A Letter from a Golden Family
On March 27, 2011, our beautiful Golden Retriever Mia gave birth to a litter of nine puppies. The pups were healthy and happy and soon it came time for them to go to their forever homes. At the last minute, we decided to keep a male that we named Jimmy. In February of 2013 Jimmy was enrolled in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study where he held a coveted spot as the official 182nd dog.
From day one, Jimmy was a happy, fun-loving dog. He loved to give big bear hugs, and because he was so tall, he could stand on his back legs and give really good ones. He would zoom through the house and jump on the bed and turn circles just because. At age 2, he was running AKC Master Hunter tests. He was an excellent retriever and could hold his own in these complex tests at a very young age. He and I were a great team.
In December 2013, I had to pull him from his last hunt test because he was not himself; he was lethargic and his gums were pale. The emergency vet was not sure what it was, but Jimmy’s platelets were down to 16. We put him on prednisone, but three weeks later he wasn’t much better.
In January 2014, an ultrasound confirmed his body was destroying his platelets and red blood cells as fast as he could make them. We were told there was no cure and he might last a few days or a couple of weeks. With a couple of transfusions, he lasted a few more weeks but finally succumbed on January 27, 2014. He was 2 years and 10 months old.
There will never be another Jimmy. We are thankful for the time we had with him, our loving, beautiful boy. Rest in peace, Jimmy, until we meet again.
Paige and Jeff, your human family
Lewis, Mia and Cooper, your Golden family, and Yeager, your yellow Lab brother
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