Duke, Dog, Golden Retriever

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Species: 
Dog
Breed: 
Golden Retriever
Primary Breed: 
Golden Retriever
Gender: 
Male
Home with dogs: 
Yes
Home with cats: 
Yes
Home with kids: 
Yes
Age: 
Young
Special Needs: 
Yes
Spay/neutered: 
Yes
Vaccinations Up to Date: 
Yes
Courtesy: 
No
Found: 
No
Location Zipcode: 
53149
Description: 
February 6, 2010 Timber continues to be seizure free. He's an active boy who loves balls and toys. He needs some work with listening, especially when there are people and other dogs around. We spent an overnight with some friends that have two Brittneys and a Shihtu. Timber did very well. He played with all the toys he could find. He likes attention and snoozing on the bed. January 31, 2010 Still seizure free!!! He is an absolute delight. We have been enjoying playing fetch . We have lost a couple of tennis ball however, I will find them come spring thaw. He played fetch for quite awhile yesterday before I notice his feet were bleeding. He didn't show any pain. The upper most pad on his front legs are rubbed off by the crusty/icy snow. Today he is a bit sore. We did meet some people today and he tried to put his feet on them. It seems to be with new people or situations. We eat dinner about 6 p.m. He still has energy to play with his toys until about 7-7:30 p.m. Then we go to bed about 9 p.m. He gets his meds about 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Takes them no problem. He doesn't seem to have any prey drive because when there are squirrels outside he will ignore them even when the other dogs are chasing them up a tree. January 21, 2010 Timber is doing great and his phenobarbitrol blood levels are in the range they should be. He is microchipped and ready for adoption. He has quite the nose on him and while we were walking today stuck his head in a clump of dead grass and brought me a dead mole. Right now we are playing fetch in the house. He brings me the stuffed animal, sets it next to me and then lays down and waits. This is after a one hour walk today!!! He would love to have another dog to play with. He tries to get Briar to play but Briar will have nothing to do with him. Today he ran past Briar and popped him in the head. It was funny. Another time he popped him in the back leg with his nose. He is an absolute delight. I took him to a home visit and he was very nervous. He kept putting his feet on the people and me. At home he hardly does it anymore. He did well with their two dogs and one of them was small. I think he would do great with a cat in the house. His recall is fabulous. I can always count on him coming when I call him into the house. This boy will not eat unless you stay next to him so I take the dog food into the room with the computer and check my messages while he eats. If you leave when he is eating he will walk away. I looked through his vet records from his previous family and found that some of his seizures were because he missed his medication. We have only had the one short one so far. This is my first time fostering a dog with epilepsy. I had always been afraid of having a dog with seizures. It has been a very positive experience. Since I knew what to expect from him (great notes from previous family) I was prepared to deal with the one he had. It is very easy to give him his medication, I usually put it in some hot dog or a smidge of canned dog food. He will sit when told to also. I would definitely not hold his condition against him. He will be a great companion, running partner and family dog.