On Thursday, November 20th at approximately 5:15 p.m., Wes, Zach & I said goodbye to our faithful companion, Boyer's Copper Shadow (call name, "Beamer"). Beamer was the best dog we could ever ask for. He got Zach & me through two of Wes' deployments to the Middle East. When you were sad, he'd come over to you and nudge you and look up at you as if to say, "I'm here...it'll be okay." Beamer was 13.5 years old -- older than the average Golden Retriever.
Beamer had slowly deteriorated. He lost weight, couldn't see and couldn't hear. I honestly believe he held on until his "dad" returned home. We made the decision to not be selfish and let him go to sleep one last time and head to his new Home -- Rainbow Bridge. We know now that he's up there romping around like a young pup again -- eyesight and hearing restored. It doesn't make us miss him any less, but he was ready. It was the hardest thing we've ever had to do, but he was ready; and it was time.
I am thankful to have had such a WONDERFUL four-legged companion in my life. He'll never be forgotten.