Over the years, you got to know Gus, my rescue Chesapeake Bay Retriever who passed away at the end of April. He was often the subject of my posts because his special needs presented me with tons of engaging material to write about. Now, I’d like to tell you about our Carli girl, our champion show girl who passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago at the age of 12 while I was at my 40th H.S. reunion. (Promise to write about that next).
We got Carli as a puppy when she was 12 weeks old from a very responsible breeder on the Eastern Shore.
She was the first dog in my marriage and we took her everywhere. She was our special girl – sassy, smart, sensitive, and funny. And, as a good retriever, we trained her to bring us the Washington Post (we lived in D.C.) every morning. Then, when we moved to Asheville, her job became more involved as our mountain driveway was quite a climb. Plus, on Sunday she had to carry both the local Asheville Citizen Times packed with all the advertisements AND New York Times. Believe me, the Sunday papers were heavy and bulky, but Carli proudly delivered them, and never let us down.
I know we’ll get another dog some day, but we’re just not ready. Our house is so very empty, and my husband and I keep talking about all the cute and annoying little things we miss about Carli and Gus. When you have two big dogs in your house, their absence is monumental.
We cancelled the newspapers and read it on-line now. Neither one of us want to do Carli’s job.
Lastly, I’d like to share some info with you about Frontline – which many dog owners using for fleas and ticks. I took both my dogs off this toxic medication last year and started using an all natural product my breeder told me about. I am convinced Frontline contributed to both my dogs’ cancers (liver and stomach). Please consider Best Yet cedarcide (I use it too, for mosquitoes).