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Goldie and Me. Life with a Golden Retriever.


Goldie And Me. A Golden Retriever World.

Here we celebrate the memories of our wonderful golden retriever boy dog Goldie and the joys of owning, or being owned by a retriever! He was our little man in a golden suit with a true heart of pure gold and we were privileged to share our lives with our Goldie for ten and a half years. Losing Our Goldie to cancer was the most difficult heartbreak but we feel blessed to have known our lovely retriever.

I also hope to make a little money for some dog charities for rescue dogs who were not as loved as our golden retriever. There are increasing numbers of dogs in rescue shelters and they all need food, care, bedding etc. Money made from sales from this page will go towards helping those dogs who find themselves in shelters through no fault of their own. Thank you from my heart.

Here is a photo of our handsome Golden retriever boy; resting on the patio after a long day in the countryside.

My Tribute To Gorgeous Golden Retriever Goldie

Losing Goldie to cancer was very difficult. I have been looking for a place to share this wonderful Golden retrievers memory and to record his life for some time and I feel that this may be a good place to do it.

This has been harder to write than I thought, it only scratches the surface of his lovely life. Grieving for our Golden retriever and writing this has been emotional. It has brought tears to my eyes and laughter, good memories and painful thoughts.

If Goldie was here he would be presenting me with his dog lead right now and saying get off the computer and lets go for a walk!!

Golden Retriever Love At First Sight

Finding Our Retriever Boy.

We were looking for a puppy, a puppy bitch around 8 weeks old. We got a lively manic 6 month old dog! How? Well my husband saw an ad in a local paper that said 6 month old dog for sale. We werent having much luck tracking down a puppy so thought well it wont hurt to look....

As we knocked at the door we saw two flashes of gold run up to greet us, mom was first, a beautiful serene face happily waving tail and as we sat down a gracious paw was offered.

Goldie was next close behind, long legged and with a stick for a tail, yet to develop the beautiful banner of maturity. Happy lolopping gait and an excited carefree expression...

By the time we had a cup of tea I was totally head over heels in love! By the time he had worn himself out with excitement and curled up in a ball with his mom I knew he was the one.

(Here he is with his favourite nylabone and his red ring tug toy)

Young Golden Retriever Goldie With Bone

Young Golden Retriever Goldie With Bone

Young Golden Retriever Goldie With Bone

A Few Of Golden retriever Goldies Favourite Things - Goldie loved these things in life!

What is Life without a few of your favourite things :)

Being a retriever one of his most fave things was retrieving and by that I mean absolutely anything in Goldies eyes could be retrieved ! After all is was a retriever !!

  • Shoes
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Cuddly toys,especially a big white rabbit!
  • Snow
  • Digging!
  • Gardening, well he thought it was anyway (see digging!)
  • Carrying in the shopping(ahhh)
  • Retrieving(well yes ...)
  • Food



    OK You get my point !!!

  • Going on holiday with us
  • Car travel
  • Walks, walks and more walks!!
  • Running wildly
  • Watching birds and chasing (but never catching) Rabbits!
  • The beach:The bigger and sandier the better! Another great place to show off his excellent digging skills :)
  • Sleeping: Any time, Anyplace,Anywhere......

Golden Retrievers For Dummies

Golden Retriever Goldie...Does He Dig?

Our Digging Dog!

I recall asking this question as I saw him racing around their garden thinking we would need to dog proof ours a bit better.

The breeder clearly thought this was something I was concerned about and said nooo he doesnt dig. At that point her little girl tugged on her moms sleeve and said " yes he does , mommy he does dig" She said " No he doesnt" The little girl looked wide eyed and said .."but mommy he dug right there this morning!!!"

We often alluded to that story every time our non digging dog proudly "helped me " in the garden digging furiously often with a style all his own which was when he got very excited to use both front paws at the same time!!

He dug in the garden, at the beach, on holiday...

If you are seriously considering a Golden retriever you really need to know what sort of dog they are. You need to assess if you and you r family and your home are a good match for this breed.

Think about the amount of walking, the inevitable dog hair that gets everywhere, the muddy paws and trail of debris, the necessary training and the grooming of that beautiful coat! They don't all like digging as much as Goldie did but when you are bring a wonderful, loveable, live feeling dog in to your home you take it all.


Houserules For Our New Golden Retriever Dog!

Rules for dogs in the house

Yes well we did try!

Houserule no 1.

No dogs upstairs and certainly NOT in the bedroom.

This lasted one day. We did as his breeder told us and left him in the kitchen the first night, she said he was used to this and there should be no problem. We tucked him up with a clock and toys around him in a big comfy basket , lots of blankets, kissed him good night and went to bed.

All was quiet for 10 minutes and we thought "oh that was easy". Then it began, the pitiful crying and whining. We resisted for a little while then went down , he was overjoyed to see us and had a big happy face on him. We settled him and went back to bed. We did this 5 times that night and exhausted finally gave in and took him upstairs with us..just for tonight.

Well it was a done deal. Goldie slept in our room every night after that. He was happy there and slept soundly every night.

Rule no 2. He will not be fed titbits

My dad was the culprit here. Funny we noticed how Goldie would always follow him around after dinner...then we spotted it, just a little of the leftovers for our Goldie for "being such a good boy" Ah well....

Rule no 3. Dogs paws would be wiped before he came in to the house...

Yeah right!! Not a chance, it only happened if we could catch him in time, so once in a blue moon.

We kinda gave up on rules after that....

He was a good boy though and knew all his basic training and retriving skills.

He never went on the furniture and never once chewed anything or had any "accidents" in the house.

He loved all people, all dogs and was fascinated by sheep and horses.

We think he was pretty perfect :)

See him here with one of our families cuddly toys he "adopted"

Training Dogs With Dunbar

Training Goldie To Be A Gentle Golden Retriever - Dogs With Dunbar

Well we did do training with Goldie which is important with any dog and especially a great big excitable loveable jumping bean dog.

We found what worked was praise, love, consistency and understanding.

We mostly trained Goldie with "Dogs with Dunbar"

Golden Retriever Benefits Of training

Before And After Getting Your Puppy

Training Golden Retrievers ... - Good and kind Dog training is essential.

Please find other books we also found very useful to train and understand our Golden retriever.

However, it is not only your dog you need to train, in fact good dog ownership really starts with training yourself!

As dog owners we have a very responsible role and if we get a puppy it is up to us to raise him or her, socialise, train them to be a good dog and give them a happy and contented life.

We need to know what we are doing and this book by Dunbar is excellent to give us all we need to give a puppy a great start in life.

When Goldie Was My Therapy Golden Retriever

Goldie helped me when no one else could...

My dad died,after a long and gruelling battle with cancer. He loved Goldie so much so that when he could barely recognize the people around him he called out to Goldie whenever he saw him.

It was a terrible time and afterwards I suffered from panic attacks and got so that I didn't want to leave the house. Well my friend Goldie was having none of that!!

Where was his walking companion? Where was his bringer of treats from the pet shop? What was going on?

In true Goldie style he never gave up, he would go fetch his lead and present it to me pushing it into my hands. I swear if he could have put it on himself he would have!!

Well it only took a short while when this insistent behaviour and those deep brown eyes worked their magic on me. So he got me out of the house when no one else could. He took me further than I would have gone, I mean after all its not far to that next great smell, and LOOK at those rabbits go! Just have to chase them!

I dread to think what would have happened to me if he had not pestered me for walks and got me out of the house and feeling safe again...but I am forever grateful to him.

Goldie Didn't Have To Say A Word.... - to speak straight to our hearts.....

This reminds me of Goldie, he was a quiet dog but always knew how to make us feel loved, there was a truth in his eyes which did speak straight to my heart and a touch of his paw....

So this is dedicated to Goldie who lit up a room "without saying a word" ....

Goldie, Our Golden Retriever And Carrying

Goldie was born to retrieve and carry...

Goldie would carry anything. He was never happier than when he had something in that soft gentle mouth of his.

He could even carry glasses without breaking them (though they did get slobbery!)

On walks sticks would be sought out and proudly carried, he always walked differently when he carried with a rather proud air about him. Once he carried such a huge stick he could not get it through our front door!

Carrying slippers and only one shoe out of a pair of work shoes was a favourite thing. Many is the time I would run around the house late for work saying " where is my other shoe!!"

Socks too would disappear on a daily basis, we found quite a few in the garden and others stewn all over the house. You cant really be too tidy when you have a Golden Retriever dog!

If you have a Golden you must let them carry. Never scold them for carrying. If you want them to let it go train them gently to do that, never grab off him.

They are born to carry and retrieve, it is their job and they are proud of it. Goldie was never happier than when he was retrieving and carrying, whatever that may be.

Embrace retrieving as part of having a Golden companion -or don't get a Golden.

Retriever Goldie Loved Carrying Especially Shoes and Socks!

Retriever Goldie Loved Carrying Especially Shoes and Socks!

Retriever Goldie Loved Carrying Especially Shoes and Socks!


Goldie's Golden Retriever Heart.

Goldie cared.

They said he would be too lively and we wouldnt cope with him in these circumstances....but Goldie cared...

When Goldie was three my husband had a serious accident. He smashed his leg and twisted the bones. He required major surgery and was in hospital for quite a while.

As he was due to come home people started to warn me about having a lively, jumping jack in the box dog around someone who could not walk and could hardly stand unaided.

Well we discussed it and we wern't about to give him up so I trained him. I trained him to wait at the bottom of the stairs until the person reached the top, I trained him to sit and wait until released. I trained him to pick things off the floor and hand them to me, to bring articles of shopping in from the car. I even trained him to take laundry out the washing machine.

He thought this new game was great and used to quiver with excitement as I introduced a new task.

When my husband came home I was concerned how Goldie would react and what he did amazed us. He saw his friend and bounded in the house. He stopped sniffed my husband who was lying down on the couch,up and down, spend a lot of time sniffing and looking at this leg then just lay down at his side. He just lay there and did not move!

He was no trouble, never once did he knock into my husband or run past him. He was so gentle around him.

Not until he was completely better did Goldie go get his tug toy as if to say OK we back on again mate?

The most affectionate creature in the whole world is a wet dog" Ambrose Bierce

Words We Were Careful About Saying Around Goldie. ..unless we meant it!! - Words Goldie Learnt and Acted Upon!

  • Lets go for a walk!
  • Dinner
  • Where's his lead?
  • Shall we take him out?
  • Rabbit!

All Goldens Have Adventures In Life!

Golden Retriever Mousepad

Golden Retriever Mousepads

Goldie wasn't a huge fan of me working on the computer but when i had to I had always taken him for a nice walk beforehand and he was tired and happy and he would sleep peacefully at my feet or crash out on the rug or on his bed. He always knew where I was though and even though sleeping deeply would respond if i got up ! Well you never know another walk might be on the agenda !!

If you love Goldens you will like these mouse pads even when you are working on the computer you r girl or boy isn't far from your thoughts:)


Reasons to be cheerful - A Golden Retrievers Take On Life

Life is a game to Goldie!!

To Goldie the whole of life was a great big playground! I have never known anyone get so much out of each day.

Food was exciting; being a food thief was even better, we curtailed that activity by having everything wrapped , sealed and bolted!

Still he worked his magic with guests to our home, never pestering just steadfastly watching them with those liquid eyes while they ate...until they caved....

Other dogs, great playmates! Big, small, scruffy, pampered he didnt care he would play with anyone anytime...

He did not know what to do with cats! He would look at them and they would look at him, they would be proud, poised and dignified, he would be in awe and drooling...

Birds he just loved to watch..he could just lay outside on our patio and stare at them for hours. As he grew older and was less active he loved to lay on the step and the birds would just hop right past him, he did not move a muscle.

He loved to track scents and would happily follow a trail nose down tail up and in deep concentration.

He was so gentle, he avoided stepping on creatures like snails or spiders.

He adored children and always put on his "soft " face whenever he met young children. They could stroke him and hug him and want to look at his teeth and he just happily drank in the attention.

His best thing of all was after a nice long walk to stretch out on his back with his legs in the air and drift off to sleep. He had his fav sleep places but when tired would pretty much sleep anywhere and my husbands and I developed the "step over dog" step perfected over time.

We did try "dancing" and it was great fun, but I think our efforts would not have made it in the showring!!

Goldie was a well mannered dog. You could take his food or a toy or even a bone and he would just sit and wait for you to give it back. He never growled at anyone and never hurt anyone. He was gentleness itself.

Dancing Golden Retrievers!! - Beautiful Golden Retrievers moving to music.

Christmas With Our Golden Retriever Goldie!

Fun at Christmas with Goldie ever the retriever.

Goldie adored Christmas.

The cooking smells, the food, the new things appearing around the house, snow if we got it, the tree( yes we told him this was not an outdoor tree...he understood that and no accidents happened!). The food( oh I already said that but food was VERY important to Goldie!).

He loved the time off with us to go for very long walks. No lounging around after Christmas dinner for us, we were out in the crisp cold air having fun!

Goldie was not a fan of really hot weather he liked the autumn and winter best and never minded it being cold. It took us half an hour to get dressed in hats,scarfs, coats etc while he was always good to go in his big furry winter coat waiting patiently or prancing around doing the doggy two step depending on his mood!

Here he is enjoying a Christmas morning with us. Just look at that intelligent face !

Just Look At Goldies Face !

Just Look At Goldies Face !

Just Look At Goldies Face !

Goldie Opening Pressies

Christmas Presents for our Golden Retriever Boy

Be it Christmas or Birthdays Goldie was always up for opening pressies! It was quite amazing really as all year round he never tore anything up or chewed up our possessions at all but come pressie opening time he was a force to be reckoned with!

Once he got the hang of it he could open just about anything, when he had finished on his presents he wanted to have a go at ours. Just like a kid he was often more interested in continuing to tear up the paper afterwards than play with the expensive toy!!

We were very careful though to supervise his pressie opening and gather every last bit up so he didnt swallow any paper.

When it was all over he was quite exhausted !

Here he is in full pressie opening flow...

Goldie At Christmas Opening Pressies !

Goldie At Christmas Opening Pressies !

Goldie At Christmas Opening Pressies !

A Note About Christmas With Dogs and Especially Retrievers

Keep your Retriever Dog Happy and Safe at Christmas

Christmas can be a very busy time. Goldie loved Christmas but we always made sure his needs were catered for. Just a few notes on how to make it happy for your dog too.

Even though it is Christmas your dog still needs a walk.

We used to take Goldie out just after we opened our presents and again after our Christmas dinner and again for a last walk at night. We often found the streets deserted on Christmas day and then met up in the big field with all the other dog walkers so it was a lovely time. We wrapped up warm and felt good about being active after that huge dinner! Goldie was then content to sleep and amble around without being hyper at all the activity.

Opening presents.

When all the presents are being opened and afterwards when they may still be lying around, especially if there are items around with small parts do not leave your dog unattended. He could try to chew things or may swallow a small toy. The last thing you want on Christmas day is a trip to the vet!! Buy him his own pressies that he can have fun with too :)

Watch out for food thiefs!

Dogs can be great opportunists and there is usually a lot of rich food around at this time. Also watch for the potentially poisonous chocolate and other foods which are dangerous to dogs which may be left around at this time. By all means he can have a little treat but too much or the wrong foods can at best leave your dog with a dodgy tummy or again a hasty trip to the vet!

Many dogs love all the fuss and company but it can get too much, especially for the very young and the very old. If it gets too much for your dog do make sure there is a place he or she can go to where they will not be disturbed. It may be you put their bed in another room or if they are crate trained for a short while that may be a haven for them. We had a rule that if Goldie was in his bed he was not to be disturbed.

My advice-do not bring a puppy home for Christmas.

Do not buy a puppy for Christmas for someone else without making sure they have the time, energy and desire to have a dog.

A puppy has enough adjustment to do leaving its packmates and mum in normal situations. A homecoming should be quiet, controlled and gentle.

You will need to spend a lot of time with your new pup and most people just wont have the time at Christmas. My opinion is either to get the pup before Christmas and plan on a quiet time over the holidays, or delay getting him/her until the festivities are over.

Play Time For Goldens!


Golden Retriever Holidays:Packing

Vacations with Goldie.

Goldie adored Holidays!! Time with us, lots of great walks, new smells and lots of running! New people and dogs, and other animals to make friends with and new territory to explore!!

We loved taking Goldie on holiday, We have travelled a lot abroad and seen some wonderful sights but I have to say some of the most FUN we had was with our Golden boy on vacation in country cottages around the countryside and beaches of Britain.

It all began with the packing... Now Goldie knew any change in routine, he read us so well. As the cases came out he knew something was afoot!! His mood alternated between excitiement and mounful sadness, you see he never quite knew or believed whether he would be going with us or not. He would take up position by the front door and keep a beady eye on the car, just in case...

Packing was a bit of a deal. By the time we had Goldies bed, blankets, waterbowls, food, water for the journey,first aid kit, drying blankets, toys, variety of leads, dogbrush and wet wipes etc the car was pretty full.

That left a small space for all the stuff my husband and I wanted to take. Now my husband can go away for a week with a rucksack, I however would need two cases! Boy I really needed those lenses on organising then!!(lol) Anyway so I had to deliberate over what i could squeeze into the car and it was a feat of engineering..but we did it every time :)

Dog Car Harness

Dog Car Harness For travelling retrievers - Safe and secure travel for your retriever dog.

It is very important to ensure that you r dog is safe when travelling.

Do consider using a car harness. You will need to get you r dog used to wearing it before you go off on a long trip but Goldie got used to his very quickly.

The car harness featured is a large size suitable for Golden retriever, Labrador that size of dog but they do come in all different sizes for different dogs.


Golden Retriever Holidays: Our Destination

or how to have fun with a retriever!!

After several hours in the car with a drooling panting dog we were always so happy to see our cottage. Goldie was very good in the car, but he liked to be as close to us as his car harness would allow, and he seemed to get pretty close-so hot breath on the back on my neck!!

We stopped every hour to let him out to have a sniff around and stretch his legs.Upon arrival he would leap out of the car and it was essential every room in the cottage was explored as fast as possible!!

Then he chose two or three fave spots to have as his lying down and vantage places to ensure he knew where we were. Then he was happy :)

There were no long lie ins on these holidays! As soon as it was light Goldie would stir. He would watch us for any sign of life then immediately bring his lead!! So many morning waking up to a wet nose and a "talking" so typical of the Golden breed.

No time to waste, new things to explore, new smells to find! Come on people!!

We spent most of our days walking for miles whatever the weather. Goldie would leap into ponds and steams, find mud on the driest day of the year, make new friends at every turn and have the biggest happiest look on his face all day long.

We have been to many of the beautiful stately homes around Britain that will allow dogs into the grounds and explored stunning walks, beaches and forests too we never would have done without a dog.

We have taken picnics in fields, sharing sandwiches, run in and out of the sea, hopped across streams and lay down to rest in sun drenched fields of flowers. Evenings were spent reading and watching great films, cooking wonderful meals and just simply all being together in the peace and quiet of a country cottage. Perfect.

Folding Dog Ramp

Dog Ramp

When you are traveling with you r dog or even just for everyday outing s in the car a dog ramp can be very valuable.

It is especially useful if your dog is large, elderly or does not like jumping in and out of cars.

Dogs like Goldens and Labradors and bigger types of dogs can be very hard to life in and out of cars. When Goldie was young he would be fine getting in and out but as he grew older and got some arthritis he found it more difficult. After a few times trying to lift him we soon knew that a dog ramp was a much better option, especially given I have some back issues.

Dog ramps are a lot easier than lifting your Golden retriever in and out of cars! If you get a folding one like the one shown here it is much more portable. Do remember you will need to get you r dog used to it slowly though.

Great Advice on Travelling With Your Retriever Dog - Get The Knowledge on Dogs and Travel.

These are just a sample of the range of books available about travelling with your dog, where to go, dog friendly places to stay, walks to take, things to do ....have a browse and check them out.

Makes travelling with your dog a pleasure if you have done your homework frst.

Our Golden Retriever Goldies Brave Battle With Cancer

When Goldies Battle with Cancer Began.

It was the tiniest lump on his head, no bigger than a small pea.

It didnt hurt him and he was running around as usual. We noticed it just before we went on holiday one September to Northumberland, his favourite place.

Now Goldie had suffered from cancer 2 years earlier , having had an operation and recovered very well. We always knew there was a possiblility of it recurring somwhere else.

He was now a 10 year old dog but still oh so sprightly and interested in everything. We decided to enjoy our holiday and take him to the vet when we got home.

The vet did loads of tests and cancer was confirmed, this time it was inoperable, too much risk to his brain and eyes at his age. So it began...

Luckily the type it was we were told would not cause him any pain until it was much farther advanced, so we decided to take the meds and give him as great a last few months as we possibly could.

We took him to all his favourite places and devoted as much time to him as possible. He got all his most coveted foods and sooo many hugs... We always made sure he was not in any pain.

Goldie-Golden Retriever Boy- Last Day On Earth

Goldies Peaceful Passing... Goodbye Sweet Friend

Things were going on OK and the lump was growing but very slowly and he had not really even seemed to notice it, doing all the things he usually did, bouncing around as normal.

Then quite suddenly our golden boy started to get pain, it was how the vet said it would be. The lump had grown and started to impede his vision and he started going off his food.

He still got his leads to go for walks and still was interested in life so we went with him and he went on strong painkillers which helped. We sought advice from our wonderful vet and were in touch often, he said Goldie would tell us when it was time...and he did.

Still so hard to write this, truly...the pain had increased and we knew if we kept him alive it would be for selfish reasons.

He was noticeably weaker now and looked tired and was losing his zest for life. Sometimes the painkillers did not cut the pain and he would look at us as if to say "its enough now my friends". After much soul searching and discussion with our vet we arranged with the vet to come over to our home...

That morning we spent a long time just stroking his golden fur and beautiful banner of a tail. He never lost his handsome good looks, even with cancer.

We gave him any of the "forbidden food" he would take. Then we went to one of his nearby most favourite places. He was weaker now and couldnt run but he walked a little way then we sat and watched the birds. He sniffed the air and we cuddled him while he lay in the long grass he loved. He rolled in the sand and gazed at us with his big brown eyes and I swear he conveyed that now he was ready to go...

It was all very peaceful, his much loved girl vet came to ease his passing. She gave us time with him before and then we just stroked him while she gave the injection. We had gentle music playing in the background. We held him until he softly drifted away...It was calm and very peaceful. A fitting dignified passing for our brave Golden boy.....

He fought so hard and loved life so very much he was a great example to us. He just loved life! His time had come to leave us and life will never be the same again...

Tomorrow Poem Pet Loss - Personal Sympathy Pet Loss Keepsake

Dogs are not our whole life,but they make our lives whole.

Roger Caras


I Am Not There

A poem which helped me through the tears and pain of grieving for Goldie...

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye 1932.

Grieving for Our Golden Retriever Boy Goldie.

Grieving for our much loved Golden boy.

Ironically we lost our golden boy at Easter, the same time all those years ago that we brought him home.

We had a private cremation and collected his ashes which now rest in our home in a beautiful carved wooden box with his photo on the top.

We are grateful to have shared his short life and grateful for all the things he brought in to our life, the fun, the mischief, the laughter, the naughtiness and most of all the love and utter devotion.

We miss him every day,in more ways than I can say;

We miss the slippers disappearing, the trail of muddy paw prints across the carpet, watching him sleep a deep sleep and his little growls and yelps and twitching as he races through meadows in his dreams, tripping up over his great banner of a tail, seeing the excitement in his face for everything in life, the sheer joy when he greeted my husband home from work, the love in his eyes for all people, the trust he had in us to do the right thing, being woken in the morning with a big wet nose, walking in All weathers, the big solemn paw and those huge liquid brown eyes, a great big heart wrapped in golden fur....

Goldie Please Remember Us - While you are having fun at Rainbow Bridge....

Missing you Goldie until we meet again.

We will run together on the beach again,one day my friend...

Goodbye Dear Friend - Saying goodbye to our golden retriever...

Information About Cancer In Golden Retriever Dogs - If you discover a lump on your retriever dog please consult a vet.

Here are some links that may be useful to you.

Please it is very important if you have any concerns about your dogs health, think your dog may be ill, and have cancer or any other illness that you take him or her to your vet as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Do not delay seeing your vet or change or delay any course of treatment because of anything you read here and on any linked sites.

Your vet is the person you need to talk with if you think your dog is ill.

  • Mast cell tumours
    This is the type of cancer Goldie had. This is an easy to understand guide for the pet owner who need to know a little more about mast cell tumours. Please talk with your vet and get a proper examination and diagnosis if you suspect your dog has any
  • Wikipedia Lymphona
    Article covers lymphona in dogs and other animals. Discusses signs, diagnosis and prognosis.

I Miss My Dog - Heartfelt poetry for loss of a dog

A Dogs Prayer

A Dogs Prayer by Beth Norman Harris

Treat me kindly , my beloved master,

for no heart in all the world is more

grateful for kindness than the loving

heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick,

for although I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and

understanding will more quickly teach

me the things you would have be do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is

world's sweetest music, as you must know

by the fierce wagging of my tail when your

footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me

inside, for I am now a domesticated animal,

no longer used to bitter elements.

And I ask no greater glory than the

privilege of sitting at your feet beside

the hearth. Though had you no home,

I would rather follow you through ice and

snow than rest upon the softest pillow in

the warmest home in the land, for you are

my god and I am your devoted worshipper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water,

for although I should not reproach you

were it dry, I cannot tell you when I

suffer thirst. Feed me clean food so

that I may stay well to romp and play

and do your bidding, to walk by your

side, and stand ready willing and able

to protect you with my life should your

life be in danger.

And beloved master, should the Great Master

see fit to deprive me of my health or sight,

do not turn me away from you. Rather,

hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands

grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...

and I will leave you knowing with the last

breath I draw, my fate was every safest

in your hands.

If You Are Considering Sharing Your Life With A Golden Retriever...

If considering buying a Golden Retriever , read , research and talk with breeders.

Do consider very carefully what you can give to a dog.

Do be prepared for a big committment.

Do buy from a reputable breeder.

Do not buy from puppy farms.

Consider a rescue dog

Remember they need lots of walks...in all weathers!

They are very clean dogs but your home will never be completely tidy again.

Where there's a dog there is inevitably dog hair.

You cannot leave a Golden alone for long periods of time, they love company.

They are fairly large dogs so make sure you have the room and a garden or lots of time to exercise them.

They will need training so make sure you have the time and energy for this committment.

You will need to make arrangements for your Golden for when you work, go on holiday etc.

Food, vaccinations,insurance, toys,training, petsitting vets fees all take money.

Be prepared to pick up the poop!

We were lucky but your home may suffer from some unauthorised chewing!!

Be prepared for a big committment, an average lifespan of a Golden is about 10 - 14 years.

If you get hooked life will never be the same again...

If you do get a Golden and your circumstances change so you can no longer keep him or her please look out a good rescue service or someone who will love him/her. There are too many abandoned dogs.

Be prepared to laugh often!!

Be prepared for them to break your heart when they finally leave you...

The Ark animal Rescue

The Ark is aptly named as the wonderful caring people who run and volunteer there are saving so many animals. They have animals who have come in searching for a home after being abandoned, bereaved or lost their home due to financial circumstances of thier owners to name just a few reasons.

Some will be rehomed quickly. Others are long-term animals who will stay at The Ark for the rest of their lives cared for with love in their retirement as they cannot be rehomed for a variety of reasons.

  • The Ark Animal Rescue And Retirement Home
    Animals come from private homes, rescues and sometimes via the dog warden. Animals at The Ark are mainly cats and dogs but also rabbits and other small animals. It is the sort of place that stays with you long after your visit. The sort of place t

Stepping Stones Animal Rescue

  • Stepping Stones Animal Rescue
    Created in March 2000, Stepping Stones is a local rescue service for all types of animals, dogs,cats, rabbits etc. Stepping stones are a very caring organisation, relying on donations and local support they are a fostering network based rescue whi

Sometimes We Wonder .......

Thank You From My Heart

Lens Of The Day Tribute To Goldie.

On October 28th 2008 Goldies Lens was given the honour of being chosed as the Main Page Of the Day which is a great honour.

I am excited, surprised and deeply touched by this. I am overwhelmed by the sincere and heartfelt messages that poured in to my inbox and onto this page and I want everyone to know how much I appreciate you taking the time and in many cases sharing your experiences.

I will try to visit everyone and am aware this may take me a while. I am also intending to reply to or e mail those of you who are going through the difficult decisions or are feeling the grief of losing a much loved pet at this time. I feel for each and every one of you and I am glad for those of you that reading this lens helped a little.

Sincerely THANK YOU.

Goldies Blog Paws In The Sand.

  • Paws In The Sand
    If you loved this page and would like to read more detail about Goldies life and adventures please take a look at his very own blog where his memory, his love and his fun are celebrated.

Gorgeous Golden Retriever - Goldie

Gorgeous Golden Retriever - Goldie

Gorgeous Golden Retriever - Goldie

Thank you so much in advance for any of your lovely comments you leave here.

I do read each and every one and appreciate you taking the time. It really means a lot to me. It was not easy writing this article about Goldie but I am glad I did it and some of your truly heartfelt comments have really touched me and my husband

If you like this page about Goldie or find it helpful in anyway please social bookmark it and tell your friends. Love to hear from you if you dropped by :)

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happynutritionist on May 01, 2014:

What a beautiful tribute and of course I'm a puddle of tears at the passing as I am missing my doggie too, I guess that missing never quite goes away. I wish someone could have come to our home to put her to rest...it would have been more peaceful for her...but we did what was best at the time. Thank you for sharing her life.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 29, 2014:

Such a moving tribute to the kind of love that transforms us in all the most beautiful ways. Your Goldie was heaven sent to bring healing, joy, and a forever kind of bond. I do so adore how dogs know just what we need and offer it up in abundance.

Ruthi on April 29, 2014:

While my heart hurts for you over losing your friend, I know that Goldie gave you and your family some of the best days of your lives. And without a doubt you made Goldie's life worth living. I have gone through the loss of a beloved dog and am in the final stages of my dog Tidbit's life right now. It's tough, really rough, but I wouldn't have missed loving and being loved by my dogs any more than you have with your Goldie. Great tribute to your Golden and great information for dog lovers everywhere.

meggingmad on February 23, 2014:

Who could NOT love a dog like this?

Writing Nag from Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 05, 2013:

What a beautiful tribute to Goldie. Inspired now to write about my chocolate lab.

JoEHarrington on December 08, 2012:

Beautiful serene face happily waving tail

anonymous on December 04, 2012:

We had two goldens, brothers, and their personalities were so different. We loved them both. Both of my brothers also have goldens! Sweetest dogs ever.

eccles1 on September 26, 2012:

Beautiful dogs.

anonymous on May 24, 2012:

We had Goldens years ago. They are the best breed ever. We made lots of good memories together, and still miss them.

GRM on May 21, 2012:

Goldie really seems like a wonderful dog, and it comes across so clearly how much you loved him. I am a HUGE fan of Golden Retrievers -- they really are the best dogs ever!

Sniff It Out on May 03, 2012:

What a wonderful story! It hurts when our pets pass away, it leaves a great big hole in our lives that, at the time, we feel can never be filled. Goldie was a big part of your life for 10 wonderful years and has left you with so many happy memories of your time together. Blessed!

MindPowerProofs1 on March 28, 2012:

Golden Retriever Puppies! What can be more adorable?

BuckHawkcenter on March 26, 2012:

As I wipe away tears, I know that Goldie is waiting to meet you again. I am celebrating Name Your Own Holiday day, and I chose Fabulous Beloved Pet Dog Day. I realize it's now been about 4 years since Goldie left your life, but any fabulous beloved pet dog deserves a day!

RaintreeAnnie (author) from UK on February 18, 2012:

@nightbear lm: Thank you for visiting again, Goldie would have really loved you :)

RaintreeAnnie (author) from UK on February 18, 2012:

@Kathryn Beach: Yes a sunny disposition really sums up golden retrievers :) Thank you

RaintreeAnnie (author) from UK on February 18, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you Dave :)

anonymous on February 18, 2012:

While you were fortunate to have Goldie, he was fortunate to have you. Very nice lens.

Kathryn Wallace from Greenbank, WA, USA on January 28, 2012:

I really 'get' this lens, having had and loved and been loved by a Golden. I've had numerous dogs of various breeds in my life, my Golden was my favorite. Couldn't ask for a sunnier disposition.

anonymous on January 28, 2012:

@nightbear lm: How right you are, once you have a golden that is all there is.

CodyMD on January 24, 2012:

i grew up with goldens. They are the best dog beed imo

Angela F from Seattle, WA on January 20, 2012:

A beautiful and fitting tribute to Goldie. Golden Retrievers are in my Top 10 dog breeds - can't say enough good things about them.

SquidooPower on January 17, 2012:

Sweet lens

patinkc from Midwest on October 13, 2011:

Congrats on the LOTD and thank you for adding this lens to my Responsible Pet Owner lens,

smithlights on June 18, 2011:

Beautiful lens about a beautiful dog. I have a golden, too.

Joan Walter from Cambellsport, Wisconsin on May 14, 2011:

Very nice tribute to a wonderful dog. I enjoyed reading it!

dannygator7790 on May 11, 2011:

What an absolutely beautiful lens! I feel so sad for your loss and yet I can't help but feel happiness over how much Goldie was loved and cared for. I also know how great golden retrievers can be. The one my parents have quickly makes her way into anyone's heart. I'm definitely lensrolling this over to my puppy's lens.

anonymous on March 10, 2011:

Hi JasmineAnn, Just wanted to say what a wonderful tribute to Goldie. It moved me and brought back memories of my to Golden Retrievers. My first I rescued and she was so adorable, but sadly died of cancer when she was also 10 years old and my 2nd Goldie died last year at only three and half years old, with liver problems and other issues, which were not picked up when we questioned changes in her. I absolutely adore Golden Retrievers and one day I will get another, but its stil so hard to get over the loss. But I have my very fond memories and pictures of them both. And to read your tribute was just so beautiful and so like a goldie. Thank you for sharing it. It made me cry and smile and bring back all the wonderful memories of joy at owning or being owned by a Golden Retriever.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 08, 2011:

Better late than never.... finally compiled my SquidAngel Lens from my 'angel flight' back in the Fall of 2010 :-) So.... returning to tell you that this lens has now been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf".

anonymous on March 01, 2011:

Tears of love and sadness go out to you as I read your beautiful tribute. Goldens are so much more than just an animal; they are kindred spirits. I hope that your Goldie and my Shelby are waiting for us beyond the Bridge.

norma-holt on February 20, 2011:

Beautiful tribute lens and passionately written. -*-Blessed-*- and featured on Dogs on Squidoo

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on February 14, 2011:

Cupid kisses for Goldie, today. My dog Ulysses is teaching us how to live with his Cancer. One day at a time.

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on January 31, 2011:

What a lovely tribute to Goldie - I had to get out the Kleenex. He sounds a lot like my much beloved and missed lab, Tyson. I'd like to think they are both playing together happily on the other side of the rainbow bridge.

anonymous on January 24, 2011:

Really great lens. You inspired me to add a few things to mine. I was hard just writing it, but I think it made me feel better. Did you get another dog?

Vikk Simmons from Houston on January 17, 2011:

Thanks for visiting my lens about my life with my dogs. I've added yours to their lensroll. What a beautiful tribute. It reminds me to do a tribute to my beautiful Beau who is no longer with me. Thank you.

Vikk Simmons from Houston on January 17, 2011:

Dog lover--all breeds

julieannbrady on December 19, 2010:

OMG, yes I am a dog lover although you would find me with a gadzillion cats ... I feel like I have had a breathe of heaven today ... such heavenly animals.

GoPoochYourself on December 18, 2010:

Thanks for sharing your memories of Goldie. It's clear that you really loved him a lot, and I'm sure that he knew how much he was loved. What a great tribute.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on December 18, 2010:

As a dog lover myself, I had the tears in my eyes! (((((hugs))))) Congrats on LoTD and such a beautiful tribute to Goldie!

Lisa Auch from Scotland on December 18, 2010:

As a dog lover myself, I had the tears in my eyes! (((((hugs))))) Congrats on LoTD and such a beautiful tribute to Goldie!

anonymous on December 12, 2010:

I'm crying. Happy tears for the wonderful family member Goldie was, the happiness he shared with you, and sad tears that he's now passed on.

Sami4u LM on December 04, 2010:


A sprinkling of Angel Dust for Christmas :)

howtocurecancer on November 19, 2010:

Blessed by a SquidAngel.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 14, 2010:

I can tell that Goldie was a very special dog and made you very happy. We once had a Golden - named Baron. Baron loved everything and everyone, especially children (ours and others) and cats. We acquired a kitten about a year after Baron came to live with us and for 2 days the kitten 'hid' from DOG, but within a very short while Baron and 'Radar' were not only friends, they were playing and sleeping together. Golden Retrievers are the most loving and gentle of dogs. If I ever got another dog, it would be a Golden. Thanks for sharing your Goldie's story. It deserves a ~~SquidAngel Blessing~~

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on November 08, 2010:

Awesome Tribute to your dear dog, Goldie. Congrats on your Purple Star. Thanks for sharing your memories of your dear pet!

RaintreeAnnie (author) from UK on November 05, 2010:

Thank you so much for all your good wishes and stories about your own dogs. I love reading your comments and I do appreciate you taking the time to read about Goldie and stopping by to say Hi.

RaintreeAnnie (author) from UK on November 05, 2010:

Thank you so much for all your good wishes and stories about your own dogs. I love reading your comments and I do appreciate you taking the time to read about Goldie and stopping by to say Hi.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 22, 2010:

Goldie is such a nice name and seems to live up to that, too. Congrats for the purple star and LOTD.

squid-janices7 on October 22, 2010:

What a wonderful tribute and lens. Congrats on the purple star!

Lisa Auch from Scotland on October 17, 2010:

awwww what a cute doggy lovely name great lense!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):););););

Jenmarie on May 29, 2010:

Having raised several Goldens, I know the joy and heartache of losing such a beautiful and wonderful animal. Thank you for sharing your story!

anonymous on April 11, 2010:

@anonymous: From a golden owner, goldens do great in apartments to! I had to golends when I owned a home but I have had my last two in apartments as long as you can walk them or take them to a dog park they still will thrive, more than anything they just need to be with you. Consider adopting an older golden 6+ they are wonderful!

anonymous on April 11, 2010:

What a wonderfu story, being a golden person myself brought many tears to my eyes and many many memories of my departed Brandy & Whitney.... now I have Sunshine to fill that void. Please considered a rescue.... you know there is nothing like an old goldie!

HorseAndPony LM on January 08, 2010:

I love all dogs and animals. What a beautiful story. I hope to someday be strong enough to share about the memories of our pets that our no longer with us. It is always so very heartbreaking.

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on December 14, 2009:

Very touching story ~ it is always so hard to lose a pet who has become part of the family. We currently have a retriever who is an absolute doll! Thank you for sharing your story. It's a wonderful page.

Monica_Steven on August 17, 2009:

What an interesting story to read about Golden Retrievers. Precious memories with them.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on July 06, 2009:

Wow. What a moving lens. I love it. I have a beloved dog, now 11, named Sassafrass Tea (Sassy for short), and I can't imagine her not being with us. I don't like to think about that, though, and try to make the most of every day with my girl.

RunwayModels on April 19, 2009:

What a wonderful tribute to a gorgeous Golden Retriever! I especially like the Christmas photos...

After I read your inspiring tribute lens, I felt as if I knew Goldie too!

You are blessed to have known Goldie! A beautiful animal and friend.

Peace, hugs and goodwill to you and to Goldie!

Ted :)

Animalover42 on March 13, 2009:

What a wonderful tribute to an amazing dog! Losing a pet is just like losing a family member. It is one of the hardest things to deal with. Your lens touched me. Thanks so much for sharing.

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on February 25, 2009:

Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens link to the appropriate plexo and vote for it.

Jenmarie on January 23, 2009:

Being the owner of two Goldens now, and having lost our first to cancer, your lens is a wonderful tribute to this beautiful and loving bred of dog!

awakeningwellness on December 29, 2008:

I enjoyed your beautiful tribute to Goldie so much that I have added it to a collection of dog stories I put together…you can check it out at www.squidoo.com/dogstories

anonymous on November 12, 2008:


I love your blog! Thank you for standing up for dogs and especially Goldens.

I just wanted to write to tell you about the Morris Animal Foundation's Cure Canine Cancer Campaign. Canine Cancer kills 1 in 4 dogs. The Morris Animal Foundation has a large research project that is ongoing to cure the disease.

We would appreciate any coverage you might give to us - www.curecaninecancer.org

Morris Animal Foundation


J_ben on November 11, 2008:

Excellent lens... a great tribute to a mans real best bud- your goldie... worth it for LOTD!

MattTaylor LM on November 07, 2008:

You know... I missed my dog that I had when I was a boy... and that was 20 years ago! I still think of the good times I had with my dog... more so than with people... kinda funny huh?

anonymous on November 07, 2008:

Beautiful, my friend, beautiful!

My aunt had a golden much like Goldie who faught arthritis and kidney disease for 9 years. I taught her how to give hugs when she was young and she never forgot. She was big, gwentle, and loving to the very end.

This is a wonderful tribute that reminded me of Kiyana.

esitesro on November 06, 2008:

Wonderful lens as a memorial for your goldie. 5* from me for an excellent lens!

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on November 06, 2008:

Thank you so much for your congrats for LOTD left on my Kootenay Lake, British Columbia lens, I really do appreciate you! :-)

I love this lens, I can come back over and over again, and I enjoy it each and every time. Beautifully done! Linda

RaintreeAnnie (author) from UK on November 06, 2008:

[in reply to Maria Angelozzi] Maria, I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Goldie. I understand your tears...Your words touched me deeply and if I could give you a hug I would. I do not believe I will ever get over the loss of Goldie but I am learning to live with it and his life and his loss have become interwoven into our lives just as other animals and people who have passed have over the years. We now celebrate his life and this site was part of that, to share our memory of him as he loved everyone in life. The difficult and painful memories fade in time and the bright light of their lives shine through. Yes we will meet our Goldies again, they are happy, painfree and in spirit. They are always with us now you know. Know that I am thinking of you and wishing you peace. Hugs jasmine

RaintreeAnnie (author) from UK on November 06, 2008:

[in reply to BSabin] Thankyou for sharing this, it touched me deeply. Thunder sounds a wonderful dog, I know what you mean when you say he is the heart of the family. The same love you have for him will guide you as to the best thing to do for him when the time is right; listen to your vet, your heart and to Thunder. My thoughts are with you all.

awakeningwellness on November 04, 2008:

This wonderful lens brought tears to my eyes as I remembered the 5 beautiful goldens that I have lost...2 of them to cancer. They are such special souls...I still have 2 with me now. I am sure that Goldie is proud of this loving tribute you have written for him!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on November 03, 2008:

Losing a pet is difficult. What a great tribute to your Goldie! 5 stars!

Rich from Surrey, United Kingdom on November 02, 2008:

Beautiful tribute to your dog! :)

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on November 01, 2008:

Wonderful memorial to your sweet goldie!

dahlia369 on October 31, 2008:

Beautiful lens, great dog and congratulations on being LOTD!

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on October 31, 2008:

Your lens made me cry. It's a wonderful tribute to your lovely boy.

site-builder on October 31, 2008:

Fantastic lens. We are owners of a mutt.Our next door neighbors have a Goldie.

Dogs a truly best friends. It's too bad their lifespan is so much shorter than ours.

Five*** and your my favorite...

anonymous on October 30, 2008:

What a sweet memorial to a precious dog! I've always wanted a Golden Retriever if ever I have a space big enough. I fell in love with Dreyfuss on "Empty Nest" years ago

anonymous on October 30, 2008:


lost of a loved one or a beloved pet is never easy forever. I understand for I've lost pets too, in my life. Life goes on. Many need you.

One thing I found is the http://www.hungersite.com from the United Nations that helps the living that are in so much need. It's just a free click to help many in need.

Take care of yourself,

Krissttina Isobe (quicpost)

mdvaldosta lm on October 30, 2008:

Great tribute to a really awsome dog! And congrats on LOTD!

dustytoes on October 30, 2008:

What a beautiful lens and lovely tribute to a special friend. My vision of entering heaven is walking into a huge field with all my past "friends" running to me! I do believe that we will meet again. Thanks for sharing - this is a favorite.

TerriLorah on October 29, 2008:

This is beautiful. Thank you. 5*****

mazbond on October 29, 2008:

A very beautiful lens. I used to have a welsh terrier called Megan, she was my baby and a great little friend and companion. People used to say she looked like a teddy bear because she had curly wirey fur. She went everywhere with me. She passed away over ten years ago, but sometimes when I come home I still think she will be there. I still miss her.

zjojor on October 29, 2008:

great article about your dog. cute doggie too

KarenMiller2 on October 29, 2008:

Hi Jasmine,

What a wonderful lens!

Congratulations on acheiving Lens of the Day.

I had to get out my box of tissues several times.

We are considering getting a Golden soon and it was a treat to read your story.


Bebete-Martins on October 29, 2008:

I wanted to say that Goldie was (and is) lucky to have you as his owner. This lens reminds us all of how much we should appreciate these wonderful creatures. I have a dog and love him immensely. And I know that in my friendship with him I am the lucky one, not him.

Goldie must be barking happy and proud about this lens. Thanks for sharing his story and for your loving words about your best friend Goldie.


anonymous on October 29, 2008:

Goldie was (and is) a very lucky dog to have you as his owner. I have a dog and love him. In my friendship with him, I feel I am the lucky one, not him. Your lens is a great reminder of how we should appreciate these wonderful creatures.

Congratulations for having Goldie in your life and for you loving words about him.


kathypi lm on October 29, 2008:

beautiful lens, i made my tribute lens to our special angel, a month ago, very difficult, thanks for sharing, kathy

anonymous on October 29, 2008:

Thanks for a wonderful story. I have a German Shepard named Thunder who was recently diagnosed with a dengerative disease. The vet has told us 3-6 months left. I have been heartbroken. We got Thunder when he was 10months old. I was concerned that he was too old to acclimate to our house and family. But he fell in love with my son when we first saw him so he came home with us. He was going to be put down if no one took him. He is the most wonderful dog ever - so many things you wrote about Goldie I could say about Thunder. He is the heart of the family! He loves people, he is so good. He is having a hard time walking and my husband and I have been discussing whether we are making him suffer due to our own selfishness. Thanks for giving me food for thought on this subject. I want to do the right thing for him - he has been the right thing for us for 11 years.

anonymous on October 29, 2008:

Wonderful tribute to your dog!

anonymous on October 29, 2008:

HI Jasmine,

As I sit here and write this to you, my tears are uncontrollable. God brought me to this wonderful page you created. I could NOT believe what I was reading, as I too lost my golden lad (GOLDIE) to cancer. She was only 9 yrs old and my pride and joy, she was the most precious thing to me, and I have been lost without her. :(

It's been 3yrs and I am still not over nor will I ever the loss of her. I swear my GOLDIE looked so much like your dog, it is amazing. I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope as each day, goes by it get's alittle easier to live with.

We will see our GOLDIE"S again! God Bless you, and Thank you so much for sharing something so precious to your heart!

anonymous on October 29, 2008:

Being the proud parents of two beautiful, loving goldens (at separate times)....we commend you on your beautifl tribute to Goldie. Casey was our first golden and we lost him to cancer over 12 years ago. He was 12 years old at the time. he also went very peacefully. Jake was our next golden and we rescused him. He was approx. 3 years old when we got him and like you, it was love at first sight for us when we met him. He was a wonderful, loving, loyal dog. Jake liked alot of the same things that Goldie liked. We lost Jake also to cancer at 11 years old, that was 2 years ago in December. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't thing of both of them. Sometimes my heart feels like it is going to break. I am not ready to do it again just yet. My husband and I keep saying we don't know if we could do it again. That remains to be seen. Anyway, I think we just wanted to say we are so sorry for your loss and enjoyed your tribute so much, Goldie would be proud!

happynutritionist on October 29, 2008:

I have such a lump in my throat after reading this most beautiful tribute to your dog. As my little fuzzy, Aspen, rests next to me, I am reminded we have to appreciate each day with our furry friends. Thank you for sharing your heart and love for Goldie, Aspen and I have lensrolled you, favorited you, 5-stared you, and if we could give you a hug, or in Aspen's case, a kiss on the cheek, we'd do that too. Claudia

Pierce This 2 on October 29, 2008:

I lost my beautiful 6-1/2 year old golden to cancer on April 3rd of this year.

Losing him has been very hard on me. I too have his photo and box of ashes on my desk.

He was my beautiful companion and I feel that he watched over me. He would never leave my side and it is very hard to not have him next to me in body.

I am writing this with tears running down my face, because your story has brought my feelings to the surface again.

Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone in grieving for a beloved pet.

anonymous on October 29, 2008:

I knew I'd be balling my eyes out at the start of this lens. I have a beautiful mahogany colored Golden Retriever named Bailey Joy. She is just 9 months old and has attached herself to our hearts in the 3 months we've had her. We had to put down a Yellow Lab a few years ago and the grief from that loss almost kept me from getting Bailey. I didn't think I could take the pain again. But I took the risk and feel that it's better to have had the experience of 10-14 years of unconditional love and friendship and feel the pain of the eventual loss rather than miss out on all that "joy" that a dog gives to you. Goldens are just so loveable and intelligent. Your 'Goldie' was a beautiful one! He definitely reminds me of Bailey in so many ways - she loves to always have something in her mouth and she goes nuts when my husband returns from work, too. The lens you made in tribute of his life is 5 Star ! Thank you for all the great information.

debsgreatfinds on October 29, 2008:

great lens I love the picture with your dog opening up his gifts my boy loves Christmas :)

KimParsley on October 29, 2008:

Jasmine ann,

Thank You for this Wonderful lens! Congratulations on "Lens of The Day" also.

You and Goldie will help many of us who have pets that may not be with us much longer. I have "Alex" a unconditionally loving German Shepherd who is 12 years old and coming into health issues and troubles getting around. I have been wondering just how I am going to handle it, you sharing so much will help me when the time comes. Thanks!!

Your_Profit_Coach on October 29, 2008:

I am writing this with tears in my eyes as your beautiful tribute has brought back so many memories of my own Goldens.

My parents used to breed and show them when I was a child and since I've had my own home, it has been shared by three lovely Goldens and now an Italian spinone.

It is devastating to lose a much loved companion and two of ours had cancer in the mouth and even when you have time to prepare, the savage pain overwhelms and sense of loss is overwhelming.

God bless Goldie

And God bless J, S and W and all the goldens my parents owned. It's been a privilege to share your life and love.

Optimist1 LM on October 29, 2008:

Thank you for your lens.I feel as though I know your Goldie. Thank you for sharing your treasured memories.

Environbee on October 29, 2008:

Well I'm just crying. We too had a GR for 15yrs .There is so much great story here and also some good references and goodies I shall have to come back later when I'm up to it. Congratulations Jasmine Ann for a fantastic lens which many of us can appreciate.

anonymous on October 29, 2008:

I am a dog lover and I really admire your site. Especially how you have personalize the who lens. It make it unique. I really like your Christmas with dog piece. Thank you for sharing.

Do stop by my lens and show some love.

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