Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Joshua (In Memory)
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Josh, Josher, Dogger, Moose, Puppy-mutt
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Swimming and retrieving whatever was thrown in the water.
Josh didn't have any pet peeves. He was a totally mellow, laid-back sweetheart.
Tennis balls, Frisbee, and sturdy knotted ropes that my husband would make for him.
Anywhere near a river or the sea shore. Failing that, he loved to run around Nelson's Field in Bristol, CT where there is a pond he could swim in.
Swimming in place against a river's current.
Josh was our first dog. In 1975 we lived in South Carolina, where my Air Force husband was stationed. We really wanted a dog. A friend had a wonderful Chocolate Lab (thinking of you Rocky!), and we decided that any kind of Lab was the dog for us. There was an ad for Lab puppies in the paper and so we went to check them out. Joshua was the only one left. Reason? He was huge!! It was clear that he wasn't going to grow up to look like a real Lab. He was much bigger than a lab puppy should be; his head was quite large, his legs were very long, and his feet were humongous. No one else wanted him, but we sure did! He was obviously a diamond in the ruff! ;-)
Despite his size, Josh lived with us in trailers in SC, and in apartments when we came home to CT. He never complained -- never developed bad habits. We made sure he got serious exercise at least twice a week, but we still felt guilty. Finally we bought a house With a big yard. In addition, he was also allowed to run around on the property behind it. By that time, he was starting to grow old (he was 9), but he was finally in a place were he could stretch his long legs whenever he wanted. Soon after we moved in, I brought Annie home, and Josh fell in love on sight. He basically took over her education; teaching her how to be a dog. He was crazy about her; and as for Annie -- she loved him without reservation. Josh got along with all our friends dogs and cats; he didn't have a mean bone in his body.
At 15, Josh was tired out. He had developed hip dysplasia over the years, and getting up from a sitting or lying down position was very painful for him. He could no longer walk very far, and running was out of the question. He was miserable, and we couldn't bear to watch him struggle and suffer. In September of 1990, Josh went to Rainbow Bridge. We know that he is in a better place, and that his youth and vigor have been restored. There are lots of rivers and ponds for him to swim in, and plenty of friends to run and play with. Since June of 2000, Annie has been there with him; and Jesse joined them in August 04. They all wait for the day that we will join them.
I've got an idea! Let's go for a swim!
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|February 5th 2005
||More than 12 years!
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