Marty at the park with Dad,
enjoying the fresh air!
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Marty at the park with Dad,
Marty’s foster mother reports that he is “doing just wonderfully”! Marty and his foster mother have been enjoying the warm and sunny weather. They like to sit outside in the backyard to relax. Marty loves to lie down in the sun. They have also enjoyed a few trips to the park this summer. People often stop by to comment on what a beautiful dog Marty is. When they do, his foster mother smiles and says thank you while in her head agreeing that Marty is so handsome. She thinks that Marty is a pleasure to foster and hopes that he will find a loving and permanent home soon.
An Update from Marty’s Foster Mother:
Well he is doing just fine. We are pleased to inform you that there has been a wonderful amount of progress with house breaking the past two months, I am proud of him. Unlike his roommate Rolfie, Marty is enjoying the warm weather and loves being able to have some time outside in the yard to play. He sometimes appears as though he is sun bathing – he will just lay down in the direct sun when there are other parts of the yard completely shaded. Of course he has his large bowl of ice water outside, I do keep an eye on him as I don’t want him to become too hot. On the very hot days I kept him inside all day with the air conditioner on. I think he may have lost his appetite with the warm weather as lately he doesn’t eat his food right away, he’s in good shape though. As far as his circling due to his medical condition he does still walk in a circle and sometimes loses his balance, though never falling. Other than that he is doing well.
Thank you for your support!
May 2010: Marty outside enjoying the nice weather at his loving foster care home!
April 2010 Update: We are happy to report that Marty is doing well and is definitely ready for the warmer weather. There were a few warm days recently and Marty took advantage of them by enjoying the outdoors and a taste of spring and all the wonderful smells that come with it. He likes any opportunity to take a walk around the neighborhood with his foster mother. He likes to “meet and greet” any passersby. He’s adept at walking on a leash and likes to show off his impressive behavior.
May 2010 Update: Marty’s foster mother, Carolee, reports that he is doing fine. She is still working on his house breaking but is not always successful. Marty loves to chew on things just like any other Golden Retriever – he requires a lot of chew toys! If you catch him chewing on something he’s not supposed to he will stop when you walk by him and he does take a correction rather well. He is a loving and playful dog, but does need a close eye on him at all times due to his neurological condition. Every Saturday Marty visits the Animal League. Everyone at the League loves him and gives him lots of attention! His foster mother told us that she feels blessed to have him, but longs for the day that Marty will find his forever home where he can be the King of His Castle.
Marty is doing just fine. We are still working on the house breaking, but are not always successful. Even though I let Marty outside right before I leave to go to work, I do come home and find that he urinated on the floor. On Sundays (my only day off) when I’m home all day, I let him out several times and this avoids accidents. I think Marty would do really well with a retired school teacher or at least someone who was home to let him out a few times during the day. We have had some success though – my husband gets up very early for work and in the past Marty used to urinate once he heard someone up in the house. Now he sleeps in a bed in my bedroom and he stays in his bed until I get up to let him out. Sometimes I look over at him and he is up looking around or just resting but he waits. I take him out about 7AM – sometimes 7:30 and he is fine with that. Marty loves to chew on things just like any other Golden Retriever, so he needs chew toys. If you catch him chewing on something he’s not supposed to he will stop when you walk by him and he does take a correction rather well. Keep in mind he is a playful dog and does need a close eye on him at all times. I take Marty with me every Saturday to North Shore Animal League America and the amount of attention he is given there is just amazing! Everyone loves Marty! He is so loving and so playful I really do feel blessed to have him. I only wish that I could keep him forever but I know that I can’t. I am hoping that we can find him a forever home where he can be the king of the castle, he really deserves it. He is just adorable!
This beautiful Golden Retriever is Marty. Marty was rescued from a backyard breeding operation when he was only two months old. Often, as in Marty’s case, the breeding parents are inbred, over-bred, not given proper medical attention and on insufficient diets, commonly resulting in sickly and even deformed offspring.
As a puppy, Marty started exhibiting questionable behaviors such as walking in circles, stumbling and even bumping into walls. Marty has a mild neurological disorder (disease of the nervous system) and his symptoms include: lack of balance, staring aimlessly, circling, walking into objects and occasional unresponsiveness. Because of this, he needs a close eye on him and to be kept safe from general household hazards such as stairs and sharp objects like table corners. Had Marty’s parents been properly bred and cared for, he most likely would not have this unfortunate condition.
Marty is an incredibly affectionate and darling dog. His gentle nature and sweet face make him quite hard to resist. Funny and adorable, Marty is a great dog, and the Animal League is happy to be able to care for him in our Sponsor Program for the rest of his life.