Meet one year old Nash. Nash was part of the “Astronomy” litter of puppies last year. His mom was a golden but dad more than likely some kind of hound. Nash was returned to rescue as he was having some difficulties in his home with four young children and an “in-home” daycare. Nash’s new “pack” has more members with 4 legs than two. He is getting along great with the dogs but is very interested in the kitty who is less than impressed with the attention he is receiving. Nash is adjusting well to the new structure in his life.
He is house trained and does well in his kennel when we are away from the house. He is cautious of new people entering his house. Nash would do well in a home with children over 10, no cats and plenty of structure.
Amber is a sister to Raven. She is a shy girl too as you can see from her pictures. She is very sweet but needs a special home to love her.
Amber is now being treated with an anti-anxiety medication which is having a positive effect on her. She is a little bit more outgoing. She follows her foster mom around the house and will come into the living room to be part of the family activities. She is still very leery of foster dad but she no longer runs from him. She has also become more comfortable around the grandkids. She still won't eat from foster mom’s hand, but does enjoy any food put in front of her. She is making great progress.
We cut Amber back to 1/2 pill of Clomacalm (anti-anxiety medication) once a day as of last Monday. She is still very shy of anyone except her foster mom, who she is just fine around. She still won't eat in the kitchen with the other dogs. She will eat in the hallway so she can see the others, but is still not ready to join them in the kitchen. We have moved her bowl from its original place, in the bedroom, slowly towards the kitchen. She is a very affectionate little girl when she is with her foster mom on the bed. At night, she usually sleeps on her back with some part of her touching me!!! She loves to play outside with resident dog, Baron. She also loooooooves her squirrel buddies in the trees.
Amber is doing well. Getting a little more brave and shows more interest in new things (on occasion this includes a human). We recently discovered Found she can jump the fence into the neighbors yard if there is a squirrel in view. Thank God it is a fenced in yard. She is eating from my hand quite well. She will eat with the other dogs in the kitchen every now and then. She still is afraid of Foster Dad, but she tolerates his attention without looking away or ducking her head!!! That's an improvement. Slowly she is joining our world.
Meet 2 year old Raven. She is a beautiful Siberian husky/golden mix that weighs less than 50 pounds . This little girl was rescued from the same place as Buddy, Omar, Eli, Elliot, as well as many other dogs IGRR has helped place in breed rescues. She has lived her entire life outdoors with very little human contact. Since she has had little socialization, she is scared of common household occurrences. She will need a family with an adult dog, no young children and preferably a fenced in yard.
As a puppy she was bite by another dog in the face breaking her jaw. The bones have healed but the accident has resulted in one eye socket being a bit lower than the other. She seems to have no long term effects from this accident and enjoys the company of other dogs, both big and small.
She is a special girl that deserves having a happy and loving home.
Amber and Raven were not well socialized prior to coming to IGRR. Their perfect family will be gentle and patient with a calm environment. A second dog in the house is very important to help them learn how to adjust to life.
These girls will probably always be a little more timid in new situations, but with love, patience, socialization and training, they will develop self-confidence and become wonderful pets. And for you, helping them "learn to be a dog" is an incredibly rewarding experience.
Raven continues to improve. She is on a long line 80% of her time. She is crated at night but does enjoy snuggling with her foster mom later morning. She enjoys attention, but still has some insubordinate peeing and pooping. She loves other dogs but still does not yet know how to play with them. She has recently started to sleep with a large chocolate lab while at her foster mom’s vet clinic during the daytime. She also gets to spend time behind the front desk to get exposed to more people, and she is doing pretty well.
KJ (not up for adoption)
KJ just turned 13 this month. He is overweight and has a little difficulty with steps. We are working on reducing his weight and taking him for short walks. That should help him get around a little better. KJ also takes medication for seizures. Because of his age and medical history, IGRR is not looking for someone to adopt KJ. We are providing him with a permanent foster home for as long as he is enjoying life. KJ is really a great dog - he is house trained and very easy going. I have been able to leave him alone in my house and he just takes a nap. He does not want much in life, just a soft bed, a few trips outside, food and water, and lots of pats on the head!
KJ is doing pretty good. He sleeps alot but is able to walk about 3 blocks every morning. He also follows me around the house all day. He jerks and twitches off and on most days. Some days are worse than others. He handles the steps at the back of the house but he fell down the front steps twice last week and the second time he scraped his chin so we are no longer going out the front. Ty and I were gone for over 9 hours today and he was ready to go outside but no accidents. He is a great dog and loves his ear scratches and pats on the head.
KJ is doing about the same. He is actually doing a little better going up the steps to come inside - he rarely needs any help now. I think the walks and the glucosamine/chondroitin is helping. He still jerks and twitches and loves to be petted. He is a very sweet boy and I am going to really miss him someday.
KJ continues to do well. He definitely acts like he feels better and rarely needs help getting up the back steps. I am also not noticing as many jerks and twitches. When he first came I noticed 3 or 4 an hour but now I only see a few each day. I am definitely spoiling him!
KJ is doing great. I had him chasing a toy short distances tonight. We continue to take one or two short walks a day. Between the walks and the Cosequin he is taking, he easily walks up my steps now. He seems to have adjusted to my working all day but he does not let me out of his sight at night. I am spoiling him - he expects his treat before I leave for work and does not let me forget his bedtime snack!! I just really think he is a great dog. He is very well behaved (except for the day he unraveled my knitting) and has such a great personality.
Buster (not available for adoption)
Buster has been in our home for over a year. During that time, he has "tried out" three other homes and each has gone over badly. Buster has separation issues along with the typical senior stuff making it difficult for him in new situations. Our home is actually set up very well for him and I can't imagine him going to another home and upsetting his "apple cart".