No girl was as sweet and happy as our Gwen. She picked us from the start. Her litter was one of the first we saw upon entering the facility. She made eye contact and never took her eyes off her. We had gone to purchase a black and yellow Lab as we initially wanted to breed them. It was definitely meant to be. We brought her home at 7 weeks and our late beloved Jake 8 weeks. He was entered on this site a year ago. Gwen was the spunky one and I felt she would live a long life. Up until a couple years ago she was active and very healthy. Sadly our Jake is the one who had health issues and he died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 8. Gwen was devastated too but six weeks later we brought home two six-week old male Lab brothers who became her babies as we never bred her. Until their coming Gwen would never go out in the rain to do her business. First time I put the boys outside to do their business while housebreaking she went out in the pouring rain and didn't ask to come in until we brought them in! She even went swimming with them. Again an aversion to water until their introduction into our home. |
She was diagnosed with losing protein in her urine four years ago and consequently heart disease. The past couple of years she suffered arthritis in her back and developed laryngeal paralysis which didn't affect her until last year. We knew deep in our hearts that she probably wouldn't make it through this summer as the heat had become too much for her but up until the past couple week of her life her appetite and energy levels were good. But like Jake several days before her passing she half laid on the floor looking at me; as almost to tell me "it's time Mom". Sadly on March 30th she suffered a stroke at home. Fortunately her vet was on call and lovingly eased her suffering. Like Jake and our first Lab Jill Gwen was cremated and resides along with them. One day they will all be buried with me.
I envision that day when I will be bombarded with my Labs. As my late mother used to tell me "better make sure you have padding and a crash helmet on you". My Labs have been loved like no other and I know my Gwen is happy to be free of her suffering and I envision her with Jake and my mother.
My dearest Gwen, Mommy will always miss you but I am so thankful for having such a sweet girl who enriched our lives. Even to the end you still had that sweet, puppy look. RIP girly girl!