Ardis has been with us for one day now. When she arrived yesterday, she was very timid and scared. Her previous owner passed away, and Ardis was rescued from a humane society. Ardis is a 10 year old spayed female, with a medium to dark red coat. Her muzzle has quite a bit of gray in it. She is missing quite a few of her bottom teeth, but this does not effect her eating. She has not had any accidents in the house, and has not needed to be crated. Ardis went to the vet yesterday, and weighed in at 61 lbs., she is a nice size golden. Ardis is currently being treated for hookworm, and a urinary tract infection. Because of the hookworm infection, I have to be very diligent about picking up her feces right away, and making sure my dogs do not come in contact with them. Her toe nails were super long, but she tolerated having them clipped. She did well with her bath too. I was thrilled she slept through her first night, and I did not hear one peep out of her. She is such a lover, and enjoys being kissed, and petted.
Ardis is settling in well, and slowly coming out of her shell. She wags her tail quite a bit, but still holds it down. She is starting to make more eye contact with us. We really noticed her perk up when we introduced our two smaller dogs to her. Ardis is fantastic with our 2 1/2 year old little girl as well. I have not heard her bark, and she has only growled once at my schnauzer because he came too close to her while she was chewing on a rawhide. I was able to take the rawhide away from her with no problem, and she has not growled at us. In fact my little girl can hand feed her. Ardis is not sure about walks right now. She will walk a short distance on her leash, and then lay down and want to go home. I will continue to work on this with her. I'm guessing her previous owner did not walk her on a regular basis. Ardis does not pull much on her leash. I really think with enough TLC, this old girl will be fantastic for any family. I do not know how she is with cats. More updates as I get to know her better.
Ardis is really starting to flourish. She is much more happy than when she first arrived at our home, and is actually playing with my dog Tara. She loves rawhides, but has not shown any interest in doggie toys; kongs, nylabones, stuffed animals. She is very good about not touching my little girl's toys. Ardis is totally housebroken, and is left unconfined while we are away from home. This is one of the nicest, and sweetest dog I have ever met! She is mellow, calm, and super gentle. Because Ardis was not liking to walk very far on her leash, I took her into the vet yesterday to have her hips and legs examined for any signs of arthritis, or pain and stiffness. Everyone at the clinic loved her, the vet said she is in great shape for her age, and she does not exhibit ANY signs of arthritis. I was so happy to hear that. So, now I know she is probably not used to being walked, especially given the fact that when she came to RAGOM, her toenails were curled over into her paws!
Ardis has been adopted by her foster family. She is the perfect dog for their home and vice-versa. She'll be able to live out the remainder of her "golden years" as a pampered queen.