On 22 October 2010 at 6.10 am, the time that Odin would wait at the back door for 'Uncle' Les to take him for his morning walk, the following dedication came to mind.
"My darling Bugajugs, Mutley, Dogly, Odin - one dog with many names. A big dog with a huge personality and the gentlest of souls. Everyone who met you loved you. I miss you each and every day in each and every way. I know you are now at peace with no pain and that you no longer have to struggle for breath. Although my life has a huge void since your passing I know that we will meet again one day and together cross the Rainbow Bridge.
When I first got Odin I wondered how I would ever tell the difference between my Labrador and all the other labradors - but it was easy in the end!
Typical labrador poses (not that you were a typical labrador although you loved water and food!!)
On our walks together you had to say hello to every dog and their owners in particular - you had many friends and loved to play - these are just a few favourites the big group were affectionately called the posse!
(15 July 2005 one of the black one was harvey and his 'brother' was henry, I cant remember the names of the other three - one of each colour!)
If you saw a water, in any shape a form you had to go in.
Be it clean and shallow ...
... clean and deep ...
... or muddy ...
... cold and frozen (oooooh I love snuffling in snow)!
... or even better, clean and wet on the ground and frozen in the sky!
You would never guess you were a retreiver. You loved your ball and racing after it but only rarely would he bring it all the way back and bribes with treats were needed so you would relinquish the ball to allow me to it throw again! Once you got it you would not let it go!
Rest in Peace my darling dog, my memories of you will keep me warm, until we meet again - Mum xxxx