Thursday, June 21, 2012
Say hello to Polly, the latest arrival at The Dog House. Polly was a surrender to Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, and we were lucky enough to be allowed to welcome her into the rescue family. Her family surrendered her because she was too much for them to handle. 2 1/2 years old, she had a lot of energy and wanted to run and play. Her family had suffered a stroke and other health problems that prevented them from taking her on walks or runs, she shared her home with an older Aussie that did not want to play, in spite of her continued attempts to romp with him. All he got was grumpy with her constant attempts to liven up the house.
She arrived at The Dog House and was immediately mobbed by the gang of five we all wanted to get acquainted at once. Getting mobbed by 5 dogs who wanted to play was a little much for poor Polly, she was frightened at first, then intimidated. It took a while for the mob to turn their attention to something else and let her explore and get acquainted on her own terms. In less than an hour after she arrived she was doing the play dance and running with Molly, Piper and I.
Since part of our task was to conduct a "Cat Scan" on Polly, Polly was introduced to Sarah, the grouchiest cat in the house. Sarah hates dogs, a lot. Sarah came down from her perch and met Polly nose to nose. Polly backed off, she passed her cat scan. Later they met again, Polly passed her second cat scan also. Then Mini cat entered the room, Polly still did not attempt to chase. Knowing that Polly was cat safe, many more doors open for her future. Now she can be a foster at Colleen's home, and she can be adopted into homes that already have cats.
We sent an e-mail to Colleen and to the rescue. Polly was a grand lady. She rode in the car, staying in the back where she was supposed to. She walks well on a leash, she knows her "sit" and "down". She went in and out the dog door with us as we ran, she will find her own way in her new home. She obeys her commands. She is proving to be a perfect Golden. She is going to be a great companion for someone, now the question is, who will be the lucky one that will provide Polly with her forever home?
We were hesitant about sending Polly over to Colleen's house to be fostered. Colleen has a reputation as a "Serial Foster Failure". She takes dogs in to foster them, but she won't return them. She defended herself from our accusations. She pointed out that she has fostered 17 Goldens and she has only adopted 3, so it is not as bad as we make it out to be. According to our math, that is only a 17% failure rate, on par with most government projects.
We spent the day socializing with Polly, playing a little in the back yard, and getting to know this wonderful lady. At 6:30 her new foster mom arrived to take Polly to a new home, and to begin a new life. Polly will be in good hands, or rather paws, until some lucky person adopts her and takes her to a new forever home. She left here with her tail up, a bounce in her step, ready to start her now life. Good luck Polly, and we know that you will find the perfect forever home, you are a perfect lady.
Mogley G. Retriever