Jeff and Rachele said goodbye to Lea on December 28, 2018.
I had always been afraid of dogs and have never had them until 6 years ago. We rescued a golden retriever who we thought was going to be put down, we had totally misunderstood. Two months later we decided to look for a dog to keep our golden retriever company. I saw Lea in the shelter hanging out as far away from the gate as she could get, she just had the soulful eyes. Not being dog owners for very long, we didn’t understand that was hiding and fearful. She must have been beat and was afraid of most men for the first couple years of having her. If a cuss word was spoken around her, she would run and hide in the bed.
Eventually Lea learned to trust and wag her tail, and even to lay on her back for my wife and I, to give belly rubs. She always had the most soulful eyes. She loved to go camping and hiking and get in the trash if it was smelling especially good. Lea loved to sleep with us and cuddle up at night.
For her final day we took her to her favorite park for a short walk, for a drive (her favorite thing to do) to the mountains and a short hike in the snow, and a lunch of chicken nuggets.
Our hearts are broken, but we know that we have her more love than she could have ever imagined.