Lindy

2015 July 6
by Barb

Hi Barb!

 

Hope your family is doing well.  I think of Amy from time to time and pray for her.  I hope she is making improvements.

 

IMG_3504We had Daniel out a few weeks ago for an in home training session for Lindy (Ruthie/Champ).  I just wanted to send you a “mom’s email” to let you know how proud of him you can be.  It is obvious he is a man of integrity who genuinely cares for others and is also very intuitive. :)  He was very helpful and was so gracious to take time with our whole family to help us as we walk this journey with Lindy.  What a great job you and your husband did raising him… :)

Lindy is getting so big…the boys adore her and she is a regular part of our family.

Thanks again for all you did for our little girl…it has been a lot of work over the last few months but I know it will be worth it. :)

Blessings to you-

Natalie

Boarding at Rolling Oaks East

2015 July 6
by Barb

IMG_2748 (1)IMG_2907Hi Barb
I wanted to say thank you for getting me in touch with your daughter Kelly.
(Rolling Oaks East) Her and her family took great care of Tahoe and Magic
while we were gone on a family vacation. It was great for us knowing they
were with a family who loved Goldens. When we picked them up they were
perfectly calm and relaxed telling me they just spent the week at a perfect
place. What a lovely family you have!

Beverly

2015 July 1
by Barb
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Hi Barb!

I was just thinking of you. Beverly (Hazel/Champ) is doing great! She can sit, stay, shake and come (although when she is distracted these things are a little harder for her). We are still working on down. Bev is doing wonderful in her crate and even went in on her own to sleep while we were making dinner.

Bev loves loves loves people – especially kids. Whenever we see one on the street she gets super excited and wants to run over to see him or her. She loves to snuggle with us and lay on our feet when we are cooking dinner. We often play fetch with her and she is slowly learning to “drop”. Bev loves to eat EVERYTHING off of the ground. Sticks, flowers, dirt, you name it. She is learning fast and we couldn’t be happier with our girl! Here is a few pics of our growing pup!

-Carley & Chris

Sawyer

2015 July 1
by Barb

DSC06224 DSC06218Sawyer (Finny and Hazel 2011) just turned 3!!! Wow has the time flown by—he’s our
perfect Squishy bear of a Golden!!  Love this guy to Pieces!!

Steph, Doug and Blake

Rusty

2015 July 1
by Barb

IMG_0210IMG_0202 IMG_0200Hi Barb!
Rusty (Zoey/Jackson) turned ONE on April 26th. Ryan and I wanted to express our thanks to you for giving us the best dog we could have ever imagined. This past year has been so enriched with Rusty in our lives. Getting a Rolling Oaks Golden was a dream come true and we are so thankful for all of the work you and your family do! Enjoy some pictures of our Rusty boy!
Ryan and Anna

Abbie retrieving

2015 June 28
by Barb

Here is a video of Abbie (Hazel/Champ) learning to retrieve in the water.

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Chester

2015 June 28
by Barb

photo 2 (1) photo 1 (1)Hi Barb and family-
Just wanted to share a couple of pictures of Chester (Hazel/Champ – March 1,
2014).  He is such a good boy.  He loves hunting, fishing, and going just
about anywhere with us.  He has passed obedience level 1 with flying colors
(though our vet proclaimed that he hides it well!).  He is a beauty and a
sweetheart.  All our best to you and yours.  Jennifer

Amy’s High School Graduation

2015 June 26
by Barb

FeltsAmy graduated a few weeks ago! Ironically it wasn’t emotional for me to see our last child walk across the stage on graduation day. It was emotional to see Amy well enough to do it. Amazing how our priorities change. I have realized how satisfying it is to eat with those you love. Our culture places a lot of importance on food. With Amy having such difficulty to swallow, eating isn’t rewarding or fun. I am surprised how often I want to reward her for being brave for a blood draw or something similar with a treat.  Food is not gratifying for her. She started TPN therapy through her IV to support her with vitamins, minerals & calories. She seems to be improving with the help of supplements, homeopathy, chiropractic and IV meds. Lyme disease has effected Amy neurologically. You might think because Amy has down syndrome I am used to dealing with neurological setbacks. I am not. Before lyme disease Amy was independent, feeding herself, making her own salad or snack, showering, etc. Now that she needs complete care I am spending a lot of time with her. I know Amy comprehends everything. When she can’t speak, her eyes tell me. Sometimes when I look in her eyes I want to cry for the pain she is enduring. There are periods of time that she is completely coherent and she will say things like “ I’m sorry Mom” or “ I want to be happy. I am better now”. She melts my heart. Being a care giver is not easy but the rewards are immeasurable. Every time I feed Amy I thank God that she is still here for me to feed. Every time I help her in the bathroom I know this is not forever and she is going to get better. God has wrapped His arms around us and is giving us the strength to fight this fight. There is a song called “Afterlife” and Amy and I sing it a lot. Also, BRAVE. You have to be brave to fight lyme disease and Amy is! Thank you for continuing to hold us up in prayer. We need it. Thank you for being patient if you have submitted a puppy application and I have not called you yet. Thank you for understanding if you don’t get a response to your email immediately. My life is not my own right now and your understanding is greatly appreciated.

More Puppy Updates

2015 May 15
by Barb

ANNIE
IMG_20150508_092937426Hi Barb,

This is Annie’s favorite place to crash, as long as I am reading next to her.  She has been soooo good.  Hope the others are as happy as I am, with the puppy you selected.

She already goes to the door.  I am very impressed and the crate is dry every time.  I am sorta living in the family room/kitchen.  Protects the rest of the house from accidents, because I use the baby gate.

Hope all is going well.  I know you are very busy with Hazel’s puppies.  I really know how much work it must be, because one keeps me going, but in a good way.  Like you said one time, “Just love puppy kisses”.

I will continue keeping you updated.  We are heading to Woodridge today, to visit my mother.

Later, Debbie and Annie. (Jackson/Zoey)

FINLEY
Hey Barb and Russ….Writing to let you know how Finley’s first night at his new home went.  He was wonderfull!!!!  Only awoke twice during the night and cried for less than a minute both times before he went back to sleep.
We want to especially thank you for placing Finley with us.  We think he is a perfect match temperament wise for a couple of older clients such as ourselves, and, has such a bright ,loving and inquisitive nature.  We appreciate all the time and hard work you invest in these wonderful dogs that bring so much joy to the families that have them.  Again,…..Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!
Anne and Tim

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ELSA

Where do I begin? Elsa is a dream!  I LOOOOOOOVE her! It hasn’t even been a week and each day I think she is more amazing.  She gets antsy and I take her to her spot, and she poops (it seems like on command). She loves to play with our kids and Norah is warming up to her more and more.  We are teaching Norah (our 3 year old) how to play with her.  Elsa rarely whines.  She goes to bed between 9-11 pm depending on what I am doing and doesn’t get up til 6:30 to 8; again depending on what I am doing. This morning I got her out of her crate at 8…she hadn’t even barked!!  She was really shaky in the mornings the first few days and now she knows I am coming and I am not going to leave her in the crate forever. Today is the first morning she ate better.  She likes to play in the mud and loves running around with the kids, even in the rain. she will always snuggle with me and especially loves to put her head on my belly. Her little face looks so much like Hazel’s.

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Status Updates of Puppies in New Homes

2015 May 15
by Barb

CALLAHAN
“Dear Mommy, (Zoey)I miss you but I’m liking my new digs, my big brother,
Wilson, and my new parents. I’ve learned a lot in a week, especially the
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CHIEF
Hi! Happy to report Chief had a good well-puppy checkup today; all tired out after visiting with all the staff. Everyone remarked on how content he is & such a sweet look in his eyes. He’s eating well, sleeping well- we’re only up / out once during the noct (I’m up anyway so it works out) no issues. He’s trying his best to be the cat’s best friend but Bogey is a little stubborn about that. Chief is happy, well loved & cared for; we are grateful he came to live with us! Thank you!

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FINNEGAN
Barb and Russ, we have named our pup Finnegan.  Or Finn for short. He had a great trip home yesterday,  and has already met lots of folks. He did pretty good on his first night, and slept till about 5am. I took him out at 5;30. He plays just fine, and listens to the sounds around him. More than anything,  he loves to nap, and snuggle. He ate real good yesterday,  and pooped plenty. He hasn’t been very hungry today though. I think he misses his siblings still?  Anyway,  we will update you as we can. Thanks again. We love our little Finnegan. Let me know if this picture doesn’t come through to you.

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