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One Year Ago

September 26, 2013


A year ago today, I said goodbye to Goldie, the best dog in the world. The tears I shed that day, and in the days leading up to it, and the days following it would fill a milk carton, a big one, not the kind from the corner convenience store that you get when you forget to buy real milk at the grocery store.

ANYWAY…that was a bad week. And some bad months following it. I spent the winter not knowing how I would ever be happy without that sweet, sweet hound in my life.

Now I have another Best Dog in the World. She’s as different from Goldie as two dogs can be. Goldie lost her mind with happiness whenever I came home. Abbie is like a cat – she glowers at me a little, makes ME approach her and then she gives me a little wag to let me know all is forgiven.

Goldie loved hunting and running. Abbie loves people and wrestling with other dogs. Goldie didn’t like other dogs playing with her. Abbie lives for it.

It’s funny, how we can’t imagine what life is going to be like until it gets here. I’m glad to have had Goldie, who filled 10 years of my life with joy. But I’m also glad to have had the experience of choosing a new dog and letting my heart open in different ways than I had thought possible.

Goldie will always be the First Best Dog, sweet as a sugar cookie, as the exMrStapler used to say. She trained me to be a good dog person. And for that, I am forever grateful. I hope heaven has lots of quick bunnies and no cactus to get in the way of a good long chase.

  1. kizzbeth permalink
    September 26, 2013 09:24

    Ah Goldie Girl. She is missed.

    • September 26, 2013 19:51

      Yes, she is. She was a GOOD girl.

  2. September 26, 2013 09:47

    What a lovely epilogue for Goldie 🙂

    • September 26, 2013 19:51

      I still can’t quite believe she is gone. She was one heck of a dog.

  3. Gretchen permalink
    September 26, 2013 11:10

    Oh boy, that made me cry. Still missing my dog we lost in February. Had a false start since then with a foster dog that wasn’t the right fit, and now I’m waiting. You and Abbie are lucky to have each other!

    • September 26, 2013 19:50

      Aw, you’ll find your dog someday. Or they will find you. I often regretted getting Abbie so soon after Goldie died, but on the whole, I’m glad it worked out the way it did.

  4. September 26, 2013 22:31

    I can’t believe it’s been a year! Here’s to the Goldies and Abbies of the world. We are still empty nesters (dog bedders?), but thinking after a long vacation we have planned in January that we’ll start looking again. (Good to see you in my reader again!)

    • September 28, 2013 20:37

      Thanks, Kathie. So good to hear from you. Where’s the vacation?

      • Anonymous permalink
        September 28, 2013 21:45

        15 night cruise to Hawaii! Mike turned 50 this year, I hit it next year, and we’ll be at sea on our 12th anniversary.

        • September 29, 2013 08:58

          Woo hoo! It sounds like a great trip.

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