Beverley, her fosterer says “Joy continues to progress daily. She is turning out to be a
very loving and loyal dog. She now has got a covering of body fat, is in good health and continues
to flourish. She really is a pleasure to foster and will make someone a loving faithful companion”.

Joy loves human companionship and affection. She loves Bev & Neil’s company and
will stand any amount of affection. Joy is definitely Beverley’s dog and follows her
everywhere, like her shadow, but she is also accepting of attention from Neil, Beverley’s
husband. She will now let him love and pat her without flinching or backing off and will
even go for walks with him. She will also now let Lucy, Bev’s daughter, pat and stroke her.
This has been done using a positive reward each time Lucy enters the room. Now Joy is
more relaxed around their daughters now, they are working on other family members greeting her.

Joy is still timid when visitors first come in the home but after a while she accepts them.
She is in a routine now and likes to stick to it. She will let you know when it’s time for
food or walks and, at night, she sleeps in her basket upstairs.  Stairs are a little tricky.
Although she does go up and down them, she quite often falls up or down but it doesn’t
seem to faze her.

With the weather improving, Joy loves finding a sunny spot in the garden to sit and watch
the world go by. This is a massive improvement from when Joy first arrived as she
couldn’t be let out without her trying to escape.

Her wonderful, mischievous character is flourishing  and she loves pinching Bev’s shoes,
boots and slippers. She will then  run away with them, carrying them in her mouth, and
then she collects them on her bed.

Joy is a very bright, intelligent dog and, with the right training and handling, they are sure
she will flourish even further. She will now sit on command and she also sits and waits
when being fed, listening eagerly for the fetch command. In the evening, they play a
game of go find. Should they forget what time it is, Joy will remind them by sniffing
around the room looking for treats.

TRAVEL: Joy was constantly travel sick and Bev has been doing all she can to try and
improve this with brilliant results!!!!!!.

On 9th May, a delighted Bev reported “We used a friend’s dog cage whilst travelling in
the car on holiday & it worked wonders, Joy was still travel sick to start with but, each
time we exposed her to travelling in the car, the sickness decreased to travelling short
distances without been ill at all & even laying down on a long journey, something which
hasn't happened previously. We are going to get Joy a cage of her own so we can
continue with this regime as we feel it has been very beneficial for Joy”.

HOUSETRAINING: She is fully housetrained.

GROOMING: Bev says “Joy has been to the groomers where she also had her nails
clipped. With the warmer weather Joy is going to have Billy No Mates flea treatment
as recommended by a few of the IRR members.

She continues to flourish daily and, after seeing how much weight she has put on after
being groomed, we are now reducing her food to half a can of dry mix twice daily. She
also has either a sprinkling of tuna or chicken on top to give her variety.I think we
may need to have words with Grandad about treats and tid bits!! The good news is, Joy
is happy to be left in the house with him and is now wagging her tail when she greets him.
Joy is loving life to the full”.

SEPARATION ANXIETY: “Her separation anxiety is much improved and Joy now just
fusses around our legs when Neil and I greet her in the morning or after she been left.
We leave her on her own, for up to four hours, with the radio on, whilst we are at work &
she is fine”
FEEDING: If food is at her level she thinks it’s hers for the taking but she never
rummages in the kitchen bin or counter surfs. She has dry dog food supplemented with a
bit of chicken or fish but, if you forget to put the latter on, she will refuse to eat until
she gets what she wants.
LEADWALKING and RECALL: She doesn’t like walking near busy roads or noisy traffic
especially loud motorbikes.

We still keep Joy on a long lead in the garden if unsupervised but, if we are outside with her,
she will happily potter around with us.

Unfortunately, Joy hasn’t had the opportunity to be off lead running free so her recall will
need working on. She loves running on the lead and sort of bounds like bambi, relishing the freedom.

VISITORS: On occasion, when friends visit, Joy will still bark and may even growl when
they first arrive but this behaviour is decreasing and not lasting as long. She may also
become unsettled with visitors who have been in the house a while, even if she has
taken treats off them,  should they suddenly speak to her.

 Bev tells us “We have noticed that if we take her for a walk and people are already
in the house when she returns her behaviour is better. Joy continues to bark at new people
and visitors that she sees less of but her bark sounds more about saying “hello” now
and her tail is wagging with pleasure”.

DOGS and CATS: Joy is very friendly with dogs but chases cats if they enter the garden
and she will bark if she sees one. On her first morning  walk, she plays hunting the cat
under the parked cars.

Bev says “Joy has a wonderful mischievous spirit which I’m sure has carried this poor girl 
through life’s traumas. It would be perfect if she could have a loving home with
someone who is around most of the day as she loves human contact and just
pottering around in the garden”.

JUNE 2017

Joy has gone to live in her Forever Home.


Joy is a small, approximately 4 year old Crossbreed who is possibly part English Setter. 
She received all the vaccinations necessary for securing a Pet Passport
and was groomed and spayed.

Joy was found loose with Summer who was tied up but, such was her devotion,
she would not leave her friend for anything. Although IRR primarily deal with Golden
Retrievers, such loyalty had to be rewarded and so Joy was given ‘honorary Golden
Retriever Status’ and, as such, it was decided she would be carefully rehomed by us.

When her friend was being washed, she kissed Summer incessantly and then decided to
wash Kathryn’s face which she, clearly, believed needed kisses too. When she was
bathed, she was scared of the dryer so she was towel dried. She was in an even worse
condition than Summer with faeces attached to her body being so heavy they pulled
at her skin. She had lost much of her hair and Kathryn had to be very careful removing the
faeces so as not to cause any abrasions where infection could set in. Kathryn described
the underside of her body as “almost as hot as a boiled kettle”.

Joy had, clearly, been over used for breeding, the hair between her teats was covered
with faeces and she had lost a lot of hair all over her body, most especially on her legs
and over her eye lids. The vet took bloods and a skin scraping fearing that she might
have demodex mange and they worried whether her tiny frame, her weight being
a mere 12 kilos, would be able to withstand the rigorous treatment. However, this
courageous little fighter was not ready to give up especially as IRR were prepared to
give her a shot.
As they waited for the results from the bloods and the demodex mange test, she
was treated for sarcoptic mange, fleas, ticks and was de-wormed. Thankfully, the test
for demodectes was negative.
Whilst in foster in Ireland with a lovely lady called Cathleen and her own rescue dog,
Summer and Joy slept together, ate and drank out of the same bowls. Each kissed
the other. After a short time, the girls began to make a remarkable recovery and were
then deemed ready to move to the UK to David and Alison, who are two of IRR’s
most experienced fosterers.

Joy has come on in leaps and bounds since the early days but Joy's initial assessments are available
for prospective adopters.  

Joy was extremely underweight and undersized (no taller than a spaniel) with little
muscle. She was missing some teeth but the ones she had did seem fine. Joy went
to her fosterers with shampoo for her skin and coat but, whilst scratching and
nibbling for the first 36hrs, she no longer seemed to be bothered.  Her ears were
dirty and her coat sparse, her nails were long and her feet unhardened and, not abnormal
for a brood bitch, she had large teats . 

Joy was soon  putting on weight and getting more active and, after her baths, her 
coat began to improve.

In her latest foster report, we were told “Joy seems to be in good health , her motions
have been less solid than when she arrived but this may be the changeover in food
type from her other fosterer and her now taking Bio-Kult  once daily to help after a
bout of sickness she had.  

We have cleaned Joy’s tummy where the stitch and congealed blood was and it’s all
come off so the area is now clear”.  

2017 Irish Retriever Rescue