A year ago today, at about exactly this time, I was walking back into my home without the best four legged friend I could have ever hoped for.
The silence was deafening and that horrible quiet has never left my home. I think of him every day.
I am not good at story telling but I owe it to him to try to get his story here. I never posted in Rainbow Bridge about him as I just couldn't bring myself to it....
Rusty was a "pet-store" puppy that my Aunt bought (on impulse) for her daughter and two grandchildren.... They come from a place where dogs are "animals" and are kept outside...
When I first laid eyes on this outgoing puppy, my heart just broke. I knew that he would not get the love and attention he was deserved...
When I saw him again about two months later, he was starved for attention, dirty, scruffy and hungry. Of course, no one paid any attention to him except to yell at him for digging holes, tearing up patio furniture...
I tried to explain, but it feel on deaf ears.
The only thing I could do was give them an out. I told my Aunt, anytime, anyplace, call me and I would come get him. I would LOVE to have him.
I have had dogs all my life but never had a golden. I didn't know what I was missing.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, that call came.
My hubby got in the truck and off he went. He came home with a dirty skinny 6 month old golden that looked at us with caution and a little fear.
That didn't last long. He realized quickly, that INSIDE our home was his home. At my feet and at my side my buddy stayed until we laid down beside him and helped him cross over. He had just turned 9.
He took a big part of my heart with him.... I will never forget or stop missing him.
Your Daddy and Mommy love you very much. I hope you can feel that. I wish I could hug you and kiss your pretty head again. Feel your soft fur under my fingers. Smell those big feet. Look into those pools of brown soft eyes.
Rusty, I hope you are well and loved at the Bridge.