May 14, 2012
Rusty 12-188 is a 9-1/2 year old purebred Golden Retriever. He is wonderful with other dogs, cats and kids. So far, he has shown no aggression. He met the two residents with absolutely no issues. In his surrendering home, he was an indoor dog that had run of the house and is housetrained. He likes car rides and rode wonderfully during the hour-plus transport to his foster home in St. Paul. He is not destructive, does not have separation anxiety, reportedly will pant during storms. He has lived with Cinnamon 12-189 for 9 years and it would be great if they could stay together in their adoptive home. He was surrendered because the owner moved to a home that does not allow animals.
The first order of business upon arrival was a bath. Rusty enjoyed it and he loved the towel rubbing at the end. He dried rather quickly. During his bath, I didn't find any lumps or bumps, but he certainly could afford to lose a couple of pounds. More on his weight after our vet visit this week. He has a shorter wavy coat and is medium red in color. He had furry feet, I've trimmed the fur on his front feet, but he's unwilling to let me trim his nails. He pulls away when I take his feet only when I'm holding a scissors or a nail trimmer. We'll try again once he's more comfortable here.
Neither dog ate dinner last night. They arrived after 4 p.m. so it was only a couple of hours later that I tried to feed them. I used the food they came with but they both just walked away. This morning, he ate breakfast with gusto and would have eaten Cinnamon's if I hadn't stopped him. The surrendering owners used to free-feed these dogs so meal time will take some getting used to.
On Sunday, I left them home for 4 hours with free roam of the main floor. Came home and it took a second for anyone to greet me. Nothing had been moved...obviously they are fine home alone.
It has become apparent over the last 24-hours that Rusty and Cinnamon were loved pets throughout their lives. It doesn't seem as if they've had any formal training, but they are well behaved pets. They stick together and I would love to place them together. I'll update more later in the week.
Wouldn't it be great if we were adopted together!!!
They stick together....hopefully we can place them together.....
We had our vet appointment Friday afternoon. Rusty is now up to date..he only needed a bordatello vaccine and a microchip. He also had a blood test for heartworm disease. They'll let us know tomorrow about the results of that test. He had his nails trimmed too. He never allowed me to do it....it took three techs to do it, so now I don't feel so bad. He does have an ear infection in one ear. He needs to lose at least 20 pounds....other than that he looks to be in good shape. Hopefully his heartworm test will be negative. From his vet records, it doesn't look like he's ever had one before, nor has he been on any preventative.
He is a wonderful passenger in the car, and a good patient except for the fuss during the nail trim. He was pretty glad to leave the clinic. Now, we just wait for the results....and treat his ear infection. He was glad to be "home."
Just a quick update...the vet called with blood work results and everything is just perfect. I'll be scheduling Cinnamon's spay as soon as they have an opening.
I forgot to mention that they are both on diets....Rusty weighs 83 pounds and Cinnamon weighs 103 pounds.
We attended the Ragom event in Roseville today and both dogs did very well. They meet & greet everyone perfectly and they liked all the humans and dogs they met. They enjoyed all the attention and are very tired tonight.
I think they would do well in any type of family.
Thanks to Devon TT for the below beautiful pictures of Rusty and Cinnamon!
Cinnamon was spayed on Tuesday morning. When I went home at noon to let them out, Rusty ran all over the place, he ran around the yard, went in the house and ran around...I'm pretty sure he was looking for her. He was fine once he settled down. Wednesday after work I picked her up and brought her home....he was so happy to see her. She took it all in stride. She is recovering nicely and so far seems to be just fine.
They are both easy fosters and have settled into our routine with little difficulty. I do think I wake them up when I go home at noon, so I'm assuming they were used to being alone longer than 4 hours at a time. He is more playful and will engage with my two guys, which works well for all of them. The long weekend will throw them off their schedule, but I am sure they'll adjust just fine. I'll report more later. I'm still hoping to place them together....email your placement advisor if you want to help me do that.
All is well with Rusty and Cinnamon. They are enjoying the long weekend. The storms do not seem to bother either of them. Cinnamon is healing well from her spay and both of their ear infections are clearing up nicely. They are both a little too interested in our house rabbit, so that room has become out-of-bounds for them. I'm including another picture of the two of them taken by Devon TT....who can resist this pair? Please contact your placement advisor if you want to meet them.
When the Ragom photographer came to take pictures of Rusty and Cinnamon, I downloaded all the pictures. My plan was to send in a new photo along with an update every week until someone noticed. I only had them for three weeks before someone noticed.
Part of that family came to meet them in the middle part of last week. They fell in love. After consulting with other family members that were out of town, they made plans to bring the pair home. They came back to my house on Thursday night to adopt Rusty and Cinnamon.
Everyone has now met and from the initial reports, it's a match. It was hard not to fall in love with those two dogs. I'm grateful to the family that made the leap of faith that it takes to adopt not one, but two slightly older dogs. I know that they will get the pair to healthy weights and will help them live happy lives. Hopefully they will have many good years together. Ragom has the best adopters!!