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Hi All - I got an update on a random old thread I responded to and decided to check in here. How is everyone doing?
Wilder is, obviously, three now. He was 68.8 pounds at the vet this summer. He's an only pet for the last year since the elderly cat passed. However we are still on the wait list to adopt a 'failed' guide dog and have also applied and been approved to a local-ish Golden Retriever Rescue. Probably waiting for the guide dog, even though it would likely be a Shepherd, but could be a lab, because it would be smaller (50-65 pounds is how big they breed them) and be solid as far as disposition. With the Golden Rescue, finding a combo of size and temperament has not happened yet. Many either need to be only dogs, or are not good with kids, or are 90 pounds, LOL. My kids are still smaller - both (10 and 12 years old) are between 60 and 70 pounds, and we really want a smaller one so one kid and one parent could walk both dogs, instead of needing both adults to be home. We have also considered a smaller friend -- my daughter is pushing for a corgi -- but have not found any appropriate rescues and we just don't feel like starting fresh with a new puppy at this time. So, we'll wait and see what fate has in store. In the meantime, he plays with a friend's Bernedoodle and other neighborhood dogs when we get a chance, and goes to the play-kennel when we travel. They moved and added a water park so you know he's in heaven there.
Wilder is GREAT. He's such a loving guy. Knows exactly how to lean in to us to get pets when he wants. My husband, who initially wasn't thrilled about getting a dog, LOVES the dog and says he's no longer a cat person. Wilder clearly loves him back - they have a bromance of sorts. He sleeps in my son's room. We do still prop the gate up against the door simply because he would visit us and nose us awake during the night. And my daughter's room has a gate propped on the door because she has so much craft stuff all over her floor and room and he will go in and chew it if the gate isn't there. Otherwise, the house is gate free and he's a good boy unless he gets a paper napkin or tissue occasionally. I was so excited when he stopped destroying soft toys because he's got a collection of them now. He will often use them as pilllows and it's adorable. I just started back to teaching pre-k last week. He's definitely bummed that the kids and I are not here as much. Older kid started Jr high and we're all out of the house a little earlier. I can still come home for lunch but this past week had been so crazy that I have stayed at school and feel guilty but really he just sleeps all day.
He still goes nuts when someone comes over but now it's about 10-20 seconds instead of the incessant 10-20 minutes of a couple of years ago. He settles quickly and just wants pets. The kids' friends, and their parents, are quite used to him.
Would love to hear about your June puppies!!! Anyone have a new friend? Update when you can!
Cate and Wilder
W - 6/5/15 golden lab cross