THE day that all pet lovers dread arrived at our home in June.
The decision had to be made to let our loving, kindhearted, sweet boy Ray move on. And even though that day was some six weeks ago, I sit here still stunned and heart broken but eternally grateful for the 11 plus years that we were blessed with him in our lives.
Ray was a once in a lifetime dog, as my wife Pat often said, "A one in a million dog." I've never known a dog with such a kind heart and loving soul, and I've had many dogs in my life. Although I have loved them all, there was something very exceptional about Ray, a combination of intelligence, a total willingness to please and most importantly to emanate love.
He touched everyone he met.
There will be other dogs..Andre and Kiwi are with us now. Andre is a Guiding Eyes For The Blind program puppy and will be going on to "college" in 4 or 5 months and we will miss him. Kiwi is our new, forever pup, a medical release from GEB and a very sweet girl and is integrating nicely into our family life. We are so happy to have them here with us but there will never be another Ray.
This picture of him blissing out in the summer sun on Penobscot Bay, taken by Pat, so sums up Ray.
"He spoke through tears of 15 years how his dog and him traveled about The dog up and died, he up and died And after 20 years he still grieves" -Mr Bojangles by Jerry Jeff Walker
We are going to miss him so very much...