After 15 years, old "Louis J's" body finally gave-out. He literally could no longer get himself up. My wife and I tried our best carrying him down the four steps to our back yard, but we knew the inevitable was on our doorstep. The vet came out to our home, sedated Louie, and sent him to his finally resting place. We wrapped him in his favorite blanket and placed him in a neat little coffin we made. With him was his "puppy", "piggy", and what was left of his football. I thought the worst was over, until I began digging his grave the next morning.
I have lost my mother, father, other family members, numerous friends, been divorced, etc... But, without a doubt this is the hardest emotional thing I have ever gone through. I feel that a large part of me is in that grave with my beloved Louie!
To say the golden retrievers are special dogs is a gross understatement. I honestly believe they are the most incredible organism on this planet period, including the much overated species, man.