Sunday, January 14, 2018

Being Part of Jameson's Story

Just when I was not minding being outside again, the cold weather returned to our corner of Virginia. Todd of course doesn't care about the change in temperatures. He's only worried about the gangs of pillaging-marauding deer on our property.

Thank-you all for your kind words as we welcomed Jameson to our household. The Coordinator for the rescue found a new foster home for him. By Thursday an initially very nervous and unsure Jameson was finding his footing, and was settling in. He was eating again, and had warmed up to Carl and my brother (he seems a little wary around men).  By Friday, many of my concerns about Jameson staying with us were starting to pass as he and Todd seem fine together. 

As we rounded the corner to Saturday morning, the day it was to be decided if he should stay or go to the new foster home, we decided that he could/should stay. After the work I know it took to find a new foster home for Jameson, the Coordinator from the rescue could not have been a better sounding-board in talking this through and more supportive of his staying until he finds his forever home.

I think we can all agree that Jameson had been dealt a bad hand.  And I am looking forward to being part of his story and helping him find his way to his forever home.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jameson Arrives at Golden Pines

The cold temperatures held on through the weekend. But a warming trend began on Monday bringing with it the slightest amount of snow.
It also brought an unplanned arrival. Jameson arrived at Golden Pines.

Jameson was taken to the vet in the town where I live to be euthanized because he snapped at his (former) owners baby who had crawled onto him. Young Vet was able to persuade the owner to release ownership of Jameson to his practice and allow them to find him a new home.  It didn't take long for Jameson to catch the attention of others in town, and soon he was popping up on local social media.  Even I was told about him, if that tells you anything.  Young Vets office found what they thought was a new home for Jameson. But they'd also contacted the rescue that I volunteer with who of course, agreed to take him if things didn't work out. On Monday, Jameson was returned to Young Vets office, and the rescue was called. The Coordinator for the rescue and I had already discussed Jameson, and I'd agreed to take him if needed. I was home from work on Monday morning, and so I was able to go and get him right away.
~Jameson at Young Vets Office~
We do not know too much about Jameson. But we do know he is about 8 years old, has arthritis and he's lived as a single dog for his entire life. I also know that he's was initially very nervous because he does not understand what has happened to him. Losing his first home, spending time at Young Vets office, going to another home, with two dogs who didn't like him, back to Young Vets office, and here to our house, it's totally understandable. This is why we've been giving him lots of time to adjust to our household, and have taken intros to everyone, including Todd, very,very slowly.
So far, things are going pretty well. I do not know if Jameson will stay with us until he finds his forever home or not.  The Coordinator from the rescue and I are just letting Jameson settle in and regain his confidence. My instinct is telling me he would probably fare better in a single-dog-household.  Until all this is decided, thankfully the adaptability of Jameson being a Golden Retriever is showing and for now or forever, wherever he goes, Jameson is going to be just fine.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Cold Threshold

Happy New Year Blogging Friends!
We start our new year in a deep freeze.  While most of the East Coast is getting clobbered with snow, we are on the very fringe of the latest storm, getting the high winds and very cold temps. As you know, we all have a different cold threshold or a temperature where it's just too cold for us.  I’ve decided that my "comfort threshold" for my Virginia bones needs to be somewhere (anywhere?) south of 20 degrees. I am cold!!
~Rhett again!~
There's not really a threshold for the dogs.  Most of them don't mind being outside.  They all enjoy sniffing the cold air. capturing those magical scents evaluating and distinguishing information.
~Rhett a THIRD time!~ 
Or maybe just having a little bit of fun too.
~Rhett & Max~
Todd for once is not spending much time outside either. Not that I'm letting him. But he is coming right in when he's called.
Making me think even he's happy to be inside where it's warm!
Local schools are closed again tomorrow because of the cold temps that are supposed to go even lower this weekend, making Virginia feel more like Alaska. So if you're in the path of  the 'Bomb Cyclone' winter storm, I hope you are safe and warm!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Quiet Day

We woke up this morning to the coldest December morning in almost a decade, and we are bracing for what promises to be the chilliest stretch of winter in two years. The word "polar vortex" is being heard in the newscasts and snow is forecast for the weekend. 

It's hard to tell if Todd is cold or not. With temperatures below freezing, I think he has to be. So I put his winter coat on him because he really likes being outdoors. 
 I think he just doesn't want to miss barking at the deer wandering through our yard. 
Others like Rhett
And Max, are happy inside with me. 
Or maybe it was just the chicken-soup simmering on the stove that kept them nearby. 
Whatever it was, it was a good, quiet and maybe even a little boring day at home with the dogs.

**And "Tammy" you asked about Charlie in my last post, so these photos taken today are for you.  At about 13 years old now, Charlie is doing well.  His non-shedding "double coat" that is grown out a bit right now means he doesn't worry about getting cold. In fact, I think like Todd, he loves being out in it.