Wednesday, July 20, 2005

All Dogs Go to Heaven

My dog Raleigh was euthanized today. It's never easy to say goodbye particularly to such a great dog.

Westmont's Raleigh of Darien (his official AKC title) was named after the city in North Carolina, loved to roll around in the grass, and despite his breed didn't learn to swim until he was seven years old. As a puppy he loved his squeaky hamburger toy and tried to help with the New York Times in the morning. He swallowed socks, stockings, napkins and anything else he could get his mouth on.



As an adult, Raleigh was very attached to my mom, but still enjoyed his frequent sojourns at "camp." He often slept on the couch when we were out of the house and he was a famous redecorator. "Raleigh's been redecorating again," we'd say when we arrived home to a bedroom pillow in the foyer and a couch pillow in the bedroom. When he wanted attention, he would pick up a shoe and carry it around gently in his mouth making a quiet grrr noise. I think he secretly loved that the chase often ended in belly rubs. It was sometimes difficult to find both shoes of a pair in the mornings. Aside from his wonderfully soft ears and happy smile, my favorite feature of his was the fur on his paws that sprouted out between his toes.



Raleigh only lived to the age of eight, but they were eight good years and he seemed like a happy dog right up until the end. Two weeks ago, we shared some good moments as he flopped down next to me in the cool moist grass of my brother's backyard and blissfully rolled around. (sigh...) Salty tears. Bye Raleigh.

6 Comments:

At 1:41 AM, July 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne I'm really sorry. I've been there before, my best wishes to you and your family. Take care *hug*

/al

 
At 10:41 PM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Karen said...

Anne, I heard the message your mom left for John and Reghan about Raleigh...I'm sorry seems inadequate. I'm sure you'll all miss him - I know I will even though "our time together was brief"...

Hope you're doing ok...

 
At 7:10 PM, July 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh anne, i'm so sorry. your post definitely brought some tears into my eyes as i know how sad and hard this time is. he was a great dog and i'm so glad i got to spend some time with him.
amy

 
At 5:28 PM, July 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry Anne. He was really a wonferful dog and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Lila

 
At 10:31 AM, August 03, 2005, Anonymous Frank said...

so sorry to hear anne. remember: all dogs go to heaven.

i am sure he is having a blast up there (somewhere) where he can romp and play as much as he likes.

 
At 10:34 AM, August 03, 2005, Blogger snwbdrhoon said...

sorry to hear anne.

you are right. all dogs do go to heaven. - frank

 

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