Today I lost a friend and my fiancée, Jill, lost a piece of her heart. Libby (Liberty who was born on July 4th and named after the lady in the sea) finally could fight no more and had to be humanely returned to her brothers and sisters who left before her. She was a vibrant Golden Retriever who attained the amazing age of 15 due to the endless devotion, care and love from my soul mate, Jill, who has been taking in and caring for castaway and forgotten dogs and cats her entire life. It was her calling and she in fact made it her life’s work and spent close to 25 years as a co-director of the North Shore Animal league and the Little Shelter of Huntington. She helped close down puppy mills, convert kill only shelters into adopt first facilities and helped raise millions of dollars towards animal rescue efforts and education regarding animal welfare. A better champion of our furry friends you would be hard pressed to find. Due to her past battles with cancer she has had to take on a lesser role in the quest for animal rights but she still does her part with the strays she has personally welcomed into her home.
Libby is the 3rd dog that Jill has lost this year! Unlike the others who were shelter doggies, Libby was
actually her dad’s best friend whom Jill took in after he succumbed to cancer, himself, 3 ½ years ago. In anybody else’s care, she would have been hard pressed to make 14 let alone 15 ½.
Her heart is broken and I just needed to say to her; I love you baby and Libby loves you too! So now we embark on our kitty phase for a little while (we have 3 rescue cats who live in my apartment, soon to be our apartment) and will one day, when we have more space, add a tail wagging friend to the feline mix.
Peace to you my friend, I’m sure you have already sought out Edgrrrr the Bulldog and Stuffy the Peke and you’re probably already all running around chasing each other in the great puppy beyond.
We’ll miss you sweet girl!