Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Hazel has settled in and is ready to begin her search for a new home. She wanted to share some of her history with you so that you would know her better. She has not learned how to type, so she asked me to help her to tell her story.
Then one day they told her she was too old and she was going to be replaced by a younger golden. She was taken for a long car ride and let off in a city. They called it a street, and for several days she wandered. Then the doggie police came by and took her to a place full of cages. The accommodations were not great, but at least they gave her regular meals. The doggie jail did not have room for her, so they turned over to a kind person that spoke softly to her and gave her lots of attention, and something they called "treats". She was loaded into a car and she was on her way to Denver and the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies.
In the meantime, she would go to a foster home where she would learn to live in a normal home again, and learn to play with other dogs. Hazel said she has been socialized with dozens of puppies, but apparently that is not the same thing as being socialised with other dogs. She would be evaluated to see what commands she knew, and how well behaved she was. So last Saturday, The Paw Challenged One went across town and brought Hazel to our house to stay until she can find her perfect forever home. And that is how Hazel came to stay with Bella and I.
She has been through a lot, but she has a wonderful attitude. She is proving to us what a wonderful lady she is. She is starting to play with Bella and I. Hazel likes squirrel chasing, she dashes out to the apple trees in a flash when a squirrel is threatening the apples in the trees. She gets along with all three cats, she even helped Mini Cat chase a mouse today. Mini brought a mouse in from the field and Hazel kept it from getting away. It was funny to see Mini Cat and Hazel both chasing the mouse and then being on opposite sides of a chair waiting for the mouse to come out. She is certified as Cat Friendly. Even Sarah, who hates dog, gives Hazel an A+.
Hazel has very good dinner manners, she eats her meals slowly and she does not come bother our dishes. She sleeps beside the bed. The first two nights here she had some bad dreams and woke everyone up, but now she is settled in and she sleeps the night through. She explained that she was having nightmares about crates, kennels, and lonely streets.
Hazel loves toys, squeaky toys, stuffie toys, bouncy toys, even an empty plastic bottle is a toy when you have not had any toys for a long time. Hazel is living with Bella and I, and three cats. She is getting along great with everyone. She loves attention and she is a Velcro dog, she sticks to anyone that will give her a pet or a soft word. She walks well on a leash, she even knows her basic commands and she obeys them. She has a great "sit", a good "down", and she has a fair stay, providing nothing exciting happens to interrupt her. She does know "no", and stops dead in her tracks when she hears it.
Sunday when the rest of us were swimming and playing, Hazel stayed dry. She got in the water up to her knees, that was enough for her. The Paw Challenged Ones decide she needed a bath so they got out the shampoo and gave her a bath while we swam. It took her the rest of the day to dry her off.
We will work with Hazel to do a write up to put on the web site. The photos above should help her find her forever home quickly. Lets all try real hard to find this lovely lady a wonderful new forever home.
Mogley G. Retriever