Ranger – I Loved him like my children


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 relaxed

Ranger gazing over the water

Ranger out fishing

About tedmanzer

I grew up in Old Town Maine and got a B.S. at the University of Maine in Plant Sciences/ minor in Botany. From there I moved to West Virginia and earned a M.S. in Agronomy at WVU. I also met my wife there. She grew up in rural WV as the daughter of tenant farmers who raised cattle and hogs. Their lifestyle at times was one of subsistence and I learned a lot from them. I've always been a foraging buff, but combining my formal botanical knowledge with their practical 'Foxfire-type' background opened up my eyes a little more. I recently retired from teaching high school agriculture after 25 years teaching with my wife. Until recently I wrote a weekly nature/foraging column for the local paper (dailyadvance.com). I also have written several Christian nature/adventure novels that can be purchased on Amazon in Kindle format. One is a five book family saga I call the 'Forgotten Virtues' series. In the first book, Never Alone (presently out of print), a young boy comes of age after his father dies in a plane crash, and he has to make it alone. The second book, Strange Courage, takes Carl from his High School graduation to his recovery from a nasty divorce. The third book, Second Chances, takes Carl from his ex-wife's death and the custody of his son to his heroic death at age 59. The fourth book, Promises Kept, depicts how his grandchildren react and adjust to his death (this one is not yet published). In the final book, Grandfather's Way, his youngest and most timid granddaughter emerges from the shadow of her overachieving family and accomplishes more in four months than most do in a lifetime. I use many foraging references with a lot of the plants I profile in these articles in those books. I also wrote a romance novel titled Virginia. It is available on Amazon and is a different type of romance from a man's perspective.
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15 Responses to Ranger – I Loved him like my children

  1. Susan Brown says:

    Ted snd Roberta. I am so sorry. I know how much you loved your sweet Ranger.

  2. Linda says:

    I am so sorry for your loss!! We do love them
    as family .you will meet again one day!!❤🙏

  3. Sue Ellen Barton says:

    Dogs truly were created by God to be man’s best friend. After all, “dog” is God spelled backwards. I lost my “Watson” several years ago and I still miss him. 😢

  4. Andy and Loretta says:

    Ted and Roberta, we are so saddened to hear this news. Ranger had made such an impression on us last week. He was so friendly and full of energy. His intelligence and maturity was as obvious as his stature and vibrancy.
    Our hearts are broken for you both.

  5. Wilma Harris says:

    Ted and Roberta, so very sorry to hear this. To love deeply is to grieve deeply. Savor those beautiful memories.

  6. Faye and Maurice Berry says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful dog–thanks so much for sharing this. We know he takes a big part of your hearts when he leaves. May you find joy in your memories of Ranger.

  7. Teresa says:

    I’m so sorry. I’m grieving with you. You are not alone.

  8. Brenda says:

    What a beauty! So sorry for your loss…there’s always that one dog that will have your ❤️ forever.

    • tedmanzer says:

      That’s for sure. Thanks for your comment. The only way I’m getting through it is to thank God every time I think of Ranger. I was blessed to have him even for less than 2 years.

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