Just a dog post…

I was just thinking about the other guide dogs I owned, that I had in the past. There were two of them. Goldie, and Maisie.
Goldie was a golden retriever. The most gentle, beautiful dog you ever saw. But sooo stubborn. One time while I was walking down town she just stopped in the middle of the street and she refused to get up. I pulled. I pushed. I tugged. But would she move? Noooo. But you couldn’t help but adore her. She ate a whole xmas cake once. A fruit cake. I sware she almost exploded! Her belly bloated out huge! She did it while everyone was out visiting relatives…when we got home the cake had disappeared! Needless to say we didn’t feed her for a few days after that.
Poor goldie. I miss her so much. She lived to be 13, when she got a heart attack and I did the kindest thing I knew to do, I had her put to sleep. Putting a loved animal to sleep has to be one of the most difficult things you will ever have to do. At least I thought it was anyway. The vet that did it he was so kind, he was brilliant. He gave me ample time with her, he even told my mom to go get my sister and they could be with me and her as she took her last breath.
She will always hold a special place in my heart, because she was my first guide dog. I got her when I was 18. I do miss her so much and I think of her often.
Then my second dog her name was Maisie. Maisie was a cross between a Labrador and a golden retriever. She was just so placid. All she wanted to do was lick you and give you the paw. She was wonderful…and, she always knew when I was sad or unhappy. She always knew when I needed her close to me. She loved to sleep on the end of my bed. She’d lie there all night long and even when she’d get too hot, she wouldn’t jump down. She was a funny dog too. The one thing about her was she didn’t really like to play with dog toys. She had a few but she wasn’t really interested in them at all. She retired early, at age 7. And I rehomed her. Again one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. My only consolation was she went to a good home, with a little girl who was epileptic and had other special needs, as her companion pet. And she had a good rest of her life. She’s 13 now but I don’t know if she’s alive or not. I did keep in touch with the family for a while after I gave her up. They invited me to go see her but I didn’t, I thought it would upset me too much and unsettle her also. So I didn’t go. Sometimes I wish I had gone. But I’m just glad she had a good life, and was loved, like I loved her.
So thats a little about my other guide dogs. I just needed to write some about them tonight. Thanks for reading.
Carol anne

8 thoughts on “Just a dog post…”

  1. imho i feel everyone should have a dog. they do so much for us as friends, family, loving and affection and ask for so little. and everything they do is to be with their owner and please the owner. they are loyal and never betray you. they are the perfect companion.

    if you haven’t owned one, you are missing a big piece, a big part, of life and love.

    1. Totally agree with you Kat! Missing out for sure if you dont own a dog! What is that they say? Something about a persons soul not being complete unless they’ve loved a dog. Something like that. Not sure of exact words! XX

  2. While I love dogs, I tend to like cats just a tad more… although I must admit, both cats and dogs have their own moods, just like us humans.

    I understand how sometimes you could and would think of your dogs, now and in the past; I sometimes think about the pets I once had, and then realize how much I miss them.

    *(hugs)*

  3. You made me wish to have a pet! I’m not sure I can take care of a dog and I know for sure it won’t take care of me, so probably a cat, that seems to be easier 🙂

  4. My old dog was an ex-Guide Dog puppy. He was a sweetheart, his name was Terry. Very reliable and dependable, and he loved snuggling up to you if you were sleeping downstairs with a friend ( no dogs upstairs in our house!). He had hip displaysia and arthritis, but it totally didn’t stop him from being a nutcase when he was younger! Dogs are lovely. My current dog, Juno, is snoring away fast asleep next to me! She’s a Dalmatian and she’s crackers. x

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