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When all else fails….

talk about Goldie!

dog laying on her back
Goldie on her back

Goldie has adapted very well to being the one and only. She Loves it. This is not an unusual position for her. She does this out of the blue and just stays like that… Linzi didn’t do this. Bandit didn’t do this (ever). The only dog I have had that did was Axel… all the time. He would also play with toys on his back, trying to either hold or position a toy in his mouth with is forelegs. Goldie does this too. 

She has become a delight… now that she is healthy and seems to be learning faster. In addition, she has become the WATCH dog…. raising the alarm… when she thinks there is trouble!!! Boy can she get loud and deep.

Its great that she is doing well after a year of health issues and antibiotics. We tried to put her back on a commercial dog food, but that was a NO GO, so she is still on prescription food, although I may ask the vet if we might be able to change to one that is not the last resort formula.

We’ll be back again soon with a project. Of course technology has reared its ugly head in several areas AGAIN!

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Goodbye

Linzi

To my sweet noble Linzi. We had to send her over the Rainbow bridge today. She was only 8. She became ours in South Africa, at 4 months old shortly after arriving in August 2010, and before our household belongings arrived!!!

Linzi at 4 months

She will be happier now and certainly more comfortable. Things came on fast and after a week, several vet visits and a horribly long weekend we just couldn’t see prolonging her ordeal. This picture was taken Saturday afternoon. I have never seen these 2 lay like this ever! There several other instances where Goldie laid close to Linzi. 

Her truly happiest days were with Axel. Those two had a bond and an understanding. Absolutely zero alpha issues. She was not quite the same without him.

Axel andLinzi

We always teased that she was all beauty and no brains, but I think she was a follower, for the most part. Happy to do assigned tasks and just be quietly in the room, unless there was a squirrel or a rabbit in the yard. Not only did she know there was varmint in the yard her nose told us that we often had overnight visitors other than rabbit. She could find a bread crumb in the lawn.

Playing in the snow with Goldie winter 1-2018

She was also a ladies dog. Tolerated men… and my fierce protector when on the lead. We always considered her not dog friendly, but a stay at a kennel, where there was dog social time… showed (the kennel posts videos) us that it was only when we were holding her lead that there was a problem. Her humans not around… no threats.

I think she and Goldie might have forged a relationship similarly… as the one with Axel, eventually. Some of the best times she had with Goldie was before Goldie became toy alpha, and they would run in tandem around the yard each carrying a toy. The only way Linzi played with a toy in the yard. She had hers and carried it while the other dog played fetch. Linzi NEVER played fetch.

Linzi and Goldie playing

After Axel left us, I would take Linzi up to the Creative Space with me after dinner each evening. She would just lay on the floor and nap.  After that it became a ritual, that we have carried on with (especially after Bandit). It became nearly as important to her as mealtime (which was like clockwork with her).

Linzi napping in the Creative Space

Linzi had never lived alone… she always had dogs around her, since she was raised in a breeders kennel, she also had a kennel mate that she was very fond of. Because Linzi got along so well with Axel and we really missed his big presence… we got Bandit… Not a good IDEA!!! but we were looking at the next decade of years and Bandit was going to be our last puppy… ha! I never appreciated Linzis calmness, until we had Bandit. Goldie… is just a year old this month and active, and still in puppyhood, and is calming down… as she matures. She did ok today, not even sure she has noticed that she is living alone. I did give her the whole box of toys and she entertained herself all afternoon, (she and Linzi would not play with toys well in the same room).

I had to go back through pictures to find Little Linzi pictures and of course, there was Axel…. and all the years we lived in Africa. So I have taken a little walk down memory lane… and there were some tears (ok lots of tears), and some smiles and some joy… but there is a part of our family missing…. so there will be more tears!

If you have a pet give them a nice scratch behind the ears or belly from us!

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Clear Message!

If you have been following along from the old blog…. (www.ihaveanotion.blogspot.com) then you cr-Goldie-young-8-2018-wbknow the last year has been a bit of a trial for us with dogs. We acquired Goldie after having to send Bandit back to the breeder. Goldie has the same dad as Bandit, but she has a different mom.

From the beginning Goldie had some difficulties…. those rabbits… and the treats they leave behind are just the best!!! The back story is… Goldie was tested for Giardia and treated, but the problems persisted through 3 treatments, 2 months or so. While she was gaining weight, she was still under weight for 5/6 month German Shepherd. So a specialist was recommended and off we went. After an office visit and leaving a sample… for testing… we waited. No wonder Goldie was having problems. She not only had Giardia, but she also tested positive for C-Diff and Cryptosporidium.

Some more medications and then another test! Giardia gone, but positive for both C-Diff and Crypto… more meds. Another test. Yay C-Diff gone, but the Crypto… is hanging in. Vet said it was a difficult bug to kill. So another round of medication. The last medication had to be administered every 8 hours with a meal! and another test. Still positive for Crypto.  So it was suggested that we continue the last medication for 4 or 5 months and retest. We have all been on the 8 hour schedule for 7 months with fingers crossed.  We took a sample in last week.cr-Goldie-port-8-2018-wb

Goldie is almost a year old now. In just about 10 days she will celebrate her birthday. We will be celebrating lots more too. We got the call from the Vet this morning and she is CLEAR!!!

When we started down this road Goldie only weigh about 35 pounds. She now weighs a respectable 75 pounds although she is tall thin dog, but the next 6 months should show her putting on some muscle and filling out a bit.

cr-Goldie-8-2018-wbWe were outside one day last week and Goldie consented to a photo session. In the first picture you can see the juvenile in her still, but in the last 2 you can start to see the mature countenance she will have as an adult. We still have about 6 more months of a tween dog.

She is looking so good…. She was spayed a month ago… and on September 7 she will be a year old. I hope she will consider being a healthy dog…. for the rest of her life.

She looks so much like Bandit in this last picture!!!

So do you have any good news to share?