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#342555 - 11/26/16 12:57 PM Our Boy Riley
FurKids Offline

Registered: 03/11/10
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Hello everyone,

First, I'd like to apologize to everyone for not being a good frequent member. Since our move to the country things have either gone very good or very bad, too much bad. I can't access the boards from work (they have them blocked) and our Internet is cell phone data hotspot which we have to watch very closely because it's expensive.

I wanted to thank all of you who helped us every time Riley needed it, we are very grateful to all of you. I don't know how I would have made it through all his health and other issues without you all.

With tears just pouring down my face I wanted to let you know that Riley went to Rainbow Bridge on 11/12/2016. Our hearts are broken and like all of you who've lost their special furkid, we're beyond devastated. It's been two weeks ago today and we're still crying daily. We are happy that he was able to share the dream we worked so hard to get for him. He had six months in the country with room to roam and play in with Nissa and Gracie. We wanted that so bad for all of them but especially for him and Nissa because they were seniors and deserved more than a postage stamp size yard. We are financially broke but happy that we made it happen if only for six months.

This is our favorite photo of him and which we had engraved onto his wood cremation box which arrived yesterday.

We also had my favorite dog poem engraved on the box. The first time I read it I just knew it was him through and through, especially the third line. I can only hope that I lived up to the 4th line.


They are your friend, your partner your defender, your dog.
You are their life, their love, their leader.

They will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of their hearts.
You owe it to them to be worthy of such devotion.

Riley says thank you to everyone for helping his Mom through so many really hard times.
Deb • Nissa & Gracie
Forever in My Heart • Riley, Hannah, Damien, Katy, Crocket, Kayla, Gypsy, Toby and Cookie

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#342556 - 11/26/16 05:42 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: FurKids]
PositiveDog Offline
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Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 4897
Loc: Ohio
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As I read this, I could feel your heartbreak. I'm so sorry for your loss of dear Riley.

It was nice that he had some months to run and roam. But your best gift to him was you yourself.

Run free,Riley. And if you happen to meet Skye, give her my love.

Never forgotten.

With approval of my friends:

SamCat, 03/2011

Seiko, Solo, Sophie, Skye and Buddy - bridge dogs who taught me so much

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#342557 - 11/26/16 07:53 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: PositiveDog]
Woodreb Offline
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Registered: 02/18/10
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Loc: New Milford, CT
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I'm so sorry for your loss. rip Riley

Caleb (aka Caleb-Moose)
Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

RIP Aodhán, Rica, Max, Kelly - gone but never forgotten - forever in my heart

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#342560 - 11/26/16 08:53 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: Woodreb]
Kris Offline

Registered: 02/12/10
Posts: 2169
Loc: Colorado
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I'm so sorry for your loss, Deb. What a beautiful boy... It's so wonderful he had that time in the country, but as Bonnie said, the best gift you gave him was yourself.
Samson, GSD, 10/13/07
Annabel, Keeshond, 4/21/11
Petie, Toy Poodle, 5/5/07
Kitties: Meezer, Bob, Mia and Dewey

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#342561 - 11/26/16 08:54 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: Woodreb]
MaxaLisa Offline

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Oh no, I am so very sorry! He had a tough battle, and your worked so hard for him. hugging

rip Riley, you were such a good boy!
MaxaL (aka LisaT)

Jazmine, mini-mix, 10/18/2011
Max, 5/2001-2/2012, RIP my partner, my Regal Boy
Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

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#342563 - 11/27/16 02:55 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: MaxaLisa]
Codmaster Offline

Registered: 05/14/10
Posts: 1607
Loc: CA
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Also so very sorry for your loss!

We lost our then 8+yo male GSD in April this year to DM so can feel the pain!

Best of luck with your choice!

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#342564 - 11/27/16 08:13 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: Codmaster]
Wisc.Tiger_Val Offline
Member First - Owner Second "The Watcher"

Registered: 01/18/10
Posts: 8739
Loc: Wisconsin
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Deb I am so sorry for your loss of losing Riley.
Val da Tiger

Fuzzybutt the cat.
Neilla the Big White puppy.

RIP Cheyenne - AKA: Digger, CheyChey Girl, Cheyenne Large and In charge. 2/16/02 - 2/27/16
RIP Raya - AKA: Raz-a, Ray a Sunshine, RayBestos, the little one, Silly Girl. 9/21/05 - 6/27/14
RIP Lakota - AKA: Bubba, Big Boy, BooBoo (the other part of the Binky and BooBoo team). 1/19/03-9/19/2011
RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11

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#342565 - 11/27/16 09:18 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: FurKids]
Mary Jane Offline
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Originally Posted By: FurKids
.... We are happy that he was able to share the dream we worked so hard to get for him. ....

Riley's dream was his life with you. I think that's the most important thing.

I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Mary Jane

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#342567 - 11/27/16 11:34 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: Mary Jane]
FurKids Offline

Registered: 03/11/10
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Thank you, everyone. It means a lot to me that you'd stop by and say a few words.
Deb • Nissa & Gracie
Forever in My Heart • Riley, Hannah, Damien, Katy, Crocket, Kayla, Gypsy, Toby and Cookie

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#342569 - 11/27/16 06:52 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: FurKids]
SeanRescueMom Offline
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My deepest and dearest heartfelt sympathies go out to you. RIP sweet angel. angel
Sean - 1998/2014
If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Carleton DOB unknown
Neely - 2003/2015
Gizmo -2008/2011
Neeko -1991/2005

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#342572 - 11/28/16 07:42 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: SeanRescueMom]
Kayos Offline

Can't Figure Tech Stuff Out

Registered: 02/18/10
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Loc: McAlester, OK
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Oh I am so sorry Deb. I have not been on here frequently either. Something said check in today.We lost our heart dog Kayos, in later August. My heart still hurts so I surely feel your pain. Thanks for giving Riley a great home.

PTE,AC,URO3,AG2,UCD Xtra!Xtra! v. TeMar CDX,GN,RE,CGC,TC,HIC, Bh "Havoc" 6/4/07
PAM, URO3, UCD, UACH Tidmores Rising Star Lydia "Mayhem" CD,BN,RE,AX,AJP,OFP,P1J,CA,DN,HT,TKN,TC,CGCA 4/4/12

Lucky, Wolf, Max, Kayos - gone not forgotten. gsdhalo

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#342579 - 11/28/16 08:51 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: Kayos]
Sylv Offline

Registered: 02/21/10
Posts: 1522
Loc: Sharon, Ontario, Canada
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I am so sorry for your loss hugging
Suki May 31/08
Diva Dec 4/09

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#342582 - 11/28/16 10:46 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: Sylv]
Karin Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
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Loc: San Jose, California
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I'm really sorry to hear this, Deb. It sounds like Riley had a wonderful, happy life and I'm sure he loved living in the country with his beloved human and canine companions. Take care of yourself and just take it day by day. Little by little, the pain will lessen and when you think of him, you will remember the good and happy times with him.

Rest in peace, sweet handsome Riley. angel
Karin and Dave

Heidi, 12-year-old GSD
Adopted on 10/14/07 from: German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (

Sheba, GSD/Malamute angel

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#342584 - 11/28/16 10:56 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: SeanRescueMom]
middleofnowhere Offline
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Registered: 02/22/10
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Others have said it so well: Your gift to him was his life with you. He was fortunate to have found you. I'm glad he got some time in the country. I'm glad you took him in.

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#342601 - 11/30/16 08:52 AM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: middleofnowhere]
Qyn Offline

Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 1964
Loc: Victoria, Australia
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So sorry to read of the loss of your stunning boy, Riley. I am also glad your family including him and his sisters got to spend that six months in the country to enjoy as a family! wub

Sincere condolences on his passing. hugs

rip Riley wub
Nix (derivative of Phoenix) Black GSD born 6 June 2011 (Gotcha day 9 Dec 2013)

Quynne gsdhalo - Black Female GSD - Sept 29, 2004 - 11 Nov 2013 Deeply missed

If you don't agree with me ... you are just not listening well enough. smile

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#342609 - 11/30/16 04:30 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: SeanRescueMom]
kelbonc Offline
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Registered: 09/18/16
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My heart goes out to you on the loss of your beautiful boy. I am so sorry. rip Riley.

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#342652 - 12/04/16 08:26 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: kelbonc]
FurKids Offline

Registered: 03/11/10
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Thank you everyone.
Deb • Nissa & Gracie
Forever in My Heart • Riley, Hannah, Damien, Katy, Crocket, Kayla, Gypsy, Toby and Cookie

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#342988 - 01/06/17 05:27 PM Re: Our Boy Riley [Re: SeanRescueMom]
cooley254 Offline
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Registered: 11/04/15
Posts: 24
Loc: Florida
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So sorry for your loss, you tried your best to keep him alive.

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