Not for a second did I think I’d be writing another eulogy for another family dog so close in time to the last one.
The last eulogy was published in November 2017 to celebrate the life of Buddy, who went to doggy heaven at the age of 15.
My wife and I agreed neither of us wanted to get another dog for a good long while in order to properly mourn Buddy, but with all due respect to him, it didn’t take as long as we expected.
Within a few months, we missed hearing the clicking of claws on our floors and the swishing of a happily wagging tail.
So my wife started looking — “just looking,” she promised — at the B.C. SPCA website to see who needed a home.
A medium-sized husky-collie cross with a perpetual grin on her snout, Goldie was one of 46 dogs seized by the B.C. SPCA in February 2018 from someone in the Williams Lake area. When she was taken into care, a vet estimated she was eight years old. The doctor also found mammary tumors that had to be surgically removed.
Then, up her picture went on the website with a note about her having a short expected lifespan and requiring palliative care. Not a glowing advertisement, but my wife and I love underdogs (no pun intended), so Goldie was ours.
Right from the start, Goldie — not sure about the name, as she never answered to it and her coat was black and white — was an absolute pleasure to have around.
She gave new meaning to the phrase “low maintenance.”
Goldie had no interest in eating people food, no interest in sleeping on our bed, no interest in barking and no interest in meeting other dogs.
What did interest her was lazing away the days on our front porch, alternately napping and sitting up to watch people go by or wait for us to return home.
That’s the great thing about adopting older dogs: they’re trained and they’re not needy like puppies.
What more could you ask for in a friend?
Unfortunately, the cancer risk we were warned about proved quite real and Goldie’s health deteriorated quickly over the past two months. To spare her further suffering, we sent her across the Rainbow Bridge on June 5.
Goldie was with us for just over a year, and although we knew her stay would be short, it still hurt like hell to let her go. Still does.
But her passing was made easier by the wise, compassionate care offered by Dr. George Proudfoot and his team at Animal Medical Clinic in Penticton, to whom we are eternally grateful.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, I strongly urge you, first, to consider a rescue, and second, to consider an older hound.
As I said, they’re trained, they’re calm and they’re happy doing their own thing. Plus, many of them have had a rough go in life and are just seeking a bit of peace in their golden years.
Rest in peace, girl.
Joe Fries is the city editor of the Penticton Herald. To contact the writer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.