An update on sweet Maddie dog. So far Maddie has been feeling pretty good and doing okay without her sweetest baby by her side daily. I know some of you will think I have officially lost it … but I think she is doing so well, because dogs have a sixth sense that we do not have. I definitely think she still feels Wylder’s spirit everyday. That being said she HAS gotten a bit fat and sassy these days (if you know what I mean) … and even though I did not want to draw attention to her, I officially took her to the vet to make sure everything was a-okay. A couple LB’s I get … but this is getting a ting out of control. The vet said that there was absolutely nothing to be concerned with and she is a healthy girl for 11 years of age!! YEAH … and few!
Speaking of her 11 year old age … I have been looking into getting maddie certified as a therapy dog for kids. I thought it would be super nice for both of us and a great way to give back to the hospitals in our community. I was thinking of tackling this project and fun-ness around the 1st of the year … but after making a few calls am learning 11 is pretty unusual for a therapy pet. hmmm. I am wondering if any of you have found this, or have experience with this? I am learning most of the dogs in the hospitals are between the ages of 1 and 3. But I remember one dog in particular (another golden retriever) at Phoenix Childrens that Wylder loved named Sophia. He would light up when she would come by for a visit. I think she was around 7-ish. Maddie’s disposition has gotten sweeter and sweeter with age and I think she would love seeing the kiddos and I also thing she is a very spry 11 (tee hee). She certainly still thinks she is a pup. She’s go the wires, tubes and noises of hospitals down pat, after taking such good care of Wylder and is a great snuggle bug.
I often think of what maddie has been though too as a member of this family for 11 years and boy oh boy do I feel the love. Steven and I got her when we were only 20 and she would even buzz around too classes with us from time to time. Then the move to AZ and lots of “yappy” hour after work dog park visits. To marrage, no more condo style living and a house always under remodel … and then of course the most darling baby. The worry, the stress, the companion, and the love. Gotta love our four leg-ed friends, they are with us through thick and thin. xoxo