May 30th 2009 7:43 pm
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So, sweetie, today you celebrate your 16th Gotcha Day. 13 years ago we were lucky to adopt you. You were a "stray--not claimed" at the local shelter, and we were forever grateful that your abusive family never claimed you. You were so very sweet, right from the start, but so afraid... large men, children, bikes, loud sounds... oh, what had they done to you?
We made it our mission to make sure you understood that we loved you, no matter what. And you blossomed. You became a Love Bug. You were never happier than when you were meeting and greeting people while fundraising for the Golden Retriever Rescue. You taught so many little children not to be afraid of big doggies. When the Rescue wanted to include you in their Calendar, we were hard pressed to find a picture of you that didn't include children or people!
Next month it will be three years since that fateful night. We had taken you to a specialist for your Renal Failure that morning. We came home so full of hope that we'd have many, many more months, even years, with you. That evening you couldn't settle. Something was bothering you. I left to go to the store to get some meds and you followed me out of the house, down the stairs and hopped into the car. Car rides were always a big favorite. We drove around the quiet streets... 2.a.m in the morning, up and down, up and down, and you settled... but when we got home you were already leaving us...
I refuse to cry that it's over; I want to celebrate because it happened. We had 10 glorious, wonderful, fantasmagorical years with our HoneyBunny... She was our Sunshine, our sweetest Sunshine... She made us Happy when skies were grey...
Happy, happy birthday, baby... we love you, always and forever.
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Beautiful Girl... pawprints on the heart never fade
Happy birthday, beautiful. We will always feel like you are a member of our pack...
Today is a day of celebration!
We read your diary entries and most of them made us cry
But the worse thing is that you where young (12)
You will always be a tresured member of dogster.