Martha

I am a Golden who has faced a lot of obstacles in my young life. With no place to call home, I lived my life on the streets as a stray. I had to forage for food and by the time I was rescued I was severely emaciated. With love and patience I was encouraged to eat my fill and now tip the scales at fifty-six pounds.

Most toys don’t interest me, but mention a tennis ball and I am off and running in anticipation of a game of fetch. I love to go on walks to see what is new in the neighborhood.  When invited to go for a car ride, I insist on riding in the “shot gun” position to get the best view. My favorite destination is the dog park where I get to run around with all the other dogs, but still like to return to Foster Mom’s side for occasional reassurance.  All the people at the park think I am adorable and give me lots of pets. I guess I am pretty special! Recently, I found a dog friend that looked just like me in something called a “mirror.”  I could not figure out why my friend kept hiding when I would looked in the back and side of the frame. Even my vocalizing did not encourage the other dog to play with me. I don’t often bark except when I suspect there is stranger danger when someone enters my house. Now visitors give me treats when they come in. I like that part of what Foster Mom calls desensitizing! I love spa days including nail trims, ear and teeth cleaning and hair brushing. I feel beautiful when we are finished. When I’m not busy with my tennis ball, I look forward to finding someone willing to relax and cuddle with me. At night, Foster Mom lets me sleep close to her on her bed.

My veterinarian says that I have something called Protein Losing Nephropathy (PLN) which means I lose proteins through my kidneys and into my urine. The loss of proteins also can leave me susceptible to developing fluid in my chest and abdominal cavities. The kidney disease can also cause an increase in blood pressure. I have had fluids removed from my chest several times in the past, but since starting on medications to decrease protein in my urine and regulate my blood pressure, the doctor has seen a remarkable improvement in my condition. My veterinarian says that there is no cure for PLN and that my long-term prognosis is difficult to predict. I just have to stay on my medications, and continue to monitor my blood pressure and protein levels. I don’t understand any of that! All I know is that I have a voracious appetite, love to play like any other young dog and am as sweet as ever. I hope that my diagnoses does not deter a family from meeting me, inviting me to join their clan and loving me forever. After all, no one is assured of what will happen in the future, but I plan to continue to live life to its fullest for a long time.

Female

6 Years Old