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Thread: Saying goodbye is never easy!

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    Default Saying goodbye is never easy!

    I had to say goodbye to the most loyal dog I have ever owned today! My girl "Ruby's number 19 foxy Roxy" (Roxy) passed on today. I know golden's are loyal, needy, trusting, pets but she was the exception. Wherever I was in the house, she followed me. If I got up from the table after dinner and walked to the couch, she followed. If I got up from the couch to sit in a chair she followed and laid down next to me. When I had the urge to use the bathroom, she followed and laid down at the entrance to the bathroom and waited for me. I will never forget her first retrieve on a wild pheasant. She had run into a barb-wire fence and cut her head just above the eye. On the way back to the truck my older golden, her mother flushed a rooster it flew towards me and I shot it. Roxy, who was about 6 months old at the time, saw the bird fall and beat her mother to the retrieve. I will never forget the picture I have in my mind of this 6 month old pup, with blood running down her face from the cut above her eye, delivering that rooster to me just as proud as can be. I knew then that I had a dog! One year while guiding and shooting lots of wild birds when they were plentiful I kept track of the number of birds shot over my two golden's, Roxy and her mother Ruby and the total count that fall was 1,048 birds! She was a machine who produced lots of beautiful puppies for families and never missed an opportunity to make a retrieve. Her last hurrah was the end of January this year. I spoke at a wild game feed and they asked me to bring her to the event and do some retrieving work for the crowd. In a gymnasium full of people I was able to throw dummies and send her through the crowd and she delivered to hand every time. The next day I spoke at a church on Sunday morning and Roxy got to go to church that day! She was on stage with me, did some retrieving for the crowd and was the perfect lady all morning long. I sure will miss that girl. Here is a picture of her in the latest retriever journal.

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    Thankyou for sharing your heartfelt thoughts. It is always sad to let a friend pass. It is also sad that as we get older the chances for another become slim. I am sure we would love to do it again...just one more time. Every time I work with mine I take a little extra care to do it the right way. Good luck my friend. Tom

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    My condolences, Joel. There are no words. Just know that those of us that have gone through this share your sorrow. Sounds like a wonderful friend and excellent bird dog.

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    As a Golden guy myself I know what you mean about them. Theres just nothing like them. So sorry for your loss. Hang in there
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by UplandHntr View Post
    As a Golden guy myself I know what you mean about them. Theres just nothing like them. So sorry for your loss. Hang in there
    Heart felt sympathy for your loss Joel—
    Just reached over and hugged my 12 year sitting on th couch with me a little closer

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    Quote Originally Posted by UplandHntr View Post
    As a Golden guy myself I know what you mean about them. Theres just nothing like them. So sorry for your loss. Hang in there
    And an Amen from me...on #5, 8 yrs and still strong.

    Joel, we only hunted once together, but I'll never forget your Roxy. Jumping up and down, excited to hunt and pregnant to boot! She was an amazing dog and I've told other hunters about my experience with her and you. She found every bird in tall stuff you could hardly see. I know you have other dogs, but this one will be remembered for a long time.

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    My condolences, it's never easy.
    "The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship"

    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Dang Joel, they never live long enough. I’m very sorry
    "We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." M.Facklam

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    Very sorry to hear about Roxy's passing
    JeffStally

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffstally View Post
    Very sorry to hear about Roxy's passing
    Thanks Jeff. Thanks for taking care of her in the past. I never worried about her at your place. Looking forward to placing a puppy from Reba with your sister!

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