Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Blog |

Riley Rainey, February 3, 2013 Earlier today, our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Riley escaped from the invisible fence again and was hit by a car and killed. The driver did not stop. Fortunately, a Neighbor (Cindy Elkin) stopped, wrapped Riley in a towel and brought him into her garage and called us. Thank you, Cindy, for not letting me find my sweet babydoll in the road. For now, I am trying to focus on breathing. It’s all I can do right no Just hours ago, we were snuggled in bed, him on his back enjoying his tummy rub. He licked my nose in appreciation and adoration. Like he did every day, every opportunity. Riley told me how much he loved me with his eyes and his tongue every single chance he could. Every morning, every night, every meal, every chance he got. Riley brought me sheer, unadulterated, magical joy; unrelenting, unconditional love. He loved me with a full heart 24/7. That was his job here on earth. And I guess his job was complete in these past short ten months. I loved Riley like I have loved no other animal. He was my heart. I took him errand running with me yesterday. We spent two hours in the car together (getting the voltage turned up on his invisible fence collar and a tighter collar, going to pet smart for treats and a new harness, going to the office, getting Stephen’s birthday presents ready – yes, Stephen’s birthday is today). A little bit of me has questioned God about being punished for something to have Riley taken from me now. I can’t go there right now. And really, I don’t believe God punishes us this way. But when my heart aches extra, that questions comes up. For now, I want to focus on Riley. He gave me utter joy. There is no other way to describe his affection for me, and mine for him. In just the hours since it has happened and I posted it on Facebook, we have received hundreds, literally hundreds of messages, texts, emails, phonecalls, and even a few visitors to the house. We are...

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