In 3 weeks he would have been 14. By the old multiples of 7 trick he would have been 98, in human years. There’s a chart put out by the American Kennel Club that gives a more “accurate” assessment of a dog’s age by their weight type. It says 88. Moxie almost made it to 90, or 100 if your old school.
He was the oldest dog at the Golden Palooza in September. That was so much fun. Literally hundreds of golden retrievers running around, chasing balls, shaking hands, smiling that golden smile. Moxie loved it. He fit right in with his brethren and sistren, and that white face made him popular with the humans. He loved that, too. He loved people.
These pictures were taken just a couple of days before he left us, by Mrs C. They depict a dog contemplating his final days and a dog’s brother lovingly showing support. That’s Ludo, whom you all know well, next to Moxie. Ludo’s taken it kinda hard. The last couple of days he went from occasionally looking around or sitting by the back deck waiting to just laying down at times and staring at Moxie’s favorite place in front of the fire. That’s where we would feed him twice a day. Moxie’s favorite pastime was eating. Ludo knows that.
This is the last pic I took of him, about a month earlier. He looked so vibrant then, and it seemed for all the world that we’d have him a couple of more years. We figured he’d break the all-time Golden Palooza record of 16 down the road. We hoped he would. He was such a joy. His smile, so contagious.
Where he’s standing in that picture says a lot, too. His treat bowls are up on that counter.
Moxie, our Roo, passed away on November 29th, 2022. We were right by his side as he took his last breath. It happened surprisingly fast in the end. He was ready. We were not. He meant everything to us, and the house is just plain emptier without him.
We appreciate your thoughts. That was one tough November.
Below is my homage to the “best boy ever.” Please enjoy. I rarely wish I could restart a clock, do it all over again. I wish I could do that now. I wouldn’t change a thing, but I’d enjoy every single second with Moxie again.
Thank you, and blessings to you all. Hug your pets. Hug them lots.