Is was my birthday when Stephanie (my youngest daughter) and I picked you up
breeder in Des Moines, IA. You are my birthday present from me to me.
ha-ha-ha. You are
only 8 wks old. You are not suppose to be given to me. Its your brother but
change his mind and pick your brother instead. I am glad they did. You are
so cute and
We took you home then I took you in to our backyard to see if you will do
your business without being told. We walk around and there it is you did your thing. I was
very excited. I never owned a dog before so all of these are new to me.
I bought a book titled "How to Housetrain your puppy in 7 days".
Read it and bought a crate as the book said. Well, it took more than 7 days of course
but you are not hard to train.
At night you cried, I have to wake up every 4 hrs to make sure you are
alright. I question
myself "what am I doing"? This is like having a newborn baby again.
But with patience and lots of love we made it.
You are not hard to train especially some tricks.
You love hide and seek game. You always win because you use your nose to find us and of
course the most important is your treats as a reward.
We went to the lake in summer when you were about 1 1/2 yrs old to see if
you want to swim. Did not force you to go in the water. You were afraid at first but the
golden blood took over and there you go dog paddling. You are chasing your own splash so,
you are going in circles. Then you realize " what the heck" so you swim back to shore. I
am always next to you in case.
You love the snow. We played snow ball fight. We throw it to you and you
catch it. Try to
eat it. You remember one Christmas, I have two plates of chocolate candies
on our coffee table? I woke up the next morning those candies are gone. Both plates are
I found that you ate them because when I touch the plate it's slimey.
I called the Vet they told me to give you 2 tbsp of peroxide.
We hurried to our backyard and there is,
the evidence came out. Thats scarry.
We had fun walking, running, swimming and catching frisbee. In 2003 your
papa and I
separated. You stayed with papa and I moved to Reno, NV. I miss you so much.
were with papa you injured your knee and needed surgery. Your were catching
landed wrong. The grass is still wet due to it rained the night before.
recovery Papa decided to give you back to me. I am sooooooooo happy. Again
Years of fun and happiness gone by, the dark time comes.
You were 9 yrs old when you are
diagnose with lymphoma. I was devastated and cannot accept for you to die
young. You have
to get Chemo treatment or you die in 3 months. I almost give up because we
have to go to UC Davis in California to get treatment as my Vet said.
But Kim Freund (my
roomate and goldie's buddy)
DID NOT GIVE UP.
She talked to another vet Dr Gallaher and
us to Dr Baker in Baring Animal Hospital here in Reno. We did 25 weeks of
treatments. There are ups and down but with patience and lotsssssss of love
we made it.
One week after your last treatment, we went to Stanta Cruz, CA to celebrate. We
took you to
the beach. This is your first time to swim at the beach. Kim wrote your name
in the sand, I took the picture.
Again you are afraid because you saw those waves
But, the golden blood took over and there you are riding the wave to retrieve
your favorite toys.
I took you to my work during our Dogs Day. We went to Lake Tahoe every
summer so you can swim . You love to swim. If it is your choice you will
swim all day
without rest. We went up in a Glandola ride at Northstar in Lake Tahoe to
hike. We took
you camping with Roxie. It will be your first camping trip and mine too. You
went for a
boat ride with Roxie's friends. I have to hold you tight on the boat because
you want to
jump off and swim. Two years has been added to your life after chemo
treatment. Thanks to
Kim's persistent and support. Also to Dr Gallaher, Dr Baker and Jennifer (dr
The lymphoma cancer is still in remission when this other cancer showed up.
did not give us enough time. Within 5 days you are gone to heaven. This is
one. Kim even offered her credit card if I decide to go through surgery and
Because the card I use for your chemo treatment is closed. But I cannot let
you go through
this misery again
due to your age and chemo treatment in the past.
In those 5 days I notice you are giving me a hint that you want to follow
Spooky that passed away 3 weeks earlier. You and Spooky grows up together in Iowa.
Spooky is Stephanie's cat.
On Holloween night we (me, kim and Tess a vet tech my oldest daughter)
decided to let you go and join Spooky.
It's a sad and heart breaking decision. Kim and I were
with you to
say and kiss your cheek Goodbye. We also said: see you later, Goldie.
The next day you send me a message that you are okay by showing me a
One week after you passing you showed me and Kim another message by showing
us a rainbow
at the back of our complex. A bright and huge one saying: Kim and Mom I am
having a blast
here with Spooky. We are Fine dont worry. After I took the picture, the
fading away. As we waved our hands and say;" See you later Goldie", I am
for the message and keep in touch always.
We love and miss you,
Norma and Kim