Pertinent Information - Adopted 5/12/07 - Rainbow Bridge 1/4/09
If you have rescued a dog from BAR in the past, we are offering to let you adopt a senior dog and to waive the adoption fee and to reimburse you for the cost of a regular vet visit during the first year.
1/4/09 - Our little guy passed away today in my arms. I think he had a. He was the best boxer I ever had. I loved him dearly. Thank you BAR for having given me the opportunity to adopt such a wonderful senior dog.
Bert is doing
great! He is so happy to be here and loves being part of our family.
His health has
9/16/07 - Bert continues to do well. He had one night of arrythmia and converted back on his own. The meds are really working for him. He absolutely loves his doggie diaper. He wants to wear it all the time. It's the funniest thing. He shows interest in his toys and has a favorite one. He is such a joy, I'm so happy to have him. We go on little walks daily, as he has put on some weight. I am watching closely that he doesn't put any more on and hopefully the little bit of activity will help as well. He put on this weight due to limited exercise but I now am letting him have a quality of life. It's important to get him out and about. I'll keep everyone posted next month.
Bert is doing
great! You would never know he has a heart problem,(Ventricular
Our sweet Bert is doing GREAT!!
His heart is still in a good rhythm. He gets meds 5x's a day and
heart condition is stabile at the moment. He is under the care of a good
cardiologist. He will need frequent monitoring, scans, and meds. Its
hard because the prognosis is poor. V Tach is a lethal arrrythmia,
sudden death is the result. Bert went down 3 x's and came back on his
own. He's a fighter! We're taking things one day at a time, and are
enjoying all our time together now.
5/12/07 - Bert made it safely to his new home this afternoon. He is going to be just fine with his new family. It was a long ride but well worth it to see Bert in his new surroundings. Colleen and her husband were just thrilled to meet him. They had two beds for him, lots of food, toys, treats, a new leash and collar and even a name tag with his name on it-just waiting for him . He now has a big fenced backyard and a large home. He had no problem with her stairs as was her concern. He seemed happy, they are happy, I am happy for everyone! What a feeling to have helped Mr. Bert go from farm stray to the life he has today. Yea BAR!!!!
5/8/07 - Bert is pending adoption with a BAR family who recently lost their adopted boy, Gumbie. They want to give Bert the kind of forever home he deserves. What a lucky boy!
5/4/07 - Bert is enjoying his stay with my family. He is just a wonderful old boy. He is loving and devoted to anyone who will give a minute of their time. Very easy going from day one with us. A real family dog that thrives on your love and attention. He will sit and give you his paw for a treat. He sleeps on his dog bed, blanket or a misplaced throw pillow (no matter how small!) but never on furniture. His favorite spot is sunning on the deck. He loves to watch the neighbors and hang out with my female. He really demands nothing from you but love. You have to see him in the morning when the family first wakes...the joy! He is always just sooo happy to see you. If you are looking for a true companion, Bert is it. He is loyal and gives all he's got.
4/25/07 - Trying to be
timely with my updates on Bert, so you can really get to know this guy.
I'm very surprised that he is still with us. I will send some new
pictures in shortly so you can see how good he is looking. Some of the
pictures on the site are from before he came to us and he has filled in
nicely. His coat looks great and he looks much happier. I gave him a
bath this past week, trimmed his nails, cleaned his ears etc. He was
good as usual. He doesn't particularly "like" getting in the tub but I
just pick him up and put him in and he is fine. After the bath though
he'll jump right out and enjoys playing with the towel. Then of course
he loves the extra attention he gets of being all clean and "fluffy"
4/17/07 - Just a quick update on Mr. Bert. I am finding that Bert does not like stairs. It does not seem to be a physical issue because I have about 10 stairs up to my front door which he does with no problem at all. In the house however, we have a flight of stairs up to the kids rooms which he has just never shown interest in going up. Not once did he ever sit at the bottom or act as if he wanted to go up but couldnít. Then for the first time the other day, we came in through the basement but he would not go up the stairs. Just dug his heals in and would not budge. As I said, he does the steps outside without question and I have never noticed him having any difficulties. This is not an issue for me since the dogs donít normally go in the kids rooms and the rest of my living area is on the first floor but it is something to consider if you have a lot of stairs. Other than that, all remains the same with Bert. He's a big loveable boy!
4/10/07 - If you are thinking of an older dog, one that is already housetrained, well mannered and sociable, Bert is the dog for you. If you would like a dog that asks only for your love and companionship, Bert is the dog for you. Bert is the epitome of gentle, of love, of sweetness. He is a wonderful companion that thrives on the family life. He enjoys the company of another dog but it is not necessary because his world will revolve around you. He is an older boy but has no significant health concerns or issues. He is walked 4-5 times a day but has waited longer when Ive been out. He is a pleasure to walk on leash. He has not been around cats but I doubt he would be phased by it, he's a "been there, done that" kind of guy. As much as he is always welcome in my family, if you need someone like Bert in your life..he has much to offer.
3/31/07 - Mr. Bert is loving the warmer weather! He enjoys spending time out on the deck watching the neighborhood kids play in the street. I gave he and Ty each a cows hoof while they were out there, they chewed on them a bit but thought it more fun to qtoss them up in the air. Until accidentally they got mixed up and Bert had hers. Ty would not play with his, so she just stood there watching him with a very sad face. I went to Bert who's body starts wagging at any glance, and took it right from his mouth and gave him back his original. Not a bit disturbed by this, they continued to play. I had mentioned in the past that Bert is not an extremely active boy, he loves walks and gentle play with anyone in the family but he is not a big runner. However this is not to say he cant... the other day he clearly out ran me. Out of nowhere he goes from a nice little trot to a full out sprint that took me by surprise and probably gave my neighbors a chuckle, because he was leashed and I was not keeping up! I don't know where that burst of energy came from but it was nice to see! Now that the ground is drying up, Ill be able to take him to the nearby field and let him sprint if he feels inclined to do so. He is such a pleasure to have in our home.
3/22/07 - Bert is a total family dog. He is so
mild mannered and wants only to be around his family. I cant tell
you how much we are enjoying his company. He is looking pretty good
these days as his weight is built up and his coat is anew. As he
shed out his old dull coat, a new shinier, lighter coat (in color)
has emerged. It's amazing to see.
3/10/07 - Bert continues to do well. He has filled in and is looking good. He has made himself right at home and he is just so very lovable. He is still very laid back though he will not pass up an opportunity for a little playtime. He loves going out for walks and I'm sure he'll be building up muscle once the warmer weather arrives and the walks can be more extensive.
3/9/07 - Great news
2/21/07 - We had Mr. Bert to the vet this past weekend. He did great, very easy going with the whole experience. Everything checked out just fine. He's got some gingivitis though his teeth are in great shape. The vet believes it to be one of the effects of malnutrition. He says as he continues to "build up" that will clear. He has gained 4-5lbs since being with us. He needs to fill out more, right now he is all legs! He continues to do very well around the house and with my boxer girl. They are extremely respectful of each other. I'll be sending in a few more picts because I've got a real cute one..it will melt your heart.
2/14/07 - It's been a few weeks now and Bert continues to do well. He really is a wonderful boy. He continues to get along well with everyone he meets. He will bark at people outside when the dogs are on the deck but he is very good when we pass people on the street. When people come to the house he does not jump up, he will wiggle a bit and then its business as usual. I've said it before but his manners are outstanding. For my first foster, I sure got a good boy. He loves going out for walks and I do take him out pretty often so I think he would do best with a family that has someone home during the day for walks. He is a pleasure to walk though!! We have recently found out that he has a passion for squeaky type toys, so he has acquired quite a few lately. I love to see him happy and playing. I am very fond of this guy..he is a big furry mush!
We have had Bert now for 5
days and he is doing wonderful. He gets along well with my female boxer,
Ty. He walks perfectly on the leash, no pulling at all, even if there
are other dogs or people around. I am able to walk the two dogs together
already with no problem. I think my girl has been even more well behaved
since his arrival! He is great with my children who are 9 & 2 years.
He is just a happy old boy who thrives on attention. We have a crate for
him but he has had free roam of the house when we are home and prefers
to sleep in a dog bed. He is completely housebroken and sits by the
door staring at you when he needs to go out. His name is new to him but
he is starting to get used to it. I am happy that he is starting to play
with the dog toys now and plays very nicely with Ty. We will be taking
him for a check up soon, he is underweight and has some lumps to be
checked. He eats great though so I expect him to fill in nicely. This
is a sweet dog to say the very least.
1/30/07 - Bert is a great senior dog. He gets along fine with my Boxer girl and the kids. He is very calm but just loves attention. All I have to do is smile and his tail starts wagging. He hasn't "played" yet but he is still adjusting. I don't think it will be long though. He is very happy to be here and I am thrilled to have him here.
Great news about Bert!