We bought Luca when he was 12 weeks old. I am ashamed to say that we got him from a “puppy farm”/”puppy mill” we didn’t know it at the time as we were first time dog owners. Don’t follow our example, PLEASE! Visit this site to see why.
Luca was sick by the time we got home and a prompt visit to the vet found him to be full of worms and infection which luckily we got sorted.
Luca started to grow and grow and was soon a normal looking, handsome Golden Retriever. In the early days he used to bully Julia and she wasn’t happy but after he pushed her too far one day she got firm with him and from that day on he was an angel. 😀
Luca suffered another side effect of being a factory product when he developed an elbow problem that required 3 operations costing our insurers about £3000!
As time went on, Luca developed as a very special and loving member of the family. We used to visit our friends farm in Scotland where Luca fell in love with Lis, the most gorgeous Border Collie. He loved the freedom of the farm where he could play and run but he never bothered any of the animals. What a star. One day during a visit Luca discovered that Lis had been unfaithful! and had given birth to 8 puppies fathered by Craster the Bearded Collie. One of these puppies was Indy who 10 months later would become Luca’s much loved brother.
We travelled a lot during Luca’s life in our old motorhome/RV. Luca always enjoyed these trips away as he got to meet new people (he loved people) swim in new seas and run in new fields. Life was good.
Indy came to live with us in 2006 and “The boys” became instant best friends. Luca took charge of all of the toys in the house but once outside that was Indy’s job, they worked out all aspects of life this way. Ying and Yang. When we began to foster for Wiccaweys their approach to foster dogs was the same. Luca would play and teach fun stuff and Indy taught manners and respect. During their joint tenure as “foster brothers” they helped 14 dogs including 3 blind ones. (not Indy’s favourites)
Just after Luca turned 11 he developed a small lump between his eyes which the vet treated for various things but eventually diagnosed as bone cancer in his skull. When we got the call we were devastated to say the least! The vet told us he had only a couple of weeks to live so we spoiled him and let him eat what he wanted but after 2 months we had to rethink this policy as he was getting fat. 😀 10 months later, Luca let us know that he had had enough and we made the tough decision to let him go.
Luca is buried in our garden where there is a bench where we can sit and remember him and all that he brought to our lives. Luca was very special not only to us but to lots of people who met him and the 14 homeless dogs that he prepared for a home. Even now, 16 months after his death my old Mum will often say ” I am not a dog person but I really loved Luca” 😦 to me that says it all.
This is a very brief summary of Luca’s life as there are not enough words to describe 12 years of friendship and complete joy that he gave to us. Maybe as bits come to mind I will do other posts to give an idea to people of what he was like.
We miss him.