Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Splash

One morning about six years ago a lady knocked on our door. I was fixing breakfast and Rob had the dogs in the yard. She introduced herself and explained that she had a Portuguese Water Dog and had heard that I also had one. I told her that we had nine of them and invited her to meet them. That was the beginning of a remarkable friendship.

Eventually J adopted our Gracie and we all got together often to take the dogs swimming. J's dog Splash welcomed Gracie into his home and the two became competitive friends. Rob and I also got together with J for non-dog events and they became part of our family. J married T and Runtley joined their dog pack.
Over the weekend we received very sad news. Splash left us for the bridge on Saturday. He had been feeling poorly lately but last week he had a chance to go swimming and made the most of it.
Splash had two passions, swimming and eating. He swam like a fish and never tired.
He liked to show off for the other dogs.

It's easy to see how he earned his name of Splash.
Every time we met them, Splash would check out our pockets to see if we had any treats hidden. Rob usually had one for him so he never stopped checking.

I considered Splash one of our dogs. He fit into our group easily and everyone got along beautifully.  Now Splash has gone to Utah to take part in the Georgie Project to help other dogs and possibly people as research goes on looking for cures to various diseases and health conditions. We will miss him.

Rest well Splash.


                                          Alto Mare Salpicando de Chuva RAE CGC
                                                           1/15/2000  8/31/2013

19 comments:

Jo's World said...

Its a heartbreaker when you lose a beloved dog. . .we all know that. It doesn't even have to be YOUR dog (i.e. Jo and Tsar) so I can only offer you and your friend my condolences and know that you have shared lots of happy times with Splash!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Kerry said...

What a beauty. I'm glad he had a long and happy life & that there are so many great memories to cherish. My sympathy goes out to J and all of you.

Life with Wrigs said...

So sorry to hear about Splash. It's wonderful that he was able to do the thing he loved best--swimming--shortly before he passed. Our condolences to you and his family.

Susan and Wrigs

SissySees said...

Such a sad time in the doggy bloggy world. Run - er, swim - free, Splash. Fred will join you in the eating festivals across the Bridge, and Mugsy will be glad to play in the water with you.

Kari in Alaska said...

Rest in peace sweet boy

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

ra husky said...

We sdtopped to paw our sympathy, Soft woooos from the pack here.

RA

scotsmad said...

Sad about Splash, but so good of his owners to have him help other Porties.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Mary said...

Chan told about your loss today in her post. So very hard to lose our pups. I'm so sorry.

Mitch and Molly said...

We are so very sorry to hear this. Godspeed, Splash.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

rottrover said...

13 1/2! What a wonderful friend you all had!

Amber DaWeenie said...

It's so very hard to lose a good furiend. Run young and free at the Bridge, Splash.

Please extend our sympathy to Splash's family.

Sam said...

We're sorry that Splash is gone. I swim too but in a regular pool. I bet that Splash and I could have been easy friends.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my we are so sorry to hear about Splash
Benny & Lily

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are very sorry to hear about your friend Splash. What a beautiful dog! It is so hard to lose our loved ones. My heart goes out to you all.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Splash, we wish you a neverending river to splash in mate. Sounds like he had a wonderful life and was loved dearly. Hugs to all in his family. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

ElleC said...

I'm sure the bridge has a big lake for Splash to swim in, how could it not? I am so sorry for your loss, a dog doesn't have to share our residence to be one of "our" dogs. Take care. My condolences.

Tammy said...

Always so hard, no matter their age. It sounds like Splash had a beautiful treasured life. Sad for all of you.

Tammy

Nichole Burke said...

Rest well boy...

Casey said...

Splash sounds like a special doggy. He'll have fun splashing and swimming at the Bridge!