Our beautiful Golden Retriever

We lost our beautiful Golden Retriever named Bolt on 12/04/10. On that afternoon, we took him to a local pet store because we were running low on his food. Something in the parking lot spooked him and he wiggled out of his collar. He began to run and zigzag around the parking lot.

I along with some boys tried to chase Bolt down. But, since he was in unfamiliar surroundings and scared and he was a very fast runner we were not able to pin him down. Eventually he made his way to a busy avenue where he was tragically hit by a car. The driver did not stop.

At that point I was an emotional wreck. I ran into the street and kneeled down at his body and cried hysterically. A few other people, who had witnessed, pulled over and consoled us.

I am having a difficult time getting over losing Bolt. He was a very sweet dog, loved to play fetch and run around our back lawn. He also thought he was a 70 pound lap dog. I miss him very much. When I get home from work, I expect to see him waiting for me in the back yard. I am not mad at the person who hit him, because it wasn’t their fault. I just wish they had stopped.

George in San Diego, CA

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Dec 18, 2010
by: Anonymous

I'm so sorry for your loss, I just had nearly the same thing happen to my own boy yesterday. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones in this tough time.

Dec 13, 2010
Losing Bolt
by: Karen

I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. The same thing happened to me on October 13, 2010. Penny, our nine year old beagle ran our of our yard after a squirrel. When she realized she was "free" she was off. Within 20 minutes she had been hit by a car. The car did not stop either. I cannot get over the guilt of chasing her, but I knew the more I chased the faster she ran. She always came back.

I have never felt such grief. It has been two months but I still look for her in her usual spots. She was part of my daily routine. People say to get another dog but I don't want another dog, I just want Penny back. The pain will ease each day. Talking to people really helped. I visited Penny's vet and kennel and they cried along with me. I wish you peace of mind.

Dec 10, 2010
Beautiful Bolt
by: Darlene

I totally understand what you're going through. Bolt is a part of the family, he's not just a dog. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Bolt was a beautiful doggy and I can tell from his picture he loved you just as much as you loved him. Be brave my friend!

Dec 09, 2010
R.I.P. Bolt
by: Nikki

George, I'm so sorry about Bolt. Hearing you tell the story made me treasure my little MinPin even more than I already do. I hope your heart heals and you think about opening your heart up to another dog soon, you're a good dog daddy! Hugs for you and your family.

Dec 08, 2010
by: Prince's Mom

I know at this time there is not enough word to express to you , I would like to take this time and say you have a very long road ahead but each day as it arrives just remember your boy the way he was and how much life he had in him , it was his time to go it was not what was expected but we lose them when we don't want to. At this time all I can say take a step at a time in his memories, and find within your heart the love he bestowed on you and that help a great deal.

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