JingJing had to change foster homes 2 weeks ago because the previous foster is moving out of the area and could not continue fostering him. When I went to pick him up, he greeted me at the door and was immediately friendly and very loving, no shyness or bashfulness. I introduced my golden to him and he had no problem with introduction and they started running around the house playing almost immediately.
He rides really well in a vehicle and he is eager to get “on board”, but needs help lifting his back end into the vehicle. When exiting the vehicle, he needs assistance as he cannot jump down from the seat or back end of a vehicle. I raise the seat so he can walk out from the floor of the vehicle.
The only “resource guarding” I encountered was in the first 36 hours and it was with toys on his pillow. When he was on his pillow with the toy and I reached in to pet him he growled and snapped.
By the 3rd day all I had to do to get a toy off his bed is coax him off the bed, walk over and pick up the toy. Even when he is watching me, he does not react. When he was anywhere else with a toy, I could trade him a treat for the toy without any issues.
I have not seen any “resource guarding” with his food. I have stood close to him while eating and rubbed his back with no reaction. Also, my golden tends to stand fairly close to him while he finishes eating and he has not displayed any issues with her.
JingJing went to the vet when he came to my home. This vet looked at his previous lab work and wanted to follow up on a few things. Originally JingJing had shown some signs of being anemic. This blood test showed that his red blood cell count is normal.
Vet attributes this to being on a good diet the last couple months. His kidney values looked good also and once again the vet attributed this to a good diet of prescription food. He doesn’t feel kidney disease is an issue and potentially may be able to take JingJing off the prescription food.
The vet did notice low protein level so he is doing a few more tests to determine the cause. The vet noticed both of his ears have an infection and we are working on treating those. His eyes look good and have only a slight amount of clear discharge. This has lessened considerably the last 2 weeks.
JingJing is a very much a gentleman. He likes to be by you and will follow you around or lay by you. When people come to the house, he greets them enthusiastically but gently.
He is learning “wait” and being released before he goes through a doorway or coming out of his crate. He crates very well and seems comfortable. I have not found a part of his body that he is uncomfortable with being touched.
He takes a bath very well and stands still for the blow dryer. I brush him in the backyard and he stands still like he is on a grooming table. While treating his ear infections, he comes over and lets me flush, swab and medicate them without moving.
JingJing does sleep on his pillow by the bed through the night without any problems. He is such a sweet boy
His home is going to need to have minimal stairs for him to navigate. He goes up and down the 2 stairs here fine, but more than that consistently will be a struggle for him as he has lost some muscle in the rear.
When he is playing and goes down, he does struggle to get up, especially on slick surfaces. Another dog in the home would have to be gentle.
JingJing does play well, but an exuberant play partner would be to much for him. I’ve noticed that he does look to my golden for direction quite often, so another dog to help him navigate his new residence would be beneficial.