We lost our beloved Greta at the end of October, at the age of 16.5. Greta came into our lives when she was 4 1/2; she had been an outdoor dog her entire life until the day we brought her home. Although she was loved and well-cared for by her previous owner, her life with us was quite different than what she had been used to. Needless to say, there was a bit of an adjustment period. For a while, I feared we had made a terrible mistake by adopting her. She lived under our coffee table for weeks, because the sounds of the dishwasher, washing machine and coffee grinder were so foreign. When we let her outside in the evening, she would resist coming in until we retrieved her on a leash. In spite of all that, Greta learned to enjoy the comforts of home (and the sofa). She was one of those dogs that was just naturally well-behaved. From the day we brought her home, she never had a housebreaking accident; we could leave a plate of food on the coffee table and she'd never touch it. Greta was a foster "mom" to the 13 basset hounds we fostered over the years, and taught our other golden how to play, patrol the yard for rabbits and chipmonks, stop to smell the flowers in the garden, and look for shade on a hot day. Everyone thinks their dog is special, but in our eyes Greta was amazing. We knew from her previous owner that Greta loved to swim in the pond behind their fence. It was not until we installed this pond that she finally stopped hopping the fence to look for a pond. Until her last year, she was in her pond almost every day (including the winter). This is a picture of Greta in her favorite spot.
Oh my, Great is beautiful! It is so amazing that she lived to such an old age but then again, she had a wonderful human family who took such good care of her. That photo is so cute, she sure looks like she's enjoying her pond! I bet she brought you a lot of joy in all the years she was here.
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How you must miss your sweet Greta. She did live to a ripe old age, but that only makes it harder to seperate. I have learned over the years, that love keeps you, or your pet going, and it seems to me that you, and Greta kept each others love growing.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words. We still miss Greta every day, but know she is once again romping and swimming and doing all of the things she loves. We cherish her memory and the time we had with her.