it's a wonderful organization. We have gotten involved in some fund raising with them...not much, but a little. I have gotten to know Benji's foster parents very well, and a few of the volunteers. We keep in touch. They want to know how Benji's doing. From what we know, Benji came from a home of neglect. His owner was an alcoholic and Benji was known in the neighborhood for running away. The last time he ran, he was found in a field playing with a soccer ball! When the authorities (can't think of the name of the group right now) picked him up, the owner got there, drunk, and began yelling and screaming, saying the dog was no good, always ran away, and they could keep him, so they had him sign papers to relinquish him. As Good As Gold put him into a foster home, where they had two other Goldens and he was immediately neutered (yes 6 years old and NOT neutered!) Something happened with the surgery, a suture inside did not hold, and he began bleeding internally. While at the foster house, he was getting sick and no one knew why. They took him into the vet ER and he had emergency surgery,
opened from his throat to his groin, and then found the
open suture He ended up with 55 staples to close him up and spent two weeks not being able to do anything but lie still to have the sutures heal. He was with his foster mother and she told me how she mothered him back This woman has three young children and two other dogs and yet, for 9 months, she cared for Benji. He was on massive doses of antibiotics and that caused an imbalance in his system and he began to have a yeast problem, requiring bathing once a week She was taking him to a holistic vet 75 miles away! They got the yeast under control, and then felt he was ready for his forever home. It was then that we heard of the organization and decided to check into adoption. It was meant to be.
Benji is truly a wonderful dog, but he is a Golden, even at 6 or 7, not sure, he is high energy and needs his exercise, so I can see why he was running away, he wasn't getting the exercise! His been here over a year and only once he got out of the yard, but my grandson was here and accidentally held the gate door ajar and with all the excitement, Benji ran, but when he got to the front of the house, he just stopped and we brought him back. I think he realized, hey, where am I going? I got it good here!
Even on my bad pain days, I am able to throw tennis balls in the yard or give him a raw bone to chew, which is amazingly strenuous for them, if you watch a dog get into a raw knuckle bone, they use a lot of muscle.
Gosh, I really rambled..I'm sorry...you can delete if need be
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