July 07, 2003

Justa Dog

Thanks for the Hallmark Card, Bogie. Somebody nailed it with that one:

They will not go quietly, the dogs who've shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives. Old habits still make us think we hear a barking at the door. Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor. Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be. And, sometimes, coming home at night, we miss them terribly. And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them . . . and always will

That danged lump keeps trying to get out, sometimes it succeeds when I'm alone. Alone a lot this week.

We've been calling around looking for a yellow lab. I'm wishing we were attached to a less popular (read less $$$$) breed. Have found some locally. I talked to the vet, Julie, here today. They have some great dogs, including a litter born yesterday of mixed Lab-Golden Retriever pups ("Goldador" mixed breed). Some more great Virginia dogs here. Sticker shock. I dunno. I feel guilty enough laying down ten times the world per capita income for Buster's recent (pointless) x-rays to tell me he had arthritis... somehow it seems obscene to spend this much up front before you even bring the mutt home.

By the way, Dr. Julie agreed his symptoms sounded like a lymphoma and Buster's joint pain was just the most visible early manifestation of it. Had we caught it earlier, we might have spared him some suffering. I dunno.

Meanwhile.... should we find a new pup in the coming weeks, I will be accepting suggestions for DOG NAMES. Make them as Goose Creek specific as you can, but any old name will do. I was thinking earlier about our friend from years ago who took in a stray, named him JUSTA. JUSTA DOG. Yeah, I like that.

Posted by fred1st at July 7, 2003 06:01 PM | TrackBack

I'm a lab fan from way back. I was priviledged to be carer for the Australian Paralympic swim team 2000 - we had a guide dog called Rosie on the team. Naturally a lab - I was able to take her for her walks around the paralympic village for her owner who had succumbed to a bout of flu. Such a beautiful gentle dog - typical lab though - she enjoyed the dining room and tidying up the scraps under the table. Go for a lab or retriever Fred - just watch the hips!

Posted by: Jenny at July 7, 2003 06:51 PM

Just learned today of your loss. We did that x 2 thirteen years ago when we said goodbye to the terriers (cairn and scottie) who had been "the girls" for over 14 years. Then just a few days shy of three years ago, we said goodbye to a little snuggler puppy (in feathers) who had been our loving wallow birdie (cockatiel) for 12 years.

Labs and retrievers shed, but boxers drool. I don't envy the choices you face. But I can definitely say, I KNOW how you feel.

We are with you,
Larry & Linda

Posted by: Larry at July 7, 2003 08:56 PM

Hi Fred, sorry I've been away and not much support over the past few sad days, but I've been thinking about you. I sure loved the golden retriever I had years ago - like many he had hip dysplasia but he lived to a ripe and active old age. But gosh, I agree with you about the price tags. Have you gone to the pound to see if anybody looks at you with those take-me-home-I'm-yours eyes? Sometimes mixed breeds are a lot heathier...

Posted by: beth at July 7, 2003 09:47 PM

A) If you name the new kid anything but Goose, you're wasting time.

B) I'm with Beth...go get some goofy critter from the pound. Or try this -- I don't know about Goose Creek, but here in rural Tejas, every Wal-Mart has at least one pick-up with a FREE PUPPIES sign on the tailgate every weekend. Usually (around here) it's my brother, too. Both of his bitches just calved, and we're up to our necks in cute puppies. Again.

Want I should send you one? They're all cow dogs.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at July 7, 2003 11:06 PM

I don't know, I am kind of partial to Beau.....probably cause that was my faithful companion all while I was growing up. Kinda has a nice ring to it, "Beau of Goose Creek"! Or maybe just plain "Creek"!

Posted by: Cyn at July 10, 2003 12:51 PM

I named my first dog "Kudzu." I don't know whether you'll find that name appropriate, though I guess that's partly up to the dog.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at July 12, 2003 07:04 PM

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