We adopted Webster in May 2004 (he was estimated to be 2.5 years old) in the Twin Cities area, where he had been fostered. He had been found as a stray in Iowa in January and wound up in RAGOM's care and then came to us. We were living in Wisconsin in the time.
Webster was a wonderful dog, a beautiful dog in appearance and in his soul. He was always sweet and gentle and had a very powerful tail that he loved to wag and show his happiness.
He howled in happiness and made us happy with his howling.
He loved kids of all ages and I always had to warn the little ones that he might kiss them.
He loved other dogs but clearly had a special preference for other golden retrievers. We thought that fondness might have been developed from his time in the RAGOM foster families, where he had foster brothers and sisters.
He never liked fetching inanimate objects: we had to demote him from "golden retriever" to merely golden.
He loved romping in the dog parks where we lived in Wisconsin and in Pennsylvania (where we live now).
He loved snuggling with us and he could always cure a bad mood with a glance, a tail wag, a lick, or a nuzzle.
He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma about a month ago and last week the pain medication for that finally caused him to develop ulcers in his gut.
We were unable to keep up with his pain and we eased his crossing of the rainbow bridge tonight.
We miss him terribly already but we are so grateful to him for the wonderful life he shared with us (nearly 10 golden years) and to RAGOM for making that possible.
Ben R and family