Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Goldie Loo Ludwig 1997-2012

Our beloved companion Goldie was laid to rest on our property,next to our house, atop of a little hill under a oak tree with her older sister Angel on Tuesday morning, August 14th.  Goldie’s age was getting the best of her but we noticed she was rapidly loosing weight a few months ago. We took her to her Vet one month ago Monday and she told us what we figured, that she had was cancer. Goldie had started getting really nasty tumors on the same side of her mouth last fall. The only thing that could be done for them was surgery & at her age we had already decided no more surgery. The last half of her life she has had so many fatty tumors, they were all over her body. Some got big enough they were starting to bother her so we had them removed. But at her age surgery was not a option & there was nothing to do but keep it clean and deal with the horrible smell. The first one finally rotted away,we were thrilled and Goldie felt better, we thought it was over.  But then it came back again and again. The last one that came up did not go away,this is when we noticed the rapid weight loss. Our vet examined her. She had a huge mass under the skin of her throat area I it was growing pretty rapidly. This was her lymph nodes. The cancer had gotten in the lymph nodes and spread to her stomach & lungs and no telling where else.

Bless her sweet heart,even till the very end as badly as the felt she still wagged her tail for us. Our vet came out at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning and put her to sleep.
Goldie is the only dog I have ever asked for. All my others sort of came to me, were rescues. Back in 97 a friend of a friend had a litter of pups that they were trying to give away and our close friends had just gotten one, an adorable black lab puppy. I loved him so much. Our friends told me they had more to give away. So I begged & begged for a yellow lab puppy. The next day our friend brought over this sickly flea infested red pup. I argued she was not a yellow lab (I had already chosen the name Goldie for my yellow lab puppy). Everyone insisted she would fade to yellow as she grew. Not. ;) But of course I loved her no matter what color. We have always said we felt like we sort of rescued her. She had a belly full of worms and would have surely died had that not been taken care of soon.

This picture was shortly after we got her. My niece & nephew (Jessica & Devin) just couldnt wait to come up & play with her.

 Look at this SNOUT! Love it.♥

 Goldie LOVED to ride in the wheel barrow & jumped in every chance she got.

 Goldie loved playing with kids. She never met a person or dog she didn't like.♥

We have pictures of me & Goldie by the Christmas tree every year she was with us. It's our little tradition.

 I think when we were not looking Goldie may have been rode for a very short time,lol. Our friends son could not take his hands off her but she loved it.

 Goldie & I right after we built our shop.

 Goldie loved the men. Here she is with a friend of ours playing in the river. She had a blast this day!

Here she is with her cousin Annie. Sadly Annie passed away not long after of cancer. She was only 4 and a sweet heart of a big ole Rottie.

Goldie was  the namesake for our business GoldieLoo Woodworks. When we were in the shop working she was always beside one of us. So when the time came to choose a name for the business this was the first one to come to mind.
Here she is again with Jessica & Devin, 2 of her favorite peeps. 

 Again in the wheel barrow.

 Here is Goldie with her cousin Alexis. Alexis was sick that day & stayed with cuz Pam. She don't look too sick does she? :)

 This was after one of her surgeries to remove a couple of the many fatty tumors.

 For several years she was the “only dog” and we took her as many places with us as we could. She loved the water so to the lake,river or a creek we would take her. We often liked to wade in the river or lake to fish. When we did she would swim out to us, make a circle around us, back to the shore then back to us again & again. This is her with Chuck at one of our favorite fishing holes.

These are 2 of the last photos taken of her,she was so so sick.

We miss her so badly but know it would only be selfish on our part to have tried to keep her any longer. We have so many fun memories of our 15 years with her that will never be forgotten.