Unfortunately, as time marches on things change. And so it is with us. We need to update our Blog photo. We haven't created one yet but we'll bring you up to date on some of the changes.
Homer J. went to the Rainbow Bridge the summer before we left Virginia. Homer stopped eating and when Mom & Dad took him to see Doc Witter he was diagnosed with a large abdominal cancerous tumor. Doc said Homer was in a lot of pain so Mom & Dad were forced to decided between what they wanted to do (bring Homer J. home) or do what was best for Homer J. Mom & Dad held Homer in their arms while Doc took away all of the pain. Homer J. was a rescue from a shelter. M&D say he was the best behaved of any of us. Initially when he came to live with us, Homer had to be invited in before he'd come into the house. He wouldn't even jump on the sofas and chairs or beg for treats. It took the rest of us about a year to break him of those "bad" habits and get him up to Bumpass Hound standard behavior.
Radar also went to the Rainbow Bridge from Virginia. Radar had a hard, short but (we hope) happy life. He was born blind and with more than a fair share of health problems, including parvovirus. M&D took him initially from Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue in order to provide the necessary quarantine and isolation since we had a big 3 car garage. Dad set up a chain link kenel inside and Radar served his time there. After having Radar for 6 weeks M&D decided to adopt him and move him in with the rest of us in the house. Radar had special talents to make up for things he couldn't do. His hearing was unbelievable and he could climb into chair and follow the pack Our neighbors didn't even know he was blind until dad was talking to them one day. We had a few weeks with Radar before M&D decided it was his time to go to the Rainbow Bridge. M&D held Radar while Doc Witter soothed him into a painless afterlife.
Shiloh also left us while we were in Virginia. Fortunately for Shiloh she simply moved back to her breeder. M&D had agreed to take Shiloh after she was returned from her original adopters to her breeder. See was Max's sister and she proved to be a bit too much with behavioral and size issues. Her presence was too disruptive and the breeder welcomed her back as a family pet.
So towards the end of 2012 the remaining 12 of us relocated to sunny Lake Wales, FL. We'll take up the relocation story with our next posting. Have a great day.