After our 16-year-old dog passed away, we knew we couldn't live without another dog and made our way to the Humane Society. We did not immediately connect with the right dog; in fact, it took several trips to find a dog that fit our family. We had not intended to adopt a puppy but then we saw Louie -- and he saw us and the rest is history. At 4 months he weighed about 30 pounds and had oodles of energy. We learned that he was full-blooded golden retriever and needed lots of tender loving care. It had been a while since we'd raised a puppy or a baby (our daughter was 9) but we remembered that sleep would be interrupted and teething would result in behaviors that might try our patience. We also knew he was only half his adult size and would need lots of exercise.
When we left the adoption center, the staff person cheered us on by exclaiming "enjoy the ride." So, Louie's first week with us he decided to eat the Halloween pumpkins (the entire thing), rocks that sat under the grill (guess the hamburger drippings tasted great), and various stuff from the compost pile. Needless to say, his digestive tract didn't like it and we found ourselves cleaning up after him -- a lot. We learned to monitor him more closely when he was outside and to make sure he had lots of chew toys to soothe his sore gums.
Louie absolutely loves chasing any ball that's thrown his way and he gets two walks each day. He is great with children and sticks close to whoever happens to be in the yard. He is a great companion who gives lots of love and protection to his family. That includes our two cats that learned to put up with him. The 8-year-old cat can't believe we brought this thing into the house, but the 3-year-old likes wrestling around, despite the 65 pound difference!
|Name of Pet:||Louie|
|Type of Pet:||Dog|
|Gender of Pet:||Male|
|Age of Pet at Adoption:||4 months|
|Month / Year Adopted:||October 2007|
|Name of Pet at HSCI:||Louie|