Meet Cheddar, the adorable Golden Retriever who lived happily with his family for the first 8 years of his life.
He's fluffy, cuddly, and the best dog anyone could ask for. Unfortunately for Cheddar, one of his beloved humans was diagnosed with cancer and his family could no longer care for him, which meant they had to make the heartbreaking decision to give Cheddar up to an animal shelter.
The senior dog had to give up the only family and home he had ever known in hopes that someone would come in and adopt him.
Luckily it didn't take long for a family to see how very special he is, and he found his way into a new forever home with a loving family. He was very grateful that they chose to adopt him, and reminds them every single day by demanding their constant attention and love, or just the need to be near his family. What a sweetheart!
“He cannot be alone. All Cheddar wants is to have all attention on him — once you start petting him and then stop, he will either bump your arm with his head or tap his paw telling you to continue. He would have you sit for hours if he could, just petting him.”
But when he met one of his new neighbors while out on a walk it was clear he had picked out his new favorite friend. While out walking with his human they came across an older couple sitting on their doorstep and decided to stop and chat. It was clear that Cheddar took a special liking to the woman, Jean. After that encounter, the pair has gone back to visit every day, because Cheddar just can't stay away.
“They live around the corner and one street over from us. When it's been more than a few days and we haven't seen her, Cheddar is particularly vocal when we visit next.
He knows exactly what street they are on and in fact, even if we don't head there, he insists on it by pulling on the leash and trying to turn in that direction. If we pass the house with no intention of going in, he plants himself with full body weight on one spot and stands there until you relent.”
And although Jean treats him with cookies every time they go to visit the real reason they stop is that of their genuine connection, a friendship, and love that Cheddar has shown for nobody else.
All the little dog wants to be by her side and enjoy for love and company.
“Cheddar is not a barker but he certainly talks aplenty when he's really, really happy or excited. When visiting in winter, we spend the time indoors and Cheddar just wants to sit by Jean's side and be petted. That's ALL he wants. In better weather — spring, summer, and fall — we spend the time in their backyard where he loves to roll in the grass with his leash or a tennis ball and then sit next to Jean for more attention.”
Both Cheddar and Jean look forward to their daily visits and although Cheddar is 11 years old now he still shares plenty of love around and really displays the energy levels of a younger pup. He seems to be enjoying his retirement years in bliss thanks to his new family and his beloved Aunt Jean.
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