When we brought you home all those years ago, who would have thought all the adventures and wonderful memories we would have.|
I can still remember those early days when you were just a couple months old, I was so naive about the responsibility I was about to undertake. I can see you and your sister Buca behind the baby gate in the kitchen, and you guys would seemingly poop about every hour :)
Luckily we knew someone that had a pool and you were able to learn to love the water at an early age, and boy did you love the water. I couldn't walk past any river, creek, pond, or puddle without you wanting to get in there.
You never fussed or pouted through all the years of changes - from moving up North and then out West. As long as we were together and you had tennis balls to chase down, bones to chew on, and water to swim in you were happy as could be.
No matter whether I came home late, was in a bad mood, or was otherwise preoccupied with my own issues, you were always happy and wagging that tail when you saw me.
I'm so glad we were able to spend the last days together at home. I know you're once again back to your old self running, jumping, and swimming with all your friends. The temperature is never too cold, too hot, the breeze is always just right, and the water is always perfect. Say hi to Buca and Daisy and we'll meet again one day.
Just know you are missed and will never be forgotten. We think about you every day.
3/29/16: Hey little monkey. It's been a year since we said farewell. I hope you're living large and having a great time with all your friends. I'm thinking about you and I'm always telling Hemi how much he would have enjoyed knowing you. One day you'll meet him and can run around together.
6/20/16: Happy Birthday little monkey. You would have been 17 today, that's old :) Shyla and Hemi are doing well although Shyla has had a bit of a limp last few months. I took her to the doc and he gave some anti inflammatories which helped right away. She seems back to normal now. Sad news about Dad though. He's got liver issues and doc says he doesn't have much time left. I went out to CA to see him this past weekend and you could tell he's pretty weak and gets fatigured pretty easy. His spirits are pretty good considering which is good but chances are he'll be joining you soon. If that's the case, I want you to take good care of him until I can be up there with both of you. Anyway, hope you're enjoying yourself up there with all your friends. One day we'll be together again. - yours, E
3/30/17: Little monkey, I hope all is well and your romping around with lots of friends somewhere. It's been two years now and I still think about you often. There are many times where Hemi and Shyla do something and I'll say to them, if your sister Simmer were here, do you know what she would say or there have been times where I thought if only Simmer were here to show them how to behave. I've given up trying to get Hemi to swim. He just hates the water. You have to promise me that when he comes to join you that you'll run and play with him on the shore. Sounds easy but I know Shyla loves the water so I can see you and Shyla swimming around like little fishes so I'll ask you to take breaks every once in a while to make sure you play with little Hemi. You're never far from my thoughts, and one day we'll be together again. Be well, farewell for now. Love - E
6/20/17: Hey little monkey, hope you had a great birthday. I changed some of the toys and shrubs for your little corner of doggy heaven. I think about you often and I know Hemi would have loved to have known you. One day (hopefully not too soon) Shyla will be there to keep you company and then sometime after that, you'll get to meet Mr. Hemi. He's a great boy and I know you'll get along famously. Until next time, love dad
2/23/18: Hey monkey, how are you. I was just thinking about you today. Thought I'd say hello. Been really rainy here last 5 or 6 days. I've had to keep the doggy door closed so Hemi and Shyla don't track all the mud in the house. You would never do that :) Be well, talk soon.
3/30/18: Hi there monkey, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you. I like to imagine you're splashing around in the creek chasing a stick or ball. Miss you.
8/05/18: Hey monkey, was thinking of you today. Shyla went splashing around in the pond a bit and I couldn't help remembering how much you loved the water. Neighbor down the street has a golden retriever who barks at us when we walk by. Not in a mean way as you can imagine. It's more of a "hey, I'd like to say hello and play" kind of bark. Miss you all the time. Love dad.
11/18/18: Hey little monkey, was thinking of you yesterday. I've been donating to a Golden Retriever rescue group and they sent all donors a video of a Golden Retriever gathering in Scotland called The Guisachan. This is the House where the first litter of Golden Retrievers was bred back in 1868. The 2018 gathering had 361 dogs attend and it was pretty cool. I thought of you and how much you would've enjoyed something like that.