When we first decided to adopt the golden retriever you know as Hawk, we wanted to give him the name we would have chosen had he been ours for his whole life. We called him Thrond, a Nordic name meaning to get on well, enjoy, prosper. The name turned out to be more perfect for him than we knew, as we soon discovered that he always enjoyed life to the fullest, loving every moment with more vigor and energy than our two younger dogs put together. We thought when we decided to bring Thrond into our lives that we were the ones helping him by offering loving care and a forever home to a dog in need of both. We didn’t realize that he would be the one giving us what we needed. He brought so much joy, laughter, and activity into our lives. Whether flipping his dog dishes or barking at our four-year-old giant pup as he chased the big “baby” across our yard, Thrond always made his presence known with a spark that brightened our lives. Though Thrond’s health issues remained a challenge and mystery, despite extensive diagnostic efforts, we were able to make great strides in making his life easier and more comfortable. We discovered he had many allergies and were able to make changes that eased those and his digestive problems. Through trying many different treatments, we were also able to eventually get his seizures under control. In the nearly two years we had Thrond with us, he was one of the happiest dogs we’ve known and shared that happiness with us and our other pets. Our time together was far too brief, but Thrond’s funny, sweet, perky, stubborn, and sometimes even sassy personality quickly won our deepest love as he grew to love us. He lived life so large, that the absence of him now has filled our house with an aching emptiness that we and our other dogs can’t ignore. We had hoped to be a blessing to Thrond, but it turns out that the Lord gave US the biggest blessing by giving Thrond to our care and choosing us to provide his forever home. We are comforted to know that Thrond is with his Creator, no longer suffering. He will always have a forever home in our hearts.