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Tails - 2006
Welcome to WAAGR's "Happy Tails" page for dogs adopted in 2006. If you adopted a Golden from WAAGR and would like to share your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dogs Adopted in 2006
Angel also loves watching for chipmunks and she stalks them like a cat would do. She recently had her fourth trip to the northwoods and she absolutely loves it up there! She loves riding on the boat, playing in the water, chasing her ball into the water and has made two new friends, Raider & Spike. Both being males they think she is beautiful! They all play very nice together. We want to thank WAAGR for allowing us to adopt her and bring her into our family. She has met all eight of the grandchildren and they loved her. Angel has the full run of the house on the few days I work and has not bothered anything. She is very well behaved and listens so well. She loves to play and thrives on attention and hugs! She definitely has brought much joy and excitement into our house and we are so glad we can give her a good home! Angel has certainly won our hearts!!
COMET (Now known as CALVIN)
After meeting Calvin, we chose his name from the ever adventurous and fun loving comic character created by Bill Watterson and so far he has lived up to it. In his first week home he spent time at Christmas with 25 people in the house and did just fine. He then went up north for a few days and showed us how fast he can run on the snow-covered lake. Since then he has been at home here and is settling in with the rest of the family which includes two teenagers, three cats and his best friend Amber, our six-year-old Golden.
Calvin and Amber have become more and more playful as time goes on. Each will bring out a toy and tease the other until a tug-of-war or chase game starts. Then it is pure mayhem! They also play with other members of the family, chasing things or just wrestling around. One evening as the two dogs were lying on the floor, they each leaned toward the other and nuzzled noses. So we know he is here to stay.
Our home has become fuller in many ways with Calvin and we are very happy to have him in our lives. He is a real character and makes all of us smile. Thanks again WAAGR!
Gracie is a busy girl, along with her sister Hannah (another sweetheart golden), they go to Happy Hounds daycare 3 days a week, they have been to Just Pucci (a doggie store in West Bend) several times to choose some new collars, toys and even to attend an Aromatherapy session. They go swimming and running in their yard daily and they just got back from "The Lake," officially Gracie's first vacation, last weekend. Gracie was not at all hesitant to go into the lake but was not sure when there was a drop off. Tim helped her out further about three times and "POOF" she was a swimmer. She loved it and went for a couple of long ball retrievals, pontoon boat rides and visiting with neighbors that have been hearing all about this sweetie.
Gracie and Hannah were invited to a Golden party (although Brutus couldn't pull it off) at Jason and Joselynn's house - Gracie's other home, and they had a blast playing and meeting so many new friends. Tim and I have had a number of friends and family stop over to meet Gracie - she is just happy, mellow, sweet and so very loved. This is her story since July 18. Thank you to WAAGR!
GUIDO (formerly Max)
Guido was a very, very BIG boy upon arrival. He weighed around 120 pounds! He wasn't as playful as I would have liked in the beginning, but he has really become one of the family. Frankie and Guido will play for hours, until Guido finally tells Frankie he has had enough. I am happy to report that Guido now weighs a respectable 100 pounds. He is one of the sweetest and most obedient dogs I know. He definitely isn't much of an outside dog (goes out 2-3 times a day, only if he feels he must). He is protective of our family, especially his mommy and youngest sister. I can't imagine life without him. I want to thank WAAGR for finding him for us.
HONEY (pictured at left)
JACK (pictured at right)
This dog is my angel. He is the love of my life (sorry Jason). A little discipline and a lot of attention can go a LONG way. I just stinkin' love this dog, THANKS WAAGR!!
If I didn't step up to take a seizure dog he never would've came into my life and boy I am sure glad I did. He's my baby!
JILLIE (pictured at left)
Jillie was WAAGR’s first heartworm positive dog. She was a trooper through the treatments and now can run and jump with the best of them. I call her Jiller My Little Mocha Chiller! Thanks to our good friend Barb down in Indiana for saving her life. Jillie will start her training soon to become a Therapy Dog. We love her and can’t imagine our lives without her.
Mattie began her new life with us in mid-July of this year. She has been a real blessing. It was a case of love at first sight -- the first time WAAGR volunteers stopped by to meet us, they brought a couple of goldens to see how we interacted with them. Generally, these initial visitors aren't necessarily candidates for adoption, but it happened that Mattie was. She's a beautiful Alpine Golden, and even on the first visit she charmed us. Sweet and loving, she quickly made herself at home. Our big concern was how she would get along with our Chihuahua. Amazon, typical of small dogs, put up a real Napoleon display of initial hostility. Mattie was cool and calm, and the two of them are now good friends. Adopting a dog can be a scary experience, but Mattie has demonstrated how easy and rewarding it can be. And kudos to WAAGR, who supported us through the entire process. Mattie has been a God send, and has helped to turn a new house into a home.
Turns out Paxton loves to walk with his forever home! His family reports they walk him 2 - 3 miles at a time! He also has gone running with his dad - what an athletic boy! He does get excited when the Amish go by with their horse and buggy! His family reports that "he's friendly to everyone he meets." So far with his new family, he has taken many car rides, including going to visit his family's daughters at college and to their running events (where a lot of people come up to pet him). His year also has included visits to state parks and his family reports he didn't know what to make of Lake Michigan.
Congratulations to Paxton and his new family! A really great match was made when Paxton found his forever home!
REX (pictured at right)
Rex loves the city life and is so comfortable with everything! He loves are long walks and jogs. Yesterday we went 5 miles and I don’t think he wanted to stop. (I definitely did!)"
We're so happy for Rex and his new family! This is definitely another "Happy Tail!"
RUSTY (pictured at left)
We were fortunate enough to have adopted Rusty this past April. We jumped at the opportunity to add a dog to our family when Jim began working from home. How lucky are we to have gotten Rusty out of the deal? Rusty is about 7-8 years old and came to WAAGR as a stray earlier this year. Everyday we talk about how unbelievable it is that someone could have let him go! Rusty is still obsessed (seriously) with tennis balls and loves to be pet. He is very affectionate, playful, active, and well behaved... he's also pretty comedic. Even better, he's healthy, and his scar from atop his head has healed and covered very nicely. Thanks WAAGR for our new addition. We're so happy to have him!
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As reported by his family: "Talk about a dog’s life! His main objectives in life are to chase butterflies, bark at the birds in the sky, and play red ball. He’s adorable and we love him." Simba's story is another Happy Tail indeed!
TATER (pictured at right)
I was a failed foster with my first foster of a Christmas Pup named Booker. We adopted him in January 2006. We now call him Tater and he thinks he's the boss of everyone. We really didn't want to have three dogs, but I often think how boring our life would be without him. We're still working on that puppy stuff, but he is going to be a really great dog.
Teddy (white dog pictured with his "brother" Curly) is doing very well. He and Curly get along great! It took a little while, but he has adjusted to his new home and is comfortable and happy here. He’s eating well (like a horse!), but hasn’t gained much weight. He’s healthy though and I guess that’s what matters most. We are getting an invisible fence put in this week which will allow him and Curly to run around in the yard. Teddy is a runner, a fast one, and we’ve had to chase him down the street (and into the lake) a few times. We decided the fence would be a good option. We absolutely love him and we’re so grateful for all the work you did in order for us to adopt him.
Ty is a beautiful red golden and is almost 11. She was our first foster and attached to us pretty quickly as she was passed around a lot in her lifetime. I really think she was meant to be a fish - she was in the water over vacation the most out of all six dogs that were up there! She is sweet and wonderful. She has a great, great life and I let her get away with a lot more than the others just because she is older. Jason gets upset sometimes when I don't scold her when she is naughty, because all I say is "she is old, she can do what she wants." Yup she is spoiled, but she is now in her glory of her Golden Years!!
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