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Jun 13, 2010

GOODBYE KOUKLA!


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It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Koukla, that beautiful French poodle, who was a faithful companion to Mr. Goudas for over 14 years.

She was never more than two feet away from him day or night.
She even sat on his lap while he was driving.

We remember an occasion when Mr. Goudas left the country for five days to give a speech in Costa Rica that Koukla sat and waited patiently with obvious sadness in her master's chair without eating or drinking.

Mr. Goudas dognapped her when she was 2 years old.
Prior to this, she was a mother on two occasions.

She fell ill on Thursday and was unable to stand on her legs by Friday afternoon.

She finally gave up on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 3:24 p.m. She was 16 years old and always in good spirits.

Her beautiful coat of shiny, silky hair was well maintained right up to the end.

Koukla was well loved by the entire Goudas organization and the many friends, visitors and associates of the company and Mr. Goudas.

As some of your may be aware, Mr. Goudas wrote the Koukla, Irma and Tiger story on August 20, 2003 at 3:00 a.m. The wonderful narration of this story is by Jasse MacDonald.

Since then, the book has been translated into several languages including French, Korean, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Spanish, Greek, and Italian and has been published in several newspapers and magazines.

It also available in audio format in English, Greek, Spanish and Italian and has had its share of airtime.

She was featured on the Venture program on CBC, March 2001, and had a full-page photo and story in the Toronto Star, February 5, 2001.

The Koukla story is an inspiration to animal lovers and children everywhere.

Since the Koukla Story, Mr. Goudas has written over 35 books.

Hundreds of thousands of people have read the Koukla Story since the books are featured on the main page of the FlyerMall website.   In addition, the audio version and search for "Koukla".

We are certain that there is not another dog like Koukla, the little princess. We will certainly miss her.

There are no words to describe the heartache and heartbreak that Mr. Goudas feels at her sudden and unexpected passing.

May God give him the strength to continue.

Koukla loved the sunshine. The photo included shows the tragic last few hours of pain and anguish in her master.

Her new playmate, Mon Amour, found peaceful time to monitor the situation and console Mr. Goudas at this difficult moment.

Click on the picture and the image will enlarge. It will be followed by a series of photos showing the entire event from Koukla's last moments to the burial.

You may clearly see the emotions involved by the expressions on the faces.

It was a sad day for all of us.

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