I nearly didn't do a post about Sally, because I knew it would make me cry, even though it's been more than twelve years. She wasn't yet two when she became separated from us on a bush walk and was hit by a car while we were still out looking for her, expecting her to turn up any second. It was without a doubt one of the worst days of our lives and I'll probably never be totally over her loss.
But then I thought, No, hang on, it's not fair to Sally to ignore her life, or to write a sad post about her either. We called her our Sunshine Girl, and that's exactly what she was. In her short life, she gave us so much joy, and we gave her so much joy too. So, here is our lovely Sally, Sunshine Girl.
The first time we saw Sally, she was about six months old. She needed a new home, and someone had brought her along to an Easter camping weekend for retrieving people to see if anyone might like to take her in. We loved her. How could you not love this face?
However, we had our two GWPs, who were only one and two at the time, and we really didn't need another dog, did we? Anyway, someone else would fall in love with her and take her. Except they didn't, and we heard she was still needing a new home. Not that she was a rescue: Her breeder had kept her but was now downsizing. She had her papers and all and was in no danger. Still, we couldn't quite put her sweet, cheery character out of our minds.
So, next thing we knew, we had a third dog! We took the GWPs and Sally to the beach so they could get to know each other in a neutral place and tire themselves out a bit, and then we brought her home, still damp from the sea.
From the very first day, she had a way of getting the two Wires to play with her in a way they never did with each other alone, not before Sally or after her.
She loved to swim like most Goldies, and in those days we were well and full of energy, so she got to go to all sorts of fun places every week.
She even went in a couple of novice retrieving trials, and we were training her ready for obedience. She had that lovely way positively-trained Goldies have of heeling while lifting their front feet up in a dancing step every stride. It's an adorable sight!
She came visiting with us and everyone loved her.
She was so funny and full of joy.
And she was a snuggler. Oh yes she loved to cuddle.
We called her Long Short Sally because she was indeed long and short!
She grew into such a beauty.
And she completed our family.
You know, I love the infinite variety of purebred dogs, but sometimes I wonder why we dog people don't all have Golden Retrievers, at least one! They just radiate such sweetness and happiness, it makes you happier to be around them. :)
I wonder if there might be another Goldie in our future?