By Anonymous - Posted Tuesday June 18, 2013
In the spring of 2008 I got to adopt my dream dog from Animatch….a Bernese Mountain Dog named Riley. Our first meeting at Animatch was a little overwhelming. A door opened and in came 115 lbs. of flying fur, huge eyes and massive paws! We all hugged the wall not knowing what to do!
He made the rounds to each one of us, sure to sit on our feet! Those huge eyes looked up at us, huge tail high and curled in the air, and just happy, happy, happy.
In the spring of 2013 I lost my best friend. I knew he was getting old but wasn’t prepared for the news the vet was to deliver. Riley had a huge mass in his stomach and so many tumors around his heart that you couldn’t even see his heart on the xray (but I knew it was there). We had 1 month left with our big bear.
When we adopted Riley he was 7 years old. We knew going in that we wouldn’t have much time with him but if we could give him a couple of years of love then we were ready to make the commitment to him. Riley came to us as a happy boy and left a happy boy. I refused to let him suffer. I know in my heart that he knew he was loved and that he was my special guy. As hard as it is to make that decision to put your dog down, it was worth all the love, joy and unconditional love that he gave us.
To anyone reading this and considering adopting a dog….DO IT!!! But be responsible. Let Helen help find a perfect match for you and get ready for the most unique and unconditional love you will ever receive. The love of your pet makes you feel like the Grinch…..your heart will grow 2 sizes that day!!!!
So on behalf of my family and the big bear himself, RILEY, thank you Animatch. You are all truly doggy angels! Don’t ever stop taking those precious fur balls in and finding loving homes for them.
With love and gratitude,
RILEY and his family Brenda, Sylvain, Alexandre, Brandon and Kasey…oh yeah and Bella and Coco too!