It is with great sadness we report that our beautiful boy, Winston (formerly Stan), has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was a very special boy in our hearts. He rescued us about six and half years ago when he was about 8 years old. Complete with a frosted face of a senior dog, he was adorable. Winston was a gentle giant, who loved people (but not other dogs). He constantly wagged his tail to let us know of his happiness.
Golden Retrievers all come with very different personalities. And this was certainly true of Winston. He wasn’t a lap dog, but certainly had to be near us all the time. When we first got him, he was a door dasher. But he learned where home was. Once when we were playing outside with the grandkids, he got locked out front. He scratched at the front door until we let him in.
During the past couple of years, his mobility declined, and he no longer could climb the stairs to the second floor. We shifted our lives downstairs to be with him. If he was missing us, he let out a single “woof” to let us know we were needed. We placed mats on our tile floor to prevent slips. For the past ten months his health began decline, but we are so happy to have him for those months. With a special diet, we were able to love on him and enjoy many short daily walks to the park.
To honor him, we ask you all to hug your own furry friends. Or perhaps donate to your favorite pet rescue, as we will be doing to the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. They bring families together with these wonderful animals. We grieve but are grateful for six and a half years with our boy!
This past Christmas, I got my husband a t-shirt that read “Frosted faces have a heart of gold. Adopt a senior.” Something we truly believe.