This one is difficult for me. Earlier in the week, I wrote An Unacceptably Late Tribute for Poppy, a wonderful dalmatian lady who was being hospiced by my friends, heroes and inspirations; Nora and Randy.
I am devastated to report that Lily, another beautiful soul taken into their family, passed away on Friday, July 11.
I think you have figured out by now that I love all dogs. But there was something about Lily that made her stand out. Her passing feels almost as if I lost one of mine. She was very special, and if there is anything good to be said in all of this, it is that I am grateful such a wonderful girl ended up with such wonderful people. Anyone privileged to love Lily as family was truly blessed.
A little story for you that was the tipping point that made me realize what an honor it was to know Nora and Randy:
Lily had many health problems when she was a foster kid in their home. One of which was allergies. I remember clearly the day Nora was taking a near comatose Lily to the vet. Lily was not handling her medications very well at all. The reason Lily was so sick was a flowering tree, the only tree, in the back yard. Later that day, I received the call: Get rid of the tree. It didn’t matter that the tree would only flower once a year, it was a seasonal discomfort to Lily, and her discomfort was not acceptable under any circumstances.
I don’t remember if Lily was still a foster or had become permanent family at that point, but I do remember the lesson in priorities learned that day. Other people, they would have continued to medicate despite the negative effects of the medication, or they would have simply put Lily down. Shade in Arizona is pretty important.
Nora and Randy, knowing their time with Lily, with her many health problems , would be short in the scheme of things, got rid of the problem – the tree, and kept what was important – Lily. Any and every day with a happy, goofy Lily was a good day. I know this personally.
I can’t say enough about how wonderful Miss Lily was, or how much she will be missed, even by her lowly landscaper. As badly as her parents are hurting right now, I don’t have the heart to ask them for more pictures, so instead I will direct you to her “Calendar Girl” biography (Lily was Miss April, 2013) Please click this link to read more about her:
If you can find it in your heart to give a few $$ in memory of Lily to the organization that created the calendar, that would be kind of cool too.
Thinking of Lily, and Nora and Randy’s soft spot for older Goldens in need reminds me of another special person who also treasures these beautiful souls. If you have a chance, check out Gardens For Goldens at http://gardensforgoldens.com/
Lily’s star will be bright for a very long time. She will be missed hard by so many people, especially her Dad.
Please send good thoughts to a family who lost 2 angels so close together.