In May of 2008, I saw an on-line biography about a female Golden Retriever that had been given up by her family and needed a furever home. It was love at first sight. After meeting her in person, it was very obvious that this was a special dog whose lifeforce was off the charts. Supremely confident with amazing self-esteem, she commanded any room she entered. Yet she was gentle and possessed that female Golden "Love me, Love me" persona. Almost three years later, she continued to seduce humans and K9s until the very end. Lady left for the Bridge on March 1st 2011. This is my feeble attempt to illustrate just how special Lady was - Her humble subject, The KT

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Six Months

I don't dwell on it, but it amazes me that it's only been six months since Lady's Lifeforce faded away on that sunny afternoon. I see her picture every day and celebrate in my mind the wonderful times we had, always amazed at how easily we fit together from the day she jumped eagerly into the back of the MDX. Three years went by so fast, but was so fulfilling. As much as I miss her, I never felt cheated by our short time together. It took Lady about three months before she regularly wagged her tail. I don't think she was unhappy, just wary of her circumstance, not wanting to give up everything all at once. Of course, at the time, I had no idea how much Lifeforce she had, ready to explode like a South Pacific volcano. Then again, maybe she didn't either. I am truly blessed that she shared that with me. Andi said from the beginning, "Lady is an old soul". Some day, she'll be back!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day 2011 - Lady, A Teacher and a Toughguy

It's been two months to the day. Lady is still sending signs from the bridge, encrypted to appeal to only a few of us. I am not the only one who sees them (which I find very strange). Of course I miss her and think of her every day as I see her pictures, play ball with Easton and smile at the thought of how unique she was and how different Lady and Easton are as Goldens. To my family and friends: thanks for taking the time to tell me about your "Lady sightings". Her LifeForce lingers long after her physical presence has left us. I normally don't believe or even think about those kind of things, but this is just too strong; even for skeptical ME.

Early this year a wonderful book was released, telling the story of two very special people who are the parents of a good friend of ours. When Glenn (the author) needed a publicity picture, he chose a shot taken by our personal photographer and huge Lady fan, Michael O'Dell. Lady now shares Glenn's spotlight on a couple of websites where his book is offered for sale.

Lady and Mr. Fuzzy Bone - Always her companion in Phoenix

Who ME? - oh sure, I'll pose anytime

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lady Pals - Buddy

Buddy has a history with two of my dogs: Devo and Lady. He belongs to the Greens; Andi's sister and her family. I used to puppy sit Buddy when he was a rambunctious 6 month old. This was the winter of Devo's life and he was not happy about this youngster invading his mellow space (he finally knew how Cosmo felt when he came home with me at 6 weeks old). Of course, he put up with it and tried everything to avoid playful attacks.

Devo sez: Thank god, he's finally asleep

Buddy is a typical goofy Lab mix (he allegedly has a Flat Coat somewhere in his gene pool). Today, he is 4 years old and hasn't changed much from his puppy terror days. Buddy is still very energetic and has matured into a handsome Black Lab. He really is a "good boy". Buddy and Lady became instant friends, sharing toys, playing and barking at Buddy's neighbor's yappy rat dog. It was a lot of fun to watch. When Buddy & Lady were together at our house, he was just one of the pack and was a joy to be around. Lady's calm, confident energy was just what Buddy needed. She fed off Buddy's high energy antics, reverting to occasional bouts of puppy play. It was like being in the their own private dog park every day.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lady Pals - Rocky

When Lady first came to her furever home with us, we were pretty sure she would make new doggy friends quickly. As it turned out, Lady liked most dogs, but did not tolerate grouchy, dominate dogs that wanted to push her around. My sister has a young Welsh Terrier who had a reputation of running roughshod over visitors, two or four legged. When they first met, Lady (with her confident, even tempered energy) ignored Rocky's antics and they soon became fast friends. For almost 3 years Rocky and Lady spent a lot of time together. Lady and I gladly accepted any request to dog sit Rocky . We became a tight, stable pack and had lots of fun playing "Rocky chases the toy and Lady chases Rocky". The Rock still gets excited when I visit (now without Lady) and it seems like he knows that something is missing. Yes Rocky my boy, I miss her too.

Being a much younger dog, Rocky really infused energy and some puppy playfulness into Lady. They played together, explored together and cuddled on the couch during down time with their pack leader. This was their routine when it was just the three of us. It was a very special time for all of us. Rocky and I could do very well on our own, but Lady glued it together with her calm, confident energy, making it possible for the Three Amigos to always enjoy our time together. Those were some great times.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Touch me, Pet me, Worship me

Hi, nice to meet you - worthy bipeds
Making herself available in Leavenworth, WA
September 2010

We were sitting on a bench across from these nice ladies. They were working the arts fair, tending their booths. I just dropped the leash and let Lady do her thing. She loved making new friends.

Another new friend in Leavenworth

Monday, March 14, 2011

Love at first sight

Lady's story as depicted on the rescue website.
Written by her foster family
May 2008