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A tale of two GWP's (so far....)

 
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PostPosted: 06/17/05, 10:07 am    Post subject: A tale of two GWP's (so far....) Reply with quote

We just rescued our second GWP on Tuesday.
But...
This story starts in 1996...
My wife had just moved to Seattle from South Carolina, was looking for a companion and found Moses, a big male Black and White GWP at a local shelter. He was abandoned by a hunter as a one year old for being gun-shy. She thinks that some negative re-enforcement/abuse was used as he did not trust or like many men. I met Kathryn and Moses six years ago. Kathryn and I fell in love and married. Surprisingly, Moses and I bonded instantly as well. Moses is intensely loyal to his people and aloof to most others but as he has aged he has become more social with other dogs and people. I must add that he is quite Alpha which has lead to some dust-ups with other dogs. I think that he has some Draaht lineage as he pays as much interest in Squirrells, Rabbits, Racoons, Cats, Deer, and Miniature Horses as birds. He is still very active at 10.
Last year we decided to get him a companion and rescue another GWP.
Last week we found Cora, a young female GWP on petfinder.com. We drove down to Long Beach Washington on Tuesday where Cora was being sheltered to check her out and have her meet Moses. Our anticipation and anxiety level was quite high as much of the success of this rescue depended on Moses and his first impression of her. Moses bases many of his doggy friends on the first impression. If tails are wagging and he gives the little excited jump after the initial sniffing, we are good. If Moses snarls or growls at her, we turn around as he will never let go that attitude and life would be worse for her in a house with Moses than at the shelter.
(to be continued...)
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PostPosted: 06/17/05, 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We arrived at the shelter just after they opened, and we met Cora. She is underweight with a demodox might problem on her ears and rump, for which she is getting treatment. She is very friendly, wiggly and eager to please, very much the opposite of Moses when he meets new people.

The first dog meeting went pretty well... Long sniffing and wagging tails. No super playfulness, but no growling/snarling behavior from Moses which is a good sign on a first meeting. We decided to go for it and adopt Cora!
We took the dogs out for a long walk on the beach to tire them out before the 4 hour drive back to Seattle. No horses in sight, so once we were farther down the beach, Moses can go off leash. (Mini-horses make him crazy!) The two bonded well at the beach, both sniffing, tracking and pointing at the seagulls.

When we got back to the car Kathryn gave them each a treat. There was a bit of dominant growling from Moses as Cora spit out her treat, and when it hit the ground they both went after it. Moses got it and Cora backed off... Hmm, we'll have to watch them around food and feeding time...
The ride home was uneventful with dogs sleeping and checking out the sights and smells.
More later...
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PostPosted: 06/22/05, 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


The ride home from the shelter.
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PostPosted: 06/22/05, 10:30 am    Post subject: After a week.... Reply with quote

The dogs are getting along far better than we hoped after a week... They are playing well; playing with toys and sniffing for the little critters tht live under our gardening shed... Moses lets Cora know when he needs his space; usually a little grumble but besides that he is quite patient with her. We live near a large park in West Seattle filled with squirrels and all sorts of birds from Robins to Bald Eagles. They seem to really have bonded in the "hunt": pointing flushing and chasing. Cora is strickly on leash out of the house and fenced yard for now. She'll take off after a scent and I have the feeling we won't see her again. Moses rarely lets us out of his sight even when "hunting".
We had one scare with Cora loose. After her vet visit on Saturday she would not get in the car. She was scared and I did not recognize this. Usually right before the dogs jump up in the car, I take off there leash. I did this and Cora bolted across the parking lot before I could grab her. I made a Grab at her but missed and fell on the cement... She was heading out into a very busy 5 way intersection... I called and she turned back just as she was about to hit the street. She came to about two feet from me and turned back to the street. I called her again, trying to be as calm as possible... Moses, who was already in the car, jumped out and started towards Cora. I called for him to stay which he did right next to me. I got low on my haunches and called again with my hands out to her (she is about 12 feet away) and she came back to me and Moses. I was able to grab her collar and escort her back to the car, with Moses on our heels...
This was my mistake and now she remains on leash until fully in the car....

Other than that there have been no mishaps...
My buddy Jack who owns three GWP's told me that Cora will invigorate Moses and I think that he is right, he seems to have the spring back into his step... And Cora seems to be adapting well to her new home. She seems more secure every day.

So far this rescue has been a success... I feel that as Cora continues to become more secure with her new family we are in for much more fun....
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PostPosted: 06/27/05, 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Besides Moses being possessive about yard toys, things are going great....
Cora is a bit shy playing with Moses now....
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PostPosted: 06/29/05, 4:55 pm    Post subject: Recall... Reply with quote

My wife and I are working real hard on recall obedience with Cora in our fenced back yard, where she can be off-leash. We feel that she has her good and bad moments. If she is on scent she will not come until the scent has been fully explored... Last night Kathryn and I stood in opposite ends of of the yard, about a hundred feet apart, each with a handful of kibbles. (We are including Moses, our 10yr in these excersizes as he seems to be a good influence on her, though he is pretty bored with the whole thing.) I called Moses and Cora and they would come, I would have them sit and then give them a Kibble, praising them. Then Kathryn would call them from across the yard. After a couple times, Moses would leave towards Kathryn or me as soon as he got his Kibble, he figured this game out quickly. We are trying this excersize so she will be in the habit of coming to both Kathryn and me. Cora did great with the excersize and had alot of fun. Later last night, I saw that Cora was "hunting" around in the back yard so I grabbed a Kibble and called; it took her several calls and about one minute before she came...
I guess it is going to take some work on recall when Cora is in hunting mode....
I found some good recall threads in the forum today. I want her to be a bit more tuned into coming when called before we start excersizing at the off leash park.
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PostPosted: 07/01/05, 1:34 pm    Post subject: Saving Reply with quote

what a lovely story. I am currently a student and not in a situation to own a pet, but we have a GWP back home, and I'm glad there are people out there who take care of and save these wonderful animals. thanks
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PostPosted: 07/04/05, 9:51 am    Post subject: Thanks Roxie! Reply with quote

Thanks for the good feedback.
I am usually not a poster, but I am enjoying telling this story...
My wife took a bunch of photos of the dogs this week. These are my two favorites:

Waiting waiting waiting for the mailman....


Cora in her favorite spot in the garden...
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PostPosted: 07/07/05, 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grant,

Thanks for the great story!

I peruse Petfinder every other day or so, and had seen Cora. She had "that look" to her. I'm not able to adopt at this time, but I look "just in case". It's so great to see her in a good home, and to get follow-up info. My hat's off to you, your wife, and especially Moses (it's not always easy to share!).

Best to you all,

Karen
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PostPosted: 12/20/06, 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both Cora and Moses are doing great in their new hometown of Nashville TN, though we never see another GWP and get qizzed on what they are all the time. Cora and Moses have become great companions and Cora has become a wonderful family dog.
Here's a recent photo of Cora, she barely looks like the same dog as in my earlier posts in 2005.

Happy holidays to all of you GWP lovers out there!
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PostPosted: 09/09/07, 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moses was put to sleep last week. He collapsed due to a ruptured tumor in his stomach which sent his system into a form of toxic shock. He lived 12 happy, healthy active years. He was playing at the dog park the very morning he collapsed. He suffered very little. We are saddened deeply as he was a great dog. We are going to wait and see how Cora does as an only dog before we rescue another GWP. But with that said, if anyone knows about a GWP needing rescue near Nashville TN, we are all ears!!!
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PostPosted: 09/11/07, 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm so sorry to hear about Moses. From the sound of it, he did indeed have a long and happy life.

There are a few GWP's that need homes, in fact I have one here.... a rescue. White and liver female, long tail, very silly... but I'm in PA.
Would make a good hunting companion for someone... she points well!
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PostPosted: 09/14/07, 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please see the rescue page, and we also get a lot of owner relinquishes from all over. Murphy in GA is needing a home, and we have sweet Bailey in NE. Nashville isn't that far from KC Is it? Bailey loves the females....LOL.

I am sorry to hear about moses.....I loved seeing their photos and stories.

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