I keep hearing the Humans talk about retrievers before me. A couple years before I came to live with them there was another Chessie, a female, dark brown in color. I’m male, light brown. I’ve been curious about her so I started checking out pictures and I found these saved under “Candy’s website”. I thought I’d share what I found. She was a rescue that the Humans adopted when their Flat Coat Retriever went to live over the rainbow. She was 9 months old when they got her, heart worm positive and “in heat”. Since she was saved from a cement run, the Humans hated to have to leave her at the vet for heart worm treatment, but the vet let them visit and walk her twice a day while she was there. Her trip for her spay surgery was just an overnight stay. Afterward the Humans never left her in a kennel again. Everywhere they went, she went.
This was her favorite spot while the Humans tended their garden. Or she’d lend a helping hand. The bird garden was like a jungle that she liked to stalk through. Here she lays with some chew bones so she can see outside and survey her domain. She had big comfy beds too. She had a kitty which she tolerated as he took over her blanket. He was a neutered barn cat that the Humans brought in the house when stray Tom cats started picking on him when he became elderly.
Here she is with a friend. A tolerant moment she sleeps with the cat, Ghosty. Then in this next picture, she is watching for Papa to come home. Next she checks for goodies in the pantry Here she is on the porch on a autumn day. Then here she is her 14th winter coming in from a bathroom the Humans dug for her in the snow.
Then to go back to an earlier happier time, this was her recall. Here she is laying in the doorway of a hotel room waiting to be called to get in the car. And finally there was this picture of her running on the beach with our Human Momma. That’s a wave breaking behind her. She went to that “over the rainbow” place just before her 16th birthday.