April 27th 2009 6:31 pm
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One and one-half years ago, my life changed forever. For reasons I could not understand, the only family I ever knew turned me in to a shelter. I then spent 2 weeks in a kennel after being taken from the shelter by the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles. There were not enough foster homes. The rescue group had so many adoptable dogs so many of us had to live in kennels.
While I was there, terrible fires roared through Southern California. The smoke was thick and I stopped eating. I lost weight. I was so scared.
In the meantime, in San Diego, my new mom and dad decided that Lucy, a GRCGLA rescue from 2 years earlier needed a brother. Mom immediately started the search on the website with a lot of help and input AND encouragement from her Dogster friends.
The debate went on for a couple of days. The friends of Lucy on Dogster all checked out my bio and pictures and they all decided(along with mom and dad) that I would be the perfect brother for Lucy. So mom made arrangements to bring Lucy up to LA and meet me. The fires delayed the meeting for several days but by Friday, I was on my way to my new home in San Diego.
It wasn't easy at first. I was skinny and depressed and Lucy didn't like me very much. There was a great deal of "teefer" showing and growling but gradually we got used to each other and I finally felt secure. We were able to both fit on the bed with mom and dad and after a few months, actually started to play with each other. The usual games, Golden Wrestlemania and Goober Bitey-face! I gained weight and the slightly pudgy Lucy lost weight chasing me around the park.
I have become mom's "big red goofy boy". I have a huge smile and a fondness for stuffies. I love to talk and everyone seems to understand what I am saying. My life is so amazingly wonderful. It's hard to believe I was ever sad or felt abandoned. The power of love is a wondrous thing.
I don't think I could be happier any place else but in my forever home with my mom and dad and sister Lucy.
They have changed my life and I am eternally grateful.
April 30th 2008 5:32 am
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Wow, it has been 6 months since mom, dad, and Lucy drove up to LA to pick me up and bring me to my new home in San Diego. That day was so smoky because of all the firestorms and so scary. I had been living with a family for all of my 7 years and all of a sudden I was in a kennel with German Shepherds! I was very skinny and very nervous.
When I first met mom and dad I loved them right away. And Lucy, too, even though she barked at me the whole way home! Once she made sure I knew that she was the Queen, we got along fine. A little showing of "teefers" and growling at first but otherwise fine.
I was very depressed that first week and pretty much curled up in a ball. I just wasn't sure this would be where I would be living. So much change happening so suddenly. But I gradually perked up, began eating well and getting to know my house and my yard. Once I learned the doggy door, I was "the bomb".
I am now heavier and my beautiful red fur has grown in. It is very soft and shiny. I am on medications for seizures which were mild and for probable hip dysplasia but am doing well healthwise.
Lucy and I have become a pack and are great pals. We love hiking with mom and going to the park on weekends when dad is home. We spend a lot of time "hunting" for critters in the yard, mostly rats and lizards and an occasional bunny. We have yet to catch anything!! We have recently started our version of Golden Wrestlemania. Lucy is pretty dominant but I have pinned her a few times. Only problem is that I end up with goober ears. Lucy has lots of slobber!
All in all, my life is just wonderful. I am the luckiest dog to have been picked from the GRCGLA webpage to be Lucy's brother.
January 4th 2008 10:27 am
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Wow, I have been in my new home for 2 months now. It feels like I have lived here forever. I love my new family. Mom is home a lot and with the holidays, dad's been home lots too. That means more love and more playtime!
Christmas was fun. I got lots of new stuffies. I loved unwrapping all the presents. Even Lucy didn't mind that I unwrapped her presents, too!
We are becoming petty good pals. She showed me how to check the fence line around the back yard and to bark at everything and everyone that walks by. We are quite the ferocious sounding duo! And she pretty much lets me sleep where I want on the bed. I like to sleep in the dog bed on the floor by mom's side of the bed mostly.
My hair is growing in and I have gained some weight. I have become quite the talker,too.
I am sure 2008 will be my best year ever.
My wish is for all my Dogster families to have health and peace and love in the new year.
November 2nd 2007 3:25 pm
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Well, I have been at my new home for a week now. I must say that I do like it here. The humans let me sleep on the bed and mom is a great cook! I learned how to use the doggy door so I can explore the yard when I'm not napping on the couch.
My sister Lucy is finally getting used to me. She didn't like it when I wanted to play and we have had several "growl-offs" and she gets quite barky! But she is learning how to play a little and I haven't seen her "teefers" in a couple of days! She is good about the sleeping arrangements...good thing for the California King! And she doesn't try to eat my food.
I met my vet today, Dr. Jeff. I have a little kennel cough or sinus infection. But otherwise he said I am in great shape.
I LOVE Lucy's park. We got to run off leash today and I got to play ball. Lucy chased me chasing the ball. It was all great fun.
I am so lucky that these nice people took me out of the shelter and moved me to San Diego. I am loving my forever home.
October 27th 2007 1:23 pm
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Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed.
I'd like to open my baggage
Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry-
So much to regret.
Hmm . . . Yes there it is, right on the top.
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss;
And there by my bed hide Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave;
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
but I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things-
and take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage,
and never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage-
Will you still want me?