Dogs never live long enough for the rest of us family members. Their hearts are so pure and so loving, that even during the time of death they are trying to make US feel better even though they are in such pain.
Goose was our 13.5 (or so we guessed) year old Labrador. He was one of my “originals.” I found him on a shelter website and drove 4 hours to go pick up then 2 year-old “Meatball.” Renaming him Goose, he didn’t seem to understand much of anything, including playing. I taught him how to swim, retrieve, basic manners, and, eventually, agility. Goose was a family dog. He loved his family more than anything—except food.
Everyone always was amazed how white and how soft he was. He didn’t like to do any wrong, yet when he did get caught, he would blame it on the other dogs. He was much more than a dog, he was a friend.
We were able to quickly spot and remove 2 cancers, but after this third episode in a challenging area along with his age, we knew it was time. He lived a few months more before showing signs of not being able to handle the pain between his cancer, old age, and arthritis.
The hardest responsibility for a dog owner is to make the choice for them, but it must be made. He wasn’t getting any better, but progressively and rapidly worse. He was in such pain, he would lie down and stay in that spot for hours.
We invited Lap for Love to come over yesterday. As soon as he took his last breath, he was released from his pain. He’s not the first animal I have had to lose and he won’t be the last. This is the risk we take when bringing a dog into our lives ... we lose them to the rainbow bridge.
Goose, you were and always will be, a GOOD BOY!
Sometimes your partner doesn’t speak your language. Sometimes you have to speak theirs and hope they understood what you were asking. This partner I have for agility understands me in such a deep level that I wish I knew what I was doing right so I could do it again.
Aria and I had a great time at GSDCA Nationals. We hauled home some first place finishes and missed the high point win by one knocked bar. We will get there next year we hope.
Great dogs come into your life. I have had a lot of them. But every dog amazes me with the lessons they have to teach me. This one teaches me that teamwork is heavy sided on her end. She lifts me up and is very forgiving.