Our Ellie just after we brought her home.
Lucy on her first day with us. She was a tiny little bit of fluff.
Ellie carried two tennis balls around much of the time.
I sent a picture to our breeder who mentioned that her father did the same.
She may not have been as fast, but no dog ran with more enthusiasm than Lucy
And memories always include the two dogs cuddled in one bed.
This picture is the most poignant one. It is the last photograph we have of Ellie, taken shortly before her untimely death from an angiosarcoma. It was a gorgeous Autumn day and the Golden Girls had been romping through the leaves. We forced them to sit and rest after having a drink of cool water.
We still have not determined what kind of dog we want. We will certainly get a shelter or rescue dog who is older. Our house is not well-suited for training a puppy. As much as we would love another Golden, we are not physically up to providing the running activities they require. And while I think they are adorable, I do not want a little ten-pound dog. So we will think, and look, and then put our names in for another dog.
The first of our quotes today comes from American author Dean Koontz:
"Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished."
The next quote is from Khalil Gibran:
"When you are sorrowful look again at your heart,
And you will see in truth
That you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
All of our four dogs have been our delights. And while we have periods of sorrow, we mostly cling to the happy memories our dogs have provided. Tipsy Pudding, our first Springer shared our lives for 16 years. Penny Lane, our second Springer was with us for almost 16. Eleanor Rose, our first Golden was with us for almost 9 years. We brought home Lemonade Lucy when Ellie was 1. She lived almost 14 years, dying four days short of her 14th birthday.
And still we follow the advice of that great sage, Dr. Seuss and we smile because it happened.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK, EVERYONE!
FORGET POLITICS FOR A WHILE