With a heavy heart and tears rolling down my face, my sidekick, best friend and business partner / mascot has gone on a new venture. On Sunday 03-11-18 he left my side to fly with the angels.
Ray-Ray had been a fixture on a majority of my real estate marketing materials for the past 8 years. Just shy of 13, his veterinarian last Thursday told me to keep him happy. His kidneys were failing from years of heart medications. So I fed him canned food, mixed cheese in with his hard food. Our morning and evening walks were extended, as he would tire easily. But he still loved the fresh air in his face, watching the kids play, belly rubs, pats on the head and nose kisses from anyone who would offer them up. And OH BOY did he like to travel. As long as it wasn't a trip to the vet's office.
My kids adored him. My Daughter Tiffany, Ray and I traveled from Florida to Ohio at least once a year, sometimes multiple times. He was such a trooper, only needing food and walks 2 times a day.
And now my life is in a tailspin. My morning and evening routines are gone. My protector is no longer sleeping beside my bed. My marketing materials for now will continue to blazon this sweet soul by my side. I doubt if I'll ever get another dog. I don't think there could be companion who could come close to the comfort he gave me. He had such a bold presence due to his massive size, yet rarely barked.
I hope you're having fun up there. You can eat eggs and poultry now. Oh how I hated not giving you foods you weren't allowed to have, as you rarely begged. No allergies at the Rainbow Bridge! Please wait for me and we'll cross the bridge together. I have lots of homes to sell before I get there.
You were one of a kind, and doubtful I'll ever try to replace you. There were many before you. But none with such an incredible impact on my life. For a puppy with a grade 4 heart murmur who wasn't supposed to live more than a few years, you sure proved everyone wrong. Your goofy dog smile lifted the hearts of anyone not terrified by your wolf-like stance. I miss your soft ears, your patience waiting for me to get home --- RIP Raijin 05-05-05 / 03-11-18