Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Weekly Pup-Date

We round the corner to the end of another week.  Carl has returned from being out of town for a week, and I have finally gotten a moment to myself.  It was nice to have most of the morning to enjoy and get caught up on a few things.  I did take a little time this past week for a few photos from the front porch.  It's a nice view, that I don't take the time to enjoy often enough.
Even though it's obstructed at times.

Molly has been to the vet in the past week.  She needed a follow-up appointment to evaluate a tooth that another vet was recommending be extracted.  My vet, Dr. K., agrees that the tooth is broken.  It has already been approved by the rescue to be taken out and is scheduled to be done in a couple of weeks.

Our other foster boy, Max is as you know ready for adoption to another family.
Despite getting four messages this week about it from the rescue, finally the words came to complete his write up for their website.  I know I was well past due getting it to them.  But I have to say, that in the end, it only irritated me to the point where it became a distraction, and it didn't get the words to come or the write up done any faster.  On the flip side, I'll admit to having been on the fence about keeping Max.  After nearly a year with us, how could we not be thinking about keeping him?  He's a silly, playful clown, that is smart, loyal and devoted.  He can also be a little grouchy towards the other dogs, especially Bo, who I think he sees as a total "subordinate" in the pack.  But after discussing it, we decided to let fate decide where Max will go.  I have a time limit in mind for our search, so lets roll the dice and see what the cosmos will bring.

Finally the end of our week brought a graduation of sorts.  Bo finished his "Beginner Nose Class."
I do have to say, that he wasn't as fast at finding the "scent" as Cocoa the Poodle ...
or as enthusiastic as Devon the Papillon.
And, I'll admit that I was discouraged when he wasn't. But the instructor and others in the class reminded me that Bo's reasons for being there were different than theirs - I took him to help engage and work his mind, have new experiences and try to get him out of his shell. Everyone in the class always cheered for Bo when he found "the scent" and everyone always gave him lots of attention.  I know that because of his past life, Bo will never be a "normal bouncy Lab" and will always be a bit withdrawn.  But I'm still proud of Bo, and I'm glad we took the class.  Who knows, maybe in the fall we'll take another one.

Maybe I should take Todd too?  He seems to be good at finding things!

Enjoy your Sunday!


  1. Hello, I would hate to see Max go. he is so cute. I hope all goes well for Molly and the tooth pulling. Bo is a trooper and kudos to him for taking the class. Hugs to all the pups! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  2. Wonderful view you have from your porch . . . Even with a few obstructions now and again. . . I hope Molly's tooth extraction goes well . . . She needs to be around to join in on the view!

    I hope playful Max's "time limit" you have set presents a new decision for you. Playful sometimes grouchy would be missed in the menagerie.
    Dear, dear Bo . . . carries on despite it all . . . Tell him, "good job" . . . he is still a winner. And what would we do without Todd . . . He keeps "spice and vinegar" right up front . . . Happy you enjoyed some "me" time this past week. You are a special lady . . .

  3. Poor Molly, I'm hoping for a good outcome there. I'm sure you are on the fence about Max, I would be too. He is such a sweetie. Of course, If I was healthy, I would be wanting them all myself.
    I'm getting old - how many and who do you have there at Golden Pines, anymore? I hate that I forget.

  4. We think that was a good write-up about Max. Must be hard to give up a dog, but then, there'll always be another that needs rescuing, sadly. Go Bo. What nice peopl--supporting Bo's attempts.

  5. I sometimes regret teaching
    Miss Haikey Bug extra nose work because it has helped her hunt. Glad Bo enjoyed together class in his own way.

  6. What a sweet thing to do with Bo. I don't know, I would have a lot of trouble giving up Max. What a cutie.

  7. Amazing how very different the dogs are. Kudos to Bo for trying new things.

  8. I have to admit my mind thought of bringing Max home when I was reading about him being ready for a new home. Such a sweet guy. I hope he winds up with a special home like the one he has with you.

  9. Sure Bo will get even more from a second class. It can take time to get used to new experiences and, in his own way, Bo may have enjoyed the class even if he didn't find the scent so quickly as the others. Well done for completing the class too :-) Nose licks and love from Moth xx

  10. Hello Kim, thank you so much for sharing your life at Golden Pines. I'd like to ask you for some advice. I have a male Lab named Doug, he is almost 13. He's having problems with his back legs and is needing some help. I'd like to get him an assist harness. What brand did you get for Jake? Are you happy with it? Thanks for your help! Melanie

    1. Hi Melanie!! I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you. THANKS for the comment, and telling me about Doug! The harness that I use for both Jake and Josh (and I've used it for other dogs too) is called a "Help em up Harness." I cannot say enough good things about it - It really, really has been a game changer, and is so easy to use. Here's the website, that you can take a look at. I've ordered the "large" for our pups. I hope you'll feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions, or just want to let me know how it's going, I'd love to hear!

  11. i dare not think what todd is looking at so intently!
    and bo is simply wonderful. XO♥

  12. Dogs are excellent teachers when humans get caught up in competitions. Winning or coming in first doesn't matter to them, they just go at their own pace.

    I think Bo is happy just spending time with you! And you can keep up the nose work at home. It might be fun.

  13. Wow, lots going on there right now. I'm sure the universe has a plan for Max, and I'm glad you are willing to let it play out. As for Bo, he is lucky to have landed with you. I know you will do everything you can to help.

  14. You have a lovely peaceful view from your porch. I would always find it very difficult to see pets travel to new homes. Charlie is a charmer. Hope all goes well with Molly. And Bo deserves every cheer he gets!

  15. Such a lovely view whether obstructed or not. Sounds like all is going well for you. Three cheers for Bo for completing his nose class. I hope you can find the right home for Max but he knows he can stay with you as long as he likes too.

  16. I don't think I could let any of those gorgeous babies go ! They are just too precious.

  17. Kudos to you for finding the time to take Bo to the beginner nosework class. I don't know how you do it but I bet that the attention that he got and the positive reinforcement made both of you happy.

    Although the reasons are different, Shyla is another one who will never be a normal bouncy Lab. In fact, I doubt that she could've completed a class that included being in a room with a bunch of other people and dogs. So, way to go, Bo! And, we love the extra-ordinary Labs that you and Shyla are!


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