Loved by: Sharon Dittmar
Mandy (my 12 year old Golden who was named Fran when I adopted her in 2004) went to the Rainbow Bridge in January. Her back legs gradually failed her and, despite pain medications for two months, she was unable to get up without assistance the last day of her life. However, she never went in the house and, even on her last day, went outside early in the morning with help to do her duty. When she had to lie down three times before she could hobble the short distance to the house, I knew the pain pills were no longer helping her and took her to be euthanized. She was just trying hard to please me and I knew then I was keeping her alive for me and not for her.
Mandy and I went through some trying times in the beginning. She had been in four homes previous to my home and in one home for only one hour primarily because she was a surfer and aggressor with other dogs. Although she never overcame her aggression (fear) of other dogs, she knew she had a home here and became a beloved dog. I miss her very much. Mandy was a gentle, loving, and wonderful dog. She enjoyed music and greeted every one of my piano students with joy. She had her favorite spot by the piano when I played or when students were here. All the students brought her treats each week after she became disabled, and all of them miss her too.
She is now at peace without pain waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. GRROWLS enabled Mandy to have a good life and me to have a wonderful canine companion.