Farewell Lucky You Wonderful Rescue Dog

Farewell Lucky You Wonderful Rescue Dog

by @GaryHeaders

There is an old saying that things happen for a reason. This definitely applied to our last rescue dog Lucky, who sadly passed on last month aged 15 1/2.
Prior to sharing our life with Lucky, we had 12 wonderful years with Marty a large dog with a mass of black fur (picture a wookie with four legs), heartbreaking when we lost him and we said we would never get a black dog again as it was that upsetting.
Six months after we lost Marty our eldest persuaded us to go to the rescue centre, many cages,  dogs jumping up and down barking.As we approached one cage Lucky was curled up at the back, he stood up walked slowly forwards and licked my hand, a BLACK coated retriever cross.
That was that, love at first sight, we didn’t pick him he picked us.
We adopted him at age of 18 months, painfully thin but over the next 13 years there was that much laughter and happy memories and unconditional love. A beautiful spirit.
When my time comes and I cross the rainbow bridge and see my dogs are running towards me I know I’ve reached heaven.
I write this with tears in my eyes but write this in the hope that more rescue dogs be given a chance.
There is room in my heart for another fur baby.

Enjoy your time with your dogs


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  1. Having just lost our big, black rescue dog Beau, who was almost 16 yrs old, this little article made my eyes leak. I’m sorry for your loss. He looks like a beautiful soul in his photos.

    • Loretta,
      I’m also sorry for the loss of your Beau. None of my furbabies made it to 16 years of age….you were blessed to have him for that length of time. I had a Beagle named Beau many years ago, and I still miss him. They leave paw prints on our hearts.

  2. I’m so sorry for your losses. I know the pain of having a best friend leave this world. You were fortunate to have Marty and Lucky in your life, and know the feeling of unconditional love!
    While getting a new pup, after the passing of another one, is not meant to take their place, but it’s a great way to heal a broken heart. And as an added bonus, you’re giving a home to another deserving dog!

  3. Oh my goodness. What a beautiful tale. And it’s obvious Lucky was deeply loved – I mean, just look at that face!!
    My heart goes out to you – but know that Lucky loved you too,

  4. We feel your pain Loretta, (hugs) and Thankyou all for your kind comments. Both Marty and Lucky were both very dearly loved members of our family and were so different personality wise but both had one thing in common- unconditional love.
    Whilst we could never replace either what we can do is give another dog love and a happy life and we are looking at adopting a border collie in the near future.
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ernie and Bertie for the opportunity to share this with you.
    Enjoy your time with your dogs 🙂

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