I am very sad to tell you that our GRRAND Golden Andy was taken by cancer two weeks ago. Andy was diagnosed with a bone tumor in his leg last December. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments which were successful in keeping him happy and nearly symptom free until the middle of May. Unfortunately, at that point he suddenly began to have lots of issues. He was diagnosed with lymphoma and nothing we did from there on was able to improve his situation. He fought hard but eventually his body just gave out on him.
I can’t even begin to describe what Andy meant to us. He came to us from GRRAND in the fall of 2009 when he was 3 years old. We don’t know much about his life before that except that he was a beautiful pure bred Golden who was turned in to GRRAND by his previous owner. When he arrived, he was confused and afraid at first, probably because his life had been completely disrupted, but he gradually settled in and became a treasured member of our family. He was our gentle giant, sweet, sociable, easy going, playful, funny, and entertaining. He loved playing with his dog pals, going on long walks and runs in the woods, and swimming in our pool. Most of all he was an affectionate and loving companion who was always there for us.
Andy was happiest just being around his human family. Everyone loved him and he loved everyone back. He was always a calming and comforting presence in our lives. His loss has hit us very hard, especially since we lost his pal Pete (our 11-year old Black Lab) in January to basically the same disease. Andy was truly a gentle soul and will always be with us in spirit.
We have had 3 Goldens in the last 13 years (not counting fosters and “houseguests”). They were all completely different in terms of personality, but they were all amazing companions and each was very special in their own unique way. I don’t know what it is about these dogs that inspires such love and affection but they are truly incredible creatures. I’m not sure how soon we will be ready to adopt again, but I know that there is another special Golden out there in our future.