When I joined the As Good as Gold family, I was not very healthy. I was a robust 120 pounds and had itchy skin and a dry coat with patches of fur missing. My foster mom assured me that with a healthy diet and lots of exercise I would be feeling better in no time. When she said exercise, she wasn’t kidding! We worked our way up to walks of about three miles a day. My foster mom says fur foster sister Rosie and I are very good walking companions and never pull. I also love playtime in the yard. My diet change meant getting quality food in my bowl and table scraps were replaced with carrots and green beans for snacks. When I visited the veterinarian, he gave me some medication for my infected ears and said something about my thyroid not working very well. I only take an inexpensive little pill for that now. Those life changes helped me lose 22 pounds to get me to my healthy weight. My coat has filled in and is oh so soft and my ears don’t hurt or itch any more.
I love other dogs and even enjoy playing gently with the kitty who lives nearby. I am a sensitive guy and love to please my humans. Foster mom says I am very trainable and respond well to her corrections. I love to carry things around with me but I never ever chew them unless they are my toys. I am told that I am a little “mouthy”. That doesn’t mean that I am disrespectful! It’s just that sometimes when I get really excited I might gently put my mouth on your hand or arm to get your attention. We are working on controlling my enthusiasm. I love my bones and tennis balls and occasionally have to be reminded to share, so we put them away when I meet a new dog friend until we can work out a way compromise without incident!
I have arthritis in my hips and for the past month I have been given medication that makes walking more comfortable. Foster mom gives it to me in an injection with a needle and I am such a good boy. This medicine costs a lot, but thankfully it is helping me feel better. The doctor keeps reducing my dosage, so hopefully it will be moderated down to once a month in the near future. My new family will have to be willing to give me these injections and pay for the medication since it really helps reduce my pain.
I get lots of compliments from strangers on my walks telling me what a handsome guy I am. A bus driver even stopped along his route to rave about me to my foster mom! I think that my foster sister Rosie was a little jealous! I will be happy to give paw and sit by your side for ever while you pat me. Are you ready to cuddle with a 98 pound love bug?
6 Years Old