On November 10, 2013 our dear Ellie died suddenly. She had been the picture of good health. "Passed" her physical with flying colors a month before. My husband had taken the two Golden Girls for a walk and all seemed fine. As he approached our driveway, Ellie fell down and could not get up. We rushed her to the nearest animal hospital where they found bleeding into the sac around her heart. She died on the operating table from the large hemangiosarcoma on her heart. She was ten.
Ellie was the gentlest and most obedient dog we ever owned. She learned quickly and was always eager to please us. She was so very tolerant of our higher-strung Lucy and was a subtle alpha dog.
No matter what attracted her, she did not break a "sit" command
She was frequently seen with two tennis balls in her mouth.
She could carry three but seemed to prefer two.
She allowed Lucy to use her for a pillow, never growling or disturbing her
The last photograph of the Golden Girls together.
It was a gorgeous late fall day and they had been running and playing.
We made them stop for some water and to rest.
Who would have dreamed that this healthy dog would be dead less than two weeks later?
This is my favorite photograph of Ellie, now the wallpaper for my laptop.
She was not allowed in the hallway leading to my study. So she stood patiently at the door hoping to catch my attention so I would come out and play.
Ellie's breeder had the following sign above a photograph of one of his favorite Goldens. It has been attributed to Dr. Seuss, but that is not definitive. It is very appropriate for our memories of Dichi Sirius Eleanor Rose:
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
And we take comfort from the words of Kahlil Gibran:
"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart. And you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
Oh, dear Ellie, you truly were my delight.
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!