Roo was in a lot of them.
But I finally found what appears to be the record of our first meeting in early March 2003.
Here’s how I described our meeting at that time:
“Today we met Roo and a friend down at the beach. Her friend, part-Whippet, was on a leash, but Roo was loose. When I first saw Roo heading across the sand towards the water, I thought she was jumping into holes dug in the sand. Then I quickly realized that she was missing most of her front legs. She didn’t seem to be paying much attention to her disability, though, being far too focused on all the beach smells and the waves ahead.”
There are several good photos of Roo from that day nine years ago. Just click on her photo to see them.
Roo didn’t have front legs, but she had a doggone good life, thanks to the loving care of Carol, her adopted person. Roo got driven to the beach, then carried from the car to a spot where she could make her way down to the sand. One lucky dog. And a lucky person, too.
In recent months, Roo has had much more trouble getting around. She no longer did her trick of sitting up to beg for a morning biscuit, although she did love to see us walking towards her on the beach. We just saw her on the beach last weekend, and I gave her the usual, a large Costco dog biscuit broken up into smaller pieces.
But today I got the sad news. Carol said her final goodbyes to Roo yesterday, September 19. I haven’t heard any details, just that she’s gone.
So, in her honor, here’s a video of Ms. Roo on the beach in Kaaawa from a couple of years ago. She was a good dog.