Duke’s happy ending …. but now Casey needs your help

I just got this post from Renee Duke, Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida (GRRMF) Jacksonville Coordinator.

Golden Retriever Rescue Duke .... Before

You had posted one of our dogs, Duke, on your web site late last year. Duke weighed 39 pounds and was severely malnourished. I fostered him and you sent him some treats. I wanted to send you an updated picture of him. You would not believe the difference. He is doing very well now.

Golden Retriever Rescue Duke .... After!

A wonderful happy ending for Duke, who could not be cheered by that.

Golden Retriever Rescue Casey

But, of course, Renee had another special story to share about Casey, one of the rescue’s newest intakes. Casey has megaesophogus and I am just amazed at the ingenuity of his foster mom, Char, who made him a chair so that he can eat in a vertical position. He looks so cute in his chair!

Casey has had a long and winding journey through his short life. At 7 years old, his previous owner said she no longer could take care of his medical needs. He had mast-cell cancer and “occasional stomach irritation.”

GRRMF’s mission is to help golden retrievers in need. And Casey certainly needed us! Our first order of business was to have the tumor on his leg surgically removed. The surgery was a success, and Casey is now cancer-free. One down …

Next, his foster mom Char noticed that he did, indeed, have some stomach problems. He seemed very hungry and was thin, but he’d often not be able to keep his food down after eating. An x-ray revealed a condition called “megaesophagus” – or ME for short. In layman’s terms, Casey’s esophagus is not formed properly, so instead of doing its job of transporting the food from Casey’s mouth to his stomach, it tends to back up, causing him to regurgitate.

Casey waits patiently in his chair for his dinner

Luckily, Casey’s condition can be managed and there is hope that he can live out a normal life with a little bit of adjustment to his diet and after-meal behavior. Enter the “Bailey Chair.” Named after the dog it was originally invented for (who is now 10 and doing fine), the chair provides a way for dogs like Casey to eat and then remain upright until the food can pass from the esophagus into the stomach, usually about 20 minutes.

The rescue is looking for a very special home for Casey. He may need some extra attention in the feeding department, but he is in every way a loving and wonderful golden soul. And if adopted, he even comes with his own chair!

Casey naps in his chair after dinner

Read about GRRMF’s application process and download an application. If you can’t adopt right now, why not help care for Casey making a donation today? Adoption fees don’t cover all costs, and your donations are needed so we can help more Goldens like Casey.

GRREAT Rescue Golden Retriever Ginger needs a forever home

Oh my, Ginger is such a darling. Someone needs to give her a forever home. She is available through my home-town rescue, GRREAT.

Ginger is a pretty, red 3-year-old who is smart, very loving, affectionate, loves to cuddle, and loves to play. She has lots of young-Golden energy and plays very well with other dogs and is a quick learner. She has won the respect of our other Golden which until now was impossible. She is a good little girl and seeks a forever home with a Mummy who has time for her. She likes to run around our fenced in yard and even makes up games for herself. She likes a lot of soft toys. She would be better suited to a family that can spend a half hour in the park rather than just walks around the block. She has learned a lot since joining our home and loves to swim with other dogs. She is a happy little girl and only has a few little moments when she will find something plastic and chew, but few and far between and always when you are home. With enough exercise she is as good as gold in the house so we recommend a family with a fenced yard where she can be the center of attention. Her family will be one that really wants a one on one relationship with a very special beautiful Golden that will create memories in your heart for years to come.