Dear Farley and Fig,

Dear Farley and Fig,

You have brought such joy and abundant love to our lives. My Farley, I loved you from the moment I saw you. You were a bundle of crazy and eager for affection after spending the first seven months of your life in a crate in a lovely home, but one where the family had no time for you. We decided you deserved better, took you home, fed you by hand, let you sleep in a bed and gave you our full trust. Our home was your home from the moment you bounded through the door. You taught my husband, who never felt a great connection to dogs, about the pure love of a dog. You stayed at his side for months as his finished writing his dissertation. You became his faithful companion, and remain so to this day. You have transformed him into the ultimate mushy, sensitive dog lover, and forever changed him. You are so emotionally intuitive, and I can’t count the number of times you’ve hugged and comforted us when we’ve been sad, sick or in pain. You are overjoyed each and every day to be around us and so appreciative of walks, treats, trips to the beach and just lounging around the house.

As much as we adore you, Farley, we knew you’d be even happier with a friend. We picked Fig, another Golden Retriever, only this one never had a loving home because he was abandoned as a puppy due to a stubborn case of puppy dandruff. A rescue group saved you, Fig, and we were elated to add you to our family. Farley, we also thank you because you never showed a hint of jealousy or resentment toward Fig. You immediately made Fig your best buddy and partner in crime. You taught Fig how to play, wrestle, dash up and down stairs, share, cuddle, and devour toys to get at the squeaker.


Plus, you passed on your love of chewing paper and stealing socks. You’ve had his back when he has his mischievous moments, like when he absconded with a 5-pound bag of flour, ripped it to shreds and buried his face in it, looking more like a drug lord than Golden Retriever. When we came home to discover the powdery mess, you just gave us that look: What? You think I could have stopped this? You two are thick as thieves, so very loving and inseparable. We love you so much and thank you for filling our lives and home with more joy than we imagined possible.

Deb and Jonathan Setliff



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