Tyler..I rescued him,,and he me

by michael
(Central California)

Tyler was found wandering in Northern California..a gorgeous 3 yr old purebred Flatcoated Retriever. I rescued him from a sanctuary for Goldens and my life changed. What a wonderful dog. well mannered obedient and knew every trick you could think of...Someone went to an enormous amount of time and expense..all I could figure he was stolen and transported elsewhere in california and his owners couldn't locate him..his chip info was erased I suppose.I wondered often how his owners must have grieved. So I rescued him and in turn he me..having been through a terrible divorce. Everyone was his friend..everyone wanted to know what breed he was since Flatcoats are not that common and they are beautiful. If you had food he would spontaneously do every trick in his arsenal to get a taste...from a begging position to trying to catch his tail. He guarded the children of friends or relatives as if they were an endangered species. A week ago he was guarding a friends son..when skateboarders went by outside he of course ran to the fence to let everyone know he was on guard of the boy as he always did..he collapsed after several feet and died in both our arms. Must have been a stroke..he was 10...He was my friend....he was everyone's friend.


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