Gus's Foster Journey - Rainbow Bridge 9/23/05
After 1 month
9/23/05 - My
sweet sweet Gussy Boy has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. The end of
last week he started drinking tons of water and urinating everywhere.
We put him on an antibiotic thinking it was a UTI. Our vet wasn't
in on Mon. so Tues I called and took him in early Wed. morning with a
urine sample. Unfortunately he didn't have a UTI and it wasn't the
other thing the vet had hoped might be wrong with him which was
diabetes. He took blood and sent it out to be tested and was
afraid that he had Cushings disease. He called me first thing this
morning with very bad news. I took him back this afternoon and he
was put to sleep while in my arms.
8/1/05 - Gus is celebrating his one year anniversary with us today. He is such a special boy and I love him so much. He's just like an old friend. He is doing very well after his second surgery and is as full of energy as a puppy! Gus, Kaiser and Coco spend lots of time outside playing and sun bathing. Buddy stays inside when they are outside, but I don't even have to shut doors any longer to keep them apart, they do that on their own. I just love the senior dogs. They are so appreciate of having a home, food and love and show it in so many ways, yet they are calm and easy. If you have only one Boxer, please think about adding a senior to your home for companionship for your other Boxer and for a real appreciate friend.
7/13/05 - Gus had to have another surgery to repair his hernia 2 weeks ago. The surgery was originally done by a family veterinarian. This time, a specialist was called in and fixed Gus up for good. The surgery went VERY well and he is so full of energy that I can hardly believe he is the same dog. Everyone at the vet just loves him. Today we went back for a recheck and he met 2 elderly ladies in the waiting room and they made such a fuss over him. He snuggled up to each one of them and lavished in being petted by them. He would make the perfect pet for a sr. citizen with a fenced in back yard. He is very healthy now just a delight to have around. He has so much love to give - won't you consider giving him a home of his own.
5/31/05 - Gus
is a great big boy now! He weighed in at a whopping 91 lbs. at the
vet 2 weeks ago. He was soooo skinny when I got him and I promised
to fatten him up and that's exactly what I did!! Now I'm going to
have to cut back on his food a little bit and we have eliminated the
evening cookies. Eighty lbs. would be just right for him. Of
course now that the weather is better, he can go outside and run around
more than he did during the colder months. Our side yard is nice a
lush green with grass and he loves to roam around out there, sniffing,
eating grass, laying in the cool grass or sunning himself in a sunny
spot. He is quite the talker and lets you know exactly what he
wants which is great when he wants to go outside!
4/16/05 - I
have been extremely remiss in doing updates on Gus the last few months.
But there really is very little more that I can say about him. He
just gets better every day. In my last report I mentioned our
cookies before bed routine. Well Kaiser, our puppy, joined us a
couple months ago for our evening snack and just last week, our old
female, Coco, decided to join us too. So now I have 3 dogs sitting
around the dining room table patiently waiting for their midnight snack
and they are all very well behaved. Our dominant male, Buddy,
makes no attempt to join us. He and Gus will just never get along!
12/29/04 - What can I say about this terrific boy! Just look at the difference in his pictures from when he first arrived, emaciated, and then look at him now, up to 80 lbs., strong as a horse and full of energy. He is just the nicest dog anyone could want. He and our puppy go out and run and run around the yard everyday and the exercise is very necessary to him "regular." He is still very protective of his toys and growls at Kaiser to stay away from them, so it would probably be best if he were the only dog in a home. He just loved Christmas! We have an evening routine where we go into the dining room where all the cookie tins are, and he patiently waits for his evening cookie snack. He sits and waits while bubbles form on his jowls, and he is taking the cookies much more gently now. So we you are looking for a super companion who loves to ride in the car, don't have any other animals, and have a fenced in yard, then you may be the perfect home for Gus. Otherwise, he can stay here and be our official BAR mascot.
What a duo our 11 month old puppy and Gus have become! They go out
into the yard together all the time now and run around and around.
The puppy has so much energy to burn, that it is really good for him to go
out with Gus. The minute he goes by the door to the area where we
keep Gus, he jumps up on the door and want to go in and visit him.
It's so nice to see them interacting and getting along so well. Gus
just absolutely loves to meander around the yard and take his time going
to the bathroom, so I reiterate that he needs to go to a home with a
fenced in yard. All he needs is a pair of glasses and a magazine and
he'd be your typical old man taking his time to do his daily
I have discovered something new about my foster boy,
Gus, today. I have a bad shoulder and had never taken him for a real
walk. When we leave the house to get into the car he pulls on the leash
because he is so excited to go for a ride, so I assumed he would be hard
to walk. But this afternoon he did something that made me think that he
just might be leash trained. I had put my jacket on because I was cold
and he thought that I was going out (did I mention that he is a very small
dog) and he starting whining to go with me. I went to see if he was
whining because he wanted to go outside, but when he saw me, he took his
leash off the door handle and put it in his mouth and carried it over to
me dancing and wiggling all the time. I felt so bad for him that I
decided to take him for a short ride to the post office. So when we got
back, I took him for his first walk around our neighborhood with plastic
bags and paper towels in tow. He completely surprised me and was
WONDERFUL on the leash. He did not pull at all and when I shortened the
leash and said "heel" he knew exactly what to do. Even when we walked
past a house where there is a lab enclosed with an invisible fence who
runs up and down her yard and barks like mad, he was very well behaved and
did not try to go over to her. He cried a little and would have liked for
me to have dropped the leash and let him go to visit, but when I said
"no," he was just fine. He did not do his business on the walk, but I
think he would have if I had stopped an allowed him to, but I was getting
10/12/04 - I have not updated Gus in a month as I was hoping that he could integrate himself into our home so that we could keep him, as he is one of the most special guys that I have ever met. However, my other 3 dogs have developed such a strong "pack" that they will not give poor Gus a break and let him in. So he continues to be kept in a separate part of the house and in a separate yard from the others. If I put one of them out with him, they are just fine, but when 2 or 3 of them are with Gus they gang up on him. One on one with my dogs Gus is very protective of his toys and growls at them to leave them alone. He probably hasn't had any toys of his own for a long time and just loves to play with all of them. He and I have bonded and become very close and that is another thing that my dogs do not care for. When I am out in the yard playing ball with Gus, they bark and raise an awful fuss. So it is with a heavy heart that I think it would be in Gus's best interests to find him a permanent home. He is just a wonderful dog, but really needs a family or single person of his own to love and receive lot of love from. He'd be fine with one other dog in the house, but would also be just as happy being an only dog as he much prefers humans to other dogs. If you want a faithful companion who loves to ride in the car and is very well behaved and well mannered, then Gus may be the one for you. Please don't let his age scare you off, as he is a very healthy, energetic guy.
9/7/04 - Mr. Gus is just about the smartest Boxer that I have ever seen. Since he was so skinny, I have been feeding him twice a day, AM & PM. Today was a very hectic morning and I forgot to feed him. He came over to me and put his head on my lap and looked up at me with those great big soulful eyes, and then I realized I forgot to feed him. I went and got his bowl and brought in his food and he had 2 of the biggest bubbles hanging from both sides of his mouth that I have ever seen. He continues to be the best guest we have ever had. I hope that we can find him a permanent home of his own with a nice fenced in yard and a family who will love him.
9/1/04 - Gus weighed in today at a whopping 75 lbs. ! It has been exactly 1 month since Gus came into rescue weighing 55 lbs. He was sooo skinny that every rib showed. Another foster Mom came by this weekend to let Gus and the puppy out as we were away for the day and she was so surprised at how he looked. She said that the first time she saw him all she could focus on were his ribs, but this time she noticed was a grand, large head he has. He is indeed a very handsome guy. His energy level has also gone up just like his weight. He will run and jump after toys like a youngster. We pulled out a kong on a rope yesterday and I was amazed that as I swung it, he jumped up over my head to try and get it. It was dirty from being outside and he wanted to bring it in and add it to his collection so badly that I let him bring it in, but took it away to wash it in the bathroom sink. Today I went into the bathroom and there were things from on top of the sink all over the floor and the kong was gone - Gus had taken it out of the sink and was laying on his bed with it under his chin! He is one of the smartest, most amazing Boxers that I have ever seen. My 5 year old grandson has been here for the past two weeks and Gus has been gentle as a lamb with him. He loves it here, but would really like a home of his own where he could have free run of the house. If you have room in your house and in your heart for this super gentleman, give us a call.
8/26/04 - Toys, toys, toys, Gus has turned into a toy hoarder! From a dog that wanted absolutely nothing to do with toys at all for the first 3 weeks, he finally decided to play with the red flashing ball, and has now graduated to making all the toys around "his." Surrounded the spread he likes to sleep on beside the bed is a bone, a heart squeaker toy, the red ball, a tennis ball. and a pull toy. He is very possessive of these possessions and growled at the puppy when he came around them. I corrected him, but can understand that he probably hasn't had anything of "his own" for a long time and it will take him time to learn to share. He wants me to come into the yard and play ball with him all the time and as he gets in better shape physically, he runs around more after the ball. Please consider added this great guy to your home.
8/21/04 - I
just can't help telling you what a delightful character Mr. Gus is!
He is so "in tune" with everything that is going on around him. He
has really become attached to a red flashing ball that used to belong to
my beloved deaf Joseph who passed away earlier in the year. He has a
personality very similar to my Joey and the same look of love in his eyes.
If we could just get our dominant male to accept him, he would have a
permanent home. Now that he is medically cleared to play with the
other dogs, I will try to introduce them under very carefully controlled
8/17/04 - Gus
is feeling better and better each and every day. I have started to
mix his special food with regular dog food and so far so good. He is
also allowed to have treats and boy does he like them. Yesterday I
gave him a small greenie and today I bought him a carrot flavored bone
which was high in fiber and he devoured it. Since he had his
intestines operated on, we have to make certain that he gets a lot of
fiber in his diet to keep him regular.
What a great day we had at the vet today. When we went in, the gal
who came in to take Gus's weight just hugged and loved him as she had
taken care of him while he was there having his surgery and she just fell
in love with him. She said that he is one of the nicest, most
special dogs that she has ever met and hope that we find him a great home.
She couldn't believe how good he looked and how full of life he was and
how happy he seemed. Then we went and weighed him and we had to do
it 3 times as we couldn't believe that he could have gained so much weight
in two short weeks, but each time his weight came up at 64 lbs. so he has
gained 10 lbs in 2 weeks. But he is still very skinny and will need
more weight to fill out his good sized frame.
8/12/04 - Gus is acting like a dog with a brand new lease on life! He is so perky and happy and is feeling so much better. His intestines are working just fine and he certainly lets us know when he wants to go outside. He listens very well, especially to my husband when he gives him commands in his strict "school teacher" voice. He has obviously had some training and will do whatever you ask when you tell him too. He is still learning his name and is starting to respond to it a little, but when you get his attention, he does whatever you tell him too. He is also doing much better being separated from the other dogs and had stopped whining and crying when he is alone. I have left the E collar off since yesterday and he does not seem to be licking or bothering his stitches. We took pictures this morning and you can see just how extensive his surgery was. From the front he is a very handsome looking sr. Boxer., but from the side, he is a pathetic emaciated boy who needs quite a few pounds put on him to fill out his frame. He has a wonderful big square Boxer head, that doesn't go with the rest of his body right now. I'd like to fatten him up quickly, but with his intestinal surgery we have to proceed slowly. We go back to the vet on Sat. and hopefully he will get a clean bill of health.
8/10/04 - I just had to give Gus a bath the morning. He was killing me sleeping in the bedroom. He was an absolute angel and just stood in the shower and let me wash him all over. Then we put on the new collar that Aunt Mary had gotten for him and he looks very nice. My digital camera batteries and not holding a charge so it will be a day or so until I can get some good pictures of him. Today while I was home, I left the E collar off, but am still putting it on when I go out. I will leave it off tonight for him to sleep. Nurse Jean and Gus are becoming quite good friends. He takes his medicine without the slightest problem and is a very good patient.
8/9/04 - Gus moaned and cried so much last night downstairs by himself, that I brought him up into the bedroom and he slept on a doggie bed on my side of the bed or on a white mattress pad that I had put on the other side of the bed. He got up in the middle of the night and let me know he had to go out, but then it was right back upstairs and back to sleep until 7 AM. He never tried to crawl in bed, but was just content to be near people. I have to keep him separated from my dogs because of his surgery and also because of my dominant male who has greeted him with lots of barking. But he is not at all happy being by himself. He is a needy boy who is just starved for human attention. You can tell that at one time he must have been part of a family as he has very good manners. This afternoon, he and I went upstairs with the air conditioning on and took a nap. Guess I'll have to go to bed early to get him to settle down!
8/8/04 - Gus spent a very nice 2 days with Aunt Mary and began his recuperation. Tonight he came here so that he will have someone home with him during the day since he is still wearing the E collar and needs to go outside frequently.
8/6/04 - Gus was released from the hospital today and what a sad sack he is with the big E collar on him to keep him from licking. He runs into everything with it. He was just so happy to leave the vets, he couldn't wait to get outside into the grass. Gus is going to be staying with a new foster family for a few days since they will be home over the weekend. He will come to the Canine Castle on Sun. night so that I can care for him during the week.
8/4/04 - I just
got a call from the vet and the operation was a success and he came
through it just fine. In
8/2/04 - Gus was diagnosed today as having a perineal hernia and will be operated on the day after tomorrow
- Gus was rescued from
a NYC shelter today and I took him directly to Bolton Veterinary Hospital.
He had a grapefruit sized growth on his rear end right beside his anus and
every time he got out of a car
Pictures after 2 months