Monday, November 22, 2010

five years ago…

 

In the spring of 1995 we had the pleasure of adopting a golden retriever..with her came a ‘belly full of rocks and the name Ledger’ (the “dad” was an account..hence the name)

The family we adopted her from felt they had no time for her…she dug, she was not allowed in house..they left her tied up in the backyard..and when they took her to the park..they threw rocks instead of a ball..it wasn’t that they didn’t love her?

They were a busy family with three girls..baseball  and dance class consumed their lives..no time for a two year old golden retriever…

Within a few months of us having her..she was inside house all the time..chasing the cat..and enjoying being inside with her new ‘family’.

She came everywhere with us…she didn’t like other dogs but loved people..she barked at every squirrel that she saw when we were camping…she was a ‘pain’ sometimes but we loved her dearly..

She adapted well…we moved eight times in her life..and she adjusted very well with each move…(yes, eight  times)  oh, my..I had never counted until now!!untitled

Fast forward to November 21st, 2005, Doug took her outside to do her  morning business…she went around the corner..her leg gave way…and she couldn’t walk…he carried her (all 70 pounds of golden fur)..around the block and back inside our condo…

Diagnosis?…bone cancer…We spent a very sad day…knowing that her time was up…so the next day, November 22nd, 2005..she made her trip to Rainbow Bridge…

ledger b

She paved the way for our beloved Tucker..we learned a lot from our first ‘girl’..gone but not forgotten..even after five years..I can still remember that day..like it was yesterday…

18 comments:

  1. Talk about life's coincidences, we lost our previous yellow Lab/husky Mix, Duke the exact same way. Poor Duke went out and then collapsed and had to be carried in and taken to the vet where he gave us the word and said the cancer had eaten completely through the leg bone and there was no other alternative besides amputation, but that he was loaded with cancer and would not last very long, we were heart broken, and had to have poor Duke put to sleep. Both Donna and I said we didn't want another dog right away. But wouldn't you know it my son brought Riggen home from his football coaches who had heard we lost Duke.We still miss the duke, but Rigg's has done all he can to fill a huge set of paw prints. As you know Rigg's is the apple of our eye now and he carries on some of the Dukes antics.I think God has something to do with these match ups, we will never question that. Be safe out there, Give the Tuckmeister a pet from all of us.Sam & Donna.

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  2. What a nice tribute to the memory of your beloved Ledger. Having lost pets ourselves, I think I can appreciate how you are feeling today. Ledger was extremely lucky to have found a home where she was given all the love and attention in the world - and, I know, she returned that love a thousand fold.

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  3. Haven't had to deal with the loss of a pet ... it was hard enough to give our two dogs away to friends when we made the move from Utah to Washington DC. Must be awfully tough since they become such an integral part of our families.

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  4. Nice post. Glad she got to enjoy her final time with people who loved her and took care of her.

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  5. I have a 13 yo dog and he's slowing down. I keep telling him to hang in here that I'm going to get us back to Arizona where it's sunny and warm, not snowy and cold like we're currently experiencing in Seattle. I think we'll both feel a lot better. Dogs are so wonderful to have around and I dread the inevitable.

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  6. We had a black Lab named Gypsy who we had to have put down when she went down in her back end and couldn't get up...We have never gotten another dog...Just not in the cards for us..,but, man it's sure hard to lose them!!

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  7. Very nice post! Having had pets all of our lives and then having our horses and later our Alpacas, I can say that we remember everyone of them (past and present). This was a really great tribute to an old friend!

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  8. We had a wonderful golden named "Cutter". He was so much fun and had a special bond with out youngest son, Corey, they were inseperable. One summer day about 4 years ago I came home from work and found Cutter passed away in the backyard. He was about 8 years old. We were all heartbroken, especially Corey.

    Three years ago, Corey brought home a new Golden, and named him "Cooper". You can never replace an old friend but a new friend sure helps ease the pain.

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  9. We've had many dog 'kids' in our 40+ years of marriage but the ones I still miss are my 2 dearest golden retriever brothers. They've been gone many years but I still miss them terribly.

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  10. We have 3 aging best Pals & I am already sad thinking of a future without the best friends I have ever had.

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  11. I lost my special friend Hannah on a walk nearly 20 years ago, but I'll never forget her. :(

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  12. I was just thinking about Dakota today and remembering the pictures we have of him, taken over a fifteen year period. I recalled one that I loved most because he looked so very fetching in it. He was a young adult then. He traveled lots with us. He was a great traveler. He was such a flexible fellow. Getting old, getting sick, death of a pet sucks!

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  13. Beautiful post - I lost my own doggie almost a year ago, and this brought tears to my eyes.

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  14. That's a very sweet tribute to your family member. Because that is what pets are for us ~ the furry family members we choose. And our reward shines out through their eyes every time they allow us to make that contact with them. It's their special way of letting us know besides the tail wagging and jumping and running to and fro.. it's the eyes that tell us they love us!

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  15. Hey, here's a great dog story on another blog that you should read! It comes a a bit about some cats...

    http://samdonna-5thwheelvagabonds.blogspot.com/2010/11/monday-mumblings.html

    I hope you enjoy it...

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  16. Dog lovers are the best! We lost our Jazzy girl, another schnauzer, to cancer one year ago and your story brought tears to my eyes. You guys are wonderful to have adopted an older dog. I can't imagine life without a pooch, we love our little Emmi to pieces.

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  17. after reading all the comments from this post I realized what a great bunch of bloggers are out there!..that and the fact that my daughter read it and said it brought tears to her eyes..so I guess I did good!!

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  18. Good post. Our pets are family to many of us. Such unconditional love is good for the soul. Take care! Judy from Rvlifeonwheels.

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