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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 01:39 AM

Sweet Goldie Goodbye ... [View all]

Goldie left us today.

Goldie was a shepherd-something who lived with us for 14 years. We found her at the local shelter, skin ‘n’ bone, with scuffs and scars all over her legs. She’d just had her insides taken out in a combination hysterectomy and aborting the cubs she was carrying. She cowered at everyone and gave strong vibes about having been abused. She feared men in general, especially gardeners, yet welcomed my husband’s and son’s non-threatening approach. She couldn’t even hold her head up. Nobody knew her age but the folks at the shelter assumed she was young because her teeth were good.

We had lost a dog and my husband was hurting for a replacement. Her pleading look up into his face from her cage said it all. She was ours within the flash of some paperwork and a credit card. It took two days for her to lift her head upright, and for those first two days she lived under my desk. We named her Goldie because of her golden brown coat.

Once she decided to trust us, we all had a wonderful life together. Goldie became “Mama Dog” to our three cats. We introduced her to a local trainer and it was an almost instant mutual love affair. Goldie became a favorite “assistant trainer” to other dogs in the trainer’s pack, especially the puppies. She was kind, patient, and gentle with children and new pets we brought in. She was loved by countless friends of our daughter and son and always knew how to be well-behaved.

Later on when our son started his band, she became a fixture of the little side room they made into a rehearsal studio. She’d come in, find a place to lie down in the middle of them while they were working on new material. Later, whenever my husband would sum it down to the piano, sure enough, there’d be “Music Dog” stretched out in a choice spot just a few feet away.

She soon started catching treats in mid-air by anyone who’d toss her one (or six...). She herded the kids and the cats, and alerted us whenever she heard someone coming up the walkway. And she modeled our son’s band’s custom bandana on the band’s Facebook page. And she loved plain Kefir, which kept her insides working nicely, and chasing squirrels.

A few months ago, literally overnight, we noticed a “balloon” of fluid about fist-size on her left side. Took her to the vet to get it checked. Insulinoma, they said. We had medication to give her and monitored her carefully, making sure she got plenty of water, fresh air, gentle walks, and lots of love. Which she happily returned many times over. Smart, obedient, stoic, and devoted. Loved her kitties (the puppies she never had), and everyone we counted as a friend. Sweet gentle soul.

She headed off to the Rainbow Bridge late this afternoon, in a beautiful, quiet, peaceful fade-out. Surrounded by we who loved her and even the vets’ staffers who knew and loved her too.

It’ll be mighty quiet around here now...

Sweet soul. We’ll miss her and love her always. Goodbye Goldie. Safe passage.

Just had to share.

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