It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Madison, our beloved Yellow Lab became our "furry angel" and got her wings on Friday, January 21, 2011. She was 13 1/2 years old. We got her as an 8 week old puppy~ a gift from some dear friends only ten days after my first Husband passed. His best friends thought she would be protection for me (all of the sudden a single Mom), a new companion for my 3 small children, and some comfort and solace during a time of intense sorrow.
Boy were they right. She became an instant family member and kept us all on our toes. In typical Lab fashion, she was quite the handful, staying a naughty puppy for at least 2 or 3 years. Chewing, jumping, barking and causing mayhem whever she was. But we loved her to pieces.
Family members would come bearing gifts of chewies, new beds ( as she tore up several of those!), rubber toys, (and lots of pig ears from her Nana Carol.)
Thru all her naughty times, she was always an extremely loving and friendly dog. Very trustworthy with kids and an instant friend to anyone who wanted to play with her. She was, and always will be a big part of our family.
We have buried her in our backyard, next to her sister "Missy" who was a Toy Fox Terrier. I purchased a St. Francis statue and we are planning an Angel garden in that special corner of our yard.
Here are some of my favorite (although there must be hundreds!) photos of Madison from the last 2 years.