When our dogwalker said to me that, "we are growing our pack again" I laughed because it was funny and she was right, because I was telling her about a new foster girl that arrived a week ago.
|~On our way home - Iva's new chapter~|
Eight year old Iva (pronounced eye-vah) now takes the top spot as the newest and the biggest Golden Retriever we have fostered in more than 20 years. She comes to us from a family that has given her up for reasons from a family members allergies to a thyroid problem that was diagnosed two years ago and she was never put on or kept on the needed medication. There's also a whole backstory of her having a shoulder injury that has limited her ability to get around as well as she used to. Whatever the reasons may have been, I'm grateful that the owner contacted the rescue, and Iva has made her way to us.
Iva's new chapter began with a busy week. It was easy to see that she was a bit confused about her whole life being turned upside down, especially when she refused treats, and didn't want to eat anything. She would barely even look at us. But Iva met her new packmates with no problem, and has fit in easily.
|~Milo, is glad he's not the newbie anymore~|
Iva's first week included a trip to the vet where she weighed in at 120 pounds. But with the help of the vet, we've got what I hope will be a good solid plan going forward for her, which will of course include a weight loss program -- However, we are confident that once she's back on her thyroid medication it will help with that. It was an exhausting visit and she was so tired once we got home.
So, as we begin our second week with Iva, she's coming out of her shell and we're getting to know her. She is there in the crowd to greet us when we come home and anyone that comes to visit. She loves her treats, she easily learned where her spot is at mealtime, and she's following me around the house. And outside I got her to engage in a little game of ball and inside she's playing with a few toys. Yes, Iva is a bit of a "project," inside and out, but she is going to be just fine. We're glad that she's here. ❤
|~Waiting at the vet - Look at that smile!~|
Welcome Iva - what a beauty! Glad she's settled in well and hope all goes to plan with the medication and diet.ReplyDelete
My Golden, Indy, is also overweight and a real thief when it comes to food. If I happen to curl my fingers she thinks I'm hiding a treat and tries to open my hand to see what's there. It's resulted in some painful scratches.
Iva looks like a real sweetheart! She is lucky to now be in such good hands.ReplyDelete
Welcome Iva, she is a sweetie. I hope the meds help her to lose some of that weight. So glad she is settling in with you and the pack. She has beautiful smile, cute photos. Take care, have a happy new week!ReplyDelete
Iva you face is beautiful, I wish I could hug you and you have landed in canine heaven... so happy you will get your meds and the care you need and that you fit right in. two days ago I saw a woman with 3 older goldens walking down the middle of the street. traffic had to stop. I wondered if they are safe with someone walking them that way. there are so many people in this world that are poor dog pareents, but you are now with the bestReplyDelete
Iva is so lucky to be with someone that will take care of her health problems and help her feel better. We have our paws crossed that the new meds and weight loss program work well for her. She sure looks like a sweetie.ReplyDelete
She is happy someone is there to take care of her needs.ReplyDelete
Good on you guys for taking her on. May the angels watch over your whole menagerie. Where can we send donations to you? Beth
What a pretty face.ReplyDelete
Iva, you struck the jackpot too, and will fit in so well with your lovely smile.ReplyDelete
Iva clearly has alredy learned that she's in a good, wonderful, and lving place, What a happy smile!ReplyDelete
Welcome Iva! You are in good hands and spirits. ♥ReplyDelete
Nice to meet you, Iva! We know you're on the road to a good life where you are now!ReplyDelete
What a lucky pup to have found her way to you. ❤️ReplyDelete
She looks like a happy girl!ReplyDelete
Wow, at first I thought you had adopted a lion. She sure is a big furball. Getting that thyroid under control should help with the weight loss. Good luck.ReplyDelete
Hello and welcome, Iva! What a darling girl you are.ReplyDelete
That was Stephanie, not truly Anonymous.ReplyDelete
Dear Kim, I wish you the merriest Christmas and a joyful new year! Thank you with all my heart for sharing your family with us – both the laughter and the heartbreak, allowing us to open our hearts and love them, too. You are a treasure. May God bless Golden Pines and all who call it home. StephanieReplyDelete