All in the Family


Labrador Retriever

We were devastated on March 13th by the loss of our sweet, odd dog Huntley, who was due to turn fourteen on the 19th. Although you probably wouldn't guess it from looking at her sad eyes and neurotic behavior, Huntley was a precious girl with a strong appreciation for the little things. She loved to close her eyes and sniff fresh air, sleep in front of open windows and screen doors, lie in sunny spots, explore decks and kitchens with her nose and tongue, roll around on her back in the grass, scratch her back on bushes, and bury her nose in my stomach or shoulder and nuzzle me to say hi. Huntley was terrified of flashes of any kind, cameras (due to their association with flashes), storms, a certain threshold she had to cross, and sometimes the fierce meal-time theft of our other Lab, Max. Her tail was frequently tucked so tightly under her body that it was barely even visible! She tended to leave rooms as soon as they got too noisy or became filled with too many people; she preferred to sleep in a dark, quiet bedroom or at the top of the stairs, where she could listen to what was going on but avoid any chaos. Extremely gentle and calm, Huntley was not pushy about getting attention, tending to relent and let Max take the spotlight at all times. However, she really appreciated being brushed, having her ears scratched, or just being petted calmly during some one-on-one time. Arthritis made walking painfully difficult for her at times, but she was so quiet and quirky that I'm not sure it made a big difference in her routine. Huntley's subtle shows of care and love -- following me around, leaning her head against my leg, standing next to my mother's bed to be petted at night -- made her sensitivity and seriousness all the more endearing to me and others, even if she often came across as inscrutable or sad. The sound of her letting out a very low sigh (or "purr") when she was relaxed or happy, the sight of her trotting swiftly toward the food cabinet in the mornings in sharp contrast to her slow demeanor, and the feeling of her nose pressed against my chest in shy affection -- these and other memories have made Huntley one of the most beautiful, sweetest creatures in my life.

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Comments (14)
Apr 7, 2009 animallover36213
Oh my gosh! Huntley is soooo cute! I'm sooo sorry for the loss! I started reading the biography, it made me almost cry, he's so cute! I had a dog named Boomer who also died at the age of 13. Its sad saying good-bye. I miss him, and I'm sure you guys miss Huntley. I hope you guys have a great time with your new dog Max! Hugs to Huntley in heaven!
Sep 3, 2009 twilightrocks1
Huntley so cute i love Labs. they are the best. sorry for your loss. i know that she will always be in your heart
Mar 19, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 16th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Mar 19, 2010 Rosie Chapman
Happy Birthday Old Man!!! All the best to you!!!
Mar 19, 2010 Rosie Chapman
Old Girl sorry I alway comment before I read but now Im gonna read first!!! Im sooo very sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet baby!!! Its always tough, all the ebst to you and your family!!!! She is forever waiting at the Rainbow Bridge!!!
Mar 19, 2010 shortyww22
Huntley was a Very Beautiful girl.....I'm so sorry for you're Loss.she is resting in heaven now awaiting on you to come sweet Huntley...come see my lab mix kuva he sorta looks like sweet huntley.....and my other dogs plz n comment
Mar 19, 2010 BeautyLover
I'm so sorry you had to lose Huntley, especially just before her birthday. What a long life she had, tho, and you gave her such a great home. Love you, beautiful Huntley.
Mar 19, 2010 Jose
Happy Birthday cutie!
Mar 19, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 17th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Mar 19, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 18th Birthday!
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Mar 19, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 19th Birthday!
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Mar 19, 2015 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 21st Birthday!
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Mar 19, 2016 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 22nd Birthday!
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Mar 19, 2017 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 23rd Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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