Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Moving On..without Ray

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...


  1. Glad you are able to form a relationship with Andre and Kiwi. Although Ray can't be replace, I sense there is a bond forming with Andre and Kiwi that will help ease the pain of losing Ray. Thanks for sharing

  2. Meant to comment earlier Mike. But, there's little to say when one loses a close friend. And, the cliched sorry is inadequate. He does look content though. A good way to remember him. All the best.

  3. Thanks a lot Bill..time to move on..

  4. Sorry for your loss...but I'm sure he knew you would keep him in your heart forever.

  5. First off, thanks for your work with service dogs. That's a blessing for a lot of people. Everyone who loves dogs, or any animal for that matter have a once in a million pet. I feel your pain. Our one in a million is close to the rainbow bridge and I can only thank God for bringing to us. Rest in peace Ray.

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    1. I'll be sorting thru those until the end...

  7. When dogs go to heaven, they don't need wings because God knows that dogs love running best...

    From a favorite book, Dog Heaven.

    Hang in there.

    1. Love the quote..Thanks Janet..we're trying..