Yesterday during Raider's evening walk he passed away from a sudden heart attack or stroke.
Yesterday Raider had come to me and put his chin on my the footrest of my recliner to let me know that it was time for his evening walk. He was his usual self with his big happy grin, schmoozing with anyone he saw to get extra love and sniffing everything in sight. The RV Park we are staying at has a nice thick lawn. Next to running on the beach, Raider’s favorite thing was to run on nice lawns. He started running even though he was still on leash. He and I jogged across the lawn. Then he sat town to catch his breath. He got up took step and fell over, his eyes blinked and he was gone. He never made a sound. Needless to say we are devastated!
Golden Retrievers are “people” dogs I have never met one that didn’t love people. Raider perhaps because he was a Rescue was the most affectionate dog I have ever met. When you petted him he would actually lean his cheek against you, his form of hug.
Raider was always happiest running on the beach!