Molson was a beautiful, gentle Golden Retriever. I adopted her from GRROWLS when she was about seven, after her original owners decided they didn’t want her anymore. She was the friendliest dog I had ever met, and would never miss an opportunity to walk up next to you and flip your hand with her nose so you would pet her.
She wasn’t very interested in other dogs (or cats for that matter), but loved to go for nice slow walks, sniff all the grass and snooze in my office while I worked.
Molson wanted nothing more from life than someone to scratch her chin, pet her head, some food, water, a warm blanket, and to be everybody’s best friend. She loved all the neighbors and kids, and when we had parties, would spend her time walking from guest to guest seeing if she could get a pat on the head or a treat.
As she grew older, she developed arthritis in her spine, and by the time she was fourteen, could no longer get up off the floor. I couldn’t leave my friend like that, and decided to put her to sleep. It was the most difficult thing I have ever done, but I’ve never, even for a second, regretted adopting her and giving her seven happy years.
If you have room in your life for unconditional love and want to make a real difference, consider adopting an older Golden Retriever. You won’t be sorry. Your new best friend is waiting for a walk.