Ernie Wigglesworth


Golden Retriever/Golden Retriever [See My DogsterPlus Photo Book]
Picture of Ernie Wigglesworth, a male Golden Retriever/Golden Retriever

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"Ernie on the car ride to his furever home. He has a ridge of reversed fur running down his nose like a Rhodesian Ridgeback's back!"

Home:Chicago, IL  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 4 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs


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BEFORE: A pic on FB of Ernie (aka Macho) taken at his old

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"BEFORE: A pic on FB of Ernie (aka Macho) taken at his old "home" in snowy Milwaukee, WI."

AFTER: Only a truly content dog, confident in his safety, sleeps on his back. Chicago, IL.

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"AFTER: Only a truly content dog, confident in his safety, sleeps on his back. Chicago, IL."

Sleeping in the back of the Jeep during the long car ride home from Dr. M\'s in Indiana...

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"Sleeping in the back of the Jeep during the long car ride home from Dr. M's in Indiana..."

...the sound of the camera woke me up!  Hey, what 'cha doin'...

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"...the sound of the camera woke me up! Hey, what 'cha doin'..."

Ernie fixates on smells, or on things he THINKS he smells...

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"Ernie fixates on smells, or on things he THINKS he smells..."

...following the smell behind the exercise bike... only to find...

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"...following the smell behind the exercise bike... only to find..."

...nothing!

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"...nothing!"

Ernie drawn to something he smells under the couch.  He

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"Ernie drawn to something he smells under the couch. He "found" a glow ball of Lucy's and a chew toy that I swear on a stack of Bibles I had thrown out..."

but now nothing is under there.  We\'ve vacuumed, dusted with the Swiffer wet, sprayed, but Ernie still thinks there\'s something under there.

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"but now nothing is under there. We've vacuumed, dusted with the Swiffer wet, sprayed, but Ernie still thinks there's something under there."

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Nicknames:
Monkey-Boy or Monkey (short for Monkey-Shiner), Ninja Puppy, Bubba, You Big Moose You, Goof, Paddlefoot, Baby, GoodBoy

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog

Gotcha Date:
April 14th 2013

Birthday:
April 9th 2010

Likes:
playing with toys, playing with balls, eating, being with people, searching for Ozzy-Cat, licking Burt's ear, sniffing Burt's butt and sniffing underneath every stick of living room furniture for the source of a mystery scent only Ernie smells.

Pet-Peeves:
He's a Golden--what pet peeves?

Favorite Toy:
Ball, ball, ball, ball, did I say ball? Plus his Duck from HSCA (yes, Ernie has a duck), a squeaky Monkey stuffie & Burt's Moosie whenever he can nab it!

Favorite Food:
Anything and everything. Does enjoy the Merrick's Lamb Lung treats.

Favorite Walk:
Walks are pretty overwhelming at the moment. We have gone to three parks & a nature refuge & Ernie enjoyed them all!

Best Tricks:
Wiggling his way into your heart.

Arrival Story:
After losing our precious girl, Dixie BlackPearl, to Lymphoma in December, we were a one-dog family. We had been a two-dog and three-dog family for over 20 years. It was too, too quiet in our house. We were all down after Dixie's passing, and Burt was affected most. Dixie had been his anchor--Burt took his cues about situations from her. Dixie not worried? Burt not worried. Dixie confident? Burt confident. Dixie agitated? Burt agitated. Burt seemed to emotionally shut down after Dixie passed. ################################## ################################## ## Fast forward four months. Spring is almost here and we've decided to start looking for a puppy to adopt. Looked into getting a BlackPearl Pug puppy but the litter was smaller than expected. Then, the Dad said four magic words: "what about a Golden?" ################################## ################################## ## We had been Goldenless since Remo and Lucy passed in 2008, Honey preceding them in 2006. The pain was too raw that summer, so we decided to "take a break" from Goldens. Firm believers in adoption, but leary of the medical problems that have developed in the breed (cancer, hips, food allergies), we started exploring Golden Retriever puppy options via reputable, proven breeders in Illinois-Indiana-Wisc-Mich. ################################## ################################## ## Even though we were exploring puppies through reputable breeders, we support the Humane Society Calumet Area, the shelter in Munster, Indiana that we adopted both Dixie and Burt from, with monthly "cage sponsorship" donations. Because of that, we get monthly HSCA newsletters emailed to us, and of course, they always feature a dog and a cat available for adoption. A "stray click" of the mouse brings up all available dogs & cats. ################################## ################################## ## A recent "stray click" brought up a picture of very handsome Golden Retriever named "Burton" (Burt & Burton--I KNOW!) We emailed our interest along with our background in owning long-lived Goldens. HSCA replied that another family already put in an application and were waiting for the final meet n' greet with the children. When that adoption went forward, we asked that HSCA keep us in mind in the event another Golden came into the shelter. We were told that there was a 3yr old male Golden already in intake quarantine! And that his name, we're not making this up, was Ernie!!! (Burt & Ernie--I KNOW!)

Bio:
The saga of how Ernie came to be rescued from life in Wisconsin, sheltered in Indiana, and finally finding a forever home in Illinois can be found in Ernie's diary entry titled "The Story of My Rescue".

Forums Motto:
Have a Golden day!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
The Mitey Mitey Buh-ens Party!

My Humane Society Calumet Area photo:
Dogster.com: Picture of Burt & Ernie, a Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever dog on Dogster

www.hscalumet.org:
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1st pic of Burt & Ernie BOL:
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I've Been On Dogster Since:
December 28th 2009 More than 4 years!

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Dogster Id:
1084910

for 3299 days


Meet my family
HoneyBunny
1993-2006
RemoTheRed
1994-2008
WINston XXLP
1997-2008
OzzyCat
Harry
1985-2005
Moonshine
1999-2005
LuckyLucy
1999-2008
Perky
1981-2000
The Chicago
Crew of Angels
Dixie BP
2003-2012
Burt
BlackPearl

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My Happy Ever After


The Story of My Rescue

April 16th 2013 8:08 am
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Ernie's rescuer, Nick, friended us last night on FB. He told us the story of how Ernie came to be rescued:

11:08pm
Nick C.

Rhon, my name is Nick and I was the one that found Ernie (who was previously named Macho...ugh, probably because he was supposed to be a rabid guard dog). I am so elated that Michelle chose your family to be Ernie's parents.

When I saw Ernie for the first time months ago, my heart broke that he spent his days and nights alone with no one to keep him company except a broken down pickup truck which he shared his small concrete pen with. That and his waste which was scattered all over. Ernie drank water out of plastic children's pool that was cracked in half.

When I approached the garage to discuss my car repair Ernie was so happy to have company and turned in circles, wagged his tail, jumped and licked me. I asked the owner what the situation with Ernie was and he informed me Ernie was meant to be a guard dog etc., most of which you already know. I told him that Ernie (Macho) belonged with a family inside of a home and not in an enclosure. The man agreed with me and I could tell by his eyes that he knew this dog belonged somewhere with more love.

He wouldn't give Ernie to me then but I persisted over the next week and then I had to drop it and focus on business and the holidays. Then about a month ago he called me out of nowhere and asked if I still was interested in taking the dog. The man must have felt really bad at the way he was treating the poor boy. I happily picked Ernie up first thing the next day. The man didn't even charge me or want anything in return. I think he just wanted some kind of redemption.

Since I took Ernie he has reached out to me and asked how Ernie was doing and wanted to see pictures. It's hard not to love and miss Ernie. I haven't heard from him though since after the first week I took Ernie. While I drove around WI, IL and IN all day Ernie was doing what Ernie does best, trying to sit in my lap, licking my face every second he had the chance and snuggling up to me.

There was a lot of interest in Ernie from a lot of my friends on Facebook. Friends of friends of friends were calling but as I spent the day with Ernie and realized he was not housebroken (sorry aisle 3, 5, and 6 of Petco) and that he wasn't used to other animals (he was very hesitant when I introduced him to my sister's golden.

I decided the best thing to do would be to put Ernie in touch with people that knew how to find him the right home. There were a lot of disappointed people that had reached out to me but the last thing I wanted was Ernie to be traded around to different homes.

The urge to keep Ernie close to me was strong as I fell in love with him immediately and wanted to be able to see him whenever I wanted but knew the families that wanted him weren't patient enough. I wanted to keep Ernie so badly but knew I wasn't right for him either at this time in my life being single, living downtown, not having a yard and being away from home a lot. I took responsibility for Ernie and took that responsibility seriously.

The fact that Ernie had spent 3 years being fed cat food and kept in the cold was too much--he had already missed out on. I determined Ernie's age from the only veterinary record that the previous owner had. It appeared Ernie was 10 months about 2 years ago when they took him to the vet for having a swollen face. Not sure what that was about.

Anyway, I just thought I'd give you as much history and information as I could give you because I can tell you and your husband and Burt have already accepted Ernie with all of your hearts. I am so happy for all of you and I love the pictures and videos you have been posting. My middle name is Ernest so Michelle and I decided he should be called Ernie (cause he wasn't a Macho and he wasn't a Nick either). Thank you for taking care of Ernie as you already have. Ernie is very special to me and I'm glad his story has a great ending!

11:16pm
Rhon B

Nick, my Father-In-Law's middle name is Ernest--my husband said his Grandmother wanted to name him Ernest but the priest told her that wasn't a Catholic name, so he's Leonard Ernest. Small world, huh?

We plan on taking Ernie on the Paws Walk in June and on the Bark in the Park walk in May. Maybe we'll see you then?

 

The Rest of Day Two

April 15th 2013 8:30 pm
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Well, Ernie got his first time-out in his crate. Wouldn't stop bugging Burt, and wouldn't leave Burt alone in the bedroom. Ernie took it all in stride by taking a nap. BOL

So, Burt tried to mount Ernie while Ernie was laying down. Too funny! What have you done with my Chicken-Pot-Pi?

The boys are getting along better tonight. Burt isn't hiding in the bedroom and Ernie's claimed the middle of the living room floor for his nap.

Ernie's still taking Clavamox for a stubborn URI. But he seems to be breathing easily with only a couple of snotty sneezes today. Burt hasn't shown any symptoms of catching it... yet.

Right now Ernie is experiencing "microwave popcorn". I've been giving him small meals all day, trying to ease his system into more food. Now he's napping again (must not be a fan of Orville). BOL

Eat, play, peep--No Ernie, Outside!--play, poop, sleep, repeat. It's like having a puppy... just one that's 51 lbs!

 

So Far on Day Two

April 15th 2013 12:12 pm
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A few pics from yesterday. Ernie spent a quiet night, had good poop this a.m. (yeah!) & is bumping alongside Burt... & Burt's eyes are bright again! The start of Day Two. Golden.

So, I'm taking off until Friday to help with the housetraining... forgot what it was like to have a high-stepping Golden--Ernie took the 5 steps up to the kitchen in 2 leaps! Dug out the Chicago Crew's toys... Fun!

ok, Burt will let Ernie lick his ears, but he will NOT let Ernie nibble on them. Good to know...

Ernie has the cutest little ridge of hair going down his nose--like a Rhodesian Ridgeback ridge, but on the nose!

the pups are napping... but right before, Ernie was running around with his Kong football. All of a sudden, it was gone. It was sitting in the water bowl. Ernie drops whatever toy that happens to be in his mouth into the water bowl when he takes a drink, & then leaves it there! LOL

 
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