8/11/06: Katie is a 4 month old purebred Golden Retriever. She had an injury to her right eye when she was 5 weeks old. It did not heal properly so Katie will be having surgery to remove that eye. The vet said yesterday that the dogs bounce back very quickly from having this eye surgery and in time she will learn how to hold her head so her field of vision is better. She does get playing and running out in the yard and sometimes does not look where she is going, but that is typical of a lot of puppies.
Katie is a beautiful puppy. She has a darker red coat and it has lots of waves. She has been settling in here for the last few days, and now has become more comfortable and more energetic. She loves exploring and finding new things to see. Right now she is teething, so we are keeping many chew toys available for her. She goes from toy to toy and chews for quite awhile at a time. I noticed a couple of her bottom molars were gone today, so she should be getting some new teeth in soon. She is a funny puppy because so far she won't eat peanut butter. I have put some in a Kong for her several times and she never touches it. I haven't ever had a dog refuse peanut butter.
Katie loves to play. She does play pretty rough with our resident dog and when Gabby gets tired of it, she just tells her off. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes, Gabby has to tell her more than once, that she doesn't want to play anymore. Katie is a typical 4 month old puppy that is full of bounce and energy. She does know sit pretty well as long as you can get her attention. Katie is used to being in a crate at night. She does bark for about 5 minutes to make sure we really did go to bed and it is quiet time. We have had no accidents in the house so far, but I do let her outside quite a bit. I don't let her run loose through the house at this point. If I have her on the carpet, she is on a leash with me as I don't want her to have any accidents. She is doing so well so far, I don't want to take two steps back.
Katie has not been around cats before she came here, so that is one thing that really gets her attention. We are working on her not chasing the cats, but so far we haven't made much of an impression with her. The cats appear to be far too much fun to chase and right now Katie is all for games to play. We will keep working on that as much as we can.
Katie had a great time playing in the pool today. I filled it up a little bit at first and she thought it was for drinking. I started throwing the Kong into the pool and it didn't take long before she was running in and out. She really likes sticking her face in the water and then running out fast. It was a beautiful day for a little puppy to take a dip.
Katie is all UTD on her shots and will have the eye surgery within the next couple of weeks. If you would love a very pretty girl that is full of energy and love to give, please email RAGOM at placementragom [dot] org and let us know. She won't last long.