can I say about a dog who was the love of my life? Riley Joe was everything you could ask for
in a companion. He was the dog I always dreamed of having and
more. A wonderful, intelligent soul who touched the heart
of everyone he met -- he was an extraordinary companion,
my best friend and the sweetest boy you could ever hope
Joe came to me at 4 months of age from Dale Lundstrom in
Spirit Lake, Iowa a very well-know field trial enthusiast
who was instrumental in trialing Goldens since the 1940s. He was a NAFC FC Topbrass Cotton,
OS, FDHF grandkid that Dale had hoped to develop into his next
field dog. But after losing my first Golden who had
also come from Dale, he must have seen our special connection,
because Dale called the night after I met Riley and told
me that he felt we should be together.
Golden boy loved to swim, and when I couldn't join him, he
would often go for a dip on his own. Regardless of the
weather, he started every day he could with a morning dip --
breaking through the ice until the lake froze solid was just
fine with him! Living
in a resort area, he knew more people than I did.
from all over the country would come back to visit friends
and family every summer, and they always stopped to visit with
their pal, Riley Joe. He was a true Golden ambassador
-- and people would often tell us that if all dogs were like
Riley Joe they would happily own a dog!
Joe especially loved to swim with me. He
trusted me so much that when I called "come swim with
me" he would dive off the dock and come put his paws
on my shoulders and float with me for as long as I asked.
Joe went everywhere with me. Regardless
of the task, he was always available to join me with a huge
Joe raised the bar on my expectations for a dog. Never
sick a day in his life, he remained extremely active until
he was over 12 1/2 years of age swimming and walking daily. Although
his body was ultimately slowed by severe osteoarthritis in
his spine, he never lost his loving, sunny disposition. and
retained his joyful outlook until the day I lost him.
Riley Joe has become the foundation and inspiration for Shor'Line
Golden Retrievers. I know what true Golden
temperament should be and how much a Golden can bring to your
life. And that is the spirit we try to live up to today...
Hugs and Kisses sweet boy -- I miss you with all my heart
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