June 6th 2008 7:04 am
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4 years ago today(on the 60th anniversary of D-Day) a guy named Mike who was a volunteer with Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles came to an animal shelter in Chula Vista and took me to his home for fostering while waiting for me to be adopted. He named me D-Day.
Mom had been looking for a rescue dog. Her Brittany, Rex, had recently died at age 12. She saw me on a San Diego site that featured rescues from all over So. Calif. I was under "Senior Mutt Match" even though I was only 5! Mom and dad did not know anything about Goldens but mom liked my picture and filled out an application that went to GRCGLA. She thought I was probably somewhere being fostered in Los Angeles.
About an hour later, she gets a phone call from Mike. I was not only in San Diego, but about 15 minutes from mom and dad's home! So that afternoon, Mike rang the doorbell for me and then he stood off to the side so when mom opened the door, all she saw was me. Me and my big head and long legs.
I waited with mom while Mike did a home check.
It was already a given that this would be my new home....I loved mom and she fell in love with me. Dad came home early from work and fell in love with me too! I slept on their bed that night.
My new parents did not want to keep the name D-Day because they didn't want to have to explain it all the time so they named me Duke, after John Wayne. He starred in the movie, "The Longest Day" about the invasion of Normandy.
Duke was a great name for me. I was a gentleman and a chick magnet!
Although my time was short, I had a great life with mom and dad. And when I crossed to the Rainbow Bridge, my parents found Lucy on the GRCGLA website. And 2 1/2 years later, Nick!
So today, think of our doggies that have left you for the Rainbow Bridge and remember the love and happiness we gave you while on earth.
And give extra loves to the fur friends that are in your life now.
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