Sunday, January 8, 2012


Manhattan's Golden Sonrise - Riley
December 30, 1997-January 8, 2012

Riley is at peace. I know he's at peace. I held his head and watched him relax while taking his final breath. My head knows our family made the right decision.

Riley has spent the past two weeks laying on the same blankets in the same spot. We kept pushing water though he ate very little. His muscles atrophied. He probably had pain in his hips. He leaned and walked to the right leaving us to believe he probably had a stroke.

This is not the quality of life he was accustomed to - he no longer slept upstairs with us nor had he followed us around the house.

Yes we know. It doesn't make the heart hurt any less. We've lost a dear member of our family. But he's at peace.


Ginny said...

So sorry to hear this Deb! I went and gave our old girl another hug for Riley. I know how hard it is to lose such a dear member of your family.

Unknown said...

Deb & Mike- We are so sorry for your loss! Our dog is just 15, and although she is healthy right now, we know it is inevitable that we will have to make the same decision eventually. Our hearts are with you!

Barbara and Peter

Bob in Boise said...

I know how hard it is to do the right thing. It is the right thing but it still hurts. We had to make that decision for our cat, Cleo, two years ago and I'm crying thinking about it now. Rest In Peace Riley.