I got Kelsey in early Nov of 1997 while living back in Boston. Originally Kelsey was my roommate Ken’s Goldie but Ken moved to Vail CO and could not bring her. Needless to say Kelsey became my dog and to this day whenever I see Ken when I am back in Boston visiting my family I always thank him for bringing Kelsey into my life for almost 12 yrs. Kelsey was one of 11 Goldie Pups born in Southern New Hampshire and the runt of the litter if you want to believe that one-lol She moved all over the country with me after her early years in Boston. We lived in San Diego, Denver, back to Boston than back to Denver in 2005. Never once complaining and just wanting to be with her Dad. The best road trip dog a man could ask for no doubt.
I grew up with a Goldie in NY named Clipper and when “Clippy” was taken from us in 1994 I knew I was hooked on Goldie’s forever. I thought I could never go through the loss of saying goodbye to another dog after saying goodbye to Clippy. But than Kelsey came along and that first night home in Boston it was love at 1st sight all over again. The way she sat underneath my NY Giants chair whimpering for her mother. And when I slept with her on the floor that first night I guess you could say the rest is history.
Kelsey was through some amazing times with me in her 11 yrs and 9 months to the day.She witnessed every World Series Title of my beloved NY Yankees with me in the living room screaming at the TV every time something amazing happened. She witnessed me screaming at the TV as the NY Giants pulled off the greatest win in Super Bowl History last year. And I will never forget the morning of Sept 11th when she sat next to me the whole day watching those horrific events take place knowing how sad her Daddy really was. And not once did she take her eyes off me or let me out of her sight knowing how sad of an event this really was.
As the years passed by I knew that one day would come when things would not be as wonderful. Anybody that owns a Goldie or Lab knows that after 10 yrs old every day is a blessing. In early Jan-09 she was diagnosed with a Malignant Tumor in her shoulder that was removed by the wonderful Vets up at CSU in Ft Collins. She was starting to show the early signs of Renal issues that is fairly uncommon in Canines but more common in Felines. We were very confidant that these issues we could deal with and she was truly on the road to recovery until the early part of May. By this time her Renal issues had become more intense and unfortunately a Tumor had developed behind her Spleen that went unnoticed until it was too late on the morning of May 27th. The internal bleeding that had occurred from this mass behind her Spleen weakened her already weak Kidneys too much and I was forced to say goodbye to my Best Friend, Soul Mate and best Goldie in the World.
The day’s that have passed since saying goodbye to Kelsey Girl have been extremely tough. But I take great pride in knowing one day through my strong Faith that I will be reunited with Kelsey again in Heaven.
Kelsey baby I want to say I love you, will always love you and forever hold you in the center of my Heart until we are together again. And all the Cully’s/Staulo’s and friends will always hold onto you in our thoughts, prayers and wonderful memories until we meet again.