Haley has been with me since Thursday night and seems to have fit right in. She even went to the RAGOM Event in Plymouth yesterday and did just fine. In fact, she seemed to really enjoy meeting people and even greeted store patrons on her own.
This is what I know (which isn't much at this point): she is 11 years and 10 months old (but doesn't look or act it), she is on the smaller side, a little on the thin side, she is extremely sweet and gentle, starved for attention (of course most goldens seem to think they are), she isn't a velcro dog but she does like to be in the same room as her person, walks well on a leash, has learned that sleeping on the bed is far better than sleeping on the floor next to the bed, she gets along with dogs of all sizes (from 6# snarkey little dogs to big dogs), she ignores the cat and she knows sit, down, shake and a few other tricks. Haley is an owner surrender and she had been a much loved pet but due to a change in the family she no longer could live with them. She is housebroken and has free roam of my house. She has kids in her past so she would do fine with older kids for sure, but she will be little kid (ages 1 & 3) tested this afternoon when my grandkids come over.
She will be going to vet on Tuesday afternoon so I will be able to tell you more after that. I do know that she has several lumps under her chin, so I will have those looked at on Tuesday.
This is a very hard update to write as I have already grown to love this precious girl. She was diagnosed with Lymphoma this week and is given 1 to 3 months to live. At this time it is really hard for me to realize that she is really sick. You would never know by looking at her or watching her that she is a very sick girl. She runs around like a youngster, she eats great, she is silly and she loves to play. However, she does become tired fairly quickly, she drinks an awful lot of water and she pants a lot. She started her meds this evening so hopefully she will continue to be a happy, pain free, much loved puppy for a few months anyway. So with that being said, Haley is no longer on the list of available dogs, she is in hospice care now. She will continue living here as a much loved member of my family, with as many short walks, car rides and special treats as I can pack into what life she has left. And when it is time for her to cross the Rainbow Bridge I will help her along the way.
I will continue to send updates and let you know how she is doing and as soon as my camera comes back from Korea - a long story (it went on vacation without me), I will send in a few more pictures. Please keep Haley in your thoughts and prayers as she will need them.
I forgot to mention in the last update that Haley did great with both my grandchildren last weekend, ages 1 1/2 and 3. She especially enjoyed following the 1 1/2 year old around as she was snacking most of the time, and she shares well with puppies.
I also found out today that she doesn't like to be bathed. She rolled in something very stinky this afternoon in the backyard so I quickly put her in the tub to give her a bath. That was the first time that I have seen her actually get upset. She kept trying to jump out, I had to have one hand on her blocking her way out and the other one working quickly to get all the 'stuff' off her. She was not a happy camper.....
Don't forget to keep Haley in your thoughts. I tell her all the time that I love her and that she has lots of people out there thinking about her.
What a personality Miss Haley has!! She is what I would consider an attention hog - she wants all the attention all the time. She isn't mean about it she just pushes her way in makes sure that you know she is there. The other day my little dog Bella (5-6 #'s) kept running between her legs and underneath her trying to get more attention herself, she was even being a little snarkey when Haley just sat on her. Not hurting her but definitely giving her pause to think about the size differrence. I had to laugh. She will also try to push Bella aside with her paw if she thinks Bella is getting too much attention. It is really funny to watch because Bella thinks of herself as a large dog that runs the house.
Haley is still doing pretty good. She still enjoys going for short walks, running around the yard with Shelby (the resident english shepherd), eating and getting lots of hugs and kisses. She has been on 3 different meds for almost a week now so hopefully they are helping slow down the tumors in her lymph nodes. She is to go in to see the vet the end of next week to see how she is doing, so wish her luck. The only change I have noticed is that she is drinking even more water than before, so she can only be left for a maximum of 5 - 6 hours without having an accident. Luckily I go home for lunch almost every day so that isn't too much of a problem.
My camera came home, although I haven't seen it yet, so I should be able to send in a few pictures this weekend. Continue to keep Haley in your thoughts and prayers.
Haley / Hailey (apparently this is her real name) is back with her dad. After finding out that she was terminal her surrendering owner decided that he wanted her to spend her last few months with him. She was really excited to see him and then she seemed a little confused as to who she should go with. She would go to him for pets and attention and then run back over to me to make sure that I was still there too. In the end she happily jumped into his car and went with him. She is definitely loved. I will miss her terribly but I know that she is where she belongs for now.
I must tell you about one of her last little adventures at my house though. I was warned that she does know how to open doors so that I should make sure that the doors are shut tightly. Well, I didn't shut the pocket door to the pantry all the way, there was maybe a 1 inch gap, and she worked the door open and ate at least 5 pounds of dog food. Her stomach was so hard that she was uncomfortable for 2 days. She must have spent the afternoon standing in front of the dog food bag and just munched away for hours. By last evening she was finally starting to be hungry again and running around like normal. Silly girl!!
With a very sad heart I'm sorry to pass this information on to everyone (some already know) but we had to put our beloved Hailey to sleep Monday afternoon November 30, 2009. She is now in Heaven with Abbey, Leigh Ann, Heidi and Grand Ma O. smiling down at us. I'm not very good at writing so bear with me as I babble away.
Hailey was doing great up until Friday evening when she developed a limp on her back left hind leg. Up until Friday evening you would have never known Hailey was sick. We thought that maybe she had stepped in a hole and twisted the leg. Saturday rolled around and she still had the limp but no visable signs of swelling or anything. By late Sunday afternoon I noticed that Hailey's front right leg was very swollen and the leg was very warm and it was at this point she couldn't walk at all. We carried Hailey around all night when needed but had a very bad feeling as to what was happening. By the time we all went to bed Sunday night we had a bad feeling that Hailey wouldn't make it throught the night. Our plan was to take her to the Vet Monday morning. Hailey made it through the evening thankfully. Although in the morning she wasn't able to stand at all and barely able to keep her head up along with a lot of shaking. Stacy and I took her to the vet only to find out what we probably already knew. We would have to put Hailey to sleep.
Hailey was diagnosed back in October with Lymphoma and given 1-3 months to live. A very special thank you to Sue with RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota) who had Hailey and took loving care of her for a short period of time in October and came to love Hailey just as much as if Sue had known Hailey since she was a puppy. To Sue, I'm very sorry I didn't get to set up a weekend for you to see her again. I did give her a Kiss, Hug and I Love you from You to Her before she passed. Thank you again Sue and will be in touch tonight or tomorrow night with you.
I don't believe there is a single word, sentence or paragraph I could come up with that could give enough thanks to Paul, Stacy, Jacob, Ash, Bela, Gavin and Colleen and the new puppy Fritz for all the Love and Happiness they gave Hailey along with a wonderful home to be at. Although Hailey was only with them for a little over a month they gave Hailey more love and attention then anyone could ever ask and then more. Hailey became a part of their family as if they had had her since birth. Hailey sure is gonna miss steak for dinner, pancakes for breakfast and McDonalds and Peanut Butter and jelly for lunch I'm sure!!! :-)
Megan, Tristin, Jen and I were some very lucky people to have been able to have Hailey in our lives for 12 wonderful years. We know all the stories so I won't bore y'all with them. We just know Hailey isn't in pain anymore and is with her bestest friend in the world Abbey. Hailey will always be with us as long as we live still bringing us smiles. Marge, Tom and Nanna thank you for all the years of happiness you brought to Hailey.
To everyone who had the opportunity of meeting Hailey thank you for the Love you gave to her and I'm sure Hailey gave in return.
Monday afternoon Jacob came home early to say good bye to Hailey. He went to his room and pulled out a book, brought it to me and asked me to read the following:
Deep in the meadow, under the willow
Hailey, I hope your trip across the Rainbow Bridge was calm and peaceful and that you are in a wonderful place where we will all be with you some day!!!