"Best Wishes Fuzzy " -- From PD and Carrie
May 16, 2012
Let’s give a big RAGOM welcome to Fabulous Fuzzy! Fuzzy is an extremely handsome, deep red, almost 9 year old (dob 5/20/03) PB golden retriever. He is probably the most easygoing boy I’ve ever had the pleasure to foster (also the biggest baby by far), and answers to pretty much any variation of his name: Fuzz-Butt, Fuzz-Buster, Fuzz-Z, Fuzzy-Bear, Fuzz-Monkey, and of course the good old stand-by, Fuzzy Wuzzy! One thing is for certain – he is indeed fuzzy!
Anyway, time to get back to business. Fuzzy had lived with the same family his entire life, but they no longer had time for him once the kids went off to school, and he was dropped at the local Humane Society. He was an outside dog his entire life in a fenced yard, and once the fence was taken down, he was chained at all times. He is honestly one of the most affectionate dogs that I’ve ever met, and is very needy of care, attention, and lots of love. I am so very thankful to all of the people involved in getting Fuzzy into RAGOM and to my house – thank you one and all!
Here is what I know so far about Fuzzy: he is extremely gentle, and has loved every person, child, and dog that he has met so far in my neighborhood. He seems to have a slight preference for males, but I’m doing my best to work on that! His tail never stops wagging, and he spends most of his time trying to crawl into laps for hugs and snuggles. Though I’m assuming he is not house-trained, we have had no accidents in our house, as I’ve been bringing him out every couple of hours. Though I don’t believe he has been walked very much in his life, he is totally enjoying his walks (we are only using a flat collar), and we will slowly be building up his strength and endurance. He has no issues riding in a car, though needs just a bit of help getting in and out of my SUV. I am crating him at night for the time being, and he is as quiet as can be in there, and seems totally content. He sleeps completely through the night, and when I woke up this morning, he was sprawled on his back, snoring away – it was priceless! He gets along great with the ever patient foster siblings, Belle and Bear, and per his temp foster, Rhonda, he also had no problems with cats. He also LOVES treats (we’re working on the “sit” command among other things), tennis balls, and his favorite might just be rawhides!
Fuzz-Buster’s surrender records indicate that sadly he had not been to a vet in over 7 years, and he understandably has some medical issues. Since coming into RAGOM, he has been neutered, is current on his preventatives, is microchipped, and is fully UTD on his vaccines. Though he looks bigger due to his “fluffiness”, he is actually a smaller golden, weighing in at 55#. Though they were dirty when he came in, his ears have been cleaned, and there is no sign of infection. He has been given meds for tapeworm. His teeth were recently cleaned, and appear to be in good shape. He carries a diagnosis of prostatitis, which appears to be rapidly improving due to antibiotics and his neutering. He will have a urine recheck in another week, to make sure we are on top of this. He also has a low thyroid level, possibly related to his prostatitis, and we will repeat his bloodwork in this regard in a few weeks. Fuzz also has a bare stub at the end of his tail, but it doesn’t appear to bother him; the vet surmises it was due to frost bite, poor boy. And last but certainly not least, Fuzzy has a history of seizures, which were left untreated. He most recently had an episode last week, prior to coming into foster care, which was localized to his face. As we have not currently witnessed a seizure, and do not know the frequency or extent of them, we will be working closely with our vet to develop a plan of care, possibly including ongoing meds down the road, for our sweet Fuzzy-Bear.
Fuzz is honestly one of the sweetest goldens that I’ve ever met, and I’ve promised him that he will never be alone or uncared for ever again. There truly is a perfect home out there for every single one of our dogs (right, Murphy?), and until his very special family finds him, we will ensure that he is kept warm and well fed, well vetted, and of course, well loved and cherished. Please check back to follow sweet Fuzzy’s journey, and hopefully there will soon be some better pictures! He tends to like to get up close and personal at all times!
Oh – and one more thing! Fuzz-Buster will be making his premier appearance at the Roseville Chuck and Don’s this upcoming Saturday! He absolutely thrives on attention, and will no doubt crawl right into your lap, so please come out to meet him and all of the other great RAGOM dogs that will be present! Hope to see you soon!