Monday, December 28, 2009

Goody Lyon-Bolsh

This is not food related, but later this week I will share a delicious recipe for squash and quinoa. But first I wanted to share this memory as I am trying to learn the beauty in death.

Goody Lyon was born a small, long haired dachshund and raised in La Quinta, California. He lived the life of luxury, eating whenever he wanted and sleeping all day long. His younger brother, Baily, a blond Wheaton Terrier, took care of Goody by grooming and protecting. Goody was never tethered roamed the whole house at his own pace and even had his own doggie door. Inside or outside - Goody was a free dog, in fact he never wore a collar until he was 13. At the age of 13 his long-term guardian, Bessie Lou Lyon, passed away and he was sent to live with family in Portland, Oregon, while his brother moved to Hood River, Oregon.

His new family, the Bolsh's, opened their hearts and arms to their new family member. The youngest member, and Goody's new sister, Coda, a black Cocker Spaniel, thought otherwise. She had a difficult time adjusting to a new life with a brother, but later came around as she
learned the benefits of a companion to stay home all day with her. Goody also had a difficult
time adjusting to his new life in the city without Bessie-Lou and Baily.
However, he learned to eat and go outside on a set schedule, go for walks on a lease, and meet a plethora of new human friends who would shower him with love as they saw his sweet soul. Goody's biggest accomplishment during his 22 months with the Bolsh's, was the loss of over 20 pounds from his small frame which allowed him to go for walks to the park, climb stairs, jump, and even dance.

On December 24th Goody became paralyzed from
the waist down which quickly degraded into pain. Surrounded by friends and family he was comforted until being provided the gift of ultimate peace early Christmas morning.

Goody brought added love and laughter into the Bolsh's home with his easy-going attitude and new perspective on life. Goody is survived by his adopted parents, Webly and Brian, his adopted sister, Coda. He will be missed, but his cute little face will live on in our memories.