Golden Retriever
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Home:Charlottesville, VA, VA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Bax, Baxter Bear, Mr. Bear, Baxter Bee, Pumpkin Bear

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:

June 23rd 2007

I love kissing ears (human and dog), walking on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, visiting the Office of Admission at UVa, and playing with the other dogs in the complex,

Baths, an empty house, being told I can't eat mulch.

Favorite Toy:
I love my Nylabone keys, tennis balls, stuffed toys that make animal noises, and anything that squeaks (though I was afraid of the squeaks at first).

Favorite Food:
I eat Nature's Variety Instinct, Wellness CORE, and other grain-free foods. My treats are Three Dog Bakery Jump & Sit Bits, dried beef liver, Old Mother Hubbard Puppy biscuits, and "Baxter Bits" (cookies my mom makes me.

Favorite Walk:
I spend lots of time in one of the three dog play areas on my complex, but I also love walking on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Best Tricks:
I do a great "high five" with both of my front paws, show "sad", I know my left from my right, among other things. I can also open my baby gate (

Arrival Story:
My mom had been searching the local SPCA, rescue groups, and Petfinder for the right pup. Two times, she found the dog she thought to be "the one" on the SPCA's website, but both times, there were problems (one had behavior issues she wasn't confident about handling, another had no record at the shelter). Finally, she realized that she'd have to just put the word out that she was looking for a dog and hope that someone would help her find the right! Her boyfriend's sister heard about a breeder who had an unusually large litter (12 golden retriever pups!) and that there were extras. She quickly visited our home to check out my mom and my siblings (adorable, if I do say so myself) and decided that she would take me or one of my brothers. When the day came to pick me up, the breeder had two dogs in mind: one was the most "chill" of the litter (that's me! that's me!), the other was my crazy brother. I was the first one he put into her arms and it was love at first sight!

We owe so much to Dr. Lymon at Old Dominion Animal Hospital in Charlottesville and Dr. Hawthorne at Veterinary Referral & Critical Care in Goochland, VA (suburb of Richmond) for fixing my diaphragmatic hernia. They saved my life! To read more about what happened, see my diary.

Forums Motto:
Leaving a wake of smiles

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Toxic Dog Treats from China

Other stuff:
My mom joined this site hoping to meet people with pups that had a similar condition to mine (diaphragmatic hernia). So far, that hasn't happened, but if you had it and had surgery, please say hello!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 11th 2007 More than 9 years!

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Baxter's Recovery Log

So many adventures!

November 8th 2007 5:51 pm
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Since I got all better, I've been going on so many adventures! Mom and Marc take me to the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville all the time now. Sometimes, Marc takes me alone during the day when there aren't many people on the mall. Sometimes, Mom and Marc take me together at night. I get a little confused when I'm with both of them because I don't know whether to walk between them or on their side. I also get a little distracted by people and other dogs along the way. I'm really good at sitting when we come to a crosswalk, though.

One day, Marc took me to Mom's office. I kind of forgot about that place...I had only gone once, just before I got sick. Mom and Marc then took me to a grassy area at UVa called The Lawn where there were tons of kids all dressed up in costumes. People were giving out treats, but Mom said I couldn't have any. It's okay...I met two other pups there. One was a devil and another was a lobster. Mom told me I was a bee.


Mom's home! Mom's home!

September 22nd 2007 2:01 pm
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I can't believe it! Mom came home last night after being gone for five whole days. I was soooo excited, but even more excited because she found me a new squeaky pig! I threw up on it back when I got sick and she threw it away. It was one of my favorite has a squeaker in the front and a chip in the back that makes it snort. It's so fun to chew on! What's more, she brought me a quacking duck and a barking puppy.

I had such a happy night, snuggling and playing with mom and Marc. Mom hung out with me most of the day, too. I'm in heaven.

Oh! And I completely gave up on my floppy e-collar and am just wearing the bite free collar. I also am completely off mixed food (I had gotten hooked on wet food in the hospital). Now, I'm just eating my Sammy Snacks again. Delicious!


So many changes!

September 20th 2007 12:57 pm
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When I was in the animal hospital, the nurses tied a floppy, blue e-collar around my neck. It's been a pain in the neck...if I'm sniffing the ground, I usually step on it and trip myself and when I'm trying to clean up after going potty, I can't quite lick the right spot. On top of that, it has some laces and I looooove laces. They're just out of reach, but I've been working on grabbing them.

Well, yesterday afternoon, there was a box at the door and Marc said it was my new collar. I was thinking it would be the funky blue one that mom's been thinking of buying me (it has daisies embroidered on it!). Well, it was a collar...but it wasn't pretty. It's supposed to replace my e-collar and it keeps me from reaching my neck down to bite and lick my belly. It feels ridiculous! Marc only left it on me for a short time...about as long as mom left the Gentle Leader on me the first time she put it on me. :) I don't know which is worse, the floppy, blue collar or this thing!

Well, luckily, I put up enough of a fuss that Marc put the e-collar back on.

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