Beau was a Golden Retriever with a heart of pure gold who left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
It all started in June 2006 when my husband brought Beau home. It was just the two of them, living the good ol’ bachelor life. They spent 4 years together before I met them. I’ll never forget the day I met Beau. I joked to my husband (then boyfriend) “is he part dog/part pony?!” Beau was a BIG boy (who never missed a meal). He topped out at 111 pounds at one point. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “What were you feeding this pup?” Trust me when I say, he was just a big Golden and he had the biggest paws I’ve ever seen.
That day I met Beau, I had no idea how my love for him (and his daddy) would completely take over my heart. Beau helped me grow in ways I never imaged, and helped to make the three of us a “family unit.” We did everything we possibly could together.
Beau loved walks (short ones, he was quite lazy), being outside, sunbathing in the San Diego sunshine, car rides, and people. That sweet soul never met a stranger. We used to say, “if someone broke into our house, he’d simply greet them with kisses and show them around.”
He was a relaxed spirit who loved to snuggle, lick every baby he could find, howl for an hour before dinnertime because he was already hungry, and smile when it came time to snap a photo.
Beau loved traveling. He saw everything from Indiana to California, all by car. He loved rolling with the windows down, the wind blowing through his golden locks, smelling the air as we drove by.
I could go on for hours, but the truth is, words simply cannot even begin to describe the joy he brought into our lives. He made us better, more patient people. He showed us that love was all we really needed in this crazy life, and that as long as we have each other, we’re completely set. There will never be a day that goes by when we don’t miss him.
Life is truly beautiful. Even through unimaginable pain, beautiful things always come. Because of Beau’s loss, DailyBarker began. We went from a place of complete brokenness and heartache to healing and restoration. I’ve been able to create this beautiful community that I hope will do so much good in the world… all in his honor.
I encourage you to cherish every moment with your fur-babies. Love them well, even on the days they test your patience or do something you don’t like. Do little things with (and for) them, cherish their kisses, and take that time to stay outside just a little bit longer. I once read a quote: “To you, they are only part of your life, but to them, you are their whole life.” Ahh, there is nothing truer than that.
Blessings to you and your furry family!