Saturday, September 1, 2012

Not another foster?

Not another foster?   That was what all three cats said when Hazel arrived this afternoon.    The Paw Challenged Ones had driven over to Golden Retriever Rescue of Colorado to look at the new puppies and to see if there were any new dogs that needed a foster home.   There were goldens in need of temporary homes, and Ted was at the head of the list.   But Ted is totally blind and we were worried that he would walk off the edge of the swimming pool into the water without knowing it, the fence only goes around the pool stairs as our signal that it is not OK to swim, the rest of the pool is unprotected.   So Hazel came to stay with us till she can find a forever home that is up to her standards.    

If Hazel looks a little damp in the photos, it is only because she was inspecting the pretty green stepping stones that go across the Koi pond.   She tested them only to discover they would not hold her weight.  No one told her about water lilly pads, she went into the koi pond.   Hazel has a lot to learn, she was a breeder female and spent her life in a small pen having puppies, then watching them be taken away.   But she is learning fast.  

She is enjoying her new life of freedom and people.    She is an attention hound of the first order.  She loves attention, she is trying to make up for lost time by getting as much petting and as many treats as she can.   She knows a few of her basic commands, she will come, sit, and lie down, for about 10 seconds, then she is up looking for a hand to get a pet.    After dinner tonight we all had out finger of peanut butter along with our pills, she was really intrigued by the stuff on the finger, she was pretty impressed with the new level of attention and the new kind of treats.   Hazel is also a toy-a-holic.   She loves toys, all kinds of toys.   Stuffies, squeakys, bouncys and anything she can get in her mouth.    The cats forgive us for bringing her home, she is a perfect lady with cats. She has met all three cats and they all approve of her.   She has not discovered the Self Serve Apple Treat Tree yet, but she will soon, and then we will have to put her on a diet.

Wish Hazel well, and we will keep you up to date on her progress.  

Tomorrow is our rehearsal day, we are having a swim party with lots of our friends coming in to help us enjoy the pool now that it is almost back to clear again.     But it is just a rehearsal for next Saturday.    Next Saturday is the Annual Golden Retriever Rescue Reunion Picnic, tennis ball fetch, picnic and swim meet.     About 200 golden retrievers will gather at the park where we will fetch tennis balls in the lake, romp with our friends and meet many of our former fosters as they return to the reunion to tell us about their new homes.

Mogley G. Retriever


  1. I can't imagine being fostered, I've been abandoned before and everything but it must be so hard to go from home to home...

  2. Hey Mogley,
    We look forward to stories about Hazel. We know you all will take care of all her needs, and she will find a forever home very soon.

    Hamish & Sophie
    Mom & Dad
    Sheila & Bob

  3. What a sweet gal - I'm glad she is getting a second chance to know what being a dog is about.


  4. We wish dear Hazel a forever home soon. Have a great Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Hazel is beautiful and sounds like she has a wonderful personality. We bet she will soon find a loving home with people she can spend the rest of her life being loved and petted.

  6. Hazel is very beautiful. We wish her a good home and all happiness.

    We once had a Scottie mill breeder who sounded just like Hazel for love and attention. She was such a brave little dog and any piece of paper that fell to the floor was chewed up for bedding for babies. But she was finished with that part of her life. Every walk was an adventure!

    Enjoy Hazel while she is with you!


  7. Hi Y'all!

    As perfect a lady as Hazel is, I'm afraid y'all might not bring her home from the picnic! Her forever home may be among the homes in the crowd.

    Good luck Hazel!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog