Dear Carly,


I knew you were my dog the first time I saw you fall face-first in the snow. I went to New York to pick out one of your brothers, but you stole our hearts. Nine months after you became part of our family, our other dog, Felix, passed away.

He did not like other dogs, but he loved you. He was like a dad for you and taught you how to be a big girl. He decided you were ready to take his place when he left us. You turned out to be an angel. Without you, I could never handle losing him. You never took his place in our hearts, we just made more room for you. And no one will ever take your place. You’re one of the most beautiful dogs I have ever had, inside and out. I’m glad you’re our girl.

Breed: Golden Retriever

Dear Morgan,

It’s almost been a year since we had to make the most difficult decision in our lives – putting you to sleep because you were so sick. Every single day, I miss you and think of you and hope you know that if I could have, I would have kept you alive forever. You were the most beautiful, loving, and sweet girl. Nine years old was too young for kidney failure to take you away from us. I have your ashes on my dresser and I look at your container daily. We got another girl, Tori, from a rescue. She is a silly German Shepherd who would have driven you crazy. She was tied to a tree and given up in the city, so she had a tough life to begin with. We knew you would want us to give her all the love you had gotten. July 7 will be a sad day for us here when it will mark a year ago that we lost the best golden retriever around!

Breed: Golden Retriever

Dear Hudson,


My Sweet Hudson: My man, my protector, and my friend. You were the best birthday present I have ever received. You came into our pack and imprinted on me. I can tell from your eyes that I am your world, but really you are mine. You are always there to greet me after a long day. You are always eager for kisses and will wait for me to enter a doorway before you go through. You have the best manners.

You bring laughter to our crazy days. You watch over us and keep us safe. You are an agile hunter, seeking out lizards and bunnies. You have springs in you feet and can leap high walls to see your friends next door. You always pick up your babies and put them away. You know Daddy’s signs and are eager to please him, as well.

You are so tender with your elderly sister, Comet, who is 14 years old and is deaf and blind. You keep her safe from trouble and guide her through life now. She loves you too!

I want you to know that we know you love us too. You are the sun and moon. Our lives would not be complete without you. We enjoy your belly rubs just as much as you do. You are smart, proud, and a loyal friend.

As your golden fur turns white and you move a little slower, just know we will always be there for you. You’re simply the best!

Breed: Golden Retriever