I love my dog. Ask anyone who knows me and they will vouch for it. His name is Makani and he is a Golden Retriever and (in my opinion) the sweetest dog on Earth.
I was not always a dog person. My family had a Sheltie when I was very little, but I don't really remember him. Growing up, I was only allowed to have birds or fish. A lot of my friends had dogs, and many of them I was afraid of. Rob loves to remind me that when we first started dating, I was afraid of his yellow Lab, Kona. I really was...he was a big dog and kind of a spaz.
|Family Portrait 2003|
|Baja's 15th Birthday|
(He LOVED Publix cupcakes like me!)
|Adoption Day for Makani|
|Sweet little Makani|
sitting for a treat
Makani is now two-and-a-half and he is the most well-behaved dog I know. He behaves better than Baja did at five-years-old (of course that might have something to do with the fact that he left his cojones in Hialeah when he was less than a year old). He is as sweet and loving as can be and is positively OBSESSED with chasing tennis balls. He is a retriever through and through. He knows that Rob throws the tennis ball for him after dinner, so he'll wait patiently by the the garage door until Rob is ready to take him out. Rob has trained him to not only return the ball, but to place it in his hand or the thrower. If Rob is working in the garage, Makani will sit for extended periods of time with his ball, just waiting for Rob to take a break and throw it. He even falls asleep with the ball in his mouth! When I get my suitcase out to go away, Makani stays by my side the night before I leave and he always greats me with a wagging tail and plenty of kisses when I return home. It's nice to be loved!
Our Goldens have brought us so much joy that we decided to volunteer to be a foster family for Golden Rescue. We have only had one foster dog so far, but we fell in love with her. Her name was Sweet Pea and she was a "Golden Oldie". She was estimated to be at least 11 years old and we knew it was unlikely that she would be adopted. We contemplated adopting her ourselves if nobody else came forward - that's how much we loved her - but decided to leave it in God's hands. We had Sweet Pea about six weeks when she was adopted by a wonderful man (also named Rob) from Miami. He was specifically looking for an older dog and fell in love with Sweet Pea on the spot. I believe that Sweet Pea has won the doggy lottery. Rob is so good to her, and he is kind enough to share Sweet Pea with our family. We Sweet Pea-sit when he goes out of town on business. We love having her, and she seems happy staying with us. It's a win-win for everyone.
We will continue fostering Goldens as long as we can. Every time Golden Rescue puts a new dog up on their Facebook page, my heart says "Awww...I want him (or her)!" :) They are the best dogs and companions anyone could wish for. They truly do love unconditionally and always look like they are smiling. I know that no matter what kind of day I'm having, Makani will be there for me. He'll bring me his tennis ball to congratulate me on good days or to make me feel better on bad days. He's always there with a smile, kisses and a tail wag. If you are thinking about getting a dog, consider a Golden. If you live in South Florida, contact Golden Rescue! We are so glad we did!
With Love and Aloha ~ Nancy