He looks up at you with those big brown soulful eyes and the feathery golden ears. And just when he cocks his head in response to your question, you can’t help but wonder what he is thinking. If only our dogs could talk. I’ve been wondering this about our 4-year-old golden retriever, Alton, from the day I first held him at four weeks of age.
Have you heard about the rescuing of Golden Retriever "Turkey Dogs" in Istanbul, Turkey? It's hard to believe, but on the other side of the world, there isn't enough Golden Retriever love to go around. I didn't know anything about it until I came across this story that aired on CBS. According to locals, thousands of stray dogs fend for themselves on the streets of Istanbul, dodging traffic and begging for food.
I haven't been writing for a few weeks. My hiatus is much thanks to our wonderfully adorable and crazy cute Golden Retriever puppy. He came home to live with us on Nov. 16. We named him Alton, inspired by one of our favorite celebrity chefs, Alton Brown. On Saturday it will be three weeks since he came to live with us. Some moments it feels like just three days. Some moments it feels like three months. But no matter what joy or challenge we are faced with in each new experience with him, we wouldn't change anything about him, or the experience of being dog owners again, for anything in the world.
This is the story of how my first golden retriever puppy came into my life. Sixteen years ago today those big brown eyes came into my world and it hasn’t been the same since.
The story begins in the winter of 1991. Mom and I already had Mikey, one family furball that was “mysteriously” dropped on our doorstep a couple of years earlier. She swore NO MORE DOGS! But she couldn’t say no to temporarily housing Baby, my sister’s beagle mut mix. My sister told us she had gotten Baby spade. So when mom and I asked my sister to housesit for us when we went to Minnesota for a Christmas vacation, we didn’t have any reason to worry about Baby getting out.
This is the story of how Reggie, that adorable spitfire Dachshund, came into my life. He gave me so many moments of joy, but there are some moments in life that one just doesn't forget. And as I get older, and collect more "moments," it is the most indelible ones, like oil through water, that always rise to the top.