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February 19th, 2013
February 19th, 2013

A Golden Tribute

“It is Macci. It feels good in your hand.”

The sun still shines on Macci
The sun still shines on Macci
Photography by: Kathryn Weese

Pacificgold´s Caramel Macchiato, known as Macci, was a CKC champion Golden Retriever, winner of the Good Neighbour award, as well as several other distinctions. His father was the well-known champion, Brooks. Macci was a confident, calm, fun, ball obsessed boy who shared his home with his owner, Cynthia Reid, and two other Goldens, nephew Rocket, and Rocket´s nephew, Linus.  Macci´s idea of the perfect day was to head off to Thetis Lake where “He would scour the shore from the second I let him out of the car and find old balls, noodles, volleyballs, soccer balls, kongs, bathing suits, you name it, he came out of the bush with it and was very happy.” As Reid summarizes “He was a ball dog. He was the ultimate. He used to lay downstairs and look lovingly at his ball launcher.”

Macci´s life came to an unexpected end during the holiday season in 2011.   Reid thought Macci´s stomach area seemed just a little rounder than usual and, as a precaution, took him to the vet Christmas Day.  She expected the diagnosis to reveal, at most, some minor health issue.  Instead she discovered Macci had metastatic cancer and he would not live to see the New Year.  He was 10 years old.

As the owner of many Golden Retrievers over the years, Reid knew exactly how she wanted to handle Macci´s final few days.  He was brought home, coddled, and when it was time, the vet came to Reid´s home to perform the euthanasia. It was important for Reid to provide an opportunity for Rocket and Linus to say good-bye, in order to ease their mourning.  

It was while making arrangements for Macci´s remains that Reid saw, in a display case, a series of glass objects - one of which was a glass tennis ball.  She immediately recognized the objects for what they were and realized how the ball would perfectly represent all that was her beloved boy.  Macci´s ashes would be used in the creation of a glass tennis ball.  The cost was no more expensive than many of the personalized urns.  As Reid states “People need to know there are alternatives to just keeping ashes around.”

The ball is larger than a regular tennis ball and quite striking.  It is bright yellow in colour because Macci loved his Planet Dog balls, the ones that whistle when thrown. No real tennis balls for Macci, as the fiberglas covering is known to wear down teeth. When Reid picks the glass ball up, she gets a wistful smile on her face. It is pretty obvious the ball brings back many wonderful memories for Reid. As she states “It is Macci. It feels good in your hand.”  Other dog lovers who have seen the ball think it is a beautiful tribute.

During his life, Macci saved the lives of eight to ten dogs as a blood donor for the Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital. He continues to live on through that generosity.  Reid has taken up the fight against the scourge that is cancer and so rampant in our pets.  She recently organized a walk for the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, a part of the Ontario Veterinary College´s Pet Trust.  And Reid has the glass tennis ball to remind her of the happy times with her ball obsessed, beloved Macci.

Editor´s Note:  Pet Loss Care Memorial Center offers a range of commemorative keepsakes, including glass tennis balls.  

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More Images

Rocket (L) and Linus (R)
Rocket (L) and Linus (R)
Macci's last day
Macci's last day

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