May 7th 2008 6:52 am
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Mom and dad were looking for a dog after losing their Brittany after 12 years. They had no idea what kind of dog but they were sure they wanted a rescue. Mom found me on a San Diego Humane Society page called "Senior Mutt Match". They didn't know anything about Goldens but mom submitted an application to the Golden Retriever Club of Great Los Angeles thinking I was probably in LA somewhere.
As it turned out, I was left at a shelter in Chula Vista and was being fostered about 10 minutes away. So things happened very quickly. I met mom and they did a home inspection that afternoon and came to live there permanently the next day!!
The first thing my new parents noticed about me was my large head, lanky legs and gentle nature. I loved it there. They let me swim in the pool and mom took me to the park every day. The girl dogs loved me.
I had heartworm so had to go through treatment which wasn't fun. But I was very happy and content.
A few months later, mom noticed a lump on he and it turned out I had a sarcoma. We went to a dog oncologist and I had lots of tests, surgery, chemo and the tumor kept growing. So at Thanksgiving, mom and dad decided to stop everything and just let me be Duke. It was hard decision but they never regretted it. I was healthy and happy for another 6 months, swimming, going to the park and no more vet visits, no cone, no pain, no sedatives.
In June, I was struggling to breath. The cancer had spread to my lungs so mom and dad took me to the vet for the final time the day after Father's Day 2005. Mom slept on the floor with me the night before and they both held me when I took my last breath.
My time with them was less than a year, way too short. But as they liked to say "Every day is Christmas for Duke" and that is how I lived those last few months.
Two weeks after I said goodbye, they found Lucy on the GRCGLA webpage and drove up to Hollywood to get her! She is quite the diva, all fluff and needy. But so sweet and she helped heal broken hearts.
Then, last October, they got Nick from the same rescue group.
Their hands are full of Golden rescues. I am proud to have been their first!
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