Paid $32 and walked her out to the car, where she jumped right in - but not before standing up and putting her paws on the shoulders of the shelter volunteer on duty and giving her a big goodbye smooch.
She's my pal and my companion, my lovely friend who takes me on walks every day. Just last night she chased a rat up my leg at the beach. (I'm not kidding. I'm still shuddering).
Happy Goldieversary, dog. At age 15, I'm not sure how many more we'll have. But one thing you've taught me - it's all about being right here, right now. No looking back and no worrying. Look for the fun, run on ahead. And take a nap when you get tired.