Golden Cozy Bear (Cozy)
10/3/1986 - 7/15/1993
Cozy was our first girl and was an unplanned acquisition and later had an unplanned breeding.
One of our friends had gotten a female golden named Cozy (Golden Cozy Bear). He was a lawn care/golf course pesticide and fertilizer supplier and Cozy was not helping his show lawn and she was given to us. Cozy came to us when she was about 1 year old. Cozy was thick and was a solid 80#. Cozy had a short trim light coat and came from lines of hunting dogs for the most part.
In hind sight, Cozy may have been our best field golden but I did not know what I had. Cozy was all business and did not care so much for the affection, as all our other girls since her have been quite demanding about their attention. Cozy wanted to retrieve all the time, and she was a ball girl as we had not yet graduated to bumpers. Cozy ran and swam straight lines. She would mark a ball and her course was straight through a wall if it was in the path. We would take her to the lake in the boat, I would throw a tennis ball as far as I could and she would set her course. If the wind blew the ball away from her line, I would have to go and get her as she would not stop following that line until she came to a ball. Cozy was a powerful dog and a powerful swimmer.
While not planned, and while I was away, Cozy went into season and Buddy knew what to do when Pat’s guard was down and given just a short opening. We had an unplanned breeding which provided our wonderful boy Bouncer (Bouncer Rajah of Sands CD). There were two pups in that unplanned litter and we lost contact with the other pup.
Before Cozy could pass her clearances, she and Bouncer got out during a thunderstorm while we were at work and their kennel removed for yard improvements. That proved to be tragic as Cozy got hit by a car while Bouncer eluded the vehicle. Cozy was taken to the Vet specialists and found to have suffered a severely dislocated hip, and the other hip badly broken. After surgeries and an extensive hospital stay, Cozy could still not stand or walk and had to be put down.
This was our first golden loss and quite painful to her and us in trying to glue her back together just to lose her in the end.