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Tripawd Tuesday: Licorice the Lovely (and Loving) Lab

Dogs are the purest form of love and nobody knows that better than Jackie Guzda, mom to Licorice the Lovely Lab. Her beloved pup never met a human she didn’t adore and even when she was fighting osteosarcoma, Licorice always had a tail wag for everyone. This gorgeous girl earned her angel wings late last year (“I was hoping to beat the odds until the new drug from Aratana was available,” said Jackie) but Licorice lives on in spirit and in today’s Tripawd Tuesday celebration of her life, as told by her mama.

Meet Licorice the Lovely (and Loving) Lab


Licorice – my black Lab – was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in late January, 2017. She was a far better person than most anyone I know, myself included! She was calm and happy from the day I met her until I ended her pain, this past October. This dog loved humans – so much, that I would have to grab her from walking into a busy street if she saw one of those humans on the other side. It didn’t matter if you were someone she knew or someone picking through the garbage can on the sidewalk – she knew that you had to have some goodness, and if you couldn’t exhibit it just then, she would move on, wagging her tail.

She was also a great sidekick. We hiked, played on the beach, kayaked in our ‘dog and person’ kayak, together. The most relaxing thing that I could do was take her with me down a stream we had yet to explore. Two years earlier, we lost her Beagle brother to cancer, and Licorice was deeply depressed, until we adopted our current Beagle, Wally. Now, it’s Wally’s turn to get through the pain of losing your best pal. We’ll miss you forever, buddy.

Jackie Guzda

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4 thoughts on “Tripawd Tuesday: Licorice the Lovely (and Loving) Lab”

  1. Hi, Stu
    Licorice loved meeting new people, especially those who instinctively knew the goodness of a wagging tail! I’m sure that she would have loved to meet you, too.

  2. Dear Jackie,
    Thank you for sharing your story of your beautiful girl, she sounds just wonderful, and my deepest sympathies go out to you for your loss; I too can relate to feeling a pang of sorrow that the new drug came too late to save my darling boy, but I rejoice with all my heart that it has arrived. It is the dawn of a new day of hope for dogs (and, let us pray, children) who now have a better chance to beat this terrible disease. How wonderful to think that in time, there will never again be a situation where we are told, “It’s osteosarcoma, and there’s very little we can do. You must prepare to lose your precious baby”. Thank God for this news, and three cheers for Dexter!! Meanwhile the beautiful moments and the love that our precious pups gave to us will live on in our hearts, and we will see them again, of this I am sure. Hold fast to your memories of your sweet and lovely girl, and may they help you, along with your dear Wally, get past the pain, until only the love and joyful memories remain.
    with warmest aloha, Nina -(Connor’s Mom)

    • Hi, Nina
      Thank you, so much, for your kind response to Licorice’s story – and I am so sorry about your boy, Conor, too! It is such an amazing heartbreak when we lose them. Your words help with the healing, and so I am ever-so-grateful to you for this — yes, dogs are the way people should be!
      All the best,

  3. What a lovely tribute to a Lovely Licorice Girl! She sounded like the type of girlie that i would have crossed the street to meet! Thank you for letting me see just a glimpse of your girl!
    All the very best
    Super Stu, his pawrents and his Pride of Kittens. xxx


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