Thanks for all the kind words. Jules was indeed a precious girl, and I'd like to share a few things about her interesting life story.
First of all, I had never owned a dog as an adult until after I retired in 2004. I was very intent on obtaining a golden retriever. My sister had several golden retrievers throughout the years, and I just loved their disposition, smarts, goofiness, and happiness. I started my search through shelters and breeders, and visited several of them for about 6 months. On July 17, 2004, I met Jules (age 1 year, 2 months) and I knew right away that was my dog.
I was truly a 'rookie' about dog behavior and how to care for dogs at that time. The breeder apparently had sold Jules to a family, but then she was returned, and the breeder kept saying Jules was "stubborn." Apparently, and something I did not learn until later, Jules had some very bad experiences in her first year. She was abused, but I had no clue about the impacts until I brought her home that day. She had a serious case of fear aggression and I would have my hands full for the next several months. But it all turned out great (story to be continued).
She did not handle the ride very well on the way home that day. She vomited in my new SUV. But I didn't mind, I already had the dog I wanted
. When we arrived at home, Jules refused to exit the car. I finally had to lift her and carry her out all the way to the back door of the house, then had a difficult time getting her into the house. That did not help my chronic back problems, but I didn't mind. I had the dog I wanted.
I took the picture below shortly after Jules arrived, probably July 18, 2004. She weighed a svelte 56 pounds, and her coat had quite a lot of red in it.
By the way, she hated that wire cage (in picture). I had gotten this before she moved in. She broke out of it three times when I was away from home. One time, she broke out without springing the door open. She squeezed herself out, and was totally exhausted when I found her when I came home. I was lucky she didn’t hurt herself badly at that time. I have no idea how she pulled that off. I got her the new vari-kennel and that worked fine.
You can tell by looking at this picture that Jules was not too happy to be in her new environment. She was scared. Also, she had issues with worms at this time, so she probably didn’t feel too well.
During the first few weeks, she spent most of her time in the kitchen and living area. I don’t think she ever stepped foot into my family/den area or other rooms for several weeks. She was so afraid.
More to follow.....