Korey 19-257C

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Korey was surrendered to RAGOM by a Chinese rescue who found him severely beaten. Despite his abusive past, he is a happy pup who eagerly explores the world in his wheelchair and does not let his paralysis hinder his enjoyment of life. Korey will need a family who is able to manage his incontinence, and any children in the home must be older than 8. He can live with other dogs, but he has not been tested with cats. A physical fence is optional.

At a Glance #19-257C

Golden Retriever 2 years old
Male 54 lbs

Available as of February 17, 2020
Fostered in St Paul, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $475

Children ages 8+
Can live with other dogs
Not tested with cats
Physical fence optional
Medium energy
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Korey was surrendered to RAGOM by a Chinese rescue who found him severely beaten. Despite his abusive past, he is a happy pup who eagerly explores the world in his wheelchair and does not let his paralysis hinder his enjoyment of life. Korey will need a family who is able to manage his incontinence, and any children in the home must be older than 8. He can live with other dogs, but he has not been tested with cats. A physical fence is optional.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

For the past several weeks, I've been thinking that maybe it is time to get Korey a new set of wheels. This set probably has 3,000 to 4,000 miles on it between Korey and Tundra, the other paralyzed dog that I fostered several years ago.

So, either it is a coincidence or I'm telepathic, but a gentleman who lives near the trail came up to us and said he had bought a wheelchair for a dog he used to have, but it was never able to use it. Score for Korey, as it is the same brand and in new condition - look for it to appear in upcoming updates. Now I think I'll test the telepathic angle and start thinking we need a Ferrari!

Followers of Korey might notice in these pictures that he has a new harness - it's called the "warrior" and it sure seems tougher than the regular harnesses that Korey seems to break quickly. Because his legs don't bend behind his body, we have to strap them in front, and his one leg pushes down very hard, putting a lot of strain on the stiching. Let's hope this one lasts longer.

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Korey 19-257C

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Minnesota weather is always changing quickly this time of the year; sometimes it is warm and sunny, and the very next day cold and rainy. Korey walks every day regardless, but on one of the real nice days, we thought it might be nice to venture to Lake Phalen for a 3.1-mile trek including some off-roading!

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Korey 19-257C

I don't think I've shared that Korey is a lap dog - he comes up to me when I'm sitting in the chair and wants to be picked up. I don't know his limit, but he has never wanted to be set back down!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Korey loves him some puppy love! We have several new puppies in the neighborhood, and Korey can't wait to play with them on our walk.

We're looking forward to more warm weather so we can keep him clean more easily - it is nice when I can use the garden hose to clean his backside up.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Sunday, March 14, 2021

I didn't have any bubble gum, duct tape, or a paper clip, and I wasn't trying to defuse a thermonuclear device, but I did need to do my best "Macgyver" (or Macgruber!) on the trail yesterday as Korey's wheels broke where they attach to his harness.

Most handicapped dogs can bend their legs backwards, and the cart has hooks to hold their legs up back there, but in Korey's case, his legs muscles have atrophied, so they stick out in front and I have to attach them to the front bars, which puts a lot of strain on the webbing that holds the cart to the harness. This is particularly bad on his left leg that pushes down with much force; his right leg is very loose, and it even seems like he holds it up.

We were about a mile from home, and my option was to try and carry a 55-pound dog and his wheels home or rig up a repair - I opted for the repair and managed to loop his leash around the other side and tie a knot to hold it together. We made it home fine and where I have spares of just about all of the parts to get us back rolling.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Monday, March 8, 2021

More warm weather and more slop! Lots of melting snow mixing with sand that Korey kicks up on his belly, tail, and rear legs means more cleanup after each walk. I leave him in his cart and wipe him down with a wet washcloth until he's mostly clean.

Korey loves a car ride and a change of venue, so we went to Lake of the Aisles on Saturday for our walk. He met lots of people and made some introductions with other pups. He was very tired when we got home.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Friday, February 26, 2021

Korey loves car rides, and on Thursday, we loaded up and headed to Flying Cloud Animal Hospital. It is very important to find a vet that understands paralyzed dogs and their unique needs and situation; Flying Cloud does water therapy and has cared for many special needs dogs, so I trust in their care.

Lots of good to report and only one bad thing, and that was bacteria in his bladder - not surprising at all as it is almost impossible to get all the urine out all the time; a very common issue for incontinent dogs. We were sent home with antibiotics.

The good news was he is at a very good weight, his coat is in great condition, and his little wounds have healed up pretty well. They also reported that he had a condition called "Gorgeousness".  He has it bad, and there isn't a cure!

On the way home, we stopped for gas and went through the car wash. Korey wasn't sure what to make of the brushes and foam; he was very interested, but didn't panic.

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Korey 19-257C

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Brrrrrr…. Been a cold week and frankly, Korey doesn’t care! We didn’t miss a day of walking, although we went shorter distances or took two short walks to make it easier. The cold wasn’t much of an issue, but salt bothered his paws a few times, so I tried some booties, tried being the operative word; he reluctantly let me put them on him, but we only made it halfway down the driveway before he “demanded” they be removed.

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Korey 19-257C

You can imagine how much laundry I have to do for Korey, with all his pants, diapers, and bedding - probably similar to having a baby? The big deal for him is when I need to wash one of his beds - his main one I now have 3 covers for so I can easily put it back in service, and the other round one I have to take away until I get the cover washed. As you can see, once I bring it back, he plops down on it as to guard it from being taken away!

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Korey 19-257C

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

I’ve lost track of time and realized it has been too many days since I’ve updated you on Korey and his exploits.

The slightly warmer weather is more comfortable for walking, but with that comes more slop on Korey. I gave him a bath last night, and as usual, he was a good sport - likely because he gets a full cookie afterwards! While we were near the bathroom, I took the opportunity to get on the scale with him; slightly wet, he was 54 pounds. He looks a good size to me - he thinks he could use even more food and treats.

Korey has now been with RAGOM and me for a full year and seems to be doing well. I’m going to schedule an annual checkup for him and we’ll know for sure.

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Korey 19-257C
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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Well, recent weather conditions here in St. Paul have turned our winter wonderland into a treacherous icy mess! I’m a firm believer that most dogs should get a walk every day (good idea for their owners as well) and maybe even more important for a dog like Korey who normally has limited mobility until he gets “carted” up.

Korey does just fine on the ice as the cart keeps him upright and his nails grip the ice; not as much for me as I have much less traction and Korey sometimes likes to get moving - he was polite enough to turn around and wait for me to get up from my fall; bruised elbow and ego, but otherwise fine!

 

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

We have never done an official cat test, but Korey has just a slight interest in cats we have come across while out walking. There was an odd occurrence as I went to pet a friendly cat who was out wandering, and Korey rolled between us. Maybe he thought I was in danger?

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Before we finish this update, we have several good people to thank for their generous gifts. Michelle B who has been following Korey’s adventures and donated food after her beloved Duke passed away: please accept our condolences and thanks. We have several anonymous new sponsors as well, one in memory of Alice Tyre and a second who would like Korey to stay happy - he will as long as I keep the treats flowing! Thanks to all of you, RAGOM can care for the more challenging dogs.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I’m not sure when Santa starts his naughty and nice list, but Korey definitely was a bit naughty last week with the destruction of two dog beds in the same amount of days. Korey is mostly non-destructive; he doesn’t tear up his toys or get into mischief during the day with free roam, but he likes to play very rough with those dog beds after his meals - he tosses them, grabs them, and rolls around with them in his mouth. The new one arrived today as I was typing this and a couple new covers for his other one are supposed to arrive on Monday.

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I thought I would also give a little bit of insight on his care. Since he is incontinent, he wears a belly band, or, as I call them, “pants” to keep urine contained. We use extra absorbent liners and regular baby diapers inside to absorb any pee that comes out between expressing his bladder in the yard.

I have chosen to just let the poo fall where it may, as putting diapers on the rump doesn’t always contain it - those pesky leg holes! And having dried poop stuck to dog fur seems like a bigger mess than picking it up off hardwood or tile and then spraying a bit of Nature’s Miracle on the spot.

He has over a dozen sets of pants, and they don’t always get wet if the diapers and pads catch the pee, so we can sometimes go up to three days between laundry loads.

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Here’s our normal workday routine: get up early, pick up any poop on the floor, and go outside to squeeze his bladder, then he comes in for breakfast and while he eats, I wash his boy zone with a washcloth to prevent urine burns on his skin and put fresh change of pants, etc., on him as needed. After eating, he works on destroying his dog bed, chews on toys, or naps while I prepare for work.

Just before I leave, we do one more bladder expression and play for a few minutes in the back yard - he has a large rock he likes to run around with, then we come back inside for another cleaning and fresh pants and pads. Before I walk out the door, he gets a small handful of assorted treats to occupy him as I make my exit.

When I return from a full workday, Korey greets me at the door - just try and tell me dogs can’t tell time! - for some pets and love. I usually need to pick up some poop, and then we go outside to empty his bladder, clean him up, feed him, and put on a fresh outfit. He then goes back to destroying his dog bed while I wind down from work for a little bit, and then we “cart up” for a walk around the neighborhood, usually going 2.5 to 3 miles.

After the walk, we go outside for another expression and some rock chasing. His legs are rigid, but he pulls himself to full upright outside quite often, even though he can’t actually control them for walking. We do one more expression and cleaning a few hours before bedtime and then one right before he goes to bed with one last treat.

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Korey 19-257C

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

For all of you who have been “anxiously” awaiting what special item came in the box of wheelchair parts several weeks ago, your wait is finally over!

Santa sent Korey a pair of skis that can be swapped out with the wheels on his cart. We went out for the first ski on Christmas and, as of this writing, have now used them three times going the same distance that we usually go with the wheels. I think they actually take less work for Korey to pull, and he seems to have figured them out fairly well.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Korey has the best fans! We would like to thank Jana and Ed for sponsoring Korey, in memory of Summer and Otis; thanks.

Korey gets extremely excited when he knows that he gets to go for a car ride, and Sunday was no different when we took advantage of some mild and sunny weather and visited Stillwater. He seems to be a little scared of bridges, but did okay once he could focus on a few other dogs that were walking on the bridge, too.

Thanks for following Korey’s adventures, and he wishes you Happy Holidays and he wishes he could have some more treats!

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Monday, December 14, 2020

We have two more people to thank this week: Judy, in the memory of Amos, sponsored Korey along with sending him some love - thanks, Judy!

And Jean S, a longtime RAGOM volunteer and whiz on the sewing machine, made him another batch of “pants” as his middle keeps getting bigger. His last set were actually ones that Jean made for another RAGOM dog that I had fostered, named Tundra, who was also paralyzed but had much lighter fur, so those old pants weren’t as fashionable on Korey as they were on Tundra. Problem solved with these new patterns - look for them in all his upcoming photos. Thanks, Jean!

He helped unbox two packages last week: the one with the new pants which he promptly carried to his bed and “guarded”; the other was the box of wheelchair parts, including the special parts that we mentioned last week that we still aren’t at liberty to divulge! I really wanted the spare parts on hand because he depends greatly on his wheels to explore the world and get around outside.

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Korey 19-257C
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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Korey has 3 dog beds, and the round one is also his toy and wrestling partner. It gets bit and tossed around so much that it has gotten torn many times. I’ve had it stitched up by others and also have crudely repaired it myself. Well, finally it became too torn to repair, and I started searching for another round one without much luck, until I realized I could just buy a new cover and shove the old bed inside - Korey approves!

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

This weekend, I got an email from Handicapped Pets, the company that makes his wheels, and they were having a big sale, so I placed an order for wheels, struts, harnesses, and other assorted parts (including a surprise part that we’ll show you later), which turned out to be timely as his wheel strut literally fell out on the walk the next day. Luckily, I was able to put it back in and make it home, and I had an old part in the shed to get us back to normal until the new stuff shows up.

We would like to thank Nicki, Steve, Freyja, Leelou, and Callie for sending Korey some love. It is greatly appreciated and makes it possible for RAGOM to help dogs that have gone through hardships in their lives - Thanks!

Friday, November 20, 2020

As the seasons change, so does the amount of work it takes to keep Korey clean. With the rain and wet snow comes a muddy backyard and sloppy streets. Since a paralyzed dog drags themselves along, he gets muddier than a regular dog and the road spray from his wheels gets him dirtier. I have a big stack of washcloths ready to go!

I’m a big believer in a tired dog is a good dog, so we’ll be rolling no matter the weather, shortening the time in extreme weather to keep him safe; he hasn’t hesitated to go out yet.

More good news; fresh puppy along the route—Korey had great fun playing with her tonight.

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Korey 19-257

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Before we tell you about Korey’s big week out meeting all of his fans, we need to thank two generous supporters: one in honor of Josie and the other in honor of Grandma Hoffman. Thanks so much!

On Friday, Korey went to the St. Paul Audi Dealership for the second time to appear in their Facebook ad campaign. We always have fun there and RAGOM very much appreciates their ongoing support of our rescue activities.

Saturday found us at Chuck & Don’s for a Meet & Greet. I didn’t bring the camera but did snap a picture of Korey’s new toy when we got home—a stuffed stingray that we bought there. Korey loved meeting so many nice people, although he got a bit “barky” with a couple other dogs in attendance.

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Korey 19-257

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

We are just starting a week of warm weather, which makes walks much more enjoyable and faster as I don’t need as many layers to keep warm.

I “snuck” Korey into my precinct today to vote. I was able to vote, but since he came from China and didn’t have proof of citizenship, and I suppose because he is a dog, only I got to vote.

We won’t need to sneak him into Chuck and Don’s in Edina this Saturday, November 7, as RAGOM has been invited to hold a Meet & Greet there from noon – 2:00 p.m. Grab your mask and come see him; weather is forecasted to be nice and we may even be able to sit outside.

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Korey 19-257C
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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Saturday was a good day for a very short road trip as we drove a couple miles from home to Lake Phalen and did a lap: 3.1 miles. Korey enjoys smelling just about everything and since this was a new area, it took a while to make our way around.

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Korey 19-257C
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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Not everyone in the Twin Cities might have been thrilled by our October snow storm, but Korey sure was. He started ‘flying’ around in the fresh snow when I let him out this afternoon.

It was so crazy—I grabbed both the video camera and regular camera and, in my haste, basically threw the camera across the kitchen, which is why all of these pictures have a black curve section to them. Oh well, I guess it’s the Universe’s way of telling me it is time for a new camera.

We still went on our walk and plowed through the deep snow. Korey didn’t care at all, he just worked harder and I kept knocking the snow off his wheels and we did a shorter route.

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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Korey spent Saturday afternoon hanging out with RAGOM at Pahl’s Market Fall Festival. He had a great time meeting all sorts of nice people and even talked me out of a few bites of some mini donuts.

If you remember, Korey had eaten a corncob a week after he arrived in Minnesota last January and had a very expensive surgery to remove it. So, I kept a very close eye on him around all of these fall-themed corn cobs and stalks. I figured there was $2.5 million worth of dog surgeries on these tables alone!

Apparently corn cobs are a very common item removed from dog’s intestines, so keep a close eye on your pup if you have cobs for decorations.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

We walk every day and have met lots of nice people and mostly nice dogs. Korey absolutely loves this neighborhood puppy. Three sisters walk him around some of the same paths we walk and when they meet, they just have a fun time playing and drooling on each other.

The action is so fast that all I could capture were these blurry pictures. Korey is perfectly fine with the puppy getting in his face and jumping on him.

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Korey 19-275C
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In other news, we just heard about a Meet & Greet in Apple Valley at Pahl's Market on October 10 and 11 (Saturday and Sunday), and we are going to see if Korey can make an appearance. Hope to see some of his fans there.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Korey really likes meeting most other dogs; he particularly seems to like hyper puppies! This one lives on the corner across from the neighborhood walking trail and whenever he is out, Korey just has to go see him.

It’s a Great Dane and likes to run under and around Korey’s cart—that isn’t going to last for long as that puppy is getting bigger every day. These pictures were taken several weeks ago and that puppy has about doubled in size.

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Korey 19-257C
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Korey 19-257C

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Since we couldn’t have an in-person Goldzilla this year, we decided that to keep in the spirit of the event, we should walk somewhere else besides the neighborhood and we chose Lake of the Isles.

Korey loves car rides and going places, so he had a great time.

We would like to thank the fine people that sponsored our walk and wish we could have seen you all in person. Thanks to: Debbie H., Lisa B., Pamela P., Christy M., Kate H. and Heather L. Your donations enable RAGOM to help the special dogs like Korey!

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Hello fans of Korey and RAGOM. This Sunday the 13th is our big fundraiser—it used to be a huge get-together of hundreds of Goldens and other dogs, but with this virus, it has gone virtual.

Korey and I will still be walking and have started our own fund-raising page on the Goldzilla website. If you would like to pledge us, we would very appreciative.

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Korey 19-257C

Saturday, September 5, 2020

“I’m going to make you a star.” Korey got the call that his beautiful face was needed to help the Twin Cities Audi dealerships with their ad campaign. The local Audi dealers have been very generous sponsors of RAGOM for quite some time, and Korey was more than happy to help out. Honestly, he just is happy whenever he gets to go on a road trip!

The dealership staff and customers were very nice and enjoyed meeting Korey. I thought he might really like taking the Audi R10 supercar for a spin, but his paralyzed legs couldn’t operate the pedals - okay, there may be one or two other reasons that we don’t let Korey drive cars.

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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Time for a pit stop - new tires for Korey’s cart! He does 2 or more miles every day, and the soft foam tires just keeping getting smaller and smaller, so “we” installed a new set. Korey was very interested in the process and sat next to me with his snout under my arm and his chin on my leg; always happy to help out!

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Korey 19-257C

We are also working on getting him to balance a bit on his rear legs to help build up some strength and flexibility. He really doesn’t walk on all fours, but can drag them a bit into the upright position.

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I haven’t discussed (disgust?) his potty functions in a while and I know how much you all miss that, so I will say that it is getting easier to get an empty bladder by expressing it by hand - not too difficult and only slightly more glamorous than some of the other tasks.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Korey continues to enjoy his summer walks and meeting other dogs. There are several new puppies on our routes, and if I remember to bring the camera, we’ll be able to show you how much fun Korey has playing with them.

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Korey 19-257C

Sunday, August 9, 2020

As you might imagine, a dog with wheels gathers a bit of a following and interest for lots of people.

While we were walking down a local street, a very nice lady came out of her house and was so excited to meet Korey as she had seen us out walking on the trail. She wanted to get him a toy, so she got a Chuck & Don’s gift card and presented it to Korey the next time she saw us when she was driving by.

We took a road trip the next day, and Korey literally grabbed his selection off the shelf! it was a stuffed pheasant with a squeaker; he plays with it a lot. Thanks for the nice gift! 

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Korey 19-257C
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Korey 19-257C

Saturday, August 1, 2020

First off, we need to thank another genourus donor for contributing to Korey’s cause in memory of Leo. Thank you!

This week, I took Korey out for a couple of early morning walks, and he did great. If you remember, early on, he would be very stubborn and not want to walk, so we’re happy that we have another option to keep him tired.

This week also saw us taking videos and uploading those videos and many of Korey’s older pictures so they could be put together in a video for the upcoming virtual Goldzilla. Stay tuned for more information.

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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

“How are things going with Korey?”

“They are going swimmingly. Thanks for asking!”

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Korey 19-257C

I had taken a week off of work and had a bit more time to take Korey on adventures, so on Friday we went to Lake Phalen to see what he thought of the water. He swam with no issue; well, except he thought he needed to drink it.

After the swim, we walked the 3.1 miles around the lake and got home before it got too hot out.

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Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

I took Korey to Scandia for a walk this week. He likes the car ride, and a change of scenery is fun for both of us. With all the warm weather lately, he has been shedding - we almost have enough to make another puppy!

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Korey 19-257C

Friday, July 10, 2020

Road trip! More on that later as Korey would like to thank an anonymous sponsor for their generous gift made in honor of Poly 17-189TD - thank you so much!

We also need to thank Jean S for a second set of leg holders for his cart. These are in a lightweight fabric for hot days. 

On the Fourth of July, I thought Korey could use a change in scenery, so we loaded up and headed to Stillwater for a stroll across the recently re-opened lift bridge. We met lots of really nice people, including the MNDOT employee who “lifts” the bridge and some former RAGOM adopters who topped up Korey’s water bottle as it was getting low.

Korey gets really excited when he knows we are going somewhere, and somehow he figures it out and then tries to push past me and drag himself to the car - boy is too smart sometimes!

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Clovers are in full bloom, and Korey seems to love eating them. I try to limit what he eats, but he is sneaky and zigs left when I go right! 

We solved another problem when Jean made him some new booties that hold his legs better than the last ones.

Korey lets me do just about anything to him without complaint, and with a handicapped dog, you need to be cleaning all sorts of places. One thing he doesn’t care for is the ear-cleaning “juice.”

He loves to have his ears rubbed and even likes when you rub the insides, but putting the liquid in them is not something he likes, and he will hide his ears from me and tries to shake it out. Sometimes I think it would save a step if I just sprayed it in my eyes, as that’s where it goes if I’m not quick enough to stop him spinning his head!

With the warm weather, I can spray and wash his “undercarriage” before a walk while he is in his wheels, giving me better access and cooling him off.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Korey got to go visit Jean and a puppy that she was watching. Jean does a whole lot of sewing to make Korey new items as well as repair old ones - you might say she keeps him in stiches!

Korey was very happy that his favorite dog bed got repaired. I had discovered a possible better way to keep his feet from dragging on the ground, and we showed it to Jean for her to make a better set.

While we were waiting to get Korey out of the car, we noticed he had pulled himself up and was balancing against the car seats. He still can’t bend his legs much, but can balance on the back ones for short periods of time if he can lean against something or if I prop him up.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Paraliahhg - Korey helped with the spelling of that! I was typing “paralyzed,” and he stuck his snout on the keyboard. Okay, let’s try that again.

Paralyzed dogs always make you wonder about what they can do and feel, along with what they may have control of. This week, I swore that I saw him scratch his ears with his right back foot in the living room - twice! I then saw him cock his head back and move his back leg towards his ear on our walk!

He does seem to have more control over his right leg and pretty much holds it up on his own while walking; the left leg not so much. I just get the feeling that every once in a while, a signal makes it from his brain to his leg(s). 

Korey got a new small bed as he managed to do a good job of ripping up his old one - he plays very roughly with his dog bed, mostly right after eating. He was very disappointed when I took the old one away so he wouldn’t eat the stuffing.

He was so thrilled when I brought home another one the next day. He actually threw his body on it to guard it from me right after I gave it to him - he doesn’t normally resource-guard food or toys from me and he is now fine with me messing with his bed.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to get back to meeting all of you soon.

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Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Friday, June 5, 2020

Korey continues to improve in his walking. He still wants what he wants, but isn’t putting on the brakes when he doesn’t get his way.

I carried him a couple of houses up the street today to see about some play time with a Chocolate Lab, but the Lab didn’t want anything to do with Korey.

I’m not sure if we mentioned this or not, but Korey gets free roam of the house when I go to work and doesn’t get into anything or cause any trouble.

Let us know if you’re interested in adopting Korey.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Friday, May 29, 2020

We had a bit of a scare this Friday as Korey hadn’t pooped in a day and was throwing up: classic signs of an intestinal blockage. We decided to go to the emergency vet on Saturday morning. Of course, as I was loading him in the car, he pooped and then also a few more times on the way there as well as when we got there.

Thanks to all the great donors of RAGOM, we were able to make the decision to still have X-rays and ultrasound to make sure that he was okay rather than chance more trouble later. They had to shave his beautiful fur off his belly. Oh well, it grows back.

Korey seems to be becoming a better walker and hasn’t been putting on the brakes like his past stubborn self!

I have also noticed what seems like a tiny bit more flexibility in his legs; I continue to slowly and carefully work on bending them back and forth when he’s laying on my lap most evenings.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

I thought I had a cow in my living room as Korey’s love of the dandelions has resulted in some not-quite-cow-pie-sized poo! With his paralysis, comes incontinence and I only let him on hard, easy-to-clean surfaces at home.

It really isn’t too bad to manage, and along with the belly bands to keep his urine under control, we keep him and the house clean. We do have diapers that would catch the poo, but then you have a dog with messy fur. I find picking up pebble-sized “surprises” is easier and faster.

Hopefully the dandelions are just about done for the season.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Thursday, May 14, 2020

I’m a little late on our update; easy to lose track of time these days, or even what day it is!

Korey continues to do well. We visited his vet last week for heartworm, flea and tick preventatives and to check on a suspected urinary tract infection. No heartworms, but he does have a urinary tract infection and was given meds to cure it.

Paralyzed dogs get infections quite frequently, as they have a difficult time completely voiding their bladders; after a while, you don’t need a test to know they have an infection - you can tell by their urine's smell and color.

Korey is a huge fan of sticks and chewing on them. At home, his favorite toy is a chew stick made from wood that he can safely destroy and consume.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

We don’t have too much to report this week, but we have some more pictures of Korey being Korey!

Korey and I met up with a couple ladies that I used to dance with back when that sort of stuff didn’t compromise your health, and we walked around Lake Nokomis. I brought the camera, but then forgot it in the car, so these pictures are from our normal walking path.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Our latest challenge is that Korey seems to love eating dandelions. I’m doing my best to keep him away from them, but they are just about everywhere these days. It shouldn’t be long until they blow away.

When I first got Korey at the end of January and I was trying to figure out his bathroom functions, I had tried to express his bladder a couple of times without luck, but it didn’t seem to be needed as he pees whenever he needs to and it is mostly contained by his pants and the cloth diapers I put inside. Recently, I tried expressing him and have had luck, so now I try and empty his bladder a few times a day to keep him drier.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Since Korey’s rear legs are so rigid, they swivel and bend at the hip, but have no movement in the knee joint. He tends to gather things while he moves, since his legs swing in large arcs. You can see how his stuffed shark got caught up in the “action” on Korey’s way to his bed.

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We are still playing fetch and keep-away (his idea!) in the back yard,I  and found that by wrapping his left leg in vet wrap - that one has the least mobility - we can keep it from getting wounded while he drags it over the hard-packed ground.

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We are still going for evening walks to get rid of excess puppy energy.

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On a final note, I was just thinking about how many great people we met at the 35th anniversary party who had planned to come see Korey at meet-and-greets. We miss you all and hope you’ll be able to see him soon.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Solve one problem and create another… When a dog is paralyzed, you have to experiment with just about every aspect of his life. I’m on about trial #5 for keeping Korey's urine from leaking out, and the latest challenge is walking him.

He can be very stubborn and will just stop if he sees something he wants. He can be really hard to walk in the morning, so I finally decided that maybe he was just too tired for us to walk in the morning. Mind you, he isn’t too tired to get up for breakfast! 

Instead of walking, I thought we could play in the backyard before work. Well, dragging himself on the hard ground gave him some abrasions - time to experiment! A fan donated a drag bag, but because his legs don’t bend, that isn’t going to work, and besides, he wasn’t having any of that on his legs! 

While we are on the topic of his rigid legs, no, he isn’t walking on all fours in the picture. They just work as levers, and when he’s on a rough surface, his forward motion can pull his body up while his legs stay put.

We have another fun thing to announce: Korey has learned how to “shake hands.” He is so food-motivated that it hardly took much work, and he literally has drool puddles beneath him while waiting for a treat.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Sunday, April 12, 2020

What a difference one day makes in Minnesota. On Saturday, it was over 60 degrees. We both wore shorts and took a walk around Keller Lake. Sunday saw the temperature cut in half and some sloppy snow!

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Korey just doesn’t care what the weather is. He'll roll or trudge through it all. He does enjoy eating some snow and doesn’t mind the snow clumping up on his wheels.

Korey 19-257C

When Korey first came into RAGOM and to live with me, he would just lie down and quietly ride in the back seat of my car; now he likes to sit up, look around, and even stick his snout out the window - still quietly, though. A huge plus with Korey is that he barely ever barks, but he will bark if someone knocks at the door or sometimes if another dog gets too unruly with him.

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Another nice thing is that he is fine with thunder and noisy machinery. We had some storms a week or so ago and he took notice, but didn’t react. I also have run a few tools in the basement and he didn’t care.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Korey seems to just get better every day, both in his health and being a gentleman! He still likes to get some puppy chewing in on my hands, but it has gotten less frequent and easier to get him to stop.

There is a big difference in his front and rear paws, with the fronts being noticeably larger and how you would expect them to be on a Golden his size. The rear paws are smaller and his legs are very thin, but they seem fine health-wise. The one rear leg seems to have much more flexibility and even appears like he has some control over it.

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Korey really enjoys chasing me through the park - he is fast, or maybe I’m slow.

Korey 19-257C

Even with all of the virus awareness, some people still can’t resist petting and kissing him on the trail, so I don’t touch his head until we can get him home and wash it. He doesn’t mind me washing him up at all; I think he likes the drying part because his ears get rubbed.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Korey is really enjoying the freedom his wheels bring him and visited two different lakes this last week with friends - walking 6 feet apart during this time of the virus! He can easily go four miles at a shot without getting tired.

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The neighborhood now is “dirty” with squirrels and rabbits, and Korey believes every tree has a squirrel in it.

Korey 19-257C

One thing you may notice is the odd way his legs are secured in the wheels. Most dogs are able to bend their legs behind them, but Korey has muscle atrophy, and his legs only bend and swivel at the hips, while his other joints have little to no movement.

It may be possible to get some movement through therapy, but not likely to be much. When we get back to normal, Korey will be enrolled in water therapy to see if that helps his mobility.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Korey keeps on getting better. He’s filling out nicely, so we may need to slow up on his treats. His wounds seem to be healing up.

On Sunday, we met up with another RAGOM volunteer and her friend to take a walk around Lake Phalen. The distance around is about 3 miles, and Korey had no problem doing it.

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He even went up several long flights of stairs; not only does it look cool, it really makes it easier on the person helping him along as they don’t have to carry the whole cart with Korey in it.

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When the walk was done, Korey got a great care basket with treats, toys, shampoos, a blanket, a drag bag, and several other nice items. He immediately latched on to a large blue bone which is now in strong rotation of his toys at home - he loves to chew!

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Thanks, Kate and Taylor.

Korey 19-257C

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Korey! He’s wearing his lucky four-leaf clover pants for all of you!

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Several new and exciting things to report this week: First, we went to my friend's house to see how Korey would do playing with another dog without his wheels on - he played a little and seemed not to be real interested overall.

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Second, Korey has learned to climb stairs in his cart when I lift the back up for him. He will walk up the stairs rather than me having to carry him and his cart. Third fun thing was if I ran in the park, he would chase me around - he is fast and enjoyed the chase.

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Korey doesn’t guard his toys or food from me; in fact, I usually change his pads and pants while he’s eating so he doesn’t think its playtime and try and chew on the pants or my hand. He did growl at the other dog when it tried to take its toy back from Korey.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Korey’s skin wounds from dragging his back legs around have gotten better, mostly because he’s stronger from all his walks and he doesn’t drag his legs as much; he seems to pick them up a bit while moving around with his front legs.

Korey is showing more puppy play behavior. He likes to roll on his back and get belly rubs. He will also come in for the Golden lean. He has a few neighborhood buddies that we see on walks, and they will play a little.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Korey is getting used to riding in the car and is starting to sit up and look around during trips.

He continues to be a very quiet dog and only barks in response to other dogs and not all the time either. Once he “demanded” his supper, but now he just spins in circles while I prepare it for him. He pivots on his ankle area and makes big arcs when he spins.

His favorite toy is a chewing stick which he seems to chew down about one a month. As the stick gets chewed down, I throw it away before it gets small enough for him to swallow!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Korey continues to do well. We are working on figuring out how to protect his legs from friction burns. As he drags them, the skin folds under and gets abraded. I tried some vet wrap, but it slips down if too loose and restricts his circulation if too tight, so some more experimentation will need to be done.

We’ve been walking between one and two miles twice a day - a tired dog is a well-behaved dog! The warm temperatures are nice, except things get so muddy, requiring more showers. He tolerates them okay and is getting better.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Korey was a big hit at the Wags N' Wash on Saturday. We met some great people and cool dogs, and Korey did a “courtesy” inspection of the rawhide treat area!

I continue to learn about Korey and how to care for his special needs. I am having very good luck managing his urine through belly bands and cloth baby diaper inserts; the poo is still a work in progress, although much less of a mess than urine.

Korey really loves other dogs, and I’m trying to find him one to play with when he is out of his cart.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Monday, February 17, 2020

Korey is recovering quickly from eating the corn cob, and we would like to thank an anonymous friend and Chien for sponsoring him and sending love and well wishes.

Speaking of love, RAGOM had a celebration of 35 years of rescue the day after Valentine’s Day and we were there. Korey was sporting some nice heart print pants made by his friend and sewing machine wiz Jean S - thanks, Jean, for all the pants you made.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

We met so many great people and dogs at the event and hope you’ll stop by to see him at other events, too. We plan on being at the Lakeville Wags N' Wash this Saturday, February 22, from 11 am to 2 pm. We’ll even get him out of his cart so you can experience the Korey love lean!

It has been decided that Korey is ready to accept inquiries for adoption. However, we will continue to evaluate his needs as he is exposed to new situations. Stay tuned!

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Korey is acting just like his old self less than a week after his surgery - lots of puppy energy! I carefully checked that his harness and leg loops would be nowhere near or putting pressure on his incisions, then took him for a short walk before a deep freeze heads our way; he absolutely loved it. We’ll build up to his normal distance very slowly so we don’t interfere with his healing.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Sunday, February 9, 2020

In the last update, I told you how Korey was not feeling well and stopped eating. Well, it turned out that he somehow got hold of a small piece of corncob that lodged in his intestine, blocking up the “works.” Surgery was performed on Friday evening, and Korey is now back home acting just like his healthy self, with the only evidence of his misadventure being some bandages and shaved areas. 

We have to give him his medicine, make sure he doesn’t mess with his surgical areas, and keep him from being too active - that will be hard as he still has a bit of the puppy left in him.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Friday, February 7, 2020

Korey has now been with me for over a week. We have had some very high highs and some very low lows.

On Saturday, February 1, we went to Doggie Depot at the Union Depot in St. Paul and got interviewed by Kare 11 before the event. Then, we met so many great people and dogs, and Korey loved them all - he got excited and was doing a bit of puppy mouthing. That was the good part.

The bad part is that on our Monday morning walk, he vomited up his breakfast and then stopped eating for several days. He still isn’t eating yet as of Wednesday, Feb 5, but he’s taking water, and today he played with his ball and ate a tiny bit of dog ice cream.

We had a vet visit and are taking advice from Dr. Teri. We are feeling good that he is almost over whatever upset his stomach. Please send him your best wishes.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

Friday, January 31, 2020

Korey is a one-year-old Golden who was found severely beaten on the streets of China. A rescue group there contacted RAGOM to find him a foster after he was nursed back to health.

He first was flown to New York where Dr Teri and her great staff gave him more medical care. With much thanks to so many great people and donors who helped him get here, he finally arrived at MSP in the afternoon on Tuesday, January 27.

I met him at the airport and brought him to my house in St Paul.

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Due to his abusive past, he is now paralyzed and is incontinent. Amazingly, he is not letting any of that hold him back, nor is he holding any grudges against us humans. He is the most happy and handsome pup there is.

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Korey is very well-behaved, although he still has a bit of puppy energy to burn off. He loves to go for walks in his wheels and play with toys.

Korey 19-257C
Korey 19-257C

He is currently unavailable for adoption until we find out more about him and he has a few wounds that still need to heal.

Keep an eye out for Korey at RAGOM meet-and-greets and other events as we will be attending as many as we can.

Adopt Me: If you think Korey would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email [email protected] with Korey's name, RAGOM number (19-257C), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.