Today was one of the toughest days I can remember. My dog, Ranger, was hit by a car a little over a month from his second birthday. He was a beautiful big red golden retriever who was mature beyond his years.
Ranger loved everyone and everything. He loved other dogs, cats and all people. He never left the yard, so for the last year or so we never tied him except when we had people around who were nervous around dogs. Ranger was our greeter at our nursery, and everyone knew him. Sometimes, when he was in the house folks asked if I would bring him outside so they could see him.
It’s funny. When we got him, we weren’t even in the market for a dog. In fact, I said repeatedly that this place wasn’t safe for dogs to run free, and I didn’t want to have a dog on a chain. My daughter came to us and asked us if we would take a golden retriever puppy. One of her bridesmaids, Morgan Murray, had his father and she couldn’t keep any more dogs. We agreed to go look at the litter.
I was smitten immediately. This one puppy, the biggest of the litter, climbed out of the kiddie pool and stumbled right over to me. That was my dog! I counted down the days until we picked him up. We were inseparable. I took him to work every day, and he laid by my desk.
He loved the water. Whenever we were near any body of water he had to go for a swim. He loved to play ball, and for a big dog with huge feet he was very quick and athletic. Unlike most dogs, he wouldn’t overeat, and he always left food in his dish for later, even if it was something he really liked, so he was lean. We hadn’t yet neutered him, since several people expressed interest in breeding him.
Early this afternoon while I was fixing lunch, a young lady came to my door and told me she just witnessed two dogs get hit and one ran to my lawn. Ranger was in the house with me or at least I thought he was, but I followed her outside and saw him lying there. I lost it. He was the best dog I ever had. This is going to be one tough grieve. I loved him like a son. Please pray for Roberta and me. We are devastated.
Ranger being tall
Ranger and Charles on the couch.
Ranger gazing over the water
Ranger out fishing