We have welcomed Mr Jake to our home. He is 10 year old (young really) who likes to play ball and is in wonderful physical and mental shape for a gentleman his age. He does have cataracts, but doesn't seem to detour him. He was to the vet today and had his blood work done, shots updated and as soon as we get his results back, he will be going in for a good teeth cleaning and possible removeable of a broken lower canine. He was also microchiped and is officially a RAGOM dog!!
Jake was with his family for many years and was loved. Since a move to a new neighborhood, it became obvious that he was too old to learn to deal with small kids that want to hug him or come up and surprise him. Meeting and learning to socialize with new dogs (and cats), was a bit much for Jake to take on. It was a difficult decision for the family, and rather than advertise in the paper and not know about the family he would go to, they found RAGOM and we are fortunate to welcome him to our stately senior group.
Jake is very loving, adores cuddling and belly rubs. When brushing him and you hit a snarl, he will curl his lip to warn you he doesn't like it, so he is appropriate in letting you know he wants you to stop. He loves to be brushed and we spent a few hours on the deck doing just that last night. Then we had a nice oatmeal bath and conditioner. The bad news was my hot/cold pipe in the garage broke and flooded the basement, thus the delay in getting Jake on site. Since we had his vet visit today I figured I would wait and do the whole update tonight. Anyway, Jake listens, comes, sits, lays down and thought didn't care to eat his first night away from home (which is pretty normal) he did decide last night and tonight to eat. His weight is perfect at 55 lbs.
The sad news is that because of his thick and beautiful fur, the matts are right down to his skin and he will be shaved. We have tried 2 nights to work on them, but it is painful and Jake has let me know as such. He will be cooler, but probably needing sun screen. So don't let the shaved look turn you off, just look at all that beautiful coat he had and WILL HAVE AGAIN!! Those pictures to be in next update.
Jake has never been around cats til his move to his new house. He did give the neighbor cat a run for its money. He met my Coulter and nary a look. However, he was confused when Coulter came up to him and rubbed against his legs. Jake just looked at Coulter like....what are you and what are you doing. On the other hand if the cats are on the deck or down on the grass, Jake feels like it's another animal. Last night he went for Coulter. After the first time I told him NO he tried a couple more times, but stopped when I said NO. I would say a home without a cat would be best, unless you have a very dog savvy cat and the cat has a safe place to go to. Meanwhile Coulter is doing his best to acclimate Jake to the feline world. Stay tuned.
Jake has not had a great deal of socilaization and so meeting new dogs in the neighborhood went ok as long as they were girls. Guys, not so much. However, when we arrived here we got out and did meet 'n greet on the drive way. Ranger 07-237 was excited to see him, resident Reba was curious and Jake....well he could have cared less. It was time to check out the bushes and leave his mark. In the house he has been a perfect gentleman with the dogs. Tonight while on the deck Reba kept nudging him to play and he simply ignored her. Her feelings were hurt:( Here she thought was a senior who would enjoy some senior play. No such luck.
Jake spent his summers sleeping in the garage and winters indoors. I must say that after 2 days he has decided the a/c is wonderful and a great place to hang out during the day. He is gated in one part of the kitchen, Ranger in another and grandma Reba has the lower level where she sleeps all day. Jake has not chewed on anything, has no interest thus far in toys or bones. He will finally take his treats his family sent along and so that means he is getting more comfortable here. He loves to get up on the couch and cuddle when he isn't busy exploring and exploring he does. He sleeps in the bedroom at the foot of the bed on the floor all night without a peep. This morning I was dragging and so he had to wake me to let me know it was time to get up....he had to pee. No accidents of course. He's too much of a good guy for that.
I think Jake would be happy in a house with older kids, teenagers, that know how to play ball and treat him with respect. Or a family of adults who would enjoy his companionship, cuddling, playing ball and going for walks. He is not a runner, but at his home if another dog or sometimes the kids would be out in the street he would wander out there. If someone is with him during his outside time he would be fine. He spent many nice days out on the deck at his previous home, and he loves to be out on ours. Jake is not mean or aggressive, but as I said will let you know if you are hurting him or trying to make him do something like roll him over. Just a bit touchy in that area.
If you have been looking for a "young" senior, house broken, still likes to play ball and go for walks, great health......well HELLO, here he is. He has been loved and needs someone to continue to love him and enjoy his golden years with him. He is a diamond waiting for the right setting. If you are an approved applicant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and if you aren't an applicant, you can apply on line on our home page.
Foster mom and the crew
Hello, Jake here. I have decided after foster mom had me shaved, I would hold my head up high and wear a cool t-shirt when we walk in the sun!! I must say I feel pretty "cool" in more ways than one. Someone told FM (foster mom) to put a t-shirt on me to make me feel safe and covered. Heck I don't mind at all. Fact is I've been pretty frisky since the unloading of the "coat". I have even approached Reba and Ranger 07-237 a couple times for some sniffs. I stay away from Ranger when he is wearing that goofy thing on his head though. FM said I have adapted quite well here and having run of the house with Reba is great. I still like to give the cats a bit of chase now and then, but they have so many places to hide I lose 'em pretty fast, or I'm told NO and I stop. The neighbors are real impressed with me and can't believe how spry I am at 10 and how well I listen. They love it when FM tells me to sit, shake and lay down and I roll on my back for a good belly rub. These humans are easily impressed. I like FD (foster dad), or TM (the Man) as FM calls him. He gives great rubs, pats and lets me go check the sprinkler with him, but I am not allowed to go into his flower garden to pee. They are amazed at how I prance and run like a young guy
I don't care to eat in the a.m. and p.m. like the others dogs do, even if it is better for me. It takes a bit of coaxing to get me to eat only cuz I was used to eating in the garage when I wanted. Here we are something called a schedule and we all eat in the house. Tonight FD put my food dish up in a stand and told me it was ok to eat. He stood by me til I started to eat. He says I eat funny cuz I stand up and get some food, then sit down and chew, stand up, well you get the picture. The foster parents said they have to watch to make sure I continue to eat enough. Maybe they will give more treats to help me out:) I never eat any of the other dogs' food and they tell me that I'm such a good boy. Well, duh, of course I am.
Last night after FM did Ranger's "physical therapy" I got to get up on the big couch and cuddle with her. I am such a good cuddler, but don't get on the couch unless I'm asked. I wasn't too sure about Coulter the Cat's tail hanging in my face, but I was allowed to sniff and I was too comfortable to even try and give him a little exercise.
This morning I got to go for walk with FM and one of the neighbors to a garage sale. Sure was lots of interesting smells. But when some people came I felt it was my duty to bark and make sure everyone knew that I was on guard. I was asked to be quiet and I did, then gots lots of praise and pets and pats. When we got back home I got to run around and frolick, whatever that means. FM says I'm like a spring calf out in the field....well if means I'm happy to be running and jumping and enjoying the grass and fresh air...well yeah then I must be like a spring calf.
Well, I guess it's Ranger's turn to get on the computer, so guess I better wrap things up here. I am getting along just fine with the troops here and when I go to the vet I'm really a good boy. I'm pretty attached to my FM when we go anywhere and if she isn't right near me I'll bark to remind her she belongs by me. I know I can be happy in a home with older, dog savy kids or a quiet home with just me as the only fur butt. If you happen to have another senior that doesn't want to play, but just hang out, that would be fine too. And keep in mind, my coat will grow back in a couple months and keeping up the grooming end, I won't ever have to do the "cool shaved" look again:) If you'd like to learn more about me or would like to meet up, just contact email@example.com and tell them you are interested in JAKE # 07-349. Meanwhile I'll hang out here and stay outta the sun.
Jake's new haircut!
Jake and Ranger 07-237
Quiet time with Jake and Ranger
Hi, Jake here. Figured it was about time to let you all know how I was doing from MY point of view. Let's see, I'm eating 2 times a day most of the time. FM puts some of resident Reba'sTD perscription dog food ground up on my food and I chow down. I am playing ball every day, before the parents go to work, after work and then in the evening when it cools off. Foster mom says I prance like a horse...is that a good thing? I almost put a foot into the wading pool today, but caught myself! I am chasing the cats less and less in the house. If I forget one of the foster parents tells me NO and I stop. I suppose FM tattled and told you I chased Coulter around the outside of the house......well I just couldn't help myself. I haven't seen the chipmunk around so it was a slip, ok? I have been sniffing at some things called chew sticks, bones, hooves etc., but they just don't interest me....yet. I am not allowed to have the tennis ball in the house cuz I want to play and then Ranger wants to try and get the ball from me, so that gets to be a bit much for house time. BUT sometimes I manage to sneak the ball in and as long as Ranger doesn't see I'm good to go.
I finally have got the foster parents to figure out I like to be in the kitchen by myself when I eat. So if they put a gate up between the dining area and the kitchen, I will eat whle Ranger eats. I knew what I wanted, but hey sometimes the humans are bit slow. I'm still very good with Reba and Ranger, but if Ranger bugs me too much I will give him a growl and bark and he hightails it outta my way. But we do have our good moments too, as you can see by the pics.
So the other night I'm licking my paw minding my own business when I get told to stop licking. Sure enough FM checked it out and I have a hot spot above my pad on the back of my leg. So off to the vet. FM told them they pobably should use the muzzle cuz I can lip curl when I'm scared or hurt. But Dr Jennifer came in and did scritches on my ears, rubbed my tummy, rubbed my legs and talked nice and I let her examine me and my owie and never once fussed, lip curled or air snapped. I think maybe I am beginning to understand that no one is going to hurt me. When, for whatever reason, I have lip curled lately, maybe once or twice, FM stops, talks very quietely to me while petting me and then goes back to whatever she was doing and I'm fine. Guess I'm making progress there, huh? Plus I get a lot of praise.
I am feeling more secure so now I wait for the nightly treats before bed. I would run right upstairs and wait on the landing for FM to come, but now I know I won't get left outside or out of the bedroom, so I stick around for the treats. Coulter comes for his at the same time and I don't even bug him.
My coat is growing out and it's really nice and soft so FM is pretty sure it's gonna come back as soft as my head/ears and legs. Can't say I miss all that hot hair, so it can grow nice and slow, as long it's back by winter, cuz I don't want to wear any of those sissy coats. I would be too embarrassed. After I had my teeth cleaned they barely got me off the table and I was ready to go. I wouldn't go in the recovery kennel and the girl didn't know what to do with me except take me for a walk. Later at home I seemed to have caught a chill, so FM put the heating pad on me to warm me up. Then she put on a t-shirt and let me lay on the bed with a blanket on me and I slept there all night.
I am slowly trying to figure out how to interact with Ranger 07-237, my foster brother. There have been a few times when I do go to him and sniff and stand real tall and put my ears back and wag my tail. FM never has the camera, but maybe she'll catch on to having it at night when we come in after our last potty break...I seem to be pretty brave about checking Ranger out when we are in the garage. Meanwhile I settle for getting on the couch with FM every night for some serious cuddling and scritches. I just love being in doors and the a/c is awesome. I may even try the pool out one day.
Well, that's about it for me. So if you want a young 10 year old who plays fetch, loves walks, enjoys some serious cuddling and likes to give the cat a cardio workout....just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you wanna meet me, Jake # 07-349 And I would be fine being any only dog or hanging with another older fur butt who is not interested in any serious playing.
Bedtime, gotta go
Jake.....when I think of Jake I think of the song 'Me and My Shadow', because that is what he is. He knows when I pick up a laundry basket it's time to go outside, when I go out on the deck, it's time to chase balls, when it's dark and he's had his treat, it's time to go upstairs and go to bed. If TM is moving the hose, Jake goes. If we walk over to the neighbors (where Lake the 5 month old lab lives), then it's time to go see the neighbors and Lake. And oh boy if I'm going out to pick up doggy do do, well that means it's time to play ball. Yet, he can be so content to just lay down and hang out. He reminds me so much of resident Reba when she was young. You did NOT get out the door without her!!
I had mentined previously about Jake's lip curl or air snap and fear I've given the wrong impression of him. I have found that reassurance is the key to Jake feeling safe and comfortable. He has had a hot spot on the back of his front paw which requires medication to be put on 2 times a day. I have found by getting down with Jake on the floor and rubbing his belly and giving some good ear scratches (his favorite) and just talking to him, he will let me lift his paw and put the stuff on. I then praise him and he gets the e-collar put on to give it a chance to work, his treat and more praise and he is good to go. He has come to trust me and that's what it's all about. Even when the neighbors 2 year old grandson was here, he was gentle and let Adam pet him and throw the ball for him. I will say Adam is pretty dog saavy for his age and I think Jake sensed it and was comfortable with him. Love, patience, understanding and reassurance has made all the difference in the past week in gaining Jake's trust. He has come so far.
There is a picture I'm sending of Jake and Ranger 07-237, his foster brother, on the deck. What you can't really see is that for just a moment Jake was being frisky and interacting with Ranger. Up until the other day, Jake would not go into the wading pool. So I threw his tennis ball in the pool. It took him some perusing the situation, but he finally went in. We aren't talking laying down and enjoying it, but he did get in, get his ball, get out and bring me his soggy prize.
Jake loves his tennis ball. We didn't see that the first week here. But NOW.....he is a retrieving machine!!! In the morning we go out and I hit the ball, he gets it, comes up the deck steps, pushes the gate open (it's kept closed for Ranger, but Ranger doesn't go down the steps without permission or help) and brings me the ball. Keep in mind he's a great retriever, not so great about giving it up. So, I finally discovered that if I have another ball in my hand, show him the ball, he'll drop the retrieved one and we're good to go. Now remember this is a very healthy 10 year old dog. He will retrieve any where from 6 to 12 times. For real!! Even in the afternoon on week ends he has to have a couple times out, back on the deck for a rest and off again. We monitor him during the warm part of the day. But come evening he's raring to go again. What's really fun is to hit the ball and watch Lake chase Jake as Jake chases the ball. They both get lots of exercise and there is a certain amount of doggy interaction there....especially when Lake comes running, Jake stops and Lake goes tumbling over Jake:) And of course every now and then the tables turn and Jake will take off after Lake barking and acting so tough, but Lake thinks it's great fun.
Jake is a lover. When you are standing he comes up to you and leans in so you can scratch him. When you are sitting he comes and buries his head in your lap so you can give ear scritches, which are by far his favorite. And of course there's the couch cuddle time. Up until a few days ago he wouldn't get on the couch without being asked. Well, one night after we had all been out and everyone did their business etc Jake disappeared and I figured he had gone to bed upstairs. Nope he was on the couch, all stretched out sound a sleep. Reba sleeps in the family room most nights now as she is happiest there on the cool tile. I guess Jake decided she would like company and he didn't come when I called. So I thought, what the heck, let him stay and see how it goes. Well, it went just fine and I slept in a room without a dog.......talk about strange! So depending on his mood, Jake will come upstairs and sleep in the bedroom or he'll sleep on the couch in the family room. And Mr Jake has decided A/C is the best. The dogs were out on the deck today while we were stripping wallpaper. After awhile Jake let us know it was time to come in and lay near the vent. Doesn't take them long to figure things out. Oh and he now eats in the kitchen next to Reba just like all the other fosters have done. We are so proud of him.
So, People, here is a young senior, 10 years old, great health, loves to fetch, stays in the yard, listens, almost all the time goes behind the row of bushes next to the field to do his business (he's so considerate), is a love bug, is learning to interact with other dogs and hasn't chased a cat for a day,which I'm sure will change by tomorrow. He loves to go for walks, knows which leash is his and wonders where it went since we moved it out of the kitchen while stripping wallpaper. He rides beautifully in the car and is ready to go anytime you are. So not sure what the problem is here. No training, just adoration and love from him to you. I think there's still enough summer left to show Jake the joys of a lake and retrieving balls off the dock. You can get ahold of us by contacting email@example.com and ask about Jake 07-349
Everyone have a safe and happy 4th of July
Foster mom and crew
Who wants hamburger? That was good!
Who wants hamburger?
That was good!
Jake being frisky
Just Jake!! He's the man around here. Keeps Lake (pup from next door) and Ranger 07-237 in line. He won't fight for his tennis ball if it's laying between paws and one of the pups comes to get it. However, if it's in his mouth, look out, he gives them what for. I'm feeling rather full of myself as I am on the receiving end of kisses, both on the hand and face!! How lucky is that. A sure sign of acceptance, trust and love.
Jake has made so much progress the last couple weeks. He is not so velcro anymore. I can actually put his food down and walk out of the room and he will stay and eat. I can visit a couple of other rooms without company....if you get my drift:) He will check up on me but does not have that need to be right there anymore. He does not like to be left on the deck, and sometimes will whine and cry. I am trying to show him he will always get back in and it's ok to lay in the sun and enjoy the breeze. After potty at night he waits for his treat and may or may not saunter upstairs to the bedroom. If he waits for me, he doesn't feel the need to stand guard out side of the bathroom waiting for me. He will many times to go the bedroom and settle in on his own.
We have had no lip curl or air snap for a while. He has let us know that many things frighten him and so with ear scritches and belly rubs, you can relax him and he in return will allow you to clip nails, apply salve etc etc. Just as we want them to listen to us, Jake wishes for us to 'listen' to him. And we do. In his forever home, the parents will have to earn that trust from Jake and it won't be fast. Patience is the key word.
This older gentleman ( he will be 11 on 11/10/07) continues to amaze us with retrieving and running. He doesn't leave the yard, but will go a bit back in the field, but mostly he will do his 'business' in the field. What a good boy. If I walk over to the neighbors to get Lake, the 6 month old lab puppy (Ranger 07-237's playmate), Jake trots along, and every time, Lake comes barreling out, runs into Jake, Jake chases Lake, rolls Lake, and Lake moves on to Ranger. Meanwhile, with the squirrels and chipmunks Jake has to explore and check all the smells out. If they are really good ones, he may stop mid-fetch and go after the scent. But still and all, retrieving tennis balls is Jake's thing. He knows when he sees the tennis racket, mom's ready to hit the ball and he just shakes with excitement. He still does not give the ball up per see. I have learned to keep an extra ball in my hand, when he comes with his ball, I show him mine and he drops his. Sneaky but it does the job. I try to not let Jake have a ball in the house as he will decide he wants to play and will bug you forever, and at 9 PM while I'm vegging, I'm not interested in playing ball. I make sure we get that done before it's dark. Besides if Jake leaves the tennis balls lay around, Ranger will chew them up. He still has no interest in toys or chews.
Jake is the 'guard' dog here. The neighbors come over with or without Lake, he runs barking to them, they say 'Hi Jake', his tail wags and he's fine. If some one comes down the side street to go to the field out back, human or otherwise, he has to bark to let them know he's here and he's watching them. If the door bell rings, he lets me know. Which is actually nice as many times if I'm on the lower level I don't hear it. I did discover that given the chance he would go out in the street if someone was walking by, and bark at them as he went. So a little shorter tether is in order when out front watering plants. He is friendly and I feel the barking and even the low growly part is from lack of socialization, and he's slowly learning it's ok for people to come and go and even walk by our house. I don't think it ever will leave him entirely...that protective/scared feeling, but hey it's ok.
Jake is really a very sweet, loving and well behaved boy. He doesn't leave the yard, he comes when called, he knows sit, down, stay, 'give me 5', and of course 'wanna get up on the bed':) Routine has proven to be a great help to Jake in settling in. Where before he wouldn't eat at meal time, you now put his food down morning and night, he eats. We would come in from last potty break and he would hover by the garage door waiting to get in the house and then would run right up stairs and lay on the landing waiting for me. He now goes out, and will just hang out while Ranger goes potty. We calmly go in, get treats and eventually head up stairs. Sometimes Jake will go down to the family room, hop up on the couch and sleep there. But 99% of the time he sleeps in the bedroom. When I would get my purse and get ready to leave, Jake would head for the door, and start in, try to sneak out, I'd leave and I'd hear him barking and whining. Now he just gives me a dirty look and walks away...... Progress.!! He feels comfortable enough to get up on the couch without permission. That family room couch must smell like a revolving dog massage parlor. But best of all, it's a great place to cuddle up, get belly rubs and snore away during a movie. He will even share space with Ranger, but not Lake. Last night he shooed Lake off and in a less than gentlemanly way. But hey, that's how puppies learn. Other than that, he is not a resource guarding dog.
I know Jake will do best in a home without small children. I would trust him around children that know how to respect a dog, and with adult supervision of the children, they could pet Jake without a problem. He loves attention, but when he's done, he's done. I would never leave any dog alone with children...never. Jake will do wonderfully in a fenced or not fenced yard. He listens so well, and he doesn't want to be too far from his people. He likes men and has no issues with them. Cat? He still loves? them! Sedwick stays clear of him, but Coulter the younger one will walk right up to Jake and rub against him and Jake just backs up, he just doesn't know what to make of it. But if Coulter starts to run off, Jake will bolt for him. I simply say NO and he stops. When we walk in from outside and Coulter or even Sedwick is standing there I just tell Jake be nice and watch his body movement. If he looks like he's gonna break, I simply say very firmly, NO!!
To share your life with my senior, you will need, patience, love, understanding, acceptance, routine, rules, patience, ability to adjust, love to play tennis, go for walks and rides. It has taken Jake time to learn to trust us, to allow us to clip nails, put medicine on him etc. He is just now feeling comfortable here, and when he goes to his forever home he will need time to re adjust all over again. Patience on the new family's part is of the utmost importance. He most likely will always give a lip curl to show you he is afraid or you are him hurting some how. Just listen and love him and he will love you back 100 fold. He wants/needs a loving environment where he can be the apple of someone's eye, feel safe and secure, loved and cherished, and spend his senior years doing what he loves best; being with his humans, playing fetch, going for walks and of course rides. He loves to go anywhere you go. SO if you are an approved applicant and know Jake is for you, contact ragom at firstname.lastname@example.org Jake07-349 in subject box We look forward to hearing from you.
Foster mom and the crew
** please see personal note below***
For those of you who read the ragom updates daily or weekly, you will note there was no mention of resident Reba. On July 9th we helped her to the Rainbow Bridge after a short illness. While she spent her first year in an outdoor kennel with no toys or attention, we gave her all we could for the past 14 years. She brought such joy to us, greeted each foster dog with acceptance, showed a few of them some manners and loved the puppies. I have never met anyone that after meeting Reba didn't think she was the sweetest dog ever. Never have I have been so unconditionally loved, accepted, listened to and enjoyed a dog's antics more than with my sweet girl, Reba. We love and miss you....just wait for us.
As you can tell by the pictures, Jake has a new favorite position for his evening naps:) He continues to cuddle on the couch, chase balls, make an attempt to 'play' with Ranger 07-237 and even our houseguest, Maya, the black lab. What a surprise to see all 3 dogs playing tug, ok it was a shock to see Jake playing tug. Jake is the guardian of our home and property, no one comes without Jake letting them know he knows they are there. Resident Reba barked at our milk man for 14 years, tail wagging the entire time. Jake has taken up the greeting which makes her passing a little less sad to have that tradition carried on by him.
I have had many people ask me how it is I can foster and then let the dogs go. My standard answer is always the same; knowing they are going to the right forever home and family makes my job rewarding. There have been dogs I have fostered that I thought maybe I should keep. But then the right family came along and even as I cried when they left I knew it was the right thing to do. About a week ago as I tried to imagine Jake leaving to spend the rest of his life with someone else, some other family, learning to readjust to a new place, new people and a new routine, it hit me.......Jake was the 'one I knew I should keep'. And so it is, Jake is now with his forever family in his forever home. Jake will continue to keep the chipmunks at bay, announce anyone's arrival, chase balls up and down the yard, take his nap on his sofa, and maybe, just maybe someday figure out his new fur brothers, Sedwick and Coulter the cats, don't need a cardio work out each time he sees them:)
So to Jake from his mom, dad, foster brother Ranger07-237 and his cat brother's, WELCOME HOME!!!
Jake's Mom and Dad
Our grumpy and loving 13 year old golden boy crossed the Rainbow Bridge a week ago, on January 30th, 2 days after my birthday. It has taken me this time to try and write about him, to get everything about him in this final update. It finally dawned on me, there weren't enough ways to tell all the stories about him and what he brought to our lives. So instead I waited for his last good days outside and in, took the pics and finally decided that no matter how I write this story about Jake, our rescued RAGOM senior............it wouldn't be able to do him justice. So here's just a little bit of life with Jakie.