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From the owner of Goldie, now Pawnee:

We decided to call her Pawnee, Indiana (it's the town in Parks and Rec which is our favourite show). She's doing really well and settling in great. Though Dingo has become a somewhat crotchety old man he still plays with her very nicely (sometimes I wish they'd get a long a little less, like when they wake me up wrestling on me in bed each morning). Pawnee's a bit snatchy with treats, but who can blame her - she's still pretty underweight (though I'm working on it, fattening her up and teaching her manners). She is great about letting us brush her, which is good because boy does she shed - the drifts of hair in the apartment are seemingly endless (no matter how much we sweep and vacuum more hair appears from no where). She's only been here a week and a half, so there's still more settling in to come, but she is definitely a beloved family member already. Thanks so much for helping bring her into our lives, we cannot thank you enough.

5 Comments to “Update on Goldie”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the update and great pics, many thanks to the adopters for giving Pawnee her forever home! Love that Dingo enjoys playing with his new bud.

    I understand about the hair, especially on a parquet floor, same issue in my cat household...daily tumbleweeds of hair *sigh*.

  2. Anonymous says:

    oh it is so good to hear that Pawnee has been given a good home with loving owners and that handsome friendly brother Dingo! She looked so frail in Fred's first photos and my heart broke for her. But in that last photo in her new home play bowing to good old Dingo I can see she has found her spunk and is happy at last. Thanks to all who made that happen!

  3. Anonymous says:

    So you know Fred, this is actually an update on two pups you photographed. Dingo was adopted almost 6 years ago (then Mason) when you first started taking pics for the website. He's obviously doing well too :)

  4. Fred says:

    Anon, wow, thanks for the reminder. I'm going to have to try to dig up his old photo. I'm guessing the photo isn't even on the old blog.

  5. Anonymous says: info on impact of photos on adoption.

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