It was a sad morning for my family as we said a fond, yet tearful, farewell to our labrador/retriever, Gretchen, of 9 years.
She had a tumor (non cancerous) growing out of her left ear. While she was a completely healthy dog with no other medical issues, the tumor consumed her ear canal to the point where the only humane thing to do was to put her down. 😥
She was the best dog a family could ask for. She never once bit us, she protected us, and she had a unique way of showing how she loved each of us.
To dad, Gretchen would sit on his feet and lay her head on his knees – just waiting for him to pet her. She wouldn’t move from this position until he satisfied her need for a good back rub!
To mom, since before she had cancer and until today, she would follow her around at night after everyone else was asleep in bed. Never once did Gretch go to sleep without making sure mom was already in bed. How she knew and displayed her love and sensitivity to when mom was in pain was incredible to witness time and again.
To my older brother Joshua, she knew he was the weak link when it came to meal times! He would feed her table scraps when he thought our parents weren’t looking! He trained her to hang around our kitchen table chairs just waiting for a scrap to fall. We never broke her of that habit. 🙂
To Samuel, she knew that he would always play with her. She would bring him her sock toys, bones, and tennis balls for him to throw. Boy, did she love to run! 🙂
And to me, she always seemed to ignore me (haha!) but when she needed a good back scratch/belly rub/or ear massage
, she’d come sit on my feet and let me pet my stress away.
Gretchen was so much more than a pet to my family. She was a member of our clan by her own right.
Robert Wagner was correct in saying, “A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”
Gretchen Elizabeth Mott
“There is hope for the future becasue God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God.” – Bill Cosby