Yesterday, we said goodbye to one of the sweetest Golden Retrievers that ever lived.
There are many sweet ones out there,
but Doppler was the sweetest.
Supremely comfortable with his doggie self, he was always up for anything that meant family contact...
Like a ride on the "Hughes Burger" boat in the brisk November air...
Or serving as a photo prop for Miss Caroline.
His ALMOST favorite thing was a good snooze on anything soft. His First Favorite thing being, of course, Dinner Time. In the photo above, he is looking right at me because I'm taking his picture, and it is Past Six O'Clock and I am taking his picture Instead of Making His Dinner.
Another Biggie was his Morning Treat, kept in the pantry for the times he had a Sleep Over with us.
He was the undisputed Mayor of Ocean Isle Fishing Center...greeting everyone at the docks, or lying at the top of the steps to garner loves and hugs from everyone who arrived.
He learned quickly that a white box emerging from the Giggling Mackeral Restaurant meant juicy leftovers - someone told him what "Doggy Bag" really meant - and could usually manage to wheedle a french fry or better from the departing customer. Which led to his Dad attaching a sign to his collar that said in Block Letters: Do Not Feed Me! Undeterred, he continued to sneak up the steps to the top deck and visit from table to table, hooking customers in with those soft eyes and the promise of a hug for Just One Bite.
He helped Rickey Beck celebrate his birthday at OIFC in August:
This Fall, he began to fade and look all of his Twelve Years, but still had his sweet face on for Amy, who captured him lying in the flower bed at the Fishing Center:
Knowing what was coming, Brant and Amy had ordered up a new puppy, whom Doppler met without ever acknowledging:
Puppy Fin arrived just in time for Christmas, which Doppler had always enjoyed in earlier years with personal visits from Santa...
He spent this Christmas showing Fin the ropes because yes, they had finally made friends.
And then he quickly went down, quietly passing away yesterday morning from old age and cancer while resting on his bed.
We salute you, Doppler. And we thank you. Thanks for the hugs, the unconditional love, the warmth at our feet, and your everlasting good company.