Sunbeam came into our lives thirteen years ago. My daughter, Courtney, took her to train as a guide dog for Guide Dogs of the Desert. When we got Sunbeam, or as we more commonly called her, "Beamer", she was a 12 week old puppy. We all instantly fell in love with her sweet personality.
She was always the sweetest dog! My son used to say she was kind of like a beauty queen- beautiful and wants world peace:). That completely described her. And faithful. She loved her raiser (Courtney) so much that when we returned her after her home training and raising, she was so attached, she couldn't be a guide dog. She spent a brief time in training as a drug dog. She eventually was offered back to us and we happily took her back! While she was back at Guide Dogs, we had already taken on our second pup from them, Sarah, a black lab.
When we brought Sunbeam home, they became the best of buddies. In fact, Sarah wouldn't even want to lie down until Sunbeam was at rest. That's because she slept with her head on Beamer's "hind" quarters, kind of like her very own pillow.
Well, as with all good dogs (and bad ones I presume) the time comes when the just get too old. We had to make the decision to NOT let her live in pain, to put her down before she was so uncomfortable that she couldn't walk comfortably.
Anyone who has had to put down their beloved animal understands!
It aches in your stomach and you dread the goodbye.
Well, today was her day. I am very thankful for LEAF, http://www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.comLake Elsinore Animal Friends for their kindness as I wept and they were so patient and waited until I was ready to hand her off. And I'm very thankful for her wonderful vet, Dr. Bob http://lacrestavet.comWe will never forget how she "seemed" so dumb but always knew where she left her bone. Or how when we got home she would pick up something to give us, even a straw or piece of paper, like it was something special.
She was the sweetest dog and if ever a dog could go to heaven, it would be her (that's another topic though:)
We love you Beamer Doodle Noodle!
Rest in Peace