2001 – 2014
Sandy came into my life as a fluffy yellow ball of fur with puppy breath and soft, pink paws. She was my first puppy, but not my first Lab. I knew that Labs are superior in every way and she was a great dog.
She flunked Puppy Kindergarten due to a McDonald’s French fry tossed by her instructor to distract her. She had to re-take the course. She was always food-motivated (an understatement)!
Sandy had a mischievous streak and reveled in making the grandbaby squawk while appearing innocent the whole time. She especially enjoyed “accidentally” dragging her back paw to disrupt the toy train off its tracks or toppling Legos with her tail.
She taught her humans in her pack about unconditional love, joy, and laughter. She considered her role as a “helper” dog as invaluable to all of us humans and insisted on being in the center of any, and all, activity.
Even at the end when she could barely move due to advanced arthritis, she would get up and greet us when we returned home. She would lie near us to be petted rather than get on her comfortable cushion. She considered these things her job.
She had a passion for digging bunkers to lie in and watch the world go by in the summer. In winter, she would snow plow her way through the snow chomping down snow as if she savored the flavor. She always enjoyed snowflakes all over her face.
She enriched my life beyond measure and I treasure my memories of her in all of her Lab glory!