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Willie, the Rescue Golden Retriever

Willie is my first Golden Retriever companion, and I am totally hooked! He is the sweetest dog we have ever had. I have definitely found my breed!

I have had Willie in my life almost 4 years. It has come with many ups and downs! He earned his Canine Good Citizen diploma last December. That was a big “up” as we worked really hard together for many months to earn that designation. Shortly after, his back began causing him numerous problems. He was unable to stand or walk for a short time. It was quite distressing. We found a quality vet and kept working with him, and now, he’s almost back to his old self. We are seeing a veterinarian and a chiropractor for more complete care.  Acupuncture was a lifesaver in the darkest of days. He never gave up and we never stopped believing in him. We are blessed to have him back.

This dog has taught me so much about enjoying the simple things in life, and to be more accepting of myself. My priorities have totally shifted. He has grounded me and provided me with structure.  I have never been so happy as now when my life revolves around a sweet old dog.

A few years ago there was a movie out called “Must Love Dogs.” It is a cute movie, and centers around people meeting through personal ads. The descriptor “Must Love Dogs” is used to screen potential suitors. In all honesty, I did not truly understand the meaning of that simple phrase until Willie came into my life. I can honestly say that I’m now one of “those must love dogs” kind of people.

We have a lot of fun together working on a blog about Willie’s many adventures and friends. We hope you will tune in and play along. Follow us at EverybodyLovesWillie.tumblr.com. Patty McGuire resides just outside Charlottesville, VA with her best buddy, Willie. An etsy store specializing in custom knits for bigger dogs is coming soon.

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Patty McGuire with her beloved best buddy.

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