As most of you know Spirit was our oldest chief taste taster. She has passed her Old Dog responsibilities to Olive, Lola and Moxie. We will miss her every day. This blog (letter from her mom and President of Old Dog) and video is our way of paying tribute to her and celebrating her life. (Video can also be found on the bottom of our home page -we would love for you to watch).
Our beloved Spirit has passed over the rainbow bridge. She taught us so much as all of our pets do.
We waited for a sign for a new dog to enter our lives and day a neighbor called to say that eleven puppies were on the Island and looking for homes. We wanted a female black lab and as luck would have it there was only only 1 black female in the litter. We brought Spirit home at 8 weeks. Those first few months taught us patience. Spirit's sharp baby teeth would find our ankles and hands daily. She was willful and very strong, a different personality from our other pets. We were not sure she was the right dog for us until one day she must have understood and dropped a heart shaped rock at my feet. I knew then that she was our dog.
She always made time each day for fun...playing ball, digging in the sand and exploring the neighborhood
She taught us the joys for new friendships. Spirit's best friend as a pup was Annabel, a Dalmation. That friendship has grown over the years to include so many wonderful dogs and their owners. Our early morning walks are always filled with sunrises, good conversation, and beach adventures.
Spirit grew up playing with our grandchildren and neighborhood children. Recently friends shared that Spirit was the first dog that their children were not afraid of. She was so gentle with children and happy to play ball with the youngest kids.
Spirit welcomed a new generation of dogs to our family, teaching them all to respect her senior dog status!
She was a dog that could tell time. She maintained a schedule and was on the lookout for the UPS driver that came to pick up the Old Dog Cookie orders every day. That was a highlight of her day.
Throughout her life Spirit was always there to give us a wag of the tail or a snuggle when we needed it.
It has been a great joy to have Spirit share in our lives. Someone said, "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." Spirit, heaven is a better place with you there. xo-