Crossed over he rainbow bridge 9/6/2013

First of all i need to let you know that we had to put to sleep our best friend and buddy that we got from Shorewood back in 2002. We had to put our previous Cocker to sleep due to liver cancer in June of 2002. My wife had been very attached to that dog and she began searching for another dog. A friend, who knew how devastated we were on our loss, suggested that we attend a show at the METRO CENTER in Rockford, Illinois as you folks were going to be there with some dogs for adoption. We were not sure that we even wanted to go but we did.

While there we saw a beautiful male Cocker named Riley. He was so excited to see us and play with us that it helped to dampen our sorrow we were feeling over the loss of our dog.  We played with him for some time and then got some adoption papers from one of the volunteers there. After a lengthy process a family, I believe it was the Parisi family, brought Riley to our house in Roscoe Illinois around the 1st or 2nd of October in 2002 for a home visit. They were very nice as was Riley. He ended up staying with us and we have loved every minute of his time with us.

For the last 11 years he has lived a very pampered life and has returned all of the love that we gave to him many many times over. About a year after he moved in to his "forever home" with us he began having seizures.  We spent many a day at the vet getting him on to a maintenance dose of phenobarb that allowed him to continue a somewhat normal life. A couple of years after that he developed a mass in his stomach that the vets here and at UW believed was a tumor.  Rather than do a risky and radical surgery we decided to try to medicate him again. It seemed to work as he had many more years of good living. This past Monday, Labor Day, we had to make an emergency call to our vet as Riley was having difficulty eating, drinking, and voiding. We knew that he was was not well and it seemed that the end was near. The vet told us that he had a tumor that was pressing on his liver and stomach. They were sure it was a cancerous tumor and that he would not last long. They also believed it was into his spine as he was having difficulty standing on his back legs.

We made what was an extremely difficult decision and decided to remove his suffering by having him put to sleep. While holding him and loving him, the vet administered the shot to him. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. Riley and I had become very close as I had retired a couple of years ago and we spent ALL of our time together. I can't tell you how much I miss him and I will never forget him. He added so much to our lives and the lives of our three grandchildren.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing Riley with us these past 11 years. The Parisi family  had asked that we notify Shorewood if anything ever happened to Riley and I'm taking this opportunity to do so. We miss him dearly and look for him daily in the house, but he is not here. His spirit is and hopefully it will never leave.


Riley [ADOPTED OCTOBER 26] is a chocolate sable, one year old male who is neutered, Heartworm tested, up to date on shots and microchipped. He came to us from a private party who was moving to a non doggie home. More info soon.