Hello friends. I come to you with a heavy heart because today, our family lost Rita, our 14 year old black lab. She has been a loyal and constant companion to our family since I was 8 years old. Like it was when I turned 16 and my Dad let me "borrow" HIS car, Rita was really HIS dog. So, I thought the best way to pay tribute to our 6th family member was to ask my Dad to be a guest blogger:
What a privilege to be a guest blogger on the Daily Adventures of Sage Blog. Thanks for your readership and support - sharing the journey with my daughter, Erin.
I introduced Erin to the wonderful world of water dogs (black labs) and to duck hunting at the age of three (I would have done it sooner, if it had been possible).
|Erin, age 3|
Back then, I had a great big, wonderful male lab named: Primo.
|Erin & Primo|
|Erin & Primo|
He went everywhere with me and retrieved so many ducks that he became pretty good at it. He could read hand signals and he could read my mind. When he died, I was heartbroken so my family bought me a new female lab named Rita. She was much smaller, never slobbered and was always happy to see me.
|Dad & Rita|
|Rita at the beach|
My kids grew up with her and she made my wife feel safe when I was not at home. Her big, brown eyes, her wagging tail and her willingness to go with you anywhere made her irresistible.
|Marie, age 3, with Rita at the beach|
|Marie, age 10, with Rita|
Well, it happened last night.
I tried to warn Erin not to buy a puppy until she was totally prepared for the ENTIRE experience of owning a dog. But, what a joke that was! (not only would Erin not listen to my reason, there was really no "preparing" for life's disappointments). Life just happens and we live this adventure with HUGE blessings like our beloved pets and lots of amazing adventures and the best way to "prepare" is to enjoy each day - one at a time... thanking God always for both the ups and the downs.