Saturday, June 2, 2012
Goodbye, Big Sweetie.
Riley came to live with me the day before Bernie arrived. He had been neglected and abused and I took him in thinking, how different could it be between a Bernie and a Riley? About 90 lbs! He was the sweetest, most loving dog, even after all the pain and loneliness he had endured. Then he took umbrage with a neighbor - nothing vicious, but he felt he was protecting me and grabbed her arm. Unfortunately, this particular neighbor was the highly litigious type and, after many weeks of veiled threats of lawsuits, I reported the incident to my insurance company. They promptly dropped me. And I could not find another insurance company who would cover me as long as Riley lived under my roof. A heartbreaking search led (with divine intervention, I am sure) to Tara and her family. They took him into their home and hearts and loved him mightily. And he them back. Due, most likely to his early neglect and abuse, he developed a neurological problem that could not be cured. They nursed and loved him along for almost a year. Recently, he had reached a point where he was in much pain and wouldn't eat. They had to make the decision - such a difficult, loving decision - to let him go. We all will miss him. He was a good boy.
p.s. I need to add that it was because of the kindness of my sister and her husband that Riley was rescued from his particular hell in the first place.