant that her family could no longer take her for long walks, there was no large yard to run in, there were long days in a tiny apartment. Her family wanted more for Maddie, they asked us to find her a new and very special forever home where Maddie could stretch her legs and live an active life.
Maddie came with two pages of commands she knows, detailed instructions on "fast potty" commands, how to tell her to stand at the door so her feet could be wiped dry when she comes in from a wet walk. Come, Sit, Down, Leave it, Drop it, Shake, Heel, NO, Nope, Don't, Jump on, Jump off, Jump up (into the car), and more. So many commands, so much training and love were given to her, her new home had better be a wonderful place, they have a very high standard to live up to. The only command she has not followed so far is "Maddie, do the laundry". That may only be because we have not shown her the laundry room yet.
It is a good thing we picked her up in a large SUV, or else we would not have had room for her two bags of favorite toys, her large dog bed, a bag of food, two large boxes of dog treats, her medical records and her typed pages of detailed care instructions.
We do know that she is shy, she also is slow to take up with men. Her mommy told us that when she was adopted Maddie had been mistreated by a man and Maddie still has some hesitation when she meets a new man. The man had better prove he can be her friend, then all is well. We will post more on Maddie later, she has not yet settled in and we don't know her yet. Give us a chance to get acquainted with her, and give her a chance to settle in with us.
Meanwhile, welcome Maddie to our foster home. We will have her swimming and playing in no time. Soon she will have a waiting list of people that will want to adopt such a beautiful, well trained and well mannered Golden lady. Maddie will carefully review her choices and make a selection of an active home, a home that knows how to treat a lady. If you want to adopt this lady, you had better offer a very special home to her, she is going to hold out for the very best.
Join us in saying "Thank you" to her family for seeking what is best for this wonderful lady, they made a huge sacrifice so Maddie could have a better life. From all of us in rescue, Thanks.
Mogley G. Retriever
Meanwhile, back at the home place, it is quiet without Leia. Bella and I moped around all evening with no one to wrestle with but each other. This morning after breakfast I was left a special treat, a whole banana was left right at my nose level in my special place, on the end table, right by the big chair. It was one of the best bananas I have eaten all week. I don't understand how the paw challenged ones think. After leaving it there for me, he yelled at me when he saw the last of it disappearing. Almost as if he did not want to admit that he left it there for me. They are sure hard to understand at times.
Today we are scheduled to go pick up an older golden lady to foster. They have to give her up, and they don't want to so they are putting it off as long as possible. Late this afternoon we will go meet this wonderful lady and learn her story. This is the kind of story that makes us glad to be part of rescue. When a special lady needs special care at a very trying time in her life, and her family's life, we will be there for them.
Don't forget to vote, twice a day in two catagories, for Ruby the Service Dog. Go to this link if you have forgotten to mark it. http://dogtime.com/petties Vote early, vote often. Go to yesterdays post if you don't remember why you are voting. Also, visit Ruby at her blog page, http://servicepuppyruby.blogspot.com/ and give her some good vibrations.
Mogley G. Retriever
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Above, Service Dog, Ruby in her working uniform!
The power of the pack, we are calling for the power of the pack. Call in the hounds, call in the poodles, call in the Siberians, call in the mini-dogs, call in the big dogs. Calling all fur friends! If we had a horse, we could ride down the road calling "To Paws, To Paws, the Blog Voting is coming!"
A wonderful blog is up for an award. Raising Ruby is a blog about the daily life and training of Ruby, a service dog in training. Go to her blog and see what it takes to make a beautiful puppy into a wonderful service dog. Follow her life, and you will also be learning a lot about training and service to others. Go to http://servicepuppyruby.blogspot.com/ then save it because you are going to need it every day.
Save this link as well, http://dogtime.com/petties which is the blog you will go to to vote, twice, through July 29th. You vote twice, because Raising Ruby is nominated in two different categories, so be sure to vote in each category. Ruby is under Best Blog Post, and under Best Cause Related Blog. Apparently the rules allow you to vote twice a day. If you have more than one computer, you can vote twice each day on each computer.
Ruby has told us that Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies is the charity she chose to win the two $1,000 awarda if she wins. If she wins, we win! If she wins, all of rescue wins. If she wins, all service dogs win.
So get to voting! Tell all your friends. Tell all your computers. Spread the word. Remind them every day! Vote! Fellow bloggers, post this on your blog to help spread the word!
Mogley G. Retriever
p.s. Don't forget to vote!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I hope you enjoy sharing our fun day with us.
We hope you are having a great summer too!
Mogley G. Retriever
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Leia has added two more items to her list of what she wants in her new home. She would like to have children, and a pool. Or at least a stream nearby. She loves the water. We are all told that we can't go in the pool until we are told it is OK. Leia is getting bad about not waiting for the OK before she gets in. That means she may be wet when she is supposed to be dry, like just before bedtime.
We can't tell if the children enjoy playing with Leia more than she enjoys playing with them. Or maybe its a tie.
After we were told to leave the pool and put on our leashes to dry out, a thunderstorm came by. Star is a little thunder shy, she does not like storms. Leia likes to nap in the crate, its a very dark and secure place. So today when the thunder started, Star went in to the crate to hide, but Leia was already napping. So here is what happened.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Leia has several people asking about her, but she has not decided on a home yet. She wants an active household. This place is full of older dogs and she tries constantly to get a game going, but we just go lie down and nap. She would love a family that hikes mountain trails, or jogs regularly. She has to go run in huge circles in the back yard several times a day to keep her pent up energy from getting her in trouble. Below, Leia is resting between runs.
Dad has a new phone, with a fold out keyboard. He says he needs new tiny fingers to type on the tiny keys. He says there is one very good thing about texting instead of calling people. When he is mad at someone he can write a very pleasant and nice message, using only his middle finger, and they never know.
Mogley G. Retriever
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
Monday, July 4, 2011
The real winners were five children that spent the day swimming with their dogs. They had a blast. How often do you get to enjoy an exciting day with your best friends? The kids loved it, the parents loved it, and a good time was had by all.
We may have to make this a weekly competition.
Mogley G. Retriever
Saturday, July 2, 2011
There are great days, there are wonderful days, and there are Stupendous days. Today was even more than that! We drove over to the Rescue Central for a 10:00 date for Sage to meet the couple that drove in from Chicago, about 14 hours, just to meet him and several other Golden's. Bella and I rode along so we could supervise and coach Sage on how to respond. Once we arrived, Sage went for a walk with the couple. Butters was there and she was already impressing them with her good behaviour. After meeting Sage and Butters, they had a hard decision. Butters won the new home, and left to conquer the big city. The photo above is of Butter, settling in for her trip home. We are really happy for her and for the family that chose a wonderful lady. They have a small house and yard, Butters is a better fit for a smaller house. Sage was thought to be a little exuberant for a small place.
While we were there, the paw challenged one got busy with his camera. He volunteered to help take photos of new arrivals for the web site, and to help write biography's for our homeless Golden's. He spent several hours working with new arrivals, but they kept arriving. He ended up taking photos of 10 different orphans. Now the hard part comes, writing up their stories. For the blog and for the web site.
The weekend is just beginning. The next two days are the annual Wet Dog Contest. We have invited about 20 goldens to come by and see who can win the prize for the best wet dog. I expect to be a top contestant, I have been practicing for days.
Mogley G. Retriever