We had to let her go three days shy of her twelfth birthday due to a combination of back arthritis and pancreatitis. That was in 2011 and I still miss her. Not hard to do when you felt and heard her all day long!
Really, she was daddy's girl first and foremost...
We don't really have any early puppy photos of her, because she actually belonged to my future (at the time) stepdad at first. I do remember meeting her at eight weeks, and her sitting on my foot and looking up at me, and me thinking, "This dog is supposed to be mine!" but actually she only became ours at six months old when it became obvious she wasn't keen enough on water to be a top flight retrieving dog. We were very happy about that!
This is her and mum's young Kate not long before Tam became ours.
This is the one of the earliest pics I could find of her, with my niece who is now 22. I have a very early one but do you think I can find it?
They played and played.
She had the most charming and funny face ever!
She also liked to snuggle, or at least touch. If you were with Tam, she was touching you, either on your lap, leaning on you, or resting her head on your knee or foot. That or she was sitting up at the table with you!
We went to retrieving trials and training...
And later on I did obedience trials with her. We got our CD but by CDX her front feet were starting to bother her, and her tyro handler (me) kept making mistakes in the trials so we never titled at that level. We had lot of fun training though, and every now and then we had a very good trial! (Note prize sash held very carefully upside down! D'oh!)
Anyway, more about Tam another time. I have lots more photos!