Feb 10, 2006

IRMA GOUDAS "Farewell to a Faithful Friend..."


Unfortunately, today we do not have good news to share.

It is with sincere regret that we advise that IRMA GOUDAS, one of Mr. Goudas' constant companions passed away at 11:55 p.m. last night. 

Most of you may know Irma from the article titled "Koukla", which tells the story of Mr. Goudas' pets Koukla, Irma, and Tiger.
Many of you have expressed your appreciation for this article, written by Mr. Goudas himself, and have congratulated him into his original and successful portraying of the different personalities of his beloved animal friends: Tiger, the friendly and playfull cat, Koukla, his faithful follower and official announcer of approaching company, and of course Irma, the gentle companion who politely greets everyone and never barks. 

The anticipation of Irma's death was expected.
She had suffered the effects of a car accident for the last few years.

Lately, her hips were no longer able to hold her weight and she continually kept falling down and eventually could not even stand up on her own.

But, would you believe, the day before she died, she actually did get up and walk around the office for a short time.

Maybe in her own way she was taking her final stroll in familiar territory saying goodbye to her friends in the various offices. 

Finally, on Thursday, in anticipation of her passing, many people remained in the office. She lay down on her rug, with Koukla at her side all the while, and breathed her last breath at 11.55p.m. 

Irma will be greatly missed. She was a kind, loving, attentive, obedient and faithful dog. She was friendly to all the workers and the public in general.
No one had to be fearful of or to be intimidated by her.

Even the children who came into Mr. Goudas office over the years, fell in love with her. 

Irma will be greatly missed... 


The following mini-biography will give you an understanding of how Irma came into Mr. Goudas' life, his family, and all of the workers and friends of his organization. 

"Mr. Goudas' Companion since March 15, 1992 

One evening Mr. Goudas was parked near Trenton, Ontario, for a little while, leaving his car windows open.

When he returned to his car and started driving, he eventually realized he had a guest sitting comfortably on the back seat.
It was too late to return to Trenton as he was almost home.

A few days later he returned with his guest to the same area and asked neighbours and local shopkeepers if they knew her; it seemed like no one knew anything.
Additionally, he let her roam free for a few hours in case she found someone familiar.

By the end of the day, he had exhausted all the possibilities of finding her owner.

He then realized the dog was homeless, and thought to adopt her.
He named her Irma, in memory of his childhood dog. 

The full breed of Irma is unknown, she seems to be a mix with an Irish setter of some kind, and she is very polite and well mannered.

She welcomes all visitors and until recently she has always been in good health. Irma loved to jump into Mr. Goudas' car straight through the window every time he left it open.
But in Sept. 2003, Irma had a serious car accident.
Luckily, she survived and has recovered almost completely since then.

Unfortunately, her hips were damaged permanently and she can no longer do her famous jump-in. 

Irma has a fantastic sense of smell; she can smell food a mile away and follows her nose directly to the source. However, she always pretends like she is so sad and hungry, giving the impression that Mr. Goudas is starving her to death. 

Irma, however, is a loyal companion and together with her "best friend" Koukla, and Tiger the cat, inspired Mr. Goudas to write a story about them in August 20, 2003, at 3:00 a.m., which documented this fantastic story.

It has been translated into many different languages, such as English, Greek, Italian, French, Chinese, Spanish, Sri Lankan, and Korean.
It is also available in two audio formats: English, narrated by Jesse MacDonald, one of the finest, gifted voices in the world today and a personal friend of Mr. Goudas; and in Greek, narrated by Diamadopoulos Basilis one of the best known Greek Canadian radio personalities and the owner of CHIR Broadcasting Company." 

The Koukla, Irma and Tiger story is the subject of animal lovers, humane society members, people who plan to adopt a dog, and even those who want to know more about animals.

It is a wonderful Christmas gift for children, and Mr. Goudas has generously donated various versions in C.D. format as Christmas presents to children. 

To read or to hear (koukla) this wonderful article, please click on links, or find it under the articles section on www.goudasfoods.com.

In addition, Mr. Goudas mentions Irma in another one of his articles about a special New Year Resolution, when at the time he already knew that Irma's condition was becoming serious and her day of passing was approaching.

You can find the New Year's Resolution article under the January 01, 2006 posting in the Events Section. 

We believe today's sorrow will be shared not only by those who know Irma and have already read her story, but also by all those who have lost their loving pet.

Judging by the attention the Koukla and Irma story receives, we were lead to believe that there are many people out there who welcome their pets as family members and mourn their passing just the same. 

Irma's passing has touched all of us... 

From Mr. Goudas and the Goudas Foods Staff 


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