I'm so sorry to tell you that you will never get to meet your Raleigh Bear. Daddy and I just got back from the vet and the news was not good. Raleigh has cancer of the spleen and it has spread throughout his body. Daddy and I brought him home today so we could spend one last weekend with him, maybe take him swimming and play ball a bit, but we have to go back on Monday and we won't have him after that.
My heart hurts so much right now. Raleigh has always been such a dear, sweet dog. He had a rough life before we were lucky enough to adopt him, and he helped heal my heart some after we lost Random. He has always loved food, pets and playing ball or swimming, and now he just really doesn't show interest in food. He's breathing heavily and though the doctor said though he's not in pain, he's certainly not comfortable. So, we're going to love on him and feed him steaks all weekend and see if he's up to swimming a little bit.
This is hard! The vet suggested we just leave him there today, because there was nothing that can be done and it's just going to get worse. We just are going to have such a hard time on Monday because as uncomfortable as we know he is, he still is wagging his tail for us and wants to be near us. Making decisions that you know are for the best isn't always easy, but they are a part of life. My hope for you is that when you come to these types of decisions, you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you've made all previous decisions in good faith and conscience, and directed by your moral compass--and that allows you some calm.
We adopted Raleigh in January of 2005 from the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue. He was named Snorkel, and we couldn't understand why. Having a penchant for dog names having some significance, we changed it to Raleigh Snorkel--seeing as he came from Raleigh. Well, sort of. He actually was *rescued* from Raleigh but he was saved from a pound in Onslow County--where we lived!!! We drove all that way, but it was meant to be!
He's checking out his new house...fresh after a haircut!
Random seriously questioning our decision making skills...he couldn't believe Raleigh had the audacity to be so, well...goofy!
"Seriously?" Random always seemed to say...(this was our Easter picture that year!)
Raleigh was living the good life and Random was just thinking we were NUTS!
This was our Christmas card that year...
At Grandma's...finally accepting that the big goofy bear isn't *all* that bad...
Raleigh "Smiling" at Dixie...and she has never been daunted! He ONLY gave it up for her!
Dixie has never been afraid to play and Raleigh was a little unsure about this little girl!
Dixie's always loved her brother...
One of Daddy's favorite memories of Raleigh Bear...he loved that day with Uncle Kevin!