Hello RMGDRI group
This is Jerry and Judy
in northwest Montana reporting to you that Bernard (we call him
Bernie) graduated from obedience school. We picked Bernie up in
Blackfoot, Idaho on May 8. His coat completely cleared up after
a few weeks in our house and it came in perfectly smooth and clear.
He is very energetic and runs at high speed in the yard and can
jump onto the deck clearing all the steps in a single bound.
He really benefited from
the obedience class. He is very protective of Judy. Once, we went
to the house of Judy's friend. Jerry was driving. Judy got out of
the car and the friend's Golden Retriever came to greet Judy. Bernie
must have thought, "That so-and-so is going to attack my Mommie."
He tried to attack the dog through the windshield. He didn't hit
it; he just pressed on it and shattered the windshield. As you know,
he's aggressive toward cats and small dogs. He learned to be polite
to other dogs in obedience class. He still needs more socialization
but that will have to wait until spring. We are pretty snowed in
Bernie is a very smart
dog. He learns quickly, though he would take control if we let him.
He watches television and gets very excited when he sees dogs on
the screen. When he sees a full-length shot of a person on the 62"
screen he runs up and sniffs crotch.
You recall that we have
another RMGDRI rescue named Reina. She is doing well, too. She's
getting a few gray hairs but really enjoys her stuffed animal babies.
The attached photo shows Jerry putting Bernie's graduation cap on
him and Reina helping celebrate with a stuffed animal toy.
Thanks for all to contributed
to Bernie's life.
Jerry and Judy
Happy Thanksgiving to
all the volunteers at RMGDR. We adopted Luci in August of 2009.
She was a small mantle pup with unruly ears and big white feet.
Luci has grown to be just over 90 pounds and is a sleek and petite
date. She loves to run and has a beautiful gait, interrupted by
literally kicking up her heels in joy. Luci loves her many toys,
her big sisters ( our college age daughters) , the dog park and
sleeping on the couch. She recently learned to ring our old fashioned
doorbells with her nose in order to get treats, attention or just
go out. So thanks to the family who had the courage to give Luci
into the safekeeping of RMGDR and thanks to Laura R. who fostered
our girl until we could bring her home. She is an absolute delight.
He's doing great! He
and Lucy get along really well and are already acting like siblings.
The toe is healing well. No one can believe he's a rescue- he's
so friendly and sweet. He's the perfect dog for us!
I'm so sorry that we
haven't given you any updates on Sir Lancelot until now. We LOVE
him!! He is such a smart and sweet snuggler. He loves to curl up
on our laps on the floor, and he is always trying to get as close
as possible. It's really cute. He is doing really well with his
basic commands. He knows: sit, down, stay, place, and paw. His crate
training is also moving along wonderfully. We're even starting to
see him go into his crate on his own . . . every now and then. He
is doing really well with house training. He's pretty good about
going to the door when he needs to go out. His accidents in the
house are becoming more and more rare, and they usually only happen
when is excited or distracted. ;) I would say he is about 95% house
trained. He really is such a special little nugget. We are so happy
to have him in our lives, and we are so thrilled to see that his
brother Arthur was adopted also. :)
Thanks again for all
of your help and for bringing him into our lives.
Laurie & Shelby :)
Barkley is now Tonto.
I decided to rename him because if he turned out to be a barker,
I could not figure out how to stop BARKley from BARKing.
He comes to Tonto. We
hug in the morning and at night. We hug at night and then he goes
to sleep. We hug in the morning and then he eats his breakfast.
I feed him lunch and then he comes to me for a hug.
In short... we were made
for each other.
He is off the leash on
the property and never leaves my side. I washed my Jeep this morning.
He really doesn't like the hose. But he did well. He won't come
out of my car UNTIL the leash is attached. This is perfect. He's
eating well. Sleeping well. So sweet. Made friends with Terri's
Portuguese Water Dogs. They are now brothers and sisters.
He has been to campus
with me yesterday and today. When I leave him in my office, he gets
a bit wimpy, but he doesn't bark. When I come back to my office
he has his ears flapped and he's wiggling. Then we HAVE to hug.
I take him to all my
classes. He just lays down by the teacher's desk while I hold class.
The photojournalism students have named him as the Photojournalism
When I'm walking him
on campus, he never pulls on the leash. Always walks on my left
side. Nudges me often with his head while we're walking... needing
a pet between the ears. He never moves toward oncoming students
when we're walking. Always a gentleman. I have him trained with
hand signals to sit, lay down. I have him trained to "hurry
up." I take him outside and tell him to hurry up and he pees
and poops. I walked him through a flock of pigeons on campus. These
pigeons are very human-oriented. We walked right through them and
he couldn't have cared less. Didn't take after any of them.
Here's the best part...
He really loves me. When we hug he moans.
Everything is great.
I'll keep you posted.
I wanted to update everyone
on Brock's progress. He is doing beautifully! Brock is a wonderful,
loving dog who tries only to please. He is genuinely a gentle boy
who is adapting to his new surroundings very well. He tends to be
a bit protective when it comes to anyone coming up the driveway
and he will bark (ex: imagine the ruckus when the big trash truck
came before dawn shining his amber lights just outside the windows!
All three dogs went bullistic! It was hysterical!). But, Brock really
doesn't bark too much. It's not something I would have a concern
where neighbors are annoyed.
He loves going on hikes
in the forest. We take the horse trail and he just struts along
so proudly, having to examine every piece of horse poop or deer
dropping! His leash is quite long so he has the feeling he is not
restrained too tightly and he listens when he's called to. We still
need to work on his overexuberance when he sees a little creature
scurrying up a tree! He definitely has the advantage over me if
he decides to run! The good thing is I don't have to exert any energy,
he pulls me up the hill easily!
Brock is just a joy.
He is a big, wiggly, bundle of love. The fact that he doesn't have
a tail is a great bonus, too, as his head is big enough to knock
over just about anything on the table. He doesn't need the extra
appendage on the other end! And he loves to take up most of the
bed, but he is learning that his place is at the foot so he does
allow me a little space. Maybe you can tell that I am completely
infatuated with this little guy!
Anyway, things are really
going well and Brock is a wonderful addition. I thank you again
and look forward to further updates!
We are doing fine. She
has met several of the neighborhood dogs and has chosen her favorites
as the two Ridgebacks living across the street. We’re hoping
to get all the dogs together for a play-date at the local soccer
field which is fully enclosed. She’s been wonderful with my
two cats, and they don’t seem to mind her presence at all.
So, all is well there. I think she may be gaining a little weight
– which is a good thing. She won’t hold still long enough
for me to get a good picture of her, so I’ll keep trying and
will send them once I’m able to get a good photo. She is a
real sweetheart, and I’m really enjoying her company! Bye
for now, Tina
My husband and I adopted
Kahlua in March of 2009 and we have all become one big happy family!
I send Kahlua's foster mom an e-mail update every few months and
I don't think I have ever updated you guys!
When we first adopted Kahlua she only weighed 82 lbs...last week
she was weighed and is now a healthy 106!
Kahlua is loving the family life! We love to snuggle! Most nights
she sleeps at the end of bed and as soon as my husband gets up for
work she crawls to his side of the bed and sleeps with her head
on his pillow! Every morning I open my eyes and Kahlua is nose to
nose with me and gives me a slobbery good morning kiss!
She has overcame her separation anxiety and no longer barks or cries
when she stays home alone! When my husband and I come home she is
always watching for us in the window and you can see her excitement!
She jumps all around in the window and is just so happy we are home!
She always gives us the best welcome home greetings! It doesn't
matter what kind of day you have - when you walk thru the door Kahlua
makes your day!
Kahlua also no longer has aggression towards other dogs! We go to
the local dog park on a weekly basis and Kahlua loves it! She loves
to play in the stream with other dogs but has the most fun running
thru the water and sniffing every bush she passes! She also goes
to a doggie daycare. I started taking her to Camp Bow Wow where
she could play all day instead of being home alone. I started taking
her to daycare last October and she was a little skeptical at first!
She hid in the corner and refused to socialize...now I drop her
off once or twice a week and she can't wait to go play - she doesn't
even say goodbye! They have an indoor and outdoor area where she
runs in and out all day and plays with 15-30 dogs everyday!
Kahlua is amazing and my husband and I would be lost without her!
She has turned into a huge part of our family and I can't imagine
our lives without her!
Thank you so much for matching us with such an amazing girl!
Jessica & Chris
Sullivan is an absolutely
incredible dog! He walked into my house and my life as though he
always belonged there, and he's already very much a "momma's
boy." I've attached a few photos from our recent hiking trip
on Mount Lemmon; Sully happily wears his very own backpack and carries
his own water and treats when we go hiking. He's become a favorite
at the local dog park and gets along with everyone there, and the
good people at the local Petco and PetSmart now know him by name.
Thanks so much for all
that you do for these big babies! I really can't put in to words
how blessed I am to have Sullivan in my life, and it's all thanks
to the good work of RMGDR!
Sharon and Sullivan
Sarge is wonderful...!
He is the BEST running
companion I could have ever asked for...! We have the most beautiful
trail, the highline canal, literally steps from our door. He &
I make a nice little 2 mile jog every morning right after walking
the kids to school. We are in a routine & he does not let me
out of it : ) We just started using a gentle leader for our run
this week on Monday & he is remarkably almost completely tolerant
of it. He still wants to have the leash in his mouth though, pretty
funny to see him 'leading' himself down the trail, me following
on a loose leash...! People stop me even while I'm running w/ my
ipod on to ask about him b/c he is so uniquely handsome & wonderfully
behaved. He easily weighs as much as I do. He is so cute, he loves
our kids & all the neighbor kids who are constantly in &
out of our home. He loves to be outside with them while they ride
bikes, scooter & play.
We got him a HUGE 4ft
long open wire crate which he sleeps in on a bed with a big royal
blue blanket that he brings in & out of his crate & out
into the living room to play/ lay with on his other doggie bed.
SUPER cute...! He LOVES the food I make for him & is a very
polite boy always sitting when I present him with his bowl of food
morning & night. He uses a sleek furniture like brown raised
feeder & loves his treats. We could not be happier...!
I sent you a few pics
of Shaq in his new home.
1. The three of us.
2. Danny and Shaq having
quiet time in the morning watching TV. Shaq LOVES the Love Sac.
It's his favorite place to cuddle.
3. All tuckered out after
a hard night of playing.
We're so happy to have
Shaq in our lives. We can't imagine a better dog for our family.
Shaq has been a bundle of energy ever since he entered our home.
He greeted us with kisses as we picked him up to bring him home,
and he hasn't stopped since! Shaq's favorites include napping in
the Love Sac while being cuddled, playing with his rope toy, running
around in the backyard, rides in the Element, morning walks, and
being anywhere Danny and Jenny are. He had his first trip to the
vet in Utah on Wednesday, and she said he looks great! Last night
was the first time we've left him alone for a longer period of time
(while we went to class), and when we got home, he had taken the
laundry out of our hamper and set it all around our bedroom. He
didn't chew anything - he just made sure our scent was all over
the room so he could remember us until we got home :) He has been
spoiled rotten with all of the visitors he's been getting. Our families
came over the first night we got him, and our entire living room
was filled with people. Shaq ran from person to person, relishing
all the attention he was receiving. Danny and I comment several
times a day that Shaq is such a good dog and a great fit for our
Thank you RMGDR! We love
the new addition to our family!
Danny and Jenny
I have attached a pic
of Jezebel. She was 10 months last week, as far as I could figure)
and weighed in at 110 pounds!
She is big, beautiful, mellow, and a great dog.
I know I haven't written
in a long time. Just wanted to let you know that Lolli is doing
great! She's sitting right next to me as we speak. We finally got
her to a groomer and she did great with that, too. I was a bit worried
about it but, the groomer was not. She loves traveling with us.
Just this past week we took her on a camping/fishing trip and she
was a kick to watch. The outdoors was her playground. She sleeps
on her pillow in our bedroom every night and doesn't move till coffee
time each morning. She joins us for our daily walk and we are now
working with her to stay close by when we remove her leash. She's
a fast learner, let me tell you. She sure is a wonderful companion.
All our family members love her, too and she's finally getting use
to seeing them. Ok! Just thought you would like to know how she's
doing and wanted to say thank you for getting us together. WE LOVE