Friends of Flicka is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created in memory of a beloved golden retriever support local animal rescues.
Flicka, and a particular friend of hers, are the reason this organization exists.
Like so many goldens, Flicka loved everyone and everything. Especially treats, tennis balls and pets, of course – probably in that order. She was smart enough to be sneaky – waiting until we turned a corner on our walk to dart the opposite direction of my eyes and grab something she shouldn’t, and determined to have her way – whether it meant sleeping alone on the most comfortable couch, or dropping the tennis ball in front of me for hours on end, accompanied by that irresistible expectant gaze.
Unlike her big lug of a brother, Flicka was remarkably independent for a golden. But after she was treated for pneumonia developed during a supposedly harmless tooth-cleaning, she became more and more attached to me – sleeping at my side all night, and following me into whatever room I went in the house rather than waiting wherever she was most comfortable and looking up (maybe) with that “Oh it’s you” look if I happened in.
So we fell in love with each other all over again. But not long after, Flicka suddenly lost the use of her back legs. In just a couple days she was unable to walk, and was diagnosed with cancer that was pressing on her spine and had spread into her lungs and kidneys. As she sat in a wagon at the University Veterinary Hospital, being wheeled down the hall for more exams, she looked around at me, not knowing what I knew - that we’d never look at each other again.
Flicka’s “particular friend” I mentioned above is Denise Luke. She is one of those amazing people who give of themselves more in a week than most of us do in a year. The number of cats and dogs she has rescued herself, or helped others to rescue, is staggering. After Flicka was gone, Denise’s work inspired my dream to remember Flicka by supporting those efforts financially through the many volunteers and organizations dedicated to helping other animals who, unlike Flicka, don’t have someone who will do whatever it takes to make them happy and healthy. So it’s Flicka, and Denise who are the reason Friends of Flicka exists.