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27 September 2023 - 7:06 pm
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Had Daisy at the vet at 8:15 this morning. I forgot what rush hour traffic is like, don't miss it at all.

The vet checked her in and said they'll start on her afternoon. They called at 12:15 and said everything went well. We can pick her up after 3PM. We got there about 4, the folks at the front desk told use everything we need to know about how it went and what to expect. Sent a couple of bottles of pills home with us.

A couple minutes later they brought her out. She had her soft "cone of shame on" and when she looked at us it was like, what did I do to deserve this? We got her into the car and she sat with Cindi in the back seat. She is still pretty stoned and moving slow. She had a big drink of water when we got home.

We moved her crate to the front room so we could keep an eye on her. She's such a sweet girl. smiley16Image Enlarger

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27 September 2023 - 9:08 pm
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Awww you poor thing! I hope you feel better soon. Soak up all the attention, thank dog you only have to do this once! 

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29 September 2023 - 12:10 pm
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Took Blossom in yesterday, it was hard to leave her. The vet called and said she did great, you can pick her after 3.

When we went to get her the folks at the desk greeted us, we said we're here for Blossom. All three of them said, oh, she's so cute! I said thank you, she gets it from her mother's side of the family!

When we sat down, we saw a senior pup and his mom sitting across from us. She was doing all she could not to break down and sob. She would reach down and stroke his head all while fighting back tears. Her husband sat next to her playing with his phone. We have all been there, I wanted to say something...  

That's when Blossom came flying around the corner, sporting her red leash and a soft gray collar instead of a cone of shame ! She hopped in the truck and we started home! In an odd way I felt some guilt, us leaving, smiling and happy. It was a quiet ride.

Daisy was overjoyed when Blossom came through the front door. Her buddy was HOME! It didn't long for Blossom to fall asleep in her crate. A few hours later, we had to wake her to go to bed! 

She didn't eat much this morning, got in Dusty's face a few times, then wearing her new collar, fell asleep beside me on the couch. We'll do our best to keep them both still and quiet. 

I hope the couple sitting across from us got some sleep last night.

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30 September 2023 - 10:50 pm
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aww Jack, I'm glad the girls are back together. That's awesome. Any surgery is a big deal so I'm glad everything is good.

I'm going to bet that Blossom brought some joy in the hearts of that couple going through such a ruff time. Vet clinics are filled with such highs and lows. It's no wonder that vet med practitioners are some of the most emotionally stressed of any other profession.

Hope this weekend is filled with lots of rest and cuddle time on the couch.

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1 October 2023 - 2:32 pm
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Blossom in now a card-carrying member in the "too much fun club!"

Apparently in one of last evenings rounds of play between Blossom, Dusty and Daisy, somebodies' stiches became undun or loose.

This morning we're at the local VCA at 9AM and it was a full house. We filled out the paperwork and waited. About 11:30 they came out and reviewed the story with us. I told them she partied a little too hard last night and was paying the price...then she asked Cindi what really happened. She wrote everything down and said she'd be right back. About 10 minutes later she took Blossom to the back with her. Wasn't long till we were told the Doctor wanted talk to us. Smiling he said no big deal, he would replace a couple of staples and we'd be on our way. He mentioned that we may need to "observe her play a little closer" and keep her cone of shame nearby. He also said he had a TRIPAWD.

We headed back to the waiting area and about 20 minutes later one of the techs smiled and told us, "she'll be right out, we're getting our Golden fix today! 

Not the typical Sunday morning for us but hopefully Blossom helped the Vet and a few techs feel a bit better.smiley16

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1 October 2023 - 4:26 pm
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OH YIKES! Ugh, nothing like having to go back for a re-do. Crazy party animals!

I love that the vet has a 3-legger too!

And of COURSE Blossom brought nothing but smiles to the clinic staff. What a gift on a Sunday when you've gotta work.

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10 November 2023 - 1:23 pm
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Yesterday was Boss 'em Blossoms 10 month birfday, today, it's Daisy's big day! Of course there will be celebrations ongoing through the weekend!

We've contacted California Governor Gavin Newsom multiple times, asking him to declare the 9th and 10th of each month state holidays! His staff says, "they will get back to us on that."

Our kitchen window looks out on our backyard. Sometimes it looks and sounds like a WWF wrestling match back there! 2 Goldens flying around and sometimes, a White Shepherd mixed in. One moment Daisy's on the ground, 2 seconds later Dusty's being "attacked", then it's poor, poor Blossom's turn on the ground. The "growling" and "fang" displays are impressive, non-threatening, and common. Then it's time for a water and rest break. 10 minutes later, it's on again. Most days, there are morning, mid-afternoon and twilight sessions.

With us, they are typical Golden's. Full of love, goofy, funny and very sweet. When we meet strangers, they totally shut down. We knew they weren't socialized as puppies when we brought them home. We thought we'd be able to work though it on our own. Looking at where they are now, socially, we've let them down. We're looking into working with a Certified Dog Behavioral Consultant to help the girls live a full, rich life.

We're soooo blessed and happy they came to live with us. Hopefully, soon they'll bring some of that joy and happiness to others.smiley16

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11 November 2023 - 7:12 pm
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Well hoppy birfdayt Blossom and Daisy! I imagine the entire state of California is pawtying in your honor! Did In N Out run out of Flying Dutchmen burgers yet?

I'm sure that proclamation for a state pawliday in your honor is coming soon! 

You two gals are bringing so much entertainment to the pack. Gosh, you are better than Netflix! I love that even Dusty gets in on the fun. Guess your brother figured if he can't beat 'em, bark at em?!

Jack and Cindi you absolutely have NOT let them down. It is still so early in life for those two. Smart of you to get with an expert though, just so you can get them up to their full potential faster than on your own. The world needs those therapy sisters now more than ever. You are all going to be great at it, Shelby is making sure of that. 

Post some pics of the weekend celebration!

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24 November 2023 - 6:42 pm
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Hi, Daisy here.

This morning Miss "it's all about the ball" Rosy was running amuck around here, like, hey, look at me!!! Whoo Hooo!

That's when I notice, she's left her ball, THE BALL, in the kitchen! Unguarded!

Sooo, I casually saunter over, swoop down and snag it! As I head to my favorite place to snooze, I hide it under my lip!

She'll never find it! Tee Hee Hee!smiley16

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24 November 2023 - 7:22 pm
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You are one smart cookie Daisy!  Oops!  Didnt  mean to say "cookie" without tossing you one through the screen

It seems like I'm always catching . up on all the fun of uour pack.  Well, the. surgeries weren't  fun  and popping some stitches not fun......just  another excuse to get lots of attention!

Ohhhh. Myyyyy gooodness... HOPPY Ten Month Birthday to Boss em Blossom  and ball sneaking Daisy.  Abso that Guvner should declare a two day holiday for the Goldens.  Keep trying!!!

I'm sure the Goldens did give that sad a couple a much needed smile.  They are indeed smile making doggy machines.

I can only imagine jow mich fun it is to watch Blossom, Daisy, Dusty and Rosy to play full out.  We need a video of all the unbridled  joy of dogs being dogs.

Than so much for always giving us entertainment  from all pf uoir pack.especially the duo.  Love how you went to get kne and came home e with two.♥️♥️♥️♥️

Lpve to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!.

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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24 November 2023 - 7:27 pm
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Ohhhh you THINK she won't find it. Just wait, she's going to surprise you when you least expect it!

Too cute Jack. We always love seeing your silly stories about the pack 🙂

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10 January 2024 - 7:34 pm
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Exactly one day after Miz Blossom's birthday, it's Daisy's Big Day!

We met Daisy at her breeders home. We've never adopted from a breeder before so we didn't know what to expect. We met when she was 4 months old and her big stepbrother who was seven months old. Both looked great but we came for the "female" pup. After about an hour, we said we'll take her! We got her pedigree, some toys and a supply of the food she had been raised on to take home. And, before we left with our new girl, they gave us Blossom as a gift!

We LOVE Daisy's spirit and how much she takes care of Blossom. She's like an "old soul".

Daisy is so different from Blossom. She's a bit bigger, beautiful, very regal looking, heavy coat. She's also very curious, calm, aware, inquisitive and cautious. When we walk, her nose is on the ground for a minute and in the air the next. She's a good size also, weighs about 70 pounds, and as Rod Stewart says, "she wears it well". Just about the same size as Dusty, our White Shepherd.

I would say she doesn't walk, she kinda strolls along. Very smooth, almost slick. When strolling through the kitchen, she can snag the hand towel out of the refrigerator handle slick as can be. The same for an errant sock, shoe, hat, any toy that Rosy loves, fries or a burger at her eye level. Then it's a game to get it back!

She's a lover and a leaner. When you're sitting on the couch or the porch, she'll move up next to you, lean on you, close her eyes and relaxes. She has to know where everybody is…all the time. The bottom of the windows in the front room are low enough she can look out over the front lawn, sidewalk and street. That can keep her occupied for quite a while.

The "girls" are best friends, for hours on end they are chasing, growling, occasionally a bark or 2, teeth bearing, and ganging up on poor Dusty if he's available. One minute Dusty is on the bottom, next minute Blossom's on the ground, then Daisy is, being "mauled". They're chewing, slobbering on each other until they need to be toweled off in order to be allowed in the house. 

She suffers from not being socialized as a young pup much worse than Blossom. Riding in a car is just too overwhelming for her. She explodes from both ends. Very hard on her and us. The behaviorist is helping us with her. We have to take things very slowly as we find out what she fears or what triggers her fears. That's OK, she is so worth it.smiley16

She stole Rosy's new toy!

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11 January 2024 - 6:12 pm
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HOPPY BIRFDAY DAISY! smiley_clap You sure are growing into a beautiful, elegant doggie with sooo much love to give. Leaner dogs are my all-time favorite, I don't care what breed. There's something about a dog who knows how to say "I'm good with you" just by a gentle lean.

I hope you can overcome your car phobia so you can get out and show even more people how amazing you are. Sounds like you're confident enough with the pack. I'll bet eventually that you will find your own, not so barfy way of handling the world so you can enjoy more of it. You will get there!

Jack, you and Cindi are so smart to take things slow with her and go at her own pace. She was meant to be with you and the kiddos. What a gift!

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11 January 2024 - 10:14 pm
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Tell ya'll  what, any dog who finds a home with you and Cindi are the luckiest dogs in the world!!!  You're understanding  of each personality and how to help shape them into  being their best selves.

So much fun reading about Daisy and all her antics.  You certainly know her so well and know how to help her work through some of the "challenges". 

The visuals of her grabbing the towel in the kitchen and playing "keep away" cracked me up.  She's having a blast deciding  what she can find, or steal, tomplay with next....especially Rosy's toys. 

That picture of Daisy with Rosy's toy is so cute.  She seems quite pleased with herself.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAISY!!!🎉🎂  Be sure and share your cake with Dusty and Rosy and Blossom....or not!

Hugs 

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We have been, ah, remodeling/repairing our house for the last 11 months due to an in-wall water leak. As needed, all the inside of the house has been upgraded, fixed, repaired, replaced, added onto or simply messed with. Scores of repair dudes strolling in and out and all around. Drywall, paint, tile, electrical, plumber, insurance, insulation and some I have no idea who they were, were in the house. 

Why stop on the inside, let's replace the windows and sliding doors too. That means that the front yard is being replanted as we speak. The girls, as well as myself, have been overwhelmed many, many times. 

Today there were 6 or 7 guys working on the front yard. The girls we simply beside themselves. 

I went outside to check the mail around 4 and Blossom wanted to go. She didn't know that someone was working just around the corner by the driveway.  When she saw him, tail went straight up and she bolted by him and headed towards the mailbox, only to find more people in her front yard! Instead of panicking and heading back inside, she hippity hopped to the sidewalk, looked around and sniffed one of the yard guys and simply continued her sidewalk adventure.

When she was done, we headed inside and Daisy, the real scaredy cat in our house, wanted to go outside! I opened the door, she timidly looked outside, took a couple steps and headed to the driveway! She saw all the people and bolted back to the door. I called her, and she came running, happily, back out to me! We did this a couple more times and she was getting all fired up and after about the 4th trip, she looked at me like, hey, what are waiting for, let's go! She was sniffing, checking everything in the next 3 houses front yards. 

I was in total shock, this was NOT the sweet Daisy I knew. She was enjoying the outdoors! Sniffing, wagging tail, being a DOG! 

Soooo, we brought Blossom back out and they were like 2 little puppies, jumping, growling, running amuk. Knocking each over, growling and going yard to yard. They were like 4 houses away, we called them and there was a mad rush to get home. Daisy was running for all she was worth and MIZ Blossom was NOT FAR BEHIND! Tongues and spit flying everywhere! Ears were flapping as they bounced down the sidewalk. IT WAS GREAT!

I do believe that was the first time I've seen them just being dogs, outside in the sun, running with each other, heading home!

I gotta tell ya, I teared up and thought, DANG, that was so cool!

When Cindi walked up to us, I said, did you see that? She said, oh yeah, they did all that yesterday too........smiley16

Pictures will follow, I promise.smiley16

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